Monday, 21 May 2018

BOB Books Reading Levels (new Lexile levels)

Our family is using Bob Books to help our daughter learn to read.  After finishing Set 1, I thought I'd like to flip through our children's book library to find some other books that she would be able to tackle next.  I found that even the books I thought of as simple still used many phonics rules that our daughter had not been exposed to yet.

We ended up confidently buying Bob Boobs Set 2 with the plans to also buy Sets 3-5 to get her exposed to the different phonics rules in the systematic way that she is currently enjoying.



In an effort to find books at our daughter's level and to scratch my spreadsheet creating itch, I ended up making a huge spreadsheet of our kid's book library including reading levels using Fountas and Pinnell and Lexile scores.

The spreadsheet ended up not being very useful because

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Use Toothpaste to Remove Cell Phone Screen Scratches?


So, I knew that I'd be opening a can of worms when I started posting videos to YouTube.  One of the unforeseen consequences has been watching a lot of videos and getting crazy ideas that I would never come up with on my own.

Case in point: smearing toothpaste on my cell phone to get rid of scratches.

Yes, I did actually try to fix scratches on my cell phone by using toothpaste.

There's video proof. (below)

Friday, 10 March 2017

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (Queen) with Elastic all the Way Around



The last time I folded a fitted sheet in front of someone I heard "Wow!  Right there!  What was that trick?"  So, I decided to make another video!

Folding fitted sheets was a mystery for me once too.  I learned how to fold a fitted sheet on the internet.  I did a lot of searching and came across a lot of videos with barely elasticized twin sheets.  They weren't very helpful with my extra deep fully elasticized fitted sheets.

Friday, 3 March 2017

The Fjallaven Kanken Maxi Backpack


Today I received my new Fjallraven Kanken Maxi Backpack in the mail and I'm super excited!

I had been looking for a new bag for a couple of months.  My old backpack was about 15 years old and was shedding the waterproofing on everything I put in there so I was reluctant to actually use it when I needed it.

I also needed a new piece of luggage.  We've been doing more bus and train travel since we decided to try to go car free back in December.  Having a hands free, subway turnstile friendly, easy to carry piece of luggage has become infinitely more important to us!