Thursday, October 18, 2018

DIY - Apple Cider Stand

If you follow along here on this little ole blog of mine, you may recall me blogging about wanting to host an apple cider stand on my Fall Bucket List.

Want to know something?  I had Jon assemble this stand mooooonths ago.  I was hoping we'd have a lemonade stand, has a way of happening and then BOOM!

It's the middle of October.


I did, however, want to get this stand assembled because the kids and the neighbor kids absolutely love hosting hot cocoa stands and lemonade why not an apple cider stand?!

This sweet stand was super easy to put together!

First up, we took these goofballs to Home Depot to pick up all the supplies...

Okay, so I'm guessing you can tell what your first purchase ought to be!  Haha!  You'll need four of these not included. ;)  If you'd like to save a trip to the store, I found some crates you can purchase over on Amazon.

You'll need one lightweight piece of wood for the horizontal "sign" at the top of the stand.  We went with a 4x6 piece of poplar hobby board.

Next, you'll need two pieces of sturdy wood for the "base" and for the "countertop" of the unit.  We purchased these 3 foot long pieces of shelf wood (BTW - I have no idea how to adequately explain all of these pieces of wood, I was just buying what looked and felt right - hence all the pictures of stickers.  LOL!)

You'll also need two pieces of wood for the sides of the stand.  We bought these 4x6 pieces of common board, but once home I had Jon trim these down a little bit.  You'll see what I mean in just a sec...

Once home, Jon got to work assembling the crates.

We first arranged the crates to match up and then Jon screwed the TOP two crates together and then he screwed the BOTTOM two crates together.  We also added a 2X3 piece of wood to the bottom of the stand.

How and where the crates were screwed together...

Next up, we took the top two nailed together crates off of the bottom ones and used Liquid Nails to ensure its stability.

You can also see in this picture how we screwed on the bottom "base" of the unit.  We left a little lip in the front so the kids wouldn't trip on the back of the stand.

In the background you can see that we added the top crates to the bottom crates.  After applying Liquid Nails, we then screwed the assembled (top and bottom) crates together.

 The "countertop" also screwed into the crates.  We made sure to match it up with the "base" of the unit.

We then got to work on assembling the 4x6 common boards to the sides of the stand.  I thought they were a little tall, so I had Jon trim them down about 5 inches or so.  Once they were at my desired height, they were then screwed into the sides of the unit.

Next up, we placed the stand on its "back/front" and added some swivel wheels.

Once the wheels were assembled, we stood the unit up and added the horizontal piece of wood to the top of it.  This fun feature has so much to offer.  It can be painted with chalk paint, a banner can be hung or the entire unit can be painted!  The sky's the limit!  We left ours plain for now, but I'm sure by next summer we'll be painting it with the neighbor boys next door!


An apple cider/hot cocoa stand/lemonade stand!!!

A stand for all seasons!!!

aaaaaand a little decor.............................


An Apple Cider Stand!

We'll be hosting an apple cider stand on Saturday morning!  I'll be sure to share more pictures; we can't wait!

I made the banner over on PicMonkey and I'd love to share with you how it was made.  Let me know if you're interested!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by, you guys!  Happy all-things-fall!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with DanielleEmilyLindsayLizzie and Sierra for their link up, Girl Chat.

I'm also linking up over at the Pin Junkie Pin Party.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Weekend Recap - Our Lake Michigan Camping Trip

Hi there and happy Tuesday!

I have a lot of fun to share on the blog today!

Over the weekend we went with friends to Muskegon State Park here in Michigan for a camping trip with all of the kiddos in tow.

I'm not going to lie, I was nervous about the temps.  The Friday night low was well in to the 30s.  When we woke up on Saturday morning my phone said it was 37 degrees.

Thirty.  Seven.  Degrees.


We all least I think we did...we could all be campsite ghosts...I'm not really sure.... ;)

It all began with all of us arriving on Friday afternoon/evening.  Jon and I had about an hour of light to get all set up.  We bundled up the kids as best we could, let them play for quite some time and then tucked them in tight so that the parents could enjoy some adult time around the campfire.

The next morning was freeeeezing.  I don't think I've put on so many layers of clothing in my life.  The day was looking up, though.  Temps would reach into the 50s.


Lots of playing ensued.

This area became the kids' hideout.  It was pretty magical!

Jon and I took the kids for a walk around the campground.  It helped us stay warm AND it was nice to see all the other crazy people and their campsites!  Haha

Lake Michigan was just a few campsites away and boy - it was gorgeous!

It's my absolute favorite place - Lake Michigan will always have my heart...

Someone had picked up a flyer which included tons of kid's activities within the campgrounds.  At first we thought all the activities were at our campground, but instead all the fun was down the way at the other campground.  Both campgrounds are part of the same park, just a few miles away from one another.  One is on a channel and one is on Lake Michigan.  The drive was easy and picturesque...

We sure were surprised to see all the activities that had been set up!  There were so many campsites that had been decorated and so many volunteers helping out!

The kids (and parents) had a great time!

Eliza wasn't a fan of that last inflatable...

She wasn't a fan of this inflatable either.  I took her by the hand to go inside, but she ran out of it screaming...  Poor girl!

This marshmallow game had me cracking up.  Henry tried FOREVER to get a bite...

Eliza had been defeated...

The "pumpkin patch."

Eliza's first face painting!

Egg toss!

These suckers wouldn't break!

Sack race!

We went on a hike!

Some of the husbands had discovered this luge run earlier in the day, so we thought we'd all check it out some more...

A bigger run...

A teeter totter...

The girls and their walking sticks...

The boys and their walking sticks...

Taking a break...

The aftermath...

Pics by the lake...


Isn't this gorgeous?!

Some pizza pies and jalapeƱo poppers for dinner...and chips...and s'mores...and candy... ;)

Lights out.

Our second night was much, MUCH warmer - a heatwave of 50 degrees!  We all joke that our PSRs went up!  LOL!  We learned some lessons on how to stay warm, that's for sure!  One more night in the 30s and I would've slept in the bathrooms...not kidding.  Hahaha!

The kids.

The kids, we're hoping, took some memories from this trip.  They played for hours atop the sand dunes over looking Lake Michigan.  It was precious.  It was magical.  It was cold.  Ha

Thanks for stopping by for my quick recap!

Marie :) :) :)

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