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July 3, 2015

It's time to gear up for Shark Week with Discovery Channel July 5th-11th

Discovery is gearing up for the 28th annual Shark Week, airing on Discovery Channel July 5th-11th, with a full lineup of Shark Week products that are sure to make a splash with fans this year.

Every year Shark Week takes fascinated viewers on a journey to the depths of the sea uncovering the secrets of the ocean’s top predator. Discovery’s longest-running programming event thrills fans of all ages who are fascinated by the often misunderstood shark. More than just a week-long ratings bonanza, Shark Week has become a pop culture phenomenon with a massive buzz factor.

My kids think sharks are super cool and can't wait to watch next week. In the meantime they are enjoying their new Shark Week beach and bath towel and puzzle we received from Discovery. My daughter thinks she is super cool wearing the towel when she gets out of our pool and says to me "Mom, look I'm a shark out of water!". They even sat down together and quietly put together the puzzle with no arguments, it was quiet enjoyable for this mamma to have some argument free time.

Shark Week Beach and Bath Towels

Shark Week Plush Great White Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks

Sharkopedia: The Complete Guide to Everything Sharks
Learn everything there is to know about these awesome predators.

Shark Week 100 Piece Puzzle

Buy it: You can find these and other great Shark Week items at the Discovery Store, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Toys R’ Us, and Target.

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July 2, 2015

Cricut Design Space and New iPhone App!

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If you read my previous post, you now know why Cricut’s Explore One™ and Explore Air™ machines are so incredible – and a must-have for any crafter. 

But what bridges the gap between the creative ideas in your head and the Cricut machine is the Cricut Design Space™

Cricut’s Design Space™ is software for PC, Mac®, iPhone® and iPad® that you get for free with your Cricut machine of choice. 

Instead of trying to figure out how to make your project, Design Space gives you the ability to focus on what you want to make. Your Cricut machine takes it from there and brings it to life. 

With Design Space, you can start designing from scratch on your computer, iPhone® or iPad®, or you can use a pre-designed, Make It Now™ project. These ready-to-make projects are created by professional artists and include everything from home décor to fashion to paper crafting, and even a variety of FREE projects. 

If you want to use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images, you can try them out in the Design Space to see which will look best in your project before you commit to purchasing it. 

Uploading Images 
When you’re ready to start designing, you can either use one of Cricut’s 50K+ images or easily upload your own using the “Upload Images” tool in Design Space. You can upload and cut .svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, and .dxf files absolutely FREE. You can even use fonts already installed on your computer. 

Cut What You Want® tool 
The Design Space’s Cut What You Want® tool makes it easy to convert your design into a cuttable image in just a few clicks! 

The Cricut Design Space™ app for iPad® and iPhone® 
Cricut’s easy-to-use app for the iPad® and iPhone® makes it possible for you can design anytime and anywhere inspiration strikes you.

It also allows you to access all the project’s that you’ve personally designed, whether on your iOs device or your PC or Mac, and gives you access to all the Make-it-Now projects. 

With this app, you can start a project while at the beach, enhance it at the ice-cream shop, add some embellishments while cozying up on your couch, and then cut it on the Cricut Explore in your craft room. Plus, it’s cloud-based, so your projects are always synced across all your devices. 

P.S. Cricut is working on an Android™ app right now, so don’t feel left out if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone. 

In a nutshell, Cricut Design Space™ gives you the creative freedom to design just about anything! Make party invitations, decorations, and favors. Create seasonal home décor or personalize wedding gifts. Add embellishments to your favorite photo memories. 

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! That’s why next week’s post (the last on in this series) will focus on some really fun and interesting projects that people have created using their Cricut machine and the Cricut Design Space.