Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My New Hair!


So normally I use 8N which is light natural blonde which comes out brown on me.  I wanted to go dark so I took a shot in the dark and tried 4N light natural brown.  I assumed it would be a dark brown color on me.  It turn out as I expected.




This is as close to a natural hair color as I could find.



Near the end of the dye process...




This is the end result.  Sorry I only have a wet version as I didn't bother to blow dry it.  One day soon I will.  It's pretty darn close to the color.



All I can say is I love it!  I may even go darker next time.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bears' First Sleeping Bag

In an effort to not lose my mind, we need to get back into doing some things that we used to do.  One of those things we enjoy doing pre-baby is camping.  To get Bear on board to the whole camping idea, we let him pick out a cheap sleeping bag that would work for the fall.  

The last time we went to NY we stopped at our favorite discount store to see what they had.  We stumbled upon several kid sleeping bags.  Only being two years, we wanted to give him some choice but with something we could live with.  His choices were Lightening McQueen, Sully from Monsters INC and Buzz Light Year.  As you can see below he picked Buzz Light Year.  We walked out $5 dollars lighter but with something Bear liked.





This one goes down to 30 degrees which is more than he will ever need.  If I'm anywhere near 30 degrees outside while camping something is wrong!  






One afternoon, I decided to take it out and let him explore his new sleeping bag.  






The only thing I noticed was the zipper happened to rub away a small spot on buzz's name tape.  Honestly, this doesn't bother me at all.  It was $5 and cheaper than anything I could have gotten at the store.






He seemed to like it.



Bear climbed in and out several times.



We may have to take the next step and try some indoor camping.

Anyone camp with toddlers?  How did they do?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Current favorites






Blueberry Green tea and honey.  It's an indulgence of mine whenever on a car trip or grocery shopping.



I am in love with my new cup!  It's helping me keep up on my water intake.




I picked this up at Walmart a while back.  I like that you can take one ice pop out at a time without leaving the holder in the freezer to get gross.  The whole piece comes out.  I also love that I can make my own that are healthier than what you can get in the store.




Banana nut muffins make me happy.  Well, baking in general does but I do love a good muffin.




Source
I am loving bibimbap from this little Korean place near us.  I can not get enough of it.

What are your current favorites?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New take on Leopard Seals

Since we got Netflix, I have been watching more Ted Talks then I used.  This one was a particularly good Ted Talk.  Paul Nicklen is a great speaker with amazing photography skills. While I recommend seeing the whole thing, but it is a bit on the long side.  If you don't have a full eighteen minutes to kill watching this clip then fast forward to about the eleven-minute mark to hear about his experience with leopard seals.  



Paul Nicklen: Tales of ice-bound wonderlands




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Home Tour: Kitchen


When we first moved into this house, you got a small sneak peek of the new kitchen.


Right away you could see that the upper shelving is open.

We also had a gas stove!  I love a gas stove.  This is a huge bonus!


Overall not a bad first impression.  Then our household good came. We unpacked and I started to fill the shelves. That's when the trouble started.  Everything I put up top, on the exposed shelves, looked messy and disorganized.

The plates and glasses, for the most part, looked just fine. There are a few mismatched mugs but that's fine.



Below the dishes and glasses are our utensils. 
Some things to note; soft-close drawers that fully open!
I must have this in every home.






Under the utensil drawer are two more large deep drawers.  One has a ton of random kitchen gadgets.  It's a mess and you will not being seeing that drawer.  The second drawer is all Tupperware.  

Flipping around to the other side of the room are all the bowls, strainer, pie dishes, measuring cups, and seasonings.




On the counter below is our spice rack and toaster oven.  




Extra cooking utensils are in the next drawer. 

On the bottom is our cookware.  The doors open and there is two pull-out shelves.


Stacking some the pans needed to be done to fit everything.

Just like the drawers the shelves pull out all the way and soft close.  

On the other side of the stove in the upper cabinets are the Corningware and the dry goods.



The next self over has more Corningware, pyrex, fresh fruit, and vegetables.




Next to, or really hidden by the fridge is our random collection of glasses.  It looks messy to me.  This shelf really needs doors.  


The remaining drawer has hot pads, aluminum foil, press and seal, and gloves. 

In the lower cabinets below the dry goods are our cutting boards, oversized baking sheets, drying rack, and cast iron grill/griddle.

This is a neat space filler.  It has our spices and extra crap in it.  

This is the most used drawer in our house, our cooking utensils, measuring cups and serving utensils.  

Thankfully, all of our baking sheet and pans stack nicely into each other or we wouldn't have room for everything.



The bottom shelf had our cast irons and wok.

Soft close drawers are amazing!  I need them in every home now.



Once again, I needed to shorten the curtains in here.  


The wooden floors carry throughout the upper floor which I don't hate.






There you have it!  This is where all those tasty dishes and treats I post are made.  This isn't a bad kitchen for a rental home by any means.