We can’t thank you enough for all of the encouragement and enthusiasm you shared with us during our big backyard makeover! So, so many of you sent us messages simply to cheer us on, and that meant a lot to us while we worked those long hours. Yes, we completed the makeover in 3 days, but we hunkered from sun up to sun down (with the help of two incredible friends) to get to where we are today. As we took breaks for lunch, it made us smile so hard to see your kind words. We stayed at Tree House following the makeover to prep for our closet makeover (coming soon!), and we got home late this week. As a result, it hardly feels like a Friday, but we’ll take it.
In case you missed it, you can see the full backyard makeover we completed with Troy-Bilt right here! Although we addressed many of the questions during our Instagram Live, there was a lot of ‘tell us more!’ surrounding the pee pit. So. Let’s break it down, because I promise you, if our dogs can master the pee pit, your dogs can, too!
The Anatomy of a Pee Pit
1 side yard or narrow path in your yard
+ 1 layer of weed screen
+ a 2″ layer of decorative gravel
= pee pit!
How It Works
We have a pee pit in both our front and back yards in Chicago, and we would say that most of the time, our pups obey and potty in the pit. It’s great to have for quick breaks when we don’t have time to go on a long walk, and they especially appreciate it during the cold Chicago winters! Number ones get rinsed off with a hose (weekly, or by the rain!) and number twos get picked up and disposed of.
When we first introduced the pit, we would corral them towards the pit when we knew they had to ‘go.’ The first several times they do their business, we use a clicker while saying ‘good job!’ and reward them with a small treat. Because Jack and CC are extremely food motivated, they catch on quickly – anything for more treats! We reinforce this behavior over the course of a few days, and by day 3 (latest), it becomes old hat for them. It really is that simple. You got this!
Psst: Here’s a deeper dive into the world of Jack + CC’s pee pits. If you’re into that kind of thing. (Dog people, unite!)
• I’ve been wearing these (cute) safety boots during our more intense DIY projects, and I don’t miss my sneakers for one second. I’m less fatigued at the end of a long day, and now Scott’s on the hunt for his own pair!
• I love all things Uniqlo (my closet can attest to this), and this mustard sweater is the only thing I want to wear this fall.
• Also this. I want so badly to be a chic turtleneck person!
• Now that it’s officially fall and the air is cooling down, I’ve been craving those warm, familiar scents in candle form. This will always be our go-to candle year round (Eucalyptus + Sage is a dream), but we just started burning this one, and it’s straight up fall in here. A new favorite, for sure. Tip: I peeled off the label so it’s less distracting when sitting out.
• We’ve been on the great couch hunt for months, and after collecting so. many. swatches, we’re leaning more than ever towards this one. And while scrolling through my Instagram feed recently, I caught this sneak peek @mandimakes, and it sort of sealed the deal. We’re measuring the living room this weekend and getting excited about the possibility for change.
We hope you have a great weekend! If you’re local to Chicago or Wisconsin, it’s the last Elkhorn Flea Market of the season! As soon as Lucy wakes up on Sunday morning, we’re packing ourselves into the car and introducing her to the flea. What are you up to?