Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas Everyone!

May the true spirit of Christmas be with us all and May God gives us a fruitful and happy new year!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you  for being  a huge part of our journey.  You  witness our children's growth, our ups and downs, and most especially our adventures as a family.

Merry Christmas from my Family to Yours!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Country Roads

We went on a short country road trip  last weekend.  Here are some chilly snaps I took.  Enjoy!

Normally, hubby would put our destination in our GPS so we won't get lost but this time we challenged ourselves.  We said that we will just follow our instinct and just drive and enjoy the scenery.  We did not find the property we were looking for but we have seen some amazing view  with our trip.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pimp my Bike

We all have that one friend who is absolutely obsessed with their vehicle. They constantly talk about it, have issues with anyone else so much as touching it and try to upgrade and personalize it at every opportunity. Likewise we have normally seen a few strange ‘custom jobs’ in terms of cars and motorbikes; swapping out normal black seats of the car for neon green leopard print, or engraving ‘Graceland 4ever’ on the back of their motorbike. So what about strange bicycles?

Cycles have a long standing history of being comical. We have the ludicrously popular penny farthing in 1889, and unicycles are still frequently used as an accessory to juggling and comedy clown acts in circuses. So how about we have a look at some very strange, very uniquely customized bicycles?

The Shoe Bike

Todd Kundla created a bicycle made out of sticking old trainers onto metal poles. Although innovative, you wouldn't want to get your foot stuck under one of those wheels! A more stylish and colorful version was also made, this time probably from newer models.

The Roundabout Bike
Made from a total of nine bicycles, this bike wasn't used much as a means of transport, namely because it’d be very hard to go anywhere. It was more used as a playground ride, or as a fun way to exercise in a group. One of the benefits of this bike is that you never fall over, but I wouldn’t use it as a way to get to and from the office quickly.

Shopping Trolley Bike
Now there is an efficient way to do your weekly shopping without chugging the car to and from the supermarket. Be environmentally friendly with this swanky combination bike. However with only the back brakes available; make sure to take extra care on those bends, no use crying over spilt milk!

The Tree Bike
What better way to show your love of foliage than to make a bike out of it? Camouflage yourself completely and take a cycle down to the woods to be completely in tune with nature. The tree bike has been carefully made out of old bits of driftwood and fallen trees, only carved where necessary. To make the handlebars, the owners have used twin branches from a fallen tree. Holly leaves accessorise the bike’s ‘naturalist’ look, and complete with soft mossy seat and pedals, this tree bike is bound to bring you back to your roots.

And finally, the centrepiece of strange bikes. Believe it or not this is actually a bicycle!

Homemade Car Bike
Yabba Dabba Doo? This homemade car/bike is very reminiscent of that lovable caveman family; the Flintstones. Built by a Canadian artist Michel Debroin in 2005, it was created using the skeleton of an old car, some bike pedals and a few old gears.
There was also a special transmission, designed and installed into the car which combines the pedal power; that of up to four people, and transmits it to the wheels of the car. There have been claims that this car-bike can travel up to 15km an hour. Perfect for travelling to the Bedrock Bowl for a night bowling with the guys.

About the Author

Christine Thomas writes for a number of online publications on weird and wonderful things across the world and has contributed this post on behalf ofSummit Different, the online store for cyclists looking for cycling jerseys with a difference.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo Album and Scrapbooks

I still have like 10% of the photos I have printed to finish for scrap booking.  I have done the photo albums first and save the scrapbook for   holidays  so the kids can help me.

Do you do scrap books?  

Minifigure Holiday Card from LEGO

This post brought to you by LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine.

LEGO always comes up  with unique and fun way  of  doing things for every family.  If you haven't made your  LEGO Minifigure Family yet, I  encourage you to do it, it is so much fun!  Take a look at this one that I came up with.  It actually took me a while to complete it  because they have many selections for the torso, legs, heads, and  hats designs that I  had a hard time deciding which   suits  our own personality hahaha.  This is so cool that  I wish I could have done it when my kids are  still awake, but hey, there is always tomorrow right?  I know where to go now and  where to create, so this would be a fun thing for us to do during the weekend.

We love  LEGO here at home.  My son is very proud of the   race car that he built  out of LEGO.  My daughter also  love the  set that we originally got for our son but  it is a little bit complicated for him so  for now, she helps him build it.  I like it that  the navigation is very simple and there are many  selection and options in designing your  holiday cards.  Are you ready to make  yours?  
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Monday, December 2, 2013

New Cumberland Factory

My kids love seeing these big pipes  from the factory that spits out smoke.  I am not sure what factory is this from but it  is the one  from New Cumberland.

Alright, I just want to post this real quick before I go to bed.  I have to go to school tomorrow for the kids Secret Santa Shopping  and I will help facilitate for the day.

Wrist Watch

Men's Raymond Weil Tango Stainless Steel Watch
I was looking at the selection of raymond weil wristwatches  and this particular one reminds me of the  watch that my Dad used to have.  It was a different brand but  it is similar to this.  Oh those memories makes me smile.  Papa was very fond of  wearing  a watch, it was kind of like his signature bling.  Oh I wish that  life has a rewind button so we could  still see our  loved ones who  have departed already.

Bathroom Scale

My husband is keeping up with his work out routine. His goal is to get down to 175 lbs and I think that he need to lose ten more pounds.  Me on the other hand is not trying to lose weight but trying to tone down since I have  a stubborn tummy fat that I am trying to get rid of for a very long time now.  My digital scale needs a new battery so I need to buy it today.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Five Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

Summer is here which means the heat is on its way in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, it can be hard to find ways to keep cool. And even if you do, you may be looking to reduce the cost. Well, there are ways to keep cool without air conditioning. Follow these five steps for a cooler Summer. All you need is to think outside the box.

Use Fans Strategically

So the fan is blasting in your face but it’s just not cooling you down enough – we’ve all been there. Try moving it around a bit and seeing what works best. By facing your fan out the window, you can help to blow the warm air out of this house. Similarly, if you can use an extension cord and place it outside the window facing in, you can blow the cool air from outside into your house.

Drink Lots of Water

It seems too simple to be true – but it really does work. Keeping yourself as hydrated as possible will ensure you with a cooler and easier Summer. Whenever you find yourself becoming too hot, have some water. Keep this up throughout the day to fight off the sun’s rays. Make sure to carry a cool drink bottle with you when leaving the house. You never want to be dehydrated in Summer – it will only make you warmer.

Eat Cold Meals

Maybe you’re thinking this is obvious, but a lot of people don’t really think about it. We’re used to slaving away over the stove or oven at dinner time, but we never quite think about how it will affect us in Summer. Well, cooking over a stove in the height of the heat is going to do you little good. Plus, eating hot meals can keep your body at a higher temperature for well into the night. To cool yourself down immediately and in the long run, cook and eat cooler meals such as salads and sandwiches.

Turn Off the Lights

Modern lights can produce a lot of heat. In fact, incandescent light bulbs give off as much heat as they do light. If you’ve been keeping your lights on in Summer, this can be a huge factor in making you hot and bothered. This Summer, remember the affect that your lights can have on your body, and turn them off as much as possible.

Install Attic Insulation

If you’re searching for a more long term solution to keeping the heat out of your home, consider installing attic insulation. Having an uninsulated attic can mean you are losing up to 20% of the cool air in your home. It may cost you a few hundred dollars straight up, but it will keep you cooler and be more cost efficient that air conditioning in the long run.

Remember that there are many different ways to keep cool this Summer. All of the small things add up, and can leave you feeling more hot and bothered than you imagined. Drink water and turn off the lights and you will be feeling better in no time. For more information creating a cooler home, visit Coral Homes or Coral Homes on True Local .

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