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Friday Fun Blog Hop

Friday Fun Blog Hop!

I’m excited to be co-hosting the Friday Fun Blog Hop along with my four other lovely cohosts:

Emily of Love, Pasta and Tool Belt
Rebecca of Caravan Sonnet
Shannon of Smile and Write
Jess of Sleepless in DIY Bride Country

Our hosts are:
Asian furniture designers, Asian designers, Asian artisans, interior design, modern Asian furniture

Asian Furniture Design and Asian Furniture Designers

I’m been researching Asian American and Asian furniture designers and artisans. Grasshopper and Sensei is enjoying the finds I am discovering and now she’s even talking about being an architect or furniture designer someday when she grows up. It’s not just the beautiful forms I’m searching for; it’s also the stories behind the designs.

Take George Nakashima who is a recent discovery for me. A Japanese American, he was forced into concentration camps when his youngest was just 6 weeks old. He and his family ended up settling in Pennsylvania where he started building his compound, one stone at a time. Today, he is considered the father of the American Craft movement.

His pieces tell a story of time, the uniqueness of each tree, and the artisan who brings that story to life. They have a timeless quality that really appeals to me. You can really fall in love with his work.

George Nakashima

George Katsutoshi Nakashima (Japanese: 中島勝寿 Nakashima Katsutoshi, May 24, 1905 – June 15, 1990) was a Japanese-American woodworker,architect, and furniture maker who was one of the leading innovators of 20th century furniture design and a father of the American Craft movement.

I love this dining room table and the chairs as well. George talks about bringing the soul of a tree to life. What a wonderful way to think about furniture making! Read more…

Tinkertoy Win in a Snap game

This Looks Fun! Tinkertoy Game to Win $1000!

In the TINKERTOY Win-in-a-Snap Game, parents and kids can play every day for 6 weeks to guess what TINKERTOY creation is being built. Solve the puzzle faster and get more entries to win one of 100 instant win TINKERTOY prizes or the $1,000 Grand Prize! Game play is exclusive to Facebook, so be sure to “like” TINKERTOY on Facebook to be notified about the Win-In-A-Snap game. Sweepstakes runs September 9th-October 20th. Access the Facebook game here starting Monday.

Tinkertoy Win in a Snap game

This is not a compensated post. We love K’NEX because it helps to keep my son off screens. I met Kate Loffio at BlogHer12 and she sends me K’NEX toys from time to time to review. We’ll be playing this Tinkertoy game on Facebook just for fun. My son would love guessing the structure and that might cause him to break out his Tinkertoys to build something!



K'NEX Extreme Sports motorcycle

Staying Off Screens and K’NEX GIVEAWAY

My 8-year-old son is off this week while his sisters are in day camp. One is playing soccer with some members of the FC Barcelona coaching staff, the other is learning hot glass blowing. This is a good week for all my kids as they fulfil their dreams but not so much for me and my husband. We are crisscrossing across Boston suburbs to drive them to their camps battling traffic, limited parking and narrow streets. Thank goodness for car pools!

I did not do any preparation for my son’s week off like I did last summer. My only strategy to keep him off screens is to play with K’NEX sets. I am an blog ambassador for them and my son would agree that the most awesome box just arrived.

Angry Birds Space: Red Planet “Hogs on Mars” Building Set

My son loves Angry Birds and I have an iTunes bill to prove it! iGame Mom had great ideas on keeping boys off screens by doing video game extensions … like book extensions, it takes boys off screens to act out their favorite games. Genius!

K'NEX Angry Birds, K'NEX gaming toys, Read more…

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha Vamos giveaway

Alphabet Trucks Picture Book GIVEAWAY

I excited to announce the book launch of Alphabet Trucks by Samantha Vamos! I adore her last book, The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred!

In celebration of her book launch TODAY, I am doing a giveaway of her new book and hosting a short Q and A with Samantha.

Alphabet Trucks by Samantha Vamos

An alphabetical treat for truck lovers.

Everyone’s heard of a tow truck. And a pickup truck. An ice-cream truck? Of course! But what about a quint truck? A lowboy truck? A knuckle-boom truck? Readers will learn about these kinds of trucks—and many more—while learning the alphabet in Alphabet Trucks.

Each letter of the alphabet is accounted for in this introductory concept book for young readers. From the familiar to the unusual, Samantha Vamos writes in snappy verse to present twenty-six different kinds of trucks, explaining where they work and what they do. From a dump truck that unloads a pile of dirt containing the letter “D,” to a fuel truck filling up at a tank shaped like the letter “F,” Ryan O’Rourke’s playful and light-hearted illustrations involve the letters in supporting roles in each scene. Read more…

LifeProof nuud iphone 5 case

LifeProof Case Giveaway: The new nüüd case!

My girls really want the LifeProof case so badly that they are willing to complete their summer math workbooks to earn one. I had actually ordered two of them for prizes when Natalie from LifeProof, whom I met at BlogHer last year, offered me one to try out.

My daughters want to use the LifeProf case to take underwater photos during our upcoming trip to California to celebrate their grandmother’s 90th birthday. They very much want to try out the new LifeProof nüüd iPhone Case but it’s for an iPhone 5 and they have the iPhone 4.

The new LifeProof case is waterproof, drop proof, dirt proof and snow proof. It’s for the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SIII. I’m not sure how they did it, but the LifeProof nüüd cases leave the screen completely naked, yet are still waterproof. They are the only waterproof and drop proof cases that let you touch the actual screen.

iPhone 5 Lifeproof nuud caseRead more…

Tinkertoys for boys, Tinkertoy giveaway

Tinkertoy GIVEAWAY to Celebrate 100 Years

Can you believe that Tinkertoys is turning 100 this year?! To celebrate this great milestone, I am doing a Tinkertoy Giveaway of a special 100 piece essential set before it hits the stores next month. K’NEX is also launching Tinkertoy’s very own Facebook page!

If you played with Tinkertoys as a child, you’ll notice that it has morphed from wood to plastic.

original tinkertoys, original wooden tinker toys

 

My son, a rising 2nd grader, saw the box and balked at first at playing with the toy. He saw the little girl on the box and the ages 3+ and thought it was for babies.

Tinker Toy 100 piece setRead more…

I Appreciate You: 5th Grade Student Gift Ideas

My oldest is in 7th grade now, Grasshopper and Sensei, and this was a gift each 5th grade kid received. Each child wrote one sentence to each of their classmates on why they appreciate that person. Their teacher typed it up and printed it on beautiful paper.

It reminds me of what she was like in 5th grade and who she is now. It’s a special keepsake that she keeps pinned to her bulletin board in her room.

I was also thinking that this would make a lovely gift for anyone:

  • colleague departing at work
  • birthday gift (for my mom who is about to turn 90!). Must think of way to do this will all party guests!
  • for any grade as a graduation gift from preschool to high school
  • a classroom gift to a teacher
  • a gift to a coach Read more…
Go Daddy Twitter Party, NoWebSitis #NoWebSitis

Small Business Website: Win One from Go Daddy!

Co-hosting a Twitter party two days ago for Go Daddy, I realized how much we all cherish our local small businesses. They are a vital part of our local community and we feel good supporting them. From Farmers’ Markets to our neighborhood bookstore, we all unanimously want them to succeed.

Not all my favorite local businesses have websites, particularly my artisan mom friends. It’s usually the cost combined with lack of expertise in the technical arena that prevents them from tackling their small business website. It’s a shame.  A website is an important marketing and sales tool. But now I can win one for them!

Go Daddy’s No WebSitis Contest

I’m excited about Go Daddy’s No WebSitis contest. They are giving away 10 domain one year registrations PLUS a one year Premium Website Builder plan. Even better, they are providing special assistance to create the site.

It’s easy to win:

1) Go here to nominate your favorite small business: 

2) Vote for your favorite small business beginning June 25th and running through July 15th. Read more…