secret passageways

When you were a kid, did you often dream about secret rooms or secret passages? It was always so cool to see them in movies or read about them. For the most part, we never really believed they existed in “real life”, did we? Well perhaps to your surprise, there actually are a lot of folks who have designed secret areas right into their homes. There are even successful design companies who specialize in secret passageways and rooms!

Why do people feel the need to create secret passages and rooms? Who really knows! It could be simply for fun, or as a safety area built out of fear. Either way, they are so much fun to delve into and investigate! We found an article all about hidden passageways and wanted to share that with you. Tons of amazing passageways to explore!

Here’s the link to see all 15…

steel wool fire

Any fire bugs out there? Not the bad arsonist kinds, just the ones who enjoy the fire pit a little too much. Maybe the ones who melt things over the candles at dinner? For shame! But I can’t point fingers because I’m right there with you. These 10 tricks that can be done with fire are so fun and you won’t be able to stay away from the matches for long! For all you kiddos…only with adult supervision. There are actually quite a few adults out there that I am worried about. Everyone needs supervision!

I liked them all. I’d seen the crayon candle and the fire in a bottle before but all the rest were so fun and new. The fire tornado is pretty incredible, don’t you think? I loved the seesaw and rising water! Maybe I should get out more but I thought these were all fascinating! I love science and I can’t wait to try these with the kids! Steel wool is a great thing to pack for camping. Perfect for campfires…don’t forget this one! Use a battery instead of a lighter and see what happens.

About Education has some fire magic tricks that are pretty spectacular. I want to try some of them too. Maybe the ice on fire? See all the tricks here.

Here’s the fun video… Enjoy!

lost city basement

Imagine discovering an underground city through your home? That is exactly what one man discovered after he knocked down a wall in his house. He revealed an underground city that dates back thousands and thousands of years!

A man in Turkey was renovating his home back in 1963 when he revealed a city named Derinkuyu after breaking through a cave wall. It was more than 280 feet deep with more than 10 stories! There were religious centers, storerooms, wine presses, ventilation shafts and more. This secret city was believed to populate over 20,000 people at one point. Another more mysterious discovery was the 1000 pound doors. They could only be opened from within, which indicated that people would have been hiding from something.

Several theories have been formed on why this underground secret city was even created. It’s not possible to ascertain the year it was built though.

Go here to read more about the secret city of Derinkuyu and see all the amazing photos…

cardboard box ideas

Kids these days have it sooo good. Have you seen some of their toys?! Amazing! I know I had some painters plastic and dish soap not an inflatable water slide. I was over the moon when I got the Barbie Hot Wheels jeep! What kid really needs a toy Kettler ‘53 Chevrolet Vette? No matter what generation of kid, Boomer to GenZ (aka iGen), they all enjoyed playing with cardboard boxes at some time. These box creations that Buzzfeed has roundup are terrific! I’m so excited to feature them here today. I know that you and yours will get a lot of fun and enjoyment out of these ideas.

These ideas will help skyrocket your childs imagine and you will have such fun making them together! This has everything! Especially for the perfect club house; washer and dryer included. Ohh and don’t forget the full kitchen. I heart the pirate ship and gas station too!

‘Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere,’ Albert Einstein. It’s so important for the kiddos to use their Imaginations. It helps them think creatively and that is something that will serve them well all their life. She Knows has five tips that will help foster an environment where creativity and imagination can thrive.

Here’s the link to all 31 ideas…

Buzzfeed: 31 Awesome Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box

coke house

Lillian of Cork County, Ireland loves and collects red and white memorabilia of the Coca Cola persuasion. Her whole house is decorated in this delicious and fizzy theme. Let’s take a tour and a walk down memory lane! (I love the bottle chandelier and wallpaper!) Coca Cola is the most magical, heavenly, and sugary substance on the planet. Yum! I’m so glad that John Pemberton created this concoction in 1886.

Coke was originally marketed as the magic medication that cures all ailes. Mr. Pemberton invented it because he had become addicted to morphine during the war. This was a substitute to cut his habit. It was advertised to treat addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence. It was manufactured with tiny amounts of cocaine until 1929.

This drink was a staple during war times. Soldiers relied heavily on it for energy and I can relate! I need a soda now and then too. Everyone loves Coke. Besides it’s Santa’s favorite drink! Learn how Santa and Coke became synonymous here.

Come see the interior photos here…

LittleThings: Her house Looked Normal From The Outside… (interior photos)

pub

How many of you have an old shed wasting away? Shame on you! There are so many better things you could be doing with it. Better things like turning it into a pub! Pub sheds are fast becoming a ‘thing.’ They are a definitely a growing trend that I can get on board with.

OMG! These are great. It’s about time there was a playhouse for adults. Why should kids get all the fun? A ‘Shub,’ (my abbreviation for shed pub) would make a great man cave too. I don’t think anyone would mind being in ‘the dog house’ if it looked anything like one of these! After seeing these you will be inspired! Clear out the cobwebs and buy a jukebox. Don’t forget to drop my invitation in the mail for the grand opening! I am so going to do this! I can have happy hour every hour, hehe.

Don’t despair if there isn’t room for a shed in your life. You can build a bar in your house! Learn all about it here.

See all the amazing makeovers here…

Little Things: Old Sheds Transformed Into Something Incredible (photos)

Sponge House

Can you say best science project ever? Now you can. This DIY is simple, fun, educational, and the best thing ever. I found this little gem of a house, covered in grass, and made of sponges over at WonderfulDIY.com and I am in love! I’m beyond excited to feature it here today. This craft will help start kids learning about biology and nature. It might even help get their green thumbs sprouting. The earlier the better!

Sponges are porous and make the perfect growing surface. They soak up water and have all the little nooks and crannies needed for seeds to take root. With this experiment kids will be able to see the whole growing process. You will need four brightly colored kitchen sponges, ruler, marker, scissors, tupperware, spray bottle, and most importantly, grass seeds. Fast growing seeds will make you little ones the happiest. It’s like a Chia Pet! Only not because it’s a house.

Here’s a similar experiment from Measured In Moments. Bean sprouts! Find it here.

Find the full tutorial and expirement here…

WonderfulDIY.com: Little Grass House

Dominoes

I don’t have the patience for dominoes. Never have. Never will. I barely have the patience to play games that use them much less build amazing creations with them. I made a sick spiral or two back in my day. Woo Hoo. Probably using 20 cubes. This domino trick was created using 20-25,000 cubes. That is impressive!

This took Hevesh5 and MillionenDollarBoy three months to create! They must have the patience of saints and minds of engineers. I don’t know how they can see the end result and where each tiny domino has be to get it. How many times do you think they had to reset? I bet they had a lot of rules. Walk softly, don’t slam any doors, no yelling, and above all, no children. Lol. Kids can be like bulls in china shops sometimes.

The green and white spiral is awesome. I love it when words are spelled out. How is that even possible? My favorite has to be when the dominoes look like buildings being demolished. Check out time stamp 1.13, 2.21, and 3.0 to see what I mean.

The only problem with domino art? All that hard work is over in just a few minutes! It was so beautiful and creative to watch though. Here is another pretty one I thought you might like. FlippyCat shows Da Vinci what’s up. See the video here.

Here’s the video…Enjoy! (Seriously, Enjoy!)

Purple House

Have you heard the song “Purple Rain” by Prince? Yup. We all have. Now, let me ask you this…Have you heard of the purple house in Hillingdog, Middlesex, England? My guess is no. If you’re like me, you probably don’t even know where Hillingdog is. This house is so crazy, it’s seriously worth checking out!

Listen up home buyers! This four bedroom all purple house could be yours. On the outside it looks normal but the inside is quite colorful. It is literally decorated with 50 shades of purple with white accents. I like purple but I don’t like it this much! This house has me wondering about my neighbors. Normal on the outside but what about the inside? Maybe this is why the Jones haven’t had us over!

Forbes has a roundup of 12 strange houses also on the market. They are awesome. Some are a dream come true and some look as strange on the outside as they do on the inside. Find all 12 here.

See all the amazing interior photos here…

Diply: Looks Like A Regular House On The Outside… (See Inside)

death star fire pit

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