Category Archives: diy

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::

Halloween at our house & a bat diy tutorial.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything around the house. It’s been a while since I’ve given any kind of tutorial about anything. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about anything other than what I’m wearing or how busy I am, if I’m really honest.

Monday’s are typically work-at-home days for me. I love this because I can multi-task, like throw in a load of laundry, vacuum the car, or decorate the house for Halloween in order to surprise the kids.

Can you figure out which one of those three I did today?

The kids loved that when they walked through the door our house was ready for Halloween. Lexie said, “is it a haunted house?!” and they loved even more that I had a fun after-school-snack and surprise for them. & I loved that it bought me a few more minutes to get a little work done before diving into homework help and dinner prep.

Oh…and one of my favorite parts of our Halloween decor? The bats are back! Here’s a simple tutorial. 1) Buy a piece of black poster board and cut it into like 4×4 inch squares. 2) Cut the top of the bat. 3) Cut the bottom of the bat. 4) Crease the wings & then tape ‘em up.

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& finally…here’s halloween at our house (or our little haunted house, as Lexie called it) this year:

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The girls’ new room, almost.

During spring break, I started making over the girls’ bedroom. Since they’d be starting kindergarten, I figured it would be the perfect time to give them a bigger girl bedroom, with more space for them and desks to do work on. It’s still not finished, but we’re getting there. I feel like any project weContinue Reading

In need of a little project time.

I started redoing the girls’ room during spring break. We painted, rearranged the furniture, and put out their new bedding. Since then I haven’t done much more. A few accessory pieces here or there and that is about it. There is a lot I still need to do, I just haven’t had the time toContinue Reading

Teacher Appreciation Week, continued…

For day two of Teacher Appreciation Week, the kids and I baked up some sweet treats. We used a recipe from an IG friend, the most amazing recipe ever! Honestly, every single person I gave cookies to (the kid’s teachers, my team, and a few other teachers/staff at my school that helped me out oneContinue Reading

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014

If you didn’t already know, this week is the perfect time to thank a teacher! It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week 2014, and we will surely be thanking the teachers that make a difference in our kids lives this week…I plan to do something little each day to help them feel the love. First up thisContinue Reading

Not your normal spring break.

One day, I’ll learn. Today was our first day of spring break and I chose to spend it painting the girls’ bedroom. Who does that?! Me, obviously. I saw people posting pictures of sun, sand, water. Relaxing. And I decided to wake up early, head to Home Depot for a cartload of paint & supplies,Continue Reading

Valentines Day Ideas & More.

With a couple of holidays coming up in February (I say that because Mike’s birthday is on Groundhog’s Day & he expects us to celebrate it & his birthday. He really thinks people should be putting inflatable groundhogs in their yard like they do snowmen at Christmas) I thought I’d share some fun things we’veContinue Reading

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