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Hilarious XMas Gift Idea-Mustache & Lips Face Masks

My baby brother, Daniel has one of the most creative minds that I know and if needed, he can be rather practical. Today, he is giving away one of his awesome face masks from his site, Mustache Mask. (Enter to win at the bottom of this post.)

These are the perfect gift for a DIY-er, Doctor, Nurse or those steering clear of  the flu and nasty infections this season! And these masks can be used as a Surgical mask, Dust mask, Allergy mask, Flu mask, Painting mask or even an Undercover disguise mask.


*Mustache Mask on Daniel

Hi! I’m Daniel Matlach. Being an avid DIY-er, I am constantly putting my lungs in harms way-as I rehab our 1940′s bungalow, complete with asbestos siding and lead paint.  I decided that if I have to wear a safety mask, it might as well be fun!


*Lush Lips Mask on Brie, Mustache Mask on Daniel

Forgo the urge to buy those pesky paper masks that are only good for one use before they are tossed in the garbage and go green! Our respiratory masks are all 3-ply, 100% cotton that can be washed and reused over and over again. 

We use eco-friendly ink and ship in bags made from 70% recycled material.  

(Check out my line of masks here on my etsy store, Modern Eyes Design or on my site, Mustache Mask.)


*Lush Lips Mask on Brie

If you need a higher level of air particle filtration, each style of mask is available as a 99% bacterial efficient model.  The masks have an opening on the inside that cleverly conceals a standard size surgical mask. If you have to wear one in public, you’re bound to get laughs and smiles in lieu of hesitant glances.  


One size fits all, from me a 6’2″ man, down to my little 4′ tall nephews.  All of our masks are printed and shipped straight to you from Tulsa, Oklahoma.


*Healthy Grin Mask on Daniel

I just love these masks! How fun would it be to go and visit your sick friend wearing one of these? Or grab a couple for the doctors and nurses in your life. Or perhaps you have that friend that is constantly remodeling something. This gift is so unique and fun-I think it would make anyone’s day!

Enter to win either  your very own “Lush Lips”, “Mustache”, or “Healthy Grin” mask  today and get it in time for the holidays!


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Glamorous Toilet Repair

Oh yes-repairing toilets is glamorous. “What isn’t glamorous about a toilet?”, is what I ask myself on a daily basis.

Today, we will tackle the repair of a “Glamorously Running Toilet” and I give you a “No Nail Broken” Guarantee.


All you need is the right outfit, the right tools, a little know how and the right mind set. I will provide you with the little know-how. You are on your own for the outfit, the tools and the right mindset. Come on-this is going to be glamorous!


I received a concerned call from one of our tenant’s: their glamorous toilet was running constantly and their last water bill was in the triple digits.

Of course, I asked if they jiggled the handle. The tenant stated it was beyond jiggling.


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I assessed the problem-the “vintage” handle on the toilet would get stuck in the “up” or the “down” position and not allow the rubber flapper (bottom right) to either seal or to release water from the tank.

The “vintage” handle was shot. Off to Lowe’s for my $3 part, which is much cheaper than a $79 house call from a licensed plumber.


I grabbed my glamourous tools-channel lock pliers (center) and two vice grips (left and right). The vice grips proved to be unnecessary, but I wasn’t sure how stubborn the vintage handle and years of mineral deposits might be.

First step, unhook the chain that connects the handle lever to the flapper.


Next, using the channel lock pliers, I gently loosened the nut that locked in the handle, on the inside of the toilet tank. *Tip-to loosen the nut, you turn it to the right. (NO righty-tighty, lefty loosy here.) After it’s easy to turn with the pliers, removed the rest of the way by hand.


Completely remove the old nut and the handle.


The toilet tank will now look like this-with a hole that needs fillin’.


Next, grab the glamorous new handle and remove the nut by hand.


Insert the new handle into the tank and tighten the nut by hand.


Next, tighten the nut using the channel lock pliers until it’s snug. Don’t get too crazy and crack the tank. Please. I beg of you-that is not glamorous.

Finally, attach the chain and test that everything is working correctly by flushing it several times. Adjust the placement or the length of the chain if necessary.


I told you-repairing a running toilet is very glamorous. And I delivered on the “No Nail Broken” Guarantee.

Flush away!

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Whine Fest and Concrete Porches

Yesterday, I had a good, old-fashioned “Whine Fest”. Not a wine fest-that would have been awesome. But a “let me tell you all about my current situation, God and wonder where the heck you are in all of this” whine fest. (As if he didn’t already know.)


I complained to Him about how much there was still left to be done on our house, why we haven’t been able to complete it-money and time, how much cat hair there was to dust mop EVERY SINGLE DAY, how frustrated I get when I try to wipe down our very cool, but very rustic concrete countertops and the desperate need for a second car.

He spoke to my heart and told me to be quiet. A.K.A.: “Shut up, you little whiney kid.”


That’s when he reminded me of just how far our house had come. For several years, we remodeled the inside of the house. After saving up, we were finally able to start on the outside of our house. I was excited about removing the ghetto landscaping, broken metal edging and expanding our front porch.


There was hardly enough room on this stoop for one human to stand on it, let alone open the door around them. I wanted a porch big enough for a chair or two where Biceps and I can drink coffee and watch the world go by. And once we build our overhang, we can even enjoy it during a rain.


Phase one of our outside remodel began two springs ago. Biceps and I spent a couple of weeks ripping out the landscaping, building a frame to widen the porch and laying landscaping block.

We went to bed each night tired and sore, but satisfied from a good day’s work.


As there always is in a remodeling adventure, there were stressful moments. We were concerned that the frame wouldn’t hold up and concrete would come pouring out.

Biceps ran a wheelbarrow up a makeshift ramp, filled to the brim with heavy, mushy concrete. He then slopped into the frame and as quickly as I could, I raked and scooped and filled the frame in-while getting super disgusting and tired.

Beauty Tip: If you ever want to thoroughly dry your skin out-just slap some wet concrete on it. Works like a charm.


Then came the two tons of rock to fill the landscaping beds. After weed blocking all of the beds around the house, several days were devoted to hauling and filling up the beds with a level 2-3″ of rock.

The pile of rock seemed to be regenerating itself-it wouldn’t shrink. I cursed my calculations and wondered if I had made a huge mistake.

We went to bed tired, sore and a little frustrated.


Weeks later, I took this picture. My muscles were still sore, reminding me of all we had been through. I was so excited with the progress we had made in a matter of weeks.

We went to bed tired, sore and feeling very accomplished.

But NOW, I look at this picture and see all there is still left to do. The beds need plants, the overhang needs to be built, the screen door needs to be replaced…


…but then when I compare it to the before, I realize just how far our home has progressed.

And God, in his infinite wisdom, gently reminded me of this during my whine fest. Which of course made me cry and ask for forgiveness. Which of course he did.

And which of course led me to go sit on my front porch and thank him for his goodness while enjoying a glass of wine.

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It’s Wednesday. And My Living Room is Still Gray.

House Theorem #17:Once you move into your house, you no longer want to remodel.

The things that just “had to go”, like peach tile in the guest bathroom, suddenly pale in comparison to just hoping for sheetrock and a working sink.


The green color that you painstakingly chose for the master bedroom and bathroom and at one point that you loved, soon is loathed each and every day. I blame my father’s army roots on this color choice.

But although you loathe it, it still takes you three long years to change it. Because you are waiting for it to “wear out” and earn its keep.


House Theorem #108: Once your walls are gray, you are scared to paint them a bold color, like this:


Aqua Blue with hints of bright orange, tan and browns. Because perhaps this is another green bedroom and you (and your guests) will have to live with it for years until this color too, has “earned its keep”.


So, it’s Wednesday. And my walls are still Gray. But, who knows-Sunday’s on the way.

(And if you know who I’m quoting from 80’s Christian pop music, then you deserve a hug. And some shoulder pads.)

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