Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ride-On Car Updates

How to make a Superman car by updating an old ride-on electric toy car.We received this toy car free off Freecycle and I wanted to update it because I saw all these cool paint jobs on Pinterest and got excited. My son didn't care what it looked like until I told him I was going to make him a "Superman car" by painting it, then he got mad every time I wouldn't immediately go paint this (I was still waiting on red paint- which I ended up canceling as I realized it wasn't necessary). He'd see the blue paint sitting out of reach and say "SUPERMAN CAR!?" Glad I finally finished this. Haha.

So I purchased some special spray paint for plastic, got out my drop cloth and my painter's tape, and got to work. I did take some of the stuff off to paint to make it easier, as possible. My toddler helped me remove all of the old stickers from it. Very easy and quick to do this project.

Here are the supplies that I bought from Amazon, if you want to make it really easy. Both items below are the exact ones I used. The car was already red in places so I didn't need to paint those areas. Order two of the stickers if you want one on each side. Ordering using the affiliate links below help support my blog, thank you!


The process

Took it apart a bit so we could cover the "guts" with drop cloth.
Taping everything up.
Paint and let dry.

Remove all tape and put the car back together.

Final Product

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Stainless Steel WaterBottle

I really like my new stainless steel water bottle. I didn't realize what I was missing!I've been telling my husband that his stainless steel water bottle isn't as great as he thinks and that plastic ones are just fine. Don't tell him, but I am a total convert after trying out this bottle.

(Whispers) "I was wrong."

It really does keep your water colder and the water just tastes BETTER. Is it plastic leeching off into the water that makes it taste icky or what? I don't know. Whatever it is, this doesn't have that taste. 

I tend to leave my water bottle next to my bed at night as I get thirsty a lot and my remaining water wasn't even warm in the morning. I do think MY bottle (husband has a different one) is way cooler than his because I like the sleek white exterior. I also really like that mine has a straw instead of a spout like his. Personal preference. 

The other cool thing is that I can turn it upside down and if it's closed properly, it doesn't leak. I was having huge issues with my plastic water bottles leaking. Yuck. I came out to my van one day (I'd left my plastic water bottle in there) and there was a pool of water under my bottle. This hasn't done that. 

The only thing you really need to be aware of is that these cannot go through the dishwasher. I don't put my bottles through anyways, but hand washing is really necessary to keep these bottles in good condition. These are also a bit heavier than their plastic counterparts. It's a worthwhile trade off to have something that doesn't leak, in my opinion. 

Overall, great product. You can purchase it using the affiliate link below and help support my blog. Thank you!

From the company:
Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Flip Cap and Straw- BPA Free- Eco Friendly- Great for Hiking, Biking, At the Gym, or Simply on the Go- Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Keeps Drinks Cold For Hours 
The Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Double Wall Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is perfect for use at the gym, at the office, around your house and anywhere you need to take your beverage of choice with you. The loop at the top provides an extra convenient way to carry, or can hook onto backpacks or carabineers. 
Made from durable and sturdy PREMIUM QUALITY 18/8 FOOD GRADE STAINLESS STEEL, this Hydracentials Sporty 25 ounce water bottle is a great eco friendly sports bottle. This double wall insulated water bottle is PERFECT for carrying while walking, hiking, camping, use at the gym or just on the go- as it fits great in most car cup holders. No more spills and messes while driving! 
Baby Kaden Approved.
Ditch those plastic water bottles! GO HEALTHY with this BPA Free, FOOD GRADE stainless steel water bottle that holds a large capacity of liquids 25 fluid ounces and no longer worry about toxins and chemicals leaching into your beverage. Drink crisp, clean, healthy and refreshing drinks from Your Hydracentials Water Bottle every time. 
Just Fill and Go! This sporty bottle features a flip up spout and straw drinking mechanism allows the ease of staying hydrated even while on the go! The flip cap top provides single-handed drinking ability and is perfect for your busy life on the go! Stay hydrated and DRINK MORE WATER with this large capacity 25 ounce water bottle. 
COLD LIQUIDS ONLY! This is a double wall insulated water bottle is made of 18/8 food grade stainless steel water bottle, which is only recommended for use with cold beverages due to the flip spout and straw drinking mechanism. DO NOT USE WITH HOT LIQUIDS. Drinking hot liquids from a straw is not a pleasurable experience and there for this bottle is a cold beverage water bottle only!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Video Tutorial for a Fabric Aquarium Background: Sew or No Sew

How to make your own aquarium background easily and affordably.
I've had this great new aquarium that I've done a couple DIY or tutorial posts for in the past, including an aquarium stand update, aquarium water testing, Diatom canister filter cleaning and setup, and fish tank setup. I have really needed a background for the tank though because my filter tubes get gross and you can see them through the glass of the aquarium... and I can't seem to keep them clean enough for my taste, especially where none of the brushes I've found reach far enough in to get them clean throughout. Also, my fish are super skittish and I was hoping that blacking out one side of the aquarium would make them feel more secure. We can hope.

For this project, all I used was a big cut of black felt and some fusion velcro. Felt doesn't fray so I didn't need to sew at all, just cut out the fabric to the size I needed for my aquarium. The velcro was ironed on (please see instructions on materials or tutorial for more information). You could also just sew regular velcro onto your felt, and then glue the opposite velcro side onto the aquarium. I stuck mine on and wasn't able to apply the heat because the aquarium is full and too close to the wall to try heat... I may glue it down in the future if I plan to swap out backgrounds a lot, but I think it will work for the moment.

Below are some links for the appropriate supplies (using these affiliate links to access Amazon to shop helps support my blog, thank you!)... there were some other options for sizes of felt and Velcro so you may want to look further, but I wanted to give you a snapshot of what I got for mine.

I did opt to embroider a small Tardis on mine... I would've done more, but I really couldn't think of anything else I wanted on there yet, but I'll update if I think of something cool. I really mostly wanted the black backdrop. I like the idea that I can make a few different backdrops and exchange them out depending on my preferences. That all said, my embroidery machine doesn't do huge designs and I think it'd be nice to be able to do something slightly larger for my fish tank, given that it's 29 gallons. 

Here's a video of how I made mine.