A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

A peek into the making of our backyard oasis.

Last weekend we started a big project for the kids. This new clubhouse has been our favorite part of after school during fall since it’s been built. Yes, in just a week, we’ve decided we love it so.

This weekend, after Tucker’s soccer game, we headed to Home Depot again and picked up paint, mulch and landscape bricks to start phase two of our backyard spruce up.

When we got home, Mike finished up the railing on the clubhouse while I painted the shed and outside of the clubhouse to match our house colors. We still have the inside and railing to paint but it’s really starting to come together. The new potted plants might have helped a bit, too.

Then we moved on to another project back there. Over the summer, we had a big blue pool in the backyard for the kids. It started to leak a lot towards the end of the summer, so Mike ended up taking it down. That left us a big circle in the yard of mucky dirt. We decided to turn that area into something fun for fall (and beyond). We used the landscape bricks to build a fire pit. Super easy and it cost about $30. We used the mulch to finish the area off, and I have big plans for Mike to build some rustic bench seats to go around it. We even tried it out Saturday night with a little hotdog roasting & s’more making.

 

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Tonight, we ate dinner out there and Mike and the kids had fun playing soccer. This is really becoming a backyard oasis for us and the little start of fall weather is really helping, too. Phase three will be painting the rest of the clubhouse, sprucing up the inside with some decorations and then putting a new roof on the pergola. Once that’s done it will be time to just sit back and enjoy our new outdoor space.

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My saving grace.

The kids used to have one of those prefab wood playgrounds. It was something my inlaws had gotten them one Christmas at our suggestion. It worked out well for a while, a slide, a few swings and a little “clubhouse” feel to it. This summer though, we realized it was on it’s last leg. Mike took it down towards the end of summer and we’ve been debating about what to do ever since.

A few weeks ago, after getting a little taste of fall here in Florida, I decided we needed to finally make up our minds. After school a few days, I wanted to be able to just open up the back door and have the kids play, but I knew there really wasn’t anything out there that would keep them occupied all that long.

When I asked Mike if he was ready to build something for the kids, he was game. I’m lucky he agrees to my crazy ideas so quickly. Tucker had soccer practice on Saturday morning, and then the rest of our weekend was spent building the kids a clubhouse of their dreams. I know this, because I totally would have loved a little space like this when I was their age.

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I had put on Instagram this, “So the kids just closed on a one room, with a view and a pretty fancy side door. It’s a fixer upper, needs a fresh coat of bright green paint on the inside, the front porch needs some fresh white rails and maybe a hanging basket & a potted plant. Furniture to come, too.”

We’ve got a lot left to do. Mike only did one side of the rail (you can see how the right side is just laying in place) because he ran out of the right screws. Once he’s done with what he has to do, I’m going to pain the inside of it a fun (& bright) green. I think it was called Granny Smith Green maybe. We’ll decorate the inside with a few stools from Ikea and a spool table (I’ve had these big spools in the garage for a while and haven’t done anything with them yet). The porch rails will get painted white, I’ll add a few potted plants to their porch and probably a little landscaping to hide the cinder blocks. I also need to finish the curtains, I just threw them up tonight to get an idea of what they need to look like.

Eventually it will all come together.

& to get an idea of where my idea came from (and kind of how I’d like it all to look in the end):

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Is this not the most adorable “handmade hideaway” as she calls it over at The Handmade Home!? Ours will hopefully be a close second when all is said and done. & mostly. I can’t wait for it to be my saving grace come this fall when the weather is nice and the doors are open in the afternoons after school. I’m sure I’ll have to drag the kids in each night. ::fingers crossed::

RaceTrac’s #CrazyGoodCoffee and a giveaway.

Ok. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest RaceTrac.

Over the summer they hosted the ever popular SodaPalooza and they’ve got something else up their sleeve now that it’s fall. This week (October 12-18th) you can grab FREE coffee, any size, any kind, without any coupon or any purchase. Cha-ching. Money in your pocket and crazy good coffee in your hand.

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As the new RaceTracs have been popping up in our area, I’ve kinda fallen in love. You walk in to these huge stores (I hear 6,000 square feet) with tall ceilings and themed stations all around them, including their coffee bars (to top all coffee bars). Not only do they have six different kinds of coffee to choose from (including pumpkin for the everyone-wants-everything-pumpkin-in-fall season) but you can customize your coffee with every kind of sweetener or creamer imaginable. I’m a make-my-coffee at home kind of person for the most part, and when I make my coffee at RaceTrac it’s just like if I were making it at home because they always have what I want for my coffee.

So, don’t worry about brewing up your own coffee tomorrow (or any other day this week) and head on in to your local RaceTrac.

Oh. & to make your day even brighter, RaceTrac is giving you the chance to win a $25 RaceTrac gift card just for being a loyal reader here. Double cha-ching. You could have $25 more dollars worth of free coffee or fill that gas tank up on them, you pick. Wanna win? See below.

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This post was written by me on behalf of RaceTrac. I was compensated for the review, however all views and opinions are 100% my own.

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