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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Endless Leather

Recently I was given the opportunity to work with Endless Leather to create a handmade piece of jewelry. I chose three different colors of Leather Cord as well as a stainless steel Bead and gold plated Jewellery Findings. I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive my package in the mail!!

After brainstorming for a day, I decided that I wanted to make a bracelet. I wanted the stainless steel bead to really be visible as it was my focal point of the whole thing. I decided to make a leather wrapped bracelet, with the bead in the center. For my first time working with leather, I think I did a pretty good job, what do you guys think?


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Favorite Mobile Apps

I love having portable technology.  Our cellphones and tablets do so much,  the only thing that could improve them would be the ability to make us food. Dear Verizon, I like pizza. Just throwing that out there. But seriously there are so many useful apps out there, here are some of my favorites!

Bubbles3- I love this game. I know, I know, its a silly bubble popping game. My husband hates it, but I love this kind of game to pass time. If I'm waiting for my sons bus to come, or waiting at the pharmacy, I always sit and play this. It actually does make time go by a lot faster than just sitting there twirling your thumbs. This game is free!

JeFit Pro- This app comes as both a free app, or you can purchase the pro version. I have started using this to create and log my workouts. As stated shortly after the new year, I am slowly changing things, so this allows me to keep track of the activity I do. I like being able to see what I have been working on with my body. You can create your own workouts, or download workout programs to your mobile device.

My Fitness Pal- I use this app in conjunction with JeFit. This app I log my eating. Nutrition is my absolute worst everything. I mean, its awful. I always remember the phrase "Abs are made in the kitchen". and I know that if i fix my eating, that will help me lose weight and become healthy. But, baby steps, y'know? So I use My Fitness Pal to keep track of what I'm eating, how much I'm eating, and how many calories I consume daily.

Pinterest- Although I don't really think I need to explain having Pinterest on my phone, I will say, I love checking pinterest. I always find amazing recipes, fitness info, fashion, style, cosplay, sewing....everything.

Sell on Etsy- This app (along with the reader pictured below) makes me love being an Etsy seller so much more. Their reader, along side with their mobile app, allows you to sell items via etsy. That way you don't have to try and keep up with sales from more than one location. Everything goes through etsy, its consolidated, and easy to track. Etsy, I love you!

Instagram- Because I'm an over-sharer! I always post pictures of random things.

SquareDroid- SquareDroid has really taken the pain out of Instagram. Well, let me clarify, there isn't a pain with instagram, other than trying to fit an entire picture into a small square. SquareDroid fixes that! It takes your image, whatever size, and creates an even square around it. It blurs or color blocks the outside of your picture, framing it. BOOM, no more cutoff photos!

Photo Grid- If you want to share more than one image, but don't want to make like three or four posts in a row, make a photo grid! That way you aren't spamming your social media accounts with a ton of pictures, they are all nice and neat in one cute framed picture. You can change the layout of the frames to nearly any shape and configuration. Easy peasy!

My Days- This one is for woman things, y'know. Because its hard enough for me to remember what I did yesterday, let alone a month ago

** This list was generated on my own, without the influence of any company or representative for any of these apps. I use these apps on a daily basis (like, seriously. Probably more than once a day). **


Monday, January 26, 2015

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

This week's movie Monday post is about Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

I have to be honest. When the first movie in this revamped version of Planet of the Apes came out, I didn't want to see it. I thought it would be stupid and refused. One day the first one came on TV and although I didn't get to see all of it, I saw the last quarter or so. From what I was able to see, it looked really cool. So when Dawn of the Planet of the Apes came out on DVD, I definitely wanted to see that. It didn't disappoint either! The movie is set ten years after the Simian Flu wiped out most of the humans. Cesar and his group establish a routine life and they are comfortable and happy with the lives they established. That is, until a small group of humans wander close to their home. Cesar tells them to leave. Like, literally tells them "GO!" Not before one of the humans shot one of the apes though. They leave and head back to their larger group of people who have been holed up in a town. They have had power, but are running out. They accidentally found the apes while looking for a generator that is at a Dam, past the Apes' establishment.

But because we humans are selfish and stubborn, the humans try anyway they can to get through. They go to talk to Cesar and he allows them to go. Koba isn't cool with it and doesn't trust the humans. The humans are allowed to do their work (although there are a bunch of hiccups along the way) and fix the generator to get power to their city. Right when they are finished, Koba sets them up. He shoots Cesar and tells the apes that the humans did it. They rush into the town and corral, enslave, and attack the humans. Cesar isn't dead, one of the original humans that went to the dam to get the generator to work, does surgery on him. He and Koba have this epic showdown and ultimately he wins. The humans that worked on the generator are told to leave because war is coming. Cesar tells them that the apes started the war, and they need to leave before it comes to them.

This really has me interested and anticipating the next installment of this series. I think they did an amazing job with this! The CGI looks awesome, the story is great, its a really awesome movie! I loved it. I really loved the fact that the apes not only used sign language, but a lot of them tried talking! It was freaky, but cool!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Injustice: Gods Among Us

Alright, so I've explained my love for DC Comics a lot. Like, A LOT, LOT. But I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to playing this game. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a really awesome game. Hell, its made by the creators of Mortal Kombat, so you know its got to be good. I love so much about this game, where to start, where to start!?

You always expect a DC game to have the most popular DC characters in a game. Justice League favorites (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman). But it was really cool to see that they incorporated other, lesser known characters! From Black Adam, Raven, Ares, even Hawk Girl. I love how they are given a bit more shine. But of course it was also awesome seeing the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The fight scenes are so freaking EPIC! And the environment is interactive! Like you can pick up a car and throw it, or an oil barrel or even a planet looking thing! Its a lot of fun. And everyone has really cool "Super Moves":

The story line is also pretty sweet too! Although I haven't gotten all the way through it yet.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Birthday Party Prep

Its almost time for my sons birthday!! This year he went back and forth a little until he finally decided what he wanted his theme to be:

He decided on a Star Wars theme! I have to say, although I love superheroes, I'm glad he chose a different theme this year. So we have the major things worked out, his cake should be made and ready by his birthday party. He would like to be Han Solo. That is exciting! And simple enough to make also. So I will be getting things together to make his costume this week. It shouldn't take long at all either! I'm going to be Princess Leia. That is going to be fun! I've never had/made a star wars costume before so this is going to be new but really fun. Sadly, my husband is probably going to be out in the field for this one. I hate that he is going to miss not only our sons birthday, but his birthday party as well. Oh, and we are going to have a death star pinata. He's really stoked about it too. I seached online far and wide and found some really awesome tutorials on making it, so I will more than likely get started tomorrow once he is at school. That way I can paper mache it without distraction, and I can get it completely paper mache'd, painted, filled and then we can figure out where exactly to do this at lol.

Because his birthday is the beginning of February, its always a toss up for the weather. Last year there was snow outside! The year before that, it was nice, semi-warm and the kids could play outside! So this year I'm going to plan for a little bit of both. Hopefully it will be nice outside so the kids can play out there and get some fresh air. I'm planning some outdoor games as well as indoor ones, just in case. I'm not going to go all out and crazy like we did last year, but this year i am still hoping to have a solid 4 games/activities for the kids to do. I might even play Star Wars on the TV during the party.

I know that over the next weekend we will be watching all three Star Wars movies. I mean the ORIGINAL Star Wars Movies. I really try to ignore the other add ons that came out, the original three are all that matter (in my mind). I also want to have a Photo Booth area. I don't have an instant camera, but if I can find a cheap one on Craigslist, I'm going for it. Id love to be able to give people their photos immediately, instead of trying to coordinate with their parents and print or email them. Anyway that will be something that I work up later. I know my son is excited for this party, is it weird that I'm about as excited as he is?