Stand Up Desk from Brixton Banks

Stand up desks are a new trend right now that benefits our health and wellness. It’s been proven that sitting all day at our desks is contributing to many health problems. The new Stand Up desk from Brixton Banks is a wonderful solution to that problem.

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When I saw this cool new desk, I knew I had to start using one! Sitting at the desk creates so many problems with our health: namely, back problems. To alleviate lower back pain, standing at your desk instead of sitting forces your muscles to be working while you are working.’

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On the Brixton Banks website we learn the health benefits of standing and working:

Scientific studies claim that sitting all day is bad for your health. While that seems to be common sense you may not realize exactly how bad sitting behind a computer all day truly is.

There is more going on than just fatigue and back or neck pain or simply being uncomfortable. A sedentary lifestyle deactivates the hormone lipase which slows down your metabolism and causes you to gain weight.

This can happen within 20 minutes of being inactive. Meanwhile your red blood cells clump and thicken inside of your blood vessels slowing down circulation, insulin production slows down, energy that has not been expended from food, also known as fat, begins to deposit on your internal organs and LPP1 – a gene that suppresses inflammation and clotting shuts off.

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I LOVE this desk! It’s beautiful, first of all. And it’s very lightweight, so it can be easily moved from room to room or even outside if you are using your laptop. It worked perfect on our kitchen table for my son to use it, and  it works great for people of multiple heights sharing it. It’s perfect for active families that are looking to decrease their time sitting, and trying to incorporate more healthy options like standing.

You can get your standing desk at Brixtonbanks.com and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂

 

(*Disclosure – Post Sponsored by Brixton Banks, product given. All reviews are my own opinion. I only review products that I use, and that my readers will benefit from.)

{free business cards for etsy sellers}

Free Moo business cards! Yep. Free.


I love these! I also have the mini moo cards for my craft business as well.

Upload your photos to create your personalized Business Cards from MOO and Etsy. Use images of your creations to promote your unique and designer products.

WHAT ARE MOO BUSINESS CARDS?
  • Choose up to 50 different photos to display on your Business Cards. You can upload directly to moo.com, or even import your photos directly from Etsy.
  • Use your own logo and text with our range of templates or upload your own complete PDF design for the “details” side of your cards.
  • Choose the silky smooth, matt-laminated ‘MOO Classic’ paper or go eco friendly, with recycled ‘Green’ stock.

Each FREE MOO Business Card comes with a unique code to share with your friends, giving them discount off their first order from moo.com

Get yours HERE.

This offer expires April 30th 2010.

{“secrets of etsy sellers” free ebook}

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I found this free ebook at the OnTheDotCreations blog. Full of great small business owner’s information!

Download it here!

{Increase Your Etsy Productivity With These 10 Timesavers}

hourglass1Maintaining a shop on Etsy.com can get time consuming if you let it. Thankfully, there are numerous tools Etsy sellers found that keep your time online to a minimum.

Which gives you more time to focus on the important things, like actually creating your handmade goods & being creative!

Here are some kewl tips…

1) Read the Etsy Wiki! – There is some really FANTASTIC info in here. I landed on the Front Page for the 1st time after heeding the advice on this site! Pay attention to the Photography Category, Marketing & also the Top Sellers in your Craft Field. It’s nice to study the greats & see how they git where they are today.

2) Go to http://www.craftopolis.com -Type in your shop name & hit ENTER. You can quickly see if you are featured in any treasuries or gift guides! No more searching for the Gold or Silver stars, people! Yay!

3) The Etsy Seller Handbook – a must read article in the Storque, (Etsy’s blog) which is also a must-read!

4) Team Downloads -(web buttons, banners & such)

5) CraftCult Heart-O-Matic – Tracks your shop hearts (faves) & views + front page or gift guide features too! 🙂

6) Etsy’s Helpful Links Page – Full of Useful Information

7) Etsy Poster Sketch – Curate your treasuries FASTER!

8) Use Picnik or Picasa to quickly edit your photos (both FREE programs)

9) LetsEts has some kewl tools for adding your shop to Google Base

10) Last but not least is Etsy Hacks – Lotsa kewl html code hacks

{Cosa Verde :: earth-friendly marketplace}


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Cosa Verde has selected Cloud9 Design to open up a shop with them! You can see my new cosa verde shop here.

“Cosa Verde is a new marketplace connecting independent and emerging artists with environmentally-conscious consumers”

Their slogan is…”think big, shop small” and they plant 10 trees for every new shop that is opened! 😉

Cosa Verde is a web-based market where independent artisans and craftspeople showcase their environmentally-friendly wares. Visitors to the site can buy handcrafted goods directly from the artists, shortening the supply-chain and helping small businesses thrive. Shoppers can browse by product categories or by ideology—browsing or narrowing searches by criteria such as “cruelty-free” or “recycled.” {via the site}

I’m really excited to be a part of this new marketplace, and many of my EcoEtsy Street Teammates are on Cosa Verde as well! {chakrapennywhistle, 2ReVert, plum, infusion, & more!}

If you are an artist or designer that makes things that suit the Cosa Verde site, please CLICK HERE and I will receive referral credit and you may even receive credit $$ toward your account.

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{hurt not the earth} for she is your mother

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My Tree of Life tee is featured in an Etsy treasury, {hurt not the earth} for she is your mother – check it out.

Here is the shirt featured. The image is a largescale, hand-drawn tree. You can get it here for $29.00.

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Cloud9 Emporium :: Indie Marketplace

So the economy stinks, but buying handmade is an important way we can all contribute to a new, more earth-friendly economy & help put an end to mass production by supporting artists, buying local, & purchasing items made with love.

Here are 101 reasons to buy handmade from the Poppytalk blog.

After seeing the success of both the Holiday Gift Guide & my Valentine Gift Guide, I’ve decided to have a monthly juried online marketplace called “Cloud9 Emporium” featured on the Cloud9 Blog.

This is just one of the many NEW regular features that Cloud9 will use to showcase & promote emerging indie artists and designers which encourages building the indie community by shopping local & buying handmade.

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If you are an independent artist, designer or artisan that sells your wares on Etsy.com you can apply to be part of the Emporium. The 1st marketplace will be called: “A Greener Spring” which will focus on earth-friendly Spring-related goods to fit in with the theme. The “A Greener Spring” Emporium will run from March 13th – April 22nd giving you 6 weeks of promotion.

The deadline to apply is February 27th.

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Just e-mail me if you are interested. Put “A Greener Spring Submission” in the subject line. **And please give me the URL link to the Etsy shop you wish to be considered.

There is only a limited amount of space available; so only the top applicants will be selected. The submissions must have a strong design aesthethic, impeccable, compelling photography that fits into the theme, and must be high-quality, earth-friendly handmade wares. The fee for being a part of the Emporium will be $40.00.

The Emporium will have highest, top placement in the sidebar.

The Emporium will be marketed on: other blogs, Etsy, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, TwitterMoms, Ning networks, We Love Etsy, IndiePublic, with my Etsy Street Teams: CAST (Christian Artists), EcoEtsy, & EtsyAustin {just to name a few!}

***I have a VERY large following on these social networking sites which gives me a wonderful arena to introduce new and interesting handmade goods, and increases the exposure & traffic to my blog & the visibility of your shop!

This new opportunity for increased visibility for your shop is a great way to help your shop be seen in the sea that is Etsy….Here are some stats for the blog:

We use Quantcast to verify our traffic figures, obtain audience information and to supply our Cloud9 Media Kit. Our audience is 59% female, and 65% of our members are college graduates or hold advanced degrees. Below is a snapshot of demographic and lifestyle attributes of the Cloud9 Design audience.

screenhunter_05-jan-30-1126screenhunter_04-jan-30-1013Some of the lifestyle attributes the Cloud9 blog readers have are the following:

screenhunter_02-jan-30-1008Sitemeter information for my blog states that the Cloud9 blog has had 48,077 visitors(since I joined sitemeter) with an average of 177 per day and growing!!!

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