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I’m Moving!

16 Apr

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had wonderful weekends!

I’m sorry I’ve been away so long – I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new, and I truly appreciate your patience (and your concerns! It’s such a nice feeling to know that you’ve been watching out for me.)

But I’m done wallowing now, I promise.

In fact, I’ve been working on a new project for a while now, and I’m finally ready to share it with you!

Please come check out my new (online) home at:


I’m really excited about this, you guys. It was time for a change, and I think this is going to be a really, really good one. (Really, I do!) You can read all about what led to my decision on the “About” page of the new site, here.

I’ve been stretching my website-designer wings, and the new site has all kinds of cool features that I’m really proud of – you can take a tour of all the awesome-ness here. (You can even like me on Facebook! Please like me on Facebook – I really like feeling…uhhh… liked.)

I’ve had such a wonderful time here over the past year, and I’m truly grateful to all of you for coming along for the ride. I hope that you’ll join me over at Words Become Superfluous for another, even better year!

Love, Amber


Yesterday Was A Really Good Day!

23 Feb

Good morning! We’re almost at the end of the week already – don’t you just love long weekends?

I’m excited to report that yesterday was a really good day!

No, that’s not an indie film you’ve never heard of; I just had a really good day. A member of the Gumball Crayola family got exciting news yesterday:

My Shutterbug Sis, whose lovely photos grace many of these posts, found out she was selected to be part of TRIP Canada’s 2012 Volunteer Team! TRIP stands for the Tsunami Rebuilding Involvement Program… and did I mention that she’ll be volunteering to build a school in Sri Lanka?

I’ve never been, but I imagine when she gets back she’ll be sharing photos like this one:

Photo from lonelyplanet.com

In the meantime, she’s looking to raise money to contribute to building supplies. If you’re interested in donating, or if you want to learn more about the 2012 Volunteer Team, or even if you just want to send Shutterbug Sis a good luck message, email me at gumballcrayola@gmail.com, and I’ll get you all set up.

The trip is happening in April, so we’ll be checking in now and then to monitor her progress. I’m so excited for her!

Have a great day everyone!

The Epic, Infinite Wisdom of Mom

11 Jan

Good morning, and welcome to Wednesday! How’s your week going so far? Are the days starting to feel a little longer and brighter? I hope so!

 If they’re not, here’s some information that might give you a little boost – and yes, might give a warm and cozy feeling. (You knew I’d find some way to tie in to this month’s theme, didn’t you? As I said yesterday, it’s too risky not to!)

What do you do if you’ve had a bad day? As Katy Waldman at Slate.com’s Doublex blog says, “Depending on the depths of the badness…and your post-trauma ability to make complete sentences, you can curl up with a book, hit the gym or the fridge, shop, watch YouTube, or call your mom.”


And guess what?

There’s now scientific proof that talking to mom really does make things better!Waldman explained that researchers have recently found that young girls who talked to their mothers—either on the phone or face-to-face—experienced a drop in the stress hormone cortisol.

Their brains also released a burst of oxytocin, the neuromodulator responsible for feelings of love and pleasure. In a paper published in the January issue of Evolution and Human Behavior, the scientists concluded that something about the sound of the mothers’ voices had a calming effect on the daughters.

Well, yeah. You can read Waldman’s whole article here, but you don’t really need to. My sister and I could have told you that.


Have a great day everyone! And call your Mom!!

Keep Calm and Call Mom print by GoodBehavior, available on Etsy.