05 Jul 2017
July 5, 2017

DIY A Pool Noodle Shower For The Kids

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Pool Noodle Shower
Put a fun twist on playing in the sprinkler with this easy-to-make noodle shower. Cut a couple of feet off a full-size noodle. Then, using a pencil or dowel, poke holes in the noodle’s sides. Tape off one side of the noodle. Hang the garden hose over a tree limb, then slide the open side of the noodle over the hose nozzle for hours of fun water play.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: My friends and I have this great tradition where we remind each other how overdue we are to hang out, then don’t.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1996 – Dolly the sheep was the first cloned mammal.

THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1937 – Hormel Foods introduced SPAM to consumers.

HAPPY JULY 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Judge Joe Brown 70, Katherine Erbe 52, Edie Falco 54, Dave Haywood 35, Pauly D 37, Huey Lewis 67, Katherine Helmond 88, and P.T. Barnam (1810-1891).

02 Jul 2017
July 2, 2017

Create Your Own Flavored Lip Balm

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Another lazy day Sunday. Vaseline is a great lip balm but the taste isn’t appealing so try this quick fix. Add Kool-Aid to Vaseline to make your own flavored lip balm. You will have to play with the quantities of each to get it just right for your taste.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: A quick shout out to nature for not giving snakes wings.

REMINDER: CHARTER HOUSE INTERIORS will be CLOSED: Sunday July 2nd and CLOSED Monday July 3rd.

HAPPY JULY 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Bret “The Hitman” Hart 60, Larry David 70, Richard Petty 80, Lindsay Lohan 31, Ashley Tisdale 32, Margot Robbie 27, Joe Thornton 38, and Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993).

24 Jun 2017
June 24, 2017

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course For Kids

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Construct a backyard obstacle course for your kids this summer with pool noodles (great idea for a birthday party). They can pretend it’s the summer Olympics. Create hoops by staking dowels into the ground, and sliding the noodle over them in various ways to create all types of fun obstacles. Hoops can act as soccer nets as well. Make Olympics rings by bending the noodles into circles and securing the ends with duct tape. Kids can hop through these circles or pick them up one at a time and slide them down over their bodies and see who can get through the course the fastest.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: 1) Read directions on box. 2) Throw box away. 3) Pull box out of trash 15 seconds later. 4) Repeat.

HAPPY JUNE 24 BIRTHDAY TO: Sherry Stringfield 50, Mick Fleetwood 70, Peter Weller 70,Robert Downey Sr. 81, Joe Penny 61, Solange Knowles 31, Jeff Beck 73, Michelle Lee 75, Iain Glen 56, Minka Kelly 37, Mindy Kaling 38, and Petra Nemcova 38.

21 Jun 2017
June 21, 2017

DIY – Liven Up An Entrance

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I was looking for something else totally unrelated on the internet and I found this gem. What an absolutely brilliant idea to add functionality and decor to an entranceway or even a kid’s room. There is an abundance of old screen doors (or windows for a smaller scale project) at antique stores, second hand stores or garage sales. They do not have to be in perfect shape either. Give it a light sanding and a coat of paint; lay it on thick or thin and distress your door a bit. In the project pictured here, they have used three different old doors and added a wood slat at the same level on each door and attached four coat hangers. If you are wanting to get a bit more creative, take an old table, cut it down so there are only two legs and about 19″ of table top. Give that a coat of paint as well and fasten it to the door or directly to the wall under the coat hangers. There are dozens of tutorials that can help make your project easier. Think of the possibilities! Add a shelf or baskets for mitts, cell phones, keys…the possibilities are almost endless.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: You know that moment when you close a cupboard door and you hear something fall? That’s the sound of someone else’s problem.

THIS DAY IN ENTERTAINMENT: 2003 – The fifth Harry Potter book is released and becomes the fastest selling book in history.

HAPPY JUNE 21 BIRTHDAY TO: Michael Gross 70, Meredith Baxter 70, Carrie Preston 50, Sharna Burgess 32, Doug Savant 53, Bernie Kopell 84, Juliette Lewis 44, Prince William 35, Mariette Hartley 77, Chris Pratt 38, Jane Russell (1921-2011), and Tony Scott (1944-2012).

05 Jun 2017
June 5, 2017

Turn A Pallet Into Toy Storage

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My two favorite things in one place…pallets and pool noodles. Super easy to make this one. Grab a pallet in decent condition (many retail outlets would be happy if you took one away). Give it a good brush down and cleaning, sand any rough edges and spray paint it a bright color or combination of colors with UV protected outdoor paint (available in any home renovation store). Attach your pallet to a fence with mounting hardware (or simply lean it if you aren’t handy). Add colorful hooks for hanging towels, pails, toys, plastic rings and anything else that needs to hang. Slide the pool noodles through the slots in the back of the pallet to keep the mess contained. What if there is no pool? Kids still love to run through sprinklers and get all wet. Paint a target on the pallet to hone soccer skills, cut holes in the slats for bean bag games, add pegs for ring toss games and pool noodles make great (and safe) swords.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Instead of a sign that says: DO NOT DISTURB. I need one that says: ALREADY DISTURBED – PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1917 – 10 million men register for draft WWI.

HAPPY JUNE 5 BIRTHDAY TO: Kenny G. 61, Niko McBrain 65, Jeff Garlin 55, Jeff Garlin 55, Marl Wahlberg 46, Suze Orman 66, Mike Fisher 37, Pete Wentz 38, Brian McKnight 48, Nick Kroll 39, Pancho Villa (1878-1923), and Pat Garrett (1850-1908).

02 Jun 2017
June 2, 2017

Funky Fence Idea

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Make this DIY fence decor using supplies from the dollar store! Pick out various cups, bowls, plates and platters. Attach them together to create pretty flowers then hang them on the fence. It is recommended using Goop marine glue because it is heavy duty and UV resistant. Use a green hose to make the stems. GREAT idea and easy to do! **EDITOR’S NOTE** I saw the flower heads done with various hub caps spray painted bright colors…that worked really well. Source Unknown

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BAD JOKE OF THE DAY:  # 1. Energizer Bunny Arrested: Charged With Battery.  #2. I put my grandma on speed dial…it’s called Instagram.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS: 1935 – Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball at age 40.

HAPPY JUNE 2 BIRTHDAY TO: Zachary Quinto 40, Sally Kellerman 80, Dana Carvey 62, Dennis Haysbert 63, Wayne Brady 45, Charlie Watts 76, Stacey Keach 76, Kyle Petty 57, Dominic Cooper 39, Jerry Mathers 69, and Justin Long 39.

01 Jun 2017
June 1, 2017

Go Boho Chic For An Out-Of-The-Ordinary Change

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What is boho design? It definitely isn’t for everyone, that’s what it is. Some might wonder what Bohemian style is. The word “Bohemian” comes from the French word for “gypsy,” and it applies to those who live unconventional (usually artistic) lives.

Boho style decorating is a complete assault on the senses. It borders Moroccan, the hippie era and cultural treasures all balled up into one space. Boho is easy enough to create; think macrame, tied ribbons, tassels, and all things textured, raggy, shaggy, and frayed. More is More. Pack a space with as much personality as possible, Bohemian style encourages a sense of stuffed-to-the-brim. An interior that embraces Boho-Chic should appear busy, almost chaotic, and yet confident. Cover the walls with beloved items, fill surfaces with textiles and color, and layer, then layer, then layer again. Think art, books, furniture, fabrics, pillows, sculptures, plants, lamps, or whatever else makes your heart sing.

TIP: To tie all this chaos together, choose a common color, for example, this photo has purple as a common color. Choose blue or bright pink if purple isn’t your thing. Not every pillow, rug or window covering needs to have purple in it but each ‘area’ should have something purple…somewhere for the eyes to ‘land’ and focus on. This room has a great mix of fabrics, texture, lighting, color and mis-matched furniture without going overboard. There are no rules.

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY: You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

ANOTHER THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Embrace the glorious mess that you are.

HAPPY JUNE 1 BIRTHDAY TO: Ron Wood 70, Danielle Harris 40, Morgan Freeman 80, Brian Cox 71, Alanis Morissette 43, Pat Boone 83, Heidi Klum 44, Ronnie Dunn 64, Doris Day 95, Willow Shields 17, Powers Booth 69, Marilyn Munroe (1926-1962), and Andy Griffith (1926-2012).



22 May 2017
May 22, 2017

Store Fishing Rods With PVC And A Pool Noodle

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With the start of camping and fishing season starting, here is a clever way to store fishing rods. You will need PVC pipe, a drill, screws and a pool noodle. First, measure and mark where the screws need to be to attach the PVC pipe to the wall and drill a hole large enough to fit a screw through to the back wall of the pipe. Do this every 24″ or however far apart the wall studs are. Measure the distance required between each fishing pole, mark and drill holes on the top, large enough to fit the poles into. Attach the pipe to your wall. Make slits in the pool noodle without cutting all the way through every stud width. Attach the pool noodle to the wall with screws and washers (don’t make them too tight). Judge the distance between the PVC pipe and the pool noodle according to your fishing rods. Then mark and cut the rest of the slits in the pool noodle and load up your gear. These instructions are over simplified but there are tutorials on GOOGLE which will help more.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: I’me the type of person who looks at the menu, but ends up ordering the exact same thing every time.

HAPPY MAY 22 BIRTHDAY TO: Victoria Wyndham (Rachel Cory on Another World) 72, Dustin Moskovitz 33, Anna Belknap 45, Apollo Ohno 35, Ann Cusak 56, Naomi Campbell 47, Richard Benjamin 79, Sir Lawrence Olivier (1907-1989), Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), and Harvey Milk (1930-1978).

20 May 2017
May 20, 2017

Stacked Planter Box – Re-Cycled Pallet

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Create a stacked planter box from old pallets. There was no instructions or tutorial on this project. I found it somewhere on-line but it cannot be that hard to do. Pull some old pallets apart and reconstruct them for a beautiful raised flower bed or herb garden or a mixture of both.
Don’t you love how the planters, made out of old pallet wood, are stacked and askew – playing into the whimsy and beauty of a garden.

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JOKE OF THE DAY: Does refusing to go to the gym count as resistance training?

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1873 – Levi Strauss patents blue jeans.

HAPPY MAY 20 BIRTHDAY TO: Matt Czuchry 40, Cher 71, Mindy Cohn 51, Jack Gleeson 25, John Billingsley 57, Stan Mikita 77, Dave Thomas 68, Timothy Olyphant 49, Joe Cocker (1944-2014), and James Stewart (1908-1997).

16 May 2017
May 16, 2017

Use Tension Rods To Create A Fort

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All kids love making a fort. A super easy way to make it happen is tension rods. Very few homes have a convenient little cubby like in the photo, however, the doorway into a kid’s room will work well enough for one tension rod and balance another tension rod across chair backs. Also, use bedroom door frames across the hall from each other to put up tension rods and string fabric to make a fort. Yards of inexpensive fabric can be found in the bargain section of fabric stores, so the kid’s can have their own fort decor. Have a circus theme, a pink glam theme or camo theme…get creative. Create a rod pocket to slip the tension rod through, leaving enough fabric to trail to the floor. Fill the fort with pillows and tots and let the kids have fun. Easy to disassemble.

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THIS DAY IN BUSINESS: 1988 – The Surgeon General declares nicotine as addictive as cocaine and heroin, dramatically affecting the tobacco industry.

JOKE OF THE DAY: Overheard in a group: “Welcome back to Plastic Surgery Anonymous. I see a lot of new faces today.”

HAPPY MAY 16 BIRTHDAY TO: Megan Fox 30, Janet Jackson 51, Debra Winger 62, Pierce Brosnan 63, Tori Spelling 44, Bill Rancic 46, Gabriela Sabatini 47, David Boreanaz 48, Tracey Gold 48, Henry Fonda (1905-1982), Billy Martin (1928-1989), and Liberace (1919-1987).