Thursday, December 18, 2014

DIY- Co-worker gifts

Christmas is a time for giving and receiving and part of working in a corporate environment is gifting your co-workers during this season of celebration. The problem is how to cater to all different interests, genders while staying PC and within a reasonable budget.

Last year Mr. CWAE gave succulent plants in porcelain dishes. They were attractive and everyone had a plant on their desk. One even survived the entire year!

This year I once again was given this seemingly impossible tasks, but HEY what else do I have to do all day, right?! I love a good challenge, so I dove right in. Guess where? Pinterest of course! There were tons of ideas but none seemed to stick out. I did love the IBC root beer turned into Reindeers. They were cute and delicious, but of course they were sold out at the supermarket (some other house mom got there before me). Good for her, over achiever!

I schlepped my rear end to Michaels for some fresh inspiration. Goal- get it done, keep it useful, low cost and creative (no biggie huh?)

After a bit of time I found these glass mason jars ($1.99 ea) and some replacement lids that came with plastic straws and rubber ringed holes on them. (2 for $3.99) I do believe I have an Eyedea!

I'll fill the glass with oreos and candy canes, stick a label on the jar for personalization and make the jar into a drinking glass! PERFECTION. Of course I used two coupons and made six of these. Final price per gift= $4.58 each! I would say that's a WINNER WINNER Chicken Dinner. Wouldn't you?

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 14 of 2014

Photography is still a passion and love of mine. 2014 brought some amazing images along with some new relationships with clients. Here's the top 14 of 2014.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cindi with an eye Photography receives "Best of Houzz 2014"

Cindi with an eye Photography receives "Best of Houzz 2014"

Feb 4, 2014
Houzz Announces “Best Of Houzz 2014” Winners
Third Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Remodeling Professionals and Design Trends

PALO ALTO, Calif., February 4, 2014 - Houzz (, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2014, a homeowner to homeowner guide to the top home buildersarchitectsinterior designerscontractors and other residential remodeling professionalson Houzz, both in the U.S. and around the world.

“By providing homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home professionals – from images of their work and client reviews to an opportunity to interact directly with them on the Houzz site and app – Houzz empowers homeowners to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “Each year, our community of homeowners and home design enthusiasts recognizes the home building, remodeling & design professionals delivering the best customer experience and the most inspiring and innovative designs.”

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Top designs overall can be found here:

About Houzz: Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit