The Engagement Interlude
Wedding |
October 24, 2012

The Engagement Interlude

Ever since I got engaged I noticed a few things. First and foremost… I can’t think about anything for any period of time without wedding planning creeping into my brain… it’s like a bug… an awesome frilly, lacy bug… but a bug that distracts me from work. 🙂 Next, the day after we got engaged, everyone immediately asked “So when is the wedding?” “Where are you getting married?” OY! I was still distracted by the shiny object on my ring finger… much less had started planning. Then the oddest thing started happening…......

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How does our garden grow?
Family, Judaism |
September 28, 2012

How does our garden grow?

In March, a friend asked me if I would be interested in meeting a guy friend of hers. “He’s a really nice guy and very cute,” she told me. “Sure,” I said, “send me a picture?” She did and man, was this guy cute. We spoke for the first time in the beginning of April (2012). Halfway through our first date, I texted my roommate, “This is the man I am going to marry.” Our dating experience could have been typical… dinners out, movies, etc. But our romance was far from that.......

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur… The Important Stuff…

Ok. It’s awful. I have been on my No Pants Dance for… how long? I can’t remember! Four months? Am I delirious from no shopping? Oh dear. Here’s the worst part… Rosh Hashanah in next week. I know! Terrible! What do you mean you don’t understand?! Alright, I’ll explain it. Rosh Hashanah is one of the Jewish New Years. The name literally mean head (rosh) of the year (hashanah). This is when we change the year (from 5772-5773). It is a happy, celebratory time but also reflective of the year past. We......

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New Facebook Marketing Tactic

I recently spoke at a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) training session about social media with a dear friend and SM phenom, Shana Sisk. While we were talking through some tactics, I mentioned that Facebook has a new marketing tactic that I have found very useful. They are calling it “Promoted Posts.” I did not realize until then that this hadn’t been rolled out system-wide yet. I am very thankful that Facebook choose me and my business page – Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado – to test this new option. It......

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Marketing Directors Targeted in Scam|Spam

  I did start this as a place to talk business and here is a perfect thing to discuss… If you have the word marketing in your title, beware! I received this email today at my business email address: From: Matthew T. Keener Sent: Monday, August 13, 2012 7:33 AM To: Talia Davis Subject: Talia, let me know if you can participate Hi Talia, hope you are well. On behalf of our Board, I wanted to personally invite you into The CMO Summits because of your key role and experience. The......

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Religiously Observant Athletes

It is fascinating to hear the stories already coming out of the Olympics, especially regarding religiously observant athletes. In particular, the intersection of Ramadan and the Olympics this year. The Islamic calendar is a purely lunar one. What this means is, their months float around on the secular, Gregorian calendar. Thus the month in which they must fast, Ramadan, falls in different seasons. This can become an advantage when the days are short and so are the fasts. Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars are: Shahadah......

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No Pants Dance – Month Three… already?

WOW! This challenge is flying by! And it has become such a part of my life, my spending habits have changed so much already, I am announcing here and now that I am extending it for another three months. That would be a total of six months! My challenge will end at the end of November now. I know… be proud. 🙂 July was pretty easy. Again, I purchased one or two small things, with coupons to satisfy that craving. I really believe if you cut yourself off too cold turkey when......

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Homemade Half-Sour Pickles

This year, we planted a garden filled with all of my favorite vegetables… turns out, most of my favorites are viners  and prickly! We have had lots of squash and cucumbers and tomatoes. With this extra produce, we decided to play with pickling and in particular, make our own pickles! We both spent a lot of time on the East Coast and LOVE our half-sours! Here is the recipe we used/made up. Try them with some farmer’s market cucs and then next year, grow your own! 🙂 What kind of cucumbers did......

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No Pants Dance – Month Two… How am I coping?

Well, we are nine days into our second month… I’ve been doing okay but I did make two purchases this month. I know… bad news bears but in all honestly, they weren’t that bad AND I am thinking of extending the dance a few more months… How did I fall off the wagon? Well, first off, I use a certain store’s credit card that sends me back rebates. I had a rather large chunk of rebate waiting for me and I didn’t want it to expire… PLUS I saw a super cute......

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