Scrub Daddy Uses: 50+ Creative Ways To Use A Scrub Daddy Sponge


Much like the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser's many uses, I've found a number unique uses for Scrub Daddy sponges as well. If you're not already familiar with the Scrub Daddy sponge, it's a popular kitchen scrubber that changes texture in hot water vs cold water. When it's super-cold or perfectly dry, it's a coarse and powerful heavy-duty scrubber. When it's warm or hot, it's a soft and pliable light-duty scrubber. Scrub Daddy adapts/converts to the perfect texture -- either soft (hot) or … [Read more...]

Not Using Your Inground Swimming Pool Anymore? A Pool Deckover Saves Money & Gives You Back Usable Space

If you're not using your swimming pool much these days, there's a better option than draining it, filling it in, and/or keeping it covered year round.  With a swimming pool Deckover, you can utilize all of that valuable space in your backyard that's currently being consumed by the pool any way you want to! A Deckover is the process of placing composite decking over an existing swimming pool, giving you usable living space while protecting your pool until the time comes that you either want … [Read more...]

10 DIY Fire Fragrances To Make Your Chiminea Or Fireplace Smell Really Aromatic


Once the weather starts to cool down, it's nice to spend some relaxing time in front of the fireplace.If you have a deck or patio and the temperatures don't get below freezing, then it's fun to spend some time outdoors in front of a chiminea or fire pit as well.Do you know what would make those warm fires even more enjoyable? Having a really unique fire fragrance fill the air around you!There are all sorts of things you can burn in your chiminea or fireplace that will give off wonderful … [Read more...]

12 Lawn, Garden & Home Projects That Should Be On Your Fall To-Do List


Before you know it, cooler winds will start blowing in and winter will be here to stay. There are so many things that need to get done around the house before the snow starts falling.     Following are 12 household projects that should probably be at the top of your fall chores checklist...   #1  Attend to your garden harvest. The last few tomatoes and squash are waiting to be picked. You don't want to leave any to go to waste. Work now to prepare your … [Read more...]

Things You Should Know Before Converting Your Swimming Pool From Chlorine To A Salt Water System


What’s better... a salt water pool or a chlorinated pool? Boy, that question will bring out a dozen different opinions.  Looking through the information available on the Internet alone (see 'related links' at the end of this aticle), one can easily become overwhelmed as passions seem to run both ways as to which is better, salt or chlorine. Salt pool systems became popular because they’re very low maintenance -- at first.  They require very little in the way of expensive chemicals or … [Read more...]

Getting To Know Our ThermoSpas Hot Tub: From Delivery To Daily Spa Therapy


Earlier, I told you how we decided on ThermoSpas for our very first hot tub. Now, I'll share a little bit of inside scoop about the ThermoSpa hot tub delivery process. It wasn't exactly as we thought it would be. That doesn't mean it was a 'bad' experience -- just different than we initially thought. The good news is, we're thrilled with our ThermoSpa hot tub and we've used it every day since we got it (...except for a few days when we were out of town). This is what our backyard looked like -- … [Read more...]

We Got A ThermoSpas Hot Tub… Our First Hot Tub Ever!

Jim and I always want to call it "ThermaSpa"(with an "a"), but technically the company name is ThermoSpas (with an "o" and usually plural). Confusing name, but their hot tubs are a supurb quality and we couldn't be happier that we are the proud new owners of a ThermoSpa hot tub. I just thought I'd share a little about how we were introduced to ThermoSpas and why we think they make some of the best hot tubs around.   I'm Not Really The Hot Tub Type By the way, I never thought I … [Read more...]

Salt Water Pool Systems: Facts From A Swimming Pool Expert


Steve Bister works at Crystal Waters Pool & Spa. He is a fan of salt water systems in swimming pools. After reading an article I wrote about salt water pool systems vs chlorine pool systems, Steve sent us some more info about salt water pools. He has graciously given us permission to share that info with everyone here at The Fun Times Guide. If you have any questions about salt water pool systems, chances are they're answered below... … [Read more...]

Grillstone: A One-of-a-Kind Grill Cleaner

What do you use to clean your grill each time? Instead of using those wire brushes which wear down so quickly after scrubbing the grates of your grill just a few times, consider this: The Grillstone makes your grill shiny and looking like new again! … [Read more...]

Salt Water Systems vs Chlorine In Swimming Pools

jim fixing the light in the pool

We don't currently have a pool, but we DID! Er, well we actually rented a house in Pensacola, Florida for a year that did. It was a full-size in-the-ground swimming pool -- with a diving board, a deep end, and everything! We were so thrilled. That is, until the liner along the inside of the pool started sagging, and the cleaners and filters quit working altogether. The result: A limy green moss-filled swimming pool. ...This stuff practically grew overnight!   … [Read more...]