One of our most popular tutorials around here is our in-ground trampoline instructions from a few years back. At the Hoard Sale at the end of May, I met someone that used my instructions and it made me so happy to hear what a great experience they had putting their trampoline in the ground. Ever since I wrote the instruction post, I have gotten lots of questions about the process. So I decided that I should answer … [Read more...]

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I live in the desert. I had no idea that most states actually STAY green during the summer until I went on the GMC/Habitat for Humanity trip a few weeks ago. The lush green freeways of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Alabama were amazing. Southern Utah is beautiful too, don’t get me wrong. But, the rye fields aren’t green this time of year. They are yellow and dry. Because of the heat and dryness around these parts, … [Read more...]


We have been working on our backyard for YEARS!! Ha ha. First things first,my cute hubby built the kids a swing set to play on {in the dirt!!}.Then, we installed the block walls,put in a sprinkler systemnext came sod and curbing,planted trees,laid a flagstone pathway,installed an in ground trampoline, (LOVE THIS!!)and laid concrete for our patio,laid weed mat and rubble mulch around the play set,painted an AWESOME … [Read more...]


Hold on to your britches! I am FINALLY going to show you the BIG reveal of our BACKYARD!!! If you missed the series of posts {last year}, you can check out our: Landscape Design Part 1,  Backyard Landscaping Part 2, Curbing and Sod, Installing a Concrete Patio, Finishing the Backyard Details, and DIY Inground Trampoline Installation Instructions posts….PHEW! This project was a BIG one. I wish I had a HUGE, AMAZING … [Read more...]


IF you know me, you know that I am kind of a freak when it comes to putting on shoes. I rarely have shoes on. I prefer bare feet. So, when my cute hubby finished our flag stone pathway in our backyard, I was in HEAVEN because I no longer have to remember to put shoes on when I go outside. I can walk across our rocks and have a perfectly soft pathway to walk on. Didn't he do a FANTASTIC job?!?!?I'm pretty sure I owe my … [Read more...]


The backyard landscaping project is basically finished! I cannot wait to unveil the entire backyard this week for you all to see the progress from start to finish. It has been soooo much work, but it is finally done, and I can't wait to show you.My husband designed the landscaping plan himself.  The next project to showcase here at all things thrifty is the side yard patio project. The before picture is pretty … [Read more...]


The never-ending  backyard project is getting closer and closer to completion. If you have missed the first ba-dillion posts about the progress, let me fill you in with the progress so far.Like any other project, you must have a "plan" to help you succeed. This is the backyard landscape design that my husband designed in his head. I am a more visual person, so in order to understand exactly what he had in mind, we … [Read more...]


The backyard plan is ALMOST done!!! I am anxious to show you how much we have gotten done over the last few weeks! If you have missed these backyard posts, you are missin' out! I can't even tell you how much work it has been to get the yard done! Phew! The backyard plan was designed by my cute hubby who had a vision for the space. (Normally it's me with the vision, but this time, it was ALL him). He LOVES yard work, and … [Read more...]


Since we had a limited budget on our backyard project, my cute hubby, AKA Awesomeness, designed our inground trampoline plan. Dan had searched online for days. A good tutorial was no where to be found. In fact, we were both astounded to find that the CHEAPEST DIY kit is more than $600.00 (and this didn't include the cost of digging the hole). Plus if you have a professional landscaper come and do the project, the cost … [Read more...]


The backyard projects are almost complete! Landscaping is HARD work. I have a new admiration for those that spend their careers in this field. We have been working on the backyard landscaping for over a month at this point, and I am running out of oomph. Any body have a good recipe for "instant energy!?!" I need it.I keep telling myself that I'm not getting old. I'll be 30 this year, and it is a bit shocking. I'm still … [Read more...]