Yard Transformation- Part 2

After finishing Part One of our yard transformation, we couldn’t wait to start on Part Two- expanding our patio area with pavers. The existing patio that was put in was SO TINY. Basically, our grill fit and nothing else. Not very conducive to spending time outdoors in the hot Colorado summers with kiddos and a dog. We needed enough space for our grill, table and chairs, and whatever summer toys we had. 

Let’s just say the project was a little more labor intensive than the husband anticipated. The project was quickly started, but, once day-to-day life stepped in, our progress slowed down. Plus, we underestimated how many pavers we would need to complete the expansion! 

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How to Set Realistic Goals for the New Year

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The New Year always holds the promise of new goals, routines, habits, dreams. In 2013, only 8% of Americans successfully achieved their New Year’s resolutions. EIGHT PERCENT. Ouch

I think we can all figure out a couple of reasons as to why so many of us don’t keep our New Year’s resolutions…
We set unrealistic goals and unrealistic expectations for achieving those goals
 We don’t truly commit ourselves to achieving our goals and we try to tackle them alone

The first few weeks of the year, everyone has a new sense of life and how they want to start the New Year. Goals seem more attainable and we seem to have the entire year to tackle them! However, the weeks fly by and we start coming up with excuses and push our goals back…

“I’ll start tomorrow.”

“I’ll wait to start on Monday so I can enjoy the weekend.”

“I’m too tired.”

“I can’t do this.”

“I don’t have time.”

…and the list goes on and on. 

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Home Maintenance Tips for the Winter

 

As the weather continues to remain cold and wintery in many parts of the country, it’s a great time to make sure your home maintenance is a top priority. Lots of things can happen during the winter months and it’s a less than ideal time to have to make repairs! Since most of us are inside more during the winter months, it gives us a little extra time to tackle those small to-do’s that we may normally put off in the warmer months!

Here are 10 great home maintenance tips from home expert, Shane Kenny!

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Yard Transformation- Part 1

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The past few months have been so busy! It’s amazing how quickly time goes by and how behind I can get on things. I had so much planned for my blog, and then, poof! Months have gone by! Add in a new baby and it gets crazy.

After deciding to purchase a brand new home that was just built last fall, we knew we were going to have some additional expenses- a fence and landscaping to name the biggest ones! Our front and backyard were just fine sandy dirt and we wanted to make it look beautiful without breaking the bank…we did just buy a house after all!

It’s still a bit in progress, but, a HUGE improvement from what it started as. Even better, we’ve been able to keep a pretty reasonable budget for all of it which is most important!

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Easy DIY Holiday Gift: Soy Candles + Giveaway

 

Some people are just tough to shop for. Others, you don’t even think about getting a gift until you’re almost out of time. And sometimes, you just need some cute, simple gifts on hand for those unplanned situations!

I love practical gifts that people will actually USE. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money on a gift or devote some down time to crafting something, you might as well make it worth your while! Your wallet will thank you and so will the person receiving your gift!

Candles are one of my favorite things ever. I have a plethora of different scents for different parts of the year. When I was asked to try out Labor of Love Co.’s Soy Candle Making Kit (Retails at $25.00 + $5.00 USPS Priority Shipping)*, I jumped on the opportunity because it was right up my alley- easy crafting and quick. Both huge pluses with two little ones in the house and not much down time!

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