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Thanks, One King’s Lane!

So a while back, I had invited a lot of friends to join One King’s Lane. It’s a by-invitation private sale of luxury home items.

Today they were having a Lilly Pulitzer paper sale, and not one, but 2 of my invited friends opted to buy, and therefore I received a $25 credit for each!

Here’s what I made out with, for free!

A set of 2 mugs:

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And a set of 3 sticky notepads!

I am one happy girl!

If you would like an invitation to One King’s Lane, I invite you to e-mail me at southernwebgirl@gmail.com.

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>Thanks, One King’s Lane!

>So a while back, I had invited a lot of friends to join One King’s Lane. It’s a by-invitation private sale of luxury home items.

Today they were having a Lilly Pulitzer paper sale, and not one, but 2 of my invited friends opted to buy, and therefore I received a $25 credit for each!

Here’s what I made out with, for free!

A set of 2 mugs:And a set of 3 sticky notepads!

I am one happy girl!

If you would like an invitation to One King’s Lane, I invite you to e-mail me at southernwebgirl@gmail.com.

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How-to Disney cooking videos

Just wanted to share the first 3 how-to cooking videos that my husband Brian has created for some of our favorite Disney World dishes.

I apologize in advance if some of the embeds are cut off — if you’re having trouble seeing them, just click through to YouTube.

First, pot roast from Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom:

Then, Tonga Toast from Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort. YUM.

And finally, the Italian Breakfast from the former Spoodles (now Kouzzina) at the Boardwalk Resort.

What do you think? Brian has been having a lot of fun playing around with iMovie.

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>On branding and work vs. personal

>For those of you who don’t know, I work as a Web producer. It’s a newer type of journalist — though my company has had Web producers for more than a decade, other companies are just now hiring folks like us to oversee all content aspects of a website — news-related or otherwise.

And it’s sort of strange — because I work online for a living, I have developed 2 online personas — the work, and the personal. But lately I’ve been thinking about that. I’m considering letting the two worlds collide.

Basically, what I am thinking is of buying a domain name (I have one in mind) and running that site on WordPress or Typepad Pro — I have accounts with both.

Then, I would use that site to link up to this blog — which I don’t wish to move from Blogger — as well as to my online professional work and all my social media accounts. It would be a one-stop shop for everything Southern Web Girl.

Because I don’t have anything to hide, and because I work as a Web producer, I think it would behoove me to brand myself appropriately, to show that I can work on multiple CMS, manage several social media accounts, and have fun while I’m at it.

I think the only negative to this is that I might worry about people knowing too much about me. It also means that all of you would know where I work, and that those I work with professionally would have access to this blog if they wanted. But I’m sure that right now, you could probably connect all the dots with a few clicks of the mouse anyway.

So, thoughts? And if you prefer WordPress vs. Typepad Pro, I would love to hear thoughts on that as well.

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>Finding peace with a “30 Before 30” list

>Do you ever get the feeling that you’ll never be content? That there’s a void of some sort? That you need something to keep you going, other than the normal day-to-day?

I’ve been feeling that way lately. We just returned from Disney World for our 1st anniversary and already I want to return, to have something to plan for and look forward to. Because I’m bored, and restless.

I know I should be working toward health and freedom from debt, and more worried about selling our house and moving, but I want to have fun, dang it, to have things to look forward to, to plan for. I want to laugh, to play, to *feel.*

My husband makes me laugh, our dog brings me joy, but there is something missing. We all deserve vacations now and then, but I wonder if perhaps I should be getting back into something creative or outdoorsy to help fill the void I’m feeling — painting, pottery, scrapbooking, kayaking, camping?

I’m really enjoying my new job, we’re enjoying our second year of marriage, but I’m just having a hard time putting my finger on what my purpose is, on what really makes me tick beyond the husband and the dog and my job and and planning for vacations.

“Real life” is so much harder than college because you start working, get into a daily routine, and … then what? Already, 5 years have passed since I graduated from college. And what have I really accomplished — beyond the getting married, buying a house, getting a dog expected sort of things?

So, with that said, I’m coming up with a “30 before 30” list that combines fun with duty– some of these are just fun things I want to do, while others are things I’ve struggled with or I’m not so comfortable doing or learning. This is a list of things I want to accomplish before my 30th birthday. That gives me approximately 2 years and 8 months to get these crossed off my list. I’m going to put this list in my blog sidebar and hold myself accountable.

1. Lose at least 30 lbs., and fit into a solid size 8/10.
2. Learn how to dive into a pool.
3. Learn how to turn a cartwheel.
4. Go on an overnight camping/kayak trip.
5. Create a scrapbook for our honeymoon trip to Disney World…
6. …and another for our 1st anniversary trip to Disney World.
7. Visit Disney World again in 2011 …
8. …and in 2012/13, after the Fantasyland expansion is complete.
9. Volunteer for an organization associated with animal adoptions.
10. Write a fiction piece.
11. Figure out my signature cocktail.
12. See at least 2 Cirque du Soleil shows.
13. Learn the basics of sewing.
14. Learn more Web and video/photo skills.
15. Find THE purse.
16. Then, sell or donate a bunch of other purses.
17. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.
18. Go deep sea fishing.
19. Pay off as much debt as humanly possible.
20. Find my favorite go-to wine.
21. Read at least 64 books (2 per month).
22. Connect with my nephews at least monthly.
23. Take an art class.
24. Go horseback riding. Preferably in Montana or Colorado. But Alabama would do.
25. Keep a houseplant alive.
26. Tour a winery.
27. Get a stamp on my unused passport.
28. Bake my mom’s cheesecake recipe from scratch.
29. Sell our house and settle in Mobile.
30. Learn how to drive stick.

Who wants to place a bet that I get it all done … or not?