Weekly Wrap Up 08-Nov-13


1. Fotolanthropy

Get your tissues ready. Fotolanthropy is a non profit organization that works to create an inspiring collection of photos and videos of the true stories of people who have overcome adversity.

Professional photographers and filmmakers can donate their time to documenting the heart warming tales of our real life friends and neighbors.

From the family who lost their home in the Texas wildfires in Bastrop County, to the soldier who lost both legs and arms while serving overseas, but made it home to his wife and newborn– you’ll love this site.

In addition, their sister site, Fotostrap sells beautiful camera straps with 10% of the profits going to Fotolanthropy. Definitely going on my wishlist this year.

courtesy of fotostrap.com

courtesy of fotostrap.com

 2. Code Academy

Probably one of the better known code learning programs, Code Academy is a free site that strives to create a unique classroom experience online.

I’ve recently started dabbling in the HTML/CSS lessons, but you can learn JavaScript, PHP, Python, Ruby, and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

The lessons are simple and well laid out so it’s no surprise that Mayor Bloomberg recommends them himself.

Although you won’t end up a computer programmer by the end of the courses, it’s a great introduction into programming.

3. Madewell

Since I’ve been overseas, I missed the opening of the Madewell store here in Houston. After going for the first time this week, I. Am. Obsessed.

I want everything.

crowd navigation / the load-lightening zip pochette

A post shared by Madewell (@madewell) on

(I don’t need anything.)

The company is under the same CEO as J.Crew, but I think I actually prefer Madewell’s designs to J.Crew’s.

4. Texas Conference for Women

This week I registered to attend the Texas Conference for Women in Austin later this month. The conference has over 6,000 attendants and dozens of guest speakers and Texas leaders from Rachael Ray and Randi Zuckerberg, to one of my favorites, Jenny Lawson AKA the Bloggess.

Hosted by the First Lady of Texas, Anita Perry, there is a full day schedule to provide networking, motivation, and skill building.

courtesy of txconferenceforwomen.org

courtesy of txconferenceforwomen.org

Since I often feel like I’m in the middle of quarter life crisis, I’m really looking forward to all the resources the conference will provide.

What are you loving this week? Any other Texas ladies attending the conference this year?


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