How to fix broken trampoline net poles

We have a trampoline for the kids in our backyard. After two solid years of use, the original net poles that came with the enclosure were broken and bent. It became a hazard when poles would snap in half while kids were playing, and when one pole fell completely out of the net leaving a gaping hole for kids to fall through we knew it was time to come up with a plan of action to fix them. One time we had a tree fall on one of our trampolines (like 10 years ago) and broke the net and poles. This time the poles broke and bent for a few reasons, including heavy snowfall, hurricane strength … [Read more...]

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...]

5 simple steps to prep your yard for Fall

Summer was a blast but now Fall is swiftly approaching. Don't forget to prepare the outside of your home and yard for the coming months by following these 5 tips: 1. Clean out your gutters Heading into Fall is a great time to break out the ladder and clean out your rain gutters. They tend to fill with leaves quickly so you should be cleaning them out a few times a year. 2. Put away all toys and furniture cushions If your house is anything like mine you probably have tons of toys strewn about outside. As soon as the weather turns warmer we bring out the soccer goals, sports … [Read more...]

Build a tire swing!

I'm here 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 would be fun to turn it into a tire swing. I've never made a tire swing before and the task seemed daunting. Believe it or not I whipped this tire swing up in less than an hour! I started with this very helpful tire swing guide: Once I had a plan in place I headed to True Value to pick up all my supplies. Here are most of the supplies I purchased, but I did … [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...]