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Spring Clean Up – .5

I messed around a bit more with photoshop last night. What do you all think? YAY or NAY??



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Spring Clean Up

With it being spring and all, I LOVE working in the yard! So far I’ve just been cleaning up this winters mess.  Take a looksy to what I’ve been up too.

I have a few ideas up my sleeves too, here is what I’m thinking about…

Take a peek above to see what it looks like now. I want to take out the two big pickery bushes on either sides of the windows. They are to big and a pain in the butt to trim up. I’d also like to paint the siding on the peak of the house a light grey, to jazz the house up.  This might just be a memorial day project! 🙂

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As in ripping out the weeds…

Take a look at our backyard a few years back (sorry crappy picture). This was taken the day we closed on the house. It was also one of the 1st things that had to go. I grew up with an apple tree and know how high maintenance they can be.

Once the tree was gone I went around and ripped pretty much everything else out. The pervious owner once had what I can only imagine was once a beautiful garden. By the time we bought the house it was so over grown and just ugly, it all had to go bye bye.

I’ve spent the past two summers ripping out flower beds and planting grass. This is what we had last summer.

Notice the Bush like thing in the back right of these pictures??

It never really bugged me, it helped block the view of the apartment buildings  (YUCK). But by the end of last summer they were so over grown and heavy looking they had to go. Last weekend I let the ripping start, OUT they came!  Now keep in mind its just the beginning of Spring here so nothing has bloomed.

Btw check out the new patio set! and the rest of the yard so far!

I would like to plant some cheap but tall tree/ bushes along the fence but thats down the road…

isn’t photoshop fun 🙂

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Summer Dreaming

Near the end of summer last year we had a VERY windy day. I came home to find this…

I took that a sign…SUMMER WAS OVER. Pretty much from that day on I’ve been on a quest for new patio furniture.  Yes I’m aware it’s 20 degrees outside, and there is snow on the ground. But I think it’s cheaper to buy things like this off season. I would love to have something like this option (see below) but I just couldn’t justify spending a grand on outdoor furniture.


Ummmm I’m not paying over 2k for that!! Don’t get me wrong it would be awesome, and if I could I WOULD 🙂

So I kept looking and looking. I really wanted more seating then last time. The option to seat my whole family down for a nice summer bbq. Randomly I checked Walmart.com, I don’t normally shop there, I’m a Target kinda girl. Until I saw this pretty set, and its friend cheap price tag!

I can’t wait for my Friday evening happy hours with my ladies! Eating dinner with the hubs and just lounging.

BT-W’s did you notice I match my patio set to the hubs grill 🙂 yep a color coordinated patio…

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Fathers Day 2010

Here is a look into the fathers day BBQ the hubs and I had this past Sunday. We had my parents, his, and our brother and sister in law and nephew. It was a very nice night of soccer, food, chatting and MORE FOOD! I went a little over kill on it oops, but I fear I won’t have enough so I always make way to much. I had fun with my centerpiece too super simple and cheap. I love to update the look on the table often. The candle holder was a wedding gift and ready to go. Next I laid a silver tray under it and added some flowers. BTW I buy most my flowers at the Grocery Store. I find them to be super cheap and last forever. These ones were only 5 bucks! I remembered I had a couple lemons in the fridge too and thought it would be a nice addition. I will have to tell you it kinda made me batty I only had 2 but I ran with it. And TA-DA centerpiece that pretty much cost me only 5 bucks and will last for awhile. Light, fresh and summery!

Here are some more pictures of all the food and fun we had, hope you all had a nice fathers day too!


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Welcome New Patio

Well well well look what we have here, why it’s a new patio! Over the weekend the guys poured and finished the patio. I was hoping for nice weather today so I could plant new grass and a flower bed. Ahhh-well lazy day on couch is fine by me. Next weekend projects ahoy…maybe…

Did I mention I’m in love with my new patio, I couldn’t be happier! Oh getting older is super cool. I used a local company to do the job I liked him the best. Not only was the price right but he gave me some sound advice. We didn’t pay anything till the job was done. He told us that in this economy any contractor that wanted money up front could be up to no good. I would recommend them to anyone in the ares. Check them out here : J& J Decorative Concrete

Thanks to a little photoshop magic I’m able to see what it might look like once done. I’m still on the fence on if I should plant a flower bed under the little tree or more grass. Which do you like better?

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Bye-Bye Deck Part 2.5

Here is a sneak peek to our almost done patio! more to come once its complete !

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