Painting a Mural in Our Baby's Nursery - Part 2 Completion

Baby Stuff

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Baby Stuff | Posted on 13-07-2016

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After several weeks of labor and love, the Nintendo/Super Mario baby nursery mural is finally complete and I am actually happier with the result than I was anticipating: This was my first time laying hand on paint and brush (days of yore during grade school doesn't count) and I tackled a full size mural no […]

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Painting a Mural in Our Baby's Nursery - Part 1 Outlining

Baby Stuff

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Baby Stuff | Posted on 23-06-2016

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We originally decided to plaster the wall with Mario themed decals, but since we already plastered the wall opposite of the crib with miniature version of the decals we wanted, a giant painted mural of Bowser Jr. seem more fitting for the nursery. So that's exactly what I started. I searched the web for an official […]

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Super Mario / Nintendo Themed Baby Nursery Progress Update

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Baby Stuff | Posted on 09-06-2016

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Small update to our Nintendo themed baby nursery building progress. This week we painted one wall with an accent color; this wall is where the baby crib will lie adjacent to. The color we picked is a cool hue of blue called "Quiet Blue." We've decided to retain the room's dual purpose of being a […]

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DIY: How to Replace the Door Lock Actuator on Your 3rd Gen Prius

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Posted by Christopher Maselli | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 31-05-2016

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So my door actuator just failed on my third generation Prius and I found Steve's excellent post on how to remove the door panel (here) and used it to get me half way there. Here's a “Part Two" for anyone wanting to go to the next step and fix their actuator themselves. First of all, […]

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Quick Update and What I've Been Up to

Baby Stuff

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Baby Stuff | Posted on 30-05-2016

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It has been a while since I posted an update to this blog, I have no other explanation other than that I've been extremely busy in all aspect of life: career, family, friends and relative's weddings, showers, kids' birthday, etc. The good news is we are expecting a boy early October, our first baby. My […]

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DIY: How to Change the Cabin Filter in Your 3rd gen Prius

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 04-01-2016

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Here's a short DIY article with instructions on how to change the cabin filter in your Prius. You can literally change the cabin filter in less than 5 minutes. As a matter of fact, I changed my cabin filter while on my 10 minute break at work and it took me a little over 3 minutes. […]

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How to make your Samsung HT-F5500W Blu-Ray Home Theater System Region Free

I Love Technology, Always and 4ever

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in I Love Technology, Always and 4ever | Posted on 22-12-2015

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I haven't made a lot of technology posts, or any post at all lately, but figured this may help folks who own a Samsung HT-F5500W 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System and would like to make their Blu-Ray player region free. This all started when my wife was eyeing The Big Bang Theory Seasons 1-8 boxed set from […]

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Review: Ninja Coffee Bar by SharkNinja

Briefings

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Briefings | Posted on 13-12-2015

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First post in a while, because married life, house hunting and work! We recently saw a late night infomercial about the Ninja Coffee Bar and decided to give it a try; impressive warranty and return policies, why not? Let’s face it, coffee at the local Starbucks and pretty much any boutique coffee house make great […]

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1st week MPG update: From the Inland Empire to the South Bay

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 27-03-2015

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Today marks the completion of one week's worth of commute from the Inland Empire to the South Bay and I must say that while there is definitely a traffic jam to and from, it is not nearly as bad as I've anticipated. I have co-workers that commute from Diamond Bar and the commute takes 2-2.5 […]

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Looks like I'll be taking a micro road trip everyday

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 16-03-2015

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We're moving from the South Bay to the Inland Empire this month solely for the purpose of shortening and alleviating my wife's work commute at the expense of increasing my commute by 900% (from 5 mile drive to work to 50 mile drive). We're also exploring options to buy a new house in the area so we've […]

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Review: Custom Bobble Head Dolls by Bobblemaker.com

Briefings

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Briefings | Posted on 30-01-2015

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During the wedding planning process with the wife, I not only wanted to add something that is fun and unique to the mix but also place emphasis on the small important details that compliments our character and values as a couple. My wife picked up a flyer at a bridal expo which she recently attended that depicted custom bobble heads. […]

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DIY: How to Install Winter / Snow Tire Chains On Your Prius

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Automobiles | Posted on 07-12-2014

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It has been a while since I had to install snow tire chains on a car, but driving up to Vancouver, B.C. in late December, and doing multiple side stops along the way, I figured I grab a pair for those "just-in-case" moments (even though Vancouver is known for mild but wet winters). This article […]

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Winter Road Trip to Vancouver, B.C. With Stops

Road Trips

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Road Trips | Posted on 23-10-2014

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Every year, we try to embark on one road trip. I'm not talking about a regular 400+ mile round trip road trip to the Central Coast (i.e. San Luis Obispo), I'm referring to a road trip that would last over 1,500 miles. For 2013, we drove from Los Angeles to Palm Desert, to Monterey, to Sonoma […]

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Prius with stock wheels lowered on TRD springs, comparison

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Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in 2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four | Posted on 11-03-2014

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I often receive a lot of questions regarding Prius lowered on TRD springs with stock 15" wheels and tires, such as number of inches lowered, request for before/after photos, etc. Today I had the opportunity to snap a pic of such while installing parts on a buddy's Prius. My Prius is lowered on Prius PLUS […]

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Our account of Coron 7 weeks after Typhoon Haiyan, Yolanda

Outside of California

Posted by 5teve-0 | Posted in Outside of California | Posted on 21-02-2014

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When one searches for "Coron Palawan Philippines" through popular search engines, the search result yields a vast media coverage of the typhoon and its immediate aftermath. Many of the resulting articles are dated mid November 2013 or earlier. My post will concentrate on our personal accounts in and around Coron, Palawan, Philippines 7-weeks after Typhoon Haiyan (also known […]

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