Cleaning the “uncleanable” toilet

(If you’d rather not read, you can check out the toilet video here on YouTube. It’s amazing how easy it was to clean using the correct tool) My wife and I recently moved into a home that had been sitting on the market for the better part of a year. Needless to say, the place needed…

Easy no-sew burlap tree skirt

It’s almost here! That magical time of year where everything changes – we bring trees in the house, put lights outside and move our budget to the red. Christmas time! Add some rustic flair to your home this year and keep your budget black with a super simple, no-sew burlap and duck-cloth tree skirt. I…

FPS Bubbles

Sometimes we let our baby sit in the sandbox with the bubble machine on – it seems to make him happy. On one such a summers day, we were toddler-sitting for a friend of ours while the bubbles rained down on the sandbox. Our young friend was less interested in getting sandy but was taken…

My favorite crème brûlée

Crème brûlée, the fancy way of saying ‘burnt cream’, is a delicious dessert and surprisingly simple to make. (See my video here) Growing up I didn’t expand my dessert horizons much past chocolate chip cookies and brownies. My introduction to crème brûlée was while on my honeymoon when a friend of my brother-in-law hooked my wife and…

Leather bracelet – brass ring and hitch

My dad’s aunt’s father (I’m not sure what to call him) was a shoemaker in Mattighofen, Austria. In the 1970’s my Aunt made a visit to Austria and she brought back some of her dad’s leather. Basically sitting in the basement since then, the leather is nearly 50 years old but still in great condition!…

Guar gum bubbles + wand

I love bubbles, they are relaxing, mesmerizing even, to watch. They are swirling rainbow orbs that just float where the wind takes them. Even as a kid, I was fascinated by bubbles and I remember how excited I was at our ‘bubble-ology’ class in grade school. However, pretty much the first thing I learned about…

DIY wooden frame water table

Surfing Pinterest my wife found a PVC water table that she thought would be perfect for our one-year-old. Although following pre-laid out instructions doesn’t make a building project much fun for me, I figured it would be a pretty quick job, so I happily agreed to build it and set off to the hardware store….

United Independence

It’s often said that on July 4, 1776, a new nation was born. But we weren’t really “born” any more than a child is born as they move out of the house and off to college, or to start a new career. The 13 original colonies had reached the point where they strongly desired to…

Easy DIY ‘lightsaber’ or sword

Here’s a really simple, yet fun project to do for the kids, the DIY lightsaber! This one is so simple, the kids can do it themselves (with a little supervision on the cutting, of course). Watch the video here for a 2 minute summary, or check out below for details. What you need: 1 pool noodle (image…