• DIY,  Home & Decor

    DIY Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

    Hey there friend!  I have a treat for you today.  Anything that involves wine, recycling, & a DIY project is gonna be right up my alley.  I’m sure you’ve seen these tiki torches done so many ways all across the web, but I’m going to show you the quickest, easiest, cheapest version of a DIY wine bottle tiki torch any wine lover could ever ask for. You can make these in just 5 easy steps – and in less than 5 minutes, not including the time needed for step 1. Step 1: Buy the wine, drink the wine & save the cork for another project on another day. Step 2…

  • The Green Life

    Roundup Of All Natural Homemade Cleaning Products

    In the spirit of spring, I’m doing a roundup of all the natural homemade cleaning products you’ll ever need. I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I do believe that the toxins in a lot of the products we use in & around our homes cause some serious/chronic health issues.  And I do think that a lot of problems people experience are environmental both inside & outside; things like respiratory issues & allergens. My own youngest son had skin issues when he was a baby.  I had to buy specific soaps, lotions & detergents until I decided to try my hand at making these things myself.  At the time I didn’t…

  • Home & Decor

    Backyard Makeover Update: The Patio Extension

    Hey y’all!  It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on what’s been going on around the 4th house.  Since I got the green light to kick off the boot & start walking again, I have been busy trying get things back to “normal” around here. Remember my excitement at participating in the One Room Challenge again this spring?  I was happy to find a way to join in even though I had a broken foot & was under strict guidelines about what I could physically do.  I chose to work on our backyard since it required more planning from me & all the heavy duty work had to be…

  • DIY,  Home & Decor

    DIY Customized Grill Tool Holder

    When we decided to makeover our backyard, there were several projects that I knew I wanted to do.  This is not one of those projects.  Along the way we had so many delays and so many “a-ha” moments that led to completely fun & practical projects like this grill tool holder. I have to say that this was absolutely NOT my original idea.  We looked at so many grill tool holders at high & low price points and even considered trying to clean up & modify the 1 that comes attached to the actual grill (which turned out to be too much trouble, especially since we planned to build a…

  • Home & Decor

    One Room Challenge Week 6 ~ Backyard Makeover Still In Progress

    Well y’all it’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge and all over the web, lifestyle & design bloggers have completed 1 room in their homes!  It has been fun & a true challenge for many of us.  Pop over to Calling it Home & check out some of the amazing transformations. We did not make the 6 weeks, but I hinted in week 4 that our’s might end up being an 8-10 week challenge.  There are several reasons but mainly my broken foot & patiently waiting for HOA approval for the patio extension – they have taken over 3 weeks for a fairly simple improvement. Rather than talk about what…

  • DIY,  Home & Decor

    One Room Challenge Week 5 ~ DIY Outdoor Projects

    When we decided to makeover our backyard in week 1 of the One Room Challenge, the plans included several DIY outdoor projects.  Here’s a recap of a what we wanted to accomplish: Create a garden with seating Build a mobile bar table Outdoor projector screen Build a mobile enclosure for the fire pit (not started) Bonus: Grill tool holder (not in original plan) Reclaimed DIY Bench There were 2 existing benches from the previous deck.  We wanted to use 1 in the garden and 1 on the patio but  it turns out that 1 was not salvageable as a bench.  So those 2 benches became 1 bench, 1 small backless…

  • Home & Decor

    One Room Challenge ~ Week 4 ~ Outdoor Decorations

    Just 2 more weeks left in this Spring’s One Room Challenge!  It’s crunch time. Until now, I have been focused mainly on building garden beds & creating outdoor rooms.  So focused that I haven’t had a chance to share my vision for decorating the new patio.  In week 1 I shared the plan for the extension, but I haven’t even given you a hint of any outdoor decorations for the space. Well since I can’t physically go shopping on my own (broken foot with a big clunky boot), I’ll share some of the items I’ve been eyeing online.  It’s no surprise that the star of the patio is from World Market…

  • Home & Decor,  The Green Life

    One Room Challenge ~ Week 3~ Creating Outdoor Rooms

    Our yard is not huge – it’s about 24′ x 75′ not including the existing patio.  It’s still plenty of space for creating outdoor rooms & still have play space.  It almost looks like there is not much going on this week. There’s only a few physical changes, but there is plenty going on behind the scenes. Planning & Progress – Creating Outdoor Rooms Room #1 – The Garden The garden will be the first outdoor room.  I want it to be a destination, similar to when you walk into a home & make your way to the living room or kitchen, then you discover other “rooms” along the way. We want…

  • Elevated garden beds using reclaimed wood
    Home & Decor,  The Green Life

    One Room Challenge ~ Week 2 ~ DIY Elevated Garden Beds

    In week 1 of the One Room Challenge, I mentioned that our backyard makeover needed to be done in stages in a specific order.  Last week, we completed the 1st part of our DIY elevated garden beds. We started out with the garden so that we can start planting & hopefully have some veggies to harvest & flowers to enjoy by the time we get the rest of the project done. I just started gardening last year when my DH was compelled (by lots of begging) to build a raised planter box.  I am definitely a gardening newbie but I have the best mentor, Grandmother.  She’s 90 & she’s lucky enough to…

  • Home & Decor

    One Room Challenge ~ Week 1 ~ Backyard Makeover

    Well y’all, the One Room Challenge is underway again for Spring 2017. I joined in as a guest participant for the 1st time last Fall (2016) & had a great time working on a room that had been put on the back burner, our master bedroom.  I really wanted to participate this time too & I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Since we updated our bedroom, I wanted to dive in and tackle the master bath. It’s no small job since we want to move walls & possibly plumbing to accommodate his & her’s closets, consolidate vanities, & change the lighting.   I had been gearing up since November…