On the Road in March

Every time I write one of these posts I’m amazed that another month has gone by. Welcome to April! WOW! Let’s take a look back at the top five posts here at the blog during the month of March, in no particular order…

1. Celebrate Spring Cash Giveaway! – Of course, this giveaway is over now, but it sure was a great one! I mean, any time there’s any cash involved…most people are happy! And a little bird told me that there may be one of these giveaways for each new season! You never know!

Celebrate Spring Cash Giveaway with Dates

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Distinctive Deck Designs – Creating a Smaller Carbon Footprint, One Deck at a Time! – A Guest Post!

Happy Friday, everyone! On Fridays I start thinking more about the weekend, because it’s almost upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m normally pretty ready for the weekend!

Recently my hubby and I had the back yard fenced in with a pretty white PVC-material privacy fence, and it’s opened a whole new range of options for us. One of them that I’m really pushing for is something I’m calling my “Star-Gazing Deck”. I LOVE looking at the stars at night, and I really want a specific place (that can be used during the day, of course) but is specifically used at night to lay out on and gaze at the stars! The perfect thing to do over the weekends, especially!

So imagine my surprise that, as we’re discussing putting a deck in the back yard and the implications of that, Tatum Williams from Distinctive Deck Designs contacted me with a guest post idea! She definitely made ME think, and I hope she’ll make you think, too! Here’s what she had to say…


There are many concerns when building a deck, one of which is what impact a deck can have on the environment. Since trees are constantly cut down to create the great deal of lumber needed for these projects, many people have decided to give composite decking a try. Depending on the company, composite decking can be made mostly out of recycled materials; for instance, Trex decking is primarily comprised of 95% recycled materials while saving 400 million pounds of plastic and  wood from landfills a year. With every green conscious deck that is built, it is important to consider the materials you are using and the landscaping of the location before proceeding.

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The Top 10 Easy and Low-Cost Add-Ons for a Perfect Patio! – A Guest Post!

First of all, do you remember the NestFresh Eggs Giveaway we had going on earlier this week? Well, we have a winner!

Kelly Whaley! Kelly, you are the winner of the NestFresh Eggs Giveaway! Please shoot me an email at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com and we’ll get you all set up! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who entered!

And now, for today’s post!

I know, I know. If you’re looking out the window and you’re seeing WHITE, then I’m sorry for this post. Well, half-way sorry. I mean, now is the perfect time to be dreaming about a beautiful patio, right?! You’ve got plenty of time to plan!

So when Trang Lam from Window City approached me with the idea for this guest post, I was really liking it! (Also, if you’ve been reading the blog here for any length of time, you’ll know that I have a patio that I have some big plans for, so that made me extra excited about this post!) So, without further ado, let’s check out the ideas Trang has for us – this is good stuff, let me tell you!

Summer might be a few months away, but that won’t stop us from enjoying our gardens and patios to the fullest…as soon as the snow is gone! If you are a dedicated home lover just like us, you would still want to enhance the look of your outdoor area every single day. Here are 10 easy projects you can add to your beautiful patios with friendly budget!

1. Backyard Teepee


This conical tent traditionally used by nomadic tribes or hunters can be an exquisite wild life accent to your patio. An extra play room, a shelter from the hot summer days, cosy reading corner or a romantic retreat – there are so many uses for a teepee that can make the whole family happy.

Ashley and Jamin from The Handmade Home shared their tips on building this exotic No-Sew Teepee. Not only is it  super easy to make but it’s also extremely cheap. $7 for a unique useful patio feature – why not?

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