The Skimm

Screen Shot 2013-03-27 at 8.31.17 AM theSkimm is the daily newsletter that simplifies the headlines for the educated professional who knows enough to know she needs more. We do the reading for you and explain it with fresh editorial content, breaking down what you need to know to start the conversation.


liking The Skimm... it's a little bit political, a little bit current affairs, some international, a little bit sports - which I really need since sports are never on my radar. Other things depending on the day.

And easy way to have some water cooler topics. Of course I don't have a water cooler.

I like this the same way I like Bloglovin'. Someone else collects content and delivers it to my in box first thing in the morning. I read it sometime during the day when I need a break.

Believe it or not in this age of constant information I find it hard to be informed. I need something besides Facebook and the Daily Show. And I don't always catch the news. I've been reading this for about a week and so far so good.

You can sign up here if you want


color and words

Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 12.02.41 PM Make color schemes. Enter the URL of an image to get a color palette that matches the image. This is useful for coming up with a website color scheme that matches a stock photo a client wants to work with


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And for you writers out there generate some interesting locations using this UK Writer's Generator. Two good sites to have in your bag of tricks. Things like this really help me on my less creative days when I am tired and just can't think.

(Thanks Jenn H. for these useful tips!)



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bloglovin' is a great way to follow all the blogs you want to stay on top of. All you do is put the blog name in the 'Search for blogs' box and when they write a post it shows up in your email list. You can then click on the individual post and go that that site.

The only thing I can't figure out is how to comment while in bloglovin'. If someone knows please tell me.

This is a great organizational tool for me. And I am constantly looking for more of those.

(Thanks Jessica for telling me about this!)

100 abandoned houses


Compelling site... All abandoned houses, which always intrigue me. Makes me want to know the stories of the people who lived there and how these poor houses came to be in this state. As someone who bought a 1970s condo that was going down this slippery slope I can see how it happens. Houses need constant upkeep, care and love. Last weekend John just finished repainting the last of the dark blue-gray outside trim. We could tell that this is the second time this has been painted. The first would have been when it was new in 1973.

I REALLY like how the photographer shot these photos. It is exactly how I would have. He stood dead center of the buildings. I like the consistency in the look. Interesting and sad all at the same time.