Growing Our Garden

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Growing Our Garden

This spring my husband and I have taken on the task of building a lovely flower bed in our front yard, and it has been so much fun! It started as a simple off-hand conversation. I was looking through a catalog, and I came across the prettiest photograph of a flower garden. Without much thought I said, “I wish we could build something like this in our yard.”

I used the word “wish” because at the time, my husband was still healing up from a broken back. Not only was it a bad time for him to be out laboring in the yard, but we were also watching our pennies because he wasn’t working.  But as with a lot of things, when my husband gets an idea, he is determined to make it happen, and if you tell him not to do something, he will be even more determined to do it, so within days, we started working on our flower bed.  And again, I have to say that it has been so much fun!  It’s given us the chance to work on an ongoing project together, which is great.  And each day we get to go out and see what’s growing in the garden.  Whether a bloom has just opened up or a plant has grown by a mere inch, I find it all very fun and exciting. [Read more…]

10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

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10 Outdoor Projects for Your Spring To Do List

Spring is almost here, and you know what that means!  It’s almost time to get out and work in the yard!  At our house, my hubby does the mowing and the majority of the yard work, but I do assist him with a lot of projects, particularly things like working in the flower beds and any project that involves building, painting, and making our yard and home prettier.

Last year we did a number of simple budget-friendly projects to improve the look of our yard and front porch area, and this year we will be continuing our work.  We have some general maintenance to do this spring, and then I hope we can accomplish a few new goals this year as well!  Today I’m going to share 10 outdoor projects for your spring to do list! [Read more…]

5 Easy Ways to Get Your Lawn and Garden Ready for Spring

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For anyone who adores gardening, winter can be a form of torture. Unless you have a greenhouse where you can while away the frigid months caring for your seedlings, chances are that you gaze out at the frosty landscape and dream of spring.

Spring and gardening go hand in hand, but until you can dig your hands deep into the soil and feel the warm sun on your back as you plant to your heart’s content, there are things that can and should be done to your lawn and garden to get them into top shape for planting.

These winter garden preparations not only create the best possible environment for your spring planting, but they also can help cure that burning desire that every gardener has to be outside digging and weeding, even if there is still no sign of spring. [Read more…]

Getting Ready for Gardening Season with Blooming Secrets

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Any time we can, we like to work on do it yourself projects to improve our home inside and out. But sometimes I get a little intimidated at the prospects of certain projects.  My biggest fear is that I will start a project and run in to a road block along the way.  Potential road blocks include needing more tools and materials (which means I need to spend more money),  getting in to a point in the project and finding that I don’t know what I’m doing or cannot complete the project,  or “completing” the project but finding that I didn’t get the results I was looking for.

Gardening and landscaping are projects that are quite involved and can be intimidating.  Not only do you have a lot of work to do in the hot sun while you dig in the dirt and carry heavy materials and supplies around, but at the end of the day, you are going to have something that everyone in the neighborhood will be seeing, so of course, you are hoping that it looks perfect. [Read more…]

Join The Home Depot Garden Club (You + Me Could Win $1000)

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I want to say thank you once again to The Home Depot for sponsoring my series on Creating a Stylized Outdoor Space, and thank them once again for providing me with a $50 dollar gift card for today’s promotions!  Today I want to take one last opportunity to remind you about the  The Home Depot Garden Club.

Why should you join?  For starters, you get

  • $5 off your next $50 lawn & garden purchase, just for signing up
  • Over $300 in annual email savings
  • Project ideas, how-to videos
  • Expert advice from the team at The Home Depot, customized to your region of the country

Just be sure to use this link and use the activation code: GCSweeps and you will be entered.

And on June 13th, if The Home Depot hits their sign-up goal of 500 email addresses, they will choose one blogger from to receive (2) $1,000 gift cards – one for me to keep and one to giveaway!  So please sign up and be sure to use the link and activation code provided above for it to count, and you and I could both win $1000 gift cards!


Creating a Stylized Outdoor Space Part 4 #Digin


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

This week I am wrapping up my post series on creating a stylized outdoor space.  I have to be honest, before starting this series,I had always primarily focused on the patterns and colors of cushions and throw pillows when it came to furniture, but as I’ve looked over all the products available in store at The Home Depot and seen the ideas and tips they have  on their The Garden Club site, I’ve really gotten inspired and learned that there is so much more to outdoor living design. [Read more…]

10 Easy Tips to Reduce Water Consumption with Pennington Smart Seed

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On behalf of myself and my readers I want to thank Pennington Smart Seed for sponsoring this two part series on lawn maintenance!  I also want to thank everyone who participated in our giveaway.  You guys shared some great lawn care tips here on the blog and on my Facebook page, which I’ve enjoyed reading.  By the way, one of my favorite tips came from Courtney.  She wrote, “Get your husband to help you out. Work goes by so much faster with 2 people!” Yes, I agree! Haha!

And for those of you wanting to know who won the $50 Amex giveaway. Your wait is over.  Please congratulate  our winner, Kimberly Bauer! [Read more…]

Creating a Stylized Outdoor Space – Part 1 #Digin

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot.

A few weeks ago I introduced you to The Home Depot Garden Club and The Home Depot Spring Blogger Campaign.  Throughout the month of May, bloggers from all over the country will be sharing how-to videos, tutorials, and ideas on everything from grills to gardening, and I am very excited to be a part of this project!

Be sure to follow The Home Depot on all their social networks so you can catch all their tips and all of the great blogger projects:  Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest |YouTube [Read more…]

Lawn & Garden Care 101 with Pennington Smart Seed and a $50 American Express Giveaway

Lawn & Garden Care 101 with Pennington Smart Seed

As we all get ready to work out in the yard for the spring and summer seasons, I am happy to partner with Pennington Smart Seed to bring you some lawn maintenance tips.  A few years ago we had some grass seed sown in our yard, and it didn’t come in quite as nicely as we would have liked.  Not to mention, we still had a ton of weeds!  Fortunately we’ve been introduced to Pennington Smart Seed and have been provided with all the information we need to get the job done right this time! [Read more…]

The Home Depot Spring DIY Program and the Garden Club

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Aren’t you ready for this unseasonably cold weather to go away? I know I am!  I’m so excited to see the flowers and trees in bloom.  And this year, I’m even more excited because I will be teaming up with The Home Depot for the The Home Depot Spring DIY program.  As part of the program, I will be tackling some do it yourself projects with supplies from The Depot, and I will be sharing them here with you. [Read more…]