OPP: Candy-Dipped Apple Pops

Image Credit: © 2015 Michaels Stores.

Image Credit: © 2015 Michaels Stores.

Clearly, I am on a craft store kick since this makes TWO Michael’s reblogs in about a week. This one is looking pretty easy and would make a great party snack. I will be doing this for sure! Look for pictures of my own apple creations in November.

Check out the recipe & instructions here.

Have a spooky weekend,
❤ Roni

For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit.

OPP: Glow in the Dark Floating Head

Image Credit: © 2015 Michaels Stores.

Image Credit: © 2015 Michaels Stores.

Ummm, Hello! How cool is this glow in the dark floating head? I need to make this. I have done the glowy eyes in the bushes in the past, but I ripped those bushes out last year. (Sorry Mother Nature, they were dying.) So this would be a great replacement project. I already have all but the glow in the dark paint and the Styrofoam in my craft arsenal. Hope I have time to make it myself before the holiday!

Check out the how-to here.

Have a spooky weekend,
❤ Roni

For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit.

OPP: DIY Lead Paint Test

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Today I am patching a ceiling in my bathroom and that involves some painting. (Yes, the Pope is in town and all the major roads are closed so I took a vacation day to spend on a ladder.) My house is pretty old so I had some folks asking me if I was worried about lead paint. I don’t have kids or pets, and I don’t make a habit of licking my walls, but its a legit question none-the-less.

This article, written by my Timothy Dahl, explains how to test for lead paint on your own before you start your reno project.  Pay special attention if your home was built prior to 1950.  You can get a kit for around $40 these days, sometimes cheaper. Check out Timothy’s article to see how to administer these tests without hiring a professional: How to Perform a DIY Lead Test

Have a great weekend,
❤ Roni

For those of you that are new around here, OPP stands for Other Peoples Projects. Be sure to check out some of the past week’s OPP’s while you visit.

DIY Weed Killer

Today I will share with you my homemade weed killer. This stuff doesn’t work as fast as the chemical sprays you can buy at the store, but its safer for your kids, pets, and environment! Also, its WAY cheaper and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.

Easy DIY Weed Killer

The salt and vinegar do the killing and the soap just helps the mixture stick to the leaves of the weeds. For my container, I use an old weed killer bottle. It holds the entire recipe and has a sweet battery operated spray nozzle. Be sure and write the contents on your container so that nobody mistakes it for another liquid. It’s not made with any chemicals, but you still shouldn’t leave in reach of pets or children. The smell would likely keep them away, but always better safe than sorry. This will kill all plants so don’t spray with reckless abandon, ok?

If you’d like a printable for this spray – here is a link so you can download a PDF version of my Weed Killer. Check out my Fruit and Veggie Wash, Disinfecting SprayDIY All Purpose Cleaner, and my Antibacterial Spray recipes while you are here.


DIY Fruit and Vegetable Wash

Today I would like to share my fruit and veggie wash with you all. It is SO easy to make at home and the store-bought stuff is very costly. Why don’t you try this out next time?

Fruit & Veggie Wash

I use this as a rinse for items I pull from my own garden, too. It gets any hitchhiking little buggers off your food – and does away with them. Plus, you need to be sure that no birds (or anything else) got into or onto your edibles. So get to washing!  If your fruit is floating you can use a small plate, as shown below, to hold the fruit under.

If you’d like a printable for this wash – here is a link Fruit & Veggie Wash.

If you missed them, check out my All Purpose Cleaning Spray, Antibacterial Spray, and my Disinfecting Spray recipes.


Ima be a little late…

Ima be a little late…on my next craft post, sorry! Murph paid me a visit last week. Actually, he kinda hung around all week:

Monday – I finished my work on the fundraiser staying super late after work and going in early. We all came together and pulled it off short a few members, as Murph was keeping them busy.

Tuesday – huge storm. Like HUGE. I worked late and was driving down I-95 to see a tree WITH ROOTS AND ALL fly horizontally across the highway. I was so happy to get home. Trees down everyplace and lots of folks lost power for the remainder of the week. Got myself settled and stupidly thought my trashcans were the only thing busted on my property. Soon, I realized Murph made sure that my A/C didn’t make it through the storm. My options are now Antarctica or Hades until I can get it serviced.

Wednesday – I had a friend coming into town that I haven’t seen since around 2004! Murph delayed his flight so many times that night they cancelled it altogether. By the time it was finalized it was too late to get anything done.

Thursday – was the fundraiser. Left work a 3pm to go do the setup. It went really well, Murph didn’t show up. We raised over $51k for CHOP!


Our fundraiser was a success!


Met up with my buddy Juan really fast on the way back from the fundraiser since his flight got moved to Thursday!


We saw this killer painted billboard for The Blacklist on South Street.


Penns Landing was hopping Friday afternoon!

Walking out of the house to go to the gym I see that Murph stopped by again and busted a huge limb off my tree.
Saturday – I had plans to see the Tall Ships with Dad and I made sure to get back early enough to get a post drafted. Murph called in some rain so I got home earlier than expected.IMG_6535IMG_6541IMG_6543IMG_6536IMG_6542


Worlds Largest Rubber Ducky!

I set out to make cupcakes I promised Clint before I wrote and the power went out. Murph wanted me to take a nap, I guess.
Went in to take said nap and heard water dripping. It was a mess dripping down the air duct shiney stuff so that you can’t tell whats wet and whats just shiney. It was really fun in the dark with a flashlight. 😦
Clint brought me his 6′ ladder and I was able to get in the ceiling crawlspace and rule out the A/C unit as the culprit. Found I had a leak in my roof!



I sat down like 10pm and opened a bottle of wine. It was like vinegar. Last bottle, too.

Sunday – I spent the whole day cursing Murph while taking care of things that went wrong this week. Rented a 32′ ladder to find out there is nothing wrong with the roof. Dad hiked it up there and found NOTHING. Looks like the ENE 30+ mph winds (that are atypical in intensity and direction for my area) simply pushed the water into the house under the flashing and/or shingles on the side of the dormer. There is really nothing actually wrong that we can tell. I need to wait and see in the next rainfall what happens, I suppose. After that I mowed the lawn since it FINALLY stopped raining and Dad fixed my back storm door that was sticking.
Found that the winds destroyed my basil and I had to pull those all out. Once that was done I cut up the tree parts that I can do myself without a chainsaw. Those are bundled and ready for the trash men.

After that I made an Italian chicken bake to eat for lunch this week, boiled some eggs for breakfasts and made some mint chocolate chip cupcakes for Clint. Wrote this, and I don’t think I will be getting to my planned early week craft post.

Have a great week guys! I am goin’ to clean up the kitchen and then stress-eat a cupcake.

Thanks alot, Murph.



Save Money WIth Ceiling Fans This Summer

Did you ever notice that your ceiling fan has a little switch on the side? Well, you should take a minute now and go check if you haven’t. That tiny toggle can save you some dough this summer, man!  It will look like this this switch here:

Flip that switch each season!

Flip that switch each season!

If you never noticed the toggle before, chances are your fan is going in the warm weather direction as the default setting should be to blow the air down on you. Stand under your fan and take a look at it when it is on low. When you are looking up at it, it should turn counter clockwise. You’ll want to flip that switch if it is going the other direction. Keeping your fan on high like this can help you reduce your AC bill and will make you feel cooler this summer.

Stay cool my friends,