How many apps are on your smartphone? Now how many do you actually use?
I have 127 apps on my iPhone, but I only use about 17 of them regularly. Seventeen! And there are at least a dozen (or more) that have never been open. I think that makes me an app hoarder…
Because I’m reluctant to delete apps, especially apps that were free when I downloaded them but usually cost a few bucks, I’m frequently rearranging my home screen and pages to make everything fit. Yes, I’m a hoarder who hates clutter :)
My Valentine’s Day treat for you is a new desktop wallpaper! It’s message is perfect for Cupid’s holiday or any day of the year: Love is about all the changes you make and not just three small words.
The line is from “The Way I Tend To Be” by Frank Turner, and I immediately jotted it down after hearing the song for the first time. It’s so true, isn’t it? Since actions speak louder than words, love is more than simply saying, “I love you.”
Real love is about the changes you make and the actions you take to keep your partner happy. For example, keeping the bathroom counter clean of bottles and cosmetics or being on time for scheduled events. Or cooking dinner every once in a while even though the kitchen is your least favorite room in the house.
And yes, I speak from personal experience.
Mariah from Oh, What Love created this exclusive desktop wallpaper in a variety of sizes for your computer, iPad, or phone. I’m a little bit obsessed with the washi tape-inspired design. Click the size you need below to begin the download:
PS – Find all of our past desktop designs here.
- I generally prefer how I file and shape my own nails. I’m that annoying customer who asks the manicurist for her nail file and buffer so I can tweak her handiwork before she paints my nails.
- Salon manicures nearly always chip by day three, so it seems like a waste of money to pay for one when I’ve discovered a DIY manicure that lasts a week.
- I like wearing what’s trendy when it comes to nail polish, and the nail salons I go to in Omaha usually don’t have the latest “it” colors.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I had the urge to go pink, so I thought I’d experiment with an easy ombré manicure. It took two attempts to nail it (pun intended!), but I liked how much it looked that I thought I’d share the how-to with you.
There are two things to remember when doing an ombré manicure. First, try to use as few coats of polish as possible. The more layer of nail polish, the more likely they are to chip.
Second, apply your top coat while your polish is still damp. Brush it on as soon as you finish painting both hands. At first I applied my top coat after finishing each nail, but polish was too wet and it blended the light and dark pinks together rather than sealing the ombré look I had created.
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Have you been watching the Olympics? Since the Opening Ceremony, which we recorded and viewed later that evening (I fell asleep during the ballet segment), we’ve only caught a couple of minutes of primetime coverage each night. (Poor Bob Costas!)
I just haven’t been as interested in the Sochi Olympic Games as I’ve been in past Olympics, partly because I don’t understand most of the snow sports (slopestyle, huh?) and partly because I’m not as familiar with the athletes. There seem to be fewer “celebrity” athletes competing this year. Yes, Shaun White is a household name, but I’m more interested the ice sports athletes, and Gracie Gold was the only name that sounded vaguely familiar when the games began.
I may also be subconsciously boycotting the Olympics because they’re being held in Sochi. Politics aside, I just can’t understand how Sochi won the bid to host the Winter Olympics in the first place–it’s a Russian resort city with a subtropical climate!
Another thing I don’t understand? The Sochi Olympics slogan: Hot. Cool. Yours.
I also don’t feel as compelled to watch the Olympics in primetime because of all the “breaking news” spoilers throughout the day. Since I’m online for work, it’s hard to avoid finding out who won, who lost, and who crashed in real time. If I remember correctly, these type of social media spoilers were a big problem during the Summer Olympics in London, too.
However, I’m assuming the biggest reason I’m not quite as captivated by the Winter Olympics this year is because I’m just a wee bit preoccupied with baby #2′s impending arrival…
Have you gotten into the Sochi Olympics? Which sports or athletes are you most excited to watch?
Confession: I didn’t understand the point of the new team figure skating event, which I figured was airing for commercial reasons, so I didn’t watch it at all. And I kind of wish I had, especially after a friend explained it to me in simple terms: “It rewarded countries with competitive programs in all disciplines.” Aha!
(Olympic Rings photograph by Cody Hamilton)
I’m not a crafty person. I consider myself creative, yes, but not DIY-inclined.
So when Levi’s teacher asked each student to bring in a decorated shoe box or bag for their upcoming Valentine’s Day celebration, I began brainstorming the easiest way we could complete this arts-and-crafts project together.
Knowing I’d be too lazy to cover a shoe box in construction paper and that Levi would be too distracted to decorate such a large container, I decided to use a plain white paper bag we already had in the house. My thought was that we’d use leftover paint from Halloween to make hearts and swirls and other pretty designs.
But Levi doesn’t know how to draw hearts. He is, after all, only 2-1/2. He also doesn’t have the attention span to finish a lengthy art project, so whatever we were going to do would have to be quick and simple.
Inspired by a painting of the Olympic rings Levi recently brought home from school, I created a DIY heart stamp using a toilet paper roll. It was so ridiculously easy that I almost feel silly sharing this how-to:
- Flatten the paper roll to form two creases
- Invert one of the creases
- Slightly manipulate the cardboard on both sides of the inverted crease to create the curved top of the heart
- Lightly wrap paper roll with rubber band to help keep its shape
So simple, right?
Levi was excited to “stamp, stamp, stamp!” the heart-shaped paper towel roll onto the plain gift bag — for a few minutes. Then all he wanted to do was mix different colors of paint onto the plate. But with a little bit of
coaxing encouragement (and some literal hand-holding) he stamped all four sides of the bag.
Is it the prettiest bag for collecting Valentine’s Day cards? No, it looks like a toddler painted it. But that’s the point! Levi was so proud of his artwork, and I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with a quick arts-and-crafts project that involved minimal clean up.