Save Money with ibotta

There’s a great app that we use to save money on grocery items without clipping coupons. It’s called ibotta and I think it’s easier to use that cutting coupons.

How it works:

  • Install the app on your phone.
  • Browse through the items you are planning on buying that have a discount and select them.
  • Checkout like normal at the grocery store.
  • At home, snap a picture of the UPC and the receipt.
  • Within a few days, your account will be credited.

Between my wife and I we’ve redeemed close to $100 in gift cards to Whole Foods (you can choose between a whole slew of great gift cards as soon as you accrue $20 in rewards).

If you use this ibotta link, you’ll get a $10 referral bonus on your first redemption (and to be transparent, I get $5 for the referral).

Take Cover

A tornado was spotted near our house tonight and it’s the first time we’ve had to bring kids to the basement to seek safety.

Thankfully, we only got heavy rain in our neighborhood.

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Almost in a Commercial

Back in February, I went with a handful of colleagues to Detroit to build websites for small businesses.

During the time we were there, a video production team was filming most aspects of the weekend.

I didn’t make it into one of the three commercial spots, but the side of my head is captured in this video at the 1:23 mark:

 

The three commercials can be found on design.blog.

Learning to do a proper handstand.

I need to get back to my handstand work. I was doing well until our baby disrupted our schedule.

Staying healthy isnt a crime-Fitness is a lifestyle choice

Many of you probably had the chance to read my post on “handstands” and how they have advantages and their benefits. I told you in that same post I would write another post in the later weeks discussing how to train for a proper handstand – and although there is a million different ways to do so and everyone has their own technique, I believe the best way is to practice and build up to it, like any other movement. Handstands are more advanced movements, they aren ‘t considered easy and even though they may be easier for some, they can be quite more difficult for others like myself. 

 

When beginning training for a handstand, it is best do them on a flat surface and preferably one that won’t cause you much harm if you should fall or occasionally hurt yourself trying – I don’t want anyone to end…

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Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Wow. I wish I had read this book back when I was in college as it was much more interesting / easy to read than my college text books.

It carries you along from the very fundamentals of both codes (like braille) and electric circuits in the telegraph days all the way to the web, with plenty of verbal and diagrammatic explanation.

I really appreciated the author’s efforts to provide such an exhaustive dive into how computers work (and I regained much of my awe at these machines we take so for granted nowadays).

Zoo Day

It was a bit chilly early today, but we ventured out and took both kids to the zoo. 

They both enjoyed it, even though the little one slept 90% of the trip. 

Here are a few pictures from the day. 

Scratched!

I’ve been an iPhone user since the iPhone 4 and have never had a case. Over the course of the life of the phone, I’ve scratched the edges, but nothing too major. 

Today, as we were playing in the basement, my phone got underneath a kid’s wooden rocking chair and it got quite a few surface scratches on the glass. 

They are only noticeable when the screen is turned off or if the light hits it exactly right. 

Any suggestions on a way to fix?

Impossible to take a picture of the scratches

Princess K’s Birthday Photos

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Our photographer also did some photos of Kenley for her 3rd birthday! She is a ham right now! Always pretending.. even when Dustin was driving her to school the other day they had to pretend to play hide and seek in the car! She is a great “pretend” mommy.  When I ask her to do a task that is too difficult, she says “but I’m not a real mommy!” So thankful to be her real mommy!

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Fully Stocked

Just got our latest shipment of grass fed beef. This is what half a cow looks like:


In total we got:

  • 20 packages of steaks (with 2 steaks per pack)
  • 13 roasts, averaging six pounds each
  • 20 packs of hamburger patties (6 burgers per pack)
  • 58 pounds of ground beef

That should make our weekly grocery bill a bit less 🙂

April 2017 Recap

I’m quite certain that was April was the fastest month in history, well it seemed like it to us anyways.

Here’s what happened this month:

  • I ran the shuttle service on Mon / Wed / Fri for our daughter to go to preschool and Thu afternoons for swim lessons (got to get ready for swim season!)
  • Bought a sweet new mower so I can now cut my grass in record time. And it’s battery operated, so double yeah!
  • We made a few trips to the chiropractor to make sure our bodies are in alignment and that baby’s is too.
  • Lots of playing kitchen / restaurant with our three year old. She has quite the imagination.
  • I read Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution and Guilty Minds which makes 12 books for the year. I’m a book ahead of my pace to read 35 books this year.
  • Enjoyed watching the Cleveland Cavaliers sweep the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
  • With the combination of my Apple AirPods and holding my son for nap times, I’ve managed to cut back my podcast queue back from ~100 shows to 40 shows. My goal is to eliminate about 10 from the queue each week and be 100% caught up by the end of my paternity leave (which will be about the time I get 100 behind again 😛 )
  • And in the last two weeks, I’ve been working my way through the Full Stack Javascript on Treehouse. I currently have 39 more hours to go before I’m an *expert*, ha! Javascript is an interesting programming language and I’ve been having a blast, even though I’m only able to work thru the materials at night when I’m tired.

So small

Here’s a picture of our daughter three years ago at 6.5 weeks old(curtesy of Facebook):


And here is my son at 5 weeks old:


I think he’s going to be a bit bigger than her 😜

Didn’t Last Long

I had the fastest time for today’s CrossFit workout, until the afternoon class came in. 

Five rounds of

  • 5-10-5 Shuttle Run
  • 12 Hand release push-ups
  • 24 Sit-ups 
  • 48 Double Unders

I got the first 4 rounds of double unders unbroken and got tripped up after 32 in the final round 😢

Podcast Listening Trifecta

I’ve been listening to podcast since 2007 when I had an hour-long commute to my corporate job at Whirlpool.

Upon graduation, I bought my first iPod; a 30GB video click wheel model.

Since I had a long drive, 5 days a week, I would load up on financial podcasts (like the Dave Ramsey Show) and Mac podcasts (Mac OS Ken and MacBreak Weekly to name a few). It thrilled me that my shows would download to my computer overnight and once I plugged in the iPod to my computer, all the content would sync.

I’d then use my 3.5mm jack to cassette adapter to listen to my shows in the car.

After awhile, I enjoyed the drive more than my job as I was inspired by content I was listening to.

Back then, you didn’t see many people walking around with ear buds in their ears. So I only listened to shows while in the car.

That was 10 years ago.

Today my podcast listening experience looks much different. Today I used these three items to listen to podcasts:

  • AirPods
  • MacBook Pro
  • Apple Watch

I started my day as I have the last few weeks, by holding our 4 week old son so my wife could get a few more minutes of sleep (he’s a noisy sleeper, ha!). I put in one of the AirPods and listened to a few short shows as I sat in silence.

After I dropped my daughter off at school, I plugged my phone into the AUX port in the car and listened to a show while I navigated to the library while I worked while she was at school.

I set up shop and connected my AirPods to my computer. While I was doing some brain-power-free items on my task list, I used the PodcastMenu app to list to shows saved in Overcast.

Later this afternoon, I again used the AirPods while pulling some weeds / mowing the grass. The mundane work is much more in enjoyable with an inspiring podcast.

Lastly, I got the baby to sleep around dinner time (with again, one AirPod in) and was listening to a show, but oh no! My phone was much too far for me to reach and I didn’t want to risk waking the baby to move to a new show.

Since I have an Overcast app on my watch, I was able to gently move my hands together and queue up another show.

The star of this whole show is the Apple AirPods. It’s so handy to listen with only one earbud in (so I can hear other things) and not have any wires anywhere.

Happy Easter

Here’s the best picture we could put together of all of us as the day didn’t quite go as planned. 

Amongst the tears and nap of big sister and a blowout diaper from the little man, our coordinating outfits were not captured in one frame. 

However, we were able to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior as a family. He is Risen!

Here EGO

A few days ago I posted about buying a new reel mower for our grass.

This wasn’t the optimal solution.

If the grass was too long, the mower didn’t work right and my old battery powered Ryobi mower wasn’t holding a charge long enough to mow my whole yard.

After a bit of research, I found that the EGO brand to have the best battery technology on the market, so of course, I had to have one.

On Sunday, I stopped by Home Depot to see if the in person version was as impressive as the reviews were online.

Turns out the reviews were right. EGO has a handful of battery powered outdoor tools and there was a deal on that day to get a leaf blower for $100 off. This included a battery that could also be used on the mower.

I picked up the 21″ self-propelled mower and put it thru the test today.

My goal: mow the whole yard in under an hour.

The self propelled mower has a throttle control and I set it to rabbit speed and took off. I got thru 90% of the yard before the battery died. I used the smaller leaf blower battery to finish off the yard.

The whole yard was done in 40 minutes. Fastest I’ve ever finished completely mowing the yard.

Then I trimmed and cleaned up with the leaf blower and was done in under an hour.

The gear is expensive, but it has the power of the gas powered equivalents.

 

I Know You’re Mad at United but… (Thoughts from a Pilot Wife About Flight 3411)

I don’t follow the news much (or ever!), but I did hear about the United story. Very informative article by a pilot’s wife.

The Pilot Wife Life

If there’s one thing I have learned over the years, it’s that there are always two sides to every story.

On April 9th, a very unfortunate incident played out on United Flight 3411, the video of which has since gone viral causing a mass social media uprising with an ‘off-with-their-heads’ mentality. I mean, across the board. Fire ’em all and let the gods sort it out later.

Look, I get it. When I first saw the video I was appalled too. To say that it was inflammatory would be putting it mildly. But it was also a situation that was escalated far beyond the boundaries of necessity.

If a federal law enforcement officer asks me to exit a plane, no matter how royally pissed off I am, I’m going to do it and then seek other means of legal reimbursement. True story.

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Melody Opening Things

I got this idea from my colleague Joel as my wife also tends to destroy things when she opens them.

Here’s the most recent victim:

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Not sure why the box had to be mangled into an unusable state, but now I have a brick of cream cheese that’s just waiting to get smashed in my fridge 😛

Aqua Tots

Someone had her first swim lesson today where she got in the pool without mommy or daddy. 

She wasn’t too sure about it at the time, but later she said she had a lot of fun. 

We’ll see how next week goes. It’s getting close to pool time 😉