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Closer to Love Love Loving G|F

19 Aug

Yesterday, I received a call from a woman asking if we were interested in advertising in Parenting magazine. A few thoughts running through my head as I chatted animatedly and jotted down notes :

(1) Pay attention, Catherine. Pay attention!

(2) How do they know who we are? (which, by the way, I forgot to ask – don’t be mad, Bij and Jeek. I just get so excited about these calls. I should really have some kind of script next to the phone in the event that Martha Stewart calls and I’m completely dumbstruck. What? It could happen!)

(3) Do we have enough money in our marketing budget (ha!) to advertise in a magazine?

We’re reviewing our options.

After Misty and I had dispensed with the official marketing dis-cush, she asked about the music on our website. We actually get this question a lot. For those of you who haven’t figured out that if you hover your mouse over the moving bars on the right-hand side of our home page the artist and song title pop up, the music on the site is as follows :

Song 1 : Closer to Love by Mat Kearney

I first heard this song (three or four times a day) when Nick and I were in Hawaii a few months ago. We found a great radio station, which played non-stop in our rental car during my week-long exploration of Oahu, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. When J and I revamped the website, I insisted we include this song. It’s upbeat, thoughtful and sweet, as is much of Mat Kearney’s music.

Songs 2 and 4, respectively : Love Love Love and Madly by Tristan Prettyman

Did anyone else like the soundtrack of He’s Just Not that Into You more than the movie itself? Talking Heads and the Replacements, Wilco and the Black Crowes. Divine. Speaking of which, check out Tristan Prettyman, if you haven’t already, whose song Madly I first heard in the movie. She’s not first on our website, but Love Love Love was certainly our first choice for the video we created for the Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers contest. When I need a pick-me-up, I play this song.

Song 3 : Fidelity by Regina Spektor

This one will always and forever remind me of playing flip cup at Scott and Emily’s place in Hanford. Arguably the most mainstream of our choices, it’s on here for two reasons : (1) It makes us smile and (2) Jacqueline LOVES this song.

Isn’t that what music’s all about? Enjoy, and share the love.


Roy Ranch : Our favorite organic farm

10 Jul
A big bunch of carrots from Roy Ranch

A big bunch of carrots from Roy Ranch

Oh, how we love receiving fresh Friday home deliveries of baby carrots, summer squash and blushing beets. Our friend, Kristen Roy, drops off a weekly supply of organic produce and farm fresh eggs. She just started her CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture) project this spring, but it’s in full swing. We have more vegetables and herbs than we know what to do with.

Farmer Kristen : Making things more difficult than they need to be

Farmer Kristen : Making things more difficult than they need to be

Every Friday afternoon, Kristen pulls up to the house with an eco-friendly “I love Dirt” canvas bag abounding with yummy treats (including the occasional homemade jelly or cache of coveted strawberries). The various varieties of lettuce are always the first to go, and the mint makes for some pretty mean mojitos. This week, my personal faves are the pickling cucumbers and the two little beets that I plan to roast, cube and sprinkle on salads with goat cheese. DE-lish and DE-lightfully green!

Sarah McLean, Marketing Director?

3 Dec

Oh my gosh.  I had a lunch meeting with a client this afternoon and quickly jumped into a bookstore while conferencing in GoDaddy to get the site up.  Catherine was at home in the NV changing our “name server” (we thought that must be a typo – do you mean “MAIN” server???).  Per BluDomain, this was the last step required before launch.  3 – 2 – 1 – launch.  Jerry at GoDaddy was very kind.  We asked for his direct line, but he, unfortunately, doesn’t have one.  “Should we have a problem in the next 48 hours, we definitely want to talk to you, Jerry.” 

Ultimately, it didn’t matter as the website was immediately visible at  

Mom and Dad Richelieu have since perused it and are very proud/excited.  

Ketch (Catherine) and I are working like crazy tonight on finishing touches.  No Facebook invites will be sent until Monday; so, we have a little bit of time…and a weekend together in SF.  Shopping cart – Check.  FAQs – Check.  Thank you cards – check.  Hmmm.  I’m sure we’re missing something.  There will certainly be bumps in the road, but that’s a part of the fun of it!

So, what’s with the title of this post?  We’ve decided Sarah McLean will have to be our first hire.  Sarah seems pretty interested – Marketing Director, GREEN|FINGERPRINT LLC.