Small gifts can sometimes inspire a lifetime of creativity

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When I was growing up, my long term interests for a career were all over the place. I didn't know if I wanted to be a vet or computer programmer or commercial pilot or a photographer – or… and the list goes on! Anyways, what I'm trying to say is that I really didn't know what I wanted to do until I received my very first computer loaded with graphic editing software. That gift really helped guide me into the right discipline to study and I enrolled in a local college to learn more. This is where I developed my passion for graphic design and soon after, my art prints were born.

It didn't happen overnight, there was alot of people along the way that helped guide and inspire me into what I'm doing today. Just like this kid in the video entitled "My Uncle’s Gift" depicting a boy who was inspired by a gift from his uncle, I too was inspired by receiving gifts that inspired my creativity from family members. 

"Keep Going…" and "Don't Give Up" were said plenty of times along the way, and inspired a whole line of inspirational art prints that I sold for some time on etsy. 

It pleases me to know that these were also a couple of my best sellers until I stopped simply to put more focus on my blog and my family. Perhaps these inspirational words will inspire back into doing art prints again.. Who knows, right?

Have you ever had anybody inspire you as a child? I definitely want to keep the tradition of this going, because when you keep good going in your community, eventually good will come back to you – just like karma. Learn more about how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going

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SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Complete® from Sam’s Club

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Being a new mom is tough work – looking back, there was so much to adapt to, and not enough time to ease into it gently! When you're new to the whole mom thing, you're just kinda thrown into it as you figure out everything on the way down. Don't you just love that it's one of the most important jobs in your life, and there's no school or training for it? Anyways, the good news is, every year there's new and more interesting things on the market to make being a mommy so much easier, and cheaper for us moms who choose not to breastfeed. I fell into this category when JP was an infant, so it was important that we found something reasonably priced that worked well for us. Turns out, SIMPLY RIGHT™ Baby Care Complete® from Sam's Club  can save you tons of money! See how much you can save in a year's time by switching from the popular brand name baby formula.

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The new customizable Skinit inkFusion cell phone cases – make it your own!

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Do you ever have any trouble in looking for the perfect case for your phone? There's so many good, protective ones but they are not always the nicest looking ones on the block. For the longest time, I've been sporting the 8$ case I bought off ebay 2 years ago when I got my iPhone 4s. 

As time passes, that case took a beating, and it was time for a new one. I was so excited to discover the new Skinit inkFusion phone cases because I realized that I can now customize and design my own phone case! As it turns out, Skinit offers more than just custom phone cases – you can also see what they have to create a custom laptop case as well. Don't have an iPhone? No worries – you can sift through all the different makes and models to find the right one for you.. There's even the nkFusion Samsung Galaxy S4 Case and the inkFusion iPhone 5 Case to choose from. 

Building the case was sooo simple using their online customizer tool. All you needed was to upload any custom images you can, and move them around / enlarge or shrink them as you need. 

When you're done, you go through the checkout screen and choose your prefered method of payment. I was excited to see that they offered paypal as a solution, because I love shopping directly from my paypal account because I like that added level of security when it comes to my online purchases. 

When I recieved the case, it was better than I expected! With a thick plastic shell and a rubber sillicone glove fitting around my phone, it is well protected from drops and all the wear and tear a phone gets on a daily basis. I think this one will be around for a long time!

When I received it a few days later, it was soo nice! With a soft silicone skin, the hard shell printed with my blog logo fit right over it!

But the best part is that the silicone skin covers part of my broken screen! I had a rinky-dink case on it before, and it didn't save it from being broken when I droped it in a parking lot. I'm so happy it's covered up now! I'm sure this case will do a much better job at keeping it safe.


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