Living by Design: a Creative Journey

Back-to-School Chalkboard

Chalkboard Wall

It’s back-to-school time, and, that means, it’s time to learn, explore and create. Speaking of exploring and creating, what a great way to start the school year right by surprising your child with their own chalkboard, or even better, a chalkboard wall. What a dream come true! Who would have thought, a wall-destroying-pencil-drawing stereotype could be turned into such a positive venture. Read more »

LUVMUD 5K

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50-foot-long mud pit
LUVMUD logo tattoo
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50-foot-long mud pit

LUVMUD logo tattoo

5k with obstacles

LUVMUD t-shirt

This past weekend, I got to participate in LUVMUD Island, a 5k mud race on Mud Island. I would say, this is one of the most creative races I’ve ever been to – outfitted with costumes, obstacles, the mud pit, and even the iPad (about that later). The race in Memphis supports Habitat for Hope, a local charity. This is my second time to run in this race, and it was just as fun as last year. In spite of the super hot weather, the race was full of thrill and excitement. It was like doing a Survivor… well, the mild version of it. Some of the obstacles included running through tires, climbing over hay barrels, going down the slip-n-slide (my favorite), and, of course, plowing through a 50-foot-long pit of mud. The most interesting part of the event was the iPad challenge. The first person to find an iPad, buried inside the mud pit, was going to be one lucky winner (too bad that wasn’t me). Check out the LUVMUD website for pictures, videos and what’s to come next.

Creative Use of CSS and Media Queries

I have put together this page to show how one can use CSS and Media Queries creatively in order to convey a message or a feeling in web design. Try resizing the browser window after clicking on the example below and see how the elements on the page interact with each other.

Pretty Pixels for the Holidays

I just found these cute little icons, such as the snowman below, from free Festive Christmas Icon Pack posted by Smashing Magazine. So, here a few festive pixels crafted with love and some hazelnut coffee just to say “Merry Christmas!” to all.

Merry Christmas!

Fall Is in the Air

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

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Photography by Irina McGuire

Oven-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This year, I decided to take my pumpkin carving to the next level by making use of the pumpkin seeds. It was easier than I thought. All I had to do was separate the seeds from the pulp after emptying out the pumpkin. Here is the rest of it…

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Wash the seeds and place them wet on a large greased cookie sheet. Bake the seeds for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. At this point, the seeds should be dry. Add some butter and salt to the seeds and stir. Bake the seeds for another 20 minutes or until they look golden and crispy. Be careful, they are addictive!