Homemade playdough

Making playdough is so much more fun than buying it. Making it is half the fun in playing with it! I found this awesome easy recipe at Homemade Mamas. 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 2 Tbsp. oil 2 tsp. cream of tartar 1 cup water food coloring Mix all of the ingredients together in pot (nonstick if you have it). Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently until it forms a ball. Turn out onto counter, let cool, then knead a few times. You can mix food coloring in before or after you cook it. It keeps best in refrigerator. A few things to keep in mind: Make sure you … [Read more...]

Sponge Koosh balls

My kids love these! I got this idea from Homemade Mamas and I just HAD to make them for my kids! They are so super easy and make bath time so much more fun. We can't wait for summer so we can take them to the pool!! They are a great alternative to water balloons - easy to fill, no rubber trash to clean up, reusable... Okay, so here's how to make these fun water bombs... Buy a package of sponges. I bought a 6-pack of sponges and two 4-packs. I wanted a variety of colors. Cut each sponge lengthwise into 4 strips. Arrange whatever pattern you want. You need two layers four sponge … [Read more...]

Cakes in cones

These cupcakes are so cute and so easy to make! Seriously, aren't they adorable? They are cake baked inside an ice cream cone with icing on top! Why have messy cake or cupcakes with liners to throw out when you can have yummy cake cones instead? You can even make them in cute mini sizes! Despite what other websites might tell you to do, I've tried making these several ways and this way is by far the easiest and best. So here's how to make them: Cake mix Ingredients listed on back of cake mix box sugar cones icing sprinkles or whatever … [Read more...]

Fireplace makeover

It's amazing what a little paint can do! Before: After: This photo is from my cell phone so pardon the crappy quality. Here is a better picture of the finished fireplace. Long story, but I can't take an "after" picture right now Now here's how I did it: The fireplace has some type of cheap pressed molding around it. It's fake wood that is covered in this plastic-like paper that looks like cherry wood stain. The first thing I did was tape off the area and prime the molding. I used two coats of cheap white primer. I was afraid the paint would peel off if I … [Read more...]

Favorite Item of the Month…

This stuff ROCKS! I know, I'm a nerd. But seriously, my dad told me about this stuff, and I have to say, I am hooked! You can glue ANYTHING together! ANYTHING!! I've glued a cabinet back together, a stripped out windshield wiper, my laundry hamper, a car console, a car cigarette lighter, the button on my cruise control, screws that kept falling out, a car interior light that was falling down, etc. It all started when my windshield wiper froze to my windshield last year. The retard that I am, I turned on the wipers trying to force them to un-stick. Well, it stripped the threading from … [Read more...]

It all began with a small re-caulking job…

...and turned into an entire new bathroom top to bottom. I was going to re-caulk the tub. I started to scrape out the moldy caulk and to my disgust and horror tiles started falling off the wall. Lots of tiles. I can't believe I didn't take a picture of it. The entire wall behind the tile was rotten down to the studs. Moldy and yucky and disgusting. I'm surprised I didn't lose my lunch when I discovered it. Who would have thought that a little new caulk would end up costing $4000 and 3 weeks of solid 12-hour days? I'd love to break this project down into smaller topics, but that's … [Read more...]