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Cutting Down Trees and Saying Goodbye to October

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***Cutting Down Trees and Saying Goodbye to October***

It’s getting cooler across the country and once October says it’s goodbye

with tricks, treats, and parties,

the Holiday season begins.

It’s time to cut down the tree’s and make outdoor (or indoor fires),

sip on  hot chocolate

Christmas Hot Chocolate

and in some areas watch the snow fall.


In Arizona,

I won’t be watching the snow fall,

because this is the time of year for outdoor living.

Outdoor living and our backyard is still a mess.


Backyard Before

We are currently working on a pool design.


I am trying to design it myself – the layout.

Yeah, I know… what am I thinking, right?


Before I start, there has been something bugging me about the back yard.

Dead trees – there are two!

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A. We need firewood, right?  for all the fires and future smore’s we are going to make.

B.  I need life back there, not dead remains of what was once a beautiful tree.

C. An open area to envision what could be.

That’s when I grabbed my hubby, safety gear, and our Ryobi 40V Brushless Chainsaw,

and  we got to business.


I first notched out the tree.

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from one side,

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(this helps to guide the tree in the direction you want it to fall),

and then Joe cut the other side.

I wanted to video tape this part,

but it happened so quick.

Joe started cutting and within seconds the tree was on the ground.

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Oh well.

This saw cuts like butter and with battery power.  

It still amazes me.


Once the tree was down,

it made me think of Christmas.

So I cut down a limb that looked like it had a great future.

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Look at this!

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I cannot wait to use this for Christmas decorating.

You will have to keep posted to see what I have in mind for this beauty.


After the trees were on the ground,

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we cut the wood for some great pieces of kindling and firewood.

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I cannot tell you how great it is to have those trees down!

Joe even mentioned,

“Without the trees, even though the backyard is still a disaster,
it feels more like “ours”.

I couldn’t agree more.


After the trees were down, we moved to the front of the house and used the saw to cut down some overgrown limbs on another tree.

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Now the Bougainvillea on the side of the house can get more sun.

Speaking of Bougainvillea…

I purchased three for the front of the house at Home Depot.

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I guess they grow great in Arizona and I wanted a little more color out front.

What do you think?

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Hopefully they will be beautiful when full grown.

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I just love the color.


We are chipping away at this house.

Little by little.

Inch by inch.

Inside and out.

Are you planning any big outdoor projects?

Cutting down trees, planting shrubs for spring bloom, building a deck, or designing a pool?


Have you done it all and you are currently drinking hot chocolate by your fire enjoying the fruit of your labors?

Whatever your adventure,

Enjoy it!





Thanks for stopping by today!



Ryobi Outdoor Products can be purchased at the HomeDepot.

****The team at Ryobi Outdoor Products was generous to provide me with a 40 V Brushless Chainsaw. I am proud to be a Ryobi Outdoor Ambassador and have had the opportunity to try all of the outdoor products and the opinions above are my own. I enjoy sharing products with you that create ease in completing a project.*****

Cleaning Up the Curb Appeal

Thanks to each and every one of you for input on where to start first with my new home

Your ideas really solidified what is important and what direction I should take. 

One of the comments received on Facebook was “trust your instincts”. 

Thanks Sandy! 

My instincts are telling me to SLOW down and enjoy the process

Do not rush or make any major decisions until I get my feet wet in Arizona.

With that said,

the interior will start with a fresh coat of paint everywhere


Before starting inside,

I thought I should head outside to clean up the

exterior landscape and create nice curb appeal. 

A little maintenance and planting is always a must to make a house feel like home. 

Don’t you agree?


This short sale was a home full of neglect. 

Some trees have died and plants are holding on needing water and TLC.


When I visited the home for the first time this is what the backyard looked like.


Being an Ambassador for Ryobi Outdoors is super exciting as I get the opportunity to try some sweet outdoor power tools. 

It’s easy to tackle a big job with the right outdoor tools.

I was looking forward to trim everything with my 40V X  Expand-It String Trimmer.

Conquer the weedy mess!


Only problem? 

When I arrived two months later, the yard looked like this.

Backyard Before

What happened to all of those green weeds? 



dried up and dead.


Apparently this is what the desert sun does in the summer. 



I still wanted to use this battery powered genius of an outdoor tool,

so I managed to find a few things to do.

See this lonely weed left in the backyard?


  It felt really good to chop that baby down in less than two seconds.

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Moving to the front of the yard, I found a grassy plant in need of trimming. 

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Yep, still learning the native plants here,

so in the meantime,

I will call him agrassy plant“.


Landscapes in Arizona, at least in my area, are mostly rock.  String trimmers are not recommended to be used near rock.

Clearing the rock was a necessity as to not have

one catapult into my face or a window nearby.

Safety is always number one. 

Ryobi 40 V String Trimmer


Ryobi 40 V String Trimmer

Before I knew it, I was done!


This 40V X Expand-It String Trimmer is great because the trimmer attachment can easily be removed and replaced with several attachments*.


After completing this task I had a mess to clean up. 

This was easy! 

I removed the 40V battery from the string trimmer

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and inserted it into the

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40V Jet Fan Blower

and in no time the area was free and clear of debris.

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I feel like such a tool geek,

but I have to admit,

I love the battery power (just like gas).

The fact that I can use this battery with all of the 40V outdoor tools is genius. 

Flexibility and saving time are a necessity in my busy life.



Once the sun set and the air was cooler,

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my sweet friend Kelli,

helped me plant the planters on the front patio.

Flower Pots

Seeing the sunrise is much sweeter reflecting off these pretty flowers.

Now my house looks more like a home.

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Feels like home too.




Every. Single. Moment.




Ryobi Outdoor Products can be purchased at the HomeDepot

*The 40V X Expand-It String Trimmer attachment options include a

cultivator, edger, and blower.

All attachments are sold separately.*

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****The team at Ryobi Outdoor Products was generous to provide me with a 40 V X Expand-It String Trimmer and 40V Jet Fan Blower. All of the opinions above are my own. I enjoy sharing products with you that create ease in completing a project.*****




Calm After The Storm

This time of year brings some nasty weather. 

We have had our share of it here in Georgia with rain and whipping winds. 

Spring in the air

After it’s gone,

it leaves quite a mess with debris, leaves, branches, and sometimes fallen trees. 

There was a storm that dropped the temperature and left quite a mess for me to pick up the next morning. 

Calm After the storm

I did, however, feel a little calm after the storm. 

I wasn’t as overwhelmed, because I knew I had an easy way of cleaning up the mess.

The patio,

Ryobi 40V Blower


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and front porch would have been a challenge for me using a broom to sweep it all,

but luckily,

I had the 

Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower

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I was able to get this job done in no time. 

I just slid the battery in place and was off blowing the debris away. 

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Aaaah… it was so easy!

You know how much I love sharing with you products that are easy to use and help get a job done – quickly

This is it! 

Truthfully, I am not going to lie, brooms are not my thing. 

But this blower is. 

Why you may ask? 

Because of the battery power.  I don’t have a cord or gas to worry about. 

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I don’t have to rely on my husband or neighbor to start it for me.  

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It’s inserting a battery and pulling a trigger, that’s it! 

Plus, it gives “gas-like” power.

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Which, definitely, puts a smile on my face.

Now, I can have a little bit

of Calm After the Storm.

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And no one has to know we had stormy weather.

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Do you have a Ryobi Outdoor Product? 

I would love to hear what your favorite is.

You can see more of my favorite Ryobi products

here and here.


Every. Single. Moment.



Ryobi Outdoor Products can be purchased at the HomeDepot


****The team at Ryobi Outdoor Products was generous to provide me with a 40V Jet Fan Blower. All of the opinions above are my own. I enjoy sharing with you products that create ease in completing a project.*****