Thursday, June 30, 2016

Grass Is Boring--A Pinterest Poser Challenge

I fell in love with my front porch a few years ago. I posted pictures all over social media in sort of a braggy way. But everything wasn't as perfect as it looked (duh, like everything on social media, HA!). I was hiding something, I had a secret. A secret that only my family, a few of my neighbors and a guy from TruGreen knew about. My secret was that we had the worst back yard in possibly all the land. Our back yard looked like a yard of an abandoned home--dirt patches, weeds, beat up trampoline, remnants from a tree that was struck by lightening (last summer!). It was embarrassing and awful and well, something we never talked about. 

One day, last spring, a guy from TruGreen was going door-to-door. I thought maybe it was time to let someone know about the secret. Especially someone that could maybe help. I asked him if he wouldn't mind taking a look at my back yard and see if he could help me. After he saw it, he said this..."Um, no ma'am, there's nothing we can do to help you with that, that's way beyond us, you need to basically start all over."


I tried to convince Tim that we should just scrap it and make a giant sand box/sand volleyball court. I had big day dreams of beach parties in our backyard. I mean who needs grass right? Grass is boring.But Tim being the traditional kind of guy he is couldn't wrap his head around something so "out there" as he put it. He said he would try to plant and grow grass, like he had done the previous springs.

But I was determined to find a new way. I was a huge believer in the whole grass being boring and the day dreams of making our backyard feel more like vacation, not a shameful secret.  So I turned to Pinterest for ideas and pictures to support my vision when I pitched  it to Tim.

Here is what finally convinced Tim to ditch the grass...pea gravel! This pin:

This is the picture I found on Pinterest that convinced Tim to put pea gravel in our backyard and inspired our project! Click here to see more ideas on this site. 

So for this month's Pinterest Poser Challenge* (used to do it weekly! I can't even imagine weekly Pinterest projects anymore or blogging that much! I miss it, but that's another blog post), I will share how we got over our backyard shame.

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

A few years ago during the infamous Polar Vortex, my kids sort of built a skating rink in our backyard. It was so cold they could only go outside for 15-minute increments or their exposed skin would get frostbit, but damn they had fun. Unfortunately our grass never grew back. We have tried to plant seed and have managed to grow a bit of grass and weeds, but it dies every year. Waaaa.

A few weeks ago, we put pea gravel, which is very inexpensive, in the old rink spot. We used the tree limbs as a border. The limbs were from a tree that had been struck by lightening last August. We dug a little bit around the edges to sink the limbs in slightly.

Pea gravel is pretty cheap...a few dollars a bag!

We put the whole family to work. We pulled the few patches of grass. We raked. We leveled. We put down weed matting. We spread pea gravel everywhere. We used probably 45 bags of pea gravel and still need to a few more.

Then we bought cheap plastic chairs, a few plants, an umbrella for our long neglected picnic table on the porch and BOOSH! No more backyard shame. It's not perfect and we ran out of money for the fire pit (hoping that will change in August), but it's so much better than the abandoned/dirt look we had before. And it's way less boring than grass! 

We bought a new grill and that is AWESOME!

Tim bought me a projector for my birthday and we watch movies outside now! Movies in the moonlight in our vacation-y backyard. It's the best!

Yeah, that's right, I don't need grass or the TruGreen guy to have a pretty rad back yard. Thank you Pinterest for having my back!

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Got any favorite holiday crafts? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

Cheap (But cute!) Valentine's Decorations/Celebration- click here
DIY Snowman Ornaments- click here
Milk Carton Halloween Luminaries- click here
Fall DIY (Painted Acorns)- click here
Kale Smoothie- click here
Power Tools- click here
Painting Sticks- click here
Homemade Pesto- click here
DIY Map Craft- click here
Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here



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