I found a Little Tikes outdoor climber for FREE on Facebook Marketplace — it just needed a little TLC. See what I did to give this old outdoor climber a new look. Here’s how to paint plastic outdoor play sets + My tips for making the job quicker & easier.
I wanted to buy an affordable potted tree for my backyard, so I turned to a site called Fast Growing Trees. Here’s why I’d buy trees online from them again.
Water won’t drain from your dishwasher? There are 2 reasons for this: 1) Food is blocking the drain basket in the dishwasher tub. Food is clogging the drain hose under the sink. See how I fixed my dishwasher myself… and you can too! Here’s how to fix a dishwasher that won’t drain water.
Buying your first house is challenging, yet rewarding and well worth the effort! I just bought my very first house, and I’ve got some helpful tips for first time homebuyers. Here are the steps to buying a house for the first time, plus some valuable lessons that I learned firsthand.
You know what a dirty bathtub ring looks like… Now imagine what that soap scum buildup is doing inside the jet plumbing of your Jacuzzi style bathtub! Sure, you can clean the tub itself — but once you start the air jets, all kinds of nasty looking bits and specks will come floating to the surface if you don’t clean the jets, the nozzles, and the interior plumbing system too. Those pipes behind your jet tub quickly become contaminated with infectious bacteria — some you can see, and some you can’t. Fortunately, cleaning the inside of your air tub’s pipes, jets, and nozzles is really easy! The hardest part is taking the time to do it on a regular basis — to prevent biofilm (a nasty residue that forms around bacteria in your plumbing lines) from building up. Here’s how to properly clean a whirlpool tub and remove biofilm yourself in just a few quick steps. See how to make your own jetted tub cleaner and where you can buy one.
It’s important to have a detailed inventory of all your belongings in the event of a natural disaster, accident, or theft. The best way to create and maintain your personal inventory is to use one of these FREE home inventory programs, apps, and printable forms.
Looking for a cheap and easy way to build an attractive rain barrel? It’s way easier than you think! See 3 examples of pretty rain barrels: 1) Wooden rain barrels with rain chains, 2) Plastic rain barrels with potted plants, and 3) Ugly rain barrels with vines growing down the sides. These are all attractive rain barrels that you can make very affordably yourself
A word of advice to all DIY home builders, contractors, and home architects… be sure to make enough room so both of the Jack and Jill bathroom doors can be opened at the same time without banging into one another.
I like to keep my plastic shopping bags rolled together, organized in self-dispensing bundles. It’s really easy to do. You just have to fold them together in a certain way. I’m going to show you how to roll plastic bags so you can easily pull out one bag at a time. Plus, fun ways to save time & money with your reusable shopping bags!
We have a small front porch, but it gets a good breeze and provides a nice place for the baby and dogs to play outside. Outdoor living spaces are important to me — so our front porch is the first place I decided to tackle with a makeover! See how I transformed our small boring porch into a cabana-like space — complete with porch curtains, a walk-through baby gate, wireless speaker, area rug, and much more.
See how I made some really inexpensive PVC pipe curtain rods to hold long, sheer porch curtains for around $15. After getting all the supplies at Lowe’s, I was able to measure, cut, and install the outdoor curtain rods and hang the curtain panels on my front porch in about 1 hour myself. They are holding up perfectly (even after storms and heavy gusts of wind). And they look great!
Are invasive species of insects eating your plants — maybe even starting to take over your garden? Instead of using chemicals to control pesky garden insects, here’s a list of beneficial insects you might want to release into your garden. They will naturally get rid of the pesky insects for you! Or, if you don’t want to release live predatory insects, then see our list of plants that attract beneficial insects naturally.
My home has been invaded with tiny black ants! They’re everywhere in the kitchen — and I can’t get rid of them quickly enough! Here’s the best solution I found for getting rid of house ants without poisoning my kids or pets in the process. It’s called Terro liquid ant bait. The active ingredient is Borax — which is a natural way to get rid of ants.
I have both, an A8 model and a V8 model of the iLife robot vacuum. (They’re about half the price of a Roomba iRobot vacuum!) I use the A8 upstairs where most of the rooms are carpeted, and I use the V8 downstairs where we do most of our living with 3 dogs in the house (and have mostly hardwood flooring and lots of throw rugs). Here’s my list of the pros & cons of a robot vacuum cleaner vs. a traditional upright vacuum cleaner, and how well the wet mopping feature works on an auto vacuum cleaner.
See how we repurposed our collection of old glass jars and lids from food items AND organized our garage workspace at the same time! Here’s our tutorial with photos showing how to build a shelf organizer using glass jars and lids.
Packing to move into a new house soon? I’ve moved… a lot! And I’ve got some unique tips when packing boxes for your move that will help you save time and stay organized!
Honestly, I wasn’t sure this Sumo bean bag chair would meet my needs as well as it has — but I’ve fallen in love with it! Here’s everything you need to know about this oversized bean bag chair before you buy one for yourself or as a gift. See the pros & cons and who I think will enjoy it the most.
I’m a candle fanatic! In my years of buying candles and making my own, I’ve discovered some secrets for achieving long lasting candles — simple things you can do to make your candles burn longer and cleaner. Plus, see which type of candle wax burns the longest: paraffin wax candles, soy candles, or beeswax candles.
I’ve always wanted a bidet toilet… I finally got one. Hubby installed the DIY Superior Bidet attachment, and our rear ends have never been cleaner! To help you decide if a bathroom bidet makes sense for your family, read through my list of pros & cons of an add-on bidet first.
Poo Pouri is a GREAT poop spray! I’ll never buy traditional bathroom sprays again – because it’s so much more effective to use a toilet spray than an aerosol bathroom deodorizer. Here’s how to combine essential oIls & water to make your own homemade Poo Pourri recipe. The original Poopouri before you go toilet spray makes a great gift, but this homemade poo spray is what I keep in each of the bathrooms in my home.
We received the most wonderful housewarming gift for our new home: the Ring Video Doorbell. See what I like best about the Ring WiFi Doorbell in my Ring Video Doorbell review…
My husband calls me the sponge expert because I’ve tried practically every sponge under the sun. I definitely have my favorites (Sponge Mommy sponges and Magic Erasers). When the Eraser Daddy sponge hit the market, I couldn’t wait to try it! Here’s my review of this 2-sided sponge — it’s a Scrub Daddy sponge on 1 side and a melamine sponge on the other.
Love sleeping with a down comforter, but hate washing and changing the duvet cover? (Me too.) I recently found a quick way to make your bed AND have fresh bedding as often as you like! Try these hotel bed making secrets for a faster, more luxurious way to make the bed without the need for a duvet cover. Turns out the best way to make a bed is to do triple sheeting! Here’s how…
The day before your garage sale, you need to get some money from the bank or an ATM so you can make change with shoppers who visit your yard sale. How much change should you get? And how do you organize all your money and keep it safe during the garage sale? All of your garage sale cash questions answered here!
Scrub Daddy makes 2 sponge holders that fit their smiley face sponges known as Scrub Daddy and Scrub Mommy. Both the Scrub Daddy Caddy and the Scrub Daddy Sponge Caddy will keep your Scrub Daddies and Mommies out of the way — but still close at hand in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower. This type of sponge holder also helps the smiley face sponge air-dry faster. I keep one in my shower and one in my kitchen sink.