This wooden plank bottle opener is a project that I have wanted to do since I saw a very expensive version of it at Crate and Barrel and realized that I had most of the parts for it at home already. This was a really simple project and a great way to learn how to finish and stain wood.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of U.S. Cellular, all words and thoughts are my own.
Honestly, I’ve never watched the show Shark Tank. Yep, I know, it’s like I’ve been living under a rock. Everyone I know always talks about the latest Shark Tank episodes to me like it’s common knowledge. I love the premise of the show. As a business owner myself I love that Shark Tank can transform an entrepreneurs life. My mom was actually just telling me about an episode where a 13 year old’s idea was turned into a business. I can’t even fathom having a great business idea at the age of 13!
If you’re like the rest of my friends and family, and you’re Shark Tank obsessed, which I’m sure you are. You’ll be happy to know that U.S. Cellular® has partnered with ABC’s “Shark Tank” and created “Shark Tank Meets Main Street,” a strategic collaboration with ABC’s “Shark Tank” that harnesses the credibility and reach of this popular and award-winning show, to support small businesses in the U.S. Cellular footprint and beyond. U.S. Cellular® even sponsored three casting calls. Including one in my own backyard of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Last week was one of the toughest weeks to get through, both emotionally and physically. I feel like I can finally say the worst is officially over. I already shared that I used the power of comedy on Netflix to help me get through this time. What really helped me though was channeling my inner geek.
First off, I had the impulse purchase of a brand new PlayStation 4, complete with an additional controller (in pretty blue) and a copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. So we’ve spent almost every night of the last week staying up late-ish and playing a whole lot of Diablo. It’s been a lot of fun to get play an RPG along with AJ (he’s a small, but powerful wizard and I’m a huge Amazonian type barbarian, that looks half naked even when I have tons of armor on.) It’s nice to mindlessly defeat bad guys in a game to keep your mind off of things.
We’ve also been keeping up with our favorite shows, we’ve been keeping up with the current season of Doctor Who. We’re seriously loving Capaldi as the newest doctor. The Walking Dead premiered at the best time possible as well, it’s so nice to have the walker-slaying-crew back together again. Letting your mind wander to the Whoniverse or zombie apocalypse even for an hour helps quite a bit.
Of course I’ve been reading my favorite geeky websites and following my favorite famous geeks online. Wil Wheaton keeps updating on the progress of Tabletop season 3, and so of course I’ve already purchased one of the games that is going to be featured on the upcoming season. It’s called Geek Out! and it’s a ridiculously challenging and incredibly fun to play. It’s basically a geeky trivia game, the categories are Games, Comics, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and random geek knowledge. In the picture below you’ll see some sample questions. Read the rest of this entry »
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It’s not a secret that I’ve been having a rough month. Sometimes you just need a little bit of entertainment to get your mind off of things for a while. This is especially easy when you have Netflix, which happens to be packed full of hilarious shows and specials. I have been watching so many comedies on Netflix lately, whether in bed on my Chromebook or in our living room using our PlayStation 4.
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So everyone knows about stay at home moms and stay at home dad’s are starting to become more commonplace in today’s society. What about an away from home dad? What about those of us who can’t be home all the time? What about those of us who are away from home parents?
I remember the old hay rope we had up in the barn on our old farm, we used to use it to swing from the top of a little wooden motor shed over to the mixer. This was probably really dangerous, no it was definitely dangerous, but we wanted to be like Indiana Jones, I mean who didn’t back then right?
We never did get anything more than a couple bumps or bruises, which was lucky I guess. When we first moved in to our house my wife pointed out a tree limb on one of our trees and said that it looked like a good spot for a tire swing. Now four years and one two year old later I got to work making a tire swing.
Next week was supposed to be special. I was supposed to be announcing our 2nd pregnancy with an over the top pumpkin themed announcement.
Last Friday At 12 weeks of pregnancy, I started spotting. On Monday I was diagnosed with a missed miscarriage. That night I ended up miscarrying at home, I ended up bleeding so much that I could no longer stand or walk on my own, I was then admitted to the Emergency Room in the morning, then whisked to emergency surgery within 20 minutes of being in the hospital, and had 2 blood transfusions. It has been a whirlwind of emotions.
Today happens to be pregnancy and infant loss awareness day. Today I’m very aware of pregnancy loss, and I’m trying my best to avoid Facebook and Twitter.
I’d have to say the hardest part of the night was tucking in Aliceana. I gave her a million hugs and kisses with tears in my eyes and reading her a quick book before bed. It was one of those bittersweet moments that you’ll never forget.
From the very moment that things went wrong AJ was there for me and I will be forever thankful for that. From driving through the night to get home as soon as possible when I started spotting, holding my hand during the grimm looking ultrasound, to running to the store in the middle of the night to pick up anything I needed. I definitely don’t know how i would have gotten through all of this without him. He has definitely been my rock through all of this.
I felt like I had to share this with all of you guys. I don’t want to hide this loss, I feel like I’ll go crazy keeping this between ourselves and the few family members (just parents and grandparents) and friends (the ones that would notice that I wasn’t drinking when we had our weekly wine dates) we told. I feel like the upcoming days, weeks, and months are going to have tough times and random bursts of tears. (Like this morning when finding out about pregnancy loss awareness day.)
I can’t even begin to explain how I’m feeling right now, after everything that happened with my own health yesterday I’m just trying to be happy that I’m doing ok physically. As I’m writing this I’m banished to the couch (although, you won’t see me complaining about that today.) I also can not wait to see Aliceana when AJ brings her back from grandma’s house soon, I’m going to steal as many kisses and hugs as possible.
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The other day AJ and I went to Best Buy and finally bought a PlayStation 4. On our way to the selection of games we passed the GoPro action cameras and I saw AJ look at them longingly. Pheasnt hunting season starts this weekend and AJ is so excited to take Trio out. So naturally he’s been searching for videos of other dogs the same breed (German Shorthaired Pointers) during hunts, and they’re all taped with GoPro action cameras. The hunting clubhouse he just went to also had GoPro cameras, so that didn’t help either.
You see, I had only ever eaten stuffed peppers once before, just your basic green peppers stuffed with under-seasoned beef and rice. They weren’t anything special so I didn’t really have any desire to go home and make my own stuffed peppers. Then a month or so ago I was talking to one of my friends, and she told me all about the amazing stuffed peppers she made from fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market. I knew I had to take a stab at my own stuffed peppers.