The other day Em’ received a phone call from a man named Bryan Malatesta who is starting a store in Cleburne, Texas and apparently a 24 hour per day, 7 day a week shopping channel which will be featuring only products made by American citizens and made in the United States. It will be called the Made In America store and will be a 2000 square foot shop in downtown Cleburne. Not only does he want to have Em’ add some of her artwork to the store at a reasonable consignment rate but he is looking for other artists, crafters, musicians and anyone else who makes things to also participate in this new store and shopping channel. I thought this was an interesting concept and one that catches on because as anyone who knows us knows, we’re all about shopping local and supporting local economies here. Here’s a link to the site they have up so far: http://madeinamericatv.com/tv/ and I think the store is scheduled to open around April 20th to 22nd. This might be worth looking into folks!
Also, back in September I received an email from Christine Chu after she read a blog post I had done on my old Primal Troy blog on blogger and she was telling me about a neat new app she was working on for diet and fitness which I thought was interesting. Basically what she is seeking to do is combine the fun and rewards system in games with the acts of getting yourself healthy. As we all know, sometimes getting ourselves in shape can seem like a daunting task and it seems to take forever to start seeing meaningful results. Often, because of this, people become discouraged and stop working on their diet and exercise program. Christine’s answer is to make a game out of it. So when you log into your app and enter that you ate a healthy meal or performed some exercises you get to “level up” or earn badges. So you kinda feel like you accomplished something a little more than just logging in that you ate your veggies and walked around the block or whatever. Not a bad concept I thought! Well, yesterday she emailed again and told me that the site is ready. So won’t you go have a look at http://slimkicker.com/ and let me know what you think?