Theresa is asking: Are we going back to black in our dream kitchens?

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While there has been a surge back to black in European markets, the trend to black and other options has been slower elsewhere. But it is picking up as a trend. Black and darker colors have made their way back into the kitchen (just take a peek at Pinterest), and now there are really good alternatives to stainless steel in appliance finishes. see more

New! Write on your countertop, walls, and more with Formica’s new Writable Surfaces collection

One of my favorite new home products is the Formica Writable Surfaces collection. Yes, whiteboards and chalkboards have been popular for a long time in home design. But I have never seen a surface for counters and walls that is designed for writing on it. Until now. The writable surfaces … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Holiday decoration ideas: Light the night with MyFixitUpLife’s yard pyramid

holiday decoration ideas

We all need holiday decoration ideas. And as much as I love stringing garland (I don’t) I’m more at home making stuff with tools.  If you are too, I hope you’ll like and share our holiday yard pyramid. Stuff For me, holiday decoration ideas are more fun when they’re made … see more

Obstacle course race birthday party theme for kids; fun DIY fitness too

obstacle course

We threw an obstacle course race themed birthday party for our son Jack. It was a huge hit for all the kids, super-active, and fun for all (that includes parents!) Running, jumping and laughing…That’s the stuff! Eight obstacles for 8-year olds. We teamed up with Wood, It’s Real for this … see more

VIDEO: Troy-Bilt Core battery-powered leaf blower. Lawn clean-up = on!

Check out my 2-minute tool review video of Troy-Bilt’s 40-volt max leaf blower. Long story short, this thing is a great handheld blower. The full written review is here. The Two-Minute Drill is that while pricey ($279) compared to gas-powered, it is beyond easy to use with excellent power and … see more

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