Apr 05

Rain Rain Go Away April Giveaway Hop

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April Giveaway Hop

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Apr 05

We Are Family #BehindTheBlogger

Behind The Blogger
~ We Are Family ~

My family is so off the realm of what most people think of when they hear the word family. Trying to explain my family in words is even harder. For the sake of this post and everyone’s sanity who reads this, I am going to stick to just my immediate family growing up. A glimpse into my past and why I feel the way I do about family today.

At one point in my life I had 11 siblings. Yep, that says eleven! I have two sisters and one brother from before my parents got divorced. They both remarried while I was still young and I gained two brothers from my step-dad and 3 brothers and 3 sisters from my step-mom..

However also during this time and before their divorce, my dad was in the army and stationed in Korea, my mom was going through somethings of her own and my 3 siblings and I ended up with my grandmother who also had 3 of my cousin living with her. We were all sort of raised as siblings.

Later on around age 9-10 my dad is home from the Army, the divorce is finalized and the new marriages happened. Now have 11 siblings plus my three “cousins” At this point in our lives my 3 siblings and my 3 cousins all moved back in with our parents. Me and my older sister with my dad our new step mom and her three youngest who were in our age range. Our two younger siblings with our mom. My cousins with their mom.

Fast forward to 12yrs old I end up having to move in and my mom as my sister had just recently done that herself, and now I’m living with all 3 of my siblings and my two step brothers.

Fast forward almost a year later, 6 days after my 13th birthday, my dad was shot and killed in a hunting accident. After his funeral I never talked to my step-mom again and my 6 new siblings all of a sudden weren’t my siblings anymore. I know its sounds weird but I was young at the time and that is how it felt. (She later died in my early twenties and I have since found and spoken with my ex-siblings, but its not the same)

Fast forward to age 16 and I moved out of my mom’s house and back in with my grandmother. My older sister and 2 of my cousins were also back living with gram. My gram spent many years raising us 7 kids together that we sort of all felt and still to this day as adults, feel more like siblings than cousins. Our kids call us Aunt and Uncle whether actual aunt uncle or technically cousins.

Growing up in what some would call chaos, was probably one of the best things I love about my childhood. It showed me what family actually is.

Family to me is a group of people who have your back. A group of people who will love you unconditionally while still pushing you to grow and be better. They are the ones you run to when your excited or scared. The ones who dry your tears and share in your happiness. Family is so much more than blood or a name.

So while I might not know what living in a traditional family is like, We Are Family, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

We Are Family

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Apr 04

Ohuhu Walk-in Greenhouse

Greenhouse
~ 6 Shelf Walk-in Garden House ~

Product Description: Ohuhu Walk-in 3 Tier 6 Shelf Portable Greenhouses. Strong and durable metal frame, rust proof portable greenhouse great for home plant growing. Large growing space that comes with 3 tiers and 6 shelves, large walk-in design greenhouse space, weight capacity per shelf is 75 lbs.

Two strong anchor ropes (included) to secure the greenhouse to the ground, guarantee sturdiness. Large green house ideal for sunshine, outdoor, garden, backyards, deck, patio and balcony, acts as great insulation blocking out the cold and the wind. No tools needed, easy assembly indoor/outdoor garden greenhouse for plant growing.
Manufacturer Part Number: Y11-89000-04
78.7″x55″x29.1″

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Package includes: A LOT OF PARTS!
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First and foremost I want to say I am loving my greenhouse and am VERY happy with my purchase. Now that it is fully assembled.

Assembling the product was a HUGE hassle. I read all the reviews prior to purchasing and not one of them complained about the assembly, but I had issues. Fixable issues thanks to the hubby, but still extremely annoying and frustrating when you’re trying to put together.

The instructions were simply a labeled blueprint style image with a parts list. That part did not bother me at all as each section was fully labeled and matched the part list number/letter combinations making it easy to decipher what was what and where they went.

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The problem I had was after I laid all the parts out and made sure there was nothing missing, there wasn’t and then proceeded to assemble. I followed the blueprint to a “T” and I just could not get the parts to connect flush and even. I went through and traded parts and switched some out for a different piece etc and sometimes it worked and other times not so much.

After finally getting one section of the garden house together I realized that the metal rods were so sharp that when I was inserting them into the plastic connectors, it was scraping down the sides and creating plastic build up and creating a barrier where the rods could not go any further.

After further inspection I realized that not only was that happening but some of the plastic pieces were already filled with flash. Flash is the build up created from the manufacturing process and should have been deburred as they call it.

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Having a background in manufacturing of many kinds, including plastics, I knew exactly what I was looking at and with the help of my husband we were able to take a flat spade bit and scour the inside of each plastic connector to rid them of the plastic flash and make it easier for the rods to fully insert.

Once we had the problem figured out the rest of the assembly process was simple! So while I am very dissatisfied with having to fix all these plastic connectors, I am beyond thrilled with my finish product.

Once all the issues from above were figured out, assembling the greenhouse was a breeze. The first thing I did was separate all the pieces out and made sure I was not missing anything.

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Since it was a little chilly outside I decided to build both sides of the green house in my living room and finished it off outside.

I first lined up all my parts and double checked the blueprint to make sure I had the correct pieces ready to connect to the correct poles. I then proceeded to connect all the pieces together until I reached the top shelf. This whole process took very little time once the issues mentioned above were addressed.

At this point I took the two built side pieces and the rest of the parts outside to continue adding in the top rise and the roof pieces.

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I am 5ft 4in tall and can easily stand inside with plenty of height left. Attaching the roof pieces was pretty easy but I did have to stand on my tip toes for the very top section. My husband would have had no issues but I wanted to do this by myself. 🙂

Once the metal frame was fully assembled I decided I didn’t really like where I had placed it so I grabbed a couple of the pole sections to lift it up and move it. It moved easily and weights barely anything when empty.

The included shelves do not snap into place or anything like that. They sort of just sit on the metal rods and not very tight. I am only using these for starter plants and seedlings so this does not concern me much, but is mention-able.

The product description says each shelf can hold up to 75 pounds that is a lot and I’m not so sure I would even try, but that is what it boast.

Attaching the plastic cover that was also included in the kit was not as hard as I expected it to be. As I mentioned previously I had read the reviews left by other shoppers and one of them mentioned letting your cover lay in the sun for a few moments to allow the heat to hit it and help it become more pliable and easier to unfold. This made sense to me, so I did follow the reviewers advice and I had no issues unfolding and opening up the outer plastic. No stickiness, no rips or tears, nothing, just easily unfolded.

Once fully unfolded laying in the grass, i saw that the door opening was already zipped closed. So instead of opening this up and putting it on one side at a time, I would leave it zipped closed and put it on like a T-Shirt from the top down. I had my husband grab one side and I grabbed the other and again on my tip toes we got it over the top and with a little maneuvering and shifting were able to pull it down and into place.

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The material is a little thinner than a tarp, but thicker than a strong garbage bag if that makes sense. The length is longer than the height of the whole unit making it easy to set these up on blocks or a base if needed or wanted. There are ties on the inside of the cover in various places that help secure the cover to the poles.

At this point I haven’t fully decided where I actually want to place this in my yard, so I have not used stakes or tie back string with this unit yet, but I don’t foresee there being any issues for my use. Both were included in the kit as well.

Overall I am loving this green house, it’s exactly what I wanted. Its nice and small but big enough to walk in and out of easily with trays or pots and planters. This garden house can hold quite a few plants and other garden essentials and for the price I am beyond thrilled with my purchase and have no regrets!

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Mar 27

Studio Lights w/ Soft Box Cover

Studio Lights w/ Soft Box Cover

Product Description: Studio lights with soft box cover. Complete with carry case and power cord.

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Studio Lights

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Package includes: 2 x LED lamp holder. Max 45W 5000K, include UL standard cable & plug. 2 x light stand 83″/210cm height 2 x Soft box size: 50 x 70cm including four steel sticks and 1 x Carrying Bag
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Features:

2* 126 Ultra High Powered Super Adjustable Bright LED Lamp: The lamp holder is equipped with fan, which allows the lamp to maintain a constant temperature and longer life. The knob on the holder makes it easier to adjust brightness.

2*Rectangle Soft box for LED lamp 20″x28″: The soft-box is made of grain fabrics materials which integrates heat-resistant, lowest aging and long service life. It can diffuse the light, provide softer and warmer light to give you the perfect lightness you need to act as a main light or a fill light to illuminate your subject or scene.

2 x 86″ Professional Quality Aluminum Adjustable Light Stand: Height: Adjustable from 33″ – 86″ Weight: 2.20 lbs Closed Length: 28 ” Diameter of legs:  0.63″ Die Cast Aluminum Construction, Quick and Easily Fold, Slip Resistant Rubber Tipped Legs, Black Non-Glare Finish, Quick Release Levers for Smooth Height Adjustments

Specification:

Accurate Color Rendering Index (CRI): 85~90
Power: Max 45W
Input Voltage: 100~240V 50/60Hz
Output Voltage: 24V
LED quantity: 126
Size: 20 x27″ (50 x 70cm)

These studio light stands arrived in a square canvas style zippered bag with reinforced wide strapped handles. The way the storage bag unzips is a little hard to explain, but it sort of zips open on the corner instead of the top or side as far as if you were holding it by the handles and looking down.

Studio Lights

Inside the canvas storage bag, were two long narrow cardboard boxes two Velcro pouches and two smaller square cardboard boxes.

The long narrow boxes held the tripods, the Velcro pouches held the reflective shades that go around the bulb and the smaller square boxes held the lamp heads.

This canvas bag does not have compartments of any kind to protect or separate your items when transporting so I kept the cardboard boxes they were shipped in and will continue to use them as an added safety support. Everything fits well in the storage bag even using the boxes as well as ample space for extra bulbs or other necessities.

Also included in the package were assembly instructions for attaching the lamp head to the tripods and the reflective cover to around the lamp.

Assembling Your Studio Lights

The first step is to set the tripod up at a comfortable height for attaching the lamp head. You need to pull the 3 legs of the tripod out to start the movement. Once you start to pull them outward, the center starts to slide down the shaft of the main support pole allowing the tripod legs to spread out further.

Once the legs are fully out and the center has risen about 3/4ths of the way down the support pole in the center, it then starts going the other way. you can then start to press down on the center of the tripod legs and force it back down towards the bottom, this increases the height and brings the tripod legs back up. Once you have the legs at the angle you need for use you can lock in place with the screw attachment.

The main center support pole has two more sections inside that telescope upwards to the height you want or need for your studio lights. I pulled one up to meet my height while I attached the lamp head. I did fully expand the center poles to see how far they would go and they go above and beyond my ceiling. Each of the center poles are also lockable with a clamp/snap style lock.

Attaching the lamp head is as simple as sliding the mount over the center pole tip and locking in place with the outside screw that tightens against the pole on the inside of the mount.

Studio Lights

Attaching the reflective lamp cover or soft box was the trickiest part of the assembly process for me. The instruction images show putting the reflective soft box cover on the lamp head prior to putting the lamp head on the telescoping pole, but for me it was easier to attach and work on it at standing height level by myself. I’m sure you could do this on a table or something and attach afterwards but it was easier for me this way.. Anyways..

The soft box lamp cover comes in multiple pieces. You have the main reflective cover, 4 post that attach to the lamp head at roughly 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 4 o’clock and 7 o’clock. The metal end of the posts are inserted into the lamp head and the protected end with the black dulled tip goes into the inserts on the corners of the reflective cover piece.

The last step in setting up your studio lights is to place the white Velcro cover over the reflective cover to create the soft box effect. This is easily done by starting at one corner and working your way around while attaching the middles sections via the Velcro. Once the white cover is in place your studio soft box lights are ready to use!

Using Your Studio Lights

Using these studio lights for the first time is simple once you have them completely set up and assembled.

On the back of the lamp head you will see a dial and on/off button. The on/off button is pretty self-explanatory, but the dial is for the light brightness. These lights ARE BRIGHT when on full spectrum.

When we fit turned the lights on we all thought they were pretty bright, but as soon as my husband started turning the dial we realized they were on the lowest setting. The lamp head has a built-in fan to keep your lights cool for continuous use.

studio lights

The white cover does a great job softening the light when directed towards a specific object or person. Without the soft box, these lights can be pretty harsh on the eyes. So either make sure the dial is turned down fully to the lowest setting or make sure the white cover is on to help dilute the brightness until you are ready to use. One this eliminates temporarily blinding your subject or yourself, as well as saving energy.

The lights are powered by a two piece DC cord power adapter. One end plugs into the lamp head and other into a standard outlet.

Overall this is a nice set of studio lights with soft box attachment. Looking forward to taking many photos with the kids and family. Still photography for my review items, fun photo shoots with my kids and my son is looking forward to setting up a stage with these lights and create

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