Good afternoon!  The Husband, our friend Harry, and I put ourselves to work this afternoon as a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law.


I think beer is a required tool for Do It Yourself projects!


After some tile-laying, I made everyone lunch.  I wasn’t in the mood for a sammie so I had an egg, toast, two veggie “sausage” links, and two carrots.


It was good, but not enough green! 🙂


Next, I decided to tidy up my mother-in-law’s garden as my gift to her.  My first task was mowing the grass with a little push mower.  This was serious physical labor!


Mowing is my cardio!


My second task was raking all the grass and gravel.  This was a great upper-body workout and my arms were so sore!


In total, gardening took me about 45 minutes.  I was sweating buckets by the end.  I think gardening + that 1.0 mile walk this morning is enough exercise for the day!


After our chores were done, I made everyone Guinness Floats.


Mine had about 1/2 cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream and 1/2 a Guinness.  Oh my goodness!


I’m jumping in the pool ASAP!  Other tasks on the agenda include: fishing, a BBQ, and probably a few more cocktails.  🙂


I live for the weekend!



  • K from ksgoodeats May 9, 2009, 11:08 am

    Beer is definitely a requirement for any DIY project! The float sounds like a fun twist! Keep enjoying yourselves 🙂

  • Rachel May 9, 2009, 11:13 am

    I remember drinking Honey Moon while painting my apartment – the perfect beer to pair with projects! And those Guinness floats…. mmmmmmmmm, I want!

  • jenngirl May 9, 2009, 11:13 am

    A beer can certainly make housework fun!! Have a great rest of the day 🙂

  • Julia May 9, 2009, 11:15 am

    A Guinness Float? That sounds so delicious, even though I’m not a huge Guinness fan…I may have to try those!

  • Adi ( May 9, 2009, 11:17 am

    That float is well deserved! Yard work is absolutely a work out. Enjoy the rest of the weekend Caitlin!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 9, 2009, 11:40 am

    Hangry Mark is so proud..

  • Jenny May 9, 2009, 11:51 am

    haha beer is defintely a nice way to make housework more enjoyable 🙂

  • Danielle May 9, 2009, 11:54 am

    Yum, those Guinness floats sound great!

  • Niki May 9, 2009, 12:28 pm

    How sweet of ya’ll to do that for your mother in law!! Guiness Floats are a great idea!!

  • Christina May 9, 2009, 12:39 pm

    I love gardening – I sometimes even secretly wish I had one of those push mowers so I could get a better workout in!

  • nibblesandwiggles May 9, 2009, 1:00 pm

    I’ll take your word for it that guinness + ice cream is tasty….

  • Lauren May 9, 2009, 1:05 pm

    Fantastic “adult” float idea! This would be great for St. Patty’s Day 🙂

  • janetha May 9, 2009, 1:05 pm

    my goodness my guiness! i have never had a beer float. i love honey mooooon. looks like a job well done!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 9, 2009, 1:09 pm

    A beer float is a great reward after that gardening in the heat! Their yard is so pretty! all we have here is rocks and dirt!

  • Life Coach Jen May 9, 2009, 1:42 pm

    You are such a good daughter-in-law!

  • Island Girl Eats May 9, 2009, 2:01 pm

    What a rough life you lead!!!!

  • emily May 9, 2009, 2:32 pm

    Oooh, the float with mint chip sounds good! I always make my husband Guinness shakes.

  • Meredith May 9, 2009, 2:38 pm

    This morning I pulled up pansy flowers (fall and winter flowers) and planted some impatiens (summer flowers). Seeing your post made me remember that yard-work can be just as intensive as working out at the gym. My arms and back are staring to feel it.

  • Jordan May 9, 2009, 2:54 pm

    You look so adorkable [heh] mowing the lawn. Where the crap did you get that mower? I didn’t know they still made that kind. It’s cutesy!

    I’ve been at the pool all weekend too! Have fun =]

  • Jordan May 9, 2009, 2:58 pm

    P.S. – I live in St Augustine beach now, literally 2 exits from Palm Coast. And. I’ll be in Palm Coast all night tomorrow after 5. Weird, huh. We’re always in the same cities =P

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous May 9, 2009, 3:20 pm

    Weekends are great aren’t they!! Glad you are enjoying your time there!

  • Stacey May 9, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Oh my Gah! That is soo weird, today I was thinking “I wonder if I could use beer to make a float” lol, thats crazy that you posted about that!!

    You have persuaded me 🙂

  • Meg May 9, 2009, 3:41 pm

    What a busy day….I bet she will love it all!

  • Christy May 9, 2009, 4:32 pm

    Guinness with mint chip?? Strange combo but I think I will have to try it ASAP! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  • Mica May 9, 2009, 5:05 pm

    Whoa, Guinness Floats. Who knew such a thing existed?

  • elliebelle May 9, 2009, 6:09 pm

    Wow! What fun you are having!! I’m definitely jealous of your warm weather. I’m in Wisconsin and it’s pretty chilly today and it’s supposed to get down to 39 degrees tonight!!! 🙁

  • Erin of Care to Eat May 9, 2009, 8:17 pm

    You’re so cute 🙂

  • ChickPea May 9, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Haha Guiness Floats–I never would have thought of that one!

  • Oh She Glows May 10, 2009, 10:29 am

    I love your gifts- what great ideas!! They have beautiful gardens!

  • Lexie May 11, 2009, 3:52 am

    You think just like me…a beer can make everything better (housework, studying, etc.) Looks like you guys had a fun weekend!

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