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DIY Your Own Voice Controlled Lights Two quick things: There is a thriving knockoff market for Arduino boards and shields on eBay (a nano clone is less than $10) and many are pretty good quality. For a lot of my single purpose projects, I've started using Arduinos to program ATTiny chips rather than dedicating a dev board - works for more projects that I expected and the dedicated cost is ~$2 for the chip + whatever components you need. A single AVR shield can be used as a central command and could communicate to your projects all over the house, (you'd probably need zigbee or some form of network access on your projects). SCMC Routes - Santa Cruz County Cycling Club The Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge offers four different routes, one is sure to meet your needs. As of 16 May Ride with GPS changed its method of calculating elevation gains. The elevation information below now reflect the new methodology. 200K The double-metric century is the crown jewel of the SCMC.

Operation Organization : Professional Organizer Peachtree City, GA : 7 Habits of Highly Organized People I would not say I was born naturally organized. I've more often identified myself as a more right-brained creative type. However, I've always enjoyed the pursuits and observed the positive effects of organization since childhood. I have found that maintaining a truly consistent organized lifestyle takes a lot of intentional effort, discipline, and practice to achieve. But, it's WORTH it!

13 Secrets Personal Organizers Would Never Tell You for Free Industry experts reveal the dirty details to help keep your home organized and clean. By Michelle Crouch Also published in Reader's Digest Magazine March 2014 Loading Joshua Scott for Reader's Digest Create 5 piles. Build Your Own Electronically Powered Self-Watering Plant System For those that want an off-the-shelf option I bought one of these and I love it for the most part: The reservoir is 6.6 gal so it is huge which is a good and bad thing. Also it is gravity based so somehow you have to manage to lift the 6.6 gal box above all your plants. I ended up using a wood TV tray on top of my plant table and it worked great.

St Paddy’s Palomar Punishment Saturday, March 22, 2014 Come and join CCSD for some ‘fun’ to celebrate St Patrick’s day. Conquer Mount Palomar on your bike then join our Irish Party at the finish NEW ROUTE OPTIONS FOR 2014‘Pain’ – 55 miles, 7,500 ft ‘Punishment’ – 64 miles, 8,500 ft ‘Punishment Plus’ – 80 miles, 10,000 ft ‘Supreme Punishment’ – 97 miles, 11,000 ft(full route details will be sent to registered participants) NEW CHARITY FOR 201410% of proceeds this year will go directly to Escondido Humane Society. This year the event will start and finish at their headquarters in Escondido.

- All for the Everyday - DIY Lotion Bars Thanks for stopping by! This blog is now continuing over at All for the Memories (where you can also find this recipe and others) I'd love if you followed me there! Also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I love natural products + I have very dry skin.

40 Brilliant DIY Organization Hacks How’s that spring cleaning going? Avoiding it in favor of two back-to-back brunches? Sounds familiar. Hack Your Door to Lock and Unlock via Text Message @hahn: I don't know about all that. With the right safeguards in place, I think this would be secure enough for my tastes: 1. Ensure it only responds to messages from ones' own phone. (Perhaps with a log of attempts from other users.) 10 Things I Want to Tell My Kids Before They're Too Cool to Listen  This week, my daughter turns 10, and two things occurred to me about this: How the hell do I have a 10-year-old? Is a real adult going to show up and help out with this sometime soon?There are so many things I want to tell her -- now, before she is in the onslaught of middle school and too cool to listen. So, here are 10 things I'd like to tell her and her younger brother, before I suddenly go from Mommy, who knows everything, to Mom, who couldn't possibly understand. 1.

10 Reasons I Keep My House Clean A couple of months ago, when I launched, I posted a list of “simple rules” that I wanted my family to live by. Funnily enough, the one thing people commented on more than any other was a line I honestly hadn’t thought twice about including: Make your bed every day. (Get the free download here)