How to Make Your Yard Practical and Beautiful

We’ve finally had our deck off our back porch refurbished! It was a little ratty from the previous owner, and it had been on “our list” for a while, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally taken care of – just in time for the weather to start cooling off a tad here in Central Florida! It adds such a nice touch to our backyard – the girls have been running around it, the dog has been sunning on it, and the hubby and I have been enjoying dinners on it! It’s the perfect finish for our yard!

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What’s YOUR yard’s perfect finish?

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Your parent’s generation may have wanted expansive yards and swimming pools, but according to MarketWatch, today’s homeowners are looking to relax outdoors and make pizzas from scratch with fresh veggies they grew in their own gardens. Today’s backyards are all about blending meaningful experiences in a practical yet beautiful setting. But it takes the right strategy to transform your yard into a livable and dazzling space to relax with friends and family. Here’s how to get started.

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Outdoor Decorating Ideas for the Fourth of July!

Well, folks, today marks the first day of my third trimester, and also the first day of the last week of June! You know what that means?! Time for all things 4th of July! (Which, of course, includes some decorating!) 

I’ve sorted through all of my patriotic decor, and most of it is up around the house now. I’ve always loved red, white and blue – maybe because July 4th is my mom’s birthday, and my family always celebrates! So when Amelia from LuxeDecor contacted me about a post on decorating for the 4th of July, I was excited for some fresh ideas. You’ll love these!

Summertime is all about family, fun and fireworks. The Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to host a big BBQ or all-night backyard bash. And while the explosive evening light show is often the focus of the day, there are many more inspired ideas for setting the stage for a festive occasion.

Here a few outdoor decorating tips just in time for that sparkly mid-summer soiree full of glowing night skies.

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An innovative holiday hack, taking a cruiser bicycle and making it into a red, blue and white display will instantly add cheer to any airy celebration. Pom poms, miniature American flags and large red stars pinned to a two-wheeler will help set the tone for a boisterous bash. Bonus: a patriotic bike works well for a Fourth of July parade.

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Keeping Your Outdoor Gear in Fighting Shape

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it’s time for New Year’s! It all feels like it’s flying by so FAST – is it just me?!

This year for New Year’s, we’ll be at my parent’s home in Hiawassee, Georgia.

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Hiawassee is a beautiful lil’ mountain town that doesn’t know about wifi and where you meet the locals when they break down in front of your house. It’s where the only things to do on New Year’s Eve involve a church choir and a live “possum drop”. (I’m not even joking. Not even a little.)

No matter the time of year, one of our favorite things to do when we’re in Hiawassee is explore the area via hiking…especially if said hiking involves waterfalls. So naturally there’s a bit of gear that we tend to take along with us!

Investing in outdoor gear takes plenty of time and research, not to mention being a little pricey. Here’s your guide for preventing damage and repairing your gear to keep it in tip-top shape for your next adventure and many more to come.

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Get Started by Taking Inventory

Having a checklist for all of your outdoor gear is never a bad idea, and it will be a big help when it comes to keeping your gear clean and in tip top shape. Don’t forget to remove batteries from all electronic devices while not in use to prevent corrosion. Taking inventory allows you to inspect everything for wear and tear from the last trip and take notice of any little rips or tears that can be fixed right away before they become a bigger problem.

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