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Learn how to make an outdoor planter that will bring beauty, life and interest to your porch or patio all summer long.

Anatomy of an Outdoor Planter

We have yet to start landscaping our yard, so this spring I planted over a dozen containers for our outdoor space. The fresh flowers and greenery instantly transformed our patio while also satisfying my newest obsession in gardening. Whether you’re just getting started or looking to supplement what’s already done, read on to learn how […]

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Hanging plant baskets are perfect for porches and patios! Quick and easy way to boost curb appeal and bring color and life to your outdoor space!

How to Make a Hanging Plant Basket

Since we bought our home two years ago, gardening, landscaping and houseplants {oh my!} are all I can think about come spring. My green-thumb dabblings began with pre-arranged containers that hung from our pergola in the backyard. I loved how they instantly added interest, color and life to our outdoor space. I’m no expert in gardening, […]

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Swings// additional details, photos and resources on how we built our backyard wooden playset

DIY Outdoor Playset // A Year Later

One of our most popular projects has been the outdoor playset we built for our kids in the fall of 2015. I am happy to report that it’s still in great condition — standing up to hurricane winds, downpours of rain and everyday abuses of rambunctious kids. It also continues to be a focal point […]

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We priced out pre-fab playsets and didn't see one for less than a grand. We also didn't see one we couldn't build ourselves, and so we set out to DIY a better playground for a lot less.

DIY Outdoor Playset // Materials & Tools List

Thank you for all the kind words and inquiries regarding our outdoor playset. We had a blast building it, but most importantly, our kids and their friends are having an even better time using it! My intention when I originally wrote the post was to prove that building a playset could cost a lot less […]

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A simple and fun addition to backyard playtime! And the best part? It cost only $1 to make with the items I already had on hand!

Garden Tic-Tac-Toe Board

My four-year-old son recently learned the game of tic-tac-toe. We played it several times while waiting for our food to arrive at a restaurant. He was instantly hooked and wants to play all the time now. So when I saw this episode of The Weekender by Lowe’s, I was inspired to create an outdoor tic-tac-toe board using a tree […]

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I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening, but what I lack in landscaping know-how I make up for in grit. I don't mind getting my hands dirty to enhance our property with some lovely garden charm. So won't you take a stroll through my garden and see what's blooming?

How Does My Garden Grow?

I’m not entirely sure… I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening. I’ve had a handful of houseplants over the years that I’ve only been mildly successful at keeping alive. But I adore pretty flowers and lush greenery and have big Pinterest dreams of a garden oasis surrounding our home. What I lack […]

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We priced out pre-fab playsets and didn't see one for less than a grand. We also didn't see one we couldn't build ourselves, and so we set out to DIY a better playground for a lot less.

DIY Outdoor Playset

After living in Japan for six years with only an itty-bitty concrete front porch, a good-sized backyard was one of our requirements when we were searching for a new house. We wanted a private place to entertain {which led to our DIY pergola} and a fenced yard to conveniently let Kona out to do her business and […]

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Life is reason enough to celebrate. Decorate with these easy and fun ping pong ball lights!

DIY Ping Pong Ball Lights

After we built a pergola over our concrete patio, I was excited to decorate with fun patio lights. Call me cheap, but I was a little surprised by the price: a string of 25 clear globe lights costs $40 at Crate and Barrel, $26 on Amazon and $15 at Target. Since I already had strings of lights […]

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The Chief came home one day with the wild idea to build a pergola over our concrete patio. He said it could be finished in a weekend and with little monetary investment. Is your curiosity piqued?

From Patio To Pergolicious

Our backyard bakes from sun up to sun down with little to no relief except for minimal shade from this poor, overgrown peach tree in the middle of the yard. After a few scorching summer days {and a few sunburns}, we started brainstorming shade options for at least the kids’ pool. That little umbrella was […]

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