...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

Having two little kiddos and keeping one house for sale in tip-top shape while renovating another isn’t easy.  There’s a lot of “No!  Don’t touch that!” going on at both houses right now.  So, when Black & Decker generously offered to send us one of their Junior Power Tool Workshops to help ease the pain, I happily accepted the offer.

Handy Hubby assembled the kids’ workshop Saturday night in about 20 minutes flat.  I figured I should take of picture of him assembling it.  He wanted to put on a shirt but I told him not to worry about it.  It’d be good for the blog.  I like topless DIY…on Handy Hubby, not me of course.

Once he got it put together, he mentioned numerous times that he would’ve liked playing with something like it when he was little.  I think it’s something he’d like to play with now at age 33.  I watched him organize the tools and try each one.  In all honesty, I think he was playing.  The boys were ecstatic to find the workbench waiting for them in the garage the next morning.  Everett kept asking, “It’s a toy?”  I think he was half expecting to be told not to touch it.  I loaded the workbench into the car and we headed up to the Underdog to meet Handy Hubby to discuss some electrical details for the house.  The new toy worked out great and kept the kids occupied while we nailed down lighting, outlet and switch placements.  They especially liked the motorized circular saw and drill.

We decided to leave the workshop at the Underdog to give the boys something safe to play with whenever we’re working out there.  I think it makes them feel like they’re a part of the reno process.  If only they could run electric!

Anyhow, what does all this product placement mean for you?  Well, Black & Decker is in the midst of promoting their new electric and cordless yard tools.  Information on all the outdoor tools can be found at Recharge Your Yard.  With gas going for almost $4 a gallon, who wouldn’t be interested in checking out hassle-free yard products that allow more time and money for family, relaxation and entertaining?  Not only is Black & Decker hosting the Recharge Your Life sweepstakes on Facebook in which entrants have a chance at winning $4,000 worth of yard gear, they are kindly offering two more Junior Power Tool Workshops to TWO lucky House*Tweaking readers!!  Even if you don’t have kids yourself, maybe you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbor kids or a Handy Hubby that would appreciate this almost real life setup.  Here are the giveaway details:

  • PRIZE: two Black & Decker Junior Power Tool Workshops along with the informative Black & Decker DIY books, A Better Lawn and Landscape Projects, just in time for landscaping season.  That’s one workshop and two DIY books per winner!
  • RULES: must be at least 18 years old and have a street mailing address {no P.O. boxes} within the U.S. or Canada.  One entry per email address.
  • HOW TO ENTER: leave a comment on this post proclaiming “I WANNA PLAY!”
  • DEADLINE: enter before Friday, June 10th at 9:00 p.m. EST.  The TWO winners will be picked at random and announced on Monday, June 13th.
  • WHILE YOU’RE AT IT: Go ahead and reminisce about your favorite toy, character or game as a kid.  I was a Pogo Bal kid and I wanted to be She-Ra.  At the time, I didn’t realize how lame and dangerous the Pogo Bal was or how scantily clad She-Ra was.  Oh, to be a kid during the ’80’s.

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images:  1) Black & Decker  2-4) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

284 Comments

I WANNA PLAY! As a kid, the swing set in our backyard was my favorite toy. I spent hours and hours of playtime swinging and playing hot lava monster with my sister.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

My favorite toy as a kid was Electronic Detective…

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! This would be great for my 4 year old. He loves going to daddy’s (a cabinetmaker and furniture maker) shop and using the tools. I loved dress up clothes and our Big Wheel when I was growing up…

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!! When I was younger I liked playing Tinker Toys with my brothers & Skip-It or Ribbon Dancer with my friends!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I was a huge polly pocket fan, and loved my Skip-It just like Marissa. It’s funny, I was kind of a girly-girl growing up, and now I ask for power tools for Christmas. My, how things have changed!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I loved playing outside in my playhouse when I was a kid. My best friend was our Doberman pinscher, Sherri, and she LOVED having tea parties and trying on dresses just as much as I did. :-)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I played with she-ra too! I also liked teenage mutant ninja turtles.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I was totally into Strawberry Shortcake dolls (and why was there only 1 boy [Huckleberry Finn] to like 50 girls??) and My Little Ponies. I was also googoo for the Sit n’ Spin. Those were the days. :)

P.S. “Almost” $4.00?? Try, almost $5.00 here in SoCal! Oof.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I remembering loving to play Ker-PLUNK at my grandparents house, and having a very impressive “trike” with a bench on the back for passengers, real or stuffed. ;)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I loved playing outside in my (imaginary) playhouse with my (one) my little pony with cherries!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

and my 3 and a half year old son sure would love to as well. :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!

When I was little, I was all about Barbies!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I had a stuffed dog I loved. He went everywhere with me until his fluff came unstuffed!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Having my little 3 year old niece playing/projecting along her crazy DIY auntie (moi) around would be so much fun!!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

I was all about Barbie and my baby blue banana seat bike…it had a white plastic basket and metallic streamers from the handles. = )

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06.June.2011

I wanna play!

Weeble Wobbles…serious fun! I had the tree house that had the outside wind up swing/elevator. I think the trunk might have held an elevator as well but I am not good at remembering that far back (think 30+ years)!! Thanks for the give away!!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Thank you for sharing your half nekid HH with us!!! woohoo!! haha. My favorite toys were anything horse related. DS would go nuts for one of these. Thanks so much!

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06.June.2011

Um, I’m pretty sure – I WANNA PLAY!! That would just make my day to win!

As a I liked to play barbies from sun-up to sun-down, but I think my favorite part was decorating barbies house and making her furniture! Something never change!

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06.June.2011

I wanna play! I used to loove legos… still do, actually :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Seriously, Dana! Love the blog. I was going to tell you that tonight before i saw the contest. I always wanted to be Jem and sing with the Holograms.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Oh, and Strawberry Shortcake all the way…and while I never wanted the She-Ra doll, I did want her sword, or He-man’s. What can I say, my brothers were mean (not all the time – but I thought a sword would have helped) :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!

I was an outdoors-y, bike riding kid – always trying to keep up with all the neighborhood boys, even though my sister and I weren’t as daring when it came to jumps and tricks. We also spent lots of time building “tree houses”, which were pretty much just random wood slats nailed to two tree branches so we could climb and sit. Also, lots of secret hide-and-seek in the neighbor’s yards!

Also, who didn’t love their Skip-It??

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06.June.2011

I wanna play too! My favorite toy by far was strawberry shortcake. I still remember how she smelled!

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06.June.2011

Hours of entertainment! What a great set. Remote control cars were my fav as a kid. If only I had today’s options.

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06.June.2011

I wanna play!! My 3 year-old would love this!

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06.June.2011

I wanna play! I have a little boy and he would LOVE this. I was more of a baby-dolls-and-barbies kinda girl myself :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! Okay, so my kid is only 6 months old, but he and his cousin would looooove this when they get older! And so would their construction-loving grandpop. . .

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I would love to have this for my daughter. My favorite toy? I loved Holly Hobbie and books.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Actually, I’d really love to have the books and can definitely think of a kid or two (maybe even a big kid or two) that would love the tool bench.

We have lovely landscaping (so long as lovely means “looks like every commercially done retail outlet in town”) that was severely damaged in the April storms, so I have good motivation now to rip it out and personalize it… I just don’t know where to start.

I was always a coloring kid. And I wasn’t allowed to have a skip-it… They said I was too clumsy and would hurt myself… now I know that parents do know best, and they were probably right.

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06.June.2011

I wanna play!!! We have been in our new home for a year now and we are constantly working to make it our own with a 17 month old underfoot. He loves “helping” daddy and I think he’d love his own little workbench!

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I WANNA PLAY!
i used to love playing with tools as a kid! while other girls were playing with barbies, i would take a hammer and nails from my dad’s workbench and drive them into pieces of scrap wood. i never actually constructed anything but just loved using my hands. ha! this B&D set for kids is sweet! (and probably much safer than what i used to play with as a kid!) my little guy would love it! …as would his mom and dad! :)

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06.June.2011

i wanna play! my favorite toy as a kid was my dollhouse. i would decorate each room and make cardboard furniture!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! My toddler would love this and keep loving it for many years, I think.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

I actually used to have a toy bench very similar to this one when I was a little girl… my mom took me to toys’r’us and let me pick whatever I wanted… that was what I picked out and Mom let me get it! I plan on doing the same thing with my son when he gets a bit older…but in the meantime I’d LOVE for him to have a workbench so he can “play” along with me and Daddy as we work around the house!! :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! Loved riding my bike all over town. Can’t believe my parents LET me ride it everywhere. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!!

I was the neighborhood Barbie hot spot, including a huge pink mansion my dad built and painted for me! All the girls loved coming over to play at my house!!

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06.June.2011

I wanna play! My favorite toy was my Rainbow Brite big wheel. I would play outside with the other kids until dark on it racing around on the sidewalks.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!! My favorite toy was the play kitchen my dad built.

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06.June.2011

I wanna play! As a kid my favorites were barbie, strawberry shortcake dolls, Polly pocket, she-ra, and my baby-sitters club books and dolls!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! PLEASE!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!!

oh this is so cool… i may be a girl but i would have LOVED one of these when i was little… i had a tiny “tom-boy” streak… but had forgotten about the pogo-ball! i had one, it was great, but i’m surprised i didn’t break my neck!!! but my fav thing as a kid… hmm… Cabbage Patch Kids (i had 2, plus a premi) & swimming (not together!). oh… the 80’s were great!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! As a kid one of my favorites was Cabbage Patch dolls.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!!! I have 2 boys that could have a lot of fun playing with this. Yes. I do have to admit, I was a Barbie girl growing up. Now it’s Nerf guns and power tools.

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! Our two boys would love this!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! Or, should I say, my 2.5 year old really does! A friend of ours in another state has this tool bench and it is fantastic. I can see her ‘fixing’ everything in this old house of ours.
And my hubby and I are decidedly NOT handy, with big plans for our yard, so the books would be a lifesaver.
My fondest memories of actual toys are computer games- Oregon Trail anyone?

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY!

Gavin would love this toy!! My favorite toy as a kid was our swing set my dad built for us. My dad is a lot like Handy Hubby…they are both very good with building projects. Our swing set was the best in the neighborhood and it made it even better knowing that dad built it for us kids :)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! My toddler would love this :)

My favorite toy was the skip it!! I loved that thing!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! Well, so does my son and daughter! My son kept saying “mommy who are those boys? Wow!” I loved cabbage patch dolls and barbies. My daughter right now not so much but maybe soon!

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! I have a few friends who would LOVE this and I’d like the books. ;)

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06.June.2011

I WANNA PLAY! too!!
This is great! Hope to win it for my little ones, and hubby who also loves tools :o)

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