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*Clever Advertising.

Tomorrow I’m teaching the beginning of a unit called “English Communication” for my teaching practicum class.  The focus of this unit is persuasion and the students will be listening to part of a lecture about the various techniques advertisers use to sell products.  While preparing for this unit I found quite a few clever ads so I thought I would share them with you:

Mr. Clean
Mr. Clean

FedEx Kinko’s

FedEx Kinko’s


Bic Razor

Dove Volumizing Mousse

Dove Anti-Frizz Cream

Mini Cooper

A Karate School

Don’t Drink and Drive

(You can see the damage that happens to the car)


Amazon Kindle.

I love paper books, but after watching this video, I am at least intrigued.

PS: I just wanted to point out to you all that that airport is Sea-Tac Airport and the coffeehouse part of the video is filmed in is definitely a Tully’s.


No week like finals week to make you ask yourself why, when you could be finished with school, did you voluntarily sign yourself up for two more years of it! Luckily, all of my exams and final papers are due by Friday afternoon and I’ll be happy to be a student again after Christmas break! For now, however, I find myself right back where I was this time last May; sitting in the library with an energy drink in hand. Except this time the library is a couple hours away from the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic, all but one floor are above ground instead of all but one floor being below ground, and my energy drink is proudly boasting that not only is it organic, it contains natural caffeine and was made with certified Fair Trade green tea. (Haha, welcome to the West Coast). In addition to the library being above ground (and therefore having windows and cell phone service), SPU’s library also has a special room “For Faculty and Graduate Students ONLY.” This may be one of the only times in my life that I have access to a private study room reserved for Academics; I’m taking full advantage of it while I can!

On that note, it’s time to get motivated to write my paper about motivation… back to work!

More for Your Money.

I’ve been trying to learn how to manage my money better. Not only am I trying to spend less, I’m trying to spend smarter. I’m learning about different companies and how their products are made and how my purchases effect others around the world.

Many US clothing manufacturers have taken their factories off of American soil so they are not restricted by factory condition and minimum wage laws. Many food companies exploit workers by not providing ample pay for the labor.

However, there are companies that are making conscious decisions to treat workers fairly and are paying attention to how their business impacts the environment. Others have committed to giving money or products to others for each unit of their product sold.

Wise spending is a topic I hope to explore more and write about in this blog, but for now here are some companies that are giving from what they receive:

*Bossa Nova Acai Juice
The juice from the Brazilian acai berry is amazing for your health. It contains more anti-oxidants than any other fruit, which help prevent premature aging, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and even certain cancers. Bossa Nova’s juice is fat-free, low in sugar, tastes good, and for every bottle of juice sold, one rainforest tree is saved.

*Ethos Water
Sold at Starbucks and Whole Foods nationwide, Starbucks will donate 5 cents per bottle sold to Ethos’s mission of raising $10 million for providing children with clean water in parts of Asia, Africa, and Central America. 5 cents may seem like next to nothing, but quickly adds up.

*TOM’s Shoes
Easy to explain, for every pair of shoes you buy from Tom, he sends one pair to children in impoverished areas of South America, Africa, and Asia.

*Trappist Beers
These are hard to come by, but there are several breweries run by monks in Belgium and the Netherlands that make what are considered by many to be some of the best beers around. The proceeds from the beer go to support missions in third world countries… I’ll drink to that!