Monthly Archives: January 2013

Farewell, Big Tom

Yeah, view visit web I ride a motorcycle. No, I don’t have a job.

But I do the laundry, do the dishes, clean the house, and walk the dog. I fix things that are broken. Alaina and I take turns making lunches & making breakfast. But I love to cook, so I make dinner a lot. I also pick up the occasional marketing consulting gig and help companies tell clear, compelling, consistent stories about their products and services. I also make things out of leather. I do all of the above and I am a stay at home dad.

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Weekend soundtrack #3

At my mother’s house, approved every thing is magical. The children spent a day there this week, sildenafil playing hooky from school, while I attended to some business in Athens.

When I came to pick them up they hid silently in closets and under beds, hoping I would never find them so they could stay forever.

Having six of her own little guys and girls left mom with a few tricks up her sleeves…

Like red velvet cake

Red velvet cake

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Raising Grateful Children

Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, approved try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, and why you should care.

This week’s Maker Mondays features another incredible company from Columbus, Ohio: Little Alouette.

Little Alouette is a husband & wife team– she’s a writer, he’s a master carpenter– who started making exquisite wooden toys for their two tots

handmade wooden baby rattle

handmade wooden baby toy keys

Then they decided to let other people in on the awesomeness and sell their handmade wooden baby rattles, toys, and letters. They’ve been on the Today Show, in Martha Stewart Magazine, and Jessica ALba even picked their wooden, natural play toys for stocking stuffers. And that was just 2012!

You can see Little Alouette’s attention to detail and absolute love for kids in everything they produce. Check them out on Facebook. Or Twitter. Or, you can find Little Alouette wooden rattles, keys, and toys in these fine retailers. Little Alouette wooden baby rattles, keys, and guitars are the kinds of things your kids will give to their grandkids.

Our kids are a little too big now, but I might buy some anyway. Never know when a baby rattle may come in handy.

Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, viagra order try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, pilule and why you should care.

This week’s Maker Mondays features another incredible company from Columbus, pills Ohio: Little Alouette.

Little Alouette is a husband & wife team– she’s a writer, he’s a master carpenter– who started making exquisite wooden toys for their two tots

handmade wooden baby rattle

handmade wooden baby toy keys

Then they decided to let other people in on the awesomeness and sell their handmade wooden baby rattles, toys, and letters. They’ve been on the Today Show, in Martha Stewart Magazine, and Jessica ALba even picked their wooden, natural play toys for stocking stuffers. And that was just 2012!

You can see Little Alouette’s attention to detail and absolute love for kids in everything they produce. Check them out on Facebook. Or Tumblr. Or their Etsy shop. Or, you can find Little Alouette wooden rattles, keys, and toys in these fine retailers. Little Alouette wooden baby rattles, keys, and guitars are the kinds of things your kids will give to their grandkids.

Our kids are a little too big now, but I might buy some anyway. Never know when a baby rattle may come in handy.

-Seth

Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, viagra dosage try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, diagnosis and why you should care.

This week’s Maker Mondays features another incredible company from Columbus, Ohio: Little Alouette.

Little Alouette is a husband & wife team– she’s a writer, he’s a master carpenter– who started making exquisite wooden toys for their two tots

handmade wooden baby rattle

handmade wooden baby toy keys

Then they decided to let other people in on the awesomeness and sell their handmade wooden baby rattles, toys, and letters. They’ve been on the Today Show, in Martha Stewart Magazine, and Jessica ALba even picked their wooden, natural play toys for stocking stuffers. And that was just 2012!

You can see Little Alouette’s attention to detail and absolute love for kids in everything they produce. Check them out on Facebook. Or Tumblr. Or their Etsy shop. Or, you can find Little Alouette wooden rattles, keys, and toys in these fine retailers. Little Alouette wooden baby rattles, keys, and guitars are the kinds of things your kids will give to their grandkids.

Our kids are a little too big now, but I might buy some anyway. Never know when a baby rattle may come in handy.

-Seth

Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, drugs try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, order and why you should care.

For Maker Mondays this week, find meet Blue Frost Cupcake from Worthington, Ohio.

Angry Birds Cupcakes

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Maker Mondays #3 – Little Alouette

It’s back. His short beard.

Phew. I love my tall, click hospital dark and handsome.

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I have informed him that the next time he grows it out, no rx recipe it will be over my dead body (literally).

Sorry I have been scant lately. Will be back soon with lots of pictures.
Before I married my ex-husband, approved a quick rapid marriage to earn a Green Card and because we were totally youthfully and blissfully in love, look one of my long-time high school and college friends asked me to meet her for a drink.

I hadn’t seen her in a while and she wasted no time cutting to the punch, “You shouldn’t marry him, Alaina. You really, really shouldn’t. This is a huge mistake, you just met him.”

“I know, you’re not the only one who think that, but I know it will be fine. You just have to trust me.”

As you all know, if you’ve read your history on Ms. Single Mama, it wasn’t. Far from it, my first marriage wasn’t just unpleasant it border lined on abusive and it took me years to mentally rebuild.

I always thought back to that conversation and several others with concerned family members, all of which I had ignored. And I thought, “What if? What if I had listened to those in my life who loved me the most.”

There were many more relationships between my ex and Seth, also all documented over at MSM. And in each case my friends were accepting of them but fell short of encouraging them or being excited. They were being polite and keeping their mouths shut. But eventually that spills over and the truth surfaces, no matter how hard you try to brush it under the rug.

My own sister, Anna, is the one who sparked John and I’s break up when she asked him questions about our relationship. She was concerned. She didn’t think it was the right fit and as angry as I was with her at the time, now I can’t thank her enough for butting her nose into my business.

And when it happened, I listened, remembering what I had learned the first time. In fact, I called an emergency meeting with Mia and Anna on Christmas Eve morning. And there they both told me in no uncertain terms that they did not think John and I should be together.  Read More…

Weekend Soundtrack #2

More handmade leather bags that will outlast you on the way.

handmade leather bag by Beauty and the Biker

Handmade leather bag by Beauty and the Biker

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-Seth
Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, here try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, and why you should care.

The “maker” movement is a cultural shift toward valuing well-made goods, and the craftsmen (and women) who make them. Typically, the things made by makers have a higher sticker price than something mass-produced… but that’s because the mass-produced stuff is (probably) made by an unskilled laborer making a few dollars a week on a Chinese factory line. I’m interested in this trend because I make handmade leather bags that will outlast you.

For Maker Mondays this week, meet Ian Smith’s Americana Speed Shop. He makes custom tooled leather goods. And loves motocycles. I found him on Instagram.

What struck me about his pictures

custom tooled leather motorcycle tool bag - Americana Speed Shop

See that beautiful leather bag on his handlebars? Americana Speed Shop custom leather tool bag. Pow.

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When things fall apart

Achille’s Desire – Whitehorse (found via Country Fried Rock #1301)

 

“I Just Wanna” – John The Conqueror

 

“Don’t Owe You A Thang” – Gary Clark Jr.


There is an incredible amount of amazing music made every day. Sometimes you have to dig for it though.

To save you the trouble of digging, more about I’ll post my 5 favorite tracks of the week here each Friday morning, for Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack.

In no particular order, here’s Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #1

“Roll The Bones” by Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia. This badass, dirty-blues-guitar-picking, one-man-band (plays a kick drum built into a suitcase and a tambourine with his feet), hails from Austin. The video below is of Roll The Bones, but really any song by this guy is fucking rad. He’s got a couple albums recorded & for sale, and they’re good. But the real treat are the live performances. The albums are intimate and intricate. The live performance is like Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison hung out with Justin Townes Earle drinking whiskey, shooting guns, and playing guitar with the bullets. Music snob part: tempo changes, dynamics, storytelling, blazingly-tasty guitar picking.
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Maker Mondays #2 – Blue Frost Cupcake

Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, pills stomach tired, page and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, nurse but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, unhealthy tired, buy and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, diagnosis but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable. And the lyrics are great. About feeling stuck. Held back by someone. Then, almost realizing you’re the one holding you back. Music snob stuff: driving backbeat, sparkly voice, whistle solo.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #2!

There & Back Again – River City Extension
Starts out sparse, patient tired, no rx and fucking depressing. “I live by the ocean, but I don’t feel free.” Then it builds, little by little to a sonic cliff. A hipster headbanging, fuckitall I’ma dance catharsis. Queue it up on your iPhone music player of choice so that at exactly 1:33 into the song you’re busting the door open to the parking lot and heading home for the weekend.

“Feeding Line” – Boy & Bear
This one I found via Scott S., a music-loving friend of mine. At first, I wasn’t quite sure about the video… It seemed a little forced. But I watched all the way to the end, and it’s adorable. And the lyrics are great. About feeling stuck. Held back by someone. Then, almost realizing you’re the one holding you back. Music snob stuff: driving backbeat, sparkly voice, whistle solo.

“Running For Cover” – Ivan and Alyosha
Stumbled upon these guys at a free SXSW showcase back in 2011. They are absolutely incredibly tight live, and their recordings are awesome, too! You can just feel the joy– their love for making beautiful music. Plus, they’re super nice guys. They have a new album coming out on February 26th, called All the Times We Had.

“King of Dollar Bills” – Luke Bell
I found Luke through some mutual songwriter friends of mine on Facebook. He’s from Wyoming, but was in Austin for a bit. Now he’s down in New Orleans busking and playing shows. Luke has a self-titled album for sale. You should buy it. Or at least listen to it on Spotify. Music snob stuff: Old-time country sound (without sounding old-fashioned), kick-ass storytelling, reminds me of a young Bob Dylan. Yeah. That good.

“The Valley” – The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos are sibling songwriters, Maggie and Tyler Heath. They also happen to be from San Marcos, Texas, home of legendary honky-tonk Cheatham Street Warehouse. I don’t remember bumping into these two in the year or so I frequented Kent Finlay’s Songwriter Circle at Cheatham Street, but I wish I had. The Valley is what would happen if you mixed an old gospel tune with some drunk Irishmen & women on a rugged Hill Country back porch. Cathartic, hopeful, with a dash of angst. Play this in the car, with the windows down, singing at the top of your lungs.

 

I still managed to sneak in some Texas Country! If you have suggestions for future Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtracks, fire away in the comments below.

You’re welcome, ears.

-Seth
A note about the music: if you like what you hear, please support the artist and buy some of their shit. CDs, vinyl, shirts, live shows. Pay for something. If you see content on here that you think is violating the copyright law, please contact us and the material will be removed.
Ok, link I’m not sure how to make them musical geniuses, information pills but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t have their grandparents teach them to sing Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo.

I know, information pills I know. Christmas posts are so last December. But srsly. Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo was sitting on my parents’ bathroom sink.

Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo on a bathroom sink

Grandparents are diabolical.

-Seth
Ok, erectile I’m not sure how to make them musical geniuses, store but I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t have their grandparents teach them to sing Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo.

I know, information pills I know. Christmas posts are so last December. But srsly. Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo was sitting on my parents’ bathroom sink.

Mr Hanky the Christmas Poo on a bathroom sink

Grandparents are diabolical.

-Seth
Maker Mondays is where I’ll show you some incredible people making even more incredible things, doctor try to explain what makes their stuff so rad, and why you should care.

For Maker Mondays this week, meet Blue Frost Cupcake from Worthington, Ohio.

Angry Birds Cupcakes

I found Blue Frost Cupcake through a Read More…

On telling the kids

My single mama friend called me last night.

“Hey lady, buy I really need your advice on something, viagra 40mg ” she sounded fearful and scared. I thought the worst. Maybe she and her new man were breaking up.

“Charles and I are definitely going to get engaged, viagra sale ” they just know – as Seth and I did- that they are meant to be. And it’s lovely.

“That’s so exciting! I’m so happy for you. So, what’s the problem?”

“He will be moving in with us in December. So, it’s a long ways away, but I’m scared about how to tell Sarah. It’s always just been the two of us. What will it be like? Will she be upset? How did you tell Benjamin?”

She sounded so worried and concerned. Just this fact alone, told me her heart and head were in the right place. If a mother cares that much about her child’s transition into a new relationship, all will definitely be fine. I have met too many mothers over the years who put their relationships over their children. Welcoming, with open arms, ex-boyfriends who abused them or men who cheated on them back into their lives and their child’s lives. It’s upsetting, to say the least.

My friend’s daughter, Sarah, is in Kindergarten. A sweet, quiet, little girl who has never seen her mother with any boyfriend, not even her father. Here was my advice to her: Read More…

Weekend Soundtrack #1

There is an incredible amount of amazing music made every day. Sometimes you have to dig for it though.

To save you the trouble of digging, ampoule health I’ll post my 5 favorite tracks of the week here each Friday morning, buy information pills for Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack.

In no particular order, search here’s Beauty and the Biker’s Weekend Soundtrack #1

“Roll The Bones” by Shakey Graves
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia. This badass, dirty-blues-guitar-picking, one-man-band (plays a kick drum built into a suitcase and a tambourine with his feet), hails from Austin. The video below is of Roll The Bones, but really any song by this guy is fucking rad. He’s got a couple albums recorded & for sale, and they’re good. But the real treat are the live performances. The albums are intimate and intricate. The live performance is like Johnny Cash and Jim Morrison hanging out with Justin Townes Earle drinking whiskey, shooting guns, and playing guitar with the bullets. Music snob part: tempo changes, dynamics, storytelling, blazingly-tasty guitar picking.
Read More…

Mom’s

At my mother’s house, approved every thing is magical. The children spent a day there this week, sildenafil playing hooky from school, while I attended to some business in Athens.

When I came to pick them up they hid silently in closets and under beds, hoping I would never find them so they could stay forever.

Having six of her own little guys and girls left mom with a few tricks up her sleeves…

Like red velvet cake

Red velvet cake

Cool things to do every which way Read More…

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