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Before Bathtub Rust-Oleum Review

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit Review

Before and After Tile Rust-Oleum bathroom remodel

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit Review: There is something to be said about the gratification that comes along with DIY projects. A year ago my family moved into my grandparents home built in the early 60’s. We are slowly but surely working on remodeling each room. So far the bathroom remodel has been the most rewarding.

Before Bathtub

I will be working on a full remodel story but for now I want to show you my biggest money saving find. Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refreshing Kit was so much more than I expected it to be. You know how much an new tub and shower inclosure can cost! We are all about giving the less expensive route a try first before we spend a bunch a money. You can get this product at Home Depot for $25.97.

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit

Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile acts and looks like porcelain and ceramic. You can apply it to ceramic, porcelain or fiberglass. It’s so easy! You MUST wear a mask unless you want to act goofy for a couple hours. My friend Jenni and I had some great laughs while doing this project.

The tile looks brand new. I can’t tell you how much I loved doing this product. This is not a paid ad, we paid for it and would recommend it to all. It’s fast-drying, indoor durable and corrosion-resistant.

After Rust-Oleum

Included at the bottom of this is Rust-Oleum’s Youtube video on how to use this product. I should note we did everything they instructed us to do on the back of the box. There is some cleaning prep before you start, make sure you do that to get the best results. It is important to do 2 coats in order to get a beautiful new finish.

If you decided to give this product a try we would love you to post a before and after picture on our Facebook page.

bhr sm

Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe

DIY Blackhead Remover

Homemade Blackhead Remover Recipe – Nobody wants to admit that they have blackheads, but (Missy does)… My guess is that at some point in time you have tried  blackhead removal strips that you can buy at the store. This 2 ingredient recipe works great.

Blackhead remover

1 Tablespoon Milk

1 Tablespoon Knox Gelatine

Simple! Just mix the two ingredients and stir. The mixture will be firm. Once completely mixed put in the microwave for 10 seconds on medium heat and stir. Be sure not to cook any longer or it will burn your skin. Test it with your finger to make sure that it isn’t too hot before putting on your nose.

BHR paste

blackhead remover paste

Use a paint brush to spread evenly over your nose, covering all blackheads. Let sit for 1o minutes. You will feel it stiffen and pull on your skin. Hopefully you enjoy the smell of warm milk! After 10 minutes pull off. You may even notice some hair along with the blackheads.

There is a possibility that Shirley did some editing without Missy’s knowledge! Go to our Facebook page and let Missy know how much you enjoyed her brutal honesty in this story!


Glitter Pumpkins 2

How to Make Glitter Pumpkins

Glitter Pumpkins

How to Make Glitter Pumpkins: After visiting a friend’s house that was decorated with pink pumpkins lining her walkway, my daughter was set on us having pink pumpkins this Halloween.

I decided to use the same idea as my glitter Christmas ornaments and I got out my favorite product: Quickshine Floor Wax.

Quickshine project


Quickshine Floor Wax

Directions: Wash and wipe the pumpkins completely dry and place on newspaper. We found it worked best to have a different piece of newspaper for each color glitter, that way you can pour the excess back into the container.

quickshine art project

Pour your Quickshine Floor Wax into bowl, using a paintbrush to paint the wax onto the pumpkins. Working quickly shake the glitter onto the pumpkins. When you are satisfied with the coverage set aside to dry. The floor wax dries quickly so these make for a fun and quick decorating project. Super simple and they look great!

painting pumpkins

We have a fun centerpiece of glitter pumpkins and most important a happy 8 year old girl!

Glitter pumpkin project

Do you have a fun DIY pumpkin project? Let us know about it in the comments below.

seasoned skillet 350

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Season a Cast Iron Skillet: I love my cast iron skillet as does my husband. One of us doesn’t care for it properly. I don’t want to point fingers but it’s not me. As you know with cast iron if you don’t take care of it, it can rust.

rusty cast iron

I noticed  our skillet was looking pretty rough and the food was sticking. When properly seasoned a cast iron skillet is smooth, shiny, and non-stick. Ours was none of these. You’ll know it’s time to re-season if food sticks to the surface or if the skillet appears dull or rusted.

cast iron

Luckily re-seasoning a cast iron skillet is a simple process and assures you will continue to love cooking in it.


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • If your skillet is new wash the skillet with warm, soapy water and a sponge or stiff brush. Cast iron should not normally be washed with soap, but it’s fine here since it’s about to be seasoned.
  • Rinse and thoroughly dry the skillet.
  • Using a cloth or paper towel, apply a thin coat of vegetable oil to the inside and outside of the skillet. Vegetable oil is the most recommended oil, but you can use any oil you choose.
  • Place the skillet upside down on the oven’s center rack.
  • Place a sheet of aluminum foil or pan below the rack to catch any drips.
  • Bake for an hour.
  • Turn off heat and allow to the skillet to cool completely before removing from oven.

seasoning cast iron

Oil Cast Iron

baking cast iron

How to reseason cast iron

I have found it works great to season my skillet after dinner, that way the skillet can cool down in the oven overnight.

Do you have any great kitchen tips? Comment below, we would love to hear them!

Candy Bouquet 350

DIY Candy Bouquet

Candy Bouquet

DIY Candy Bouquet: Are you looking for an easy craft that looks impressive? Then this DIY candy bouquet is something you should try. It makes a great gift for any occasion and is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

It is not difficult to make and can work for just about any budget. We purchased all of our supplies at our local Walmart. We ended up only using half of the candy (bonus for us!), so the entire bouquet came in at under $10.00

DIY candy bouquet

Supplies Needed:
Jar, Vase or cup
Candy sticks
Glass beads (helps stabilize)
Grass or gift wrap crinkle
Small message balloon

Line the jar with different candy bars then place glass beads in the jar to stabilize the candy. Tape your different kinds of candy to the candy sticks and arrange just the way you like. Wrap your jar with ribbon and secure.

In just a few minutes you have your candy masterpiece! I would advise that you over purchase on the candy like I did, that way you can snack and create at the same time. I am much more creative when I am eating chocolate!

Do you have any DIY projects you just love? Comment below or on our Facebook page we would love to hear about them!

Kool aid Eggs

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool Aid

Kool Aid Easter Eggs Weve Tried It DIY

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool Aid: It’s almost Easter! We were looking for a different way to dye our eggs this year and decided to give using Kool-Aid packets a try. This method was so easy and really gave the eggs a vibrant color.

Easter Egg dying

Easter Egg Kool Aid project

Get your kiddos involved! Simply mix the Kool-Aid packets with 2/3 cup of water and stir. We let our eggs soak for about 10 minutes. It was surprising how quickly the eggs took the color. You could soak them for less time to achieve lighter shades.

The Kool-Aid packets that we purchased at County Market in Hudson, WI, were 5 for $1.00. Cheap enough to experiment with all the colors. I was wondering if the eggs were going to pick up any of the Kool-Aid flavor, but rest assured they did not.

Do you have any interesting Easter egg dying tricks? Comment below we would love to hear from you and maybe we will even give them a try.

Another cute Easter idea: Deviled Egg Chicks – Super cute and easy to make. Your family will love them!

Gloves Knitting Machine

Addi Express and Addi King Knitting Machines

Knitting with Addi Knitting Machine

Addi Express and Addi King Knitting Machines: Recently we asked our Facebook followers if they were working on any new projects that they would be willing to share with us. Michel Wong wrote in to tell us about the Addi King and Addi Express knitting machines.

This was very intriguing to us since I took up crocheting this past year and Shirley started finger knitting and finger crocheting. Michel was kind enough to share some photos of her finished projects and tell us more about the Addi knitting machine.

Addi Express and King

Addi King and Addi Express knitting machines.

Where did you hear about Addi Express? “I was searching YouTube for crochet patterns and stumbled upon a video.”

How easy is this to use and how long do the projects take you? “The Addi knitting machine is very easy to use. The difficult part is finding and creating patterns. I watch videos online and then customize the pattern to my needs. It’s a lot of trial and error but a fun process. I can make a set of fingerless gloves in an hour.”

Does it come with patterns or did you make up your own? “Both Addis were gifts from my boyfriend and so he also purchased a couple pattern books. There is a small growing group of users that share ideas on YouTube and an Addi FaceBook page. It’s fun for me to create new patterns like the yoga sock.”

yoga socks

Yoga socks.

Do you knit normally and if so compare regular knitting to using the machine. “I’m not a knitter because it’s so time consuming, that is why I love the Addi knitting machine. You can complete projects in a short amount of time. I have always been into crocheting. My grandmother introduced me to it when I was younger.”

Crochet Flowers

Mittens finished off with crocheted flowers.

Do you sell your projects and if so where can people buy them? “I currently do not sell my items but I hope to in the future. I will be making a lot of gifts this year for family and friends. This will help me really figure out my patterns and what works.


Michel added a crocodile crochet stitch to this cowl.

Anything else you want to add. “Addi machines are not easy to find. There are very few specialty stores that offer them and when they do, they go at a premium. Otherwise you have to order them from Germany and wait for it to go through customs. That’s what I did.”

Have you tried the Addi machine? Leave us a comment below.

DIY Yarn Balls

DIY Decorative Yarn Balls

Decorative Yarn Balls

DIY Decorative Yarn Balls: Easy and fun project! All you need is an empty basket a couple of rubber balls and some leftover yarn.

This really is really as simple as it looks. Start out by securing the yarn to the ball.  Tie a knot at your first pass or you can also secure it with a piece of tape. Go around your ball in every direction, making sure that you can’t see any part of the ball. When the ball if fully covered you can knot off the end piece and tuck it in.

Yarn ball

What’s fun is doing all different sizes and colors. If you have a small ball and want to make it bigger just keeping going around it with yarn until it gets to be the size you are looking for.

Thanks to our friend Lisa for sharing her yarn project with us! We are always looking for quick and easy DIY decorative projects. If you have an idea for us leave us a comment below.

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Another fun yarn project is crocheting a washcloth. Check out our easy how to video here. If you decide to give it a try be sure to post a photo of your projects on our Facebook page – we love to see your finished projects.

Valentines Day Cards DIY 360

Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

Homemade Valentines Cards

Homemade Valentine’s Day Card Ideas: It’s that time of year, you know when you need to come up with creative Valentine’s for your children’s class party. These Hershey’s Kisses bags are easy to make and affordable.

Valentines Day Cards DIY

Here is what you will need:

Hershey’s Kisses (a serving shows 9 kisses so that is how many we used for each bag)
Clear cellophane bags
Wiggly eyes
Glue Stick

The process is pretty simple. Start by gluing the eyes onto the bottom of the kisses. We did both 2 small eyes and 1 medium eye. I found it easiest to pair up the small eyes backside up on the table, then put the glue on the bottom of the kiss and simply press it onto the backside of the eyes. Hold for just a few seconds and then lay them on their sides to dry. It took about an hour to get the eyes on 180 kisses.

Hersheys Kisses

Come up with a few fun sayings for your labels using EYE instead of I. My daughter was concerned about misspelling her cards until “eye” explained it to her! Be sure to leave space at the top of your note for the back of the label. I found that 5 spaces above our sayings worked out well. I was also able to get 2 labels side by side on one sheet, getting a total of 4 labels per page.

DIY Craft Valentines

Next bag up your kisses into the clear bags and staple on the note cards. At this point they look a little plain, but just hand over the sticker sheets to the little ones and they will have a great time adding their personal touch to the bags. This was my daughters favorite part and they really turned out great.

Have you made any cute Valentine’s? Tell us about them below or share a photo on our Facebook page.

DIY valentines day cards weve tried it

Crochet Washcloth Weve Tried It

How to Crochet a Cotton Washcloth Video

Crochet Washcloth Weve Tried It

Our latest crocheting project is 100% cotton washcloths that are super easy to make. We have already started making gifts for next Christmas.

You will need 100% cotton yarn – we used Peaches & Creme brand, an I hook 5.00 mm, scissors and a yarn needle. For our washcloths we wanted them a bit longer so we went with 22 rows. You are free to make them as short or long as you would like.

Have fun and if you decided to crochet a washcloth please take a photo and post it on Weve Tried It Facebook page.

Don’t forget to share this video with your crocheting friends!