How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

Sparkler pictures - writing with light
Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           

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Sparklers in hands
Photo: Amber Dickson

Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Games

Road trip games: playing tic-tac-toe in the car.
Road trip games are a lifesaver, whether you're trekking cross country to sight-see or simply cross-county to see the grandparents, you're a college student on a butt-numbing quest to see how many states you can pin in a single weekend, or you're simply idling in traffic on the way to the airport.

Sure, you can flip through Facebook or have the kids watch Frozen for the 1,000th time, but why not use some of that road time to have a little fun while fostering a deeper connection with your fellow travelers?  Continue Reading

Summer Bucket List: 10 Things You Should Do Before Summer is Over

Summer activities that you should make sure not to miss out on. #summer

While you’re suffering through a heat wave, it may seem like summer is lasting forever. But as the back-to-school ads remind us, it’ll be over before we know it. So if you’re determined to make the most of summer while you can, here are ten classic summer activities to make sure you fit in before fall.         

 

 

Spotting a meteor in a starry night sky is a summer activity that you should make sure not to miss out on. #summer #stargazing #stars #meteors
Photo: Juskteez Vu 

1. Go Stargazing

The peak of the Perseid meteor shower is coming up in mid-August (the nights of Aug. Continue Reading

Before you Decorate Easter Eggs, Try This Golden Trick

Golden egg trick | How to scramble your eggs before you hard boil them!

The internet is teeming with hacks and tricks, and as we all know, a lot of them just aren't true. It's the nature of the beast. The same freedom that allows anyone to have a voice on the web also means people just get on the internet and tell lies (it's true, Buster)! I saw this trick a while back for how to pre-scramble eggs before you cook them and I was mildly skeptical. Continue Reading

Make It: The Best DIY Kids Activity Ever!

created at: 06/21/2011

For whatever reason, nothing seems to make kids happier than playing with water, especially during the summer!  Here’s a great DIY activity project that will a) get them outside and b) keep them there (not to mention keep them entertained for hours).  

Known as a “water wall” this interactive toy is a great way to use up old containers and other miscellaneous junk while at the same time creating a stimulating outdoor activity for your kids.   Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Magnetic Silly Putty!

created at: 06/14/2011

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean you can’t enlighten some minds with science!  I mean c’mon, kids of all ages are fascinated by silly putty, add some magnetism to that equation and BAM!  You’ve just blown a few minds.  What more coud you ask for?    

If blowing minds and tossing some education into the mix of summer activities sounds like a good idea, here’s the DIY project for you.  Instructables user mikeasaurus aka Mike Warren shows us how to turn regular old silly putty into a mind-melding magnetic toy.   Continue Reading