Blogher Bingo

I will not be at blogher (a women’s blogging conference) this year even though I have gone the last four years.

It’s nothing personal. I just needed 3ft dolls more than I needed to learn about SEO.

Now that the conference is nearing, the chatter is beginning to heat up. I was starting to feel left out so I thought I could play along with Blogher Bingo.

Maybe you’re not going and want to play too.

Log onto twitter, facebook, instagram, google+, and youtube, from July 24 – 26 and follow the #’s:






If you are going, you can play too.  Just make sure you text me the photo of the square that you are filling. It’s only fair. _________________________________________________________________

If you’re going to tell me that professional bloggers don’t write things like this, you’re late to that game.

I suppose if I was a professional blogger, this would be sponsored and I would have a giveaway. Guess I learned nothing in those 4 years.

*A swagon is a wagon/suitcase rolling device that one might roll behind them as they stuff STUFF into it.  Swag-wagon.  My friend Lookieboo came up with that term and it could not be more perfect.

I’d love if blogher did a swagon parade on Sunday morning, like, float style.

I’d totally book a flight now for that.

Think of the DIY bloggers blogher.



A DIY little league baseball bucket

My younger son has been in baseball (little league, coach pitch) for the past few years.  With my older son never doing any organized sports, there’s been a bit of a learning curve with equipment.  If there’s one thing that’s annoyed me with this baseball thing for the past few years, it’s been the bag.



Oh, I know it looks innocent enough. What’s the big deal?

Well, first of all, the bag is about 3/4ths of the height of my son since it has to accommodate a bat and it’s awkward for him to carry.

If you don’t get the helmet in there just right, it’s hard to zip.

His baseball hat happens to be black this year so it blends in.

In between innings, nothing gets put back into the bag so the sideline looks like a puzzle of mits, balls, bats, helmets, and black bags.  When it’s time to change equipment, and your kid needs their own stuff, it’s sort of chaotic.

Oh, and almost all the bags are black so at the end of the game it’s a scramble to get the puzzle back together.

Last week I overheard my sons coach say something about pickle buckets.


I asked and he said “You know, to put all the kids stuff in.”


And that’s how the Jim Bucket was invented.

Here’s the stuff that needs to go into the bucket for us:



Here’s what you’ll need:

A bucket.

This bucket can be a pickle bucket from a deli (free!)


I happened to have a home depot one in the garage.



Next I used grey primer and spray paint to paint both bucket and lid.

painted bucket


You can see where I traced a circle.

I’m going to use a wood burner to cut that out for the bat.

And after you load it up, here it is.

The Jim T-Ball Bucket.

DIY Tball Bucket

And the best part?

They can sit on it on the sidelines.

(We mostly play in parks so no seating, just grass yo.)


So thanks coach Jim for this fantastic idea.

Now, who’s going to help me burn that bag.


The Easy Sheet

I had 2/3 of my thyroid removed on Friday and that has left me with time to sit around and do nothing.  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not really good with sitting around.

I came across a video on how to fold a fitted sheet and even though I already know how, I watched it.  I’m claiming Valium on that. Then I went to twitter because that’s what you do when your life has become doing nothing while eating apple sauce all day.

sheet balls

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So then I grabbed some post its and made my model.


bed with sheet

And here’s “The Easy Sheet”

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No more sheet balls AND easy to put on?

You know you want one.

The Easy Sheet.


P.S. Martha don’t hate but no matter how many times you tell people to fold their fitted sheets, the sheet ball rules.

P.P.S. I have no idea if this concept even exists already.

P.P.P.S If not, Shark Tanks, I’m available for interviews.

Teachers Gifts Part 2

For end of the year teachers gifts, I have been giving “explosion boxes”  for a few years. My son has had one teacher for 3 years and is now moving onto Jr. High so I wanted to give her something a little different.  I came up with a tool box concept and searched for how to do it online.  I came across this file.  I liked the fact that it had a removable top tray to hold the tools with room underneath.  Under the tool tray I was able to fit the actual gift, gift cards with room to spare for a note from myself and my son.


tool box tool box open tool box tools

Oh, and I also made a backpack.