Easiest DIY Water Garden & Fountain for Your Backyard!

Easiest DIY Water Garden & Fountain for Your Backyard!

Right about now, all the gardening stuff is going on sale.  Pots, hoses, plants, bug sprays, etc.  Prep for next year!  One of the things I decided to try this year was creating my own water feature for the backyard.  Of course, I did the research…… and found nothing in my budget with lots of upkeep….  That didn’t stop me! You can click on the images below to a closer view of the labels! Materials: ~Big Pot  - You could get a tin tub or just a really large planter.  NO HOLE! ~Fountain with approriate tubing – Go pick one out & then ask the guy which parts you need to get for it. ~Medium-sized rocks  - for stacking up inside the pot ~A Lily Plant – You can get a bulb or one that’s already grown out a bit from...

How to Get You & Your Family to Drink More Water! Flavored Water Bar!

How to Get You & Your Family to Drink More Water! Flavored Water Bar!

Do you need to drink more water?  Do you wish your family (especially soft drink guzzlin’ kids) drank more water?  Do you have a party coming up & you want to serve something unique & healthy that keeps everyone hydrated? Are you responsible for hydrating your kid’s athletic team soon? I once new a man who wanted to make sure his kids were healthy and hydrated, so he installed a water fountain in the house.  During the summer, instead of grabbing a soft drink or whining for a kool-aid, he just pointed down the hall! If you don’t think you can swing a water fountain……Try a water bar!  Or at the very least, make some of these up & keep them handy in the fridge for good, healthy choices! Ideas for Fixin’s: berries, honeydew chunks,...

Cheap Homemade Car Freshener

Cheap Homemade Car Freshener

I recently went on a road trip & thought I’d buy a “jasmine” car freshener in the shape of a little tree for my car from a sweet lady at the gas station.  Mistake.  Well, it wasn’t terrible – it just didn’t smell like jasmine, and I was disappointed.  It smelled like lotion/soap.  Since I have been on a few trips this summer, I decided to give the car a good cleaning out the other day, complete with a vacuum.  I wanted to add a scent, but I didn’t have time or money…… so I went to my candle drawer.  Somebody gave me a package of melty candle thingies, but didn’t give me the apparatus, therefore they are useless. …… until now! Glade scented oil candles are refillable contraptions. The...

Outdoor Pests: My Grandfather the Bug Zapper

Outdoor Pests: My Grandfather the Bug Zapper

Because we didn’t have that much of a winter in the South, there are bugs EVERYWHERE I look this summer.  My dog even barked at a mosquito the other day, because he’d finally had enough!  I recently bought some materials to try a bug deterring project (coming soon!), and whilst in the gardening & outdoor department, I ran upon something that made me smile – the bug zapper.  It makes me smile, because it makes me think of my Grandfather. My Grandfather was a genius who was constantly thinking “outside-the-box,” and most of the time he saw things everybody else missed.  As a farmer, he dealt a lot with bugs and the outdoors.  If there was one thing he didn’t like, it was bugs “in the house.”  He kept a Bug...

Colorful Winter Plant for Tennessee Yards: “Winter Gold”

Colorful Winter Plant for Tennessee Yards: “Winter Gold”

To adorn the homepage of this newborn blog, I decided to research what might be growing in Tennessee instead of going for the dead/frozen look of winter.  I discovered a new plant, and before I knew it, I was racing with a thunderstorm to take photos of the only place I knew I could find one – the University of Tennessee Gardens.  I wasn’t kidding either – - there was just one.  It took a while to find her, but when I did, she stole show. I visited a few nurseries and some local lawn & garden shops for advice in gardening a few years ago so I could landscape my bare front yard.  When I asked one owner if it’s okay to plant now (it was October then) I remember him telling me he only plants plants :)  in the fall, because the conditions are...