Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sadly I guess it's time to call it a night...

Hi all and thanks again for reading!

Well I've been looking for other resources but, heh, I have to admit that I took a break to eat and then there were a couple of good movies on the TV... Sorry about that! :-)
Right now it's 1:45 a.m. here in Costa Rica and I have to wake up early -or at least I want to try to!- today because I have a busy schedule ahead.

But before I go I want to leave you with some thoughts...

The other day I received an e-mail from a fellow Internet Marketer, who I deeply respect and if he reads this I hope that he doesn't mind that I'll refer to him as my friend here, letting his subscribers know that his grandfather passed away. Of course he was in pain and after I wrote him back he replied that he missed him terribly, but I want to let you know a part of the story...

His grandfather was a Pearl Harbor survivor, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's several years ago, but it just happens that my friend visited him with his son just a few days before he passed away and not only they have a great time but also his grandfather was "sharp as a tack" that day. Also, he wrote in the e-mail that a friend of his had recently lost his grandfather and also described the passing away in an e-mail, which inspired my friend to visit his grandparents. Just imagine, if he hadn't visited he wouldn't have that priceless memory.

So Tom, THANK YOU for your e-mail, it also inspired me to try and spend some time with my grandparents -three are still with me-, and I just saw my maternal grandmother -who I must admit I had taken quite for granted- the other day in my mom's b-day party and the memory of your e-mail made it the special moment it should always be. Again, THANK YOU!

So there's a lesson for today folks, don't take your loved ones for granted. They will probably live in your memory forever, but why not have them close to you too! So it doesn't matter if it's a Paper Halloween or a Paper Christmas, SPEND time with them... All for now, take care!

Best regards,
Antonio Gutierrez

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Some more resources

Hi all and thanks for reading!

Here are some other resources you can use to keep you Halloween celebrations with your friends and family inexpensive and fun!

Some might take more than just paper, but the idea is that you get inspired and be able to "do it on your own". Remember, the idea is to keep paper and your imagination as your tools.

A cool blog with a lot of ideas for decoration this Halloween. It even gave me one I didn't quite think of... decorate your car! And even more, my son just LOVES cars so we might work on "costumes" for his car collection.

Another blog, it only has a couple of posts but I liked the links, especially one that gives you a 1 month free trial to audio cards!

Another cool blog, with great resources about cards and Halloween related stuff. It even includes ten great resources to send free Halloween cards! Besides, the blog belongs to the "Hallowqueen" who says she is "Old and wise and full of great Halloween Ideas & Resources"... I don't know, it just sounds plain sexy to me! Must be gothic part in me ;-)

An interesting blog with ideas for children costumes, with a post about safety that I found very useful. However, PLEASE avoid the Power Ranger Costume! God I HATE them :-)

Another interesting link, with a lot of Halloween information.

Well, all for now, I'll keep on the look-out for other nice resources. Take care!

Best regards,
Antonio Gutierrez

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Welcome to "A Paper Halloween"!

Well it's a little bit less than 20 days until Halloween. How do you plan to spend it?
Friends? Family? Both?

Personally, I want to spend it with my son, he's only 2 and a half years old and I guess he won't fully understand what's going on, but I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun - we ussually do :-) -.
Since I don't live with my son -he lives with his mother-, I try to spend as much time as I can with him. Don't get me wrong his mother and I have a good relationship and I get to spend a lot of time with him, but it's not the same as if we lived together.

So, I always try to come up with ways in which we can have fun in the time we spend together and, at the same time, help him learn new things. Before it wasn't that easy because he was too young, but now that he's older, has better control of his body and his learning capability has increased, I've been planning some activities to share with him, and that's how our "Paper Halloween" is born!

Sure one can go to a store and get anything and everything for this Halloween, but it can be so much more fun to do it yourself. And I'm not just referring to parents and children, it can be for anyone! And best of all it can be really inexpensive and help you spend some time with the people we sometimes take for granted.

Here are some links that can help you in this:

As you might guess from the name on the link, they provide a wide array of invitations, and the Halloween ones are really cool! HOWEVER, I advice you use their top navigation menu, under "Holiday and Seasonal" because, at least in my experience, browsing other ways has taken me to general invitations. Another good idea is to look at their cards for inspiration and make them yourself, remember we want to keep this inexpensive! ;-) They also give you a couple of good ideas, like using Halloween-themed papers not only for party invitations but also for writting paper at the party and even general writting during the season.

REALLY cool site with lots of resources for this Halloween. If you visit it, you'll understand why my idea of "Paper Halloween" means! At first I thought it was just an adsense template with articles to cash from Google, but it has great content and can really help you get your creative juices flowing for this Halloween.

This is more of a directory of Halloween related sites, it has a lot of great resources you might want to check out.

Again, the name of the link kinda gives away what it's about! :-) More than a single place to find out about masks, it contains links to lots of sites where you can get them, check it out!

Well, that's all for now, I hope you join me on this journey to an inexpensive but funny Halloween! Also, please feel free to comment and share your links.

Best regards,
Antonio Gutierrez

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