Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

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Raised Garden Beds {The Secret Garden Makeover!}

Aaaaaah! I have been so excited to share this project with you. Just like in my favorite childhood book, my secret garden has come full circle. It started out beautiful, got neglected, and then was restored. If you want to see what it looked like 8 years ago, you can read my post Welcome to My Secret Garden. My secret garden was basically a large flower bed, and while very pretty, it was a lot work to keep it weed free and looking its best. Last year I closed the gates and forgot about it. In just one year, it was overcome with weeds. I decided to revamp my garden and create a more useful space that required less maintenance. I created raised garden beds for herbs! The Garden … {READ MORE}

Tips For Planting Large Pots

This is my favorite time of year. I love all the lawn mowing and planting! Everything is green and it isn't too hot yet. I was planting my front entry flower pots this past weekend and decided it would be a good idea to repost my tips for planting pots.   Tips for Planting Pots Tip #1 If you have a really tall planter like this, add packing peanuts, empty plastic post upside down, or something else lightweight to the bottom half of pot so you don't have to fill the whole thing with dirt. It makes the pot easy to move and your plants don't need that much dirt anyway. Also, make sure your pot has drainage holes.     Tip #2 I like to add different textures … {READ MORE}

The Effects of the Wildfire

Last Fall our mountains caught fire. You can read that post HERE. It turned into the second largest wildfire our state has ever had. I look out my window and can see the burned scars. For those of you who asked, and those of you interested in a quick update, here you go :) After the fire, they closed the canyon down. We were not able to go up in the Fall to see the damage up close. This winter we got more snow than usual which meant that the canyon remained closed longer this spring. A couple weeks ago they finally opened one of the gates. We still can no get all the way up, but we were able to go and check on a couple of our special places. They look like this … {READ MORE}

I’m Not Dead, I Promise…

Every summer I swear I am going to somehow stay on top of the blog. And then the kids get out of school and we party and eat snow cones. And I start doing a whole slew of outdoor projects and I am too wiped out to do much once the sun goes down. I'm not good at balancing things. I thought I would give you an update on all the projects I've been working on while I was MIA on the blog. The front yard got a makeover. I transplanted a lot of the flowers to the backyard and gave away the rest. It created a blank slate in the front. Since all the flowers were perennial, it was the first time we have had empty flowerbeds since we moved in 12 year ago. I dug up the plants in the secret … {READ MORE}

Chicken Coop Makeover

We have had backyard chickens since we moved in 12 years ago. Back then we had just bought our house and were trying our best to furnish it, so we didn't really have a budget for coop materials. My mom had recently asked the local boy scouts to come and help dismantle an old shed that she no longer needed. We were going to help take the pieces to the dump. When we saw the 2x4s, 2x6s, and some of the plywood, we knew they were still in pretty good shape and we could reuse it for the coop. Fast forward 12 years and the plywood was really ready for retirement this time. So with the help of HomeRight and our Super Finish Max sprayer, we gave our previously red coop and much needed makeover and … {READ MORE}

Crushing On: Mudrooms

If there was one thing I could change about my house, it would be to somehow add a mudroom. With four boys and a dog, there is a lot of mess involved that could be contained if we had a space for a mudroom. Every time I come across a gorgeous, organized mudroom, I am filled with envy! Today I am sharing some of my favorite mudrooms that I am crushing on. Hooks, check! Baskets in cubicles, check! Lots of light and a place to sit, check! Seems pretty perfect to me :) Source: Design Vibes   I know the little shower area is meant for dogs, and as a dog mom I appreciate that. BUT I have been known to hose off a muddy little boy or two in the past and I think I would use it just … {READ MORE}

National Pet Month

May is one of my favorite months for many reasons. Shane's birthday, our anniversary, garden planting, and because it is National Pet Month! I don't pay attention to many "National" celebrations, but I can get behind National Donut Day, National Nap Day and definitely National Pet month.  We love our sweet French Bulldog, Kevin, and can't imagine life without him. In honor of this special occasion, I have teamed up with Febreze to bring you this post and a fun giveaway!     We tend to spoil our cute little mutt. He gets daily paw massages, treats, lots of play time, and has more dog beds, toys and bow ties than one dog really needs. But just because you spoil your pet … {READ MORE}

The Fastest Way to Stain a Fence

We installed this fence two years ago and up until this weekend we had not stained it yet. It was such a feat just to get it up that we kind of just moved on to other projects and forgot about the fence. My sponsored post for HomeRight this month was an outdoor project so the fence finally got bumped up to the top of the to-do list. I got the fence on both sides of our yard (a total of around 500 feet) stained in an afternoon. I'll share with you the fastest way to stain a fence!     The Fastest Way To Stain A fence When we first moved here we installed a small fence to separate our front yard from the back and I used a brush. It took me all afternoon for less than 20 … {READ MORE}

DIY Outdoor Scoreboard

As soon as it is warm enough, my boys start setting up the net for volleyball and badminton. We got a new corn hole game for Christmas so they set that up too. I love that we have a yard big enough to play outdoor games. When I was invited to be a part of an outdoor game challenge, I knew I wanted to make a scoreboard to hang on the fence that would work for all the outdoor games we play. Today I am sharing a simple DIY outdoor scoreboard!     I wanted to make it easy to use so it has pegs that you move around as you score. My youngest had just as much fun moving the pegs as he did playing the game!   DIY Outdoor Scoreboard Supplies: *links are … {READ MORE}

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