DIY Tree Faces – Create the illusion that Mother Nature has gone berserk and created foliage with a fun (or spooky!) personality. Here are lots of clever ideas to inspire you! One-of-a-kind photos of tree faces and talking trees to help you to create your own fun Halloween tree decorations… or year round tree art!
My Idea Notebook goes everywhere that I go! It usually stays in the car, but I always have it handy should I need a measurement, a color, or a description for someone who’s helping us make this home a reality — such as a bank lender, blueprint designer, or cabinet installer. Or, if my friends & relatives have a question or make a suggestion on the fly, then I just grab the Idea Notebook and add it to my collection of great ideas.
DIY Dog Stair Treads – Suddenly our dog started refusing to walk down stairs in our home. (Hardwood, not carpeted.) See my cheap DIY stair treads solution. It has worked for us for 10 years now… and counting!
Doorless shower ideas for people who hate to clean glass shower doors! Yep, our master bathroom has a doorless walk-in shower. See why we decided to jump on this new idea in bathroom design. Plus LOTS of doorless shower designs — to help you plan and design the walk-in shower of your dreams!
I’ve researched the cities (and states) which appear on 5 popular lists of dog friendly cities. There are 27 cities in 20 different states represented. I’m going to summarize the findings for you — to help you decide if you might want to move to one of these cities or travel there with your dog!
Have a senior dog? Here are the most common health problems in older dogs that you need to be aware of. How to prepare for your senior dog’s final years healthwise.
My dog is great at bringing me the TV remote control. Any time I can’t find it, he will go on a hunt and gently bring it to me! Here’s how to teach your dog to bring something to you… on command.
Raising two dogs vs one dog. Should you raise one dog or two dogs? That’s a question I asked myself for years — until I decided to try owning multiple dogs (usually 2, but sometimes 3) at the same time. Because multi-dog household aggression is real! It’s one of the signs of Littermate Syndrome when you’re raising two puppies. I’ve been at this for decades now! Here’s how to introduce 2 dogs. Signs one dog doesn’t like the other. Pros & Cons of having more than one dog. Ways to simplify life when you have multiple dogs. How to get dogs to get along. All my best tips for how to raise two dogs in the house together!
Is Littermate Syndrome real? YES! Most experts strongly advise against raising sibling puppies — because they may become difficult to handle as they mature due to Littermate Syndrome. What Is Littermate Syndrome? Littermate Syndrome (sometimes called Sibling Puppy Syndrome) refers to issues that are more likely to arise when puppies from the same litter (or […]
Thinking of becoming a first time chicken owner? I’ve been raising chickens for over 20 years. I’ve put together this comprehensive guide to help you prepare and care for your new backyard chickens! All my best tips for raising chickens + Answers to the most common questions beginners usually ask. From what you need to know before buying egg laying chickens… to how many chickens you need for eggs, how many chickens to a coop, and how to keep your chickens healthy. Start here for beginner tips!
Do you have an allergic reaction to dogs? Maybe you’re allergic to dog hair. Or maybe you’re allergic to dog saliva. Either way, you’re in luck… This Hypoallergenic Dogs List includes 19 non-shedding and non-drooling dogs that are great for people who have pet allergies! Learn the difference between hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic dogs, and see why these 19 were chosen as the top hypoallergenic dogs that pet allergy sufferers most frequently adopt.
Orange trees make great DIY Halloween trees! See all of the fun ways to decorate a regular Christmas tree with Halloween decorations OR spray paint a green artificial Christmas tree orange OR buy an orange Halloween tree and decorate it the way you like! Photos and videos showing lots of fun ways to make your own DIY Halloween Trees — both indoor and outdoor Halloween trees — using all sorts of fun shapes and Halloween decorations.
Want to teach your dog how to balance a treat on their nose? Here’s how to do the ‘treat on the nose’ trick — step by step. This is a dog trick that I’ve taught all my dogs.
Here are my photos of dogs riding motorcycles… at fast speeds on highways! I never thought I’d see this in person… but I did. If you’re considering riding with your dog on the motorcycle, please also consider a dog motorcycle carrier of some sort, dog goggles, and a dog helmet. Or a motorcycle dog trailer — like my friend uses when motorcycling with her two large dogs! (See pictures here.)
One book that I’ve found to be a fun read is 101 Things To Do Before You’re Old And Boring by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes. This book is really great inspiration for making your own Bucket List! See all of the things they say you just have to try before you’re old & gray… plus my personal favorites. Also, see all of the fun Bucket List Guides we’ve created to inspire you to make your own Summer bucket list, Life bucket list, Jeeping bucket list, Travel bucket list, Dog bucket list and more!
I found the most modern night lights ever! You can replace a regular wall outlet cover with an LED night light outlet cover… using just a screwdriver. I did! No more plug-in night lights — so all my outlets are still free for other things! Here are 3 things to know before you get an outlet cover night light.
If you can’t read small print up close and need a quick (and FREE) DIY hack when you’re at home, read this! This easy hack works every time. (I use it when I’m reading instruction manuals, recipes, the mail, and dosage instructions on prescription bottles.) I’ve also found a great magnifier for reading small print and tackling other household projects (like removing splinters and ticks, fixing jewelry, etc.) See the 7 reasons I think it’s the best magnifying glass for reading small print.
See how well Roombas and other robot vacuum cleaners work on stairs, hardwood floors, with rugs and other obscacles. I like iLife robot vacuums because they’re more affordable. (Actually, I have two — one upstairs and one downstairs!) These photos and videos tell the whole story about the iRobot Roomba and other popular robot vacuum cleaners — HOW they work, how WELL they work, which are the BEST ones, and how to CLEAN them. My personal experience with robot vacuum cleaners and pets.
If your dog has fleas, then technically you do too. (I know – I’ve been there!) Fleas on dogs get into the nooks and crannies inside your house — from the floor boards to the baseboards to the carpet, rugs, and furniture. Here are the best natural flea control home remedies to GET RID OF FLEAS on your dog and in your house without chemicals! Plus, our best natural flea repellent tips and recipes to PREVENT fleas from getting on your dog (and in your home) ever again. If you’re looking for an alternative to the flea and tick prevention medicine you get from your vet, try these all natural flea & tick control remedies for your dog instead. Here’s what to look for.
If your dog doesn’t like being left alone, read this! Here’s how to help a dog with separation anxiety See the causes, treatments, and ways to keep your dog calm when alone.
Have the first day of Kindergarten jitters? The best advice for parents whose children are getting ready to start Kindergarten comes from parents and teachers who’ve been through this before. Following is a collection of all the best tips from parents and kindergarten teachers to help you prepare for your child’s first day of Kindergarten.
If you’ve ever wondered how in the world you’re going to brush your dog’s teeth yourself, I’ve got SO MANY helpful tips that will make it incredibly easy for you to do! See exactly how to clean your dog’s teeth. Handy gadgets that make the process MUCH easier. The difference between plaque and tartar – how to tell which one your dog has (and which one is the most harmful). Plus some scary facts that will become your reality if you DON’T start brushing your dog’s teeth. 80% of dogs have dental disease by age 3 – so it’s crucial that you start now!
Dog walking is better than dieting… here’s proof! See the results from several dog walking research studies + How much you need to walk your dog to lose weight.
I made the switch from a commercial dog food (Nutro) to a private label natural dog food that’s made in the USA and delivered to my home… for FREE! It’s called Nature’s Select dog food. Here’s why Nature’s Select is a great choice if you’re looking for Nashville dog food delivery.
Here’s proof that a basic dog collar (and even your dog’s ID tags) can be dangerous, causing your dog to get entangled — even strangled! It happened to me twice with 2 different types of dog collars. See which types of collars they were — and which types of dog collars are safe to use.
Crocs shoes can shrink when left in a hot car, when washed in the dishwasher or washing machine, or when left outside in the sun. Here’s what you can do if your Crocs shrunk, and you want to be able to wear them again!
I have finally discovered the correct way to hang the toilet paper roll! RIGHT: rolling down from the top. WRONG: rolling down from the bottom. It was always intended to be this way, according to the original patent for the toilet paper roll.
Good apartment dogs come in all shapes and sizes — your best choice will be one with an energy level that matches your lifestyle! See a list of the best dog breeds for apartments. Plus, important things you need to know before adopting a dog that will live in an apartment. Finally, see how to find dog friendly apartments nearby. And tips for getting apartments that allow dogs to accept YOUR dog!
Green (eco-friendly) moving tips to help you save money while being environmentally friendly at the same time. Some of the ideas include: find a moving company with sustainable business practices, reuse green moving and packing supplies, and don’t move every single item from your old house to your new house!
Some fun and interesting information about spiders! 1) Happy face spiders look like they have a smiley face on their backs. 2) How to get a free Spider Identification Poster. 3) How spiders make spider webs.
These are actual tax deductions, as quoted by people ‘in the know’ who share their advice about tax write-offs, as they relate to dogs. (Including dog foster parents, dog breeders, guard dog owners, Instagram influencers, and more!) Most of us cannot deduct our dogs or any expenses associated with them on our IRS tax returns. But that doesn’t stop people from trying! Lots of funny dog write-off stories here, too.
Whenever we are contemplating moving to a new area, we take a picture using that area’s natural surroundings to creatively spell out the name of the town we’re considering. Check it out… It’s now become one of our most unique traditions together!
Engage the kids this summer with Independence Day themed crafts to get them excited for the Fourth of July holiday. From DIY tote bags to homemade sparklers, patriotic face painting, and more… here are 11 ways to add sparkle to kids craft time on the 4th of July!
I used to work at a vet. Here’s my secret to having a quick (yet thorough) vet appointment! Plus a few other ways I’ve found to speed up vet visits.
Can dogs be traumatized by fireworks? YES! If your dog becomes traumatized after fireworks, read these helpful tips. A dog’s hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a human’s, so the fireworks are likely to cause your dog some anxiety, stress, and fear. Here are 11 things you can do in the hours leading up to the fireworks to keep your dog from stressing out. Plus, 7 things you should do during the fireworks if you notice your dog becoming overly stressed by the loud noises and bright lights.
Looking for unique (maybe even slightly odd or crazy) things to do this summer? We’ve come up with a list of nearly 200 summer fun activities for adults for your summer bucket list!
I love these Quik Top lids. They’re plastic caps for canned beverages. Among other things, QuickTop lids make it easy to keep an opened beverage fresher longer. See all the reasons I like these reusable lids for soda cans and water bottles.
At some point, your dog will need a professional teeth cleaning from a veterinarian. This article will answer all of your questions! See how much it costs, signs that a dog dental cleaning is necessary, and what you can expect before, during, and after the dog teeth cleaning procedure.
I know how challenging raising two dogs together can be — especially when one is jealous or aggressive. It’s downright scary at times! See how we dealt with many long months of sibling rivalry of the worst kind in our home, what dog jealousy and aggression look like (photos and videos), and how I managed to stop dog on dog jealousy with my dogs.
A pinata brings life to a party — especially an outdoor party! Whether you make a paper mache pinata yourself, or you involve the kids, you’ll have a lot of fun with this craft project. Here are a bunch of fun pinatas and pinata garland that you can make at home yourself… or with the kids.
See why I think Google Docs is the perfect recipe organizer. Not many people use Google Docs for organizing recipes, but it serves my purpose well. I can save everything from the recipe in just ONE click (recipe title, ingredients, cooking directions, nutrition info, photos, notes, comments). Turns out, Google Docs is a fairly sophisticated way to organize recipes… and it’s FREE!
How many of the following tricks can your dog do? Does your dog perform any cool tricks that aren’t on this list? I honestly can’t imagine many more dog tricks that could possibly have been left of this list! These are the best dog tricks… ever!
When I’m stuck at home and experiencing cabin fever for whatever reason AND my dogs are there with me, I find myself searching for ways to do these 2 things: save money and get organized! Specifically, I’m always on the hunt to find new ways to save money on stuff for the dog (dog treats, dog food, dog toys, dog beds, dog grooming items, etc). And I’m also looking for clever ways to re-organize all of the dog’s gear and supplies (like I way I organized all of the dog treats and dog food in our house). Today I’m going to share with you some fun ways to do BOTH of those things while spending good quality time with your dog at the same time!
How do you feel about gambling on the weather? If you’re afraid that your event or travel plans might get canceled due to the weather, you can buy weather insurance to protect you. Travel weather insurance protects both your event and your travel from delays and cancellations due to bad weather! (Includes rain insurance, snow insurance, temperature insurance, wind insurance, severe adverse weather and event cancellation insurance, as well as travel insurance and trip insurance.
Some say that the best dog toy in the world is a tennis ball. Others think Kong toys are best. I have a hard time arguing against either of those, but in our house of many dogs, the best balls for dogs are clearly Splash Bombs! Followed by Zogoflex durable dog balls, Kong LARGE tennis balls, the Wicked Ball, and the Omega Tricky Treat Ball. See why these are our top 5 picks for best dog balls!
The best Mother’s Day gifts aren’t the things you BUY… they’re the things you DO with your mom to make her feel special. Skip the boring Mother’s Day brunch this year, and try one of these offbeat Mother’s Day gift ideas — that you and your mom can enjoy together!
Want to dye your dog’s fur a different color? The safest dog hair dye is food coloring (juice from colorful foods or organic food coloring). Here’s how to dye dog hair yourself at home — without making your pet uncomfortable… or sick!
The ultimate list of U.S. pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars & dollar coins you should be saving, and not spending. See which coins in your spare change jar are worth money! (Any that are NOT listed here are simply worth face value.)
Here is the best list of foods you should AVOID giving to your dog (human foods that are poisonous or toxic to dogs) + Foods that you CAN give to your dog (human food safe for dogs) — according to pet experts. Plus, what you should know if you decide to offer table scraps and other people foods to your dog at some point.
Doorstops are easy to make! See 10 of my own makeshift door stoppers using everyday household items, 7 DIY door stop tutorials from other clever people, and 16 of the most unique door stops on Amazon.