Opacity sounds like a good quality for paint to have, right? Maybe. Discover the differences between opaque watercolors and transparent watercolors to see which is best for your paintings!
Thinking about adding a guinea pig to your family? Discover 10 things that you need to get in order to keep your cavy happy and healthy.
Making a Celtic knot segmented wood pen is easier than it looks! Learn how to make this segmented blank, even if you don't have access to power saws.
Educational games can appeal to students of all ages and are a fun way to review for a test or reinforce prior knowledge. The "Who Am I?" game is great for social studies, literature, and art.
Discover how to make your own, healthy popcorn in the microwave without a bag! It's oil-free and uses equipment you already have at home.
Need to write thank you notes after a wedding, graduation, birthday, or holiday but don't know what to say? Discover a simple formula for writing thank you not cards quickly!
Are your sunglasses working for you? Or are they just an expensive accessory? Learn how to tell in seconds if your sunglasses are polarized.
Want cool fitness wear without the hefty price tag? Discover how to reconstruct a tshirt and weave a ladder back pattern without sewing!
Don't let jet lag leave you sleeping half your vacation or taking sick days to recover from one! Discover these tips for staying hydrated and preventing much-dreaded jet lag.
Take your jewelry and handmade gifts to the next level by learning how to make your own necklace chain!
I hiked the world's tallest mountain in a morning. If you visit Guam, you can, too! Find out about Mount Lamlam and how to hike the world's highest mountain.
Discover the dangers dog poop poses to you and the environment. You'll never leave the house without a bag again!
The Priest Pools are named for Spanish priests who would bathe in the cool pools after the European nation colonized the island in 1500. Today, hiking to the pools is quick, easy, and fun!
The ability to add a deep, rich patina is an important tool in any metalsmith's arsenal. Discover how with liver of sulfur, an inexpensive and effective way to patina copper and brass.
Guam is a US possession, but it is pretty different from the continental US! Discover what to expect in Guam and how to make your trip more enjoyable and affordable.
Tarzan Falls is a moderately difficult hike that is easy to find and follow. Only about half an hour away from the major hotel district, the Tarzan Falls hike is the perfect way to spend half a day.
Discover the weird connection between mangos and poison ivy, how to safely eat a mango if you're allergic, and what to do if you've come into contact with a mango tree!
Rag wreaths are a great way to add an inexpensive pop of color and festivity any time of year! Learn how to make one and discover how to make it more durable for seasons of use.
Dips are anything but ho-hum when you make this delicious chocolate chip cookie dough dessert dip with peanut butter cups!
Making a window transparency is a fun, kid friendly way to add a pop of color to your windows to celebrate spring!
Do you really know how to study? Does how you study work well for you? Discover your learning style and tricks for studying smarter, not studying longer.
What is federalism and does it constrain democracy? For that matter, is constraining democracy a good thing?
A clasp can really make or break a piece of jewelry. Why finish a beautiful handmade piece with a store bought clasp? Discover how to make your own toggle clasp for your next jewelry project.
Have you ever thought of metal as your canvass? Probably not. But it is, and it's easier to create designs in metal than you think. Acid etching copper and brass yields endless possibilities with impressive results. The materials needed are fairly inexpensive, and you may already have some of them...
Bezels are fun and creatively liberating because they are blank slates for your designs. The problem is, it seems like commercially available bezels are either the wrong dimensions too shallow, or cost way too much. Luckily, it is fairly easy to make your own bezel. Learn how to create your own...
Does single-gender education help students? And who benefits from it more - boys or girls?
This side-by-side comparison of avant-garde printing company Moo's business cards with two traditional business card options demonstrates the high quality and creativity of Moo's offerings.
Whether it's your first year working a major holiday, of the 20th year in a row, these pieces of practical advice can help you make the most of your holiday at work.
Heat embossing is an easy, but impressive, way to create personalized stationary, cards, envelopes, and gift tags. Discover heat, or wet, embossing and how to heat emboss with or without a specialized heat tool. This step by step how-to includes lots of pictures and two instructional videos.
This pumpkin pie cake recipe shows you how to use pumpkin pie filling with cake mix to create the most delicious holiday dessert ever. This recipe contains unique tips guaranteed to make this the best pumpkin pie cake recipe you've ever tried.
Is your life drowning in pet fur? Mine was. Discover how the Furminator Deshedding Tool helped me reclaim my furniture and clothing by reducing my dog's shedding. This review looks at the pros and cons of the Furminator and lets you know what to expect.
Child labor has existed throughout human history. For most of this time, child labor was an accepted fact - no one thought it was immoral or wrong, or that 'kids should be kids.' That began changing in the 19th century and, today, child labor is strictly regulated in most western nations. However,...
If you're tired of having embarrassing handwriting, discover these simple drills for improving your writing and the best handwriting manuals for adults.
Discover the key elements of any lesson plan and how streamlined lesson plans can reduce the amount of time you spend planning and improve your students' classroom experience.
Every person is born creative, but many of us become afraid of our creativity during our journey to adulthood. Discover simple steps you can take to re-find your latent creativity.
Discover how to make wreath bows in the easiest way imaginable. Even if bows have baffled you in the past, try this step by step tutorial filled with photos. Anyone can make beautiful bows with this method!
Bad kids are just bad, right? Wrong. In fact, there are a variety of teacher-caused misbehaviors. Are you unintentionally encouraging your students to act up? Find out here!
Creating customized, batik shirts, pillowcases, aprons, and more has never been easier! Discover how to batik items at home using gel glue.
Whether you're a high school student cramming for a psychology test, an education student studying for the PLT Praxis, or a classroom teacher, this page gives you the tools you need to understand each level of Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains, the tasks and objectives associated with each...
Painting military figures should be fun, not stressful. Discover these tips on how to paint paint military figures and create impressive looking armies in less time.
Life shouldn't be about unnecessary, self-inflected hardships, but we also shouldn't let stuff detract from life's true meaning. Learn dramatic ways to simplify your life, save money, and maybe even make some spare cash with these simply living tips.
Does a with-it teacher wear cool clothes and listen to the latest pop song hits? No. A with-it teacher is a teacher who is in control of his or her classroom and can deal with disruptive behavior without neglecting the rest of the class. Interested in developing with-it-ness? Discover these...
I know it sounds too good to be true, but this homemade deodorant recipe creates a product that actually works and doesn't contain the potentially harmful and irritating ingredients found in commercially-avialable deodorants. Learn about the potential dangers of commercial deodorants and what makes...
Kahe Point Beach, called Electric Beach because of its proximity to a local power plant, is a fantastic place to snorkel in Oahu. Warm water vented from the power plant attracts marine life of all kinds, but you have to be a confident swimmer to snorkel Electric Beach. Learn how to find the water...
If you have limited growing space, want to grow your own food, and are baffled by the recent explosion of small space gardening and container gardening books, learn about the top 5 small space and container gardening books and each one's particular strengths to discover which best suits your needs.
Finding the perfect gift for the spirited girl in your life is difficult. Instead of buying something 'normal for her a girl her age,' use this list to discover unique ideas your tomboy will love.
Almost all Coast Guard requirements for a recreational vessel depend depend on its overall legal length. The penalties for not having legally required equipment and documentation are high.
Whether you are an education student or a teacher seeking a job, crafting your philosophy of teaching statement is an opportunity for personal growth and development. Learn what to include in your statement and what to avoid by following this template and reading a poor example and a good example...
Say goodbye to clunky, ugly dry erase boards and follow this tutorial for a quick and easy DIY dry erase board. Customizable and inexpensive, this project should take you less than 10 minutes to complete!
There are old sailors and bold sailors. Which would you rather be? Learn about basic boating safety, the legally required minimums for safety equipment and documentation, as well as additional equipment you can have on board to increase your safety on the water.
If your student is telling you he only has four classes to study for, he may be telling the truth. Unlike traditional high school schedules with 6 or 7 periods a day, many high schools are using block scheduling. Block scheduling has taken America by storm in recent years. What, exactly, is block...
Each year, 58 billion disposable coffee cup sleeves are tossed out. Learn how to save your fingers and the environment by taking the time to make your own reusable coffee sleeve. Easy to make and customize, a reusable coffee sleeve also makes a great homemade gift.
If you visit Hawaii want to experience extraordinary tropical vegetation and actually learn about the plants and their uses, skip the Dole Plantation and head straight to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. It is free, conveniently located, non-commercial, and beautiful - what more could you ask for?
Once an extraordinarily threatened reef, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a beginner-friendly snorkeling spot and a great place to learn more about reef ecology.
If you're looking for a reasonably short hike with a great view in Oahu, take a trip to the Lanikai pillboxes. A steep, but short, hike brings you to two creatively-decorated pillboxes and great views of the windward coast.
Sharks Cove offers some of the best scuba and snorkeling opportunities in Oahu. Located on the island's North Shore, rocky conditions mean you need to plan ahead and bring the correct equipment and footwear.
Learn how to minimize your airport security delays, ensure you stay safe and healthy while flying, and make sure you arrive well rested, clean, and looking fresh.
Aluminum can earrings are the perfect beginner aluminum can craft project. Learn how to quickly and easily make fun, fresh earrings out of old soda cans!
Save time and money by learning how to correctly pack carry-on luggage to use a carry-on only for an extended trip.
Walks through through the countryside with a basket for wild blackberries and strawberries are fantastic to imagine, but unrealistic for most urban-dwellers. Today, a growing community of urban foragers is finding food in the most seemingly food-bare environments. Learn about urban foraging, and...
There are no set temperatures or conditions that are guaranteed to cause heat exhaustion or other heat-related injuries. Learn the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
Nothing ruins the clean dog experience like a stinky collar! Learn how to effectively clean your dog's collar and leash without damaging the metal or material.
Discover how to cook perfect pub style burgers with a tasty crust and an evenly-cooked interior in under 10 minutes with this pan cooking recipe.
In an ideal world, every visitor to Colonial Williamsburg could afford the price of a multi-day ticket and the time needed to explore every trade shop and historic site on the property. For many people, this is not a realistic option. Luckily, a little panning can help you have a fantastic...
Clothespins and paper are both inexpensive - learn how to combine the two and create inexpensive, DIY, personalized home decor.
Discover cooking tips and unconventional ingredients that take macaroni and cheese to a new level of delicious. As a lifelong macaroni and cheese enthusiast, I am confident this recipe will create the most delicious version of this classic you've ever tasted.
Math activities really can be fun, if they contain a hands-on component. This math activity shows you how to construct a mariner's quadrant, the type of navigation equipment used by Christopher Columbus, and use the quadrant to measure object heights and calculate latitude.
We all have t-shirts that were just too good to pass up, even though they are a size too big. Why not turn these wanted, but large, t-shirts into racer back tank tops? Follow this tutorial and get ready to hit the beach or gym in unique style.
Learn about Charleston's award-winning Waterfront Park and what the site has to offer residents and visitors alike.
Decoupage tables are a great way to transform an old, or boring, tabletop into a new, fun collage.
Discover an in-depth, insider look at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, SC.
Discover an easy way to upcycle old t-shirts by making t-shirt yarn for knitting, crocheting, and crafting projects.
If you are tempted by boxes of miniatures and figures at your local hobby shop, or keep seeing cool figures online, and don't know how to even begin painting figures, discover what supplies you need to get started in the hobby.
How can spending a summer or semester working for free at an unpaid internship benefit you? Learn how to get an internship at Colonial Williamsburg to improve your chances of landing a post-graduation job or of gaining admission to the graduate school of your choice.
What is Amazon Mechanical Turk? Is it really a way to make a substantial amount of money, or just another Internet scam? And how can I make money writing online?
Most kids love making things, especially items they can use. Discover how to help your child make a bean bag to play games with and a drawstring bag to hold secret treasures.
Pictures of bowls made from recycled, rolled magazines have popped up all over the internet, but available instructions frequently leave something to be desired. This is an in-depth tutorial with step by step instructions on how to recycle paper from magazines, catalogs, old homework assignments,...
Learn from my experiences with college radio and studying grant writing in grad school to increase your chances of becoming a successful grant writer who secures money for your college radio station.
Spending a weekend in Colonial Williamsburg is easy. The challenge is making sure you do not miss anything you want to see! Whether you are traveling as a family, a couple, or alone, follow these tips to successfully plan a weekend here.
Whether you want to host a college radio show for fun, or are hoping to peruse a career in the industry, hosting your own college radio show can be fun and rewarding if you do a little show planning and preparation.
You weren't made in a factory - why not make your own home decor that is unique as you are? Learn how to use glass bottles, crackle paint and seashells to make your own, DIY inexpensive home decor.
Curious about life in the Colonial period? Learn about how daily life for colonial Americans and some surprising facts about women in Colonial trades.
How to redo your decor for less than $3 in a shabby chic inspired manner.
Sick of following web links for pages boasting tutorials for making inexpensive wall art that turned out to either 1) require tons of materials that actually cost a lot or 2) look like something I wouldn't hang on my wall if I got it for free, I decided to create my own DIY wall art project to...
It will be the holiday season before you know it! Top your desserts in style with fresh, homemade whipped cream that does not deflate and keeps for days.
This is the story of my dilemma over whether or not to seek orthopedic surgery for a rescued husky.
This is a short history of Imperial measurements and shipping in the American Colonies. The page also explains barrels, hogsheads, kilderkins, and other wooden casks.
This guide tells you about four popular Charleston plantations and what is unique to each site.
This tutorial shows you how to make recycled light bulb vases with acrylic water and artificial silk flowers so you can easily bring the joy of maintenance-free flowers into your home.
This is a tutorial on how to dye using natural indigo.
This tutorial shows you how to sew three basic hand sewing stitches; the running stitch, running backstitch and backstitch.
Learn how to create a rolled hem, a quick and easy way to hem fabrics by hand.
This is a brief chronology of the formation of half English colonies in what is now the United States of America. It highlights lesser known tidbits about the colonies.
This page is a summary of tricks I've learned through the years to make wearing Colonial clothing easier and more practical.
This page shows you how to pull threads in linen cloth, which ultimately allows you to make perfectly straight cuts and edges for your linen projects.
This is a tutorial on how to use the lucet to make a basic braid. Lucets, also known as knitting forks, have existed since Viking times and are easy to use.