A little bit of pocket change - my 2016 blogging summary

A little bit of pocket change - my 2016 blogging summary

I started this blog as a way to document my various DIY projects, but it has grown into my little piece of the internet that I love. Initially when Aaron suggested I start a blog as a creative outlet, I brushed off the idea. I thought “who is going to read that”. And it’s true, for the first year or so the only people who followed my site were my parents (sometimes), Aaron’s parents (occassionally) and a few friends (once in a while).

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Grandparents are the best

Grandparents are the best

There are so many terms for grandparents, and they vary from region to region. In many Asian families, different names are used for paternal and maternal grandparents, which can be confusing as cousins may call their grandparents different names depending upon which side of the family they are from.

Gifts your pregnant friend will appreciate

Gifts your pregnant friend will appreciate

A very close friend of mind recently found out she is pregnant and I could not be more thrilled. For the first time I found myself feeling nostalgic about my pregnancy (which I never thought I would be!), and actually went back and re-read all my pregnancy posts. It got me thinking about the items that I relied on to get me through the 40 weeks. Even though it’s been almost 2 years (whoa!) since I was where she is, it sometimes feels like it was just yesterday. While everyone’s experience is different, here are a few items that I really appreciated while I was pregnant.

Stocking Stuffers for Everyone!

Stocking Stuffers for Everyone!

I equate stockings with getting a bonus snack from the vending machine, or hitting every green light on the way to work - they are little extras that bring an added thrill. From games to test your smartphone skills to $10 virtual reality headsets, here is my list of fun and practical stocking stuffers that everyone will love!

Tech we Love - Capturing memories with Nest Cam

Tech we Love - Capturing memories with Nest Cam

I’m sure Aaron and I aren’t the only parents who have a trouve of videos that go something like this: … (several minutes of uneventful footage) [voice chimes in] well [fill in child’s name] just did the cutest thing … but it doesn’t look like he’s going to do it again … (1 minute later the video cuts out). Thankfully Nest Cam has captured some of those “hard-to-capture” moments. Nest Cam (formerly Dropcam) has been a great investment and one of our favorite baby gifts. It provides live streaming video/audio, with the added option of allowing you to go back and save a clip if your child did something adorable that you want to save. Here are a few of our favorite moments we’ve captured with Nest Cam: