It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments

The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

Our Summer of Landscaping (Round 2)

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2014 | 18 comments

We wrapped up all our 2014 landscaping projects almost 2 months ago… so I figured it was time to finally share the official before and after photos from the work we accomplished this past Spring and Summer!

How We Prepare Our Home and Yard for Cold Weather

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2014 | 4 comments

After our end-of-summer party last week, Dave and I are in full-on “Fall Mode”. We’ll be outside almost any chance we get raking and mulching leaves, dead-heading flowers, splitting perennials, draining hoses, cleaning yard tools, emptying flower pots, and preparing our home for the COLD Michigan winter that is just weeks away.

Today, I’m sharing a few simple and frugal ways we’re preparing our home and our yard for cold weather.

Our “Good Enough” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2014 | 21 comments

I know there are many of you out there struggling to get started on a house project, an organizing project, a landscaping project, a picture project, etc. because you don’t have the time or the energy to do it exactly the way you want to do it.

I completely understand how that feels… however, I also know that it can’t hurt to just get started. You might find that “done” = “good enough”. That’s how it usually works for me 🙂

Grass Growing 101 {plus a bunch of pictures of our yard!}

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2014 | 7 comments

Although our lawn is far from perfect, we have worked really, REALLY hard to keep our very large, grass-dominated lawn looking nice.

We have spent many hours growing, caring for, and maintaining our lawn, and today (per your numerous requests) I’m sharing what we’ve learned over the last 8 summers of grass-growing.

Our New Outhouse Garden Shed

posted by Andrea | 07/22/2014 | 19 comments

After months of searching Craigslist, we finally broke down and built our own outhouse garden shed.

I’m SO happy with how it turned out — and there’s actually a really cool story behind the wood we used for the shed!

Our New Trex Deck Project

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2014 | 22 comments

Last week, I shared some of the progress (and the plans) for our mudroom project. We still have several things to cross of our “mudroom to-do list”, but we’re already gearing up for our 2nd project of the summer… a new deck!

Or maybe I should say, “replacing our old, tiny, unusable deck with a brand new, much larger deck”. I’m sharing those plans today!

What We’ve Been Up To: House + Yard Projects 2014

posted by Andrea | 05/26/2014 | 8 comments

Dave and I usually wait until school is over to start our house/yard projects for the year — but this year, even with a new baby, we were BOTH itching to get started.

Since it’s a long holiday weekend (and I have a feeling many of you are joining Dave and I in some sort of home or yard project) I figured it would be a good time to share an update on all our latest projects.

A Simple Way to Save on Yard Projects

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2014 | 17 comments

If you’re planning to do any type of yard work this spring and summer, you’ll definitely want to read this super simple tip that has saved Dave and I hundreds of dollars over the past several years.

More Yard Work for the Dekkers

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2014 | 10 comments

As some of you might remember, Dave and I spent a lot of time outside last summer — and not for relaxation purposes. On and off from May through August, we had various yard projects going on around our house.

We have a BUNCH more landscaping projects to tackle this summer — and I’m sharing them all in today’s post!

Our Landscaping: Before and After!

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2013 | 44 comments

We’ve been finished with yard work for the summer for several weeks already — but I’ve had a difficult time trying to accurately photograph the “after” pictures. It’s so hard when the plants and trees are still small!

I’m sure I’ll be sharing more pictures next summer — but for now, I’m excited to share our official 2013 landscaping before and after shots!

Our Potential Vegetable Garden Locations

posted by Andrea | 07/15/2013 | 60 comments

As many of you know, Dave and I are doing a lot of yard work this summer — however, we STILL haven’t had a chance to work on our vegetable garden — mainly because we don’t know exactly where we want to put our garden.

Today, I’m sharing 2 of our potential garden locations and asking you to weigh in with your thoughts.

How We Re-Landscaped (Partially) For Free

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2013 | 15 comments

As Dave and I inched closer and closer to our budgeted amount for our current landscaping projects, we decided we would need to get creative if we wanted to accomplish everything on our list without breaking the bank.

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of pictures of our yard work progress along with how we managed to do some of the work for free!

Our Summer Landscaping Plans!

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2013 | 36 comments

EVERYTHING in our yard is getting really over-grown! There are a bunch of dead trees, the grass in the back yard is basically all weeds and dirt, and the planting beds have been taken over by ivy and other invasive ground covers.

So this summer, we’re trading our hammers and saws for shovels and rakes — and we’re doing a complete landscape renovation!

Pruning… in the Garden and in our Home

posted by Andrea | 05/10/2013 | 5 comments

Thanks to the last 2 weeks of gloriously sunny skies, we’ve been doing lots of yard work.

One of the first projects on my to-do list was pruning — everything! And as I pruned, I started thinking how pruning our garden is very similar to purging our home — not always glamorous or fun, but SO worth the effort.

Why We Still Don’t Have a Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 10/13/2012 | 14 comments

Dave and I have been in our farmhouse for two summers now… and we still don’t have a vegetable garden. I guess we’ve just been so busy renovating the inside of our house that we haven’t had the time to really dive into any big outside projects.

But after two summers without a garden, I’m starting to rethink whether we really NEED a garden right now or not.

5 Frugal Ways to Enjoy Local Produce Without a Garden

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2012 | 8 comments

Over the past 2 summers, Dave and I have spent SO much time renovating the inside of our farmhouse that we haven’t had a chance to put in our vegetable garden yet. We’ve decided that next spring/summer, we will focus on a garden. Yeah, I’m just a little excited!

If you share my enthusiasm for fresh-from-the-garden produce but don’t have the time, space, or ability to grow your own… then keep reading.

Weekend Giveaway: Wireless Exterior Deck Lighting

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2012 | 243 comments

If you love outdoor entertaining as much as we do, you’ll definitely want to enter today’s giveaway for wireless deck lighting from Jenesis — a local Michigan-based company.

Not only do these lights turn on automatically at dusk, they are motion sensored, last for up to a year without new batteries, and they can be installed in 10 minutes or less!