I love HGTV

Confession time: I am a little bit of an HGTV addict. It started looong ago with shows like While You Were Out, and Trading Spaces on TLC. Once those shows disappeared I made the inevitable jump to Holmes on Homes, House Hunters, Property Virgins, and my favorite…. Income Property.

We have a house with an attached 1 bedroom apartment, so that is surely part of the appeal, but if I’m being super honest? Scott McGillivray is super pretty. He also does a great job, and I love seeing the options he presents, making my own decision, and then getting pissed off when the homeowners make the wrong choice! It’s like a choose your own adventure book made for tv, that allows a bit of road rage. Who wouldn’t love that?

I also really love David Bromstad (from Color Splash, and Design Star). He is hilarious and just so HAPPY! It would be hard not to like him. My husband and I have agreed that if we ever have an HGTV person come fix up our house we would want David.

By the way they really should bring back both While You Were Out and Trading Spaces!

What’s your favorite home improvement show? Who’s your favorite host? What show would you bring back? I need to know I’m not alone!

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I love HGTV

Going Up!

I mentioned in an earlier post that we were looking into fencing options. Decisions and purchases have been made! And we have fence posts installed. The last step is attaching the actual fencing to the posts. We did end up going with the cheapest option, the one we are still afraid is a bit cheesy… but it was the best option for our wallet. We bought two rolls of this from Lowes: Wire Garden Fence. And we are fencing in a section that is approximately 30′ x 70′. We are hopeful that it will blend in a bit and not stand out too bad. But in any case it should be finished this week. And just in time! I am going to be home with the kids this summer (most of it at least, depending on how my job search goes) and the boy has reached that age where “outside!!” is the BEST.THING.EVER! – yet he’s not particularly good at “stay here”, “come back”, or “STOP!” yet. And the girl? Is working on her mobility. This child is bound to be crawling any day now, if not straight running. My main reason for wanting a fenced play area is that when they are both mobile I will have to leave one behind to chase the other down if they bolt (and they will). So this is going up right on time! I’ll be sure to come back with a photo once it’s up, and a review when we’ve had a chance to test it out for a while.

Going Up!

How to Clean Polyurethane From Your Hands

If you are ever in the un-awesome predicament of having your hands coated in polyurethane – go straight to the vegetable oil! I just put a quick coat of poly on a height measuring board we have been putting together for the kids and as soon as I opened the can I slopped it all over myself. After that kind of start there was no point being careful (I was working outside) and the end result was some super sticky hands! I tried dawn first, then rubbing alcohol, then nail polish remover (all with different kinds of soap in between tries at varying water temperatures). Finally I pulled out everyone’s secret weapon: google. It told me to try vegetable or canola oil. SO I DID. And it works! Just coat your hands and rub, rub, rub then wash with soap and water! Not only does it remove the gunk but it moisturizes pretty well too.

How to Clean Polyurethane From Your Hands

Keeping the Awesomeness Contained

I have two small kids. The boy is 2, and the girl is 8 months. She’s pretty easy to keep contained (for now) but the boy? He’s a climber. And a runner. We have a pretty decent sized back yard but it’s long and narrow, with a creek/stream running across the back end, middle-aged or elderly neighbors on each side, and a fairly busy road out front. I think we need a fence.

We can’t really afford an awesome fence though, so occasionally I search craigslist for anything that might pop up. Right now I am talking back and forth between a seller of chain link fence material and my father (who owns the truck I’d need to borrow to pick up said fence materials, and would also (hopefully) help install it).

If this doesn’t pan out I am totally considering wire garden fence. This. Which may be a little cheesy, but it would keep the child safely contained so that I might, I don’t know, take my eyes off him for three seconds. Possibly even sit down on my butt. Dare I consider paying attention to the girl? And it would be a temporary solution until he’s a few years older and more trustworthy. And hopefully less of a flight risk.

Keeping the Awesomeness Contained