Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Bread Machine


Years ago when the first bread machine hit the market, I remember folks buying them and then complaining that it really didn’t do all that they expected. The result was that it sat on a dusty shelf somewhere and was neglected. Sounds a lot like the crockpot, doesn’t it? But I wanted one anyway. So, […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Motion Sensor Light


I have shared before that FishPapa is my Mr. Fixit. Whether it’s my mood or my garbage disposal, he can handle the job, Bob. And often, he takes care of something almost before I’ve even asked. (Not always, he’s still human — but he’s a pretty reliable dude, nonetheless.) Our home was not built all […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Immortal Crockpot


Yeah, I know the jokes abound about the Crockpot. It seems that people everywhere have left theirs to languish in the cupboard. Not so at my house. In fact, I own three: 1.5 Qt, 2.5 Qt (round) and 6.5 QT (oval). There are a number of other sizes available as well, including 3.5 Qt and […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Magic Bullet


For my birthday last year my dad went to great lengths to order me one of his favorite tools: The Magic Bullet. He had been talking this thing up for months, and I, for one, was skeptical. Never to do things by halves, he sent me a double pack: a plug-in version as well as […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: iPod Nano + iTunes


A few Christmases ago, my husband surprised me with an iPod Nano. This was a very special gift, especially as he really wanted one also. But he made sure that I got mine first. (Isn’t he sweet?) Since then it has become a really valuable tool in my bag of tricks. My particular model does […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Fantabulous Cookie Scoop


I resisted getting one of these cookie scoops for a long time. I guess I thought they were too expensive or not useful or something. But, I bought a couple recently and am amazed at how cool they are. What was I thinking not to get one years ago? We love cookies at our house. […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Portable High-Chair/Booster Seat with Tray


At our house tools are things that help you do your job better. Love that definition. You could put such a spin on it. “Honey, this new chair will really make our family read aloud time so much richer. It’s definitely a tool our home needs.” Can you just see husbands everywhere rolling their eyes? […]

Toolin’ Up Tuesday: The Shark


Since my husband is a general contractor, tools have always been a big deal at our house. In our book, tool is defined as “anything that helps you do your job better.” They have always been a worthy investment for us, especially if they help do the job quicker and more easily. As a newlywed, […]