Rain Barrel Dreams

It’s been a wet few days weeks here in Michigan, and I’ve been dreaming of installing a Rain Barrel (insert an earth loving GIF). I’m dreaming of having it in our backyard, tucked away behind our deck – which would still allow us to use the rain water to water our grass – are you getting as excited as I am???

Rain Barrels I’m Eyeing:

Wicker 50 Gallon Rain Barrel – Wayfair – $127.99
Canaan 50 Gallon Rain Barrel – Wayfair – $104.99
Rainwater Urn, 65 Gallon – Gardener’s Supply Company – $199.00
Rainwater Urn, 50 Gallon – Gardener’s Supply Company – $139.00
Madison 49 Gallon Rain Barrel – Home Depot – $118.00
Good Ideas 50 Gallon Bark-Textured Rain Saver – Walmart – $121.06
Athena 50 Gallon Charcoal Rain Barrel – Home Depot – $113.42

Things to Think About:

– How frequently are there problems with the pickets?
– Is it really worth the small savings we’d see in our water bill?
– How many headaches will we have (water not flowing correctly)?
– What other items would we need to successfully connect your current gutters to a Rain Barrel?
– Again, is it worth it?

If you’ve installed a rain barrel in the past, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I will be sure to take you along as we install our Rain Barrel over on Instastories!

Air Pod Pro Review

Air Pod Pro Review

I took the leap and bought Air Pod Pros. Blame it on quarantine, overlapping conference calls and trying to multitask on said conference calls. I originally was going back and forth between the two different models. Finally got some intel from a friend who has had both that Air Pod Pros were the way to go, and pulled the trigger. Now would be a great time to tell you, that I over research any purchase (small or large), so found it a little shocking that I made such quick decision.

Long story short – I’m not a fan (enough so that I’m giving them to my husband, and y’all I’m frugal – so this is 1) a huge pick up for him and 2) speaks loudly about how I feel about them). Now let me give you my pro-con-pro (hello to all my former sorority girls out there) feedback.

They’re a nice headphone, which my husband will now be the lucky recipient of. But if you have small ears like me, stay away from them.

Pro:

– Great Noise Cancelling Headphone with option to turn Noise Cancelling off
– Audio is improved over corded Apple Headphones that come with your phone’s purchase.
– Love the cordless feature. Honestly didn’t think it was necessary and laughed at myself a little for thinking I needed it, but it’s ruined me and I don’t think I could use a corded headphone again)
– Offers different sizes for in-ear piece

Con:

– Difficult to transition form noise canceling to transparent mode.
– They fall out of my ears if I’m doing anything other than sitting down.
– I accidentally end calls when trying to push the headphones back into my ears.

Pro:

– Love the idea of them and will be giving Apple more of my money when I buy AirPods.

Air Pod vs Air Pod Pro
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Links:
Air Pod 2nd Generation – $139
Air Pod Pro – $235

Staircase Gallery Wall

Staircase Gallery Wall

I know this may sound crazy, but I’ve always loved a Gallery Wall. I vividly remember my friends houses growing up who had photos going up their stairs and I remember my 10 year-old self saying “I’m doing that when I have a house”. Something about having family photos displayed up your stairs feels very homey. So y’all – today is the day I make my 10 year-old dreams come true.

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Cooking in Quarantine

Cooking in Quarantine

Traditionally, I am not the cook in our house – but it is something I’m trying to get better at. So I’ve taken to quarantine to try to get more comfortable in the kitchen and take the place of head chef a few nights a week. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite recipes with some tips and tricks I’ve learned in the process.

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Echelon Review

When Michigan started to shut down, I made the impulse purchase of an Echelon. You know I love a good deal, so when I realized that I could buy a bike for the same cost to rent a bike for 3 months from our local cycle bar, I pulled the trigger. Echelon Connect 3 was the bike I found to fit our needs.

Where to Buy .

Echelon’s Website- $1,039.98
Bed Bed and Beyond – $799.99 ( With 20% BBB Coupon – $639.99)

Bike Review.

Pros:
– Allows you to use Cycling Clip-ins or regular Shoes.
– You can’t beat the price, at 1/4 the cost of the a Peloton and the product works great.
– Very easy to change the seat and handle bar settings (If multiple people in your house are using it)
– Seat is really comfortable and a little larger than some cycling bikes I’ve used in the past. Great for a spin class or standard ride.
Cons:
– You have to set the bike up yourself. Not the end of the world because the Customer Service Team is great – but we had some issues with our bike which make it a little more difficult. They did send us replacement parts to help, even though we were able to fix it.
– If you use an app other than Echelon, you cannot connect your resistance and speed to the app. So when you’re taking a class and the instructor calls out “increase your resistance between 40-50”, you won’t know what your output is. However, it’s just like any Cycle Bar class, you never know what your “output” numbers are – just push yourself.

Overall Review: Very happy with the purchase. It gives you an intense cardio work out and I’m finding myself working out way more during Quarantine than I thought I would have. If you’re thinking of purchasing an indoor bike, this is a wonderful cost sensitive alternative to a Peloton. We bought a Foam Floor Mat to go under the bike and it’s helping to protect our hardwood floors – highly recommend.

App.

I purchased a bike that didn’t come with a screen , however it does have a stand for your phone or iPad. Therefore you have an option to use either the Echelon or Peloton app for classes.

Echelon. $14.99 /month. I haven’t tried the Echelon app. Mostly due to the Peloton app being free right now and loving the instructors. I believe the app will connect you to the bike and show your output.
Peloton. $12.99/month. Currently Peloton is offering 90 days free during social distancing. Once you download you have access to all classes (live and recorded- yoga, cycling, running, cardio, HIIT, etc). The app is very intuitive and easy to use. If your wanting a 45 minute Cycle, Groove and Intermediate class- place the filters on it will show you all options. You can “Pre-load” a class prior to starting it to take away any potential buffering issues.