Before you buy a new house, you need to do a roof inspection and look closely at the gutters. Here’s what you should look for now… to avoid costly repairs later!
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I’ve used essential oil diffusers for years. I used to use the plastic kind (aka ultrasonic diffusers), but I’ve learned that a nebulizing diffuser is SO much better – because the scent fills the room quickly, you get the benefits of aromatherapy right away, and it looks beautiful! Here’s a point-by-point comparison, and my experience using glass nebulizing diffusers vs. plastic ultrasonic diffusers.
My toddler son and I love to spend time outside. I decided to make a saucer swing from a small trampoline. Here’s my DIY tree swing tutorial… with lots of photos! (Bonus: This nest swing is portable — you can take it down and set it up on any tree… anywhere!)
See how a swimming pool that’s been converted to a salt water system, rather than a chlorinated system, fares after 3 years. You might be surprised! If you’re thinking of converting to a salt water swimming pool, read this first to see a list of pros & cons that you probably haven’t thought about!
Of all the different sponges I’ve used, the melamine foam sponge is the one I use most often in our house with 3 dogs. But I still get questions from curious readers about the safety of melamine foam — on skin, with kids, around pets, etc. Here’s what you need to know about melamine sponges and how they work.
Here’s a really cool way to repurpose old 45 vinyl records into a DIY lamp that changes colors and plays music. Yep, this DIY glow lamp is actually a color-changing bluetooth speaker lamp! See how I did it…
Trying to decide if you could live in a house without a tub? And if a shower-only bathroom will hurt your home’s resale value? A list of pros & cons. Plus thoughts from someone who’s been in your shoes and currently lives in a house that has a bathroom with shower only.
Got any used drum sets sitting around? See how I turned a 4-piece drum set into a fun light fixture! (Much better than standard LED drum lights.) My repurposed drum set tutorial…
Overall, I think the Softub is a fun outdoor hot tub that is therapeutic, convenient, economical, and best of all… portable! But there are a few things we don’t like about it. See our review, plus photos of our Softub hot tub in use.
After reading the Marie Kondo book and watching her ‘Tidying Up’ series on Netflix, I’ve been following the KonMari method of living minimally. It has taught me to surround myself only with things I love — not things I feel pressure to buy. As a result, I save money and I feel much more at peace in my own home — and in my own mind.
To keep sharp objects in the kitchen out of my toddler’s reach, I made a kitchen utensil holder & universal knife block in one – with just a few pieces of wood and some bamboo skewers. This DIY wooden utensil holder is super simple to make, and can be made any size you like!
Have a lot of spices, packets, and jars in your spice cupboard right now? Here are some DIY spice rack ideas to organize your kitchen! See how I used paint stir sticks to make my own spice drawer inserts. Yep, a $4 DIY spice drawer organizer! Then, with the extra space inside my spice cabinet, I was able to better organize the shelves for baking goods and food storage containers.
DIY Lantern Tutorial – see how I glued Dollar Store glass gems to the outside of jars & inexpensive solar path lights to jar lids to make solar lanterns that are weatherproof!
Want to know how to dry a bed sheet fast?… I’ve found it! I did an experiment to calculate the actual time spent drying, untangling, re-separating, and re-drying bed sheets using each of the following methods: 1) Put all sheets into the dryer at one time, 2) Put wool dryer balls / tennis balls in with the sheets, 3) Put a dry towel in with the sheets, 4) Put only one bed sheet at a time in the dryer. See which of these methods is the fastest way to dry bed sheets!
There’s just something about coffee & roaches… especially cockroaches and coffee machines. Trust me, I know! Unless you want cockroach coffee at home, here’s how to get rid of roaches in your coffee maker once and for all. Plus how to properly disinfect a coffee machine that’s had roaches in it.
I bought a 2-10 home warranty when I bought my first (used) home… in addition to regular homeowners insurance. I definitely think a 2-10 home buyers warranty is worth the money! See how I’ve used it so far, and how much it costs.
There is one super simple way to reduce the amount of money you throw away on your electricity bill every month… switch out your incandescent light bulbs for LED light bulbs. You’ll not only recoup the cost of the LED light bulb you bought, but you’ll also save hundreds — maybe even thousands — of dollars on your monthly electricity bills! Here’s how…
After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I realized that I could easily replicate some of their hanging basket ideas using real greenery from my own backyard without having to spend a dime! These outdoor hanging baskets take less than 10 minutes to make. See the steps I used to make these super simple outdoor Christmas arrangements.
I try to make new a door wreath each month. For most of my front door wreaths, I use wild grapevines from my yard as a base. Here’s how to make a grapevine wreath for the winter months.
I love the concept of a window Christmas tree. So much that I have a DIY Christmas tree in 2 different windows! For our kitchen window, I made a tree out of PVC pipes. For our front window, I wanted a really bright silhouette of a Christmas tree – so I made this lighted window tree. See how I did it…
I came across this fun idea for a Christmas tree made out of PVC pipe from one of Martha Stewart’s projects. My PVC Christmas tree fits perfectly in the window in our dining room. And who doesn’t love a window Christmas tree??? I even added colorful lights shining from the outside in — to add more color to the PVC tree at night.
Need to do some PVC pipe repair? A $2.87 slip pipe fixed my broken PVC water pipe and saved me hundreds of dollars in plumbing repair bills. If I can do it, you can too! Here’s how to fix a broken water pipe yourself using a slip pipe.
I like to repurpose things whenever I can, and I’m always wanting a fast easy way to start a fire in our fire pit — so I came up with this simple idea for DIY fire starters using dryer lint, tealight candles, and toilet paper tubes. It’s a good way to repurpose dryer lint and cardboard tubes from paper towels & toilet paper. Plus, these dryer lint fire starters work really well! Here’s how I make them…
Want the easiest way to get sparkling, streak free windows? I’m constantly removing dog nose prints, cat paw prints, and my son’s hand prints from our glass sliding doors using this method. It’s the fastest way I can clean the windows without streaks or chemicals!
I made $300+ in 3 days selling a handful of items on Facebook Marketplace… $700 in 2 weeks — and you can too! See what sells best, which items bring the most money, and how to post your first item on Facebook Buy Sell Trade groups.