alicelogo Given all the babies arriving this year, I imagine shopping for even mundane items can turn into a major production for growing families. Alice is a new service that works with manufacturers to sell directly to consumers. The site makes money from advertising, not from a retail markup, so the typical retail middleman is cut out of the equation. Of course, the manufacturers will want to capture some of that margin, so don’t expect wholesale pricing.

Anyway, shoppers can define a basket of everyday goods (e.g., diapers, trash bags, etc.) and Alice will remind you when you may be running low. Shipping is also free. I haven’t used the service yet, but it looks promising — ┬áread this TechCrunch review to get a more in-depth look. This isn’t a web/consumer blog, but there are so many people with toddlers and kids now, I’ve got to believe someone is interested. Good luck!

Gmail Ninja

June 23, 2009

What belt are you?

What belt are you?

A quick scan of our email lists indicates the majority of NHF uses gmail (or Google Apps email). Google has added features to Gmail steadily over the past year or so, and recently compiled a helpful tip sheet. Given the amount of email I receive every day from all sorts of sources, I rely heavily on Gmail’s advanced features to find and organize stuff.

So take a look at the tips, you’ll probably s find something useful.

Get deliberate about your goals

Get deliberate about your goals

If you remember an earlier post about Noomii, here’s another web app that wants to help you organize your life: Lifetick. Like Noomii, Lifetick offers different tools to help you define goals and organize tasks. It starts by defining Core Values and establishing S.M.A.R.T. goals. As most people I know are always wrestling with something (bible reading, prayer, anger, marriage, spiritual leadership of children, whatever), tools like Lifetick offer you a chance to get deliberate about the choices you make. Here’s a blurb from the website: Read the rest of this entry »

If you visit a lot of different websites, you should consider using a feed reader. A feed reader automatically collects and updates stories from your favorite news sources. I use Google Reader to organize news stories and blog posts from 30+ different websites. Read the rest of this entry »

The dudes discussed using the buddy system more effectively at a recent Men’s Ministry meeting. I recently ran across a new website called Noomii that offers users tools to set and reach life goals. Read the rest of this entry »