Saturday, July 16, 2016

Best Toy Ever!

Gotta teach the DIY young :)

We got this Mighty Digger at Menards for $20ish!

PS...renovations are starting on the house!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Semi-Natural, Semi-Homemade, and Product Reviews

When I started this blog (and really, part of the reason I've ever wanted to blog) was to share product reviews: of things I've made (I love to DIY almost anything!) and things I've bought, and my experiences with both. I've just wanted to pass along some notes and thoughts about ... well, pretty much anything and everything.

Lately, I've wanted to kind of simplify parts of my life (don't we all!) and be more conscientious of things I use/ingest/expose myself to. I know I'll never be a totally crunchy hippie, but I think it doesn't hurt to be mindful and somewhat healthy! :) I also only want to surround myself with things that make me happy (Marie Kondo's "sparking joy"!) whether it be in my nighttime routine, house cleaning, eating, or clothes-wearing! 

And...I pretty much rely on product reviews I read online, so I want to add to the conversation, especially if it can help someone else out! I always want to be honest with my thoughts, and I'll mostly be sharing my enthusiasm for products I find fantastic!!

I'm adding some labels to the blog: semi-natural, semi-homemade, semi-simple, semi-healthy, etc. (Wasn't there a cooking show in the early 2000s about this? Semi-Homemade? I don't really remember the show, but I love the concept!) I won't ever be a paleo-vegan-marathon runner (but I love you if you are!), but I will be a somewhat-healthy, somewhat-natural happy person. Hence the new blog labels/categories. :)

Anyway, these are my quick thoughts about reviewing products: store-bought and semi-homemade. Honest and hopefully fun and helpful!
 

AndroidVid Pro: Video Editor App

This is the app I use for editing videos on my phone and it's great! I generally do just basic stuff: trimming video, converting the size (for text and email) and cropping, and it's always been easy and straight forward to use. I think it's the best video editing app I've found! I like it better than things I use on my computer!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androvidpro&hl=en

Check it out if you're looking for something for Android!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Our New House!

Here's a quick shot of our new digs!

I'm excited to really get in and have fun with cleaning up the landscape (and make Roger Cook proud), and generally just move in and make ourselves at home.

As you can see, Porcupine is already enjoying the sprinkler!

Now, when I start posting about the random projects and life going on around here, you'll have a little context :)


I hope you're enjoying the start to your summer as much as a kid in a sprinkler!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whew! We've moved!

The last few months of our life have been hectic, to say the least!

I'll just touch on a few highlights to get us up to speed, so hopefully I can get back to some regular posting.

Porcupine got the flu for his 2nd birthday, so we had to cancel his party.


Thanks to Grandma, we still had great balloons!


But we did end up selling our house and moving! Hooray!

By the end, we had 3 different offers on our house, one after the other, but the first 2 fell through for various reasons on the buyers' parts. It was frustrating, but after one offer would fall through, we'd quickly get another. So it seemed like it took a long time to sell our house, but it was really the ups and downs that were getting to us. Really, it was just about 5 months from when we put it on the market to when we signed the papers and moved out, and that included Christmas and New Year's! Once the final offer came in, we were reluctant to get overjoyed (or to get our moving butts in gear) until we really knew it would stick...but then it felt like all of a sudden we had to get packed up and moved! But we were happy to do it. We loved our house, but we were ready to move on.

Which brings us to the next hiccup in our moving...the weekend we were moving things out, as in 2 days before we went to close on the house, Brian smashed is foot in between a trailer tongue and our truck bumper! It was terrible. I had to do the final moving out without him - thank goodness for great family and friends! And the worst part was that it kept getting worse. I won't go into lots of details, but although it wasn't broken, he ended up needing surgery, which happened 2 weeks after the injury. Because the surgery happened so long after the initial incident, he ended up needing what amounted to another mini-surgery...and well, it still isn't healed up all the way. So since the first week of March, he's been pretty much off his feet. The last couple of weeks have been somewhat back to normal, but our lives have been in a weird holding pattern. We're still kind of living out of boxes and needless to say, haven't started remodeling the new house, etc.

Locking up hour old house by myself
 
And 2 days after we moved, I had to put my awesome dog, Shadow, to sleep. It was sad, but he'd been really sick for the week or two before we moved. Seeing him suffering was no fun, but I'm sad he's not here with us for this new part of our adventure in life.

Good boy, Shadow.
I also got a cool tablet, in part, to help make posting to the blog easier...but it's been "misplaced" in what I can only assume was a Porcupine-related episode. :) Hopefully, I'll find it soon!


Thanks to my awesome friend, Janis, for the cool Porcupine shirt!!!!
Things seem to be getting back to normal and I hope it continues that way! I have so many things I'd love to post and chat with you about!


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Charles Perrault's Birthday!

Thank you, Google Doodles, for telling me that today is Charles Perrault's birthday!



I love fairy tales - especially well-illustrated ones! In honor of his birthday, here are my favorite illustrated versions of these tales! (And a few more fun books as well!)






I hope you have as much fun reading them as I do!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Porcupine's "Lovey"

I might be wrong but...there's probably a lot of DIY in this kid's future.

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