A Short Getaway

Andy and I decided a while ago to head out of town for the holiday weekend, but last week we made a last minute decision to make a break for the beach. Based on a combination of great flight prices and hotel deals, we scored a great trip to Vero Beach in Florida. Our hotel had some unique amenities and despite dodging a few rain storms while we were there, we had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

In the Bag

I have been searching for quite some time for a purse that is stylish, versatile, large, affordable and (here’s the biggest challenge) eco-friendly or non-leather. I kept being drawn to the shiny styles of department store designers, but was not impressed with the price tags or the materials they were made of, so I took my search online. And I must admit, when I saw this purse, I knew it was the ONE. Unfortunately, even on sale it was still more than I wanted to spend. However, lo and behold, a little online searching and I found it at Amazon.com for a fraction of the price.

I love that this bag from Matt & Nat uses recycled “Japanese paper” instead of leather and the faux suede interior lining is made from recycled bottles. Now that’s what I call a fashion statement

A New Site for Paws & Think

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I have mentioned Paws & Think more than once on this site, and a perk of being my own boss is that I have been able to not only increase my involvement with their volunteer programs, but also offer my professional skills as part of the tech team.

That being said, I did what I do best and redesigned and developed a new and improved site for the organization. I took their old site, which was just using a generic template with a confusing navigation structure, and gave them a custom template that I integrated with my favorite content management system. Next up will be designing a custom e-newsletter for the organization to send out mass emails about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events.

Design talk aside, if you have been looking for an organization to donate your time, talents or financial support to, I highly suggest you consider Paws & Think. I can say that I have experienced first hand the positive impact it has on both people and pets.