Upcycled rake as jewelry holder

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Friday was my 31st birthday, and I celebrated the way any self-respecting woman should – going out to dinner at Olive Garden and seeing a movie of her choosing with her husband. I’m officially an old woman. Further revealing this point – when Ryan asked what I wanted for my birthday, I said I wanted him […]

Geothermal basics for new construction

geothermal basics

One of the big decisions (and big budget items) for our our new house is heating and cooling. And since we’ve been knee-deep in making these decisions (and writing painfully large checks), I thought I could share some of the process with you. Our captive audience – lucky you. When we began designing our home, Ryan had his […]

Our evolving rural view (and our experience with the conservation reserve program)

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We all love periodic baby bumps and baby photographs, so why not take photos of how your yard and home has changed over time? When I took a photo off our back deck last week (for our mini patio project), I realized how much this view has truly transformed since we’ve owned the property. So, I decided to […]

A tiny house tour | updated

Barn tour April 2015 Tiny home NewlyWoodwards5

Over the weekend, I realized I haven’t shared a tour of the main space in our 320-square-foot barn apartment (tiny house) since we moved in back in November. The truth is, I don’t love the photos when I take them. While it’s very livable, it also appears a bit cluttered in photos. Probably because there are […]

A mini patio project

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It’s officially “get out of the house” season in the Midwest. Can I get an “amen?” This means that we are working and playing outside as much as we can. Which brings us to a little project … There’s truly nothing better than our view from the barn. I just soak this in, folks. And […]

DIY cedar compost bins

Cedar compost bins NewlyWoodwards1

Compost bins are something we’ve been wanting to add at the barn – and Ryan finished these bins just in time for gardening season! We’ve composted before, but with a large garden and more space, we wanted to go bigger. This is way to compost everything we can – grass, leaves, food, even newspaper … […]