31 January 2011

Music Underground

I haven't posted much in the realm of music, which is so odd since I was raised in, by, and all around it. I'm reminded by this video that music is so important because of how a message can be told, who can hear it, and how it makes a person feel. Thanks, Miss J for sharing your gift (and to Tia & Linda for sharing on fb).

Boombox Series // Jessie J from Arcade44.tv on Vimeo.

20 January 2011


Get OUT.
For real?
I'm scouring the internet for ideas on how to design our new office built in, and I run into this image of a piano-turned-desk. This might be the coolest workspace build-out I've EVER seen.


Read the whole story here at Lifehacker.

15 January 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Awesome

They weren't kidding when they said it is a NEW year. Here's the breakdown, the lowdown, the showdown, if you will. Life changes are good, even when there's sad news!

* We've joined a Winter CSA that is pretty good so far. It's a meat CSA, so we receive approximately 10 pounds of pastured meats plus 2 dozen farm fresh eggs. I pick up our half share once a month so we don't overload ourselves with frozen meat. Rolling Hills Farms has a nice online cart too so I can purchase the CSA share plus additional eggs once in a while. I still maintain a relationship with our favorite grass-fed beef farmers, Dixon Family Meats. The flavor, pricing, and quality of the meat is fabulous, not to mention the wonderful Dixon Family themselves! They deliver to a local spot every 2-3 weeks.

* Our local small town recycling service has gone under! They blame the economy, a busted trailer and the inability to recover from the current losses. Boo. Not only do I feel badly for them, but I am sad that a great service has reached its end. It's back to sorting, loading and driving our recyclables to the big metal bins.

Lil' Cakes
* I ran out of prep time and had to buy cupcakes for my son's birthday last month. A new local business, Lil' Cakes, provided really GREAT cupcakes, and we will certainly visit them again for a treat. Wonderful customer service, quality ingredients, baked fresh daily, and quite possibly the best cupcakes I've purchased in a local eatery. Two thumbs up.

It has been a busy year so far, but I am really looking forward to more exciting times in this new decade. More reviews for products will be coming, as well as more recipes and tips for my crafty friends and family out there. Happy New Year!

03 January 2011

Eggciting Times!

I hope you all had a great Christmas. Now that the new year has begun, we've been sifting through our old toys, clothes and miscellaneous stuff...

Some ideas for your 2011 organizing? Give things to friends, families in need or charitable organizations when you can, recycle or simply "up-cycle" some goods.

ice dental
Do you have any board games that are old, missing pieces, or just need to be thrown out? We had one of those games that we tried but really didn't like, so my husband decided to recycle the paper and cardboard and was left with an egg timer. He remembered reading somewhere that egg timers can help with brushing teeth for the recommended amount of time, so he suggested this to our four year-old.

WOW. She can't brush her teeth without first declaring that she needs to use the timer. Then after brushing, she announces that she brushed her teeth with the timer. We couldn't ask for a better motivating tool to help keep our kid's hygiene up to snuff!