When I was a kid, I really didn't care for art time when it involved that certain type of modeling compound sold in the little plastic tins. Without getting into details, I'll just say that I am in the camp that find the smell absolutely revolting. As a dad, I find the commercial stuff overpriced and the clean-up is often tedious. That said, the kids love it; so I figure that if we're gonna use it, we might as well get the most out of our time and make it too. After trying a few different formulas, I've settled on using a recipe that employs another relic from my childhood (oh yeah!) to give our homemade play dough a vivid color and a smell that makes the fun much more palatable to the olfactories.read more >
One of the big reasons we bought our house was the kitchen. It was a nice size and had plenty of cabinets. It was also the only place we could find where we weren't gonna have to sink a new car's worth of cash into the most-used room in the house to make it usable. Although it seems to fly in the face of logic that we should want to remodel our kitchen three years later, we ended up doing it anyway. It was so worth it.read more >
Two years ago I bought the cheapest dishwasher I could find, and it runs like a dream. The dishes almost never spot, and all but the most stubborn of crud has been dispatched at the end of the cleaning cycle. I tend to think that most poor-performing dishwashers just aren't cared for properly. With the good run I've had, I figured I'd let y'all in on what works for me. The steps I take ensure that my dishwasher remains convenient; which is the reason it was purchased in the first place.read more >
Most folks don't think much about their operating system as long as it does what they want it to do. The very reason I use the Edubuntu distribution of Ubuntu Linux on my kids' computer is because I do give a lot of thought to my operating system. Edubuntu has been a safe and reliable choice for the way my kids use a computer for the better part of three years. You can't ask for much more than easy-to-use and worry-free where kids and technology are concerned.read more >
I gave up punching the clock in a proper context with the birth of our son. That was 5 years ago. Now, with 2 kids we've progressed from controlled chaos to a schedule that works for us (most of the time).read more >
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