Holiday Cards Of The Future

Grind for December 9th, 2018
“Never spend your money before you have earned it.” – Thomas Jefferson

Say What?!

The Headline

Blockchain startups aren’t making money

The Grind

Everyone’s heard about blockchain, but few people understand it.

According to what I’ve read on the Internet, decentralized databases like blockchain are primed to eliminate world hunger and revolutionize the banking industry.

But according to technology research firm MERL Tech, blockchain startups aren’t doing anything.

The Details

After taking a closer look at 43 prominent blockchain startups, MERL discovered that none of them had delivered any functional product or service whatsoever.

Not one company was able to provide updates on its work, and all 43 refused to respond to MERL’s inquiries.

MERL’s conclusion: blockchain startups are promising the world and delivering nothing.

My conclusion: blockchain is a fancy word companies use to attract investors.

Do It Yourself

The Headline

This season, make your holiday cards stand out by adding DIY scratch-and-sniff paint

The Grind

There’s just something personal about a homemade card that Hallmark can’t replicate.

This year, the kids and I took our holiday cards one step further by adding DIY scratch-and-sniff paint. The most successful “flavors” were pumpkin and cherry.

The Details

For the project, you will need: blank cardstock, measuring spoons, mixing spoons, plastic cups, paintbrushes, water, glue, and a hefty dose of creativity!

To make cherry-scented paint, we mixed two parts glue (Elmer’s white school glue) with one part hot water and one part cherry Jell-O.

Don’t worry if the paint is clumpy, it will look like sparkles when it dries.

For the pumpkin-scented paint, we mixed two parts glue with one part pumpkin spice extract (this formula also works with cinnamon and mint) and then added a dash of orange food coloring.

Make sure to let the “paint” dry for 24 hours before mailing.

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