Designer’s Wish List 2014

Wow hard to believe really that it’s that time of year again … December. We’ve seen snow come and go and come back again, it’s cold outside and only going to get colder. But along with that comes the joy of the holiday seasons and the joy of giving gifts to those around you. Again this year I’ve put together a few ideas that are perfect for the designer, developer, or creative on your list! Here they are in no particular order. Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

1. Kleen Kanteen Steel Pint Cup – Single or 4-Pack ($9.95 single and $37.95 4-Pack)Kleen Kanteen

It’s the beginning of the end of the plastic cup – and maybe a lot of other cups in your cupboard really. Made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel the Kleen Kanteen Steel Pint cup could be the answer to what cup to grab each time you open the cupboard. Perfect for anything and almost anywhere, the Kleen Kanteen Steel Pint won’t break like glass and won’t fill the garbage like it’s plastic friends and it just might be your next favorite “glass”. Cheers!

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Tonx Coffee

I’ll start by saying I’m a slight coffee snob. I enjoy a good cup of coffee almost any time, but really who doesn’t.

So sometime around this past Christmas, I started looking around for a good coffee subscription to try out. I had asked for a Tonx Subscription for Christmas after hearing about what the company is all about. Although I didn’t get it, I decided to give it a try any ways.

I signed up for the trial to start, just to see if it was actually worth it or if it was as good as everything I had seen & read. I was surprised and impressed. It didn’t take long after I signed up to receive my first bag of beans. They came in an air tight bag along with some really awesome “instructions” and a few other random things.

So needless to say I was excited to give it a try. And let me tell you, it is some of the best coffee I have had in a long time. The beans were super fresh – roasted on the 26th, and I received them on the 29th. The smell alone was enough to make me think I made the right decision. Then it came time to brew. Whether you are making your coffee from a drip machine, a Chemex, a pour over, an Aeropress or what have you, I’m sure it will be fantastic.

Tonx Coffee

I decided to give it a test in a drip maker, to see how it stacked up to what I normally brew and drink. The beans ground up and smelled even better than they were in the bag. And when it was done, it tasted even better than I had expected. The beans I got, were light, fresh, with a hint of a buttery taste along with a smooth chocolate finish. I’ll admit some of that I only got from the goodies sent with the beans.

But honestly who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? And even better, a FREE cup of coffee. Sign up and try some Tonx Coffee yourself. The beans you get might be different than what I got, but if they are anything like what I got, you won’t be upset!
Enjoy and cheers.

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Christmas 2013

Christmas this year was fantastic! My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend time with both of our families and were able to do it with ease. Earlier this year we moved a lot closer to home so that made traveling for the holidays a lot easier as well.

This year I was also fortunate to have some “extra” time off before the holidays to use so I had plenty of vacation time. I went to spend the week of Christmas with my parents at their house before my wife was even off work. Once she was we spent the rest of the week with my parents, and then were able to spend the remainder of the weekend and time with her family at her parent’s place.

Christmas 2013 - Fire

Christmas and the holidays are a great time to reflect on what we have and what really matters in our lives. And truly I believe, it’s not your work, not your presence online, not really what you are capable of selling that matter, but rather it’s those around you, the ones you love and the ones that love you that ultimately matter the most. And this year we got to spend time with those people and I am ever grateful for the time spent together.