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Aren’t grandparents the best?! My grandmother is amazing and oh so crafty! What does she create? Dollhouses! Mine won 5 ribbons at the county and state fair before she turned it over to me. (Judges choice baby!) The sad thing about my 3 story, Victorian era, fully electric dollhouse is that I didn’t get it until I was 17! It would have been too pretty to play with anyways. It has a player piano, a conservatory with black and white tile, and pictures of my family miniaturized in the hall. Swoon. But enough about my Grandma…Ready to meet the world’s most amazing Grandpa?

I’m not the only one with amazing relatives. This 84 year-old grandpa made a Death Star shaped fire pit for his grandchildren. I can’t even imagine how long it took! This retired welder took the ends of propane welding tanks and went crazy with ‘em. I am blown away by how cool this looks lit up. Where can I get one?! This will definitely last even longer than my dollhouse!

Besides this Death Star, Serenity Health And Home Decor, has some of the most creative firepits. They feature amazing artists’ and the fabulous creations they come up with. The ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ and ‘Dragon’ are my favorites. Fine them all here

Find the full article from Awesome Inventions here…

Awesome Inventions: Death Star Firepit

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I think my love for magic started when I was 5 and I watched Cinderella for the first time. Every little kid wants the impossible to be real. I wish I had a fairy godmother that could work some magic in my life these days. Oh how I with the house would magically clean itself! Since that’s not going to happen, I might as well do some entertaining with these fun ‘magic’ tricks. They might not fool the adults but at least you will leave the kids in shock and awe at their next party.

I’d seen a few of these before but some were brand new and I loved them! The CD bubbles? That was amazing! And I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like things exploding ( unless it’s inside a newly cleaned house). If you liked these, The Kidzone has some card tricks and simple magic that are sure to impress! You’ll love it! Be sure and check it out here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

How To Make A Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

If you are going to go crazy with fire, experiments, rockets, and all things dangerous but incredible fun then this is for you! The King Of Random has really detailed instructions, written and video, to walk you through making your own matchbox rockets. This will be an exciting project for kids and adults alike! I’m so on board!

These matchbox rockets shoot up to 40 feet and are powered by just one match! They leave a cool trail of smoke that is quite impressive. I love that he is organized and conscientious of storage space too! This whole project, supplies and all, fit inside a match box. It’s perfect for travel.

Where were the experiments like this when I was a kid? We were more into blowing things up. I played with mentos and coke bottles and there was one incident involving gasoline and a soda can that got me grounded for months, but I was never any good at designing rockers. This would have been helpful and a whole lot safer! These get hot and travel far, so use common sense and don’t point them at people! Instructables has other fun DIY rockets you can make. Find it here

Find the amazing video here…Enjoy!

Super Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home

Eggcellent! These science experiments are timeless classics that your kids are going to love. I take that back, YOU and your kids are going to love them. It’s important to make learning fun and hopefully these can help with that. Catching things on fire, blowing things up, chemical reactions, and changing properties were the only reason I passed physics and chemistry. They helped me pay attention!

This video shows 6 fun and simple experiments. I have tried most of them and they do work. You might need to do a little more research though because the video goes fast. Here are my two cents…It doesn’t mention it, but be sure to only use Ivory soap for your soap cloud. That will guarantee the best results. I don’t know why but it just does. And after making a bouncy ball out of the borax, make some silly putty or gak. My favorite out of all these experiments is the ‘oobleck. (Not to be confused with an oubliette or dungeon.) It makes sound visible. It’s called the Dr Seuss Experiment because of the book ‘Bartholomew and the Oobleck.’ Read it and see if you can figure out why! Science Kids has some other fun things to do with your kiddos too…

See the full video here…Enjoy!

dog holiday dinner

I think these dogs are adorable and so well behaved. I can’t help compare every animal video to my pets. The costumes are precious, mine wouldn’t tolerate them. They are all getting along and being calm, mine don’t know the meaning of the word calm. They look like a real family.

This puppy dinner reminds of the Griswold’s (Christmas Vacation circa 1989). The pitbull has a flask, there is a kid texting, and there is a crazy aunt stealing the silver. There is a couple under the mistletoe and there is the cute-sy couple with matching Christmas sweaters (german shepherds).

The food they are eating is from Freshpets, an all natural dog and cat food company that is dedicated to your pet’s health, protecting the environments, and supporting the local community. Each serving is preservative free and has 18 essential vitamins and minerals. I wish I ate that well! WikiHow as some other tips for keeping your pups healthy. See them here

See the adorable puppy feast video here…Enjoy!

secret safe

Time Capsules are such an amazing thing. They are a snapshot into our past and memories preserved for future generations. My whole school, K-12, put one together about 15 years ago and I have no idea what I put in it. I am afraid I put something stupid in it, like an Ace Of Base cassette tape. (I’m sorry future generations!) I honestly forgot about it until seeing this amazing discovery.

While doing a remodel on his Grandparents farmhouse a Reddit user, Evilenglish, made an amazing discovery. He found a capsule/safe in the basement. What?! It took 9 days to get it opened but it was sure worth it. There were coins and silver galore! This little safe looks so tiny but it fits so much. Pay dirt. His grandparents were savers and it did really pay off. For him anyways. I love fun stories like this! About Home has some great ideas on how to build a time capsules. They are such a great way to preserve memories!

Get the whole story here at Messynessy Chic…

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Secret Time Capsule Safe Found In A Tennessee Farmhouse

Dog In Snow Maze

Too cute. Ginzey the pup is adorable and looks like he is having loads of fun in a dog sized maze built just for him. This seems like a pretty good use of snow to me! I was never this creative when shoveling snow as a kid.

I wish the snow was a little deeper. The deeper the snow, the longer the fun lasts. Ginzey was so excited that he broke all the maze ‘rules’ and jumped over the boundaries. Who could blame him? He just loves his owner so much!

I know that my dogs would absolutely destroy something like this and have a fabulous time doing it.

Pets are so fun! Don’t believe me? Here are some more examples. Any animal dressed up in a costume can make me laugh for hours. I’m going to dress my dog like Batman for Halloween.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

1. First step to building the ultimate man cave… you need an empty or unused room.

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What is a man cave? A sacred sanctuary full of manly ‘stuff’ that a woman does not want around the house. Usually these rooms are constructed with modern high tech toys and dons a big screen television. Of course, that would cost a lot of money.

One guy found a way to use discarded materials to keep his cost down. He built a very charming rustic cabin room. I prefer to have a portable DVD player in my solitary space.

Let’s go through the steps on how he constructed his cabin of solitude for only $107!

2. For that rustic look you will need to use a rustic hand draw knife.

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3. Keep cost down by finding free wood thrown out by a local company.

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4. Careful to cut the wood the right size for the floor and wall panels.

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5. Find free stones off the side of the road to construct a fake fireplace for ambiance.

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6. Next step is to get the walls up.

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7. Then the floors.

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8. Finally, time to add a door.

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9. For that Wild Wild West decor you need rifles – Duh!

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10. Can’t call it rustic without a mounted deer head.

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11. Black kettle on the fire just like in Little House on the Prairie.

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12. Time to furnish the man cave. First a dining table and chairs.

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13. Add a few antique tools and a flannel jacket.

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14. Place a few old photos on the wall along with skulls and horns.

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15. Finishing touch, your personal chair. Now that’s a manly man cave!

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(SlipTalk)

attic secrets

Where do you go to look for treasure? Some go out to sea to discover a sunken ship filled with Spanish bullion. Other treasure hunters use metal detectors to find rare coins in desolate areas. Now we have storage auction buyers who look for that tub full of rare collectibles.

Maybe treasure is closer to home than you believe. When was the last time you were in your attic? I have been in mine and all I found was dust and uh, creepy, crawly creatures. However, a few people found a bit of history in their attics that had long been forgotten.

Enjoy these amazing discoveries found by ordinary people in their attics…

Long-Lost Masterpiece

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1.  Norwegian man found Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 ‘The Sunset At Montmajour’ painting in his attic. It’s the first full-sized canvas uncovered by the artist since 1928. Though unsigned, it was authenticated as a real masterpiece by the Dutch artist 100 years after he killed himself.

Do you put flowers inside a $70 Million Dollar Vase?

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2. A brother and sister cleaned a dusty attic after their parents died. They stumbled across an 18th-century Chinese vase. Looking into its value they discovered it was from the Qing Dynasty. Vase fetched the highest price ever paid at auction for a Chinese antiquity.

Rare gift from Russian Czar

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3. George Davis’ descendants found a wooden box in the attic of his estate. Inside the box was a rare Faberge figurine. Only 50 were made. Gift was commissioned by Russian Czar, Nicholas II for his wife Empress Alexandr.

Handwritten Manuscript

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4. Barbara Gluck Testa rummaged through her grandfather’s attic. Inside a trunk she found the missing 665 manuscript pages of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain had delivered the first half of the manuscript to the Buffalo library in 1887.

Lost Martin Luther King’s Audio Interview

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5. Stephen Tull sifted through junk in his 80-year-old father’s attic. What he found was a part of undocumented history. A pristine reel-to-reel recording marked “Dr King interview, Dec 21, 1960.” Interview made three years before King’s “I have a dream” speech.

Adolf Hitler was a fan of forbidden music of the Third Reich

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6.  Aleksandra Besymenskaya went to the attic to look for a badminton racket. Her shin hit something. It was a stack of 100 records labeled Führerhauptquartier, as the Reich Chancellery is called in German. Her father was a former Soviet intelligence agent who took the records after the fall of Berlin in 1945. Dictator’s love for the pan-Germanic operas of Richard Wagner was well-known, but he secretly listened to banished Jewish and Russian music.

(Source ViralNova)

scuba pool

When I first glanced at the title for this video I was kind of taken back. I mean, who in their right mind would spend 2 million bucks on a swimming pool. I thought it had to be a joke. Now that I have seen the video though… I think this amazing pool was worth every penny.

The more I watched, the more impressed I became until the story totally blew my mind. Not only does it have water slides, jumping ledges and a secret grotto, but it is also designed for scuba diving!

Just watch the video. Trust me. You’ll be shocked at the awesome factor!

Watch the full video here…