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YARPP Gets Fancified

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From the large to the small, someone somewhere has to design all the graphics you see pop up across the web. Yesterday, I got my hands on the WordPress plugin page cover graphic for Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (lovingly known as YARPP – sound it out, yuh-ar-p). Today, it lives! Our goal was to showcase the relationship and connection-building …

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Wrapping Up September Detoxing

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Moving into October, I’m still finishing the September Detox Experiment. After two weeks of tea, it was time to get a little freaky with some cling wrap. I’ve heard far too many friends talk up It Works! and their wraps to let them be ignored. My Facebook feed is literally full of “so many inches lost in just one wrap!” I finally …

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Chalk and Awe

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Knocked out some fun, quirky chalkboard art in the Adk kitchen last Thursday. Who knew all those years of bar chalkboard doodling would come in so handy in the ‘real world’?  

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Tiny Tea Detox

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One of the greatest stories I know is about a girl named Alice and her eating habits. With each bite and swig she takes, there’s an immediate consequence but eventually, she finds her right size and all is good in the world. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve felt exactly like her – snatching up a cup labeled “drink …

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Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?

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Every once in awhile, I like to go all ninja-stealth and sneak attack my body with some obnoxiously questionable health trend. Last year there was a two-week stint of a terribly failed attempt at being Paleo. Then there was a 3-day juice cleanse-turned-fast because I couldn’t stand the greens. This month, the world appears to be on a detox kick …

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Almost Almost Hollywood

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Apparently, September is the month of redesigns. Following some gorgeous updates to the Alison Designs site and my bedroom last week, I’m kicking off this week with another site launch, this time at the new digs. Introducing Almost Hollywood. We approached the redesign with a few basic goals: give the existing site a fresh look, boost engagement and improve SEO. While that …

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A Fresh Look for Alison Designs

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Last Friday, my incredibly talented developer friend, JJ Nold, set loose our latest tag-team project: a new site for California-based Alison Designs – alisondesignsco.com. Over a couple of quick months, we completed a full update to their former Flash site and brought in plenty of bells and whistles. The new pages, powered by a WordPress installation, feature brand spanking new art …

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Justification for the Consumption of Not Water

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Monday has arrived in full force. After a late start to the day, I’m sitting at my desk sipping sparkling water and dying for something with more kick. Having significantly cut caffeine and sugary beverages from my diet over the past few months, I always struggle with the decision between grabbing a sugary drink vs. a caffeinated one in the event …

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Juicy

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On the heels of signing a year-long gym contract, I pressed myself a couple of fresh “get the ass in the pants” juices last night. Grapefruit/orange/apple has been my go-to for a couple of weeks now. I almost consider it a treat more than the vitamin rich liquid gold that it is. The first time around, I followed a basic …

And That’s How I Got My Gym Membership

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I’m sitting in my cube today wondering “dear jebus, why did I wear pants?” Not “why did I wear these pants” or “why didn’t I wear a skirt?” No. “Why did I wear pants?” This morning’s prep ritual was one we all hit now and again. I woke up with that lovely feeling that there’s nothing for me to wear. These …