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We went on a long baseball tournament. I sewed a lot of hexagons. BY HAND!



I’ve been hanging on to this SpareOne emergency phone trying to figure out how to review a product that I hope I never have to use. This week with all the tragedy surrounding the Oklahoma tornado damage is a great time to think about emergency preparedness. I grew up in a household that planned for emergencies. We had backpacks under our beds with clothing, non-perishable food and water and basic first aid kits. We also stored extra food and water in case of hard times (which we ended up using during a time my dad was out of work for a year) and we gardened to have healthy foods to store.

As I think about how my life and technology have changed over the years, I am happy that I have kept the habit of preparing for the future. In my own home, I store extra supplies, water, food and keep a store of first aid supplies. Now, I also keep a SpareOne emergency phone. It’s quite a neat idea – a battery operated phone whose battery lasts for 15 years. The packaging is waterproof, floats and the phone is operable through the bag. Knowing that we are covered for emergency phone calls in the event of a disaster is a great feeling. Although we all have cell phones, having a waterproof, cold temperature proof phone offers more peace of mind.



Yesterday, I was contacted with a special offer in relation to SpareOne and the Oklahoma disaster. Right now at SpareOne.com you can buy a SpareOne emergency phone at a discount and an additional phone will be donated to people in tornado stricken areas. Anyone using the code BUYGIVE04 will receive a $20 discount on each phone purchased, a SpareOne phone will be donated and SpareOne will track buyers coming from WindyLou.com!

This is a small way to help the recent Oklahoma tornado victims and first responders, and at the same time, prepare your own family.


DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a SpareOne phone for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review/article and all opinions are my own and honest. This review is provided as part of my relationship with itsaglamthing.com

I’ve been a busy little bee down in my sewing room over the last little while. I have Pinterest and Instagram to thank for my recent fabric re-obsession. It’s hard for me to see so many gorgeous photos of other people’s projects and not be inspired. So far I’ve made a seat back organizer, a  lap quilt, a tote bag and a makeup bag, with several other projects lined up! Behold:

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But at least the snow is pretty. There is just something about unblemished snow that gives me a thrill.


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I’ve all but given up my music photography since moving to Michigan. Luckily, I find shows here and there where I can drag my big camera (Canon Rebel) along. Most often lately, I only use my phone camera (iPhone 4S) because it’s so damn handy. When we were on vacation in November I took my big camera to the Norton Records wash- a -thon, but I chickened out at the last minute what with all the water and cleanser and fragile vinyl lying around.

In a fun turn of events my friend Twinkle needed some photos for a story she was doing on Norton and I was able to send her a few! It’s been a good while since I’ve had a photo published so I was happy to help!

Check out her story

You can find Twinkle here

and Norton Records here. Norton still needs lots of help. If any of you record lovers feel so inclined, I’m sure they can use some monetary help in addition to the volunteers needed for clean up efforts.


I have a love hate relationship with laundry. Often I find the rhythmic back and forth of sorting, transferring from washer to dryer soothing. Somehow the love doesn’t extend to my large collection of blankets. I’ve found that a weekly (or so) trip to the local laundromat is a nice break for me. In an awesome turn of fortune, my closest laundromat is next door to a Goodwill store!

Now, it’s no secret that I love finding a good deal, and that I have passed many a deal along through my eBay sales. Every time I go to the laundromat I pop in the Goodwill to see what I can see. Some of my most fun and amazing finds have come from this once a week or so pop in. All of that is to say: look what I found today!


Just phoning it in today to say how little there is going on around these parts. School is back in session, people are sick, Ski club started for the middle school, the cats are cute as hell and I’m still pinning more quilts than I will ever make or need in 4 lifetimes.

Being sick has been nice in regards to my current quilt project though. It’s a lot more relaxing to hand sew when you don’t feel like moving more than a foot or two from the bed or couch. I’ve wrapped up a book or two. My new coloring book and markers arrived so I have even managed to color. Aside from that being sick sucks. I can’t breathe well and my head hurts. Somebody call the wahmbulance.


Also, LuLu is getting too fat for the tower. My sweet fat bottomed girl.


I’ve been pining for these birdies for quite a while now. Yesterday Whitney at Love Tattoo made them a reality for me. Best present so far!



I was super excited to be given the opportunity to try out this cool gadgety gadget. Our family of four sports 3 smartphones and 2 tablets, and we’re looking at another smartphone in the near future. Since we share a data plan, sometimes The Millionaire has to remind us not to go heavy on the data when we don’t have a wireless connection. Now? He doesn’t have to worry! The NetZero 4G mobile hotspot can connect with up to 8 devices at once. Data plan saved!

The device itself is the cutest thing. It fits right in the palm of my hand, which also means it doesn’t take up much room in a purse or bag. As a travel baseball family, saving space is crucial and having internet access on the go is a dream. Not to mention our everyday activities, waiting at practices, my coffee shop stops, the school pick-up line and the like. My NetZero hotspot can charge while I’m using it either via USB or in a standard wall outlet. I love that I can stay connected even if I don’t have an outlet.

Another nice feature is that I can feel secure. I love free wi-fi, but let’s face it, there are concerns about who can get my info when I’m noshing on bagels and sipping my coffee at a coffee shop. With the NetZero mobile hotspot, my data is safe. Who doesn’t like safe and secure? It’s like a snuggly quilt for my wi-fi.


For a limited time these devices are on sale with purchase of a data plan!

Technical Specifications for the hotspot device (this is the device I received for review; I did not use the USB)
3.4″(L) x 3.4″ (W) x 0.7″(H)
4.44 Ounces
Battery Information
2200mAh battery providing 6+ hours of use
Usage Time
Works with any Wi-Fi-enabled device
Wi-Fi Range
150 ft.

I am so happy to be able to give away a mobile hotspot to ONE lucky reader! Prize includes NetZero Hotspot plus three months of platinum service ($49.95 per month), a $300 value. (The winner must live in the U.S.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I was not compensated for my review, however I was provided a hotspot and service by NetZero in connection with the MomItForward community. All opinions are honest and my own.

After his brief nap under the tree, Captain decided to investigate further.


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