Posted 13 May 2014
May 29th is 529 College Savings Day. Get it, 5/29? But wait, what is 529 College Savings Day you might ask? Good question.
Celebrated nationwide, the event raises awareness about saving for higher education using 529 plans. In observance of 529 Day, Virginia529 is matching contributions and waiving online application fees for new accounts opened May 15 through 29.Read More
Posted 18 Aug 2013
We recently upgraded our backyard. We had a playground installed with swings, slide and climbing wall. Our kids never used to be fans of swinging, but now they love it. We also finally broke out th easel and paints for the boys. You have to admit, it's really all about the smocks. Check out the pics.Read More
Posted 04 Aug 2013
Nicole is still hanging onto her grandfathered non-unlimited text messaging plan and I've been using Google Voice for a while to avoid paying the outrageous cost** of SMS. As awesome as Google Voice is, it has its annoyances and I was never fully happy with the messaging experience.
Unsurprisingly, the person I text most often is Nicole. She recently got a new iPhone 5 and I took this as an opportunity to try something different. So we've been using Google Hangouts for the past few weeks and it's been surprisingly awesome.Read More
Posted 22 Jul 2013
Checkout this awesome graphic of our solar system. I stumbled upon this while browsing Google+ (yes, I use Google+). Read on below for the explanation and the source post.
Posted 12 Jul 2013
I've been remiss in not blogging about this sooner. Looking back, I can say that the Kid'Sleep Classic "bunny clock" must be the best $30 we've spent on our kids, at least in terms of getting them to sleep through the night.Read More
Posted 08 Jul 2013
For July 4th, we drove down to the northern tip of Virginia's Northern Neck to visit Colonial Beach and stay in a cabin in Westmoreland State Park. We got super lucky to score a cabin at the last minute and for just two nights instead of the normal week required for a stay. It was a great way to start off the long weekend.Read More
Posted 13 Jun 2013
The Oatmeal has a brilliant comic titled "How to suck at your religion". It's really a treatise on how NOT to suck at your religion. It's a little long (well, tall) but it's too brilliant to pass up. If everyone followed this common sense advice, the world and everyone in it would be much happier.Read More
Posted 01 Jun 2013
As much as I'm not looking forward to the emergence of the cicadas, I've got to say I'm incredibly impressed by the biology behind their arrival. This amazing video chronicles the short, above-ground life of the cicadas. Watch them in all their HD glory.Read More
Check out these awesome glasses that allow people with hearing loss to enjoy going out to the movies
Posted 20 May 2013
As someone with a deaf family member, I know how inaccessible movie theaters have been to people with hearing loss. In the past, some theaters provided boosted audio to people with mild hearing loss, but even that distorted the sound and didn't work well. Other theaters provided bulky devices that rendered captions, but they were not in your line of sight and it was so bright as to distract other patrons. Neither was a good solution.Read More