Friday, January 20, 2012

Home Improvements + a giveaway!

A few days ago I was contacted about attending the Great Big Home & Garden Expo at the I-X Center. Can anyone guess what my immediate answer was?

Hell yes.

Home Depot dates are an actual thing in our relationship and now that Brandon and I are refinancing the mortgage together , that means I’m going to be a homeowner!!! So when you say “home and garden” to us, we both get kind of geeked out.

Last year, we had a number of home upgrades that we got to work on (p.s. all these pics were taken by Brandon):
    Fenced-in the backyard

    Paint the upstairs bedroom

    Build 2 raised bed gardens

And a few that didn’t:
Paint the anteroom to the upstairs bedroom
Build a chicken coop

And, of course, there is an ever expanding list of things to renovate in 2012 (Brandon, I know you’ll have plenty to add when you read this):
Finish insulating in the attic and the basement
New grass in the backyard
Install a more robust fence around the gardens (Buck doesn’t understand that chicken wire means KEEP OUT)
Build a chicken coop (yeah, this is definitely still on there)
Turn half of the basement into a workout room
Finish painting the anteroom to our bedroom

I’m sure you all have home renovations that you want to get to this year too! Why not start getting some ideas at the Great Big Home and Garden Expo? I have two tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader!!! The expo will be chock full of live demonstrations and exhibits for all things home and garden related…there even several culinary exhibitions/demonstrations!

PRIZE: 2 general admission tickets to the Great Big Home and Garden Expo at the I-X Center in Cleveland, February 4-12. Check the expo website for times.
TO ENTER: leave a comment telling me what home improvement you want to work on in 2012
BONUS ENTRIES: like Peace, Love &Bagels on Facebook, post your home improvement goals on the PL&B facebook page, or tweet about this giveaway (don't forget to mention me, @peacelovebagels). Leave a separate comment for each extra entry.
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: January 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST
HOUSEKEEPING: Make sure I have your email address if you enter, you will be contacted via email on January 26 if you are the winner. Tickets will be made available in your name at will-call at the expo. 

FULL DISCLOSURE: I was asked by the Great Big Home and Garden Show to promote the upcoming event. In exchange, I receive 2 general admission tickets for myself and 2 to give away to a reader. 
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