So Tom is trying to make a finished room in our basement. Why? Toys have taken over our lives and just about every room in the house. Granted, our house is a good size. I'm certainly not complaining and am thankful for what we have. But it would be nice to get organized and have a place for the girls to play while I'm folding laundry and trying to make dinner. The problem? In Buffalo, NY the basement can get quite cold, in particular, those outside walls! No one wants to go down there if it's freezing in winter or conversely, too hot during the summer! Fixing up the basement can greatly increase the usable square footage of your home. If not a play room, how about a craft room? A home office? A mini-movie theater? A game room with ping pong and floor hockey? The possibilities are endless. This is our journey in transforming a space that was essentially 100% storage and turning it into a fully functional space for the kids. Watch as our basement evolves!
It was love at first site. There we were at church and I was smitten with all the innovative Christmas pallet projects being displayed. Stunning! Pallets are being used for so many purposes these days. And pallets are cheap if not free to acquire. So when you're decorating for the holidays, it's a fantastic way to literally deck the halls on a dime. Why spend a paycheck at Pier 1 when you can get your creative juices flowing with pallets? This post focuses primarily on Christmas and winter ideas, but I'm sure you've seen all those America Flag painted pallets on Pinterest....right? And they look great! So here's a bunch more ideas to get you in the holiday spirit.
Deck the halls with....pine tree evergreens. Fa la la la la. You get the drift. Christmas bling. You can never overdo it. Right?! Bigger is better. And if you happen to drive by my house and think it's tacky, I'm okay with that. But the week after Christmas? I start getting this feeling that it's time to take my decorations down. And it hurts. Which is why I love Desert Steel. Their Evergreen Luminary takes you from pre-Christmas to post holiday with ease. Simple and stunning steel. You can leave it up till March and it still looks good and will suit your surroundings in or out. Of course you can leave your real live tree up until March as well and trust me, I know plenty of people who do...but the dead needles will wreck havoc. So I'm happy for you and your chance to win this lovely luminary ARV $70 from Desert Steel. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us when you take down your Christmas tree!
Do you have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree complex? When looking for the family Christmas tree each year this is my struggle. I lean towards selecting the sad, wilting tree because otherwise that tree won't have a home for Christmas. Then I have to stop. Pause. Think. And come to my senses. The tree is not a kitten. It does not have feelings and I'm not doing myself a favor by hauling home the worst one on the lot. Besides, live Christmas tree prices are typically $50 and up. In many cases you pay by the foot so I might as well get the best tree for my dollars. But what do you look for? What should you look for when picking out the perfect tree? These are my top tips so that your tree doesn't sap your holiday cheer.
It's time to stress out! The holidays are here. You know what this means. Lots of shopping, cleaning, cooking and baking. As if your life wasn't hectic enough. So to make your time in the kitchen just a little more joyful and a little less taxing, Get It Right is back better than ever. They want to reward you and all your culinary efforts this season with this fabulous $55 4-piece spoon set from their marvelous product line. And yes, once again, they got it right. So if you are the lucky one, you have struck gold this season. Or copper for all you Poldark watchers out there. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you have entered by telling us what you're cooking and baking these days!
The term "spring cleaning" has always baffled me. At this point, I've been cleaning all winter. Enough already. Time to get outside and play when spring finally strikes. Done with cleaning. Cleaning is a fall job so that I can purge all the junk I don't want to store all winter. Because storage space is prime. So I like to re-evaluate what I've got and toss what's no longer needed before winter comes. Especially with all the new stuff that arrives around Christmas. After all, you only have so much room in your basement, garage, shed and attic (if you even have all of those storage options). It's time to free yourself of the junk that you don't even know you have. Here's the essential checklist of what you should consider purging before the snow flies to save you space, time, energy and frustration. And if you ended up buying a second pair of hedge clippers because you couldn't locate yours when the time came to do the job then you know exactly what I mean. Too annoying!
Do you know what the problem is with having seventeen trees under a 1/2 acre lot? Leaves. Tom and I both love the shade trees provide, but come Fall, the leaves are an issue. Left alone, they'll kill the grass. Besides, in my neighborhood, it is severely frowned upon to leave them. So we have two options. 1.) Rake them or 2) Use a leaf blower. Raking is a great workout but is time consuming. Using a leaf blower gets the job done in about one twentieth of the time. I remember the first time I saw my neighbor use a leaf blower and thought to myself, "wow, I knew there was an easier way." So I'm over the moon thrilled for your chance to win this stellar leaf blower from Echo valued at $330. In fact, it has a 4.9 rating out of 5 stars and that includes 378 reviews. Wow!! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter! And let me tell you why leaves make me feel a little guilty.
So I planted about fifty sunflower seeds up against my garden fence this past summer with the hopes of big, beautiful sunflowers in the Fall. But zero plants came up. Oops! I think the super hot summer combined with my lack of watering skills contributed to the defeat. But I'll try again next year. Until then, enjoy this guest post written by Kylie from grohelps. I'm looking forward to my second chance next year! Fingers crossed. So let's learn together how-to harvest these seeds and maybe we'll find ourselves giving each other high-fives next season! Until then, I'll be buying my sunflowers from Wegmans.
Isn't it funny how you can spend $25 and up on a toy for a child that gets played with a few times then tossed? Even if they requested that specific toy! My kids, ages 4 and 6 love playing with non-toy items such as twigs, leaves, sticks and rocks found outside. More so than any pricey and plastic-y toy. They spend hours whacking each other with twigs in the backyard or rock painting in the driveway at little cost to myself. Best of all....it's "real" fun. Imaginative play. Recently, my mom has been experimenting with painting rocks and the results have been impressive. It's incredible how painted rocks can come close to resembling just about any image you dream up. So far, we've tried pumpkins, turtles and a duck pond, all of which came up to scratch. And we have lots of unique ideas for you today!
Planting bulbs is like investing money. Sacrifice now with a big payoff down the road. Except the reward comes a lot quicker with bulbs than dollars. Months later, you reap big, beautiful blooms. Just when you think you can't take one more snowfall, you'll see your tulips peeking through the grass and hope is revived. So we are thrilled that our friends at DutchGrown are back with this incredible 3-winner giveaway. The first place winner alone gets a whopping 200 jumbo darwin mix tulip bulbs and 25 tulip ice cream bulbs with over a $110 value! Just in time to plant before the ground hardens to melt your heart come Spring. And scroll down to see the pictures of the Ice Cream bulbs, so spectacular they are sure to stun! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
It's that time of year again. Time to roast your pumpkin seeds. And with Halloween peeking around the corner, now is when you want to roast away. I can think of few snacks more delicious or nutritious than roasted pumpkin seeds. They are the perfect mid-morning snack while running your errands. Or pack in your lunch, the kids lunch, and to give your husband the fiber he needs. Salty, scrumptious and crunchy, who needs potato chips? Best of all?! It's such a cheap and easy mini-project and they'll last for months in airtight containers. Pumpkins are in abundance this season, for sale everywhere. Farmer's are desperate to dump so you'll be able to get a few at a great price, probably for $1 or $2. Here's how and why you should get roasting today!
We finally did it. Yep. Installed our rubber EcoBorder around the perimeter of our landscaping. We could rave about how we think it looks, but you be the judge. Thoughts? When I first posted about EcoBorder in the Spring, we closely inspected the product but hadn't installed it in our yard. Now that we have I can give the full-blown review with that experience under our belts. So we are thrilled to have partnered with EcoBorder again and for your chance to win over $200 in product from them. Keep reading to find out why you'll be motivated to redo your landscaping with EcoBorder right now to spiff up your space. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter! And this is what I really think about EcoBorder now that we've tried and tested it.
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If you're anything like us, you're scurrying around doing a gizillion projects before the cold weather hits. Now it's gathering and cooking the last produce, making tomato sauce, hunkering down for winter and harvesting some seeds for next year. I wasn't going to bother harvesting seeds, but while I was picking the remnants of the Roma tomatoes, my 4-year-old started collecting beans pods for seeds. How could I let her down? So I was motivated to dig a bit deeper, learn a little more and find out why we should be harvesting these seeds. And what did I discover? That it's a cinch to do so cross this one off your list today. Here's a few reasons why you should give it a whirl this year and how-to do it. You'll love it. Promise.
Let's face it. You're better off buying durable, higher quality tools than cheaper ones. The reason is simple. Cheap tools are constantly getting replaced and that's frustrating. And you're even likely to spend more money over the long haul because you'll end up buying two of something, the second likely being that expensive brand. Just invest in quality from the get-go. Good thing Gilmour has you covered today because they are giving you a 100 foot hose and nozzle valued at approximately $60 to get you started on the right path. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter. And just to cover your bases, here are seven tools you can't live without.
People have been stalling in front of my house when strolling past and I finally figured it out. They're gawking at my new steel orange and white pumpkin luminaries from Desert Steel. In fact, one lady stopped, paused, ripped out a sheet of paper and made me write down the web address for Desert Steel so she could order. That's the attention they are garnishing. And it's true. They just highlight my curb appeal. During the day, they draw the eye. And during the night all lit up, they stun while glowing. I don't know about you, but I start thinking about decorating with pumpkins in September and leave them up all the way to Thanksgiving. Fall decorating is the best, don't you think? So I'm thrilled for two of you to win two of these beauties from Desert Steel valued at $130. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
It never ceases to amaze me that Tom can leave clutter all around the house but if the lawn is less than pristine, he gets all weird about it. I'm not sure how a man who is such a perfectionist about his lawn can carelessly toss socks, lunch containers and papers all over the house, but there it is. And he's perfecting it to a science. He cares that much. Due to a drainage project we had a huge chunk of our lawn torn up to bury a pipe. It was quite an eyesore. Our neighbors wanted to just leave it so the kids could continue to drive their dirt bikes and ATV's on the path. But the mud pit proved too much mess, especially since it's right under my new clothesline. Since early fall is a fantastic time to spread seed, at least where we live, the man was motivated. Here's your essential checklist of what you must do to plant a lush lawn.
Move over Jason Bourne. There's a new assassin in town. And we're still after the bad guys. Except this time, we're dealing with weeds, roots, and branches. It's called the Root Assassin and it's ready to tackle those weeds, dig up deep roots and slash that branch. You'll love this slender, rigid tool with serrated teeth for tons of tasks. I have lots of yard to do this fall and like different tools for various jobs. It all depends. But what makes the Root Assassin completely unique? It's the shovel/saw combo. Never seen the like of it before! It has never occurred to me to use a shovel to saw with. Until now. So I'm thrilled that there are two winners who will get their very own Root Assassin valued at $55. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know you entered by telling us something fun about yourself in the comment section of this post!
Squash is beautiful. You'll rarely find a group of vegetables more varied-looking and yet consistently pretty. But I'm into squash. I love it! And did you know that there's at least 350 varieties- and that's just those commonly grown in North America. Typically, I seek mine out from roadside stands instead of trying to grow my own. The reason? It takes up lots of room in the garden and would consume a whole raised bed, if not two. As a gardener, I always consider what I can purchase just as cheaply as I can grow. When that's the case, I save the space for other crops. But I wanted to highlight 8 varieties of squash that you do not want to miss this season. Not so long ago on a cold winter's day, I was craving butternut squash. The price at our local grocery store for one tiny squash was $11. I went into shock mode and didn't end up buying at all. And squash can be stored extremely well, so don't hesitate to buy now, eat later. In fact, many squash will last until February. Here's my best squash tips and a few you have to sample!
Wood fires are soothing. Aren't they? Nothing beats nestling up with the family to a comforting, warm fire watching the embers dying away. The smell alone is intoxicating. As fall approaches, the days are getting cooler and a fire pit or bowl is a wonderful way to extend the evenings. Besides, there's something almost magical about the snap, crackle and popping glow of a natural fire. Who doesn't want to indulge in a few more s'mores before winter? So we are absolutely over the moon thrilled about your chance of winning a $600 fire pit from Good Directions! Even better? There are three to choose from. You pick readers! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter!
There you are...on-the-go again! Tote bag in hand, you're finally out the door with all that "stuff" you need. Sure, I have several bags and use all of them in turn because they serve different purposes. Consider the traditional reusable grocery store bag. They are flimsy and kind of crappy. And they just don't offer the right kind of support to keep your produce, especially your berries in tact. Squished raspberries? Bleh. Squished eggs? Much, much worse. And insulation? Forget it. Enter Cabaggage! Finally a solution to a major problem. This market bag has it all. Lightweight but sturdy, you'll be hauling produce like never before, in style naturally! Yours for the winning valued at approximately $65! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
While my garden is close to a money tree ~ we're not quite there! Since I'm not working outside the home right now, I'm always looking for new ways to save my family money. Did you know it costs between 50 cents and a dollar to run a dryer for approximately an hour? More in the colder months. That adds up quick in a home with four people and two dogs. Some days I find myself doing three or four loads. Besides, I'm looking for an excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sun myself. But I was floored when Tom told me he wasn't going to build me a line out of wood as I fully expected, but metal. In fact, galvanized steel. I'm sure glad he had that epiphany; it's the best clothesline ever! You hardly notice it in the yard, chic even! Here's how to make your own customizable clothesline.
I affectionately call them my shovelly spades. At least in my head. After all, these hybrid shovels do the job of both - and that's just partly what makes them so spectacular. The other part? The fact that both Tom and I use them every single day. I'm not kidding. There's not a day we don't reach for these tools. Because they're not just for gardening, they are for every day yard tasks and whatever else you're tackling in your landscape right now. Clothesline? Gutter issue? Pool project? Underground pipe? Yep. Whatever you're working on rely on your Spear Head Spades to get the job done quickly. So we are thrilled they are back and this time offering you their short and mini fiberglass hybrid spades as a two-piece set valued at approximately $85! Hurrah. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
Fall is peaking around the corner. But that doesn't mean summer flare has to end. Indian summer never ceases to surprise. And neither does Desert Steel, a company famous for their innovative and purposeful yard art that makes your space all the more appealing. We love their eye-popping color and beautiful, bold and bright products that enhance our favorite dwelling space - the great outdoors. So we are enthused for your chance to win either their stunning pink and purple hummingbird feeder or their sunflower torch. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter.
So our dryer broke down and we weren't sure whether to replace it or try to service it. Tough call! What do you do when your 10-year-old dryer was a cheap one to begin with? Do you pay the exorbitant service fee when they may not be able to fix it or do you start fresh and buy a new one? On the fence, Tom decided to get on that laundry line we've been toying with for years now. Nothing like necessity to motivate you! Besides, he loves any excuse to go to Home Depot. Not to mention picking himself up an iced cappuccino on the way. And spring and fall are my two favorite times for drying clothes outside. So fresh, clean and easy, you'll be wondering why you didn't put up one years ago. What took Tom and I so long? Here's 11 reasons why you should make one now.
So Tom was stopped by a cop. In our front yard of all places. And he wasn't in a car or in trouble with the law. He was playing with our new sprinkler from Gilmour. Yup. The cop stopped to admire our new sprinkler. "Where in the world did you get that...I've never seen that before and I like it." So Tom gave him the rundown about how it works and the web address for Gilmour. "I'm going on right now, I need one of those." Another satisfied customer. And you'll be just as happy when you win this prize pack of watering tools from Gilmour including a 50 foot hose, metal sprinkler and solid brass high flow 4-way shut off valve. Yours for the winning valued at approximately $100! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. Let us know in the comment section of this post what you did to enter. By the way, has it been a crazy hot summer where you live? Rain or no rain?
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Buffalo, NY. I love sharing my home & garden ideas with you. Thanks for stopping by.
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