How to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard with Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are good for your garden ecosystem, and very entertaining little creatures. It's easy to fall in love with these tiny, charismatic birds that whiz around with little concern for us (unless you're getting too close to their food sources–then they'll give you a talking-to, and maybe even try to chase you off). A visiting friend who saw them for the first time in person on my front porch said he felt like he was in an animated Disney movie. Continue Reading

Ready, Aim, Fire! How to Stock a Campfire Box

Roaring campfire
Photo: Amber Dickson

Whether at the beach, the woods, or your own backyard, a campfire is a guaranteed way to relax and enjoy your favorite people.  Take a little time to stock a campfire box with a few of the following fire-starting supplies.  It will make lighting a campfire quick and easy and therefore more likely to happen. Your future (smoke-scented) self will thank you.         

CAMPFIRE BOX CHECKLIST 

Materials needed for this project
Photo: Amber Dickson

1.  Newsprint

If you still receive your news in print, stash a stack in your box.  Continue Reading

A Quick, Colorful Patio Makeover Just in Time for Summer

Wagner Paint Sprayer patio chair makeover
This post is sponsored by Wagner

We are in the season of outdoor lounging. Here in the upper Midwest, summer is at a premium and we live outside as much as possible. There's no better way to indulge in this time of year than to sit on the patio and soak it all in. 

My parents have a stunning backyard with gorgeous gardens, fruit trees, and fountains. They live outside in the summertime and spend hours on their patio. Continue Reading

Dull No More: How To Clean and Sharpen Your Garden Tools

Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.        

Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools that don't work how they're supposed to. Continue Reading

How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket

How to make a waterproof picnic blanket

Ah, summer. It's a magical time. The days are slower, the weather is fantastic (here in the Midwest anyway – sorry, Southern readers!), and everyone seems happier. Are you taking the time to soak up some sun and enjoy all that nature has to offer? If you aren't outdoors-y enough for camping or hiking, try going on a picnic! Food always tastes better in fresher air, and with a DIY waterproof picnic blanket under your legs, you may never want to eat inside again.        Continue Reading

Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers in a Bag

DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

To me, summer is all about getting outside, especially as a family. Whether you're planning beach days, pool parties or barbecues this summer, you can play your favorite games outdoors with this simple way to make a DIY checker board that quickly contains the game pieces in a drawstring bag! 

 

Sew It! DIY Travel Checkers Board in a Bag

Although this is a sewing tutorial, it's not an overly complicated one. The hardest part of this DIY is feeding the string through the sewn section of the bag to create a drawstring, and it just takes a little elbow grease. Continue Reading

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table With Items Found In Nature

Natural items for thanksgiving tablesIt can be stressful planning out what your Thanksgiving table is going to look like. Do you want fancy? Do you want simple? Natural? The possibilities are daunting. Make your life a little easier by incorporating items found in nature! Small amount of work. Big impact. Everybody wins! Here are a few tips for getting the most of nature this Thanksgiving season!      

 Natural thanksgiving table decorIs it cliche to decorate with pumpkins and gourds? If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right. Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 11 Inspiring Yards That Are Grass-Free

11 Grass-Free Yards

The grass is always greener… when there is none? There are tons of ways to landscape without the green giant and we’ve rounded up eleven of them right here! From flowers to gravel to stained concrete, you might just want to say buh-bye to that large water bill.      

 

11 Grass-Free yards1. Moss Graffiti spotted on Free People

2. A super large concrete patio spotted on Remodelaholic

11 Grass-Free Yards3. Low-water plant yard makeover spotted on Sunset

4. Stained concrete & drought-tolerant plants spotted on Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

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How To Make A Cedar Window Box For Plants

diy window boxIt’s a fact that flowers make a person happier. I’m always a more pleasant person when I’m around them. I’d like to have a large garden, but we’re renting and are currently garden plot-less. So a window box seems like it would be just the ticket!      

 Visit Gina|Michele to see how to make your own window box from cedar! Perfect for your plants and flowers!

DIY Cedar Window Box by [Gina|Michele]