How to Dog Proof Your Garbage Can

If your dog is getting into your garbage, here’s a quick hack to help keep your beloved pooch out of the bin and safe.

Think you’ll need:

Stretch the bungee cord to find how far down the anchors need to be. Mark the holes, drill, and place the anchors with the screws facing out.

I added a few layers of duct tape to the interior bolt head to keep the bags from ripping.


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Visit National Parks and Monuments on the Cheap

“Welp, I’m doing it.”  I decided to make the trip I’d been dreaming about for a good while.  I wanted to see more of Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.  It was going to be 23 days of waking up at the crack of dawn and seeing some of America’s best National Parks, Monuments, and other treasures.

Here is my final itinerary:

  • Zion National Park
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Red Canyon
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Kodachrome Basin
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Valley of the Gods National Monument
  • Monument Valley
  • Grand Canyon National Park

Grad Trip Map

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Simplify Your Breakfasts

Mornings can be hectic! If you’re looking for a way to simplify things, you’ve come to the right place.  You can prep all of your breakfasts for the week on Sunday.  I use old fashioned oats since I don’t like the texture of quick oats, but this recipe would surely work with quick oats with an adjusted cook time.  Pro tip:  You could make overnight oats by adding liquid the night before, and you wouldn’t need to microwave it.

The great thing about this recipe is that you control the amount of sugar unlike sugary breakfast cereals or oatmeal packets.  Plus, oats are heart healthy.

Here’s what you’ll need for each jar:

  • ½ cup (heaping) oats
  • 2 spoonfulls of nut butter (I use peanut butter)
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  • A few pinches of baking chocolate powder
  • About 7 almonds
  • A small handful of raisins
  • Coconut flakes
  • Honey (optional)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Add the oats to the jar.  I use a canning funnel to eliminate the mess.  Add the other ingredients in the order above.



In the morning, add milk or non-dairy beverage to the jar.  I’ve found over filling or under-filling can cause it to overflow; the best line is the top of smooth part.  The cook time will vary, depending on your microwave.  I put it in for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  You’ll want to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil over and make a mess in your microwave.  If it looks like this is occurring, I’d suggest going down to 80% power on the microwave to even out the cooking of the oats.


You could transport the filled jar and it shouldn’t leak.

Be careful as it will be hot – don’t burn yourself.


Thanks and enjoy!

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Canning funnel

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