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Fun Water Bottle Project

Posted on June 24, 2018 by under Projects.    

Brian surprised me with a really cool, customized insulated water bottle a few weeks ago. We both have S’well bottles that we’d gotten for Christmas a few years back. They work great but they’re kind of expensive.

Recently, Brian found some better insulated water bottles at Walmart. They work like S’well bottles in that they can keep hot things hot for 12 hours and cold things cold for 24 hours but they’re actually better in that they have a wider opening so they’re easier to fill with large chunks of ice and they have a built-in carrying handle. Not to mention they are cheap!

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The Walmart by our house had tons of them in various colors. We saw four sizes: 64, 40, and 26 ounces. And, because we never can just have one of something, we got a bunch in various sizes. You can never have too many insulated water bottles.

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The skinny 26-ounce one was only $12. I mean, we could get three of these for less than the price of one S’well bottle. You can’t beat it.

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The 40-ounce one that Brian got me cost less than $15! The gigantic 64-ounce one was only a few cents more.

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The best part about these water bottles is that if you mess up your project, it’s not too bad because they didn’t cost a fortune.

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Brian’s brilliant project idea was to customize my new water bottle with the Zumba logo and my name. The finished product looked amazing! I could not wait to show it off to friends when I went to Zumba class. It is definitely one of the best surprise gifts that Brian has ever given me!

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Here are some step-by-step progress pics for those of you curious how he did it and want to make your own. Brian says it’s not complicated. It just requires patience more than anything else.

Besides the water bottle, you’ll need permanent paint markers. Brian had some Sharpie ones that he purchased just for this project.

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First, you need to create a template for the design you want to use.

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Then you cover the entire back side for the drawing in pencil lead.

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This is how you get the design to transfer to the water bottle. You can also use carbon paper for this part but this is a nifty trick that Brian learned in art school and it works great in a pinch.

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The next step is to trace the outline in Sharpie and then fill in the design with the paint marker. Brian recommends using the paint markers because they work on any surface and they hold up better than just a regular Sharpie but if you want to use a regular Sharpie I guess you could.

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Once you’ve filled in the design, let it dry for at least 24 hours.

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Next, he added my name to make it extra special. You can freehand this part if you have neat handwriting. Brian opted to use a nice font because he’s a perfectionist who is gifting this to another perfectionist. LOL.

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You use the same steps as before to transfer the design to the bottle, fill it in with the paint marker, and then let it dry for another 24 hours.

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Voila! There you have it. A very cool customized water bottle that will keep your water (or beverage of choice) a constant temperature throughout the day. It’s so easy that Alex actually did hers during Brian’s party last weekend.

Anyway, I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful. Next weekend Brian and I plan to each do a water bottle project LIVE on our FLIP + CHING Facebook page. Tune in on Sunday, July 1, around 9:30 AM.

If you’ve done a similar project before, let us know how it went in the comments. We love hearing ideas and learning from others.

Until then, happy crafting and GNG!

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Ginger’s Retirement Party

Posted on June 23, 2018 by under Events, Leadership, Life.    

The longest boss I’ve ever had retired a few weeks ago. She was my boss for thirteen years — starting on August 2004 when she hired me as a Contact Center Supervisor to June 2017 when I got transferred to Michelle’s team. But she was more than just a boss to me. She was like a second mom. For years she and Terry (another wonderful leader who I’ve had the privilege of working for; he retired a couple of years ago) looked after “the kids” — that’s what they called us. When Terry retired, I knew this day would eventually come but I had always been kinda sorta in denial.

I’m not really in our Wichita office as much because I’ve been reporting to Kansas City the last few months. Mostly I am there on Fridays (and late on Thursdays when I have to return the company car that I’ve borrowed for the week). Even so, it still feels weird to me not having Ginger around. At least before she retired I knew I could pop in once in a while and see her. Her old office is now Isaac’s and, whenever I walk by, it’s just not the same.

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Here are a few pictures that we took from her retirement party at the Pumphouse a couple of weeks ago.

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What you don’t see in these photos is that my black dress turned white from getting cocktail sauce spilled allover it and then being cleaned up. It was pretty bad. I was lucky that it was dark in the restaurant because it didn’t look as bad. However, as soon as Brian and I walked out into the daylight, you could see the entire mess all over me. The only thing worse was the smell. LOL.

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It was a great turnout.

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Carmen did a great job on Ginger’s picture board.

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For our part, Brian and I didn’t get too fancy. We just put together a “retirement care package” consisting of a “No Work All Play” pilsner and Ginger’s favorite beverages (Tito’s Vodka and Coronas).

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Here are some progress pics of putting the present together.

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Brian printed nice labels for us to spruce up the crate.

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The part that required the most effort were all the origami flowers which took me several hours to do. I tried to get Brian to help me but he has such a short attention span that he gave up after making only one. LOL.

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I had to make the rest of the origami flowers by myself. It’s totally worth it, though. I wanted to put our special touch on the present. Or, I guess, my special touch.

Anyway, I’m super sad about Ginger’s retirement but at the same time I’m really happy for her. She no longer has to be bogged down with work and finally has the time to pursue all the things that are meaningful to her.

I hope someday when it’s our turn leave the working world, we have the opportunity to retire at a reasonable age to still enjoy life (#Goals).

I guess that’s all for now. GNG.

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Carrabba’s Wine Tasting Dinner

Posted on June 22, 2018 by under Food and Drink.    

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Several weeks ago I picked up this silent auction package for a wine tasting dinner for four people at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at the SALSA benefit for Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center (WASAC). It was perfect because Brian and I love Carrabba’s and the money went to a worthy cause.

Though there were some exclusions listed on the certificate (no Friday or Saturday), it wasn’t hard to find a time redeem the package. The hardest part was finding another couple to share the experience with. We have lots of good friends who enjoy food and wine as much as we do.

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We ultimately decided on inviting Jenni and her boyfriend Adam. We thought it would be a nice way to celebrate their recent engagement.

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Here are a few pictures from our fabulous dinner.

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It was a ridiculous amount of food! On top of that, we each got dessert!

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As far as wine went, we really could have taken more advantage but we didn’t want to be wasteful. Plus, Jenni and Brian seemed to really enjoy this bottle of cab and they wanted to finish it. We didn’t get past this bottle. LOL. Perhaps next time we can try at least a couple more different wines.

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I’m not usually a red wine drinker but I actually enjoyed this cab as well (much to my surprise). It’s rare that Brian and I find a wine that we can both enjoy. Unfortunately, this one is on the expensive end. We normally spend $10 to $20 a bottle. This one is about $60 a bottle so it’s not one that we will buying by the case as we typically do with our other wines. We did find it on sale for about $49 at Groves a couple of weeks ago so we decided to splurge and pick up a bottle (just one) for us to enjoy the next time we have something to celebrate.

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Anyway, despite Joe not being at the restaurant that night, we still had a fabulous dinner. His team made sure of it. Next time I see one of these packages at the next fundraising benefit, I’m definitely going to try snagging it. It’s worth every penny!

Until next time. GNG!

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My New Favorite Bag

Posted on June 22, 2018 by under Shopping.    

I’ve been wanting the Stately Satchel (Kaleidoscope) for a long, long time and I finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago. I just couldn’t get myself to spend the money on it because I’m too practical. We try not to by things just because we “want” them. There has to be a justifiable “need” for it. Anyway, a few months ago, Brian said he wanted my backpack. That created my need new work bag and so I was finally able to justify the purchase.

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Here are some pictures of the “unboxing” when my new bag arrived last month.

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I thought the note from the designer was a nice touch!

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The bag is the perfect size for my (body) frame and my laptop. Laptop bags can sometimes be a tad oversized and overwhelming. This one looks more like slightly bigger purse/tote.

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I really love the sleek design.

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It also came with a storage bag, which is nice and will protect it when I’m not using it. For now, it’s my everyday work bag.

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Here’s how it looks in natural light with all my stuff in it.

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I’m so in-love with this bag. I’m super happy I got it. Actually, I’ve been super happy with everything I have ever purchased from Betabrand. Here are some of the things I’ve gotten in the past:

  • Dress Yoga Pants (I have both the straight-leg and the leggings styles in various colors/prints)
  • Round-Trip Dress (I have this color and the Black and White one, which I think was the very first color they offered it in)
  • All-Day Coat (I two of these awesome coats, one in Marsala and one in Gray)

I’m a huge fan of Betabrand and highly recommend their products. If you want to check out their products, follow this link to save $15 on your first purchase of $75 or more. Happy shopping!

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Sweat in the City

Posted on June 20, 2018 by under Events.    

Here are some pictures from Joel and Sarah’s Sweat in the City Zumba Master Class featuring Gwen Atkinson. Joel and Sarah pulled off what is I’d consider the best Zumba event I’ve ever attended in Wichita.

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The playlist was great. The venue (Distillery 244) was perfect, size and location-wise. They did a fabulous job of decorating the place. They even got the restaurant next door, Egg Cetera, to open and offer a taco special that night so our group would have refreshments. Oh, and I forgot about the cash bar with the “Zumbanade” specialty drink which was a super great deal at $4.

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I also loved the event shirt which went really well with one of my Zumba leggings. Rose and I decided to wear identical outfits and I cut our shirts the same so we were twinsies almost head to toe.

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My friend Lindsay, who has recently started really getting into Zumba, was there. It was an amazing turnout.

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My Zumba besties and I had a fabulous time. Can’t wait until the next one! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another year. Sarah hinted at perhaps doing one in the Fall. Until then, GNG.

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