Saturday, January 30, 2010

I Love Fluff!

I love marshmallow fluff! I really do! I often pair it with peanut butter in sandwich form or I'll take a heaping spoonful and plop it in my mouth for something sweet. A couple of days ago I did just that and then suddenly realized that there was no more fluff. It was a sad day for me but being left with an empty fluff jar I began to think of ways to reuse it rather than toss it in the garbage. So, what did I do first? My first task was to get the label off! The label had a recipe for fudge on the back side so, of course, I peeled it off carefully so as to be able to leave that recipe in tact to paste in my notebook collection of recipes!

Once I removed the label I set the jar in some hot water to get the rest of the marshmallow goo off and the glue on the outside of the jar so that I would end up with a nice clean and clear jar with a red lid! I love that red lid! It has this great look that just call my attention. ☺ Once my jar was clean and dry I began thinking of various uses for it. I sat on my bedroom floor thinking of the things I could put in it. I had a few crafting supplies around but had decided on placing those in a box which I will later decorate. I had a few hair scrunchies lying around but those already had a place in my old silver box purse....what to place in the jar? Candy!

I had several pieces of small candies lying around and the jar was perfect for that! In fact, the jar is perfect for storing various different things. You can store ribbon, jelly beans, chocolate chips, thumb tacs, gumdrops and virtually anything you want in a jar like this. Want your child to save money but don't want to buy a piggy bank you have to later smash to pieces? Reuse a jar! Want to keep office supplies in a nifty looking receptacle? Use a jar! There are so many awesome uses for jars! I think it is easy to reuse them and never tire of it. As I stated before, I chose to store my small candies in this particular jar but were I to have another jar I might use it for something else! There are endless possibilities! You can even decorate the jar and use it as a vase or a planter for a starter plant! Jars are versatile and you help preserve our environment when you reuse rather than tossing it in the old garbage can.

I hope this has been informative!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Motto? What Motto? Motto Agency is bringing smiles to many a face!

The front door
The front door,
originally uploaded by mottoagency.

If you have not already heard of Motto Agency then keep reading this post! My first encounter with this agency was on facebook when they hosted an event called Behind the Brand and were featuring my good friends Socks for Happy People! The photo above depicts their logo and can be found, along with many other brilliant photos, on their Flickr page which I suggest you check out: Thanks to Sunny Bonnell for posting pics of this awesome agency! I'd like to tell you a little about why I think they are so cool and what sets them apart from other agencies. They are, in their own words: "a consumer-centric brand strategy and design firm that combines design, strategy and technology to help companies launch, grow, and reinvent their brands."- Motto Agency.

I think the most important thing to note about Motto Agency is that they are not just promoting any random brands out there, each brand they promote is doing something to promote the common good and general welfare of human beings world wide. Each brand has a specific mission, a specific cause that sets them apart from other global brands and this is what makes Motto Agency so unique, they promote these same causes through the use of brilliant design and technology. If that isn't awesome I don't know what is!

The agency is the brainchild of friends and colleagues Sunny Bonnell and Ashleigh Hansberger, who founded it in 2005. A look at the cleverly named section, The Lowdown, on their webpage in the About Motto tab tells you the ins and outs of how this ecclectic agency was formed! What's great about their site is that it keeps in tune with their mission and design style. My other favorite thing about Motto? The Tuesday facebook events entitled Behind the Brand. This past Tuesday they showcased a company called Overlooked! The event was fun, full of great prizes and best of all it formed connection between the company and its would be consumers--the people! That is the most important part of what Motto does, it helps brands connect to humanity by promoting the good the companies are doing in this world and allowing consumers to be a part of it.

To see some of Motto's Behind the Brand interviews become a fan on their facebook page. Once you're there click on the Notes section and get your heart's delight out of interview's such as "Behind the Brand: Overlooked" or "Behind the Brand: Socks for Happy People." I'm telling you, you'll be glad you read them and will probably want to be screaming how great Motto and these companies are from every rooftop in your town! So, seriously, what are you waiting for? Go check them out! Go to the webpage, read the blog, add them to your favorite pages on facebook and don't forget to follow them on twitter! Join the brand revolution! I did and it feels good!



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