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November 5, 2008, 1:10 am
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Congratulations to our new President-elect Barack Obama!



There was an amazing voter turn out today!  Let’s all take a moment to be thankful that we got to be a part of history.  I’m looking forward to the next 4 years.  Let’s hope we can get past the Republican and Democratic positions, come together as one, and create some positive change in our country.



November 4, 2008, 12:11 am
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November 4, 2008, 12:01 am
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I’m about to start a new project designing a hostel/hotel in SF and to get some ideas forming, I started going through some of my favorite travel quotes that I’ve gathered over the years.  All of them had me dying to plan my next trip.  See what you think.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, & narrow-mindedness.”- Mark Twain

“The world is a book & those who do not travel read only one page. “- St. Augustine


“When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” -Paulo Coelho

“Adventure is a path.  Real adventure- self-determined, self-motivated, often risky- forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.  Your body will collide with the Earth and you will bear witness.  In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness & bottomless cruelty of human kind- and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both.  This will change you.  Nothing will ever again be black and white.” – Mark Jennings

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do.  So, throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain


“A nomad I will remain for life, in love with distant and uncharted places.” – Isabelle Iberhardt


Official Business
October 30, 2008, 9:24 pm
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I’m proud to announce that on November 1, Savvy Tools will be an official business!  We have decided to file with the State of Colorado as a Limited Liability Company (aka LLC).  This wasn’t a quick and easy decision…believe it or not, we’ve been discussing our options and learning about the different types of entities for over 3 years!  After careful consideration and a lot of conversations with lawyers and eachother, an LLC seemed to suit us best.

If you’re wanting to start your own business and not quite sure how, go to your Secretary of States Business Center’s website.  It will teach you all you need to know about the different types of business organizations, trademarks, etc.  We’ve learned that one of the most important things when creating a business is it’s Operating Agreement.  This agreement is the foundation of your business and lists out how you intend to operate the company and is bound by the signatures of it’s partners.  There are thousands of templates online to help get you started…all you have to do is be patient and committed!

Kelsey – Vail, CO

Habitat for Humanity
October 29, 2008, 8:33 pm
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Recently my husband and I jumped at the chance to be part of our local Family Selection Committee for Habitat for Humanity.  This committee is in charge of interviewing and helping pick the next family to receive a habitat house.  

This week has been filled with information nights and our first chance to meet the interested families.  Although, turn out is not what we expected.  It was lower than the numbers last year.  With all of the depressing news out there I thought there would be record crowds.  

Habitat looks for three criteria, 1. Need 2. Willingness to Partner 3. Ability to Pay and each applicant must meet each of those.  Need means they live in unacceptable housing or have too many people sharing a space.  Willingness to partner ensures that the future homeowner is willing to spend 350 “sweat equity” hours during the duration of their home build.  A portion of the hours are actually spent building their house and the remaining are education classes.  Ability to pay requires that they be able to afford their home and make in between a range of total income.  Of course each person that came had a need and each had a heartbreaking story, but some of them made too much or too little money.  It was really sad having to turn someone away because they didn’t make enough money.  

I am so excited to start this journey with a family.  I want everyone I interviewed to get a house, but of course that can’t happen.  I met a single mother of 5 whose home was shot at by drive by and a bullet came right about her daughter’s bed.  Another house is infiltrated with roaches and without any weather proofing or insulation.  As the process continues we will narrow the families more and even conduct home visits to better determine who most qualifies for a new home.  I like to think we are going to be a part of a family’s life changing experience.  During these crazy times right now, it’s great knowing that volunteering our time is much more valuable than any donation.  

-Alison KC,MO

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
October 26, 2008, 6:58 pm
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We’ve all heard “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, but what if you can turn your trash into your own treasure?  I was recently introduced to a local startup that’s doing just that.  It’s called RecycleBank.  Their concept is simple.  We’re not all motivated to protect our environment, but we’re pretty much all motivated by money.  So, they’ve partnered with many major companies to provide coupons and incentives to you for recycling.  They work with the local trash collector to have them pick up your recycling that has a sensor attached to it.  The weigh the bin before it goes into the truck and the sensor tells them who to allocate that weight to.  The more you recycle, the more points you get, and therefore, the more rewards you get. Each pound equals about 2.5 points.  Companies like CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, Coca Cola, Applebees and many many more have all signed on.  It’s not available everywhere just yet.  They obviously have to get companies working together in each community, but they’re expanding to new places all the time. 

And it’s working!  Their CEO said,

“We generally see about a 100 percent increase in recycling in mid- to affluent neighborhoods.  In lower-income neighborhoods, it can be up to 1,000 percent, because the recycling rates are so low there.

If you think about solar or wind power or buying a hybrid, they’re very important, but today they’re not something that’s accessible to the average person.  I look at recycling as the average thing that every person and household can do.”

I think it’s a great idea and I hope they succeed. 


Our newest Savvy fan!
October 24, 2008, 2:31 pm
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I am back now from maternity leave. I have been taking a break from work and Savvy for a bit until I became adjusted to the new world of motherhood. What an exciting time it’s been for me and our new family! I must admit this is the steepest learning curve I’ve ever faced and it’s very rewarding but also a bit overwhelming as it is the most important job and role I now have.

The rest of the girls were kind enough to get Cade a little onsie with a hammer emblem we’ve been working on for Savvy. I propped him up to take a few pics of him in the shirt. He is now our youngest Savvy member!

-Jackie, W-B