Sunday, August 14, 2016

Genius James Bay

If faux gospel folk like the jaw dropping Hozier is your thing you may already listen to James Bay. He's pretty mainstream now. I am just mesmerized by his music.

Just about anyone who has fallen out of love with someone at one point or another will resonate with this song. When I am in a mood it brings tears to my eyes haha. This is the song that got me into James Bay. Keep pulling on them heartstrings!

This song is nearly as popular as the first. The chorus is so fun to sing. Extra drama with some melody for good measure. The bridge that starts at 2:14 is everything.
"Lonely water, lonely water, won't you let us wander
Let us hold each other." Lyrics from Google Play Music
These two are the only widely published James Bay songs I like right now but they are so amazing that I still wanted to write this post. Those songs alone are worth it. So good.

Scars just doesn't get me. It's starts to slow and my attention drifts away before I get to the chorus. I feel similarly about Move Together.

Best Fake Smile is not my speed. It sounds all right but it's not something that I can relate to. The lonely water lyrics make up for it all. One things for sure, Bay is an amazing writer/composer!

<3 KM

Monday, August 1, 2016

Tetra Pack Beans! @target #BPAFree

Being somewhat environmentally aware I have learned that most canned goods have BPA in the lining of the cans. To avoid this I use fresh or glass jarred items as much as possible, but sometimes convenience wins and I grab a can of beans or tomatoes. With these new strange beans I can avoid one more canned convenience food. Score!

I was pleasantly surprised with the tenderness of the beans. Sometimes kidney beans can be a bit tough, which is the worst. I had maybe two tougher beans in my pasta but it was better than some other organic brands I've tried.

Tetra packs still contain some plastic so ultimately it is better to cook your beans from scratch. Since that doesn't always happen these are a good alternative. Tetra packs are easily recyclable in most areas, Portland included!

<3 KM

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pokemon Go - the Easy way to reload a frozen iPhone app #FixTheGame

Despite server frustrations I am a huge fan of Pokemon Go. I have played it since the beginning as a little kid and to me this is just the most amazing app ever. Also, it encourages me to get over my fear of random people. Win win!

When I first started playing the game I restarted my phone every time the game froze. Then I learned this little trick for iPhone users that is so much easier. Check it out!

As I speak the server is back up. Thank goodness! Time to go into the forest and claim my space at the gym.

<3 KM

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Brainless Funfetti Cookies

These cookies are way too easy, extremely cheap, and just fun. I wish I could tell you that they are healthy too, but sadly they are not. Make sure you have lots of people to share them with.
  • 1 box Funfetti Cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1-2 TB star Sprinkles (not optional, according to Z)


Put all ingredients into a bowl. Mix together with a fork until all dry mix is combined. Sprinkle lightly with colored sugar if you'd like. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 on an un-greased cookie sheet. 

There is plenty of oil in the mix so the cookies shouldn't stick to the pan. The bottoms will probably brown excessively if you use cooking spray. Parchment paper may be a good alternative. 

<3 KM

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Classic Digital Watches ft. Casio, Timex and Neff

I can't stand analogue watches. I can read them, promise! I just think that it takes way more time to figure out the actual time than it does to just look at a digital watch. I'm actually good with numbers but I am directionally challenged, and a touch dyslexic, so clocks just aren't my strong suit.

Also analogue watches are often not as waterproof or sturdy. I am not the type to diligently take off my watch off before I jump in the water, go for a hike or do the dishes. Delicate things are not going to survive on my wrist.

The problem with this is that analog watches are so much prettier than digital watches. Most digital watches are clunky, hideous or they scream "I shop at Walmart!!!". Nothing against the last by the way, you can probably find some of these there :P. Classic Casio and Timex watches are unisex, which means they are smaller and they come in all sorts of colors. Yasssss!

Colorful Casios

These Casios are currently only available in the UK. I have the mustard and turquoise. Totally wish that these were carried in the US because they rock, and I don't like to pay shipping. At least they are unique!

Neff Watches

I haven't tried this brand but these are totally rocking. They remind me of M!

Timex Collection

Timex's indiglo function is boss. I wish they carried more pastels though.


This lot is perfect if you are looking for something a bit more presentable. I am waiting for the last to come in the mail. It's reviews aren't the best but I love the color combo. It seems that some people find the white numbers to be hard to read in bright light. Hoping this is not a deal for me.

I really wish there was a classier line of digital watches. I'd totally drop $200 for an elegant, waterproof, indestructible, adorable digital watch. Until then these are totally great. Since they aren't too expensive I have a few different types to go with my mood. I've been feeling turquoise lately apparently.

Happy summer!

<3 KM

Friday, June 24, 2016

Finished Pepper Pots + Free Stencils

My pepper plants' new homes are done! I think they look like cool hot sauce bottles. The only one without a pepper is the atomic bomb. I just couldn't sully the name-sake of my design. 

"The Atomic Age"

The Pink Flamingo is for the rise of the middle-class suburbs because I think that a contributing factor in suburban growth was the fear of bombs targeting major cities.

The Ray Gun is a toy popularized by sci-fi TV shows in the 50's, obviously influenced by rockets that were made to deploy atomic weapons.

The Gas Mask were stocked in bomb shelters, so if the unthinkable happened people wouldn't breath in radioactive particles.

The Angler Fish is because deep sea exploration was reaching it's peak during the time, and because deep sea creatures might be some of the only things to survive the nuclear apocalypse. 

The Mushroom Cloud is self explanatory. 

The DNA is for the damage and cancers that radiation from detonations has caused around the world.

The UFO is for the first sightings that coincided with the development of nuclear missiles and new airplanes.

The Bomb Girl was painted on planes and bombs in WWII.

Sputnik was launched using rocket technology originally meant to carry the bomb into enemy territory. 

The Atomic Symbol is the symbol of the age.

I still need to spray these suckers with some sealant. I hope they don't get damaged before then.

If you want to see how I made these pots:

8 Free Stencils Below!
I just used an oval for the atom symbol and did the pepper DNA freehand. The UFO is a little different than the one on the planter.

(the last two are a little tricky, but I'm sure you can figure them out)
Have Fun!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Philosophy Poem #1

Philosophy has always been a big part of my life. I share my strange thoughts with friends and family but today I figure I'll save them and share here instead. Lucky you :P! Here is today's little revelation:


The decisions that we make
What to give
What to take

What to keep 
What to free

What to do 
Redo, undo
What to leave undone 

Makes us all
It's who we are



<3 KM