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5.28.2016

Easy DIY Backyard Badminton or Volleyball Court

Looking for a quick way to stop the arguments over backyard badminton and volleyball games? Check out our Easy DIY Backyard Badminton or Volleyball Court--it takes minutes to install, is completely non-permanent and makes for more peaceful games!





I don't know about you but we LOVE to play badminton, a lot. Sometimes we get a little intense. If you know me I know what you're thinking right now, "Laura, INTENSE?" but I can assure you it's true! And then multiply that times 4, add in a little competitiveness and one pre-teen and you'll begin to understand WHY we needed some lines in our badminton game. We needed a DEFINITE IN OR OUT line because some people will not stop arguing a birdie is in, even when it was clearly out.
I mentioned a court line of some sort to my husband and he came up with an easy to install and remove line that can be set as big or as small as you want it.


Now a regulation badminton set up is around 41x17 feet with a net about 6 feet off the ground. We felt no need to stick to regulation size and made up our own size to fit our needs(and truth be told our net, which is huge and ridiculous with it's concrete feet but it works). You'll probably want to go this route as well because your needs and net will be different than other people. If you have teens and a lot of them you may want a longer or wider space to allow everyone to fit and you if have a bunch of little ones you may need a smaller space and definitely a lower net. I'm giving you the dimensions for the court we made and how to set it up, you can take that and make it yours to suit you.

One note--yes it's made out of rope but we've been playing on it like this for weeks and not one person has tripped or fallen over the rope. The staples are there to hold it down but should easily pull out if someone gets a toe stuck in it. If you're worried about tripping on the rope or causing an injury because of it, then this may not be the project for you.

DIY Backyard Badminton or Volleyball Court 

supply list-makes a 17ftX33ft court 


  1. 5 feet of sturdy wire(14 or 16 gauge) to make 8-10 wire staples-wire clothes hanger make great staples if you can't get any wire-they're a little smaller gauge wire but will work
  2. wire cutters
  3. measure tape
  4. 100 feet of visible rope-we used a blue one
  5. a heavy hammer for pounding in the staples

method


  • make your staples and have them ready to go, use wire snips to cut the wire about 6 inches long and bend into giant V shaped staples
  • divide the rope evenly in half and lightly staple it down at the outside edge of the net on the right side
  • run the rope out 16 1/2 feet from the right side to make the first corner, lightly staple it down
  • then turn the corner and make the back side of the court by running it 17 feet across to the left side of the court
  • lightly staple that corner
  • turn the corner and run the rope 16 1/2 feet back to left side of the net and staple it there
  • repeat with the other side of the court, finishing off with a staple where the two ends meet, on the left side of net
  • now look down the lines and straighten up the ropes as needed to make them even, move your staples to adjust the ropes
  • once it's even and looks good set your staples by hammering them in, don't crush them just tap until they're flush with the ground
  • use the excess staples to secure the rope where it doesn't lay directly on the ground-maybe you're lucky and your lawn in flat, our field is kinda



 Staples--not perfect and they don't need to be


Leave the staples up and loose until the whole court is set

 Once they're set, tap them in

 Nice straight lines, easy to call it in or out--makes for such a peaceful game!




Place an extra staple wherever the rope isn't lying flat--this will keep tripping to a minimum.



This easy to use set up can be used for badminton OR volleyball--just switch to using a volleyball and you're there! The regulation size volleyball court is roughly 30X120 feet and that's SO huge--thankfully this is backyard style and you can choose any size you wish, so maybe double the size of the court if you want to but we left it the same and had a good time playing  2 on 2 volleyball. 

Is your family the argue till you die type or are you more mellow?? I like to think we're mellow but in reality we're loud, noisy and a dirty mess 99% of the time!





5.27.2016

My Dream Kitchen




I was recently asked what my dream kitchen would look like if I designed it around a couple of Big Chill pieces. Big Chill makes these amazing kitchen essentials in wild colors and gorgeous styles so how could I resist? I immediately thought of my all time fave kitchen color F L A M E orange because noting beats it and got to work designing my first ever style board.






1) Clock by Rejuvenation (very similar to the one in my kitchen but I got mine at a thrift store)

2) Flame Range Hood by Big Chill

3) Jadite Pendant from Barn Light Electric 

4) Subway Tiles are Susan Jablon 

5) Flame Orange Range by Big Chill

6) French Press, Tea Kettle and Mugs are Le Creuset (and they're exactly what I have in my kitchen!)

7) School Stool from School Outfitters 

8) Gray Flooring is Grizzly Bay Oak from Lumber Liquidators

9) Water Carafe Ikea


I love that I designed around the kitchen I already have using pieces I already own as inspiration.

Wow-That was fun! And now I want to change my current kitchen just a little teeny, tiny bit...

5.26.2016

DIY Friday Frenzy



We are in a DIY mode over here checking out all kinds of posts to get you in the mood to 
DO IT YOURSELF! Check out these awesome DIY links, make sure to visit a few and share them as you would like your links shared.









Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Hey, What's For Dinner Mom? and Trampling rose. welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. Please follow your hosts

Rachel from Trampling Rose  Pinterest
 






First we have an AWESOME DIY Stencil Tutorial from A Vintage Green, she's showing us how to stencils words and do it nicely. Think spacing, straight, even words and you're on the right track, I NEEDED this tutorial!




DIY your weeds people. This post from Little House Living has ten great ways to get rid of weeds instead of spraying them with chemicals.



Maybe you've got little ones and you need a little magic in your days? Why not make a Fairy-Tale Garden with them for your back step? So cute and fun with kids!








5.25.2016

Ride The Aerial Tram at Alyeska

If you're looking for a fun day trip, with kids or visiting family, out of Anchorage or the Matanuska-Susitna Valley consider the Aerial Tram at Alyeska.  The tram is nice way to experience Alaska in a new interesting way, you may have done the zoo, which is great or even the wildlife center which is also great but the tram is something different, it's a little exciting and definitely will take your breath away as you lift away from the base and sail high over the trees to the top of Mount Alyeska.






Alyeska Ski Resort, where the tram is located, is in Girdwood and to get there you'll drive about 45 minutes south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway, a winding mostly 2 lane road that parallels Turnagain Arm. If you time it right you can also watch a bore time come in. The bore tide is interesting to see because it forms a 1-2 foot wall of water as the tide floods back into Turnagain arm, and local surfers try ride the wave. Just google "bore tide Alaska" to find a good time to catch it and you won't be sorry if you get to see it. The day we went we saw surfers and paddle boarders and we were able to follow them up the the arm as the tide came in, it was exciting to see.



Once you hit Girdwood finding the tram might seem a little tricky, just follow the signs back to the The Hotel Alyeska, behind it is where the tram is located. Just park out front, make your way inside and then veer left, the tram is located just outside the hotel in the back left corner. Buy your tickets outside and get ready to ride.



Once you've paid for your ticket you can ride the tram as many times as you want to during that day. This was one of the best parts for us, we went up once with the boys and they were a little nervous about the whole thing. Our second ride up was more relaxed because they knew what to expect and they were now the experts on riding the tram. What can you expect? Well it's a smooth ride with a few ups and downs, swooping and sailing along to the top of the mountain. As a person with vertigo, I personally enjoyed it a lot, I never felt dizzy or worried about the height. And the tram operator was quite happy to engage our boys and make them feel right at home, especially on their first ride.



Once you've hit the top you can easily get out, walk around and enjoy the view. If you're lucky you can see Turnagain Arm, the entire Girdwood Valley and the 7 hanging glaciers. There's a restaurant up there too, a cafeteria and museum/giftshop, plus you're welcome to just walk up or down the mountain. Be aware the northside has a rather sharp drop off and little ones should be kept close at hand. We just happened to see a black bear ambling along about a 1/4 of the way down the mountain from us, so keep your eyes open you never know what you might see.

Top of the tram.


 Looking down the mountain, darn rain!



Turnagain Arm




BEAR!



Consider


  •  hiking up the mountain to the tram-it's a free ride down if you do and a great hike too
  • the weather was all over the map the day we went so take a warm coat or a rain coat even if it looks sunny
  • you can find plenty of places to get lunch in and around the hotel, or you can pack a picnic and find someplace to eat
  • bring binoculars if you have them 






5.20.2016

Friday Frenzy Craft and Food Link Up



My kids are summer break, how about yours? Summer break, summer vacation, summer fun awaits us, how about you?




Friday-Frenzy


Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Hey, What's For Dinner Mom? and Trampling rose. welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. ?Please follow your hosts?
Friday Frenzy time is here again!  Im so ready for summer break - anyone else? Let's focus on the warmer weather with this weeks features.

Check out this awesome Watermelon Shark - this is so cool.  Thank you Gluesticks for sharing this.


I love Sangria - it screams summer to me. This great (and easy) recipe is from Greco Design Company.

sangria in a pinch main

The Country Chic Cottage shared these adorable Beach House Bird Feeders.

Paint these beach house bird feeders in minutes! A cute craft that the whole family will love! If you family loves birding, this is a DIY project for you!




Share your BEST food or craft posts with us--you'll be seen on FOUR blogs and you might just  be featured on the NEXT Friday Frenzy!




5.17.2016

Vegetarian 2 Bean Taco Salad - A 25 minute Dinner

School is almost out, summer is coming, and it's been so incredibly hot.


For May.



In Alaska anyway. I know you're all laughing at me, sweating away in 78 degree weather. I'm laughing at me too, AND sweating.





It's time for dinners that keep your house cool, make everyone happy and gets you back outside in the action before the sun sets. Hahahahaha, you know that whole 20 hours of daylight thing is coming for us right about now. Basically the sun never sets.






Back to this Vegetarian 2 Bean Taco Salad. I love main dish salads, my boys, not so much. This is one we can all agree on though because you don't feel like you're eating just a salad, there's a lot going on. The recipe makes a LOT of salad but if everyone eats a bowl or two it won't seem like quite enough. And as always change it up, make it yours, use spices you like or more of one thing or another. I'm never offended by the idea, I know some bloggers are, but it's exactly like the way I cook so why should I care?

Vegetarian 2 Bean Taco Salad
prep/cook time 25 minutes
serves 4-6
requires a large bowl or pan for tossing and serving

1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
4 cups tortillas chips
4 quarts torn lettuce, I used iceberg, use what you have or like
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese
3 snipped green onions
salsa-optional

set a sauce pan over medium heat, drain one can of beans and then add both cans to the pan before it gets hot
stir in the spices and bring to a simmer, stir occasionally and let cook while you make the salad
meanwhile assemble the salad, begin by taking a large handful of chips and crumbling them in the bottom of whatever you plan to serve the salad in, I used a large french oven
over the chips add half the lettuce, half the tomatoes, and half the cheese, half the green onions, crumble another handful of chips over this layer
repeat this layer saving a bit of cheese to put over the beans if you'd like
arrange it nicely on top of just plop it all in because either way you're going to stir it up and serve it



5.16.2016

Friday Frenzy (a little late!)


School is just about over here in Palmer and the days seem busier than ever. Somehow I planned TWO, as in picked the date and organized them, events for the SAME day, Saturday. The day leading up and the day after were completely crazy, first prepping then recovering. Friday Frenzy is late but it didn't stop all the amazing posts from being linked up, why not add yours?


Friday-Frenzy



Close to Home, Mostly Food and Crafts, Hey, What's For Dinner Mom? and Trampling rose. welcome you to FRIDAY FRENZY where we come to share your Recipes, Craft projects, and whatever else you've been working on. When you link up to the Frenzy your posts will be featured on all four of our blogs for quadruple the exposure. Each week we'll showcase a few of our favorites from the week before, and pin them on our Friday Frenzy Pinterest Board as well. ?Please follow your hosts?




Friday Frenzy time is here again! This week, it's all about food. Delicious, delicious food. Like this Strawberry-Limeade Cake, that just screams summer:






I love anything I can throw in the crockpot, and these Crockpot Chicken Meatballs would make a great weeknight dinner!




Crockpot Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Meatballs



I love my daily cup o'joe, and in the afternoons, this Vietnamese Iced Coffee would be the perfect pick-me-up!







Share what you've made this week with us!