It’s finally done!

Granted I haven’t been working at Grow for three years, but our full website has been “Coming Soon” for that long. Well, the day has finally come — We’ve officially launched a new version of our website!

The new site is full of content, so it’ll be a lot easier to get to know us and learn more about our work. Oh, and if you’re an iPhone user, be sure to pull it up on that handy dandy device too!

That’s about it — I’m excited about the launch, so please check it out and let me know what you think!

The way of the future!

I owe a lot to the band Mae, not only are they great musicians, and good friends of Ben and I, but they are the reason he and I met. Hence, I’ll always be a supporter, and they’ve embarked on a new and compelling musical journey. Here’s some info:

There is strength in numbers. There is power in community. However, community is only as strong as the individuals that create it. That is why we believe this project will work; because you are here reading this right now. The power to make a difference is here in your hands. From the beginning, Mae has been about making music and using our voice to help serve as a bridge to connect people and build community. For the entirety of 2009, our desire is to be the change we want to see in the world. This is how you can help write the story.

  • Each month during 2009, we will be bringing you a new Mae song.
  • When you visit, you will be able to hear the music for free.
  • Every song will be available as a digital download for a min. donation of $1.

Our promise to you is to commit all of the profits from digital downloads to fund humanitarian projects that Mae and you will be a part of all year long. Like a fire that spreads without boundaries, we can ignite a change in this world if we work together. As we tie our voices, our resources, our minds, and most importantly our actions together, we will see the world change for the better over the course of this year and beyond. Take this music and this mission and run with it.

With that said, DONATE! :]

Christmas cheer!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were great! My Mom made a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner, as she always does, which included pirohi, holupchi, borscht and ooshka. Delicious! It’s been so great to spend time with my family. Christmas Day started off with gifts:

  • Money
  • Stocking stuffers — makeup brushes, fortune puzzle, chocolate, lottery ticket (not a winner)
  • Barack Obama coin collection (my Mom is officially obsessed)
  • Electric toothbrush (per instruction from the dentist)
  • Sweater
  • Top from h&m
  • Bird themed items from Ben (without even realizing it at first) — scarf, hair pins, tunic
  • Earrings
  • Wii remote
  • Bare Essentials compact
  • The Killers – Day & Age (Grow Secret Santa)
  • Umbrella (Grow Secret Santa)
  • The Sneaky Book for Girls (Grow Secret Santa)
  • h&m gift card (Parker Secret Santa)
  • Silk and cashmere blend scarf (from Charity when she went to Italy) — it’s so soft and lovely!

Plus, Ben and I got our new mattress as a Christmas gift to each other as well. Weee!

We all chipped in and got my Dad a Blu-Ray player and some movies, so we watched The Dark Knight last night — just as good as it was the first time around! My parents even liked it too!

Ben, Lydia, my Mom, and I are going to see Valkyrie today. It was between that and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which I really want to see, but I was out voted. Oh well, Ben and I will hopefully see that next week sometime.

It’s been great to be back in New Jersey —  lots of memories and good times were had here. I’m thankful! :]

Happy in Greenville!

[Back to my regularly scheduled blog updates, but I still ❤ Obama]

This has been a long time coming! We just launched another website here at Grow! It’s probably one of my favorites to date. All the animation is SUPER cute, and overall it’s just a really fun site. Take a look and see if you can find all the easter eggs in the City Secrets section (I’ll give you a hint, there are 21 — including the obvious ones). Happy clicking!