A long weekend with a twist (and our FIRST GIVEAWAY)

I don’t know about you, but this May long weekend was a great one. Gorgeous sunshine, hot enough weather that the kids were able to live in their sandbox and cool off with water fights, the perfect opportunity to enjoy our new decks with cold drinks and great garden prep weather! Oh yeah – the global pandemic meant we had to socially isolate and do our part by staying home instead of enjoying with family and friends, but, for the first time in a while, there was no where else we wanted to be! Our little dude celebrated his first birthday and we made some beautiful memories!

I wish I could say I made great use of preoccupied kids by finishing unpacking, finalizing the decor pieces for our home and painting furniture, but no … that didn’t happen and I’m totally OK with that! Instead, our pond is starting to look like a pond rather than a mosquito-breeding swamp, our orchard is tilled and taking shape, our veggie garden is carved out and ready to rock and plans are in the works for landscaping the yard! Sometimes there is nothing better than a change in plans and direction, am I right? I’ve also come to the realization that at least 90% of my time over the next 5 months is going to be spent chasing naked children with a bottle of sunscreen, but that’s a story for another time …

Our yard at the new house is a work in progress but Rome wasn’t built in a day! I am jealous of those of you who have luscious grass to cut, but in the meantime I am just going to refer to our home as the Beach House. I figure if I mount a speaker to play soothing wave sounds and create some sort of sea-spray mimicking hose system, I will stop worrying about the INSANE amounts of sand inside the house; really – who cares about sand when you live at the beach?! #newhomeproblems

Our swamp ... um, I mean pond.

Chris, my hubby, has decided that this year he is going to capitalize on the fact that we now spend 24/7 at home and turn his passion to our gardens. He’s always had the gardening bug and we’ve always had great annual gardens but have neither had the time nor space to make it happen. He’s pulled me on board the garden train this year so away we go! Our goal is to have a bountiful garden where we can eat what we grow, so this year we are focusing on building an “orchard” of fruit-bearing trees and bushes on the west side of our yard and a vegetable garden on the east side of our yard. I’m posting a picture of Chris’ plans for the orchard side and will keep you posted on our plans as they unfold over the next week leading up to planting weekend! We also have grand plans for a perennial and wildflower-type garden throughout the yard, so stay tuned!

As a family, we more or less live outside from the beginning of April until Halloween until we get scared in by cold, so creating an outdoor space that was kid and dog friendly, maintainable and aesthetically appealing are super important to us. Before the fire, our yard was pretty “blah” so we are on the mission to change that! With that being the case, I figured it was the PERFECT opportunity to help you with your outdoor decorating needs! 

Chris' "Orchard" Plans

On that note …. it’s GIVEAWAY TIME! We do lots of fun giveaways on our W&R Facebook page but I am thrilled to be doing the first blog one! My first outdoor project is to pretty up our big southern-style front porch – just waiting on cushion delivery for my swing and some extra time to get a few things completed! That said, I have a couple of signs up and I’ve fallen hard for this house number sign style! So this is where the giveaway comes in … WIN YOUR OWN! I would love to help you design a 3D sign for your own front door – whether it has your house number, your road name, family name – sky is the limit up to a $120 value


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Stay safe and enjoy the sunshine!
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77 Responses

  1. I’m looking forward to kayaking! It’s gonna happen this year, I know!

  2. I am looking forward to spending time with friends & family, even if it’s outside only!!! (tanning outside on the deck with a drink in my hand)

  3. Small pool….new drink concauctions…and social distance visits from friends and family.
    Also crossing fingers we sell our home and get to move this summer……

  4. I’m looking forward to being able to get together with family and friends. Just for a bbq or a drink on the deck! I love my kids and hubby but I’m really missing face to face social time with other people! 😜

  5. This is our first summer with the deck and I’m really looking forward to spending our summer outside!

  6. This summer I am anticipating the warm summer nights, on the deck with a glass of wine, with either the hottub, or firepit. Talking and sipping the evening away, it sounds glorious to me!

  7. We are moving to a new home and we’re excited to explore our new community with our family! Making new memories!

  8. I am so looking forward to just soaking up the sun with my fur babies! Summer is my favourite time of year ♡

  9. I’m looking forward to spending time with my two little guys outside and creating new memories.

  10. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family! We just blended our families together and summer is the best time to get out and create many new memories together ❤️ ☀️

  11. I’m really looking forward to enjoying veggies from our garden!! I’m somewhat new to this so keep your fingers crossed that everything grows well! I also can’t wait for vacation so I can spend some quality time with my family (and friends via Skype!)
    Good luck everyone and enjoy the sunshine! ☀️

  12. We’re definitely looking to be outside more and exploring now that our newborn is getting bigger and can come out more!

  13. This is going to be a summer to remember <3 Not only are my three children growing and exploring but we are all home together, all the time. It’s wonderful and such a fun adventure we are on together. The thing I am most excited for is the long summer days in the warm sun getting dirty and staying home. Playing, relaxing and exploring all together. Together is my favourite thing.

  14. Love these pics!! I’m definitely looking forward to being outside – sunshine – bike rides with the kids. Definitely gonna try my hand at gardening too… maybe this will be my year hahaha! Hopefully we can get a chance to go camping at some point. fingers crossed! Have a great summer!!!

  15. I’m looking forward to getting all our “honey do “ lists done. We have a hobby farm and both have full time jobs outside of it. So to sit back, relax and enjoy our property. Kids are old enough to pitch in to take pride in the land and hopefully start family tradition of our own

  16. We were originally looking forward to our wedding on July 4th which we’ve had to postpone to an unknown date so instead of being sad about that, we’ve decided to revamp our wedding plans to save money and put into our yard so we can spend more time outside. We will be using the upcoming months to decide what we would like our wedding to be.

  17. Most looking forward to camping 😍

    That said we also decided since we have nowhere else to be to focus on our yard. Its already received more use this week than in years!

    But holey moley it’s a lot of work!

  18. I’m looking forward to more sunny day and enjoying them with my family – swimming, fishing, walks.

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