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Green Holidays

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

I discover something quite interesting.

Discover Ireland has a section in their web site about green tourism.

They list green accommodation (hotels and B &B that they are green certified)

They list eco-activities that you can do (like horse riding, mountain biking,hikes..)

They list how to get to places with public transport

They list restaurants, food shops that they are ecological

 

All worth to take a look!

 

Fire truck bed

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

I was browsing one of my favourite web sites ikeahackers.net and I found this marvellous hack!!!  a Kura bed converted into a fire truck with working lights and all!!!!!

I asked Cameron to do something like this for our baby. Cameron said that our little boy would have to look for a new Daddy because he is not able to produce such a thing! hahahaha! Although he said, ask Michael (his Dad). He said that Granddad Michael would be great for the job. Nobody like him with the hammer he said 😉

Shirts

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

People always say that babies go through a lot of clothes so I am trying to make as many as possible. I made a couple of shirts from a Martha Stewart pattern. The only thing is that I did not like the kimono feature of it so I changed the pattern slightly and I removed the flap of the front. Here are the shirts I made so far:

 

Ecounesco

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The other day on my way back from the Coombe I found Ecounesco.

Eco-Unesco is Ireland’s Environmental Education and Youth organisation affiliated to the World federation of UNESCO clubs, Centres and Associations.

They are a registered Irish charity and their aims are:

  • to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people
  • to promote the protection and conservation of the environment
  • to promote the personal development of young people through practical environmental projects and activities
  • to promote the ideals of UNESCO

They have a bunch of activities and events for people of all ages, children (summer, Easter, xmas camps), teenagers (workshops, clubs..), and even workshops for adults (training you in environmental trades)!

It is worth while to take a look at their website or go down to them in 17 St Andrew Street,
Dublin 2.

Living stones

Friday, August 16th, 2013

The other day on my way to the bus I saw this office in Dublin that had really unusual puffs/cushions that resemble pebbles. I thought they really looked interesting so I did a bit of googeling and I found them!!

They are made by Smarin they really are unusual!

They even do some for outdoors!!!!

The do them colourful:

Or the normal plain ones:

Knitting

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I went a bit mad on the knitting lately. I got this obsession that I have to have a jumper for each baby size so I did lots of knitting. All the patterns I used where for free.

Here are some examples:

I knitted this hat and jumper following a pattern from Ravelry. Here is the link

All the other patters for the other jumpers and hats are from Lion brand yarn

 

I also knitted blankets:

Nest, the learning thermostat

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

Nest, is an incredible thermostat that learns about you and your home and then automatically balances comfort  and energy savings.

Nest can program itself in about a week. It can create a personalised scheduled based on the temperature changes you have made and continually adapts to your life.

It even can detect that you left the house! so if you leave it will automatically adjust the temperature to avoid heating and empty home.

How is doing this? by integrating the information from its sensors.

Another cool feature is that you can connect to the thermostat from a smartphone! so you can change the temperature from far away!

 

 

The perfect bbq

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Summer is approaching to the end and so are the summer bbqs! I thought that before we say goodbye to the summer and the bbqs it would be good to have a post about them.

I selected some really cool design bbqs that I found over the web. I hope you get inspiration when ever you need to buy a new one!

From Focus:

From Black and Blum:

From MOM:

 

 

Cube

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

I am determined to make as many toys as I can for our new bundle of joy!

Today I made these lovely cubes. I got the inspiration an tutorial from compulsive craftiness.

 

Water peble

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Now that the water charges are closer than ever you should consider different solutions to control your water expenditure!

Here there is a really cool gadget that resembles a pebble and that you place in your shower to monitor the amount of water that you use.

The waterpebble monitors the amount of water consumed and alerts you when you are over 6 minutes by flashing a red light.

I think is a cool invention. You can buy it in several places but one of them is Firebox! I love that online shop, they really have cool stuff!