Outdoor Lantern Solar Lighting


One of the things I wanted to accomplish after getting my front yard landscaped was adding landscape lights.  And wow, have these changed over the years.  You can still put in those landscape lights that have buried lines and plug them into an electrical outlet, but solar lights have also improved over the years.  I remember a few years ago I tried solar lights and they were not very bright.  I … [Read more...]

Termite and Pest Control Protection


One of the things that we all have to deal with as homeowners is termite and pest control protection.  I’ve taken the chance before and didn’t get termite plans in place at my previous house from years ago, but that’s not the wise thing to do.  So, now I’m shopping for a termite protection plan for this house.  So, today, I’m going to talk about that process and what it looks like.  Trying to … [Read more...]

Organization in the Garage


If there is one area of my house that is still a disaster, it would be my garage.  Definitely not a space I’m proud of yet. So, I’ll start this one with a disclaimer. This is not going to be a pretty post.  But, it’s a practical one.  Getting organized in the basement was one of our topic choices with Lowes this month, so I opted to get some organization going in my garage, which is technically … [Read more...]

How My Garden Grows


It’s been so rewarding to see all the blooms in my new garden explode with color in the last few weeks.  Luckily, we are getting quite a bit of rain this year so that helps even though I have an irrigation system in too.  Maybe my water bill will go down soon. My front yard really has completely changed and all those beautiful plants are filling out too.  Growing a garden is an ongoing process and … [Read more...]

Painting Straight Lines on Stairs


I can be the world’s worst procrastinator sometimes.  After spending 6 months on the renovations of my house (can you believe we were hard at it 2 years ago!!), I was seriously tired when I moved in here in October 2012 and really didn’t want to pick up a paint brush again for a long time.  One of the projects that I finished in January of 2013 was installing the runners on my stairs and before I … [Read more...]

Front Yard Before and Afters!


So, today I’m back with the before and after shots of the house.  This time I’m going way back to when I first bought this house 2 years ago. Those are the true Before shots and will give a totally accurate view of what I was dealing with in the front yard.  A house that had never been landscaped or given any love at all in the front yard.  The only thing I had going for me were 2 cherry trees and … [Read more...]

Landscaping with Southern Living Plant Collection


Well folks, there have been some VERY exciting things happening around my house this past weekend.  I can’t even begin to share my feelings on how all of this even came about or happened to me, but to wake up one day and have your entire front yard landscaped by professionals.  Dream come true, people, dream come true!  I’ve never had the privilege of getting anything like this done before and it … [Read more...]

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