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Hello, fabulouses, and welcome back to VIP Home!

This week on VIP Home, I am going to chat about how I worked #LikeAGirl on my apartment patio installation project. Would it have been easier to beg my dad to do it? Absolutely. Would it have been easier to hire someone to do it? Absolutely. BUT I wanted to do it myself…I wanted to pull off the project #LikeAGirl

So, why am I putting “Like A Girl” in a hashtag? Well, when I stumbled upon #LikeAGirl on Facebook, I was overtaken with curiosity. As a teenager, I really feel like the Always commercial will make a large impact on not only young girls, but also society as a whole because it carries a fantastic message. Throwing, hitting, running, and working like a girl is and should be a good thing–it should not be used as an insult. Now, I will save my other comments about this commercial for a later blog post–it’s time to chat about the VIP Patio Project *wink*

The Prep: Before laying the sand and concrete stepping stones, I figured out exactly where I wanted the patio + I had to kill the grass. (NOTE: Grass was harmed in the making of this patio...My sincere apologies go out to my grass *wink*)

The Prep: Before adding the sand and concrete stepping stones, I had to figure out exactly where I wanted the patio + I had to kill the grass. (NOTE: Grass was harmed in the making of this patio…My sincere apologies to my grass *wink*)

The Not-So-Fun Part: Toting bags of sand was definitely not-so-fun, but it was a great workout warm-up *wink*

The Not-So-Fun Part: Carrying bags of sand was definitely not-so-fun, but it was a great workout *wink*

While gathering supplies at Home Depot, I found myself starring at several different kinds of bagged sand wondering which one was the right one. So, I called my trusty dad, and he recommended Prestone. Thanks, Deddy, you're the best *wink*

While gathering supplies at Home Depot, I found myself staring at several different kinds of bagged sand wondering which one was the right one. So, I called my trusty dad, and he recommended Pavestone Patio/Paver Sand because it is specifically designed for these types of projects. Thanks, Deddy, you’re the best *wink*

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The Somewhat Time-Consuming Part: Open bag of sand...dump bag of sand...spread sand...it was a long process *wink*

The Somewhat Time-Consuming Part: Open bag of sand…dump bag of sand…spread sand…it was a long process *wink*

 

TIP (part one): Use a flat head shovel to distribute sand to uneven sections of ground.

TIP 1 (part one): Use a shovel to easily distribute sand to uneven sections of ground.

TIP (part two): "Fluff" the sand and rid footprints with a yard or leaf rake before beginning to lay concrete pavers.

TIP 1 (part two): Use a yard or leaf rake to spread the sand and create a more level surface.

TIP 2: ALWAYS double check. Before adding the pavers, double check to see how level your surface is. Note: it is almost impossible to get it perfectly level...so be a bit forgiving *wink*

TIP 2: ALWAYS double check. Before adding the pavers, double check to see how level your surface is. Note: It is almost impossible to get it perfectly level without digging down and renting expensive tools that I do not know how to operate…so be a bit forgiving *wink*

The Definitely Not-So-Fun Part: Toting concrete pavers all the way from my parking pad up, up stairs, and around my green space was definitely not any fun; however, it was a great arm-toning workout *wink*

The Definitely Not-So-Fun Part: Toting concrete pavers…all the way from my parking pad…up several steep stairs…and around my green space…was definitely not any fun; however, it was a great arm-toning workout *wink*

Check out those guns, ladies and gentlemen *wink*

Check out those guns, ladies and gentlemen *wink*

Get Ready and Get to Setting: Once the pavers are easily accessible, it is time to start setting each one in place. Be very strategic and keep your lines as straight as possible so that your patio space does not look cattywampus. *wink*

The Very Time-Consuming Part: Once the pavers were easily accessible, it was time to start setting each one in place. TIP 3: Be very strategic and keep your lines as straight as possible so that your patio space does not look cattywampus. *wink*

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TAH DAH! The finished project. Come back next week to see how I transform this boring concrete patio into something colorfully dazzling *wink*

TAH DAH! The finished project. Come back next week to see how I transform this boring concrete patio into something colorfully dazzling *wink*

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Stay Fabulous & Work #LikeAGirl,

Abby Hathorn

 

 

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