Yesterday we took a trip to the fire station with the boy’s library class. They got to see a fireman up close and learn about his gear, take pictures with him, learn about fire safety, and visit the fire station with all their trucks. They were in boy heaven! A good time was had by all!!
I was able to snap a personality picture of them while they were sitting on one of the trucks. I’m linking their outfits below 🙂
Leland is pictured right, his top was his big brother’s and I found it at a consignment sale a couple of years ago. It’s Carter’s and I’m linking a different color available here. / I’m linking a similar vest here. It is also a Carter’s hand me down from his big brother. / His boots are linked here.
If you love the outdoors as much as me and my family, you NEED an inviting space outside. I shared some of our back yard makeover in my last post, but this post is featuring our deck!
As I mentioned before, we’ve been settled in our home for over a year, but we weren’t utilizing our nice fenced in back yard! I decided that it was due time to create a space for the family to enjoy! With the kids having their new play space, it was important to me that Joshua and I have a space to relax, as well as entertain!
We kicked off our finished deck project by hosting our first college game day. The kids were entertained and the adults had lots of viewing options. It was a win win and we are more than happy to have this project under our belts!!
I’m going to be linking products under the photos below in case you’re interested in any of them for yourselves!!
Thanks for stopping by, it really means a lot! I love sharing these things with everyone 🙂
Serving Tray: Pottery Barn / Succulents: Lowe’s / Cactus Plant: Lowe’s / Cactus Planter: Burkes Outlet
Outdoor Rug: Hayneedle
Pouf Seat and Table Set: Amazon
White Coffee Table: Amazon
So we’ve lived at our current house for a little over a year. We aren’t planning on it being our permanent location, so I made a vow that I was NOT doing ANY renovations! We have done updates to every house we’ve been in and flipped 4 other rental properties, so I surely didn’t want another home project. You would think! However, my inner HGTV loving, Joanna Gaines wanna be, couldn’t take it any longer.
The Summer days were getting longer and the evenings were so pretty, and we weren’t using our back yard at all. Adler is almost three and definitely wanting to be outside, so I decided to create him an inexpensive play area, with the space we already had.
Joshua removed the lattice from under our deck, and cleared all the things growing under there out! We simply added a 2×4 down the middle to create two different play stations!
We made an outdoor chalkboard which I’ll share at the end, but used part of the board we had to cut and drilled it into the deck to give Adler and Leland another small chalk board to use at his dump truck station.
For the “dump station” I found foam play mats at Lowe’s. They are 4×4 and 4 to a pack for $20. I believe we only used 2 packs!
For the road, I bought acrylic paint in the craft section at Walmart for $3. I used sponge brushes and painted lines on.
Joshua had an extra tire we put in the center and then we filled it with 4 bags of pea gravel. (Those were $4 each).
For the sand box, we lined it with landscaping liner and stapled it up around the 2×4’s so the sand wouldn’t spill out. Then we dumped 22 bags of play sand in there from Lowe’s! That was the most expensive part, each bag was around $5, so a little over $100 for the home-made sandbox. I did my research however, and most pre-made sandboxes cost at least that much to purchase and are half the size!
Lastly, Joshua and I made this outdoor chalkboard to hang on our fence. I am linking the tutorial we followed here. If you have a handy man, or know someone handy, it really wasn’t a bad project. Painting takes the longest, because the board requires 3 coats, but assembling it was not so bad.
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I was able to sneak off from Adler and go Labor Day shopping this year. We had a girls day at The Pinnacle in Bristol that was much needed! I’ve linked a few of my favorite finds from the day.
The top is from Versona, which always has an overwhelming selection. It was not on sale, but I could not pass it up. I think it’s $30 online! It runs true to size.
My jeans are from the Ann Taylor Loft Factory store. They were and still are 40% off! They have been good to me so far!
My necklace was on the clearance rack for $6.99 at Ann Taylor, but I could not find it online for you.
My bracelet is also Versona! I’m trying to incorporate more versatile bracelets in my outfits and this one is perfect! I linked a similar one for you!!