If your kids are like my children, then they probably play too much electronics. That’s why I love the Keep Out!: Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse book (by Lee Mothes). As you can probably tell by the title, it’s a step-by-step guide for building a clubhouse for kids. There are plenty of books about building clubhouses, playhouses, sheds, and treehouses. But this book is a little different because it’s aimed at kids. The book provides instructions that most tweens and teenagers should be able to understand. There’s another nice thing about the book. Even though the target audience is kids, parents with little or no DIY experience can also use the ideas presented in the book to build playhouses for younger kids or tool sheds for themselves. Keep Out! Build Your Own Backyard Clubhouse (Storey Publishing) is currently available now for $13.99 on Amazon. A Kindle version is also available for $9.99.
Did you know Delta Faucet wants to help dads upgrade their thrones with their new Corrente Toilet? It’s true and that is today’s topic. Toilets. I’m writing about toilets because I am taking part in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Delta Faucet. BTW, I will receive a promotional item as a thank you for participating. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
Earth Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share a DIY project I did recently. A few months ago I created some insoles from an old sheet of foam. I’m not positive about this, but I think the hospital gave us the foam when our last child was born three years ago. I saved the foam instead of throwing it in the garbage because I figure I could use if for something someday. Well now I have. I created a pair of insoles for my boots and another pair for my slippers. Why spend $10 to $20 on new insoles when you can make new ones by recycling old foam?
Make it Wild!: 101 Things to Make and Do Outdoors
By Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield
I checked this book out at the library. Unlike the other DIY books I reviewed last month, Make it Wild! is intended for kids (ages nine to twelve) instead of dads. The book includes instructions, parts lists, photos, and safety tips. What I like best about this book is that the authors encourage children to use their own creativity and imagination. The finished product doesn’t have to look like the one in the photograph. It can look like whatever kids want it to look like. We have not had a chance to try out the projects yet, but some of the ones that look really interesting are flaming balloons (a cool project, but my kids might accidentally set the yard on fire), paper making, leaf plates and bowls, ice windows, ice ornaments, ice lanterns, and snow lanterns (hopefully it will snow this year). The 160-page book is currently selling for $18.21 at Amazon (List Price: $24.95).
Recently, I checked out a couple of books at the library that will appeal to geek dads and do-it-yourself (DIY) dads:
The first book, Geek Dad, is technology oriented and the projects tend to involve computers and other electronics. This would be an excellent ideas book for a geeky dad. The second book, Handy Dad, doesn’t involve computers or electronics. Instead, the projects tend to be wood-based. This book would be a handy resource for a dad who likes to build things and work with wood.
Checkout the MusicLite wireless LED light speaker combination in the photo below. The MusicLite features a 10-watt LED cluster (65-watt equivalent) and a 25-watt wireless high fidelity speaker. The device screws into a standard light socket. Nice! I’ve wired our TV room for surround sound and I can tell you it’s not a lot of fun. Snaking speaker wires through an insulated wall can be frustrating and crawling underneath the house is zombie creepy (I think our house was built on top of a graveyard). The MusicLite LED light and wireless speaker system would make a great gift for Father’s Day. Unfortunately, the MusicLite will not be available until this fall.