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Yesterday we celebrated a fun milestone – three years in our second house! Happy 3 year housiversary to us! And yes, I’m making that word up and I’m okay with it.

Happy 3 Years to the houseWe have come a long way, especially the front yard. The first weekend we lived here we (with the help of our family) ripped out the massive Bradford Pear tree that was sucking water away from our Oak trees and we ripped out the oversize hedges that lined the walkway to the house. I love it so much more now – lots of small rose bushes along the walkway, hostas along the front porch and you can actually see the front door!

For a list of the projects we’ve done so far on the house, check out this post. We have more to go but its fun to look back on where we started!

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Today, I’m currently coveting a more vibrant back patio. It is perfect patio weather right now and I want ours to be fun and funky. The backyard is the perfect place to have a lot of fun with color and pull inspiration from the colors in your yard. I have several ideas of small updates to make to our seating area but the main thing we need is a rug to pull it all together.

anniversary2bfurniture3This is a picture of our patio from 2011. Conner got me the set for our anniversary. I still love it – a great price and pretty comfortable – but the area is lacking and doesn’t have our personality in it.

IMG_5869_thumb5I saw Emily’s updated patio last month and instantly loved it. Look at that color! Fun and funky and so fresh. She made several small updates, starting with that very cool rug. I clicked on the link and it led me to the Fab Habitat website. Of course I loved Emily’s rug! I fell in love in 2011 when I first saw this company and wrote about it here.

smaller_laguna_orange_peel_and_white_lifestyleBut as I scrolled through, you know what I immediately fell in love with – orange. chevron. It just doesn’t get any better than that, does it? The price is amazing and is so perfect for our patio. I am definitely coveting the largest size of this rug!

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It is cold and gross here in OKC. Really hard to remember we’re actually in May, not January, with this type of weather so today I’m coveting big, beautiful flowering bushes like my favorite Hydrangea.

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I found a tutorial on Pinterest that teaches you several easy ways to grow Hydrangea and keep them alive. I’ve actually found more than one great tutorial but I like this one the best – simple, direct and easy to read. Perfect!

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Conner and I spent this past weekend enjoying friends and family but also doing a lot of yardwork. It was the first ‘weed pull’ of the year and my back tells the story – it wasn’t fun. It always looks so much better when we’re finished but what a bear to do! I’m now in outdoor mode though and when I saw these planters on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make them.

diy-criss-cross-x-pattern-plantersKate over at Centsational Girl is an amazing DIY’er. She has great style and is super brave with her projects. I would love to have these, make these, plant in these…whatever it takes to own them! I love the style and the price. (planters are expensive!) Have you attempted something like this? I think I need to add these to my spring DIY to-do list.

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First Day of February?

Today is the first day of February but it feels more like April! This time last year, we were buried in snow and cuddled up at home under blankets. This year, it feels more appropriate to sit under an umbrella like the gorgeous one in the picture above! I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad about this as I love a good snow day. If this is a preview of another two months of 100 degree summer weather, I will be so sad!

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