Monday, March 21, 2011

How to make disappearing navbars in blogger (aka "auto hide" and "peekaboo" navbars)

I saw the disappearing blogger navbar on my sister-in laws blog and loved it! I did a quick google search and found a super easy tutorial on how to do it. If you want to add one to your blog, it is easy if you follow the tutorial from Shabby Blogs here.



Unfortunately, it isn't perfect when viewing your blog in Internet Explorer. A disappearing navbar (also known as an "auto hide navbar" and a "peekaboo navbar") flickers in Internet Explorer 6 and below. All internet browsers handle html a little differently and I don't know enough to fix the code that was provided in that tutorial.

I did make an addition to their code. I wanted my blog to still have a 30px space between the top of the window and my header. I added this code to make this happen:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mark Twain says it's spring fever

Mark Twain explained to me why I have the unexplainable cravings for all things outdoors and can't seem to contain my excitement:

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want is so!

"it just fairly makes your heart ache" - love that explanation. We drove by the little Farm Girl Farm today and it was so exciting. Even if we don't buy a share, I might just walk by every so often to watch it grow and change.

Now for some SPRING pictures. I am so happy it is spring!
Our whole family went outside for some fresh air today. It was so lovely. We pulled the dead stuff out of the garden areas and Joel picked up the yard.


this is the main garden area. we might expand it.

This one has some wild flowers and hosta to line the driveway

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Feet and Farming

from our garden in 2009
This post is a little random. I have feet and farms on the brain. I guess I'll explain...

Joel and I had the opportunity to catch up with someone from his family on the phone today who happens to read this blog every once in a while. Since I like "home remedies", he asked about something for sore feet. He was sort of joking, but if I knew of something out of the ordinary, he wanted to know; he has been doing some extra hard work for a couple days. The first thing that came to mind was just a good foot rub from his wife, but I had no idea about herbs or ingesting anything to help. Well, if you are reading, this is for you: Home Remedies for Foot Pain. I think they had the right idea with a foot rub with oil and a foot soak in warm water with epsom salt. That sounds good to me right now, and I haven't even been working hard. But I didn't think about a banana or asparagus to reduce swollen or bloated feet.

The odd thing is that I started thinking that I would almost welcome some foot pain right now, as long as it comes from hard work in the fresh outdoors and preferably from digging in the dirt.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Potty Time - Reusable Homemade Wet Diaper Wipes

Noah has been doing so well with EC (Elimination Communication). I'm not terrific at reading his signals yet, but he is terrific at screaming until I get it right. Haha, today was really the first day he had to yell to get my attention. I acted totally clueless when he was trying to tell me he wanted to go to the bathroom and I was spacing it. All was well once I put him on the toilet. Zero poopy diapers today! Hooray for Noah.

But after traveling this weekend and missing a couple potty opportunities, we definitely wished we had some reusable wet wipes (and I mean pre-wet wipes, not dry ones that I would have to run under water or spray with a squirt bottle). We ended up buying some disposable ones and used them more than once. I decided after the second poopy diaper, that I had to make my own.

24 reusable wet wipes ended up costing us $.99 + the cost of 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid baby soap! Here's how:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dates on a dime - the library and dessert

Joel and I haven't had a date night in a while. We make time for each other at home, but we haven't had a chance to get out of the house. The last time we made the plan, I got sick.

My lovely sister said she would hang out at the house while Noah was sleeping so that we could go out for a couple hours. We had stir fried rice before we left and planned on only getting dessert out. I have to tell you, this was one of the best dates ever and I don't think we expected that from such a simple night.

Part one, the Library:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Personalize your blog by adding a favicon

I was sitting in this comfy chair and reading, but I decided since I hadn't posted in a while, I could blog in this comfy chair too.
A recent change I made to my blog is the favicon. The favicon is the little image that shows up next to the url or in a bookmark or tab next to the title. It means Favorite Icon. Favicons are mini .gif images that are converted to .ico (but new browsers recognize .gif too). So here are the key things to know when you are making a favicon for your blogger:

Favicons:
  • will be 16 pixels by 16 pixels
  • end in ".ico" (or ".gif")
  • need to be hosted on the internet somewhere
  • will need to be coded in the Design tab under edit html

So here's how to do it...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Brown Thoughts on Frugality

When I was trying to figure out a way to describe one of my desired "labels" in blogger, the only word I could think of was "frugality". This word is so popular today, but I wanted to make sure I picked the right word. I started to do some searching on the web today and this post is a result of it.

In an article I was reading, the author was commenting on their dislike for the term frugality, arguing that we should avoid the word and use "money-smart". I guess I could, but it just isn't really what I was looking for. "Money-smart" focuses on the money issue and not the whole package. My favorite definition of "frugal" is from the Collins English Dictionary: "practicing economy; living without waste; thrifty". So, we are trying to practice economy and live without waste because it is right; we are charged to be responsible stewards of the money we have and everything else under our control. Therefor, we try to be thrifty! Because of our many reasons for being frugal, I put "natural" in front of it since money is definitely already implied.

When I was reading the article "The Case against Frugality" this quote got me:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: Flowers and Hot Chocolate

Fresh Flowers and Hot Chocolate!

This is just a quick post to say: I Love My Husband!

I love having fresh flowers in the house and he knows it. My old flowers had died and he bought me some beautiful roses for valentines day. I was just looking at the pictures that he snapped of one of them today. He has an artists eye and I admit, I wish I had thought to take the pictures myself. And then tonight...


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Yummy Bread in 5 minutes

When I used to process holds at the Lenox Library, I came across a bread book that I just had to put on hold for myself. It came nearly a month later (VERY popular book) and I read a lot of it but didn't get a chance to make any of the recipes at the time. I just got a container large enough to hold the dough and we have made three loaves so far.

The book I am talking about is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I used a recipe from their second book, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, that I found on their website. It is so easy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Angel Food Ministries

There was a time when our refrigerator, freezer and pantry were nearly bare. We made what we could with the buy one get two free spuds and whatever else was around. I didn't bother looking for something to eat for lunch, I just waited for dinner. It was just that time in the month that the funds and the food ran dry.

We were looking for anything that would give us a bunch of food for less to replenish our supply each month. Through the grapevine, we came across Angel Food Ministries. They have some amazing deals. Our freezer if full of frozen vegetables and meat and our house has fresh fruit and vegetables. When our friends decided to try it out last month, they bought us a box. This month, my amazing mom knew that we were going to be ordering the boxes and ordered them for us. Thanks Mom!

I would say that maybe half of what is in this freezer is from the Angel Food Box

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