As a real estate agent, I often hear from people who want a new home because they’ve outgrown the current one.  In some cases, people really do need larger homes, but other times, homeowners just need to use their property—inside and out—differently.  In a tough economy, like the one we’re in, it’s especially important to understand that difference.  Do you think you’ve outgrown your house, but can’t afford to build an expensive home addition or move to something larger?  Thankfully, there are alternatives.  One significantly more budget-friendly option I recommend for people who decide to stay put (at least temporarily) is an outdoor storage building.  “A shed instead of a larger house?” you may ask.  Absolutely!  A great shed, ... More

One of my Dad's traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night.  My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, it's time to break out the good ol' traditional smores!  After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers?  For a change of pace for the kids' campfire sweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies.  If you've never had a Hobo Pie, you're in for, well, something different from smores.  :)  First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an iron pie maker, available in camping departments.  Then, you'll need bread and some fillings.  In the tradition of "pie", my sister-in-law br... More

 
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It’s National Play-doh Day!
Bet you didn’t know it’s National Play-doh Day today, did you? Not exactly sure why I know, I guess I just stumbled across it online somehow. I’m also not sure what you’re supposed to do on National Play-doh Day and who even recognizes or sponsors it. But, in honor of National Play-doh Day, I thought it would be appropriate to post of picture of my son playing with…yep, you guessed it…Play-doh!:) Kids love Play-doh. Parents love the idea of fun, quiet, creative play…but, deep down, most of us hate the mess it makes and detest the fact that the stuff dries out after just a few months no matter how tightly you put on the lid! A lot of my friends only let their kids use Play-doh outside so they don’t have to worry about cleaning up those gazallion little rice-sized pieces that get dropped on the floor. I’m not that hard-core, ...
2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map
It's about that time. Time to start planning your garden and planting in your Lifetime Raised Garden Beds. Here in Utah the weather has been unseasonably warm. I am still being careful, however, and not planting too early... a surprise snow storm in June is not that unheard of here. Have you heard about the new Plant Hardiness map from the FDA? The 2012 Plant Hardiness Zone Map has a few surprises for our nations gardeners. Due to the warming trend in our climate lately, northerners may be able to successfully grow plants they weren't able to grow before. So exactly what is the Plant Hardiness Zone Map? If youve ever bought a packet of seeds, youve seen it. It's the little multi-colored map on the back of your vegetable or flower packet. Different colored zones on that map inform you of what number of zone you live in, an...
Win a Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler
This giveaway has ended. It's composting season.Yes, technically, every day is composting season. But fall, in particular, is a great time to really build up your compost.You can add the leaves you rake up in your yard, the dead plants from your garden and landscaping, the wood ashes from your fireplace, the rotten Halloween jack-o-lanterns,and your kitchen scraps - including most of those unwanted leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner! So, today we are starting a giveaway for a Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler to help get one random winner off to a great start with fall composting.The Lifetime Dual Compost Tumbler is one of our newest members of the Lifetime composter family. Itfeatures two 50-gallon bins to efficiently and continuously batch compost.Simplyfill one bin with compost while the other bin is "cooking".It even include...