I hope that you’re all ready for Christmas and are enjoying some downtime right now. I wish that’s what I was doing, but we all know that just isn’t happening right now. But it’s all good, really. I have wrapping to do, but I think I’m in good shape otherwise. Famous last words. Let’s get on with this week’s Friday 5+1! This post contains some affiliate links.
So, this book is different from my usual book recommendations, in that it’s a kid’s book, as opposed to an adult novel. But, it’s one that I got my 12 year-old daughter for Christmas, and I’m excited to see it firsthand, as it’s different than other books out there these days. I heard Zach King on a podcast, and apparently he’s big with kids, as my daughter knew exactly who he was. He’s huge on Instagram, does lots of viral videos, etc… Anyway, this book, My Magical Life, is set up to work with an app that you use in conjunction with the book. If you hold your phone over the book (with the app), the book comes to life in 3D. How cool is that? I’m excited for her to open it so I can see how it works firsthand, but I already think it’s super cool just hearing about it, and it has a five star review on Amazon, so it looks promising.
I was doing some Christmas shopping at Best Buy recently, and I swear, I felt like an alien on another planet while I was in there. It’s been awhile since I’ve set foot in that store, and some of the things they have available nowadays are just mind blowing in general. Perhaps I’m just getting old, because a lot of these high-tech gadgets are just over my head. However, I can see the appeal of the HP Sprocket. It allows you to print photos directly from your smartphone. Isn’t it ironic that we have all of this technology, but this essentially amounts to a Polaroid One Step camera? Only in two steps…
I know that picture hanging can make you a little crazy, especially if you have something that isn’t a simple single wire with one nail sort of set up. Don’t even get me started on things that have those keyhole things. While I consider myself pretty savvy in hanging things, this Hang it Perfect picture hanging tool can help you do it right the first time if you’re uncertain about your picture hanging skills.
In keeping with my “getting older” theme, my eyes are now requiring reading glasses more often than not (and it drives me nuts). When you’re working on a project and require safety glasses, these bifocal safety glasses are perfect. I love this idea, and may need to add them to my own toolbox.
The Alice Network has been on my wish list for awhile, and I finally dived in and started it. It’s about a group of women who worked as spies during World War I, and it’s so intriguing. Not to mention how different times were back then, in terms of what women were “allowed” to do, as if they couldn’t think for themselves. To read about women serving their country as spies in this time period is really interesting. I’m not finished with it yet, but I’m loving it so far.
My +1 for the week – My son driving my car and spilling shellac
I ran out to my car last night to grab something, and immediately smelled the uncanny smell of BIN shellac primer. Oh NO. I opened up the back of my SUV and felt it drip on my back (yes, it was dripping from the bottom of the back door on to my favorite comfy jacket). Shellac all over. The only upside is that I had paper in the back that caught a lot of it, but it still made me blow my top. I even had it in a box, in the hopes of preventing something like this from happening. Thankfully, most of it came up with denatured alcohol, but lesson learned on my part.
Have a fantastic holiday weekend!