Posts Tagged ‘website’

Recent Photo Shoot, New Piano, Perfect Ski Day, Website Ranking

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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My buddy Adam from Adam Angel Photography, gave us a studio session and some prints for a Christmas present. We spent an hour or so on a Saturday at the studio and had a blast schmoozing for the camera. Each kid got a few minutes alone, then the family and finally, Vanessa and me. Ah, the quality of a professional photograph…..

Dogpile

Dogpile

Vanessa and Brad
Vanessa and Brad

Adam Angel’s background is climbing and guiding climbs all over the world. He’s been to Africa, South America, Tibet, Alaska and of course, Mt. Rainier (about 65 times). The Angels settled in Morton, WA because it’s close to Mt. Rainier, White Pass, lots of rivers and lakes, it’s quiet and the air is really clean. Much the same reasons that we ended up in east Lewis county. Great minds…..

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We inherited a piano maybe three years ago. It had been in our beach house for about 10 years. Wasn’t much to look at, nor did it hold a tune, but the girls all learned to play and they really enjoyed the piano and learning. Back in January, we spotted a piano on FreeCycle (check out Yahoo groups for your location). We made a plea and ended up with a new piano. Better quality, nicer looking and it holds a tune. So before we sent the old one away, Maleah played a final tune.

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For those of you who follow us, you know we love to ski. The kids have really progressed this year. We started this year on the beginner lifts, and are now on the big lifts. Their speed is up, they are learning to parallel turn, and they have met friends on the hill that they look forward to seeing. When Scarlet does something new, or difficult, she puts her poles on top of her head, like antlers, and wiggles her butt as she ski’s along. It’s a crack up. I’ll have to post a video.

Scarlet at White Pass

Scarlet at White Pass

Maleah at White Pass

Maleah at White Pass

Isabel at White Pass

Isabel at White Pass

Below is a pic of the ELCAGSC and coach Adam Angel. (East Lewis County All Girls Ski Club.)

East Lewis Couty All Girls Ski Club

East Lewis County All Girls Ski Club

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I did some work on the Herbs of Grace website the other day. We keep drifting lower and lower in google ranking and I just couldn’t figure it out. I stumbled upon an article about losing your ranking and found a couple of great tips. I adjusted a few things and rebounded nicely. But we are still stuck in the mid 30’s. If any of you know how to break us into the top 20, please let me know.

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Later, Brad

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Spring skiing, ExpoWest2007, New look for website

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

The kids and I went skiing today. I think it was the closest thing to a perfect ski day that we could have asked for. We had a great trip up and back. While we were there, ALL four of us rode the platter pull. It’s the next step up from the magic carpet in the lift system at White Pass. The older girls are all over it. There is a subtle challenge between them to see who can get to the bottom first. The youngest is a bit uncertain about the bigger hill. At three years old, she’s doing great so I don’t want to scare her off. But I have to tell you, I had a tear in my eye this afternoon. All of us were at the bottom of the lift, and one by one, they got on the lift, and off they went. I brought up the rear watching my three kids ahead of me, on the platter pull! It was super cool.

We got back from ExpoWest2007 Natural Products trade show in LA, on Monday afternoon. We had a great show. Met LOTS of retailers interested in mineral makeup. We came home to a bunch of back orders, which we have just now gotten on top of. Tomorrow we will start the follow-up on the leads from the show. Hopefully some of them will pan out so that we can get more retail stores carrying our line. Perhaps one of them will be near you.

We will be overhauling our website soon, hopefully by this weekend. Nothing drastic, but the homepage will have a new look and finding products will be a bit easier. We are still the same company, with the same great products, that you have come to know and we hope you like our new look.

Later, Brad

Web Site, Web Master, Lipstick

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Couldn’t sleep this morning, so I got up at 5 and banged away on a piece of software that does an automatic backup of part of our website. It took me about 3 hours. Should have taken 30 minutes. I was lucky if I did a manual backup every 2-3 months, which is way to infrequent. Now I don’t have to think about it anymore. The zipped files land in my mailbox every morning.

Got a note the other day from our “now snowboarding web developer”. She says our shopping cart software is outdated, so I am organizing myself to do the update. It should be a simple point and click affair, but of course, it isn’t. Somewhere along the way our shopping cart software lost itself. It still works, but it doesn’t know which version it is, and if it doesn’t know which version it is, then I have to do a manual install of the latest version, and then do a bunch of coding to switch to the new version. If I had built the site, from the bottom up, I’d be familiar with all the bells and whistles that need to be connected to the new version. But since I’m taking over for our “now snowboarding web developer”, I get to figure it all out. And I hate it. 10 years ago, heck even 5 years ago, I would have attacked this with gusto. But for some reason, in the past 5 years, I have gotten so that I can’t stand the tedious aspect of installing and debugging software. It takes me forever, and in this case, if I get it wrong, our cart won’t work. I feel like I’m flying a 747 and the tower won’t answer. =8-0.

Vanessa got her lipstick mold today. She is in the final R&D stages of putting together a line of all natural, vegan lip sticks. We’ll have a big annoucement when they hit the market. Blog readers and newsletter subscribers will be the first to hear the news. Subscribe now. The sign-up is at the lower left of the page. We issue newsletters 4-5 times a year. There is usually a “coupon special” that Vanessa offers with each newsletter, so it can be worth you time if you are an Herbs of Grace shopper.

We had a great Thanksgiving with some friends down the road. We were home about an hour when daughter S started complaining about an ear ache. Poor kid. She was really feeling it. V and I did a quick web search for ear ache remedies and came up with onion juice. We squeezed about a 1/4 t of onion juice, mixed it with a 1/2 t of olive oil, and dropped about 4 drops into her ear. Wasn’t sure how it would go, but apparently onion is a great treatment for this type of thing. And it was. She slept the night and woke up this morning without comment. V tells me she got up around 2 for a homeopathic remedy which also helped.

White Pass picked up 36″ over the past 24 hours! YOW!

Later, Brad.

Herbs of Grace website

Herbs of Grace Blog

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

PRESS RELEASE

Blog allow Herbs of Grace to communicate with customers.

MOSSYROCK, Washington — November 11, 2006 — Herbs of Grace, Inc. is pleased to announce a new addition to our web site. You will ? nd posts on family issues, our rural life-style, fun, interesting and challenging items, in hopes of letting you learn about who we are and what we stand for. We encourage your input and feedback.

Visit the Herbs of Grace, Inc. blog. http://www.herbsofgrace.com/Blog

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Contact: Brad Klein
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brad@herbsofgrace.com
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