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ABOUT A YEAR ago, around the time I launched my new design studio, I moved nearly all business-related communications to Basecamp 3, the latest evolution of the web-based project and communications management tool from my Chicago designer friends who used to be called 37signals.
One of Basecamp 3’s nicest features is the ability to set up automatic check-ins, such as asking all team members “What did you work on today?” at 5:00 pm daily.
On the surface, it’s intended as a way of letting everyone know what their teammates are working on, thereby deleting needless meetings from everyone’s schedules. But the feature can go much deeper, as I’ve discovered to my great pleasure. A day at a time, it can build community and help you design your career and your life. It even brings back some of the joy we once derived from the days of the personal web.
Over the years, I’ve started or cofounded several web-related businesses. Rather than limit my new studio.zeldman Basecamp exclusively to the designers, developers, and UX specialists who make up my studio, I decided to include everyone from all the businesses I touch.
Naturally, I’m mindful of people’s bandwidth, so anyone who doesn’t wish to participate can opt out or selectively block threads or projects that don’t interest them. I also refrained from inviting two staffers from one of my businesses who, for whatever reason, have just never hit it off with Basecamp. (Evangelizing any tool, however much one personally loves it, is like trying to convince a carnivore to go vegan. It accomplishes nothing, and leaves everyone feeling hurt.)
Save those two folks, with whom I collaborate through other methods, everyone else I work with on a daily or weekly basis, across all my little businesses, has access to a shared Basecamp. And every day at 5:00 pm Eastern Time, Basecamp asks all of us, “What did you work on today?”
At first, those who chose to participate took the question literally, sharing the work-related tasks we’d accomplished that day. But, over time, we began something sharing else. We began sharing our lives.
As if in a Unitarian church group, or an AA meeting, we share daily joys and sorrows, hopes and aspirations. One of us has a child leaving the nest; another’s child may have had a tough day at school. One of us is writing a book, another has begun physical therapy. Some of us comment on each other’s shares; others use Basecamp’s “applause” feature to indicate that we read and appreciated what was shared. Some folks write essays; others share via bulleted lists.
Sharing and reading other people’s posts has become a highlight of my day. Of course it helps me get my work done, but more importantly, it also lets me focus on my life and professional goals—and those of my friends. I love getting to know people this way, and I deeply appreciate how respectful and safe our sharing space feels—partly because Basecamp designed the space well, and partly because I work with people who are not only talented and bright, but also kind and empathetic.
If we all sat together in the same office space, I doubt we would let down our guard as much as we do when responding to Basecamp’s automatic check-in. Indeed, far less personal sharing goes on with the non-remote colleagues in my NYC studio space—probably because we are all there to work.
It reminds me of what life was once like on the old web, where people shared honestly on their personal sites without fear of being harassed. I’m not the only old-timer who misses that old web; in recent years, several of my internet friends who once blogged blithely have switched to opt-in newsletters, sharing only with subscribers. Although I mourn the personal, open-hearted web we once shared, I understand this impulse all too well. Sharing with my colleague/friends on Basecamp restores some of the joy I used to take from sharing and listening on the old open web. You might try it.
I am my mother’s daughter in that I love candles. Big, small, scented, un-scented, Yankee, own-brand – you name it, I love going into a shop and sticking my face in a bunch of gorgeous candles. Like, when they’re un-lit, of course. We have more candles in our house than we know what to do with but when Candles With Love contacted me asking if I’d like to review some of their candles, I wasn’t going to say no, was I? I like to think I have enough experience in candle sniffing to be a reliable judge of what makes a decent candle or not.
All candles made by Emma at Candles With Love are 100% handmade and naturally made with soy wax. She makes candles for a whole range of different occasions and people, including birthdays, weddings and general home décor and bridesmaids, father’s, mother’s, daughter’s and teacher’s. Do check them out on their website for the full range or on Twitter, if you want more info before we continue!
I received 2 jars in the post, both were the same size and colour but we have different scents. They are a decent size and although I haven’t lit them yet, they look like you would get a decent amount of burning hours in them. The jars themselves were very neat and cute, both of them have a little ribbon around the bottom with, ‘A Special Gift for You’ and, ‘With Love’, printed on them and a little charm around the neck of the jar which looks really pretty. My favourite one was the one pictured above.
One jar was scented with Vanilla and my gosh, if you didn’t know it was a candle you would think you were sniffing a cake. It’s exceptionally strong and scented but would be perfect for Spring or if there’s baking going on in the house to accentuate those already gorgeous smells. The other jar was Cherry Berry and although it wasn’t quite as strong as the vanilla one it still packs a punch. I’ve not smelt a candle quite like this cherry one before; I wasn’t sure at first but it has definitely grown on me.
Emma also included some cute little blue, star-shaped wax melts which you put in a burner, which luckily I have at home. Personally, these were my favourite scent out of all of them and I would happily purchase a large candle in this scent. I think it was called Ocean Breeze but I could be wrong but whatever the heck it was called, it smells beautiful. Really fresh and clean.
For gifts for a whole range of people and occasions, I think Candles With Love would be a fantastic option. They’re really reasonably priced and obviously very well made and if the products I received smell this good, I would love to smell the rest of them!
These products were sent to me in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are unbiased and completely my own.
The ingredient lists dotting the aisles of Target could soon get a makeover, one aimed not only at making the lists easier to read, but reducing the amount and types of chemicals used.
Target on Wednesday unveiled new guidelines for manufacturers that will require them to remove certain chemicals from products and list all ingredients on products over the next five years.
With the policy change, Target aims to provide customers with more transparency when rummaging through the aisles for all types of products, including children’s clothing, table furnishings, and cleaning products.
Under the plan, by 2020, Target will ensure that beauty, baby care, personal care, and household cleaning products do not contain chemicals including phthalates, propyl-parabens, butyl-parabens, formaldehyde, or NPE’s.
The ingredient lists for affected products must also contain more detailed information than what’s currently allowed. For example, a vague term like “fragrance” would likely need more explanation.
Further down the road, Target will require manufacturers to remove perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) from children’s clothing and table wear by 2022.
During that same timeframe, the company will work to ensure the makers of products like sleeping bags, rugs, and clothing do not contain flame retardant chemicals that can possibly be harmful to customers’ health.
In a bid to help manufacturers abide by its new policies, Target says it will invest up to $5 million in green chemistry innovation to find replacements for the chemicals it will no longer allow.
Target isn’t the first big box retailer to work with manufacturers to remove chemicals from products. In July 2016, Walmart began encouraging suppliers to remove eight controversial chemicals from items.
The affected chemicals were mostly found in beauty and personal-care products, and Walmart now brags that it has eliminated 95% of the total of these substances by weight used in various products sold at Walmart.
First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR to all
Hope you all have wonderful year ahead
This is my first blog of 2017.
Its all about adding glitter and sparklewell if i have to talk about accessories the first word that hit my mind is BLINGLANE.
Blinglane is love. They know how to make a women happy with their wide range of accessories❤
I received very beautiful silver bud of lotus necklace which looks absolutely stunning❤
It was looking so elegant only because of this neckpiece❤
There is a sparke of luxurious elegance in the neckpiece which i loved the most❤
Adjustable to all the sized,high quality,artistic,well polished and nickel free.
And the way they deliver product is perfect.
Packed in premium soft pouch and BL box with soft white filler inside
Life’s is too short to be dull, let us keep shinning, lovely, learning and adapting to the evolving world together because your beauty is our bliss.
Hope you like it
How are you all?❤
Hope you all are good
Now, I have collaborated with Fuschia by Vkare☺️
Name( fuschia) sounds interesting
Vkare bio sciences reflects in their moto mean we care
The organization is dedicated to the commitment of quality products and excellent customer service. At the heart of their success is their belief to develop strong and long lasting relationships with their customers.
I received three products from their end and they are just amazing
These products are made in India only. We can totally rely upon them as they will not lead any kind of side effect on our face.
Blush face mask
Properties : Cleansing, Toning Purposes
Each of the variants is enriched with different natural active ingredients which impart them their unique properties.
Use these masks once or twice a week
Ingredients – Rose Water, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera, Geranium Oil, FUCOGE™, Biopol U-21, Vitamin-E
Imbibed with the cleansing property of Rose water, revitalizing Geranium oil and all the goodness of Vitamin E, this Olive Oil and Aloe Vera based product intensely moisturizes and keeps your skin healthy and supple.
Anti-aging night cream
Infused with 100% vegetarian & natural ingredients which prevents sagging & firms your skin. Arabian Jasmine ( jasminum sambac) oil clarifies, hydrates & heals skin. Vitamin E prevents premature ageing & prevents fine wrinkles.Free of parabens, phthalates, petroleumase, artificial tints & synthetic perfumes. Fuschia – Arabian Jasmine Anti-ageing Night Cream helps to restore the essential oils that is robbed off due to the hassles of daily life. The revitalizing and anti-aging action helps you to keep those years in check. According to skin care experts it is during the night that our skin repairs itself. The toxins accumulated during the day are also flushed out. The skin begins the healing process and also produces the natural oils helping to keep it moisturized. The fact that we are not constantly exposed to the elements that harms our skin, like pollution and the rays of the sun, during the night, further helps the effectiveness of the cream.
Tips on night cream usage
• It is best to apply the night cream at least an hour before you go to sleep.
• The cream should be left on for a minimum of eight hours.
• Night creams should be washed off in the morning.
• Never use a night cream during the day.
Although i haven’t used this cream!
My mom is using this cream and it is very useful
You can reach fuschia at http://www.vkarebiosciences.com
Hope you guys like this
I got a sneak peak into the December Pearlesque Box… And it is amazing! Pearlesque Box is a monthly subscription box that has several full-sized products that’re natural, organic, and nontoxic. Only about 10% of the 10,000 chemicals commonly found in personal care products have safety data, so choosing natural, organic products is essential when looking out for our health! The monthly subscription is $39.95, but the items inside retail for $90, so it’s quite a steal. This month was filled with organic Metta Australian skincare products.
The founder of Metta skincare, Anca Grigoras, followed her passion to start a skincare line inspired by the organic garden she grew up nearby. She learned from an early age the value and sacredness of living in harmony with nature and harnessing the power of ancient, natural remedies. Metta Australian skincare is a line that uses safe ingredients that have been intensively researched. With a background in Occupational Health and Safety, Anca’s passion to work towards adapting safe, chemical-free products is shown brightly through her beauty products.
The first product I tested was the Intensive Replenishing Face Balm. This 2 fl oz product is deeply hydrating with shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and macadamia seed oil!
I scooped a pearl-sized portion from the jar and warmed it with my hands before gently massaging it into my skin. It turns into a serum which quickly seeps into the skin and restored my skin to have a natural glow.
Next, I tried the Comforting Hand Cream. This product is perfect for me! Back in highschool I got a harsh, red skin irritation on my hands which permanently discolored patches of skin on my right hand. The skin there is very fresh now, and it got sunburned badly after a couple summers of tennis camp. The result has made my hands worn down and in need of major TLC.
I used this hand balm, which is a vegan blend of certified organic, and fair trade shea butter and olive oil. It leaves my hands feeling super moisturized and is in a creamy, buttery consistency. With any left over product on my palms, I’ll rub it into my knees or elbows.
The next product I tested was the Body Butter. I love how creamy and whipped this product looks! It’s made from lots of yummy ingredients, including shea butter, grape seed oil, jojoba seed oil, and cocoa seed butter. It’s perfect to use during seasons of cold winds or in elements that would cause environmentally-stressed skin.
Finally I finished my evening of pampering with the Coconut Lip Balm. Metta Australian skincare line doesn’t drop the ball when it comes to its lip care either! This balm is made with avocado oil to create a lush hydrating mix to bring lips back to life from chapped to plump and soothed.
Pearlesque Box is such a great way to test out new organic, body-friendly products each month. The subscriptions come in prepay options for 3, 6, or 12-months, which are all discounted! Pearlesque Box also offers electronic gift cards, and even has an exclusive holiday gift box available! That box is full of the best products from Pearlesque Box over the past year. Either way, any choice you make as a consumer to ditch the chemicals and dig into natural oils and healing ingredients is a win for the planet and a nod towards optimal health!
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