Love, Pomegranate House


Backyard Progress & Design

You may or may not have noticed that I didn’t post on Monday like I usually do. I wanted to. But didn’t. Why? First, I have about 7 projects halfway done that aren’t quite ready for that final picture. I’m not procrastinating, they all just take quite some time to finish. Second, I’ve been spending tons of time in our yard, working on cleaning it up and livable. Which of you wants to see a picture of the yard after 6 hours of weeding? Not I, said the fly. That kind of work doesn’t make for a good blog post. So I didn’t want to post about it.

Backyard Progress & Design

But now enough progress has been made that even you can see a difference. Plus, now I’m a little less mortified at the state of my backyard {the front yard is a whole different story}. So today I’m going to give you a glimpse at our backyard and share a work of art {HA!} detailing the design plans we have for the backyard in the long run.

Backyard Progress & Design

Please ignore the quality of most of the before pics. I took them with my phone before we owned the house. Also ignore that obviously the yard looks better in the “in progress” pictures because things are actually blooming and green.

So this is the view off the front left corner of the patio. You can see that we spaced out the stepping stones and removed all of the bird feeders. While the bird feeders fed the birds nicely, it also attracted squirrels and mice, which in turn, attracted the snakes. No thanks. Not much change here except for tons of weeding and removing of a lot of dead plants. It’s the other side of the yard that has seen the greatest change.

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Sponsor Love {June 2013}

I’m not normally around on Saturdays {not that I stop existing, I just am MIA from the bloggy world}. But once a month I like to take a little time to give some love to my amazing sponsors! Let’s get started!


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Stained Glass Artistry is the creative baby of Kathy! She is all kinds of talented! She has 30+ years experience working with all different kinds of stained and fused glass. She makes beautiful necklace pendants, window panes, night lights, bowls, plates, and so much more! She can even custom design and create items just to your specifications! Make sure you go check out her awesome stuff!


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Next up, we have the amazing Jenn of With Luck! She is the sweetheart who helps me pretend I have style. Oh, and she makes me want a puppy too with her adorable pup, Allegra! You definitely need to stop by and check out the great stuff she shares on With Luck!

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Pick Your Plum is a daily deal site that sells baking and crafting supplies, home decor items, clothing, accessories, and tons of other great finds at an amazingly discounted price! Every weekday they offer a new deal for the day on an item and it goes until the item is sold out. You can see what that item is each day in the banner on my sidebar! If you want that item, click the banner and get the deal!


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Groopdealz is another great deals site! They run deals on awesome stuff! You can find jewelry, craft and cooking supplies, clothes, accessories… seriously awesome stuff. But most of the deals only run for 24-48 hours and there are always new deals each day! So you definitely should add it to your list of places to check out each day!


Thanks again to all my fan-tabulous sponsors {yes, I made up that word. And yes I use it on a daily basis}! You guys rock!! If you are interested in purchasing ad space on LPH, visit my Advertise page! I have ad space available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes! You could also sponsor a giveaway or have me write a product/business review!



20-Minute BBQ Cups

Howdy all! Apparently I’m southern today. I blame my near-death experience yesterday. What happened you might ask? I was sitting nicely on my patio, not moving, staining my table {sneak at upcoming project!!} when I felt a sharp pain in my right knee. I wait about a second and it gets seriously intense. I rub at it and see a wasp come flying out from under the table. What’s a girl to do? Most would be upset. Not me. I go into full.on.panic. I run inside as fast as I can and run to the medicine cabinet where I keep my epi-pen. That’s right… I’m deathly allergic to bee stings. I rush to my phone and call my hubby to get home STAT! Armed with my pen, I desperately tried to get control of my breathing. MUST. STOP. HYPERVENTILATING! After about 20 minutes I feel like I’m just a little short of breath. Should I have used my epi-pen? Maybe. Did I? No. Nurses make the worst patients, people. {FYI, if I ever felt like I was in serious danger I wouldn’t have hesitated to call 911}. Hubby’s been home to keep an eye on me and my knee is nice and swollen. Hooray.

20-Minute BBQ Cups

I’m not one to panic. Especially not in emergency situations. I’m a nurse, I’m trained to handle emergencies. But apparently when it comes to me… I freak. I almost died. Then I didn’t. What does that have to do with today’s recipe? Absolutely nothing. But I can write about whatever I want. 😉 And I thought you should all know of how almost.poop.myself scared I was.

So back to the foods. I whipped these up earlier this week and they were ah.mazing. They are definitely going on the “to make again” list. And they don’t take any longer than 20-minutes to make… baking and all! So when you need a quick recipe that will definitely impress, make these fantastic 20-Minute BBQ Cups!

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How-to Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

So this project was not one I planned on doing for quite some time. Was I excited for it? Yes. Was I eager to paint the creamy beige-y baseboards? Definitely. Was I dying to part with my mini baseboards? A little. But we have family coming out to visit at the end of the month so the hubby and I have been living in project mode and focusing on projects that fall onto our “what we want to get done before they come” list. Baseboards was not on my list. But it was on the hubby’s. Plus, he was excited for it! That rarely happens! So beefing up our baseboards quickly became a must and it was knocked out in just one day!

How-To Beef Up Your Baseboards for Cheap

If you are looking for the drama of taller baseboards but you don’t want to spend your time and money ripping out the old ones and replacing them with chunkier ones, then this is definitely a project you want to do! The total cost for beefing up the baseboards in our entire great room and dining room was $60. SIXTY DOLLARS! And that included tools we needed to buy. That is a tiny fraction of what it would cost to replace our baseboards!

Anywho, to the tutorial! Above you can see where we started. Our baseboards were about 2.5-inches tall and a yellowy cream. Others of you may have shorter baseboards like mine and they can be great! But when you have vaulted ceilings, they look itty-bitty. Not my cuppa tea. When we painted the great room I didn’t bother to paint the last 2-inches, knowing that we were going to have to paint them and cover them with the update.

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Pin It to Win It Giveaway!

I have a great giveaway for all of you today! In honor of my darling friend Alyssa, The Recipe Critic, and her 1 year blogiversary we are giving away some awesome prizes for all of you! Not only could you win some great prizes but you get to know some amazing new blogs!

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