Christmas Lighting Goals

I like decorating for Christmas, but these lights are at a whole different level.

This is Trista Lights in Minnetrista MN and it’s pretty cool.

Granted, I’m not sure I’d ever want my house to be this over the top. It’s cool, but I’m not sure it’s Christmas lights as much is it is a light production.

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Have you seen Samantha?

Olaf - Samantha Wallpaper - Frozen 2

Olaf has been looking for Samantha. Have you seen her?

This Frozen 2 wallpaper (2880 × 1800) can help you remember to keep looking.

Not sure how we know if we find her, but it can’t hurt to ask around.

And if you haven’t seen Frozen 2, here’s the clip of Olaf looking for Samantha.

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2019 WordPress Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Neon Sale Tag with WordPress Logo

I don’t know all the WordPress related Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, but here are a few. Now’s a good time to purchase hosting or tools if you’re looking for a decent deal.

WP Engine is offering 5 months FREE on any annual shared plan at WP Engine. Code: cyberwknd30 – Active 11/20 – 12/2

StudioPress has $100 off the StudioPress Pro-Plus All Theme Package. No code required. – Active 11/20 – 12/2

BeaverBuilder is offering 25% OFF across their entire store; includes new purchases as well as upgrades! The promo code will automatically be applied at checkout, so no coupon code is needed – Active 11/22 – 11/25

SiteGround offering up to 75% off hosting. Don’t have a lot of details on this one, but worth checking out if you’re looking for cheap hosting.

BlueHost is offering up to 60% off of hosting, domains, and more.

athemes is offering up 30% off any purchase made on athemes.com (single themes, Developer and Lifetime licenses included). Code: BLACKFRIDAY19 and CYBERMONDAY19 – Active 11/28 – 12/3

Know of a deal? Let me know and I’ll post it.

Yes, some of these include affiliate links. Just trying to make a few dollars.

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2019 Pumpkin Carvings

Carved Pumpkins

This years pumpkins feature a few scary faces, boo which was created with a drill, a pumpkin popping out of a pumpkin, and a momma pumpkin with her crazy kids.

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Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Decorations

Nightmare Before Christmas Decorations

This year, for Halloween, I made all new Nightmare Before Christmas decorations.

Oogie Boogie and Zero are just cut out of poster board which I got at the Dollar Store for $1 for two pieces of paper. Put them in the window and they block out the light at night. Super easy for minimal effort.

Jack is made out of cardboard covered in black duct tape and then attached to the garage with magnets. I got these little magnets that are extremely strong and have been holding it really well. Granted, you need to be smart about where you stick things to the garage door. I’m able to open the garage with no problem as nothing sits across two panels. Jack took some time to cut out and cover, but he’s holding up pretty well.

If you’re wondering how to draw things nice and big, what I did was found a big photo online, printed it as big as I could, then either traced around it or I created a projection by cutting out that print off and placing it between a light and a wall so that it projected nice and big up on the wall. It took some testing but I’m pleased with the results.

The only thing I’m really missing is Sally. I’ll have to figure out something for Sally next year. Maybe on the small garage door.

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Photo a Day Challenge

Photo collage.

On January 1st I started a photo a day challenge and you can see my photos over at stormwp.wordpress.com.

I’m not following any sort of list or recommendations but rather just taking a photo a day.

Turns out that taking a photo a day is both easy and hard. Some days I see lots of things and take lots of pictures, others I forget about it until the last minute and have to find something at 10pm to take a photo of. Either way, I am enjoying it.

I also was using my photo a day it as a way to test out WordPress.com and see if it was any better than self hosted WordPress sites. Turns out it’s basically the same. I was hoping for more traffic from WordPress’ built in network, but nope. I also feel restricted by the theme options as I’m not overly a fan of the layouts I had available. Granted I’m sure I could change things more if I paid.

My goal is to make it though the year taking a photo a day and then we’ll see what’s next. I am enjoying the challenge and there’s a lot of good things to take photos of out there.

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5th Grade – Let’s Do This

Lily's 5th Grade 1st Day Photo

Time just keeps marching on and Lily started 5th grade this year.

Last year our school moved the 5th grade to the middle school so now she’s a middle schooler. I still can’t quite comprehend that.

Now that she’s in 5th grade she’s required to have her own Chromebook, a trapper keeper, has a band instrument, and so much more. Her backpack isn’t big enough for all this stuff.

The good news is she’s getting a lot of new opportunities and she’s enjoying it. As much as I want time to slow down, it’s amazing to watch her grow up.

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