Archive for May, 2011

Not Your Parents’ Picnic Basket: Urban Picnic Box

With summer’s unofficial arrival, I highly recommend extending the festive outdoor food vibe for as long as possible. Pack a lunch, grab a few friends and a patch of grass (or sidewalk) and host your own picnic. Don’t want to be caught dead toting a wicker basket around? No worries. Made by a team of creatives who care about design and the environment, meet the Urban Picnic Box by Boxsal:

Each picnic box includes:

  • 1 Boxsal Picnic box
  • 4 Compostable Trays
  • 4 Compostable Large Bowls
  • 4 Compostable Small Bowls
  • 4 Compostable Utensil Sets
  • 4 Compostable Cold Cups
  • 8 Recycled Napkins
  • 1 Compostable Trash Bag

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Inspired is Inspired by… Oprah and Others

© 2011 Harpo Productions, Inc. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably heard by now that Oprah Winfrey’s daytime talk show, Oprah, has come to an end. The syndicated show has had a successful 25-year run and has made the woman, an icon.

Winfrey’s story is one of the American dream: a poor Southern girl turned billionaire media mogul. And during her daytime television reign, she changed and undoubtedly inspired millions of viewers. [read more]

I Survived The Rapture and All I Got Was This Lousy Post!

A Bucket full of CloudsA bucket full of clouds by Ennor

Hello, Monday. Hello, World.

If you’re reading this, high five! You survived “The Rapture”… not that you didn’t think otherwise, but hey, here we are.

Since Doomsday did not happen, I propose you share with me printable items from your bucket list. Did you do anything you’ve been meaning to for awhile? What did you do on your supposed last day on Earth? Did you jump out of an airplane (I’ve done this twice and highly recommend it)? Or did you go to your garden and see how many tomatoes you could stuff in your mouth at once? Maybe you went surfing and caught some killer waves. I’m curious to know, anyone cross anything off their bucket list for the End of Times? What exactly is on your bucket list?! Do tell!

What Inspired Me This Week: DIY Photo Booth Frames

I love DIY projects. Especially simple, crafty, and duh-obvious ones. I’m surprised that of the dozens of weddings and parties I’ve attended over the years, I had never heard of or seen a DIY Photo Booth Frame before.

What an ingenious and interactive way to commemorate a special occasion. Guests are encouraged to step up and say, “cheese!” behind a brightly colored and playful frame. And guests or hosts walk away with an original and inventive keepsake. [read more]

Whatcha Reading?

My nearly two-year-old kid, Lulu is cuckoo for books (as I presume all kids are at this age). We religiously read together, throughout the day, but especially at night before bedtime. So it got me wondering… how many books do we actually read daily? Yesterday, I decided to make a list of the books Lulu chose for us to read to her, to share with you. Enjoy:

1. Toad is the Uncle of Heaven – I didn’t think I’d read this book to Lulu for awhile because it’s far beyond her years and the illustrations are a little scary, but she loves it. The Vietnamese folktale is about a toad and his friends who travel to a far off place to ask the King of Heaven for rain. Lulu enjoys the noises I make for the fight scenes (admittedly, it is very exciting).

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Five Eco-Friendly Party Favors Under Five Dollars

For parents hosting an eco-friendly birthday party, say goodbye to cheap and uber disposable party favors and say hello to these five wallet-friendly and earth-friendly party favors worth keeping:

1. Soy Crayons – $1.00

If you have a crayon-eater in your family, like I do, you’re going to love these bright and planet-friendly (AP certified non-toxic and contains no lead) crayons. Made from 100% renewable resources without paraffin wax, the crayons offer hours of scribbling fun. The box contains the following eight colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown and black. [read more]

Mother’s Day and Mother Earth +$50 Voucher Giveaway

I hope everybody had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! (teaser: $50 voucher giveaway below)

My daughter, Lulu and I spent Saturday afternoon tending our garden and hanging out with Mother Earth. On Sunday, we chilled at home where I mostly enjoyed three glorious extra hours of sleep.

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Hello, My Name is…

Paper Culture and our blog, Inspired, are my babies (along with Baby B). But there comes a time in all parents’ lives when they have to acknowledge that their children are growing up. While I will continue my occasional business updates and Me and Baby Be series, today, I am thrilled to announce that the Paper Culture family has grown and from today onwards, we will have a new blogging maven, Souris Hong-Porretta. She is one of my favorite online writers, a mom of a young daughter and someone I’m sure will bring a few minutes of joy to your days each week. But my words will not do her justice, so in her own words, I introduce you to …

[Grabs the mic] Hello, hello! My name is Souris, and I love that I get to work with small companies with big ideas. I’m stoked to join the team and to guest blog on Inspired! For the next several months, I will keep you posted on what’s happening at Paper Culture, green living, super awesome stationery, and other things that might catch my eye online. [read more]