10 $ Smart LED-bulbs

When you live in a one-bedroom apartment and your kitchen is also your living room, dining room, work space and photo studio, it can be hard to have the right lighting. With Mi light I can turn the lighting up and down and make the right lighting setting. The bulbs have build-in dimers and they can change the temperature, so you can put them in any lamp with the right socket.

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The bulbs are copies of the Phillips Hue ones, but they are quite cheap at the price of 10 $ (Aliexpress). The bulbs are a great way to save money on the electrical bill, without getting the cold light that fluorescent light bulbs give.

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The remote is easy to control, and you can set more than one bulb to the four zones. You can still control the lamps from the switch on the wall, if you like, as the bulbs turns on, on the last colour- and light level the were set to.

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In this video I demonstrate the use of the bulbs.

In this video I demonstrate the use of the bulbs.

I bought the bulbs here and the remote here. The bulbs that I chose were E27 9w CW WW and GU10 4W CW WW. E27 and GU10 was the socket, 9w and 4w the power and CW WW meant that the bulbs was without colour (red, green etc.).

If you want to know more about how mutch light the bulbs gives compared to traditional incandescent light bulb, you can look at my chart:

Bulb Lumen What would that be if it was an incandescent light bulb
GU10 4W CW WW 200-220 25w
E14 5W CW WW 350-370 40w
E27 6W CW WW 450-470 40w
E27 9W CW WW 800-850 60w

Book for postcards – DIY

I get so happy every time I receive a postcard, but I must admit, that I never know what to do with it. That is why I wrapped this photobook in gift-wrapping paper and adhesive plastic cover.

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The book can hold two postcards on a page and if the postcards are bigger than photo size, I just cut open the lines between the pockets so that it can hold a bigger card.

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I used

  • Three kinds of gift wrapping paper
  • Glue
  • Puncher with shape to make nice edges
  • Adhesive plastic cover

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You can of course use the book for any memorable card. Maybe you want to use it for birthday cards and save all the nice things your friends and family has written down for you.

Scratch map from Aliexpress (6$)

Today this map arrived in the mail. It is a scratch map, where you can scratch where you have been. I bought the map trough Aliexpress and it only cost med 6 $. You can get it here.

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The map was packed well, so there were no folds or anything.

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The people who made the map did make one funny mistake. On the map the Baltic Sea was Russian.

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The map is quite funny and very good quality, and I would definitely recommend others to buy it.

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2 $ Dinner: Thai Noodle Soup

This is an easy and delicious noddle soup, that I made in 10 minutes. You can use the vegetables that you already have or you can follow my recipe.

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Ingredients (1 person)

 

  • 400 ml. (1,7 cup) water
  • 150 ml. (0,6 cup) coconut milk (7-8 %)
  • 1 dried noodle block
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 80 g. (3 oz) vegetables. Use what you think fits. I used cabbage, spring onions, sweet peppers and carrot.
  • Chili (powder, flakes, sauce, you decide)

I order to make the soup only cost 2 dollars, you have to cut the vegetables an put them in the freezer. My vegetable mix consisted of 800 g. (28 oz.) cabbage, 4 spring onions, 3 sweet peppers and ½ kg. (18 oz) carrots.

How to

Cut out the cabbage in squares. Slice the white part of the spring onions, save the green part for later. Cut the sweet peppers into thin slices. Peel the carrots and cut them in very thin slices by using the peeler. Mix the vegetables and take out 80 g (3 oz). Put the rest in the freezer.

Slice the green part of the spring onions.

Boil the water, add the coconut milk and the bouillon cube. Let the bouillon dissolve. Add the rest of the ingredients except chili and the green parts of the spring onions. Boil until the noodles are finished. Add chili and salt in the amounts that you like.

Serve with the green parts of the spring onions on top.

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DIY – Cupcake cord organizer made from Perler beads

It is one of the first law of physics, that if you put your headset in your pocket, it will end up tangled. The days of the tangled headset cords are over with this easy and fun DIY.

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I got the inspiration for the pattern from here.

What you need

  • Hama or Perler beads
  • Glue gun
  • Flat iron
  • Cookie sheet
  • Sanitizer or something with a high alcohol percentage
  • An UV-Top Coat. You can use a 1$ coat from Aliexpress. Just don’t use this crap on your nails.
  • An UV lamp. I used one from Aliexpress (5$)

How to do it

instructions lang

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The UV-Coat makes the beads stronger, but it has been reported to cause allergies when used on nails. Therefore, I suggest that you don’t use UV-Top Coat for projects that has a lot of contact with skin or children.

Test: 55 $ Sports Cam

Let’s all agree that if you are serious about recording your adventurous life, GoPro is the way to go. But if you, like me, are not a diver and now an off pist snowboarder, but only go ski once a year or snorkel when you are at the beach, the GoPro will be expensive for such few pleasures. There is an alternative, and that is sj4000, which only costs 55 $ on Aliexpress. It is not an amazing camera, but you can have a lot of fun with it.

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The camera was quite nice and there was a lot of equipment in the box.

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Test video

Wath on Youtube here

So… Would I recommend people to buy it? It depends on what you are going to use it for. Ask yourself if you are ready to spend more for the better video quality that GoPro delivers. If you, like me, think that it could be fun to bring it on vacation and will use it a couple of times a year, then it might just be the thing for you.

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Please note, that your country might have tax on foreign imported goods.

Cootie Catcher – DIY

My friend is getting married! She is such a happy person who has never really lost her fun and childish side to adulthood. You should really never be 100 % adult, I think. So, that is why I got the idea of making cootie catchers for her wedding as decorations. She was on-board the idea right away!

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This was a quick one I made. The ones my friend is getting, I have to think more about.

In this post you can read how to make a cootie catcher and you can download my template.

Templates

This template is without categories. Write names, numbers or both in the corners.

This template has two categories. When someone picks one of them, you have to open where the arrow points.

To open these templates use Apache OpenOffice Draw.If you don’t already have that, download it for free.

How to use the templates

Open the template in Open Office Draw. The template has a some stippled lines. These lines will not be printed out, they are only there to show where you can write.

Click on a textbox, write and finish with esc. If the text falls out from the stippled lines, use tap, space or change textsize when in writing mode to put them right.

Print on A4-paper.

I printed mine on a brown thin paper bag that I had cut according to the measurements of A4.

How to fold the cootie catcher

Cut as close to the stippled line as possible while still excluding the line. Lines does not exactly look good on the end result.

Now it is folding time! Watch here:


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Yesterday a new gadget arrived. A heart rate monitor bought through Ebay at xpressnez. The heart rate monitor is able to connect to my Iphone, and by that I can monitor my pulse through Endomondo, Wahoo and other sprtsapps. I payd 31 AU$ with shipping, quite a lot cheaper than the 100$ I would pay in Denmark, but without any guaranties.

The seller, whom I bought from wrote in the ad, that the package would be sent from Hong Kong, but I can see on the packaged, that it was shipped from Zurich. For me this meant that I did not have to pay any customs (Sweeeet!). Still, be aware that you risk paying customs.

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The package contained a belt, Bluetooth-transmitter and a manual.

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The sensor is made of soft rubber and fabric that does not irritate the skin during workout. It measures from about 66 to 94 cm.

 

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I the picture below you can see the testrun I did with it on. The logged pulse seems correct and in sync with how I felt when I went running.

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I am super happy with this product, and I would definitely recommend it!

Manicure with a Statement – DIY

Make manicures on yourself to make it more personal and save money.

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Do a basecoat and the basic colour of your choice. Leave it to dry for at least an hour. After that use a needle to draw the other color on with. Apply top coat.

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Button Frame – DIY

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A few months back I found a picture frame that someone had thrown out. It was nice, but it did not have the right colors for my home. So … well, it ended up in the basement for a few months until I had an idea of how to use it. In the mean time I failed massively when I tried to make a necklace from buttons, so I ended up with a lot of buttons and nothing to use them for. So I combined the two failed projects.

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I used the frame, buttons, glue and white paint. The glue was mounting glue, but use what you got.

I painted the frame, then put glue on and then I mounted the buttons.

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When they were all on the frame, I let it dry for a few hours. By then it was finished.

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