Thinking outside of your box

As Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs are popping up with the help of great local systems such as Start Up Weekend and 5X5 Night the trends for office environments are changing also.

A quick search online for some of the most creative office environments, such as and Facebook, show laid back, hipped out, collaborative spaces where your imagination is more important than your punch card.

Etsy Offices:

Etsy office


Facebook Offices:

Etsy office


Compared to a Cubical Farm, or what many Corporate Offices with technology based jobs have looked like in the past:

Cubical Farm:

Etsy office


I’d say that the changing trends are welcomed ones. Click here to read more over at My Turnstone.

Storage: How to be trendy but original

Lately elsewhere …

Storage is an essential part of your office ecosystem and Turnstone has some pretty great options if I do say so myself. As someone who moves around often in my office setting I need my must-haves accessible easily.

In a previous article I showed you what I need for great work flow. In my lap top bag, I keep my current work files with me as well as my photo editing equipment and an extra external hard drive.

Click here to read more

Other related articles

How to be trendy but original: Office Art.

How to make Cork Terrariums.

How to create a sacred work zone.

Working every angle of a home office redo.


Some pre-winter hibernating – getting caught up on life in real time, having a blast with my family and trying to get my blood sugar under control about sums up the past month.

I’ve had this desire to MAKE, do, create as well and I’ve had fun trying new recipes and homemade versions of cleaners via pinterest. I’m acually giddy to do laundry now and the dishes too. Something about knowing I made the detergent and it smells SOOOO good, it just makes me happy. Also? I spent about $8 for six months worth of laundry soap and dishwashing detergent.

We also tried a new chocolate chip cookie recipe. It makes one million cookies, but I’m told they’re delicious.

This is a winner as well and now in our “favorite” rotation. Pork tenderloin … mmmm.

I have plans to make this in January with friends and then eat it directly after.

And Christmas morning is going to look delicious this year. (I’ll be eating my usual eggs. Yay diabetes!)

But I still love baking and making so I won’t stop. What have you been taking from your Pin boards and making a reality lately??

Things We Love To Do

A few fun things to do, give or make.

Free Compliments: I might just hang this on my mirror or randomly tape it on a box of cereal in the grocery store, to a telephone pole at a busy corner or in a public restroom. My fav is “Terrific Tattoo”.

Pretty sure it’s time for my daughter (less than a month from being seven!) to journal. Fill in the blanks is a great way to get started.

Great for long trips in the car, an afternoon that needs an activity or a waiting room: Fabric I Spy Book.

Flavored Tequilla: a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift or reason to throw a cheese party. Yes.

Need something new in your hair? A little indie maybe? Hair sticks.

I am always losing my earbuds. Not anymore.

Another way to use your toilet paper rolls – make these New Years Eve Surprises.

Babies to buy for? These are adorable felt booties.

Birthday Crowns: LOVE THESE.

Pinwheel wreath: I know just the girl to make this with.

Where’s Waldo?

Here’s a list of the articles I’ve written across the web lately. I’ve been pretty bogged down over here with the Holidays and kids and getting sick. “Bogged” is probably the wrong word because I’ve been having a great time working and living life, just haven’t made the time to check in and tell you all about it. Once the Holiday’s pass and our schedule gets back to normal so will my routine.

For now read me everywhere else:

After a fun weekend away with girlfriends I wrote Sex me up! A coupon book. for Curvy Girl Guide. I have so many disclaimers to put on this article but instead I’m shutting my mouth and avoiding eye contact. In the mean time, please pay attention to your marriage under the covers. You deserve it.

Then I shared 5 Holiday Drinks to bring on the cheer at Curvy Girl Guide as well. That photo-shoot was a blast. And no, I didn’t drink them all … but you should!

On Turnstone this week I crossed our perpetual moving with moving an office and gave some tips on keeping the business running while all of that cardboard is flying.

Which led to Settling In, a little “feng shui” for your home away from home. (The office, as a hint.)

This weekend we’ll be snowboarding on fake snow because Michigan has stopped believing in a White Christmas. It was mid-50’s yesterday and where I am not about to complain about the weather (because I might literally be the only Michigander who isn’t) I must say … Touche!

In reference to “getting sick” as I said at the beginning of this post – my blood sugar levels have been giving me a run for my money lately. I’ll dive into that one more soon – it’s a round-a-bout story that involves some very vulnerable conversation from me.

So I’ll leave you with this: I love ya! Who’s done Christmas shopping? What’s in your stocking? and What’s the one thing on your list that you hope to see on the 25th?