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10 Really Cool Websites You Might Not Know About

I’m all about being efficient.  I will spend hours setting up something once so that all future endeavors will take mere seconds.  I like things that are individually wrapped.  I like things that are personalized.  I like things that are compact and consolidated.  I like really intelligent websites that are designed to do things that combine any of these things.  I like the displays at the Lego store, but that really has nothing to do with anything I’m about to share.  It’s just a great picture, and yeah, the entire dragon, flame, rider and horse are all made of legos.

I’ve mentioned before that I love Real Simple’s 6 Items to Simplify Your Life.  I’d like to share 10 websites that I love and maybe you’ll find 1 or 2 that might come in handy for you or someone you know. 

  1. Costcophotocenter.com – There are a lot of sites out there that allows you to design your own cards and mugs and gifts, but this site is great because you can design personalized individual postcards online and have them mailed to you.  All you do is pop a postcard stamp (I think it’s up to 32 cents now) on it and mail it off.  If you take the time to set up the addresses in the site, it’ll save them for future use.  I’ve used personalized post cards for birthday invitations, holiday greetings, and most recently, thank you cards.  At birthday parties, I tried to take pictures of each friend/family with the birthday mochi and sent them that picture as a thank you.  It’s easy, it’s personalized, and it comes really fast.  And yes, you do need a Costco membership to order stuff.
  2. Picaboo.com – Again, there are a lot of digital scrapbook websites out there, but Picaboo has, in my opinion, the best recipe book format.  This is something I’ve started a long time ago and just add to it occasionally when I master a recipe.  I’d like to have it bound and printed and give it to a mochi as a wedding gift one day.  This is something I wish my mom did for me because she’s an amazing cook.  I have to follow her around the kitchen when she comes to visit and cooks her famous dishes and go, “Wait!  How much of that did you just put in?”  It’s taken me years, but I’ve been able to record a lot of her dishes.  Still working on those pork chops, though. 
  3. Sigalert.com – This site maps out the traffic in the major cities in 37 states so far.  Living in Southern California, it’s invaluable.
  4. Createforless.com – One of the best online sources for craft supplies out there. 
  5. beau-coup.com – By far the best source for party favors.  It might not be the cheapest, but this site is where you can find the best ideas for parties and weddings.
  6. Jango.com – It’s like Pandora but they throw in up-and-coming independents that you can vote for. 
  7. Paperbackswap.com – I’ve mentioned them before.  I am a huge reader and paperbackswap.com is the best place to get rid of your books and get more.
  8. County of Los Angeles Public Library online – You can order books to your local library, renew your books that you won’t return on time, download a huge selection of cds or audiobooks for free. 
  9. Etsy.com deserves a shoutout just because they have some of the most amazing homemade products.  Some are so inspiring, I’ve made them myself, but I’m sure you’ve already seen it or heard of it.  I just had to put it down just in case.  I mean, I’m sure it would be news to someone like G. 
  10. You’ve probably heard about thinkgeek.com, too, where they have the best sci-fi/computer/geek/nerdy products you’ll ever see, but did you know they have a monthly haiku contest where you can win thinkgeek money to spend on their site?  Just reading the winners’ entries will be the best 5 minutes of your day.

 

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