Traveling constantly and for different reasons result in SO many different packing techniques and needs… well this time we’re looking at Business Travelers. Non stop, constantly hopping on and off phone calls, netbooking on the go, in and out of airport lounges and cars/taxis and hotels… never even knowing what city you’re flying to or departing from… it’s a stressful, fast paced life of madness to say the least! So what would you gift them (or yourself if you are one?) to help ease that crazy? See some of my picks on the next page!
This sponsored post is brought to you by Windows 7 - text is by Federated Media, silly pic is me… and i couldn’t resist, so i embedded some of the hilarious Windows 7 “To The Cloud” ads i love on the next page just for fun!
Defying the Laws of Physics
Who says you can’t be in more than one place at a time? Sorry, physics - modern technology has defied you and found a way for us to be at home while at work, or at work while at home. No, this isn’t a figment of some multitasker’s imagination. It’s reality for those who get to the cloud with Windows Live.
With Active Desktop, you can access your PC from almost anywhere. The days of lost zip drives and forgotten files are but a distant, bad memory. And, Windows Mesh assures that the files on your PC sync up with all of your devices - from your laptop to your smart phone to your office computer, so that you always have the most recent version of your work in front of you.
Of course, it’s not all about work. You’ll also be able to tap into and share your music collection, photos, and other media. Cloud computing is really about staying connected - not only to your own data, but to others. Whether you start up an HD Chat to share and discuss files, or use one click to share a photo from your awesome concert seats with your social network, you’re connected.
In other words, you’re everywhere.
Sponsored by DonQ Rum ~ We were recently tapped to help them for a contest called Master of All Skills. The goal? To create playful Liqurious themed quizzes aimed at finding the Masters of Mixology! Complete all the Masters challenges for a chance at the grand prize ~ a trip to the DonQ Rum distillery in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where you’ll learn how they make rum first-hand! Anyhow, all the details are over at the the DonQ Master of All Skills site ~ but first things first, ready for the first of the NOTCOT/Liqurious quiz? Check it out on the next page!
Here’s the latest post in our Inspiration series! Sponsored by Veer.com ~ we get to have some fun and go image researching across the internet around random themes inspiring us at the moment.. and share what we find! This time i’m all about the red stripey goodness of the season.
I’ve seriously been on a peppermint/candy cane kick since it started getting chilly. On pattern’s that scream HOLIDAYS! to me ~ red and white stripes definitely do it. That and the super delicious limited edition Peppermint Mocha Kahlua that is just divine in hot chocolate on these brisk wintry days (ok fine, so it’s a bit wet and chilly here in LA ~ not snowing or anything)… So when hunting for some visual inspiration, my stomach took me to flickr where i promptly obsessed on smashed candy canes turning into sweet temptations… like peppermint bark! First one to grab me? That awesome pic up there by Erin and Ben… see more tempting inspirations i found on the next page… and even more as i moved on to Veer to see what visual red and white striped goodness i could find (housed in my album here!).
On fun new sponsorships ~ Starbucks is celebrating their 12 Days of Sharing advent calendar like holiday event on NOTCOT.org with fun hidden surprises popping up each day around the site! Click on them to find out more ~ and see if you spot them all over the next 12 days! Every day will be a little different!
This post is sponsored by American Express - content is mine, they are enabling me to ramble on small biz today!
Happy almost small business day!!! It’s coming - this saturday! November 27th! Loving the idea of this new “holiday” to celebrate the small business in our lives, especially around the holidays! On small businesses, isn’t it amazing how nearly anyone can be (or is!) a small business? With a dash of internet mixed with amazing platforms and services, from blogs to etsy to kickstarter to kiva to ebay, it has never been easier to pop up a new business… Small Business day is an amazing idea to help nurture those who are starting up businesses, and for the big ones to look back and remember where they came from… after all, you certainly can’t become a BIG business without first starting small…
So, how will we be celebrating? Well, it’s time for our annual NOTCOT Gift Guides and Giveaways to launch! Holidays have always been one of my favorite times to help support the amazing designers and small businesses we celebrate year round on NOTCOT ~ as well a chance to give back to all of you amazing readers! This is the time we invite some of our favorite small businesses/brands to donate giveaways/discounts for readers ~ giving them an extra chance to show off their awesomeness, and provide a mind blowing collection of gifts for you! This year we have 30 amazing giveaways starting later today and unfolding daily throughout the season. Coupled with our gift guides and our page of exclusive coupons ~ we hope you’ll have no problem supporting small businesses for Small Business Saturday with us along with American Express!
American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, November 27. They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to Girls Inc. for “Likes” of the Facebook page. Join the celebration by clicking the “Like” button below and visiting the Small Business Saturday page to learn more about the program and read the terms and conditions that apply.
So are you ready? Personally, as a fellow small business, i can’t wait!
This is a sponsored post from our friends at Currency℠ a service from American Express! A new site focused on helping you make smart decisions when it comes to money ~ and NOTCOT even has a column there showcasing some of our favorite products that are worth every penny!
Finances as a Work of Art? Sort of… Thanks to Unique American Express Site
Navigating your finances these days can be like trying to understand a piece of contemporary art. Although it’s hard to make sense of it at first, it’s really not all that complex once you break it down. The Currency℠ site from American Express helps do just that with resources dedicated to helping young adults simplify their money matters, plan for the future, and take control of their financial lives.
To get a good sense of all the site has to offer, start with the Currency 101 blog that provides an overview of the site’s offerings. The “Spending” section is all about making your money work for you. “Planning & Savings” helps prepare you for your future—managing your finances a year from now, or starting to put money away for retirement. “Big Decisions” helps prepare you financially for life’s milestones. Surf around and score financial strategies on all parts of your life: saving up to get a pet, cheap ideas for going out, how to negotiate your lease, how to handle student loan payments.
Beyond reading the Currency℠ site’s articles and blog posts, users can take advantage of some cool interactive content as well. There’s Currency Coursework, which brings the classroom to you, educating users about personal finance topics with guidance from Knowledge@Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Log in and learn—and there won’t be any midterms.
And for iPhone users, the Social Currency app, powered by Foursquare, lets you check in and share your purchasing experiences and deals with your friends, while racking up points and earning badges.
Head to GetCurrency.com, and get socially and sensibly savvy with your money.
Here’s the fourth post in our Inspiration series! Sponsored by Veer.com ~ we get to have some fun and go image researching across the internet around random themes inspiring us at the moment.. and share what we find! This time i got lost exploring the Totems and Tikis i found in Veer.com! There’s something so inspiring and calming about these icons and creatures ~ Check it out on the next page!
NOTCOT’s Favorite Places ~ here’s a new series of posts sharing some of my favorite places in Los Angeles! This content series is brought to you by the All-New 2011 Kia Sportage. Welcome to the Next Level.
First up on favorite spots in LA, i had to share:
1121-1 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
310 392 9128
Tuesday - Sunday 11a - 7p
I told you when they first opened their Venice store that it is like NOTCOT in person. Well a few years later, and that is still true ~ and they even recently expanded to take over the space next door, and now even stock FURNITURE! Which makes it filled with delectable temptations for not only gifts and smaller items, but some really lovely chairs and desks and lighting even! So beyond what you see of their goods online at AplusRstore.com it’s far more fun to play with it all in person… popping by today i totally gave in to this awesome Brasafire Tabletop Eco-fueled Fire Lamp… go take a peek inside the space and some of the amazing products on the next page!
Here’s the fifth post in our Inspiration series! Sponsored by Veer.com ~ we get to have some fun and go image researching across the internet around random themes inspiring us at the moment.. and share what we find! Well this time ~ going through so many scotland pictures, i found these mushrooms on a beautifully dark tree stump, growing amongst some moss… and they were so fascinating, i dropped to the ground to take pics of them while walking back to the house! So, inspired by these, i’ve dug up lots of mushrooms growing in grass/forests/etc on the next page that i found over at Veer.com! And you have to check out the closeup of these crazy scottish ones!
Here’s a sponsored post from our friends at 901 Tequila ~ a natural NOTCOT fit, since i’ve been secretly loving these ads directed by JT himself…
Put Down the Shot Glass and Pick Up 901 Silver Tequila
901 Silver Tequila, the new premium spirit from Justin Timberlake, is unlike the tequila you drank in college. A triple distilled spirit with an incredibly smooth finish, 901 Silver can be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
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The recipe took more than three generations to perfect and uses only the best ingredients, like 100% Blue Weber Agave. With an aroma unlike other tequilas, its unique flavor and surprisingly smooth finish put 901 Silver Tequila in a league of its own.
The next time you’re out for a good time, drop the salt and lime and take a sip of the tequila that’s redefining how we drink it.
For more pics and vids ~ see the next page and check out more at 901 Stories!
Here’s the first post in a fun new series! Sponsored by Veer.com ~ we get to have some fun and go image researching around random themes inspiring us at the moment.. and share what we find! Honestly, these types of random inspiration hunts we wander off on from google image searches to flickr to scouring NOTCOT itself and just wandering deeper into the internet… are pretty common, just seldom do we keep track and share it out as a post! So to kick things off Leo and i decided to explore what initially started as a hunt for cool imagery on signage… that ended up leading to some crazy graphical wall coverings that included cool imagery from signs and more… take a peek at the randomness we were inspired by on our internet exploration on the next page! Additionally check out more on the theme in my Veer Lightbox on Signage… but first fun pics that inspired us on the next page!
This is a Sponsored Post by Nat Geo AMAZING - a NOTCOT first, and even this i couldn’t resist doing my way. I was so intrigued by what they wanted to advertise, they sent a copy of the book over, and i took pics of some of my favorite pages to share! Check out what they have to say below ~ and see my pictures on the next page!
Brain Candy for Busy People Death-defying antics, leaps of faith, artfully rendered engineering masterpieces, tricks of the eye in 3-D (no special glasses needed) - National Geographic has long been known for capturing the most unexpected, unusual, and wild encounters in nature. Their newly launched franchise - “NAT GEO AMAZING!” - is no exception.
Visually stunning video and photography celebrate the world’s most fascinating people, places, and things in a 10-part television series airing on the National Geographic Channel and a full-color companion book (perfect poolside or beach reading material), “NAT GEO AMAZING! 100 People, Places and Things That Will Wow You.”
See surfers ride the barrel from inside the waves, stuntmen perform explosive escapades, and daredevils do everything from chase tornadoes to climb ice. Get ready for warm and fuzzy feelings with whimsical stories like the surprising friendship between a tiger and a pig and heart-pounding moments as a man escapes death in Dangerous Reef, Australia. Discover wacky but true stories that are sure to make you the life of the party this summer. (Did you hear the one about the woman who married the Eiffel Tower? For real.)
Our world is awe-inspiring, sometimes bizarre, and often surprising, and “NAT GEO AMAZING! 100 People, Places and Things That Will Wow You” brings the most thrilling tales, raw beauty, and odd phenomena to life. It’s National Geographic as you’ve never seen it before.
The book is available wherever books are sold and the series debuts on the National Geographic Channel, July 9, 2010, 7 p.m. EST. Get even more involved online at NAT GEO AMAZING where you’ll find videos, music, photos, and more.