Odds & Ends

Just a bunch of random thoughts about online services cobbled together in a single post. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

You might remember me posting about Hippopost.com recently. I decided to test out the service myself. Yesterday I received my postcard in the mail! That means it arrived 6 days after I created it. Overall, I was really impressed with it. It was printed on glossy card stock, with just a small logo on the front and an advertising line. On the back there was a small sponsor ad (that's what makes the service free), but still plenty of room for your message. The one negative I found is this: The message I was sending was printed in a small san-serif condensed font. I have 20/20 vision, and I had trouble reading it. Hippopost, please give us a larger font option! Cause, really, I don't need to write 14 lines on a postcard - do you?! Regardless, I will probably use Hippopost again. Here are some photos of the card:

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Another online resource I came across is this:

BabyChapters.com - an online baby book. It allows you to create a baby book online (for free) and then store your babies moments. The best part is that it allows you to share your moments (privately) with friends and family. Once completed, you can choose to order a professionally printed, bound copy of your book. I'm not sure what we'll do when the time comes, whether it be keep it on the blog, incorporate it into the child's lifebook, or this... or maybe a combination?

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The last item of the day has nothing to do with online services - but it's fun.

I saw this project on Betz White's blog. How fun are they!? And a perfect add-on to any summer gifts you need to give. The best part is that they are cheap and easy. I'm totally going to stock up on sponges the next time "dollar days" rolls around. These have been a hit! (With all ages surprisingly. I guess the desire to throw a sopping wet sponge is in all of us.)

The next couple of posts will contain more crafty yummy-ness. Stay tuned!

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