Our Kitchen Remodel (a story in pictures)

kitchen remodel before after

Hello everyone. So, we have finished our Kitchen remodel and I wanted to share the transformation with you. We've actually been finished for a few weeks now (sans the cabinet and drawer pulls) but I have finally gotten around to posting these pictures.

This post isn't really a how-to, but more of a progress collage of pictures. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration. If you have any questions of what we did or how we did it please ask.

We purchased our house a little under a year ago and knew that remodeling this kitchen was going to be the first big project we would tackle. Here she is in all her pre-remodel glory...

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Squatch Yourself T-Shirts now available!

squatch yourself

Tell them fools they better Squatch themselves with this great looking T-Shirt! Customize the color of the shirt and choose from many other options as well at spreadshirt.com

squatch yourself t-shirt

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Guns and Jesus T-Shirt

Hurry and get your very own Guns and Jesus T-Shirt now! Show off your real American Pride - God, Guns and Country!

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Guns and Jesus T-Shirt
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Getting Started with Gardening Using Raised Beds

by Kristian Hansen, Garden Expert at the Urban Garden Workshop
Starting your very first garden can be a daunting task. This is a guide to help make your entry into gardening fun and easy, and to give you some guidelines to help foster your relationship with your backyard. By the end of this article, you should be able to answer the following questions:

• Where do I begin?
• What kind of plants should I grow?
• How should I build, construct, and prepare my garden?

Now, let’s get started!

Planning Your Garden: Site Selection & Size

The first step to a successful garden is figuring out where you are going to place it. The space that you choose will help determine the types of plants that will grow best. Spend a day figuring out where in your backyard you get maximum sunlight. Your vegetables require 6-8 hours of natural sun per day to mature quickly.

You will might also want to determine the pH level of your soil. What kind of dirt do you have available? You might have to add nutrients to the soil, compost, etc. to make it great for growing your plants.

If you’re just starting out with gardening it might be easiest to build a raised bed. These come in a variety of sizes to fit inside of your backyard. Best of all, you can always add more later or take them apart and relocate them somewhere else later on. I also like first-time gardeners to try out raised beds because you can control most of the variables, like the soil content and watering schedule best. Since California is in a draught, we need to be mindful for water and how we can use it best.

Raised Beds: Save Water & Easy to Build

A raised bed is a great way to get started once you’ve decided on the location of your garden.

Redwood or Cedar makes for great wood. Make sure it is not treated lumber (I do not recommend pressure-treated wood due to the chemicals that can leach into your food). I recommend using 2" x 6" lumber. You can cut it down to the appropriate heights and use 4" x 4" wood in the corners and secure it with carriage bolts.

Furthermore, you can make the raised bed multi-tiered to raise the overall height of your garden (12" or two tiers is great for carrots).

If you have issues with rodents (like gophers), you may want to use hardware cloth underneath your raised bed.

Irrigation & Water

If you’re growing vegetables, you’ll want to provide about an inch of water per week. I tend to water my plants in the morning or at night.

Depending on how warm your area is you may only need to water your plants once a day or every other day. You can purchase a water timer from most nurseries for $20-50 and a simple irrigation kit of drips and tubing for another $30-50.

Vegetables & Fruits

The types of vegetables and fruits that you grow depends on the amount of sunlight and temperature you can provide for your plants. You can buy seeds online or find them at your local nursery. When I shop for seeds, I try and buy heirloom non-GMO varieties.

If you’re a little late in planning your garden, it might be time to buy starter plants. You can buy plants that are a few inches tall already and will jump-start your garden by about a month.

Depending on how big you decided to make your garden, you should set aside some space for the following:

Herbs & Spices: Thyme, Rosemary, Dill, Lavender, Basil, Mint;
Vegetables: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Potatoes; and
Fruits: Strawberries, Grapes, Blueberries.


Starting your garden should be fun for your whole family. With a few hours of work you can start to see results. Within a week of planting your seeds, you’ll see sprouts and your garden becoming a reality.

As you take care and nurture your plants, you’ll see your plants grow, leaves spread and fruit and vegetables bloom, and you’ll be happy growing your own food and making your backyard a more beautiful, living and useful space.

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Samsung Galaxy Express

Samsung Galaxy Express

With the advent of Smartphones, communication and its ways have changed. The market is getting filled up with high-tech phone devices each passing day and there’s more curiousness amongst consumers to get the best model. While selecting a Smartphone, customers look for everything – great features, large touch-pads, high-performance OS and of course value for money!

Contrary to traditional mobile phones, Smartphones offer great conveniences. Apart from voice calling, you get the benefit of video calls, 3G Internet, multimedia messages and emails, HD images etc. 

Samsung’s been a top runner in the Smartphone market. Let’s talk about one of its last year’s launches – Samsung Galaxy Express – its features and how to get it unlocked.

Galaxy Express is a phone meant for both work and play. With a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor that has a speed of AT&T’s 4G LTE network, its advanced enterprise features keep data safe and secure. It enables gaming, as well as lets you catch up on movies. The phone’s Wi-Fi Direct™ feature lets users wirelessly share information with other Wi-Fi devices.

How to get the Samsung Galaxy Express unlocked?

Getting the Samsung Galaxy Express unlocked is pretty simple but utterly important – especially if you want to use it with a network service of your choice. Being compelled to stay with one network connection for a lifetime is easy to hear but genuinely tough to handle. Its gets tougher when you’re flying abroad and are forced to pay hefty roaming charges. 

Look below to know why you should get your phone unlocked:

  • Be free forever to use any network service
  • Unlocking is a onetime process – simple and quick
  • Unlocking increases the phone’s resale value
  • Save huge roaming charges

Unlocking method!

Unlocking is as quick as you could think! To start with, you need to obtain your phone’s IMEI number – that you get by dialing *#06# from your keypad. 

Now look online for a reputed cell phone unlocking agency that offers unlock codes. Get on to their website and:

  • Provide your phone’s IMEI number
  • Mention the current network connection
  • Submit your email ID
  • Confirm your order
  • Make payment

Once the order is confirmed and payment is successfully, you’d receive a 16-digit unlock code on your email ID.

What next?

Nothing much! Replace your SIM with the one you intend to use. When you switch on your phone, it will ask for an unlock code – enter the one you got on your email and your phone will be ready to use!

Keep in mind!

Always recheck the IMEI number carefully before submitting the order
In case number of attempts left to enter unlock code is ‘zero’, do not place the order
Always mention the current network – not the one that you want to use after unlocking

This is a guest post submitted by Alice Aires
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My Bug Out / Get Home Bag

Hey guys. I've been slowly putting together a Bug Out Bag for a while now, and I pretty much have it the way I want so I thought I'd share it with you. Hopefully you will gain some ideas for your own personal one and share ideas with me as well.

Bug Out Bag

The total weight of this pack is 20 lbs. It is an easy carry with the shoulder straps. It is in no way all encompassing, but I feel it contains enough to support me for a few days in case of emergency.  This pack covers several needs for me. First, I keep it in my vehicle at all times, it serves as a "get home" bag and road survival kit for me to get home to my wife and kid. Second, it serves as a "bug out" bag for when we do leave. We also have a separate pack with tent, sleeping bags and food for long term survival.

I try to cover all the survival / rescue needs I could thing of. Fire, food, water, shelter, communication, navigation, rescue, first aid.

So, follow along as I lay it all out. I'll include links to certain items for you to check out on your own or add to your kit.

The Bag:

Outside of Bag:

* Here is the tarp unrolled:

Top Pocket:

(All contained in Zip Lock bag)
  • 1. Knife Sharpener
  • 2. Rescue Whistle / Mirror
  • 3. Fingernail Clippers
  • 4. Lighter
  • 5. Handcuff Key
  • 6. Tweezers

Back Pocket:

100' Para-cord

Back Zipper Pocket:

Fold-able Saw Blade

Inside Zipper Pocket:

  • 1. 9" Para-cord Bracelet (9' Line)
  • 2. Butane Lighter
  • 3. USB Cable
  • 4. Cell Phone Wall Charger

Inside Bag:

  • 1. Emergency Radio Charger / Manual
  • 2. Emergency Radio / Solar Charger
  • 3. Pepper Spray
  • 4. Cotton Balls soaked in Ointment (Fire Tinder)
  • 5. Butane for Lighters
  • 6. LED Head Lamp
  • 7. Hand Held Radio (2 of 2)
  • 8. Pocket Reference
  • 9. Permanent Marker / Pen
  • 10. Survival Manual
  • 11. Black Trash Bags
  • 12. Compass
  • 13. Rite in Rain Notepad / Pens
  • 14. 2 Solar Blankets
  • 15. Peanuts / Energy Bars

Middle Front Pocket:

  • 1. Flashlight Wrapped in Para-Cord
  • 2. Gerber Tool
  • 3. Water Proof Bag
  • 4. Allen Key Set
  • 5. CHEM Lights (Glow Sticks)

Front Pocket:

  • 1. Pocket Knife
  • 2. Handcuffs

Front Medical Pouch (Quick Emergency):

  • 1. Assorted Band-aids / Medical Tape
  • 2. Rolled Gauze
  • 3. Quick Clot
  • 4. Compress Bandage
  • 5. Latex Gloves

Medical Pouch:

  • 1. Spare Latex Gloves
  • 2. Dental Floss
  • 3. Medical Scissors
  • 4. Goodies Headache Powder
  • 5. Insect Repellent
  • 6. Benadryl Pen
  • 7. Hand Sanitize
  • 8. Eye Drops
  • 9. Liquid Band-aide
  • 10. Iodine
  • 11. Antibiotic Ointment
  • 12. Oral Gel
  • 13. Lip Balm
  • 14. Forehead Thermometer
  • 15. Assorted Band-aides / Alcohol Wipes
  • 16. Wet Wipes
  • 17. Rolled Gauze
  • 18. Assorted Medicine 

Survival Pouch:

And there you have it. I tried focusing on all the major survival / rescue items I could think of and incorporating redundancies where I could. Trying to fit all of that into a small compact pack that could be carried for distance took some working. There was things I left out to save space and weight, but there are other things I am looking to add (such as extra zippo fluid).

I hope this has given you a list of items to add to your kit. If you have any questions feel free to ask. If you have recommendations tell me those as well.

Thank you, and happy prepping!   
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Extremely Heavy Duty Work Bench

I saw this great idea for a work bench online and wanted to share with you guys. It is very thorough and informative. 


I have an area in the old barn that is unused and I wanted to convert to a 'rough' working place. The floor is unlevelled , which require adjustable feet to adjust for the height difference up to 30 mm. The angle of the wall corners are not perpendicular, they are more like 86 to 93 degrees, which require a remissive design.

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Elevated Dog Bowl from Crate

Spent a lazy Sunday in the shop today and threw together a project to make our dog's life a little easier. When larger dogs age I've heard that it's harder on them to bend down to get food and water out of their bowls on the floor. Is it true? Who knows, but I figured I'd at least give him a little assistance and allow me to stay busy in the shop, so here it is, an elevated dog bowl.

elevated dog bowl

I began by building a crate out of spare wood that was laying around. View the video below on building your own crate. I pretty much followed those same steps and altered a little for my needs like adding a stencil on the side to give it that old crate look and adding hand holes on the sides.

I purchased two plastic bowls from the dollar store and cut holes in the base to hold them. I hope you like it, the dog sure does.

Mr. Leon approves!
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