New! Write on your countertop, walls, and more with Formica’s new Writable Surfaces collection

One of my favorite new home products is the Formica Writable Surfaces collection. Yes, whiteboards and chalkboards have been popular for a long time in home design. But I have never seen a surface for counters and walls that is designed for writing on it. Until now. The writable surfaces … see more

The Winter Garden: Raised bed for cold weather color and Spring flowers

Winter Garden

This winter garden makes me happy. The landscape design is a little out of the ordinary—which makes it a perfect winter yard project. Don’t let the cold and short days keep you—or your tools—inside. Get out there and get it done. Even though the leaves are down, I think this … see more

Holiday decoration ideas: Light the night with MyFixitUpLife’s yard pyramid

holiday decoration ideas

We all need holiday decoration ideas. And as much as I love stringing garland (I don’t) I’m more at home making stuff with tools.  If you are too, I hope you’ll like and share our holiday yard pyramid. Stuff For me, holiday decoration ideas are more fun when they’re made … see more

Obstacle course race birthday party theme for kids; fun DIY fitness too

obstacle course

We threw an obstacle course race themed birthday party for our son Jack. It was a huge hit for all the kids, super-active, and fun for all (that includes parents!) Running, jumping and laughing…That’s the stuff! Eight obstacles for 8-year olds. We teamed up with Wood, It’s Real for this … see more

How to build a fence: Tips and tricks for posts, straight lines, and more

building a fence - home improvement

In my world—and in this video—I have two versions of how to build a fence: Laser-straight and awesome-looking. And NOT laser-straight and NOT awesome-looking. This video has a few tips about achieving the first one and avoiding the second! When I look at fences—yard fashion, if you will—I can tell … see more

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