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This post is sponsored by The home Depot and affiliate links are added within the post.
Each year, when the rain settles down, I get excited to work in my front yard and prep it for the summer. I like to focus on getting my windows cleaned and putting in fresh garden beds. I am partnering with The Home Depot to show some simple and inexpensive ways to add some summertime refresh to your home.
Window cleaning is a must for us here in Utah. We are coming out of many months of snow and rain, so my windows always need a good clean. Recently I discovered this amazing product called Windex Streak Free Shine Outdoor, from SC Johnson. I have used Windex for years, but there is something extra amazing about this one. You can clean outside windows with just your garden hose! It is the perfect solution for me and my tall windows.
I have a small garden bed on my front walkway that I like to add new flowers to each year. Before I purchase new flowers, I take an assessment of what I have, what is growing well, and new spaces I want filled. I take some notes and bring my ideas with me to The Home Depot.
After assessing what I needed, I was ready to head to The Home Depot and get my supplies. My budget was $150. I wanted my window product, flowers, soil and flower food within that price. I love to give myself a budget to work with before I go in so I don’t get carried away.
Window cleaner was my first stop. At my local Home Depot, the cleaning products are on isle number 5. If you want to purchase this online you can buy it here.
They have lots of Windex products, so you want to look for the one with the hose adaptation to it. It’s roughly $8-9, but right now it is on sale! You can purchase it online here.
The best part about this outdoor window cleaner from Windex is how easy it is to use and the super low cost. I was so excited to try it out!
After that I headed to the garden center. There are so many options there. Shrubs, perennials, annuals, and pre-made baskets. If you have any questions about flowers, just grab an employee in the garden station, they are so helpful.
I picked up some annuals and perennials, compost, plant food, and my Windex Outdoor Cleaner.
The plants I grabbed were Zinnias, Cala Lillies, Marigolds, Petunias, Dipladena, Dalias, Day Lillies, and Tickseed plants.
Before I planted all my flowers, I wanted the windows done. You can use the Windex Outdoor cleaner with plants in the ground and it will not hurt them, but I wanted to do this step first. The process with the Outdoor Windex is super simple. You will first screw your hose into the red nasal, and take out the yellow cap.
Then follow the instructions on the back, but for best results apply suds from bottom to top of your window (lots of detailed directions on the back of the packaging my friends!).
- Rinse windows (set dial to rinse)
- Clean windows (set dial to clean)
- Let sit for no longer than 20 seconds
- Rinse windows well (set dial to rinse)
I wasn’t sure if would truly dry well without me busting out the squeegee – but they REALLY DID! I was beyond please with it. Spray on, spray off – it’s that easy!
Something I was really impressed with is how far the solution went. I washed 6 windows and there was still so much solution left in the bottle. Additionally, the stream went super far. I had no problem getting the water to reach the tall windows on my house. I will for sure be using this again to clean my windows – huge win for me!
Plan Out Flowers
I like to set out my flowers in the garden bed first, then move them around as needed. This helps me get a vision of how it will mature together. I am not a professional gardener, so I just study the internet to learn about plants and placements. You can ask a lot of questions to local gardeners and the Home Depot employees in the garden department.
Grab your gloves and trowel and get started! Dig the appropriate depths for your plant (it will say this on the plant tag) and water immediately. Sometimes they look sad because they are in shock, but they will perk up. I added planting spoil and plant food as I went.
Additionally I planted my own baskets for the front steps. I used the same flowers I added into the front garden bed.
All of this took me the afternoon, and I was delighted with my simple refresh. I loved partnering with The Home Depot and Windex to share these simple ideas with you. Good luck prepping for summertime and make sure to gran your Windex Outdoor cleaner right here!
Sponsored by Hart Tools and Walmart
Ready for a simple Christmas DIY project to make last minute? These wood presents are fast and make a great statement piece. They are inexpensive and last forever. I am so excited to be partnering with HART Tools and Walmart to show how easy it is to use these tools – anyone can do it!
1×10 Pine Board – 6 feet long
Step One: Tools
You can order your tools online or in your local Walmart. You will most likely find them near the auto section. I link them here for you as well. I recently attended the launch of the HART Tools and WALMART Partnership and it was amazing to get hands on experience with these tools. I loved learning from the designers and HART team. They are at such a great price point and are so well built. You guys will love these!
Step Two: Cutting
Cut your board into the lengths you desire. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I chose the 1×10 board (which is really 9 1/2 inches wide), but you can use any size you would like. Use your HART Measuring Tape to measure out your lengths. The first cut was 9 1/2 inches long. The second cut was 13 1/2 inches long. The third cut was 17 1/2 inches long.
Using the HART Circular Saw is very simple. Follow the directions to install the blade and make sure you have eye protection on. Mark your lines and make your cut. Familiarize yourself with the safety features and different functions of the saw as well.
Additionally I wanted to make two holes in the center of the boards for tying my ribbon. I want to make sure these boards can be changed up and did not want to glue ribbon on it permanently. For the smallest square board I found the center and then measure 1/2 inch away from it toward the top right corner and the bottom left corner. I then used my HART DRILL and my HART 1/2 inch Spade Bit to make the hole. It was my first time using a spade bit and it was really simple.
I then did the same thing to the other boards, but this time it was not in the center. It was 3/4 way to the top of these boards.
Step Three: Sanding
I used my HART Multi-Tool for sanding the edges down. I like my boards pretty rustic so I didn’t need a lot of sanding. This tool was perfect for the job.
Step Four: Painting
You can do any look you desire. Stain only. Paint only. Or leave the boards raw. I chose to do a chippy paint look. This process is mapped out in my blog post here. For a simple review, these are the steps:
- Paint the board a darker color with dark paint or stain and let dry.
- Rub Vasaline onto edges and certain parts of the board that you want the paint to “chip off” of.
- Paint a top coat of lighter paint and let dry.
- Use a sander to gently rub off the top coat of paint where the Vasaline is.
- Finish with a top coat.
Step Five: Ribbon
You can tie the ribbon in anyway you would like. I first added the length of bow ribbon through the holes. I left them untied as I added a different color of ribbon vertically and horizontally across the top. I then turned the board over and taped the ribbon with duct tape to the back, once again so I can change it out later. You can glue or staple gun it if you prefer a more permanent ribbon.
I then turned back over the board and added different elements as I tied the bows. One board had a bell, the other two had some greenery. Just be creative and do what you like!
You have finished your DIY Wood Presents! You can set them anywhere or even hang them from the back where the ribbon has looped.
I have just loved using these HART Tools available at Walmart. They are perfect for any DIYer!
Sponsored Post with First Alert
We are getting ready for the holidays and making sure our family is safe and sound. So I am partnering with First Alert to discuss a very important topic. You can find more information here on winter safety.
Did you know that 50,000 people each year get sick from Carbon Monoxide poisoning? And it will take 400 of these individuals lives, half of which take place during November through February. It is called the Silent Killer because it is a gas that is invisible, odorless and deadly. The only way to detect it is the have a CO alarm in your home.
First Alert’s top priority is keeping families safe. So they invented a new CO alarm that has a 10 year battery life that can be set on a shelf. It is called the First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Carbon Monoxide Alarm. It is stylish design that shows the temperature, and will alarm you when CO levels are too high. The best part? There is no installation required!
Mine arrived in the mail this week and I was so excited to try it out. The directions were simple and easy to follow. The box was darling and reminded me of The Elf on The Shelf!
I couldn’t believe how simple it really was. I turned it on and followed the directions. Within minutes it was up and running.
I found a place in the kitchen that was far enough away from the appliances (they recommend 5 feet). My floating shelves were the perfect spot and the alarm hid nicely there.
Sponsored by Plott
Hanging a gallery wall can be a daunting task when thinking of getting your measurements right. So what if I told you there was a device that did it for you? Well…you guessed it!! I recently discovered The Cubit Measurement Tool and Plott App. These two things work together through modern technology to measure for you, then tell you exactly where you need to make your nail hole. Amazing right?
This wall was large and boring. I added some wallpaper and lights for some depth. I knew my end goal was a gallery wall of black and white photos (I grabbed these from Frame It Easy here) . I used The Cubit Measurement Tool and Plott App to figure out these measurements and it gave me so much confidence.
Purchase The Cubit and download The Plott App. You will use these for many projects to come.
They have amazing short videos to watch here that will help you understand the basics of this tool set. Watching these really helped me get a grasp of how to use them.
You will charge your Cubit and have it handy when opening The Plott App because they need to sync. Now you are ready to start your measurements. The app will also walk you through the steps as you go. You will open the app up and sync your device, then start the project! It will ask you to name the room you are starting got the project.
Measure you frame. You will have the opportunity to add more frames if you have different sizes. Otherwise you can duplicate the first measurement like I did – 9 times since I had 9 frames that were exactly the same size.
Your phone becomes the measurement tool for this part. Center the square as directed, then start measuring your frame. Once again, you will be prompted for each step as you go.
When you are happy with this measurements you will measure the back. It took me a few tries to get it exactly right. But I quickly figured out the way to get this part done.
The back side is important because you are telling the app where you want to hang your frame. If you have a wire, pull it up where you will put the nail and make a mark. This will help you mark it when seeing it through your phone.
Once saved this will become an object that you will label and use later.
Measure your wall. I made the mistake of not listening to directions and started from the top. And as you can guess, it came out wrong. So I read the directions better and figured out what I was doing wrong.
You start measuring the wall from the bottom left corner, then drag your phone to the right corner and up to the top. I recommend giving yourself plenty of backup space and distance. I was too closet the first time around.
The wall will be saved and you are ready for the next step!
You will add the frames to the wall and move them around to fit your space. You can aline them so the are equally spaced if you need. I fiddled with this part for awhile. Finally you will number the frames in the order you will hang them.
It’s time to mark the wall! The Cubit will sync to your Plott App and will tell you where to mark your nail holes according to your numbered frames. This thing is brilliant! Make sure it’s turned so the red lights will hit the side wall and the ground or ceiling. This needs to match the same lines on the app (tap the screen to change these).
Roll the Cubit along the area where you want to hang the first one. The arrow and measurements on the screen will tell you where to move the Cubit. Once you are at the right spot it will beep and say PLOTT. Head to the lit arrow on the Cubit and mark you spot for the nail. Do this now for each frame. I added sticky notes for mine.
Then you add your nails and hang your frames. Look at that!! It was so nice to not re-drill so many holes and ruin my wallpaper. The Cubit and Plott made this project a one time hang up job, verses tons of mistakes.
You can grab The Cubit right here, enjoy this new tool!
Sponsored by Tree Classics
Halloween is over and that means Christmas decorations are going up in our house! We aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year so I don’t feel one bit bad about getting Christmas done early. But if you are hosting and need some ideas on how to decorate – you are in luck just the same!
This week I am joining 5 other bloggers to showcase holiday decor for the Thanksgiving season. It’s ok to mix Christmas decorations with Thanksgiving Time! Pinecones and pine trees go great with both! Here is a list of each days post from these amazing bloggers so you won’t miss one:
Monday: Krissy from Bold Boundless Blonde Blog
Tuesday: Kelly (me!) from City Girl meets Farm Boy Blog
Wednesday: Mary from Selah Pines Farmhouse Blog
Thursday: Lori from My Lovely Texas Home YouTube & Katie from Baker Nest Blog
Friday: Jennifer from Jennifer Lutz at Home Blog
I needed a slim tree with a pull apart frame and bright lights. This beauty was perfect.
I added some ribbon and sprays I had left over from last year to get me going.
I snagged this set because it came in a 50 pack of assorted styles which I loved. They shipped them in a storage box that I can use over and over. They were just stunning!
I wanted alot of texture to my tree so I picked up a set of Snowy Berry Holiday Picks. They are really sturdy and bendable. They looked great with the tree.
For the final touch I needed a tree skirt to match. The Shimmering Snow skirt went perfect with the mix of gold and silver ornaments. Plus it’s so soft! I loved it.
It only took about about an hour to get this baby up and looking complete. Tree Classics products come so easy to use and I know this will be a beautiful tree for the entire season, as well as many years to come!
The post is sponsored and organized by Tree Classics. Their team supports and encourages family & friend gatherings and I am so excited to be connecting with them this holiday season.
This season of Thanksgiving has always been a special one for me. I love nothing more than sitting with my family in the kitchen, cooking together and visiting. Especially because we are all so spread out and far apart – it has become a cherished moment each year.
I am joining some other amazing bloggers to share simple ways to set the scene for these Treasured Celebrations. You will truly love this blog hop and I hope you enjoy the individuality of their homes!
- Jennifer with the JenniferLutzAtHome Blog
- Kristine with the BoldBoundlessBlonde Blog
- Lori with the MyLovelyTexasHome YouTube Channel
- Tree Classics Blog
The first thing that my friends and family see as they come to our home is our porch. It’s important to me that it is warm and inviting, that they know they are welcome there. We added some very simple touches this season to do just that, and it only took a few minutes.
I grew up in a home where my mother worked hard to create a simple but lovely home on a budget. Her creativity and work was such an example to me, so I carry on the tradition of celebrating holidays with a festive home.
I love Tree Classics and the decor that they offer. We live in a cold and snowy area in Utah, hence we need hardy faux products to handle the elements. I found the perfect ones! I snagged the Classic Fraser Fir Festive Wreath in the 32 inch size. It is made so well and also has battery powered lights. The second piece I grabbed was the Classic Fraser Fir 12 Foot Lighted Garland.
Note: You can use the coupon code TCWG10 until October 31, 2019 to get an extra discount on your Tree Classics purchase. This applies to sale items as well!
I was so pleasantly surpised at how well they were already filled with pinecones, golden buds and faux leaves. So much so that I didn’t have to add any other fillers!
They are packaged well and you can reuse the boxes to keep them stored. You will need to fluff the wire stems and cones. This is simple and easy.
The battery powered lights are attached and easy to hide.
I used nails and 3M outdoor hooks to hang the 12 foot garland. It hangs really nicely down the sides of the door.
I did the same with the hooks to hang the wreath. This large wreath filled the door super nicely.
Now my porch is ready to greet my guests and help them feel like I am prepared for their visit. I can’t wait to create more treasured memories with my family this Thanksgiving season!
Home Improvement Tips to Turn Your Home into Paradise
I am welcoming another guest blogger today to give us simple design tips for your home. Lisa Bell has some great ideas that I think you will love!
Are you looking to improve the aesthetics of your home? Are you tired of the same old boring interior or exterior décor of your home and looking to spice things up? Do you simply want to turn your home into a paradise?
Look no further; this article would give some marvelous home improvement tips that can turn your home into a paradise.
Here Are Some Tips to Help Your Quest
Make the Deck New Again
We know how much of a sore sight a deck with mold and mildew can be. It makes it look more like a disgusting zone than a nice place to hang out. Why don’t you clean it out and place some nice furniture on it? Accessories like wind chimes and potted plants would further accentuate the look of your deck.
Transform your Porch into an Open-Air Room
Turning your porch into another room is another way you can turn your home into a paradise. You can customize it to fit your style. Install white curtains, bamboo chairs, and tribal patterns if you want something exotic. If you prefer a simpler look, include a farm table and a sideboard for storage.
Keep your pool in Tiptop Shape
Your pool would say a lot about you so it is important that you keep it in top shape by regularly cleaning it. You can make it easier for yourself by getting a robotic pool cleaner. Not only do they get the job done faster, they are almost always more efficient than humans (as the machines are now taking over). There are many types and kinds of robotic pool cleaners that differ based on so many different specifications. Check for the one that is the most suitable for you on the website “Robotic Pool Cleaners Compared”.
Build a screen door
A screen door would let more natural light in while keeping the bugs and other unwanted guests out. You do not necessarily need a technician to help you with the door; as you can easily assemble one yourself.
Install a Porch Swing
Another way you can work on your porch is by hanging a porch swing. Lounging on your porch and taking in the beautiful sights and smells of your neighborhood is one hell of a treat. Now imagine doing all of that on a swing. A swing on your porch would also add a nice and elegant touch of style to your curb appeal. If you do not have a porch, you can hang a swing on your deck or in your garden.
Open your space with a wooden mirror
If you are searching for a way to open up a cramped room, consider putting in a mirror. They are a foolproof way of making your room seem bigger than it is. A wooden mirror would infuse a rustic element into the overall interior décor of your room.
Bring plants and flowers indoors
By installing houseplants into your home, you can create a rather soothing atmosphere. It can also help improve the air quality of your home and there is nothing more paradisal than a house with good airflow. The flowery presence would also give your room a completely unique appearance. If you cannot trust yourself with life flowers, you can get faux vines that require no maintenance.
Turn your attic into something more
Most attics are full of bad and worn-out furniture that just collects dust. Why not transform all that free space into something more worthwhile? It could be a new guest room or den where you get to relax with friends. Turning your dusty attic into a guest room is just one step closer towards turning your home into paradise.
Look no further. Your home can look like a paradise. Luckily, you only need to start with the tips in this article.
Yay for Halloween!! It’s one of my favorite seasons of decorating. My kiddos love creepy decor, so years ago I set out to find an inexpensive way to take our yard decor up a notch. Having old pallets laying around (yes I collect these!) got my wheels turning. I created a Halloween Pallet Fence and I fell in love! I ended up making so making (and my Halloween Pallet Skeleton Swings) that I had to sell some to make room in my storage area (poor Mr. Farmboy doesn’t have any more space to store them!).
Our 60 second video tutorial will help you get a quick view of this super easy DIY. Then follow the steps to create your own!
Sponsored Post in Collaboration with Zircon
How many of you have an amazing partner who is willing to hang up all your pictures and shelves and drapery rods and floral arrangements (you get the picture) – but never has the time?! I do! Mr. Farmboy is amazing at so many things, but apparently he has to work every day to so I can’t use him as often as I would like. Years ago I learned that if I needed anything hung, I needed to learn how to do it myself so that I could get it done when I wanted.
I’ve talked a lot about using a Stud Finder to find the proper place to hang things onto your walls on my past blogs. My Zircon Stud Sensor HD70 is one of the most used tools in my tool box. If you haven’t seen my step-by-step guide on how to use on YT you can watch (here). It’s an amazing stud sensor at a great price!
I wanted to try the Zircon MultiScanner HD900c while working on my summer bathroom project, to compare the qualities it has. In particular in has live wire detection capabilities. I snagged this guy from Home Depot for $60.
Here is the the comprehensive version of it’s amazing talents:
MultiScanner® HD900c OneStep® multifunction stud finder locates studs, metal, and live AC electrical wiring behind walls, floors, and ceilings. The advanced ColorTripTM display lights green in stud scan, blue in metal, and red in live AC scan modes. Screen flashes, or lights, red to alert the presence of live AC in Stud, DeepScan®, and Metal Scan modes. A 4-mode switch makes it easy to change modes, while the ultra-bright display screen, SpotLite® Pointer, and audio tone all indicate the location of the target.
Before I get into my summer project, I wanted to tell you about a giveaway Zircon is hosting! If you’re looking for some great Zircon tools, head on over to their Instagram to enter their summer giveaway! You could win the StudSensor HD55 stud finder, Leak Alert WiFi smart water detector, and a $100 giftcard to The Home Depot! You can enter here: (click me). Winner will be chosen on September 30, 2019.
Step One – Buy It
Super easy, here is the link. Or you can get it in the tool section of Home Depot. I am hanging my plumbers pipe shelving from Furniture Pipeline and needed a strong stud to insert my screws into for the best hold. This is why I can’t do any projects without this magic scanner!
Step Two – Open and Add 9V Batteries
Step Three- Take Off the Plastic
Yah, I know this sounds silly, but the last time I bought one I forgot to take it off and was so confused by all the images it displayed. I know, I have issues…
Step Four – Scan
You will lay your sensor against the wall VERTICALLY. There is button to swipe right or left. Left for DeepScan and StudScan. Right for Metal and AC Scan. Then push the side button and wait for the beep. You are now ready to go.
As you move along slowly and horizontally on the wall, green will illuminate. This is letting you know it is working and you are in a stud finding mode. You will be alerted when a stud is close. The Spotlite arrow will appear when you are in the middle of the stud. This is where you make a mark and know where you can install your screw if you are wanted to hang something into the stud.
The red screen will illuminate if you are close to a wire. Once again the arrow will appear when you are right on top of it.
Part Five – Hang
Now that you know where your studs are, you are ready to hang your project. For this bathroom summer project I am hanging heavy plumbers pipe shelving, this is why it was important for me to find the studs.
I added my screws to the marked stud spots and drilled in the pipe fitting (it’s called a flange). Then I added the pipe shelf and the project was done! So easy for me. Before I used a stud sensor I would make so many mistakes with holes because I wasn’t aiming correctly. This little tool makes my life so much better when I am working on projects! Make sure to enter their giveaway here by the end of September!
Have a wonderful end of summer my friends!
Sponsored post in collaboration with Zircon
(no affiliate links are used in this post)
Have your pipes ever leaked and you didn’t find out until after all the damage was done? This recently happened to us and my flooring warped because I didn’t catch it in time. After we fixed the kitchen sink pipe, I knew I needed to find something that would alert me if this ever happened again.
And guys – I found the perfect thing! Zircon has been a favorite of mine for many years because of their stud finders. But I had no idea they created the coolest tool for my problem – The Zircon Leak Alert WiFi Smart Water Detector. I was so excited and you can buy this from The Home Depot for a great price.Continue reading “How to protect your kitchen cabinets from water damage”
This post is sponsored by RC Willey
I am excited to be sharing some simple ways to restyle your front porch as we head into the summer season. If you are joining our Easy Summer Styling Blog Hop from Camelot Art Creations – welcome! A huge shout out to our host Kelly from The Tattered Pew for bringing us all together!
My front porch was ready for a refresh this year and I am so happy to be partnering with one of my favorite stores, RC Willey, for this post. I have been shopping at RC Willey for over 20 years, can you tell I just love them? They have so many ideas in their store and on their website for all of us aspiring home decorators.