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Moving into a new home, I’d say, is both equally fun and challenging at the same time. On the one hand, you’ve got yourself a blank canvas to basically do whatever you want. But on the other hand, that also means that you’ve got a LOT of things where you need to start from scratch.
Since we moved in in August of last year, that didn’t give us a ton of time to focus on the outside of the house. We spent the majority of the end of last summer working on just getting all of our stuff moved in and settled (and honestly, we’re STILL working on getting fully settled!).
During the fall and winter months, we started working on quite a few projects that could be accomplished in the house. We painted the majority of the house, we had a backsplash put in in the kitchen (which we hate, by the way, and already want to redo…but that’s for another day), Jay built our dining room table, and we started working on finishing the basement. Of course, that’s among other smaller things like decorating, building picture ledges, hanging pictures, putting together furniture pieces, installing ceiling fans, and that sort of stuff.
But honestly, the projects can get overwhelming! You wind up with a list of all sorts of things to do and think, okay, we’ll work on them on the weekends! Or after Lucas goes to bed! But in reality, after working a full day, handling the regular house stuff, and still attempting to have a social life outside of our house projects, sometimes I feel like we’re ready to throw in the towel. Or just take a weekend off. And I’m sure Jay feels that way more than me, since he’s the one doing the majority of the work. Bless that man.
Now that spring is here, I’m hopeful that our basement project will be finished soon; partially because I really wanted it done before the baby arrived, but partially so we could also start tackling some of our other projects…outside.
If there is one thing that is driving my husband absolutely crazy with our new house, it’s attempting to grow a lawn. Growing a lawn from scratch is no easy feat, and it’s something that he’s always taken great pride and care in. That photo above is our sad story of a back yard from last September…here’s where we’re at now.
Now that it’s finally (hopefully!) getting warmer outside, I think we’ve all got some spring fever symptoms and are ready to get outdoors. On the list of projects for outside the house?
- Attempt to grow/fix/do whatever it is we need to do to get the grass growing
- Build a deck on the back of the house
- Spruce up the plants in the front of the house
- Plant some flowers (maybe…we’ll see how motivated my pregnant self is for that one)
- Cut down some more trees and clear (more of) the brush in the backyard
So for all of these reasons, we’re excited to be heading to Sears this coming Sunday for their “Spring It On Black Friday” Member Private Night sale (you can check out details on the sale HERE!)
I’m beyond thrilled to be partnering again this year with Sears as a member of their Blogger Squad, and this month, they’ve invited me in to both check out the private sale, AND utilize their Meet With An Expert service.
Have you heard of it? The service has just recently been extended to include their lawn and garden section, making it easy for members to shop for lawn and garden equipment they need and getting the advice and support of an in-store expert.
This service combines the digital world with in-store experts and hands-on experience to make buying large purchases stress-free (love!). In addition to scheduling a personal appointment at your preferred time, your Sears expert will know the lawn and garden product you are interested in, compare and contrast different options, and offer advice specific to your needs.
You can find detailed, step-by-step instructions at sears.com/expert-advice.
So this coming Sunday, we have an appointment to meet with an in-store expert during the “Spring It On Black Friday” Member Private Night sale (which goes from 6 to 9 p.m) to go over a list of some items that Jay says we’re going to need (this is totally his area of expertise more than mine!). I’ll be sure to update you guys with how our trip went.
***UPDATE & NEW GIVEAWAY***
This past Sunday, we did have the pleasure of stopping into our local Sears store and utilized their Meet With An Expert service and it was great! I was able to easily schedule my time online and received a confirmation from an individual associate not long after (I was quite impressed by this!).
Unfortunately, I somehow deleted the few photos that I took from my phone while we were there, but both Jay and I went and were able to talk with an expert in the lawn and garden department about a couple of items that we were considering purchasing (both a leaf blower and a new wheelbarrow).
The expert explained a few different features that are available for each of the products she showed us and, ultimately, we decided that right now, we’re probably better off getting a new wheelbarrow to help with all of the dirt shoveling and whole-filling we have ahead of us this spring in the yard. Ay yi yi!
Jay said we’ll need a nice, big one, since our current one is a bit smaller and also rotting in a few different places. So I have no doubt that this will be a huge help for us this spring!
So good news for YOU…the sales aren’t done yet! The “Spring It On Black Friday” MAIN shopping event takes place this Friday and Saturday (4/22–4/23), and there are plenty of deals left up for grabs.
And better yet?
I’ve got another $50 Sears gift card to give away! TO ENTER: Just leave a comment below on this post sharing what you’d use your Sears gift card for! A winner will be chosen and emailed on Friday, April 22nd. Good luck!!
**The winner of the giveaway has been chosen and emailed – congrats to Mary!
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Sears Blogger Squad and was compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for your continued support of STSL! <3