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Posted on Dec 11, 2013 in Shopping Fun | 0 comments

Got Expired Groupon Deals?

I haven’t used Groupon in a long time…probably since 2012 because of so many frustrating experiences with businesses using the deals.

Recently, I logged in to see if I have any Groupon photobook deals that I haven’t used.  I noticed I had some deals that were unused and expired.  Mainly ones that left me with frustrating experiences or I just forgot to use.   I noticed under one expired deal there’s a note that states I can request a refund from Groupon in forms of Groupon Bucks.  Not cash, but better than nothing!

Most of the other ones do not have this offer, so I decided to give it a try and email them to request the same form of refund.  One came back to me automatically, another asked me to explain my experience.   (Which I did.)  I was able to get a refund from both purchases made more than 2 years ago from Groupon!   Their customer service has earned me back as a customer.   However, I would still prefer not to buy anymore service related Groupons deals (such as food, spa, nail services, etc).   I will try again to purchase goods deal (mainly photobooks) from them.  🙂  Nice job, Groupon!

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Posted on Oct 9, 2013 in DIY, Efficientizing, Home & Lifestyle, Studio | 0 comments

Built-In Measuring Ruler

Are you tired of looking for your tape measure or ruler?  I am!  And maybe I am just too lazy to turn my chair to grab it from the shelf.  I decided to semi-permanently put the measuring tool on my table with help of some permanent marker and washi tape.   Super easy and took like 5 minutes!


  • Washi Tape
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Table or Desk where you want to put the ruler on


  • Place Washi Tape where you would like to have the measuring tape.
  • Line it up with your ruler.  Mark the measurements you use most frequently.  (In my case, I always use inches.  So that’s what I used)
  • Ta da!  Enjoy the complete, easy, and convenient measuring tool!







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Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Efficientizing, Photography, Studio | 0 comments

Managing Duplicate Photo Copies in Lightroom

What do you use to manage your photo collection?

I used to go the simple Windows Explorer route and had a perfect way of naming each photo so they sorted correctly.  It worked fine …until Lightroom came along.  Suddenly a whole new whole opened up to me.  Photoshop and photo management in one?!   I was in heaven.  We have been using Lightroom for the last few years.   Now the problem is my husband and I both use it.  Sometimes we will import photos into Lightroom and forget to clear those photos out of the camera.   And someone would import it a second time in a different location.   This happens a few times a year, usually with those important photo collections from vacations we are afraid to lose (imagine 1000 images becomes 2000!).    Recently, it has gotten to a point of being very unmanageable.   There are double and even triple copies of photos everywhere!  Just imagine trying to delete those individually….and I actually did try it!!

As mentioned in my recent post, one of my current project is to finish all of our unfinished photo albums.   It’s going to be a long process for me since I tend to be very picky and want to include everything in our yearbooks.   Then, I came to this huge roadblock…. why do we have so many duplicates?!   Oh right…because…   So then, I prayed for a solution.   And a solution came to me in form of a Lightroom plugin called Duplicate Finder.  Thank you for thinking of my problem before I realized there’s one!   This was definitely money worth spending (about $15), that saved me many hours of hunting down the files.  It matches files based on a variety of data within the photo itself, not just the file name.  Phew~!



This is what the plug-in looks like.  Very simple, you just have to check attributes that you would like to match and click ok.   They will go through your selected photos, find the duplicates, and put it into a collection for you to deal with.  Usually that means DELETE for me.  🙂



Now, if there’s a tool like that to help me find duplicate things in life…and then organize them for me into neat folders.  I will buy that too!

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Posted on Sep 1, 2013 in Eat | 0 comments

Art of Macaroon


Took a macaroon class yesterday with my friends.  Didn’t realize it is such a long process just to make these one-bite sweeties!  My conclusion? I think I need a bigger kitchen and lots of equipment before I can test my new skill!  Nevertheless, we will be enjoying these yummies over the weekend. 

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