A cure for Spring Fever: The Home Depot

We’ve been spoiled with warmish Montana weather these last few weeks, and it has us itching to be outside every chance we get.

The fresh air has got us creating our lawn and garden honey-do lists (maybe we should call them the “Mama-do” lists?).

Abby’s list is scattered in her head, on her phone and on random papers, but Jeanne managed to get some of it into her notebook.

April To-Do 2013

So when Home Depot asked if we wanted to spruce up our lawn and gardens as a part of their Garden Center DIY Spring campaign, we thought about it for an entire four seconds and then squealed “YES” like a pair of stay-at-home mamas with way too many projects to tackle!

Then we made the only logical decision two overly enthusiastic moms would: we decided to take the littles to The Home Depot Garden Center and start dreaming.  (Okay, so maybe  it wasn’t actually “logical” to take four preschoolers on a dream-tour of the Garden Center … We we’re quickly reminded the only thing you do with four kids at any store is wrangle.)

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Luckily though, our favorite local park is just a mile or two from The Home Depot.  So we knew where we were going next to let the kids run wild and give us mamas get a chance to talk.

We both agree that the best part about this is we actually go to The Home Depot.  A lot!  In fact, this week Abby took two trips there to get 17 big bags of organic potting mix for her greenhouse and Jeanne was there for more seed starting fiber pots because her rosemary, basil and watermelon are desperate for transplanting.

But back to our trip with all the kids…

Not only are these two littles super cute, they’re showing off the only flowers currently being sold at our local Home Depot.
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It’s barely April.  We still have two full months of potential snowy weather… so you can’t blame the Garden Center for being a little modest in the plant department.

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But what’s lacking in plants, is made up for in spades with seeds and tools and supplies to get our Zone 4 yards and gardens ready to be planted.  (Did you notice that Jeanne needs to make a few more raised beds?  And Abby didn’t tell you this yet, but she’s got a compost bin on her list.)

Plus, it’s so nice to have online resources like the Home Depot’s Garden Club to help us start planning and tackling some projects.

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Did you know that becoming a member of the Garden Club gets you a first look on their new products, regional garden ideas, access to garden experts (we could all use a little help, right?) and over $300 in exclusive email savings each year?

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Joining the online Garden Club takes about 20 seconds and gives you access to how-to videos from experts, monthly to-do lists based on your region and a $5 coupon towards your next $50 purchase.

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The Nitty Gritty:

It’s home improvement time, and The Home Depot has everything you need for spring. No matter what projects you want to tackle, The Home Depot has you covered and can help you #DigIn to Spring.

Spring is the perfect time for all your outdoor home renovations. Shop The Home Depot for terrific values on new patio furniture, landscape supplies such as fertilizer and potting soil and outdoor grills. Keep your lawn and garden looking great, too, with the huge selection of lawn mowers, edgers and trimmers, and garden tools.

Visit The Home Depot Garden Club for product ideas from kick-starting your Spring with seed starter kits to building a window birdfeeder.

What’s on YOUR to do list for April?

This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of The Home Depot.

DIY desk … part 3 … FINALLY!

‘Twas the night before Saturday.

And all through the shop, not a creature was stirring, not even the mop.

But Mama was home planning.  The Cowboy was there, too

Resting up for a Saturday that proved to be true.

The pieces were laid on a sawhorse with care.

In the hopes that a babysitter would soon be avail.

(Okay … that’s all I can muster … what with it not being Christmas and all.)

But maybe you’re guessing by my really bad ode that I finally had time on Saturday to get to Suzy’s shop and work on this dang desk I’ve been putting together for … EVER.

All the pieces were cut.

Routed (by Suzy).

Planed (by Suzy).



Lacquered (by Suzy).

And ready to assemble.

All I needed was five hours (okay, six).


And help watching the littles.


And, okay, I’ll say it … a little help from the Cowboy.


…because he wanted me to attach the desk-top with hinges rather than just screw it together so that it would be easier to transport.


And more help from Suzy… IMG_6232 …because I had trouble with the shelves … They were complicated (on an angle, and when I put them in it changed the angle of the legs) … and kind of got screwed up.

But she fixed ’em!

And now it’s DONE! IMG_6234 The little guy tested the legs for sturdiness.

We packed the pieces in the truck.

And all of a sudden I have pressure to get more done because now I can’t use the excuse that I don’t have my own space.

IMG_6357 (Maybe I can use the excuse that I might need a new chair?)

What excuses do you use? (Not that you make excuses.)



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a DIY desk … part 1

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Remember I mentioned that I had plans to make a desk?

Well I’m finally out of the planning stage and into the making, with the help of my super-pal Suzy B, woodworker-extraordinaire!

Today, I picked the knotty blue pine panels (2 @ $7 each) for the desk top.

I’m using two 1X8x10s of knotty blue pine for the desk top, so I was looking for pieces that “matched” but weren’t too “matchy” … you know?

Cut them down to size.

two 1x8x10 boards cut in half make 3 boards that will be used for the top, one gets cut again to be fitted for shelves.

A note about taking blog photos while using power tools … NOT A GOOD IDEA … so this is what the wood looked like after I used the chop saw to cut it. (I used a chop saw … what a weird sentence to read … wow … but I did it.  And I still have all my fingers.  So I’m entirely psyched!)

Then I took two 2x6x8 boards (2 for $12.99 … plus the $14 for the knotty pine boards, brings me to $27 on materials thus far) and cut them to use as the legs.

These are the legs after they’ve been cut, planed, “rounded,” cut again and sanded. The only mistake I made today was cutting one of the legs on the wrong angle. UGH … but luckily, Suzy had an extra 2×4 that she quickly re-cut for me to sand. (What took me 45 minutes, took Suzy 5 … )

Then we glued the top pieces together (after they were planed and sent thru the rounder table with a jointer attachment).

A cool thing about doing this DIY desk with someone who makes furniture for a living? She has an amazing array of power tools, including a “biscuit joiner” which makes gluing a desk top together way more sturdy. She also has these cool braces to hold the top together. Table saws (which she didn’t let me use … probably a smart decision on her part as we didn’t have time in the schedule for a trip to the emergency room :), Planers, sanders, measuring tapes, ear plugs, gloves … I see why she likes her job.

And then, after the glue was dried on the desk top and on the shelves, Suzy sanded the desk top, and it was pretty much time for me to get back to mommy hood …

this is it … the top of my desk … ready to have a clear coat applied and assembled with the legs and shelves.

… (a GREAT BIG thank you ABBY for taking care of our girl today …

I was happy to see the kiddos were so helpful … and I was equally stressed that I’m not ready to start growing my seed starts yet!

… and thank you COWBOY for watching the little guy).

Now all I’ve got to do is find time to assemble the parts, paint it with a clear coat, and transport it home … woohoo!  I’ll be excited to show you the finished product when all is said and done.