Prepping a house to sell is so much work!

We spent a few solid weeks prepping our house to list on the market. We ate, slept, and breathed house prep. I felt like a walking zombie most days. Here's a fun video I created showing all the outside prep we had to do before our house sold: If you can't view this video, click here to see it. I have been really into making little videos lately to accommodate my blog posts, I hope you like them as much as I have! Here is my HOH channel if you'd like to view all my videos. As you noticed in the video, we painted the outside of the house, powerwashed the driveway, and had a … [Read more...]

Build a tire swing!

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.) I've teamed up with True Value today to show you how to make a fun and easy project that your kids (and you!) will enjoy all summer long... a tire swing! We've had this old tire laying around the yard so instead of tossing it we decided it … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning: cleaning out the rain gutters

(I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.) One big job I've wanted to tackle since moving in is cleaning out the rain gutters. For some reason, presumably leaves and debris, they overflow when it rains yet hardly any water actually exits the downspout. I finally got up the energy and … [Read more...]

It’s party central up in here (backyard updates)

We decided the best time to go outside and do loads of manual labor on the yard would be August. In Texas. Poor planning on our part, obviously. If you are unfamiliar with Texas weather, we have 4 seasons here: Hot, Really Hot, Hot as Hell, and Hot with a Few Freezing Cold Days Until 10am at Which Point it Gets Really Hot Again. August would fall under the Hot as Hell season. We also like to party during the Hot as Hell season considering school is out for 3 solid months, so doing manual labor on the yard is a necessity if you don't want your friends to think they've shown up at the … [Read more...]

The sod saga in House 2

It's been three months since we moved and I realized I never shared a few last minute updates on our previous house (henceforth to be known as House2). Once we found our dream house (House3), we had to list House2 at lighting speed. We had about a week to work through a huge to-do list, and there were many nights we were up until 1am working our tails off. One major thing on our list was the side yard. It was a mess when we bought the house, and pretty much continued to be a hot mess for the following three years. We knew if we didn't take care of the grass issue, we'd never sell the … [Read more...]

Add outdoor mood lighting for a big impact

We recently moved into our new (to us) home. One of the many things we absolutely love about this new house is the huge deck in the backyard. It is the ultimate party deck! We can easy fit several dozen people on the deck. We bring out a bunch of chairs, a few coolers with drinks, turn on the bbq grill and it's an instant party. Once the sun goes down though the deck and backyard are almost impossible to enjoy. The main issue is that there simply isn't enough lighting. Here's what our deck looks like with the porch light that came with the house. Who wants to sit out there … [Read more...]

Cleanup on isle 1 (the fence and side yard post)

Last week I shared how we replaced our fence on the side of our house. As you can see from the before and after photo, we did a little bit of yard cleanup in front of the fence. We took out a box hedge and smoothed all the dirt out flat in preparation for some new sod. Well, that yard cleanup is only a small amont of cleanup that we actually did over here. Behind the fence was an absolute nightmare. Here is the side yard behind the fence when we moved in over two and a half years ago: It wasn't that bad, but there was a huge pile of random rocks and a bunch of metal … [Read more...]