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Gee, Pack’s the Place for Pup Pics

21 May

Gee, Pack's the Place for Pup Pics

Image sharing is all the rage these days.  So when I found a site that combines fun photo edits and my love for my Chug dog Bohzie, I was all in.  Enter Pack.  Pack is the ultimate social media platform for dog lovers.  Users upload fun moments and elegant portraits to their breed specific “Pack” page, and they can then add cute word graphics.  The image above is one that I posted during a Thanksgiving image contest, and it is by far one of my favorites.

With Pack, you can even link to your Instagram account to do automatic pup postings when you use #(your dog’s name)!  They’re still a relatively new social channel, so they are making great little enhancements like this all the time.  Pack is all about celebrating those little magic moments with your special furry friend – and that’s what makes it such a unique channel that is worth barking about.

Gee, ScoutMob Is The Cool Kid Of Deal Sites

25 Oct

It’s true. I want to be best friends with Scoutmob.

Since moving to the ATL, I have scoured the deal sites in a desperate attempt to save pennies where I can. I quickly found that there are a plethora of daily deal sites out there (which is a beautiful thing for a recent college grad like myself), yet they all run together in a monotonous blur of mindless offers that are mostly irrelevant to me. Enter Scoutmob.

Scoutmob breaks the mold with its cheeky personality and interactive features. That’s right, this site actually has a personality. Not only do the Scoutmobsters offer you amazing deals around your respective city, but they give you local tips and entice you with featured area events and articles. Their mobile app provides deals to restaurants all across the city that you actually want to go to. Also, I am quite smitten with Scoutmob‘s weekly “Caption This” contest. It serves as a great distraction during the work week.

The Scoutmob deal descriptions will literally make you laugh out loud. Take today’s deal for McKinnon’s restaurant, for instance: “After forty years (that’s approximately a century and a half in Atlanta restaurant years) of serving Creole and Cajun classics to multiple generations, McKinnon’s has changed very little.” Boo ya.

To top it all off, Scoutmob rewards those members who spread the Scoutmob love by offering exclusive deals to those who share Scoutmobbery with family, friends, and meaningless acquaintances. They have dubbed this the “Revel” program, and it has become a personal goal of mine to attain those perks.

I could go on for days about my appreciation for this stellar site. From the sarcastic wit to the money-saving mayhem, Scoutmob takes the deal site to a whole new level. And I am officially in love. And did I mention that their signature thing is a mighty old school mustache? Can’t beat that.

Gee, Where We Gonna Go From Here?

5 Jun

Although Mat Kearney‘s song “Where Do We Go From Here” from his 2006 album Nothing Left To Lose is about losing love, the chorus query “Where we gonna go from here?” haunts me in my post graduation limbo.

I have been working my butt off to complete academic assignments and meet work deadlines for as long as I can remember. It is strange to me that I now have to channel that energy into uprooting my life, finding a job, and moving to a new city. It terrifies me that I can’t say exactly where I will be when September rolls around.

The headlines about the college graduates of 2011 are not extremely optimistic. The title of Michael Graham’s June 1 article for the Boston Herald says it all: “Real world falling with thud on grads.” He goes on to tell us that we have been sheltered and babied as we merrily partied our way through college. We couldn’t possibly have a clue what the real world is. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mr. Graham! I certainly know a few college graduates who fall under this “lazy” label, but I would not say that this is the overarching definition of our generation. Perhaps I only disagree because I was surrounded by driven individuals at a rigorous liberal arts institution. Or maybe Mr. Graham is, in fact, misguided.

Moving on to a slightly more productive piece of journalism… Ellene Zimmerman of the New York Times published an article yesterday called “Between College and That First Job” in which she offers some sound advice to the class of 2011. Zimmerman emphasizes the importance of brushing up on social media skills, researching your desired career industry, and perfecting your particular talents. It really got me thinking about how to make the most of my time before my first job.

The old saying “no rest for the weary” is all too fitting in this scenario. I can’t (and won’t) pause to pat myself on the back for my college accomplishments. I’ve got to keep moving and put those accomplishments to work by networking and honing my crafts. I promise, Mom and Dad, that my education is gonna pay off.

At a family gathering the other day, my uncle turned to me and said, “I’d hate to be you right now. It’s just so tough finding a job.” But I’m not going to waste time hating being me. I’m gonna go against the odds and prove that I can, in fact, put my education to good use and find a worthwhile job. You just watch me.

Gee, Those Are Someecards

15 Feb

They’ve been around for years, but I am still obsessed.  The someecards website has the wittiest ecards that poke fun of celebrities and human kind alike.  The unassuming images of the vintage characters on the cards make the hysterical musings exponentially more entertaining.  The site even allows users to submit their own ecards which can be just as good as the site’s classics.  And get this: they’re FREE to send!  Which is much more than I can say for a lot of ecard sites these days.

The site has become so popular that they even sell their ecards in tangible gift form (i.e. shirts, mugs, magnets, etc.).

This Valentine’s Day, I spent nearly an hour perusing the site and laughing out loud at the cards devoted to the delightful day of love and affection.  My personal favorite poked fun at my least favorite team in the NFL:

What’s even better is that there are cards for the average day.  I’m especially fond of the ones that poke fun at our bizarre social media habits:

So if you’re looking for a good pick-me-up form of procrastination, I highly recommend you visit the site and share the love.

Gee, I’m a Groupon Groupie

1 Dec

It’s true. Well, Groupon and LivingSocial groupie.  I am on board the daily deal wagon, and I’m lovin’ the ride.

A few weeks ago, I invested in my first daily deal through LivingSocial: 20 hot yoga classes at Southern Om for only 20 BUCKS.  Each individual class is normally $12, so if I only go twice, I’m still a winner.  It’s insane, to say the least.

Some of the deals are not so enticing (i.e. the featured shooting range package a while back), but they change every day so I’m bound to crave at least one a week…but I keep it in check.

My mom and I got sucked into the Nordstrom Rack Groupon last week: $50 in store credit for just $25.  Let’s just say when I arrived home to Baltimore for Thanksgiving break, we did some damage.  And it was heavenly.

In these times of economic struggles and high unemployment rates, deal sites are big business.  You know you’ve struck gold when Google wants to scoop you up…kudos, Groupon!  I can’t wait to see how these sites evolve in the coming weeks/months/years.

Gee, Tweetland Characters Make My Day

2 Aug

This summer, I jumped on the Twitter bandwagon.  I tried to fight it, but I finally gave in.  I’ve found that it is actually a great source for ideas and information on everything ranging from fashion to technology.  I can spend way too much time surfing through the witty comments and insights of the colorful characters of Tweetland.  There is no doubt that some people just have that Twitter talent to illuminate a 140 character tweet and truly make a statement.

Lately, news sources from the Washington Post to MTV have been buzzing about Kanye West‘s emergence in Tweetland.  He’s hilarious, crazy, and controversial with blurbs like this one:

…my mind is blown.  Needless to say, I am not a @kanyewest follower.  Not my cup of tea.  Plus, his frequent spelling and grammar errors really grind my gears.

I’ve found, however, that you don’t have to be a rap megastar to have a stellar Tweet personality.  Take Greg Laswell, for instance.  He is a talented indie music artist with quite the sense of humor.   After seeing him in concert a few weeks ago, I decided to follow him on Twitter.  I soon found that this was a wise decision as I was bombarded with his hysterical and amazingly real thought bubbles.  This evening, for instance, he remarked,

I adore this candid sarcasm.  Beyond that, his music is pretty awesome (check out “How the Day Sounds“).  Tweets like his really make me smile.

But you don’t even have to be a celebrity to have mad Tweet skills (SHOCKER, I know).  The other day, one of my Tweetland friends, LissiDesignYogi, had a brilliant Tweet that I could not help but love:

Mindblowingly true.

As long as inspiring Tweeters like these keep sharing their wisdom, I can’t help but frequent Tweetland.