Giveaway :: Ilano

Thursday, January 23, 2014


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The general consensus is that people are too “connected.” There is too much time spent online and not enough spent in real face time. While there is a logic here I can’t argue with, I think it must also be pointed out that having an online presence can also be quite a useful tool. Everything is too much when it is too much. Moderation is, obviously, the key. I’ll stand by my time spent online (while still admitting that a chunk of it is, of course, wasted time) and I will go one step further: I will celebrate my tools with style. Today’s giveaway is my case in point. Pun intended.

Roseli Ilano is the founder of Ilano, a line of luxury handbags crafted out of leather and textiles woven by celebrated weavers. Today’s giveaway features a gorgeously crafted laptop bag that will make lugging around your laptop so you can work (or surf) on the go an absolute dream. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my laptop deserves its own luxurious handbag, considering all of the work it does for me. If you are in the market for a regular handbag, Ilano is the spot, friends. This Pajarito Media Luna Handbag is a personal favorite.  Not only are you looking at gorgeous, artisan bags at Ilano, but you can also feel good knowing that your dollars are supporting indigenous women weavers across the globe with a living wage. This is a brand (and a woman) that stands by the art, the women, the style.

Ilano is giving away two (!) of the Pajarito Laptop Case in blue to two lucky winners (one each)! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, January 30th. *Contest open to US residents only!* Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Ilano and tell us: How has your life been enriched by technology?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 3rd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Deborah f says:

    I did love the ability to skype with my toddler grandson who was living in another state. Being able to send a quick text is great too but the rest of it is too much for me. Oh yes, a great book on my KINDLE!!!

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    Jennifer says:

    Without recent technologies, my shy husband wouldn’t have been able to send me sweet text messages when he began ‘courting’ me. Now that we are married, he sends me a text every morning to tell me he loves me. Technology helps us let the other know that we are thinking of them. 

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i have been able to track down long-lost friends and get back in touch! so fun. 🙂

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    Joren Robles says:

    I love being able to keep in touch with old friends far away and make new friends based on common interests! Love seeing how my kids are blossoming into creative young adults. Making the world a little smaller through technology has been awesome;)

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    Nikki says:

    Originally I was very resistant, though I adored word processing programs over typewriter from the start.  Now I love texting to communicate, having information instantly at my fingertips, streaming movies, facetime with my toddler nephew who just moved 4 hours away, and being able to coordinate and keep up with two teenage boys!  My husband and I were very careful about video games and technology access with our boys as kids and are still very aware of not letting anyone be distracted or overwhelmed by what’s available–but it has definitely enriched all of our lives electronically!  I am also glad for online shopping in etsy and blogs to read, they have also enriched my world with connections to people, businesses, and ideas that would never have been available without it!  This is a very different attitude than I had 15 years ago!

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    Pumpernickel says:

    I “met” my husband first through email (back when email was just becoming mainstream) many years ago. My family can see our kids through facebook and, well, Pinterest? it has given me ALL kinds of inspiration.

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    Samantha S says:

    I live across the country from everyone I love, so new technologies allow me to skype my parents on Thanksgiving or friends in Korea; to have long conversations over chat, or to send friends happy text messages as I’m thinking of them.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Here’s the truth:  I am taking a break from grading papers.  Just twelve 6-7 page essays left to go!!!  So, it is with great delight that I can say: technology has made me a better teacher.  It allows me to get more data rich information to my students. Right now I am recording audio comments for their papers – far preferable I think to my handwriting all over their nice, clean papers.  I can use my voice to communicate and they can hear me talk about how to improve their writing while they look at the track-changes in the document.  Maybe it’s not the kind of technology you are talking about, but it’s one of the kinds of technology that I LOVE that fully helps me be more myself and more kind to others.

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    cindy says:

    My life has been enriched by technology by giving me access to the world. Being reminded that we are not alone. Being introduced to new ideas, ways of life and inspiration. Knowing that together we can create something greater than the sum of its parts. And Crowdfunding. WOW. A whole community working together to make dreams come true. Amazing. 

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    HNR says:

    My life has definitely been enriched by technology because of how easy it is to learn and exchange info about our amazing world. People like to tease about watching cute animals videos because it seems silly – but on the flip side – look at all we can learn and see “firsthand” about these cute animals through technology! Or about the universe, the environment, developments in science, medicine, etc. I feel privileged to have access to an almost endless supply of curiosity and knowledge through my computer!

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    Courtney J says:

    I am able to use Tumblr to keep in touch with art teachers all over the country! We can share ideas, rant about whatever is happening in our schools, and congratulate each other on our successes. Pinterest is also a great resource for teachers (and artists!). I love that it’s an online scrapbook that lets you store images to use for later!

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    Sparrow says:

    Good question. I’m a momma’s girl and I love that I can Facetime with my mom nearly every morning when we eat breakfast so that my two boys can get to know here even though we are thousands of miles away. I home school my boys and I love the awesome apps and information that is out there for people endeavoring to enrich their kids lives and teach. I love that I can follow awesome, insightful blogs with amazing recipes and heartfelt ways to enrich my life and look at my circumstances from alternate, more deliberate and contemplative angles. I love being able to connect to companies and goods that I would never be able to access in my tiny, Walmart only town. The hard part for me is to balance unplugging and using the amazing resources that are out there. My boys are just wee, so I make a point to leave my phone in the other room while we are playing so that I can fully immerse myself without continually checking for texts or updates or whatnot.

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    Lauren P says:

    Technology has helped me create new relationships, reconnect with friends and family, FaceTime with my little niece and nephew (who live too far away), learn how to cook, get inspired, discover the world, and buy pants that aren’t four inches too short. Basically, without technology, I would be a lonely, hungry, and naive woman who has “hey, where’s the flood?” shouted at her every day.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I stay in touch with more people than I would’ve. I speak to them more often and keep up to date on what is going on.

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    Trisha says:

    I’ve found my tribe on line. I’ve been chatting via twitter for about four years with some really amazing ladies I met on a wedding blog. This winter about 20 of us all converged in one city at the same time, and it was like spending time with friends I’d had all of my life. 

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I can get in touch with people easier with my phone and I don’t get lost as often.  I have to check the internet for my children’s homework daily.  It makes meal planning easier.  I get to try new recipes that I otherwise would not have access to.  And when you are in doubt with something, you can always check online.  And it is just brilliant that you can see the person you are calling!

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    Heather N. says:

    Being able to skype with loved ones across the world…nothing like seeing your family’s faces and hearing their laughs when you live thousands of miles apart!

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    jane says:

    skype definitely is a big plus to my life right now! i’m on exchange in lovely california now, and it’s the first time i’ve ever studied abroad and lived on my own (ie. not with family, since i come from a really tiny country it makes more sense to live at home than on campus), and without skype i wouldn’t be able to call my family everyday (the 16h time difference is no joke!) to just see them and talk about mundane things like how our day has been, as well as the more important things like seeing everyone’s faces and knowing they’re ok and in good health (especially elderly people like both my grandmas).
    and although facebook is a huge time waster, i’m still glad for it because i’m able to share my pictures with family and friends, so that even though they’re thousand of miles away, they’re able to enjoy the beautiful scenery i see on campus everyday, and i’m able to keep up with their lives back home. all the seemingly mundane photos and status updates actually do keep me updated about news back home 🙂
    i really admire my parents for studying overseas during their college years because they really had minimal contact with family back home (calls are expensive, and while letter writing has its own charm, you still can’t see people face to face) and i’m really thankful that i’m privileged to be able to live in the world today where technology has really helped to close the physical distance between people 🙂

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    Susie says:

    I love how teachnology enables us to go across borders, how distance becomes irrelevant. Twenty-seven years ago, I got a pen-pal that I would continue to write via old-school snail-mail thoroughout my childhood and young adulthood. Over the years I’ve become very good friends with her family as well; they are like a second family to me. Technology has only enriched our connection. From phone calls, to e-mails, to now Facebook, and Skpe, the chance to connect is just moments away. I am currently enrolled in a brush-up online language class and will be visiting them soon. I think back to my grandparents who immigrated from overseas on a boat, who waited weeks for letters for the next word from family, who struggled to learn the new language… it’s really a seamless world we live in now. How fortunate we are!

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    Amy Z. says:

    I’ve been able to stay in contact with friends and family so much better thanks to technology – email, video chat, and Facebook! It’s also so easy to send each other fun family photos and share our albums with each other 🙂 

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    Sharon says:

    Technology has helped me to expand my cooking horizons to include new dishes from many cultures and ethnicities. It also helps me keep in touch with friends worldwide.

    I love these unique laptop bags. Thanks!

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    Nicole H says:

    Technology removes my excuse for recording important moments in life.  The ease of taking a picture, recording a moment, and sending a thank you allows me to recognize the beauty in life, and then recall it when it would be easy to forget.

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    Jenni says:

    Technology has made me read more. I always loved to read a good book but would always stop after awhile because my wrist would start to hurt or I struggled with finding a comfortable place to relax and read for longer periods of time. With my Kindle I am able to read for hours on end, and often do. I love finishing a book and then finding out what one I want to read next, all without getting up from bed. I love that I can carry it with me and read a few pages instead of a magazine when i’m out and about, I just love it all! I do of course miss the smell of old pages, the feel of paper under my hand with a cook book spine propped against my knees…. but I trade it all because with my kindle, I actually read more books per year and get to escape to more exciting places (in my mind) than ever before!

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    Noma says:

    I’m from Botswana but live here in the US, and therefore live an incredible distance from my family. Technology allows me to be in contact with my relatives instantaneously. Last night I got to meet my new niece over Skype! She not only could here my voice, but could see me as well. That was the best gift ever.

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    Kelly says:

    Since moving to the United States, my relatives in Vietnam are on the other side of the planet! Without social networkings sites and skype, I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with my family. It helps making me miss them a little more easier. It’s a way to keep in touch in a quick, convenient way. 

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    Veronica says:

    Technology has let me  anonymously ask for help

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    Amie A says:

    My pen-pal (of 30+ years) and I save on stamps with emails and Facebook!