A Minivan: Why I Traded Up.

Ugh. I never thought I’d be writing this post just like I never thought I’d drive a minivan. Allow me to admit…no…declare…that our main family vehicle is a minivan. I think Pete once called minivans “the sweatpants of the car world.” Well, I’m wearin’ sweatpants. For those of you calling for my man card, just … Continue Reading


Painting an Accent Wall with Zero VOC Paint

I like the smell of gasoline. And bondo. And fiberglass resin. Also oil. There’s probably more toxic substances that I enjoy smelling, but I can’t recall right now. Maybe my short-term memory has been affected. My better half doesn’t like any of those smells. It’s probably because she knows about VOCs. That’s “volatile organic compounds” … Continue Reading

Kobalt 24V MAX brushless cordless power tools

Kobalt 24v Max Brushless Cordless Power Tools

This is getting ridiculous. We keep writing about Kobalt tools. This time it’s because we went to Las Vegas to cover the product launch event for the new line of Kobalt 24-volt Brushless Tools. If we had to describe them in one word, it would be “DOPE”! Let’s talk about the tools. Kobalt has created a … Continue Reading


Painting an Accent Planter – Ace 31 Days of Color

Open the door. Keys. Phone. Sunglasses. Coffee mug. Mail. Dog leashes. That’s all the stuff you drop on that one table, shelf or in our case…the planter. More on that in a moment. Everyone has this place, right? Where you come inside and drop everything. Like I said. Ours is the planter. Now our planter … Continue Reading


Guiding principles for restoring a popup camper—or any project.

In 2011, I bought a popup camper that needed some work. Well, let me start over. More than a few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to make some memories for my kids by taking them camping. We did the tent camping thing. It was fun for them. They loved it. … Continue Reading

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Give the Gift of Giftables

You know that person. The gift curator. They’re able to fight the crowds, hit the right stores, source the perfect items and package up an awesome multi-part gift. They didn’t just get you the thing. But the thing with the other thing that goes with it. And that one part that makes it better combined … Continue Reading


Review: Biolite BaseCamp Grill

Nomophobic campers take notice! You like camping. Equipment. Electronics. Gadgets. Cooking over a flame. Maybe you’re just a tailgater. Or you’re the zombie-apocalypse-is-imminent-type and are concerned about how you’ll play candy crush on your phone during the end times. You probably still like the same stuff. Just like us. So check this out: It’s a … Continue Reading


Painting Furniture: Makeover a Child’s Chair with A Dr. Who Theme

“EXTERMINATE…EXTERMINATE!” Ugh. I shudder. The shrill, modulated cheap voice effect screams from my television. “EXTERMINATE.” For those of you who don’t know Who, then the Who I refer to, is the Doctor. Dr. Who. I don’t mind it, but there are these robot things that yell “exterminate” all the time—those I can’t take. My kids … Continue Reading

DIY Harry Potter and Hermione Granger Wand

How to Make a Harry Potter Wand and a Hermione Granger Wand

After reading all of the Harry Potter books and watching all of the Harry Potter movies, my daughter was using anything she could find as a wand.  I decided to step it up and make one. What is a wand, after all? It’s a stick. That’s what Ollivander used, so that’s what I’d use. What you … Continue Reading

American Girl Dollhouse Accessories 3D Printed

3D Printed Dollhouse Accessories

My daughter and I share the love of creating. While my version of creation might have me covered in woodchips or grease, my daughter is keen to painting, coloring and modeling clay. I guess, in a way, one could call us “Makers.” But I’ve always envisioned a “maker” as someone who is building circuits, programming … Continue Reading

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