Our Colorful Small Space Patio Makeover: with Before and After photos!

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Our Colorful Small Space Patio Makeover: with Before and After photos! Our Colorful Small Space Patio Makeover: with Before and After photos! Our Colorful Small Space Patio Makeover: with Before and After photos!

It’s the first day of Spring, so to celebrate I wanted to share our Our Colorful Small Space Patio Makeover that my husband and I put together with the help of Lowe’s! It turned out great and I love spending time back there. This project took longer than expected to finish, but we are done and we are happy. We’ve spent many evenings sitting out there roasting marshmallows by the fire, and when the kids are in bed we enjoy some wine late into the evening. It’s been so nice to finally have a space in our backyard we can actually enjoy.

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Pretty Wood Bead Chandelier DIY

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Pretty Wood Bead Chandelier DIY Pretty Wood Bead Chandelier DIY

Making a beaded chandelier has been on my to-do list for a couple of years now and I’m happy to report: I’ve finally made one! My original plan was to make a chandelier to hang in our dining room, but when we began planning our backyard makeover I knew I wanted to make this to hang outside. With the help of supplies, from The Bead Chest,I transformed over 1,200 beads into this pretty wood bead chandelier DIY!

This project is VERY time consuming, but simple to make. I promise. Maybe sitting down to binge watch some shows while you string beads will make the time fly by? Please explore the directions below to see how I made my chandelier. Feel free to come up with your own bead pattern if you prefer.

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How to Incorporate Hidden Storage into the Backyard

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How to Incorporate Hidden Storage into the Backyard!

We live in the Pacific Northwest and it rains A LOT. We live in this wet climate with very limited indoor or outdoor storage, so anytime my husband and I build something new around the home we always think about how to sneak storage into the project. While planning our backyard makeover we made sure to plan for multiple spots that could hide everyday outdoor items from view. Our large wood planter does just that. It’s tall and hollow and it’s the perfect spot to hide weatherproof containers.

By adding a couple of tall resin deck boxes into our wood planter we have hidden a ton of kid’s outdoor toys and the outdoor pillows can now stay dry and clean for the winter. In addition to the deck boxes we decided to use 5 Lowe’s buckets (with lids) to store smaller items. We have BBQ tools in one bucket, small garden tools in another, spray paint (I surprisingly have a lot), storing hoses for the winter, and a sort of catchall bucket. By adding this bit of storage we have been able to clean up our small shed in the back and we can actually find things easier. It’s amazing. All of these items used to build this can easily be found at Lowe’s!

Do you want to see how we built this piece? Follow the directions below. You can adjust them to fit the size of your yard.

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Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Oat Bars

My Peanut Butter Banana Blueberry Oat Bars are free of refined sugars and flour. This recipe is gluten free when using baking powder and oats that are not contaminated with gluten.

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These bars are the perfect breakfast item or snack. My kids LOVE them and I don’t feel bad letting them eat this “treat” whenever they want because it’s sweetened with bananas and a bit of honey. I’ve been making these bars so often for the past year I don’t even need to follow the recipe. It’s so easy to make and popular in our home I thought I should share it with you guys.

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Free Printable Lunch Notes for the Kids

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We are about 3 months into the new school year and I’m already tired of making lunches. Okay. I’m not really tired of making them, but sometimes I just want to pack a quick uncomplicated lunch in the morning. I want more time with my coffee and to hang out with the kids. Foster Farms Bold Bites are tasty and ready-to-eat cooked chicken breast bites. They are individually packaged so all I have to do is pop them into my daughter’s lunch. Partnered with some fruits and veg this is a lunch I feel good about sending to school with my kid AND I only spent about 2 minutes prepping it. It’s a win!

With her quick meal made I have time to add a note for her to find at lunch. I feel like I barely see my oldest daughter during the week with school and all her activities, so I like to add something extra to her lunches. I can wish her good luck on a spelling test or make her laugh with a silly pun. It’s my little way to let her know that I’m thinking about her.

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Kid’s Gift Idea: DIY Hand-painted Galaxy Ornaments

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It’s fun to craft with kids, but it can also be messy! I swear there’s always some splash of paint or wet handprint that finds it’s way onto my clothes or furniture. These days I never start a kids project without preparing for the mess ahead of time. With a pack of Kleenex® Wet Wipes nearby I can easily clean up those messy fingers and faces before there’s a disaster. Especially when crafting with my youngest. She likes to run off laughing with paint all over her hands. These wipes are thick, soft and contain no harsh chemicals. They are perfect for everyday use on the hands and face. They’re made for doers and anyone that’s not afraid to get their hands dirty.

Today I’m sharing a Kid’s Gift Idea: DIY Hand-painted Galaxy Ornaments. My 3rd grader and her best friend helped me make these cute ornaments this past weekend. They plan on giving these as gifts this holiday. I had so much fun with them. A galaxy can be a crazy swirl of colors and I think the girls did a great job. Their ornaments are beautiful. Even my youngest helped make an ornament.

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