My 2013 DIY Goal + RYOBI Giveaway!

My 2013 DIY Goal + RYOBI Giveaway!

So, what are your big DIY plans for 2013?  I wasn’t sure what my highest DIY priority was for our home this year, but then a few weeks before Christmas, my dad just happened to pop over and build our loft into a fourth bedroom over the course of a weekend.  He’s handy (and surprising) like that.

I’d been begging him to come and close in our loft for years. We have plenty of living spaces here, but only three bedrooms. The loft was nothing more than a catchall for furniture that had no place else to go and piles of laundry waiting (and waiting) to be folded.  Plus, I was always afraid that a crazed child might pole-vault themselves over the pony-wall and land in a mangled heap below someday.

If you follow me on Instagram (@betterafterlnz), then you may have seen this photo:

This is the point when dear ol’ dad hung up his toolbelt and headed back home. As you can see, he left a few things unfinished. I mean, there is only so much bedroom building you can pack into two days, right?  That guy is the best.  Thanks Dad, love you!  So anyway, this is where we will be starting with our DIY goals for 2013.

And here’s a few things needed on the inside. 
The old loft is now my oldest son Blake’s new room, and boy-oh-boy is he excited.  I’m going to hold myself accountable and actually have a real-deal makeover of this space to show you, once we get everything in tip-top shape in here, I swear it.
And I have some more exciting news, dear friend.  RYOBI and The Home Depot want to help YOU with your 2013 DIY and makeover goals too!  They are giving one Better After reader this RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-ion Combo Kit!

(a $99 value!)

These aren’t any regular old cordless tools, no.  The RYOBI ONE+ system
features Lithium Ion batteries that are way more super awesome than traditional batteries.  They produce a consistent charge
throughout the life of the battery, can be charged many more times than
other batteries, can be left on the charger with no damage, and last four times longer than traditional NiCad batteries, helping you get your job done without stopping to charge.

Plus, they are 45% lighter in weight, which allows the tools to be smaller yet more powerful.

The ONE+ battery is also compatible
with more than 50 RYOBI ONE+ products offered at The Home Depot.

Entering is easy!  

To enter to win the RYOBI ONE+ Lithium-ion Combo Kit, simply submit a photo of one of your 2013 DIY plans to the RYOBI Nation.

RYOBI Nation is an
online destination for power tool and DIY enthusiasts to share photos of
their project successes, vote on their favorite projects for the
opportunity to win prizes and have access to special offers on Ryobi
power tools.

Head over there to share your pic, don’t forget to come back here and leave a comment to let me know that you did, and bam! You’re entered.


The deadline for the current contest is Jan 31st, so I’ll be announcing a winner at the end of January.  Can’t wait to see your 2013 DIY plans! 

More info can be found at:  Ryobi Nation  //  Ryobi Tools at The Home Depot  //  The Home Depot on Facebook  //  The Home Depot on Twitter

Disclosure:  The Home Depot partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote their Lithium Ion power tool collection. As part of this promotion, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products. The Home Depot believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. The Home Depot’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.