As I have said before, I love our backyard. It is a great place to spend some time on a warm sunny day. I love the patio, the trees, the fountain and pond. I wouldn’t give any of it up. But, I do want a swimming pool. Ya know, for the kids. Well, not just for the kids. I would love to have a pool that I can lounge around in and soak up the sun. It sounds so relaxing to have my own private pool where I can while away the day without worrying about noisy pool mates and splashing children. This idea may be the answer to my needs/wants.

This is a great way to put a new pool into your yard without giving up your patio. I love this pool. The depth is even adjustable. Whether the kids or the adults are using it the water depth of this pool will always be like Mama Bear’s, just right. Learn more about hidden pools here. But be careful, the more you read about them the more you will want one!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Our backyard features a small bubbling fountain. It flows down a stream and into a small pond. I love this little water feature of ours. It is so relaxing to hear the water bubbling out of the fountain and gurgling as it runs down the stream, flowing over and through the rocks. I love sitting on the deck listening to it on a hot summer day. Sometimes, on the really hot days, I wish I could slide down into the cool waters and just enjoy the feel of it. But alas, our pond is not designed for swimming or soaking. What if I could have the best of both worlds?

This family was thinking the same thing when they designed this swimming hole for their back yard. It looks beautiful and is quite functional when the heat of summer strikes again. It took a lot of labor on their parts, but they were able to do it on their own without hiring the pros. Take a look at the post. Maybe you will be inspired. Here are some tips for you making your own DIY pool. The natural look is so pretty!

Check out the full project here…

Diply: See The Stunning Backyard AFTER (photos)

school garden

There is so much bad news in the world today. It’s nice to turn on the news every once in awhile and see something positive. Check out this story about the Waldorf School in Cape Cod. It’s all about the largest carrot in the peninsula. What? Why should you care? Because these kids are awesome, hard working, and great gardeners.

This story shows how gardening projects at school get kids involved and what it can teach them. The kids a t the Waldorf School got to learn all about the hard work that goes into the food that they eat.

I love that this school has a gardening program! Think about all it can teach the kids. Do you think that every school should have one? I do! And so do the folks at Growing Children. I’m gonna have to look into this.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!


Have you ever seen The Secret Garden? That movie was one of my favorites when I was little. Anything could happen in a wild mysterious English garden like that. Weren’t those towering brick walls the best?! It doesn’t take a whole lot to add a little magic to an ordinary garden but to recreate the whole thing? I don’t think many of us could do that!

One amazing mom, Rachel K., was able to create a whole secret garden for her little princess and it is as impressive as you are imaging. More so. Wait until you see the pics! This little garden is complete with a fountain, tall secluding shrubs, a gate with a peep hole and key, bright flowers, a fairy garden, twinkle lights, and outside games. I wish my garden was this cool!

I hope you didn’t miss out on this endearing childhood movie. So fun! Here is the official trailer just in case you were seriously deprived. Lol.

See the whole backyard transformation here…

FaithTap: A Child’s Dream Becomes Reality (photos)


It’s important to give your home a personality. Special. Make it yours. One of a kind. Homemade garden crafts add a nice personal touch to any backyard and garden. Stepping stones are a quick and easy project that definitely fit into that category. They are affordable and fun to make with the littles! We have a few in our yard already but I think I see room for another.

I’m excited to feature this DIY from Intimate Weddings. It’s a simple stepping stone tutorial that the whole family will love and that will add some extra whimsy to your yard. I used to make these when I was little. They never turned out like these though. Who knows what mom had us using! Lol. These will be so fun to make!

You can buy stepping stone kits too. If you don’t have the plates to mash, these ones come pre-mashed.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Intimate Weddings: DIY Garden Stones Tutorial


I’ve heard that apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking people up in the morning. Thoughts? I’m not sure that I believe that but I do love apples. They are my favorite fruit and I love their fun names. Liberty, Pink Lady, Gold Rush, Love Story, Empire, Granny Smith. That is just to name a few. There were apple trees behind my house as a kid and someday I hope to live in a place that has fruit trees again. How fun would that be!

Words to the wise, this is not a quick project. As with most things living, it will take time and patience but be worth it in the end. This tutorial from Instructables shows how to grow apple trees from seeds. Sweet!

A large part of this process is grafting. I don’t understand that at all! I understand seeds, germinating, and planting. The rest? Nope. Mother Earth News has a better handle on it than I do. Check it out and your trees will be amazing!

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Instructables: Growing Apple Trees From Seed


Do you have a big yard? David Pagan Butler does and he he did something really amazing in it. He and his wanted a pool but not just any pool. They wanted a natural pool. This YouTube video from user PermacultureMedia shows how he made a chemical free swimming hole that blends perfectly into its surroundings.

I love that this is an alternative to chlorine. Chlorine smells so bad, is hard on your hair and skin, and fades those pricey swimming suits. The water in this pool is purified with biological filters, plants, and some solar energy.

How lovely would this look in your backyard? Great, I’m sure! It would be a blast to take the kids out back and teach them about frogs and tadpoles. My one concern is mosquitoes. Does this count as still water? Hope not because it’s fabulous in every other way.

You can see some more natural pools here. Good Housekeeping has gathered up a bunch of fun ones that are sure to thrill. Do you have a fav?

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Lady Bugs

‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ No! don’t do that. Fly your cute little butts down to my garden. This cute ladybug craft is the best way golf balls can be repurposed. I never knew they could be used to decorate! Did you? Check out this DIY!

You will need some golf balls (those are always super easy to find), some sandpaper, some paint, and a brush or two. What could be simpler?! Use the sandpaper and get the gloss off the golf balls. After that it’s time to prime and paint. (Getting rid of the gloss will make sure the paint will stick.) After that it’s time to paint the face, wings, eyes, and little spots. How cute! Hooray. Check out all of these other ladybug crafts on Pinterest. They are adorable! The hand warmers are super practical and adorable and the footprints are beyond precious. I love them. All of them really.

Here’s the link to the full tutorial…

Artdrops: Happy Ladybugs


Do you believe in fairies? I hope so because everyone needs some whimsy and fantasy in their life. Every little girl loves fairies! There is just something about magic, pixie dust (and flying), and a hidden world only accessible to children. Maybe you don’t love pixies and sprites as much as your kids (spoilsport) but you will love these miniature gardens just as much. Maybe even more!

I love the water fairy garden! How cute that it has a working waterfall. Using birdhouses to make a village is a lovely idea but I think my favorite would have to be the repurposed wheelbarrow. These mini gardens are especially great if you don’t have a lot of space but are looking for a ‘pop’ of color! Fairies have made quite the comeback. Have you seen the Tinkerbell franchise?! There is a lot of cool stuff out there. Backpacks, shoes, hair ribbons, school supplies and awesome movies. I kid you not, the movies are really good. Solid plots. Fun characters. Strong emotional appeal. It might just be me but don’t judge ‘em before you watch ‘em. Here’s a trailer for one of the latest.

Here is the link to all 12 ideas…

Diply: 12 Fantastic Fairy Garden Ideas

repel mosquitoes

The blood-thirsty mosquito population could be at an all time high this year. Yikes! That is a scary thought. The neighbors behind us have a pond that is looking pretty nasty. Can you say ‘breeding ground?’ If it is bad, at least there are some ways we can keep them away. Try planting some mosquito repelling plants and save yourself some pain.

Citronella is the big one we all think of when it comes to mosquito repellents but there are loads of other plants that keep those pesky intruders at bay too. Catnip, marigolds, lavender, peppermint, garlic…I never knew! Do you have any of these in your garden? If not, you should! Another way to keep those bugs away is with DIY citronella candles. They can be super cute in fun containers and you can add some fun sents to the normal plain citronella. I’m really excited to try this! Here’s a great tutorial to get you started.

Here’s the link to all 11 ideas…

Natural Living: 11 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes