SholdIt Scarf

A good scarf is key when traveling. It’s a comfort and can provide warmth. That’s why I love the Shold It Scarf. 

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As you can see their are multiple ways to wear this scarf.  I love the hidden pockets.



When the package arrived, I was impressed by the images that illustrate different ways to wear it. I love to wear gray (see above pictures, I’m wearing a gray shirt and then my gray jacket here).


This scarf is versatile and the perfect travel companion. You can fit your phone and keys in the hidden compartments.

Orange isn’t my favorite color, but would love one in black or purple. I think this is a great invention and love it!

*Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom Spark Network and relieved this product to review. However the opinions are my own.

Canon Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens
Product Description
From the Manufacturer
True HD Performance | EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
For those looking to capture superb quality Full HD video, the EOS M Digital Camera offers a number of advantages. Offering a large APS-C sized sensor, the camera is able to deliver shallow depth-of-field for achieving impressive cine-style results and the ability to capture clean, high-quality video, even under very low-light conditions.
With the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, the camera is also compatible with Canon’s extensive family of EF lenses for boundless creativity.

Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS M Digital Camera continues Canon’s tradition of performance, quality and simplicity. The EOS M Digital Camera enables easy manual control of focus and exposure. It also automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.

Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Resolution & Recording Sizes
Frame Rates
Recording Time Based on 8 GB Memory Card Full HD
1920 x 1080
16:9 format
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec.
25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately)
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 22 min. 24 fps (23.976)
1280 x 720 (HD) 22 min. HD
1280 x 720
16:9 format
60 fps (59.94)
640 x 480 (SD) 1 hr. 32 min. 50 fps – PAL standard
Recording Time Based on 16 GB Memory Card
Standard Definition (SD)
640 x 480
30 fps (29.97)
Maximum Recording Time 29 min. 59 sec. 25 fps – PAL standard
Total Recording Time (approximately) 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 44 min.
1280 x 720 (HD) 44 min.
640 x 480 (SD) 3 hr. 4 min.

Built-in stereo microphone, manual audio level adjustment
The EOS M Digital Camera has an internal stereo microphone for high-quality audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the EOS M Digital Camera is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.

Video Snapshot
With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS M Digital Camera can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights “album.” With no editing required after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera’s HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera’s shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can now be reordered or deleted.

Extraordinary Image Quality and Processing Power

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s amazing 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor. Perfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the EOS M Digital Camera’s sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same new technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel’s light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS M Digital Camera’s accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).
Versatile ISO Range for shooting in a wide variety of lighting conditions
Thanks to its DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS M Digital Camera features a versatile ISO range of ISO 100–6400 (expandable to 12800 in H mode) for video recording and ISO100–12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode) for still image shooting. The EOS M Digital Camera, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor’s remarkable noise-reduction technology, delivers outstanding performance in low light for incredible video and photos.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The EOS M Digital Camera features Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera’s CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor the EOS M Digital Camera can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like HDR Backlight Control, art filters, lens correction and much more. The brilliant “brain” of the camera, this engine supercharges every facet of image capture.

Hybrid CMOS AF delivers fast autofocus speed for video and photos.
The EOS M Digital Camera uses a hybrid AF system to deliver incredibly speedy and accurate focus. Its CMOS sensor has center-mounted pixels that are used for phase-difference AF. Phase difference AF is incredibly fast for general distance determination, while contrast AF is incredibly accurate, no matter the location of the focus point. By capitalizing on the strengths of phase-difference and contrast AF systems, the EOS M Digital Camera achieves precise AF, fast.

Sharp and Clear, with Tactile Controls

Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF
The EOS M Digital Camera comes with a newly engineered, Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II. Using the same capacitive technology as today’s popular mobile devices, this new screen is touch-sensitive and delivers intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. The additional benefit of Touch AF makes it fast and easy to focus on any subject, by simply touching it on the screen. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million pixels), this screen is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor’s resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD’s surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and maintain a bright, clear image display.

A Comprehensive System Of EOS Optics

Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses (optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M is required)
The EOS M Digital Camera features a new style lens mount, called EF-M. Besides the dedicated EF-M lenses, the camera is compatible with the entire family of Canon EF and EF-S lenses by attaching the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS M. When the adapter is used, the image quality of the lens is preserved, with no light loss or change to image stabilization.

From fisheye to telephoto and everywhere in between, Canon offers the most comprehensive lens collection on the planet, with the finest optics and most advanced technologies for whatever application is at hand.

When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, the camera’s Movie Servo AF feature takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF.

Effects for Dramatic and Gorgeous Results

Handheld Night Scene mode
Accessible right on the EOS M Digital Camera’s Mode Dial, Handheld Night Scene mode captures nightscapes with bright highlights and detailed dark areas, delivering results previously impossible without the use of a tripod. By shooting and combining four consecutive shots at a shutter speed fast enough to avoid camera shake, the EOS M Digital Camera’s Handheld Night Scene mode makes dramatic nighttime photography simple.

HDR Backlight Control mode
The EOS M Digital Camera’s HDR Backlight Control mode ensures that backlit subjects are not recorded too dark. By shooting three consecutive shots at different exposures (underexposed, correctly exposed and overexposed) and then combining the images, the final result maintains detail in both the shadow and highlight areas, ensuring the backlit subject is properly exposed.

Seven Creative Filters, plus new Art Bold Effect and Water Painting Effect
Adding to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS M Digital Camera are seven different creative filters that can dramatically alter the mood and visual effect of any particular scene. Creative Filters include Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Miniature Effect and new filters: Art Bold Effect (makes the photos look like an oil painting, with subjects appearing three-dimensional), and Water Painting Effect (photos are altered to look like a water-colored painting). Since the filters can be applied to the image after shooting, it’s easy to try several effects on the same shot. These creative effects can also be applied to video, for additional imaginative fun.

Multi Shot Noise Reduction
To enhance its already admirable high ISO shooting capabilities, the EOS M Digital Camera features an intelligent Multi Shot Noise Reduction tool that reduces noise even further than the camera’s sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor alone. With Multi Shot Noise Reduction activated, the camera takes four consecutive shots, merges and aligns them. This eliminates more noise than the traditional Noise Reduction filter, with little or no apparent resolution loss. Moving subjects are even optimized to minimize subject blur! Thanks to this clever new feature, high ISO shooting has never looked better.

EOS M Digital Camera Body
EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens
Neck Strap EM-100DB
Battery Pack LP-E12
Battery Charger LC-E12
USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
EOS Digital Solution Disk, Camera Instruction Manual and Software Instruction Manual CD

Alive Expo Green Pavilion Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels benefiting Project Green held during Emmyweek

Alive Expo Green Pavilion Music Lounge with Fortunate Angels benefiting Project Green held during  Emmyweek

The Alive Expo/Green Pavilion Emmyweek Gifting Suite is happening next week. The Green Pavilion is the non-profit organization of the Alive Expo.

Project Green was started by two women to give back.

I’m heading to LA this week to help at the event. I’m excited to be apart of this Green event.



Jenny Lake is formed from glacial run off. A great family hike is up to Hidden Falls.

The hike actually starts with a boat ride across Jenny lake. It’s a little expensive, but worth the experience (and the saved time hiking around the lake, which is also an option. There is water available to fill water bottles at the Dock.


We packed a picnic lunch with our famous Hope Ranch Chilcken Salad to share with the family. {RECIPE}.


We spotted a small red fox and marmot at the top.


This hike is more steep but not a hard hike. This year I carried our daughter and found the only strain really to be hiking up on a few steep parts and the impact on my knees a little rough going down.

It’s a beautiful hike and one we do each year.


{Craft} Paper and Digital Designer Workshop

Hello friends, I would like to share a workshop that is taking place in Salt Lake in February that my friend Carina Gardner has put together.

We are excited to host our first Digital & Paper Designer Workshop! We are staying at the elegant, four diamond Little America Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City (think girl getaway meets creative design marathon!). On Friday, breakfast and lunch will be catered by this beautiful venue. On Saturday, lunch and a closing dinner will be served by the Little America as well. (Breakfast also served on Saturday morning). Your hotel stay and all classes/materials are included in the registration fee.

This workshop is built around skill-building techniques for creating beautiful papers and accessories for both novice and advanced digital and paper designers. It’s packed full of FUN creative ways to build papers and accessories! Get your creativity and mojo going along with practical one-on-one design advice!

There is a cap of 20 people for this event so that you receive one-on-one guidance with Carina to really help you develop beautiful papers and accessories. Classes include hands-on fun with brushes, design theory, working with color, working a paper over correctly, and developing collections. You’ll have so much fun with the process and receiving feedback as you work. This girls-trip-meets-design-learning experience promises to be an amazing adventure!

Registration is current open
Shared Room Registration is $850.
Single Room Registration is $1050.
Registration includes a 3-night hotel stay at the Little America, all meals during the event (Friday and Saturday) with the exception of Friday night (we will be going out that night! PARTY!), and all workshop classes and materials.

Payments can be made via check or credit card. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee to hold your spot for the workshop (it goes towards your registration fees). The first half of the registration fee needs to be paid by November 1, 2011 and the second half February 1, 2012. You will receive a full schedule of classes, packing instructions, and more for the workshop in October 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I responsible for paying for?
Most of the event is covered by your registration fee including meals (catered by the Little America), your hotel accommodations, class materials, and instruction. After the registration fee, you will have to pay for your flight and Friday’s dinner out (and any other shopping you want to do).

When should I book my flight?
You will want to fly into the Salt Lake City airport sometime on Thursday (Feb 2) and leave Sunday (Feb 5). You can fly in and out as early or late as you wish. We begin early on Friday morning and end late on Saturday. We may have an optional get together Thursday evening for those that fly in early (depending on when everyone is coming in).

What do I need to bring?
Most of the classes require you to do design work on your computer (but some do not!). Because of this, you will need a laptop and laptop power cord. You will also need a version of Photoshop and Illustrator. All the other class materials will be provided.

Can I choose who I share a room with?
If you decide to share a room and you know a friend who is also going, you can request to share a room with that friend. We can accommodate 2 people to a room. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests. If you don’t know anyone coming, we will assign you to another participant in the program.

Can I bring a friend or spouse?
If you decide to bring a friend or spouse who is not planning on going to any of the events, you will need to register for a single room to share with them. If the friend or spouse would like to participate in all the events, they will have to register as another participant. If they would like to just participate in one or all of the meals, we can give you pricing and times so they can join us!

Will we have fun too?
You bet! We have a shopping and relaxing outing on Friday night. But other than that, you’ll find the classes fun and hands-on. Not only will you grow as a designer, but this is an opportunity to connect with other new & intermediate designers, get one-on-one time with Carina and Susan, and build a community. Oh, and did we mention the pool? Ya, there might be a few late nights hanging out and putting on nail polish.

What is the Little America’s website and information?
The Little America’s website is We will be staying in the Tower Rooms.

How long do I have to register?
Until the workshop fills up. If we have more interest, we may add another session.

How does payment work?
We’ve tried to spread out the payments to accommodate participants. There is a $50 registration fee to hold your spot. If you are registering for a shared room ($850), you will need to pay $400 by November 1, 2011 and then $400 by February 1, 2012. If you have paying for a single room, you will pay $500 by November 1, 2011 and $500 by February 1, 2012. You will be able to pay by check or credit card.

Is there homework or things I can do to prepare before I come?
Only if you want to! We will have lots of materials for you before you show up and suggestions of things you can do so you can get some one-on-one time with Carina and your work (as well as improve it while you are there!). But if you don’t want to bring anything and want to come with a blank slate, you can do that too!

Can I come earlier or later for more vacation days?
If it is your plan to get in a day of skiing, snowshoeing, or other mountain fun in before the event, then you might want to come in earlier (or stay later). However, we can only book you for our allotted hotel space so you will need to book separately your rooms for before and after the event.

Hope to see you there! For any other questions, email

{Culture} Welcome to Norway

Danes and Norwegians have a long known rivalry that goes back to the beginning of time.

My brother shared this video with me, it’s pretty funny but there is a naughty part toward the end, so avert your eyes.

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