REMAKE trailer and giveaway

Awhile back I got the chance to review a book called REMAKE. You can see my full review here, but I will recap quickly by saying that it was an interesting book. It’s written for young adult readers, but I enjoyed it too even though I’m not so young anymore. The concept was really interesting, see for yourself in the trailer below:

And of course, feel free to enter the giveaway too! REMAKE is the first in a planned trilogy (thank goodness because the first book totally leaves things hanging). Good luck.

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LED Light Bulb Guide

We have been trying to find ways to reduce our energy costs, and one of the things we have done is change our light bulbs. LED bulbs are a great choice, and luckily ACE Hardware has come up with this handy guide to help you pick the right bulb for your home.

Do you use LED bulbs? What do you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Spruce up your sprinkler system

It’s already time to run the sprinklers in our neck of the woods, and as always, it’s important to do a bit of maintenance at the start of the season. The EPA has some great tips for watering wisely, and we loved this infographic they created too.


Remember these four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.

  • Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken, or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro—find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program to do the work for you.
  • Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large soggy areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
  • Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.
  • Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

To see all the tips, visit the EPA Sprinkler Spruce Up page.

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A Field Guide to Happiness

A Field Guide to Happiness Reading about how other people live is always fascinating to me, and in the book A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up author Linda Leaming gives us a peek at life in Bhutan.

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan is often called called the happiest place on Earth. However, in Linda’s stories we find that while the people may be happy, life is certainly not always easy. However, it is exactly these challenges that teach her lessons on how to be happier.

Through the book we learn lessons about how to slow down, how to appreciate more, and other keys to a happier life. The book is easy to read, as Linda shares her experiences with a voice that is conversational, much like if you were sitting and talking directly instead of reading a book.

The book also gives interesting glimpses on what life is like in the nation of Bhutan. I was keen to learn more about how they live, and Linda certainly gives insights about that. She even talks about how hard it was for her to adjust to mountain living, and how her body had to adapt to be able to make the trek to the school where she would be teaching. There are certainly challenges that we don’t have here in the US, such as vicious monkeys (that was quiet the story).

Another part that makes the stories interesting is that the author and her husband live some of the time in the US. She shares what it is like to change between the two different cultures and how they adapt to both places, since her husband is from Bhutan there are fun observations about our culture as well.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and how Linda shared her experiences to teach different happiness principles. It was a fun read too.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for my review.

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