Thinking of getting an orthopedic dog bed for your furbaby? I made my own no-sew cheap dog beds from memory foam for about half the price of buying new extra large dog beds. See how we created a separate dog mudroom area in our house (to keep the dirt and mud to a minimum inside) and how we made DIY dog beds ourselves to keep them comfortable in their new space.
My husband and I rarely get sick with a cold or flu anymore. We think it’s because we use this garlic & honey cold remedy any time we start to feel under the weather. (And no, we do not get flu shots.) Do you know about the health benefits of garlic? Garlic is a natural antibiotic and a smart alternative that kills only the bad bacteria while preserving the good bacteria in your body! This garlic & honey cold remedy works as an immune defense home remedy that strengthens your body from within!
The Spruce Flats Falls trail is rated “moderate” because some portions are rocky and steep… and there are lots of exposed tree roots that are easy to trip over. The hike to the waterfall definitely requires some effort. It’s almost a 1.5-mile round trip. It took us 30 minutes to hike to the falls carrying my toddler son in his hiking carrier. The Spruce Flats Falls hike (with time spent at the swimming hole and waterfalls) takes about 2 hours. See my best tips before you go…
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!
A Weehoo bike trailer gives your child an open-air experience while cycling. Here’s my review of the Weehoo Turbo bike trailer, the features we like best, how to install it on your bike, and how to find the best deal on a used Weehoo trailer.
I wanted to go cycling with my toddler. Working within a tight budget, here’s how I chose the best child bike seat for our needs and an affordable used bike for me. All of my best advice to start family cycling adventures together — including the bike accessories we use most and a comparison of the various ways you can bike with a toddler.
East Tennessee is hot, and when you’re looking for a way to cool down with your family and friends, floating down the river is where it’s at! For me, the River Rat Tubing season pass was a no brainer — because it’s the most convenient way to get on the water without the commitment, logistics, or work of a canoe or kayak. Our entire party of 10 people (including teens and toddlers) had a blast their first time there, and I’ve been tubing with River Rat several times now.
See how easy it is for one person to assemble and hang the Sorbus hammock swing chair. Once you try a hanging daybed swing, you’ll want one for inside too! Here’s my review, photos, video, and tips for hanging and using this tree hammock swing.
At 2-1/2 years old and 35 pounds, my son is quite heavy for me to carry. Even though he can walk on his own, my husband or I usually need to scoop him up and carry him at some point whenever we’re out & about. I’m so glad I discovered this toddler hip seat carrier — it puts an end to muscle fatigue and backaches from carrying a heavy toddler!
Wondering what to do with all of your used baby blankets when your baby is no longer a baby? I counted nearly 20 baby blankets in my son’s closet… he’s now 2 years old! I wanted to donate them to a special cause. Here’s my experience donating baby blankets to charity, a list of where to donate used baby blankets, and some fun ways to repurpose baby blankets and reuse them around the house!
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!)
One of my favorite waterfalls in Tennessee is Ozone Falls. With 2 dogs and 2 kids, my friend and I enjoyed a full day of hiking, swimming, picnicking, and sightseeing at Ozone Falls! Here’s what you can expect, and a few things that are good to know before you go…
I’m going back to school at 40. I’ve decided to pursue an Associate Degree at a community college. My tuition will be FREE through the Tennessee Reconnect Program. Here’s everything you need to know about tuition-free college in Tennessee!
I have a list of must-see waterfalls in Tennessee, and I enjoy checking them off the list each time I see a new one. Today’s was Benton Falls! Here are directions to Benton Falls TN, what you’ll find at Chilhowee Recreation Area, what it’s like at the top of the falls, what it’s like at the bottom of the falls, and what it’s like to hike the entire Benton Falls Trail with a 2-year-old and 2 dogs.
After months of playing with VTech playsets with my son, I thought other parents might benefit from my thoughts regarding the Go Go Smart Wheels collection. To this day, I still ask myself the question if VTech Go Go Smart Wheels cars and playsets are worth it…
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…
My 2-year-old wants to ride his Big Toys Green Country Jeep every time we’re playing in the yard! Here’s our honest review of this fancy, expensive, remote control ride-on Jeep — including the pros and cons.
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.
My girlfriend didn’t know about the GoodRX app — and she was really upset when she learned that she could’ve saved $140 on a recent prescription of Tamiflu for her daughter. So I thought there may be others who don’t know about Good RX yet either. Here’s how you can get prescription discounts and start saving on your medications immediately by using the GoodRX app (…it’s FREE).
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 cost less than $20 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.
Cooking bacon in the oven? I discovered a secret! I finally found a way to eliminate 100% of the mess when baking bacon, how long to bake bacon, and the best temp to bake bacon in the oven.
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!
I wanted a fun (and useful!) DIY Valentine gift for all the teachers in my son’s Parents Day Out program. This simple Valentine’s gift candy basket for teachers also works as a desk pencil holder once all the candy is gone! With most of the supplies coming from the dollar store, they only cost $3 per teacher gift basket to make.