From the Mouths of Babes

7yo: “You have spider web hair”

5yo: “No she doesn’t!! She has nice old woman hair.”

Me: hobbles off to retirement home…

Create Your WishList or Registry from Anywhere With Wishpot

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As you peruse the web, how many times have you come across an item for sale and thought “I wish someone would get that for me”? Do you scribble items on paper, or figure you’ll remember them later when someone asks what you want for your birthday… only to lose the crumpled up paper or completely forget what it was?

With the holidays coming, you’ll realize even more how useful Wishpot.com can be. Most people will probably use it as a bridal or baby registry, but why not go ahead and make your own wish list.logo_homepage

The premise of Wishpot is simple: gather a list of all of the gifts you’d like to receive from around the web into one spot. It’s not a shopping site – Wishpot doesn’t sell the items on your list. But it does make the shopping more manageable.

Wishpot offers several different options to make it easy to gather and share your lists:

1) Add the button to your browser to save items you find:

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2) Import your Amazon.com wish list

3) Take a photo with your mobile phone, enter the ISBN number and email it to your Wishpot account (you must sign up for your Wishpot email address on the “mobile settings” page under “Account settings”)

Additionally, you can:

  • sign up for price alerts:

“Now, when you add an item to your wish list you can set a price alert. This means that Wishpot will notify you when the item you selected goes on sale or reaches a target price. Click here to see how to add a price alert.”

  • request contributions for a gift:

“Now you have the ability to request contributions for items you add to your wish list or registry. Click here to see how to request a contribution.”

  • request cash gifts:

Click here to see how to request a cash gift

  • create lists for various friends and family members to save gift ideas for each (there is no limit to the number of lists you can create, so list your little heart out)

In my opinion, nothing beats the ease of shopping online. I’d rather sit in the comfort of my home, in my pajamas than fight the crowds and lines at the mall. And the fact that Wishpot makes it even easier? Priceless.

Sound off: How often do you shop online?

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Microsoft Debuts Oxite Blogging Engine

WordPress has more competition to be. Microsoft’s Codeplex team has developed an open source blogging engine, called Oxite, that can support simple blogs and large web sites such as its own MIX Online.

Read more about it here.

What does this mean for you?

I don’t think this is big news for newbie bloggers, right away, as it is still in testing. But it will be interesting to see how the platform will compete with WordPress.

The screen shots showed a nice, easy-on-the-eyes look and design. Time will tell if it performs as well as it looks.

Mashable's 2008 Key Events on the Web

image: kanonn

Want a run-down of the 20 key events on the web during 2008?

What was included? Who made the cut? What was left off?

Find out at Mashable.

You mean the weight doesn’t just fall off?!

Thirteen reasons I am not losing my pregnancy weight:

  1. peanut m&ms
  2. sour gummy worms
  3. Archer Farms cashew trail mix with m&ms
  4. miniature milky way bars (I try to fool myself with the size… but when you eat the entire bag?? Yeah, they still have calories…)
  5. cream cheese pastries
  6. m&m blizzards (do you see a pattern here?)
  7. Sonic Route 44 cherry limeades (forget about the diet ones)
  8. Jet-Puffed Chocolate Marshmallows (fortunately, they are just around for a limited time)
  9. plain m&ms
  10. sour patch kids (I obviously eat these too quickly, because I’ve been eating them for years and never knew they looked like they do, until I went to the web site)
  11. chocolate chips (purchased to make cookies… never made it into cookies…)
  12. Malt-O-Meal Chocolate Marshmallow Matey’s
  13. MilkMaid Caramels (also purchased to make caramel apples…)

Good grief! Do I eat like a child, or what?!

Yeah, I think its time to make a few adjustments to my diet…