Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Hand Weights

I signed up as a coach and joined a challenge.  A beachbody challenge.  I've been "pushing play" almost every day this month.  There is one DVD that uses hand weights.  I have never owned them.  I've tried family size cans of soup.  They are wide and cramp my hands and they are too light!   So, I scrounged around the house and found two wrenches and wrapped them in plastic wrap, kept it in place with a couple of rubber bands, then used duck tape to secure it.  Now I won't get those metal grooves indented in my hands!

Now I need just two more wrenches for the other hand!
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

DYI Vinyl Gutter Bookshelves

We love books. Having books facing out helps keep them noticed and easier to find for a quick read. This formally unusable wall in between the children's bedrooms makes a great space for these vinyl gutter bookshelves. I didn't bother getting the end-caps, as each pair costs as much as a 10 ft piece of gutter. The end caps would make these a little more sturdy though. The kids love having their books out in a common area and in plain sight! Find these titles and more at r3844.myubam.com

Pretty straight forward and easy to make.  I asked the attendant to cut the gutters for me at my desired length, these are 35 inches each.  I could drill a few holes to screw them in, but I purchased those 3M sticky things and so far they are doing well!