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A few weeks ago, I was perusing Amazon when I came across this little contraption:

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No, not the toddler. The blue thing! Its called: The Noggle. Its an attachment you hook to your A/C vent so your rear-facing kiddo can get cold air in the hot car. This intrigued me because I’m constantly concerned that Huff the Babe is burning up in the backseat (which is why I have the A/C turned down to 68* in the car, much to Huff the Tot’s disappointment). I checked the price: $45.99!

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SAY WHAAAAAAAAT?! Nah. I know I could do this for a lot cheaper. I checked Pinterest for some tutorials, but I couldn’t really find any. So, I decided to just wing it and do my own thing.

Here’s what I used:

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~foil duct

~glue gun

~silicone sink strainer (I found some at Dollar Tree!)

~Velcro adhesive stickers

~felt

~fabric

 

My idea (well, actually my dad’s idea) was to put the silicone sink drainer in the hose, put felt around the outside, and attach the Velcro adhesives to the vent so the vent would stick.

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Then, I put a funnel at the other end (AKA, the end that Huff the Babe would have). I put the funnel there because I didn’t want Huff the Babe to put his hands down the tube.

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It looked REALLY janky. I couldn’t deal. So I covered it with some Star Wars fabric I had lying around.

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Much better.

Then, Huff the Hubs and I tried it out.

Yeah. Big. Fat. FAILURE.

The air didn’t really come out the other end (probably because of the funnel) and I really didn’t want to take it out because I knew HtB, AKA “The Destroyer”, would rip through the tubing. (Seriously, this kid has some Hulk strength). So sadly, this was a bust.

BUT, at least I didn’t spend $45.99! I only spent $16! And I can still use the stuff. I’ll probably reuse the fabric and the tubing can be used for a Tin Man costume or robot costume later. So all is not lost!

Have you ever tried The Noggle (or something similar)? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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For the past two weeks, Huff the Hubs has been saying he wants to make apple cider. Any time we’d be at the store and we’d see the pre-packaged kind, he’d lament the fact that we still hadn’t made it. So, this weekend I thought we should give it a try.

I found a recipe for slow-cooker apple cider and got everything we needed. It seemed simple enough and I LURVE apple cider!

Here’s what we used:

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~10 apples (any kind; I chose Red Delicious because that’s what I always see on the packets of apple cider)

~Gallon of water

~2 cinnamon sticks

~Nutmeg (just a dash)

~Cloves (a dash of ground or a few whole; I used 4 whole cloves)

~Cheesecloth (for straining)

 

First, we washed and sliced the apples.

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We tossed them in the crockpot and then sliced the orange into 8 slices, adding our spices and water:

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After that, we turned the crockpot to “Low” and let it cook for 8 hours. Meanwhile, I woke up at 4:00 a.m., puking my guts up. Seriously, whoever gave me and Huff the Tot this tummy virus, I. AM. COMING. FOR. YOU.

Anyway…

Later, when we all got up, the cider smelled great (at least, to those of us that didn’t feel nauseous at every turn). How did it taste, you ask? Well… I asked Huff the Hubs who just sighed and said, “Welllllll…..”

Turns out it was super bitter and even adding copious amounts of brown sugar and regular sugar were not enough to save this cider. We followed the directions EXACTLY as they were in the original recipe, so we’re not sure what happened.

Sadly, I will have to file this under “Pinterest Fail”. Womp, womp.

 

Have you ever made homemade apple cider? How did you make it?

 

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When I was in elementary school, there was this kid in my class that ALWAYS ate the art supplies. I’m not even kidding. He drank glue, he chewed on pipecleaners, and he sucked on tissue paper to make his teeth change colors. No joke.

So, if you’re out there (and you know who you are even though I’m not going to call you out on this blog) this Try It is for you, sir.

Its edible glitter!

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According the pin, its easy peasy and awesome.

Here’s what you need:

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~1/4 cup sugar

~1/2 teaspoon food coloring (any color)

 

First, preheat your oven to 350*. Then, add the food coloring to your sugar. I chose red because I thought it would look like pink glitter when it finished.

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Mix well.

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Pour the sugar onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

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After its finished baking, let it cool. Pour the sugar into a small bowl and stir, breaking up all the chunks that have formed. And then prepare yourself for disappointment.

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Yeeeahhh…. totally doesn’t look like it did on Pinterest. Womp, womp. Oh well. Guess I’ll stick to store bought sprinkles!