Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

This is my front step right now! 😵

I’ve been in San Felipe for 2 weeks and we’re heading south soon to hit Guerrero Negro, Mulege, and every other part we can feast our eyes on throughout this beautiful peninsula*

I know I’ve barely scratched the surface and this has already been one of my favorite RV adventures. The pace of life here is whatever you make of it. The culture is a brand new experience. The food is crazy cheap and delicious.

Next up are whales, maybe some hot springs, orange filled groves, and hopefully catching up with friends who are all over the Baja peninsula ahead of us! *must have cell service ;)

This is my front step...

Hello, I am a poncho with legs and this is my cactus friend, Big-Prick. 😛

Hello, I am a poncho...

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get my dog to look at the camera on the beach... futile. 😂 It’s windy today but we’ve have some perfect weather and I’m in fricking love with just lazing here - Trixi is too.

Family photo 🤦🏻‍♀️Trying to get...

My beach baby 💜

My beach baby 💜

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for a moment, that we’ve traded physical bodies?
That you now live in mine and I now live in yours?
How would your assumptions and preconceived notions about me feel, if you now lived in my body - one I didn’t choose?

And how would you feel about me knowing your body as well?

I encourage this trading-places experiment because, in the last year, I’ve really felt the weight of how a preconceived notion can impact so many little areas of life, and the beach has helped to reflect on this a bit more and figure out how to say this.

Sure, I often feign goofiness and fun to avoid intimidating others (because that’s what we’re conditioned to do, when us vag-owners are capable of such scary things as installing solar and changing tires, right?) but let’s be serious for a second - please evaluate how you view young women (yes, even you, my fellow chicas) - and whether you think of us as peers or as [insert assumption based on your own fears and insecurities and conditioning.. pick your poison.] Millennial women are a valid population whether you like it or not. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Yes, even the partying, the too-pretty-to-be-friends-with, the too-quiet-and-weird, the dont-wear-enough-makeup, the wear-too-much-makeup, and the constantly-instagramming women.

I guess my point is really that whatever crutch you use to write us off, is your issue... not ours. Sure it’s easy to validate your projections when you make them someone else’s problem - esp. when societal norms back you up - which is why I really want to ask you to try to trade places with me and whatever assumptions you have about my life as a millennial, female digital nomad, and ask yourself if they still feel valid.

I didn’t choose this age or this body. So is it still fair to be respected or taken seriously any less than anyone else? Ex.. a 45 yr old white male lawyer? 🤔

Just something that has been on my mind. We’ gonna live a satisfying life either way. So are you gonna join us in having fun, drinking margs, etc while still rocking business and technical shit, or do ya just wanna sit in your blindfold and keep acting surprised each time we display multifaceted capabilities?

✨THOUGHT EXPERIMENT✨Can you imagine, for...

Buenos dias desde San Felipe 🤩 We had a nice morning walk on the beach and Trixi enjoyed digging at clam bubbles for a bit... until she talked @_skych’s Scout into running around like hooligans and murdering a large seagull in broad daylight. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Other than that, it was a peaceful coffee-and-sunshine laden morning.

Buenos dias desde San Felipe...

DIY iPad Case! or: How to Keep Your Really Expensive Toy Safe (on a budget!)

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I was recently gifted an amazing thing… an iPad mini.  (Squeee!)  I knew right away that I needed to get a case for it, especially because I couldn’t put it down and felt the need to bring it everywhere with me.. but after a few hours of searching Amazon & Pinterest, I realized that none of the overpriced, generic cases could do it any justice.  And so it began (yes I just started a sentence with and, get over it) – the DIY iPad case journey was ON, baby!

DIY iPad Case at Monrogue.com

Somewhere in the corners of my mind I vaguely remembered seeing a video about how the Dodocase was made, and set out to find a DIY example of a case as proof that I could conquer this new endeavor with the idea that a little bit of glue, elbow grease, and a screen-printing squeegee could make my iPad case dreams come true.  Pinterest led me to Brandon from the Modern Day Pirates, and lo and behold, he had the same thought about the Dodocase and created a moleskine-type ipad case very similar to what I had in mind! So, I had my proof, and set out to gathering materials. Yipee!!

Here is roughly what you’ll need:

  • Something for the bones of the case. You can use binder’s board like Brandon did – ordered offline or found in a craft store (if you’re lucky), one of those vinyl-covered thin binders that you can find everywhere, or an old book. I happened to find a book that extended perfectly just beyond my iPad for about $2 at Goodwill, so I used that.
  • Something for the outside of the case. I had a few choices, consisting of old materials and large totes that I was willing to sacrifice for the sake of the perfect material. I settled on some leftover snakeskin vinyl (looks like leather!) from my DIY headboard.
  • Something for the inside of the case.  Any paper of decent thickness will do. I used a really pretty tiffany blue-ish cardstock that I found at Michael’s for ~$1.
  • Something to hold your iPad in.  Elastic was my choice! Brandon used little strips of leather. I like the elastic because it stretches and reaaaallly holds the iPad in. Again, I got this from Michael’s. You’ll also need some type of cardstock square to attach this to before covering the case.
  • Something to tear it all apart, to the right proportions. You’ll need tools to cut your materials (depending on what they are.) For me this was scissors for the vinyl and an exacto knife for the paper and the book destruction. Bonus – metal ruler for exact-exacto-ing.
  • Something to put it all together, that will stick. I used a combination of Martha Stewart’s craft glue from Michael’s and ModPodge. Any PVA (from what I’ve read… white) glue will do!
  • Precision, patience, and lots of books and weights!!  The reason this project turned out so awesome for me is because I really took my time to get everything right, and I used LOTS of weights/books/whatever I could find to press the pieces together whenever necessary for glueing.

Ok, here we go!

  1. Prep the bones of the iPad! If you’re using binder board, cut it to the size you want. (Prep for me meant finding the perfect book and then tearing out every page of said book.. man, does that feel wrong!!)DIY iPad Case Step 1: Destroy a book!
  2. Next, I prepped, measured, glued, and attached the elastic bands.
    So first, I taped the cardstock square I was using for attached the elastic bands to the iPad case. It doesn’t matter exactly where.. just as long as it stays in the same place, relatively, as you measure the elastic for each corner.DIY iPad Case Step 2: Prep & Set Elastic - Monrogue
    The picture can probably explain this better, but literally, the steps are:2.1. Tape cardboard square

    2.2. Measure and cut elastic – glue to the cardboard paper square. *NOTE – I did NOT leave the paper square attached while gluing. I actually made little marks where the elastic should go while it was still taped, then removed the square, and glued where the marks were.

    2.3. Once the elastic is dry, make sure that all 4 corners fit when attached to the iPad.

    2.4. Lay the iPad in the book (or on the binding board) to mark where the square will go. This is important since we didn’t line it up when taping it to the back of the iPad – the alignment that matters is the IPAD’S, not the cardstock. So lay the iPad in there, undo the elastic while holding it in place, gently lift the iPad, and mark where the square is going.Then, glue the card down and BURY IT IN THE HEAVIEST FLAT SHIT YOU CAN FIND. No, seriously though. Put a lot of weight on it until it’s dry. 🙂

  3. Next, it’s time to measure and cut your exterior material, then glue it on. I brushed the glue onto the cardboard of the book, and used a screen printing squeegee to help me lay it effectively without bubbles, from one end to the other. DIY iPad Case Step 3: Glue the outside cover - Monrogue
  4. After that is mostly dry (don’t forget to add weight whenever drying!), it’s time for the inside edges. This was a bit difficult with this material because it’s thicker – obviously… it was used on a headboard! So I actually squeegee-d each edge individually (folding the corners in like wrapping paper, and trimming where needed) and added a weight to each one for a few minutes before moving on to the next. Once all were reasonably tacky enough to stay down for more than 10 seconds without a weight, I added books/weights/everything I could find while we went out for food. DIY iPad Case Step 4: Glue the inside edges - Monrogue
  5. Now for the exciting, pretty part! This step is easy – just measure and cut your inside material/cardstock paper to size. I did mine 1/4 inch less than the book on each side (so measure from end to end and subtract 1/2 inch. Do this for each length.)DIY iPad Case Step 5: Measure/cut inside cardstock - Monrogue
  6. Once the paper is measured, you’ll want to lay it approximately where it will end, and cut neat slits to pull the elastic strips through.DIY iPad Case Step 6: Cut holes for elastic
  7. Finally.. glue the cardstock down (I used ModPodge specifically for this step), weight it, and let it dry. Now you are ready for AWESOME-IPAD-CASE-NESS!DIY iPad Case Step 7: Pull elastic through & glue cardstock
    THE END!

Assuming you have worked carefully, and with patience and precision, and that you were already in love with the materials you chose, you now have THE coolest iPad case you could have possibly imagined, for much less than a normal leather-bound case.

Totals for me:
Book from Goodwill: $2
Cardstock paper: $1
Glue: $2-3 (Estimating here since I already had plenty)
Vinyl: $5 (Also an estimate since I already had it)
TOTAL: Around $10-$11 dollars – and that’s adding cost to the things I already had laying around! How awesome is that?!

Now please enjoy the numerous glamour shots I’ve taken of my fancy schmancy case while you day-dream about what you’ll make yours with…

Monrogue DIY iPad case front cover homemade iPad case Outside cover - DIY iPad case at Monrogue.com side view diy ipad case - Monrogue.com closeup of edgework on iPad case

If you’re inspired to do your own iPad case project after this, please please share it with me! I’d love to see more like this as it’s really professional, effective, and pretty. Mine really keeps the sucker in there.. which I can vouch for when I accidentally tested it by throwing it off the bed one morning as I rolled over violently and it was flung onto the tile. iPad=safe and in the case! Woohoooo!!!

HAPPY DIY-ing!!!
XOXO Hannah

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2 Comments
  • jan
    October 15, 2013

    nice job!

  • Rob
    August 7, 2014

    This is brilliant! I plan to use an old moleskine hardback journal for an iPad mini case. I especially like the elastic corners…. Thanks for sharing!!

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