We put a glass top on our wooden kitchen table

glass top table

Whenever you have something new that you’ve invested some money in, aren’t you inclined to try to keep it as nice and new-looking for as long as possible? We discussed getting a piece of glass cut for the tabletop…  

A wasp-free climber and swingset makeover

wasps everywhere swingset

For whatever reason, wasps have decided to make our children’s backyard swingset their home. The number of wasps living in every concealed crack and crevice in this thing was astounding…  

My quest to find a great deck stain

deck stain

As anyone with a deck knows, they are not maintenance-free. This time around, I wanted a deck stain that would last for many years without the disappointing results of the last stain I used…  

A positive repair experience at the Schaumburg Dyson Store

Dyson store

I had the most pleasant experience getting my Dyson vacuum cleaner fixed recently. It shouldn’t be surprising when companies not only honor their warranties but give exemplary service too– yet, I think that both of those things have become somewhat rare in this world…  

A shepherd’s hook ruined my deck!

deck rail

With many sunny days in the forecast for this week, I’ve been tackling refinishing our deck. Our deck is almost 11 years old, and it’s made of pressure-treated pine. Today I got a surprise when I was sanding the deck rail in prep for refinishing…

Meat Claws are my new favorite kitchen tools

meat claws

I picked up a pair of Meat Claws recently and couldn’t wait to try them out! I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets, and the package promised that they would “shred meat easily.” My sons told me I looked like Wolverine.  

Time-travel swimsuit shopping on Ebay

Jag Nordstrom

As much as I enjoy shopping for other things, I don’t particularly enjoy shopping for swimwear. I think women of all ages, shapes and sizes face similar issues when picking out swimsuits — it can take a long time to find just the right one. This spring, my favorite suit started showing its age…  

Outdoor essentials: Pop-up screen house

pop up screen house

A couple weeks ago I blogged about a way we’re beating the mosquitoes this summer. This is another “secret weapon” in our quest to beat the bug bites — a pop-up screen house. This style of screen house needs no poles, stakes or ropes. It sets up in seconds, popping up with a quick twist and shake when it’s pulled out of its bag.