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Thomas the Train Birthday Invitation

It’s that time of year again. I am planning my son’s birthday. This year is pretty fun as he actually has interests. It was a choice between trains or cars, he LOVES both of these greatly.  We decided on trains since we expect his love of cars to be around for a VERY long time.

I started getting my ideas together on Pinterest as I find this is the best way to organize all the ideas I find. While looking for a printable invite I found mostly ones you had to order. Being as I like to spend as little money as possible that wasn’t going to work. I started wondering how hard could it be to make my own invite? With some searching I discovered it wasn’t as hard as I thought.
Thomas the train invitation, for train birthday party.

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DIY Fridge Turned into a Snowman

I have seen a few pictures of snowman decorations for your fridge and always thought it was a very neat idea. As getting Christmas decorations into the kitchen can sometimes be tricky.
Since I couldn’t find one in the stores or on-line I decided to make my own. And while I was at it I made it a part of my Elf on the Shelf’s nightly adventures. It’s to bad she will get the credit but we do what we need to to keep the magic alive. Continue reading

Filling in our new Raised Garden Boxes


This post is the continuation of my previous post Building Raised Garden Beds.

On the second day of our new garden project we finished up preparing for the dirt and getting the dirt. I followed the directions from this website, with a few changes. One idea that I really liked the idea of was the bird netting/row covers. So I got a piece of 1″ PVC cut it into 1′ sections, than attached it the boxes. We had to push most of them into the ground so that they didn’t stick out over the top of the box. We attached them with some all around strapping (galvanized so it wont rust). This was cheaper than straps and we have lots left over for future projects. Just 1 strap close to the top was enough to hold them in place.

Can you see the pipe on the sides

Can you see the pipe on the sides

As you can see in the above picture I did not use landscaping material. Instead I used newspaper. I had it at home and it was free. I used approx 10 layers (total guess :)) and soaked it with water from my rain barrel  This will kill all the grass and weeds below it. You can also use cardboard if you have more of that available. I should mention that I used mostly black and white papers, not the colored flyers. The die from them is better left out of my garden.

Than all you need a lot of dirt. There are of course many place you can buy dirt, either in bags from home improvement store, or garden centers. Or in large bags or truck loads from landscaping companies and on-line companies. However all of these routes will cost you money. And if you read my last post you will no that I got this dirt for free! How much dirt?

Truck Load of Free Dirt

Truck Load of Free Dirt

I was say a lot of dirt 🙂 Here in town the dump collects all of our yard waste, they leave it to compost. Once it is usable as compost (dirt) they make a big pile that anyone can take and use.  All you have to do is shovel it yourself. They also have wood chips available. We also got some of them as well. But they are under all this dirt.

This trip we were very lucky, when we where about half way done one of the workers came over with a big digger and put 2 scoops right into the back of our truck! It was great. Not something that happens usually so we were very excited about it. Once we got it home and into the garden beds it ended up being just enough, plus some for some bare spots in our yard. Thanks to that extra help that we got.

All done and ready for seeds

All done and ready for seeds

Here is the finished product, I was so excited I started putting the plants back in before getting a picture of them full.

You might not be able to tell from the picture but there is a space between the fence and the boxes. This is were we put the wood chips. That way we wont have grass or weeds grow in that area.

I am very happy with the result and they came together much faster than we expected. Now to finish planting in them and wait to collect all that fresh garden produce!


Do you plant a vegetable garden? What are you growing this year?

Building our new Raised Garden Bed


Over the past 2 days Trev and I have spent all our time outside building a raised bed for my vegetable garden. It was so easy the first time we decided to build 2. This makes me very happy as it gives me more space to grow more fruits & vegetable. Which in turn will help us save money. Plus produce fresh from the garden is so much better than from the store.

This is what the space looked like when we started, I have used this space for growing mainly strawberries, raspberries & tomatoes. It is fenced off so that the dogs didn’t run through it.

Garden area before we started

Garden area before we started

I searched on-line (mostly on Pinterest) and found the Continue reading