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Book of Me Challenge by Go. Be Creative

Via ScrapScene's Speedlink Saturday, a link to a new Book of Me Challenge from Go.Be Creative.

    Join us for a fun twist on the ever-popular and amazingly therapeutic Book of Me.

While the traditional Book of Me allows one to document their history, their hopes and dreams, and their favorite things, "Celebrating Me" focuses on our accomplishments, what makes us tick, and the little things in life that bring us joy.

In this free online class, you will:
~ Journal from the heart
~ Focus on the good things in your life
~ Write a senryu (and experiment with other fun journaling methods)
~ Learn to look at yourself in a whole new light
~ Create an entire book highlighting the wonderful things about you


~ Save hundreds of dollars in therapy!

The host(s) have also started a blog for the challenge, an interesting twist.  Kudos to the challengers!  Any of you starting on this, or any other Book of Me challenge, remember you can get the book that started it all directly from me - and signed by the author, to boot!  ;)

Tagged: 7 Random Things

One of my marketing clients/friends, Terri Conrad Designs, recently tagged me with the "Share 7 random things about yourself" meme.

Here's how it works:

  1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
  2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).
  3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
  4. Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Here are 7 random/weird/silly things about me...

  1. I love reading steamy romance books
  2. I  almost always sleep with socks on - I must have zero circulation in my feet.
  3. The only seafood I'll eat is canned tuna, and crab cakes occasionally.
  4. In college I primarily listened to Depeche Mode, New Order, Indigo Girls, Basia, and Enya.
  5. In January my husband and I will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.
  6. My scraproom is always a pit - not "creatively disorganized" - a pit.  Piles everywhere, and I really wish Aby Garvey would appear and wave her Magic Wand of Organization over it.
  7. I invented a holiday.

This meme has been around a while, so I may tag people that have already been tagged.  But here goes:

Kim Dushinski
Aby Garvey
Connie Bensen
Susan White
Angie Warhurst
Wendi Speciale
Dina @ Wordfeeder

Fussy Fortunes and NaBloPoMo

Some great quotes here: Fussy > Fortunes, apparently found in Chinese fortune cookies.  Some are profound, like:

"...and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures."

-- Virgina Woolf, from To the Lighthouse

And some are amusing, like:

"She had a small mustached but was otherwise gifted."

-- John Berryman, from the poem "Damned" in Love & Fame

Check out the other 30 quotes on the Fortunes page. is also the home of the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) challenge to post every day for the month of November.  I wonder that means every day to the same blog, or if you could post amongst several blogs (for I do have three active blogs, and one on indefinite/long-term hiatus).  Plus I will also be posting to Digital Scrapbooking Day's blog, at least for the first few days of November, surrounding the actual holiday on November 3rd.

Did you participate in NaBloPoMo last year?  Are you planning to participate this year? 

It would be cool to combine the two events - NaBloPoMo and Digital Scrapbooking Day - by posting something about digital scrapbooking every day in November!  Now there's a challenge!  :)  We would probably want to adjust that a bit, to make it just DigiScrapBloPoMo, leaving off the National, since DSD is an international event.  Any takers on this challenge?  :)

Scrapbook University: New Retreat House in Texas

A few years ago, I taught some Book of Me classes for Ami and Jody at Scrapbook University, in San Angelo, TX.  It was one of my favorite gigs - Ami and Jody have a great friendship, and it was just fun to be around them.  Their store has such a sense of community - everyone feels welcome, and it's obvious.  (Plus, Ami's husband is a radio DJ, and we heard him on-air while driving to the store, which was pretty cool.)

So when I heard they were moving into a new retreat center, I just had to mention it here.

Today  (Sunday, 10/14) is Scrapbook University's Open House!
Come see your new scrapbook store from 12-4.  Enjoy goodies, a tour of the Alpha Kappa Scrappa Retreat House, and of course, all the new products Scrapbook U has so far. Our (your) new store/playhouse is on the corner of Garrett and Colorado.

If you can't make it Sunday, we are open on Mondays now! Our hours are 10-6 EVERY Monday. Plus, we have our extended Scrappy Hour on Tuesdays.  Bring your projects and pages, and Scrap 'Til 10 on Tuesdays!

You can bet if I were anywhere near San Angelo, I'd be there today.  Congrats, Ami & Jody!  Have fun!

Blog Day for the Mothers Act

Posted on BlogHer:

Blogher Mothers Act As part of our BlogHers Act commitment to make a difference on the issue of maternal Health in 2007-2008 we are urging you to participate in the Blog Day for the Mothers Act, on October 24, 2007 . (Read Katherine Stone's personal postpartum depression story.)

On Wednesday October 24th, BlogHer, Postpartum Support International and Postpartum Progress are joining together to host Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act. We're asking bloggers from around the country to write about the MOTHERS Act for postpartum depression on the 24th and to encourage their readers to pick up the phone that day, call their Senators and urge them to endorse this critical legislation.  I hope you will join us in this effort, which is part of the overall BlogHers Act 2007-2008 initiative to improve maternal health.

What is the MOTHERS Act?  The Moms Opportunity to Access Help, Education, Research and Support for Postpartum Depression Act, or MOTHERS Act (S. 3529), will ensure that new mothers and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms and provided with essential services.  In addition, it will increase research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for postpartum depression.  The bill is sponsored by Senators Menendez and Durbin.

Take action today:

  • Visit the Postpartum Support International website and click the Welcome Bloggers button at the top to get all the information you need about the bill, how your readers can call their Senators, what to say, etc.
  • Grab a Mothers Act Blog Day button and display it on your blog, now.
  • Post your link in the comments to this page letting us know you'll be blogging on October 24, 2007.
  • Tell your fellow bloggers about the Mothers Act Blog Day right now so that they can participate too. 
  • Start writing your Mothers Act Blog Day post and be sure to publish it on October 24, 2007. (Don't forget to tag your post with Blog Day for the Mothers Act, BlogHers Act, BlogHer, Postpartum Depression, PSI, Postpartum Progress)
  • Once you've blogged your Mothers Act Blog Day post, return to this page and leave your url so that others can visit you.
  • Write or call your Senator to show your support of Mothers Act.

I will be posting on October 24th with my personal experience with depression. 

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Blog World & New Media Expo

Posted recently to one of my mailing lists: Blog World Expo.

Come, be a part of the BlogWorld Conference to be held on the 8th & 9th of November in Las Vegas. Represent your blog and invite your blogger, vlogger, podcaster, and internet radio friends to do the same.

Our conference will feature a who's who list of renowned bloggers like Arianna Huffington, Hugh Hewitt, Mike Arrington, Om Malik, Matt Mullenweg (CEO of WordPress), Leo Laporte, Shel Israel, Michael Yon (via live video feed from Iraq), Will Leitch of Deadspin, and a hundred more.

In-between conference sessions, you can talk with companies like Technorati, Feedburner, WordPress, Yahoo, Pajamas Media, b5 media,, Sports Blogs Nation and dozens of others on the tradeshow floor.

Topics will include Blogging Basics, Monetizing Your Blog, Podcasting, Corporate Blogging, Building Readership, RSS, Search Engine Optimization, and lots of vertical content for political bloggers, sports bloggers, business bloggers, milbloggers, godbloggers, technology bloggers and much more.

Register before Oct. 19th to save on admission.

Man, what I wouldn't give to go to this show!

Seeking Digital Scrapbooking Day Tutorials

We are currently seeking digital scrapbooking tutorials to post on the DSD event blog - you provide the tutorial, and we link the byline back to your site/blog.  If you would like to contribute a tutorial, please email it to digitalscrapbookingday/@/

I'll be up front here - we would appreciate tutorials featuring techniques done in FxFoto, but we will consider other programs, in order to fully promote the digital scrapbooking hobby.

I look forward to seeing your submissions!  Thanks in advance for your support.

Potential Topics (feel free to brainstorm your own):


  • remove red-eye
  • adding text
  • crop/resize photo
  • changing to B&W/sepia


  • adding spot color
  • text on a curve/path
  • digital tearing
  • Creating your first layout in FxFoto

Hybrid Scrapbooking - some tips on just using the computer in general to enhance projects

  • journaling & fonts
  • organizing digital photos/memorabilia/kits
  • scanning
  • cutting down on 3D bulk
  • creating sketches/plotting out design

Drug Makers Withdraw Cough, Cold Meds for Infants


As a number of my readers are mothers, or grandmothers, or somehow involved in the lives of little ones...

Via, an announcement: about the recent "voluntary withdrawal Thursday of oral cough and cold medicines marketed for use in infants"

  • Potential misuse of these infant medicines, not product safety, is driving the voluntary withdrawal
  • This withdrawal does not affect cough and cold medicines for children age 2 and older
  • Further evaluation of these oral cough and cold medicines for infants and children will occur at the October 18 and 19 FDA advisory committee meeting

Washington, D.C.—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) on behalf of the leading makers of over-the-counter cough and cold medicines today announced voluntary market withdrawals of oral cough and cold medicines that refer to "infants." The voluntary withdrawal affects only these "infant" oral medicines, not those intended and labeled for use in children age two and older.

"It’s important to point out that these medicines are safe and effective when used as directed, and most parents are using them appropriately," said Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A, president of CHPA. "The reason the makers of over-the-counter, oral cough and cold medicines for infants are voluntarily withdrawing these medicines is that there have been rare patterns of misuse leading to overdose recently identified, particularly in infants, and safety is our top priority."

The branded cough and cold medicines that are being voluntarily withdrawn are:

  • Dimetapp® Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops
  • Dimetapp® Decongestant Infant Drops
  • Little Colds® Decongestant Plus Cough
  • Little Colds® Multi-Symptom Cold Formula
  • PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant (containing pseudoephedrine)
  • PEDIACARE® Infant Drops Decongestant & Cough (containing pseudoephedrine)
  • PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant (containing phenylephrine)
  • PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Long-Acting Cough
  • PEDIACARE® Infant Dropper Decongestant & Cough (containing phenylephrine)
  • Robitussin® Infant Cough DM Drops
  • Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant
  • Triaminic® Infant & Toddler Thin Strips® Decongestant Plus Cough
  • TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold
  • TYLENOL® Concentrated Infants' Drops Plus Cold & Cough

This voluntary withdrawal does not affect medicines intended for children age two and older. CHPA and its member companies have put forth recommendations to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strengthen the labels on all oral OTC children’s cough and cold medicines from "ask a doctor" before using to "do not use" in children under two years.

CHPA made these recommendations to the FDA in preparation for a joint FDA advisory committee meeting on October 18 and 19. These recommendations, as well as several additional recommendations, including those proposed by FDA review staff, will be explored further at this meeting.

"These medicines are—and always have been—safe at recommended doses," Suydam said.

"These voluntary actions are being taken out of an abundance of caution. The vast majority of parents and caregivers safely use these medicines to help relieve their children’s symptoms. But as with all medicines, it’s important that parents read over-the-counter medicine labels carefully, use these medicines only as directed, and store them safely out of the reach of children."

CHPA will be launching a major, multi-year national campaign to educate parents and healthcare providers about the safe use of over-the-counter medicines in children, partnering with major physician, nurse, and pharmacist organizations.

More information about the voluntary withdrawal can be found at