EP112: Themed Gardens for Kids & Fern The Bus


Segments 1 & 2:

Ian Warnock, Lead Horticulturalist at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, has some GREAT ideas for themed gardens kids will love! Who wouldn’t want a pizza garden? Or a salsa garden? Or even a sensory garden?

Ian also discusses some of the things going on this summer at Frederik Meijer Gardens, including the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden Un-Birthday Party.

Segments 3 & 4: Fern the Bus

Fern, the bus, is in our parking lot and her owners, Ben and Mande Tucker, are in our studio to discuss the drastic transformation from big yellow school bus to tiny house on wheels. We have never seen anything quite like it and we are excited to follow Ben and Mande’s adventures with Fern.

To read more about the Tuckers and Fern, check out their website and blog or follow them on Instagram @fernthebus.

EP111: All About Shellac, Selling a Home with Pets, Bird Exclusion


Segment 2: Selling a Home with Pets

Sue and Ginger Prins from Sue Prins Group 5-Star Real Estate are in the studio with us, talking about some little things we pet owners can do to get our homes read to sell for top dollar!

Segments 3 & 4: Bird Exclusion with Rose Pest Solutions

David Popp and Dale Hodgson from Rose Pest Solutions are here to talk about birds. Yes, they’re fun to watch. Yes, they’re beautiful. But they can also be a nuisance when they build nests in our eaves trough or our dryer vents. What do you do if you have geese that are continually threatening you? What about a nest of starlings in the fancy sign hanging over the door of your business? David and Dale have the answers!

EP110: Lead on the Roof of Notre Dame, Brushes with Wooster’s Larry Schwartz, Baltic Birch Plywood Question


Segment 1: Notre Dame’s Lead Roof

Segments 2 & 3: All About Brushes with Larry Schwartz from Wooster

Brushes can be confusing. There are so many options to choose from. Which one is right for which situation? Larry Schwartz from Wooster Brush Company joins us in the studio to cut through the confusion!

Segment 4: Baltic Birch Plywood

We received an email question from a listener about his new Baltic Birch Plywood shelves. He want to paint them, but is that the ONLY option?

EP109: Mother’s Day With Dan’s Mom, Tessa & Tools, and One From the Archives


Segments 1 & 2: Mother’s Day With Dan’s Mom

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we invited Dan’s mom to stop by and tell a few stories about Dan and tell us where she gets her decorating inspiration. The stories are something you won’t want to miss!

Segment 3: Tessa & Tools

It really is a family affair this week. Dan’s daughter, Tessa, job shadowed in the middle of the week. We gave her a number of projects to do of varying difficulties. She jumped right in and had a blast. If she can do it, so can you!

Segment 4: From the Archives – Dan’s Brilliance

From the first time we aired this segment, it made us laugh. Dan thought he’d share his infinite wisdom in his Emporium of Brilliance. The only problem was, it didn’t quite turn out the way he had planned!

EP108: Low Dollar High Impact Home Projects, Children’s Healing Center, and Flowerland


Segments 1 & 2:

Most of us don’t like spending a lot of money on our homes if we don’t have to; especially if we’re selling it. But there are some high impact, low dollar things you can do inside and outside your home that will make you think “wow”!

To help us with that, we are joined by realtors Sue Prins and Ginger Herman from Sue Prins 5 Star Real Estate. The twist to this interview is that we’re doing it live from the Grand Opening of our Broadmoor location!

Segment 3: Nicole, Dan, and Louis Ribbens

To celebrate the Grand Opening of our Broadmoor location, we are raising money for the Children’s Healing Center in Grand Rapids. It’s a safe place where kids with weak immune systems and their families can play and socialize.

We are joined live by Nicole and Dan Ribbens and their 3-year-old son, Louis. Louis stole the show (and our hearts)! Their story is a testament to just how important the CHC is to the community.

Segment 4: Flowerland

It is always an absolute blast when we get to host the hosts of the Flowerland Show (Rick, Doug, and Kristi) on our show! We even got to briefly talk about Rick’s new book Operation Rumination. And we learned that it was Naked Gardening Day….enough said!

EP107: 10 Cleaning Habits, Sara & Sun Pen, and Tulip Time


Segment 1: 10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do

We recently came across an article from HGTV called “10 Things People With Clean Houses Always Do.” Some of these are things you may already do, but some of them may be things that have never crossed your mind. We were only able to cover a few but you can find the entire list here!

Segments 2 & 3: Sara and Sun Pen

Blogger Sara Pen and her husband, Sun, are getting ready to tackle an exterior repaint project. They have a number of different, very dated, substrates to cover. They stopped by so we could answer all of their burning questions before they start the project.

You can follow their journey on Sara’s blog or follow Sara on Instagram: saraowenpen.

Segment 4: Tulip Time

Spring must be here because Tulip Time is just around the corner! Tulip Time Executive Director, Gwen Auwerda, stops in two give us a brief history of Tulip Time and to tell us what’s in store for this year’s 90th anniversary. Check the website for more information.