75 Kids’ Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself?  Continue Reading

Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers in a Bag

DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

To me, summer is all about getting outside, especially as a family. Whether you're planning beach days, pool parties or barbecues this summer, you can play your favorite games outdoors with this simple way to make a DIY checker board that quickly contains the game pieces in a drawstring bag! 


Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

Although this is a sewing tutorial, it's not an overly complicated one. The hardest part of this DIY is feeding the string through the sewn section of the bag to create a drawstring, and it just takes a little elbow grease. Continue Reading

How to: DIY Scrabble Tile Wood Planter

DIY may not be an official Scrabble word, but for this DIY planter project, it’s a total game-winner.    

As you know, Scrabble is a word game with tiles marked with a letter and a point valued from 1-10. And for fans of type and clean design, those little tiles are definitely iconic and full of inspiration. Here’s how to bring the look into your decor with a simple table or desktop planter, with Jessica, Jenna and Jodi of the lifestyle blog j. Continue Reading

Play Guess the Gadget: The Kitchen Edition Part 4

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Oh, my. It has been quite some time since we’ve played Guess the Gadget. (To play past installments, check out this post, this post and this post.)  As always, I’ll provide some hints along the way.

Number one holds something that’s fermented…and it’s not wine. 

Right of the knife, #2 is home to it’s big brother.

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Number 3 is attached to something you open and opens something inside.

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Carats of a different weight.

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Bippity boppity BAM. Continue Reading

Countertops with Personality


If you read my blog post (and resulting comments from my fellow Curbliers) about granite countertops, you’ve discovered several reasons why a lot of people hate them. High on the list were coldness, chipping and its ‘busy pattern.’ I’m going to throw out another reason not to like it: It’s not FUN. What would constitute a fun countertop? How about these very retro solid surface specimens:

 Pictured above, with close-up below, is Formica’s Citron Ice. Continue Reading

Guess The Gadget: Kitchen Edition Part 3

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It’s been, like, forever since we’ve played a guess the gadget, hasn’t it? Thought it was about time for another installment. Any of which could be great for those ‘foodies’ on your Christmas list. 

Here’s a hint for #1: File it under ‘C’.    

 Number 2 may get you hammered. 

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Don’t roast #3 over an open fire.

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 Already at #4 and we’re almost done.

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Of coarse #5 is stacked.

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1. Index Advance Chopping Boards, available at MoMA, $75. Continue Reading

Unbelievable Halloween Light Show

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If Clark Griswold saw this light installation, we just might get Halloween Vacation. How cool would that be?? Apparently the Riverside, CA family that this particular house belongs to have been doing it up for a few years now come trick-or-treat season. This time they feature “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. As for electricity consumed, the homeowner says they’ve changed from incandescent to RGB LED, which has helped considerably. Now take a look and be amazed. Continue Reading

How to Grow a Pineapple

Shari took an ordinary grocery store pineapple and turned it into TWO pineapples. No, it wasn’t magic, just a green thumb. She planted the greenery with about 1″ of flesh attached of said pineapple…and then waited, as the first crop takes time to harvest (from 24 to 36 months). However, comments to Shari’s how-to suggest that it’s possible for one plant to actually produce 3 to 4 pineapples in one year when it matures. A fun experiment for children and adults! Continue Reading

Delectable April Fools Recipes!

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A day of sanctioned pranks that happens to fall on Foodie Friday? You can bet there’s gonna be some recipes involved.

First up are Ole & Shaina’s Fried Rice Cupcakes (pictured above) that happen to be super simple to whip up.    

Is it lasagna or is it banana pudding cake? You decide! (This is from the Food Network, which has several really great April Fools Day recipes.)

Vanilla ice cream in cones or zipped up mashed potatoes? Continue Reading