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Monday, August 1, 2011

Your Couple Speak Could Win You $5,000

DIYing is a regular occurrence at our house. Everyone jumps in to the mix (in their own way). I thought when I started DIYing I would be left alone to "do my thing," but that was not the case. Apparently, it is very exciting stuff...especially for the kids.
(don't worry safety measures are in place)
And EVERYONE has an opinion -
their own special way of conveying what they want done.
 That is Couple Speak.
 Well, 3M wants to know how do you DIY in your house?
Is is smooth sailing?
If so, PLEASE share the secret HERE  - I need any advice I can get.
If it is not such smooth sailing, 
tell us about your Couple Speak.
Here is how Couple Speak happens in my house:

I have finally learned that hubby has a lot of opinions...
but in many cases it is better to do it and ask for forgiveness later.
That does not mean I am going to remodel the bathroom or demo the kitchen, but I will paint, repair, and decorate without looking back (this is the man who agreed to painting the living room purple after all).
Good or bad, hubby's Couple Speak is now something more like this....

Me: "The deck needs to be redone"
I mean: The deck needs to be redone...want to help?
Him: "Yes...it does."
He Means: When do you have time to do that?
They even have their own special brand of Couple Speak.
Example #1
I painted her room lavender with large flowers and bees all over my daughters bedroom (pretty cute too) and guess what she tells me constantly...
I don't like bees.
I like blue.
Not so subtle, but is that a hint?
Example #2
Before my daughter was born my son wanted to redo his room (yes he really asked for that). He wanted rocket ships.
"Mommy, please paint a rocket ship...right THERE!"
Guess what I did. I tried to surprise him.
He came home from school and I showed him the rocket ship...
and there was no love for mommy...
a full on tantrum and to this day he still reminds me of this.
Apparently I did not translate
"Paint a rocket ship...right THERE" correctly.
In his 5 year old mind he meant
"I want to paint a rocket ship right there."

Just wait until you see and hear the discussion about the new room redo...WOW that kid has opinions that may or may not coincide with his mothers plans!

So, you see Couple Speak extends beyond spouse in my house!
If this sounds all too familiar,
make a video for the Couple Speak Video Contest.
Show us how you communicate,
how you work together (or not),
and how you get it done.
Then ENTER for a chance to have your Couple Speak win you $5,000.
TWO videos will be selected (based on pre-determined criteria) to win!
Enter your video here!
(and get all the rules and details!)

This is one of the videos to get your creativity flowing
(this is so me and my hubby...assuming he ever painted anything!)

You can click on one of those sidebar ads to be taken to see more videos!
You can also join in the fun for "What's Your Couple Speak?" weekly drawing for $250.00 This is a he said/she said take on typically home improvement scenarios. It is simple to enter...go to the 3M Frameworks page on Facebook, give it your best shot at translating the latest scenario, keep it short funny, and clean (all the rules and details are on the page).
No matter how we translate one another, thankfully the one thing we have all learned about DIYing is that the right products and proper preparation and safety precautions are necessary...probably because mommy may have attempted one or two projects without these things in mind...and guess what they were bombs or it took me weeks to repair the damage. It is too painful to talk about anymore.

3M Frameworks has amazing products for safety and function:
3M™ LeadCheck™
This is especially important to me as I live
in an older home and have kiddos. No lead for me please!

Pro Grade, Sandblaster™
If you read here regularly, you know I like to sand and distress just a bit. And it is perfect for all that old furniture I try to save.
Or perhaps to redo my Deck!

ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape
I LOVE painting stripes and all kinds of things on my walls - this is a must have.

3M™ TEKK Protection™
From my own mistakes and those of my Dad too, I have learned that protection is of the utmost importance.

Scotch® Tough Duct Tape
It is Duct Tape...what do I have to say...one of the best inventions ever!
So, what do you think?
Do you Couple Speak with your spouse? Your Kids? Your dog?

When you DIY what is your number one safety or prep tool?

Now...don't forget
The 3M Couple Speak campaign let's you SHARE
your DIY stories for a chance to win $5,000...

And you can SHARE this opportunities with others too:
Share on Facebook or Share on Twitter!

Please visit the Couple Speak page for full contest rules and details.
This post brought to you by 3M. The opinions/stories are my own.


  1. Oh I think my kids would totally have the same reaction when I do their rooms. They would want to do it too and I'm waaaay too much of a control freak.

    Hey can you come out here to CT and paint a big Bruins' logo and a Stanley Cup on my kids wall?

    Does that Blue painters tape work? It looks good and I see it on TV all the time.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  2. lol, you convo with hubby sounds familiar! and guess what my son Josh gave his girl a ring yesterday...and we have less than 3 months to plan (and me lose weight, hee hee) We love her, very excited may be bending yours and Jenn's ear!


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