• #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    With the holidays nearing and the hectic social calendar that they entail, it can be tough to carve out time for yourself. And tougher still to remember to make small gestures that can make a difference in the lives of others. World Kindness Day is today, and one way to celebrate is to do something thoughtful for a friend or loved one, or to reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Of course, sometimes it’s not friends but strangers who need the most kindness, especially around the approaching holidays.

    Check out this list of 20 random acts of kindness and make a small gesture today that can be paid forward!

     

    • Pay for someone’s groceries behind you in line.
    • Pay for the lunch of people behind you at a fast food restaurant or behind you in the drive thru.
    • Take flowers to the nurse’s station at your local hospital – the nurses will know who needs them most.
    • Donate coloring books and boxes of new crayons to the hospital’s pediatric wing.
    • Take lunch, cookies, or cupcakes to your local fire department and/or police department.
    • Leave extra time in the parking meter or fill an expired or about to expire parking meter.
    • Put change in a row of vending machines.
    • Buy extra groceries for the local food bank.
    • Pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant.
    • Tape cash or a gift card on a random gas pump.
    • Visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
    • Hand out gloves and mittens to the homeless or leave them on park benches.
    • Bring coffee to construction workers, police on shift, or anyone working outside.
    • Be understanding of traveling parents with fussy or noisy kids.
    • Help someone load their groceries.
    • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the store.
    • Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
    • Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell.
    • Leave candy canes on the windshields of random cars.
    • Invite someone you suspect will be alone to spend your holiday celebrations with you.

     

    No matter how small the gesture, the significance of an unexpected and thoughtful act will be unforgettable. And by showing kindness to others, whether friends or strangers, you can inspire them to do the same, in the real spirit of #WorldKindnessDay! You can then sit back in the warmth of your Beachcomber tonight, feeling warm and bubbly on the inside as well as the outside.

     

  • Why You Should Invest in a Hot Tub Over a Vacation

    Why You Should Invest in a Hot Tub Over a Vacation

    While counting down to an annual or semi-annual vacation can inject some excitement into the daily grind, it may not be the best choice for sustained fulfillment. Memories can last a lifetime, this part is true, but isn’t it better to create those memories on an ongoing basis, rather than wringing them from experiences that happen once a year on vacation? If your family has a tradition of a visiting a particular destination, it may be hard to break from that tradition. But check out some comparison points below.

    Consider the benefits of a hot tub investment over a vacation, to create new traditions this Fall!

     

    Enjoyment Frequency 

    A Beachcomber can last 15 to 20 years or longer with proper maintenance and water care. Vacations, on the other hand, are unfortunately never quite long enough. There is also much less planning and fewer logistical factors with a one time hot tub purchase, when compared to those involved in planning a vacation.

     

    Wellness

    A hot tub provides daily or at least weekly opportunity for relaxation, meditation, connection and socialization with family, friends and neighbors. Depending on where vacation leads you (think calorie laden buffets in Vegas or boozy drinks and sunburns on an all-inclusive beach week), these getaways may have the opposite effect on your health.

     

    Connection and Reflection

    There is nothing quite like soothing warm water and the pressure of jets upon sore muscles to help you reflect on emotional and physical wellness. Meditating in your hot tub on a regular basis can also help you achieve mental clarity and psychological health.

    The distance and time away of a vacation can bring you clear-eyed perspective as well, which is useful in re-evaluating goals and determining what matters. But the problem is that resolutions discovered while away can often be lost in the frantic pace of the day-to-day back home.

     

    Of course, a major factor in crunching the numbers to compare the two purchases (hot tub vs vacation), is the extravagance and cost of the trips that you take. But regardless, the consistency of a hot tub does a better job than vacations in maintaining the health, relationships, and mental clarity that contribute to happiness, making it a better lifetime investment overall.

     

  • Hot Tub Accessories for Entertaining

    Hot Tub Accessories for Entertaining

    As any avid host knows, there is no off season for entertaining. And as the owner of a Beachcomber Hot Tub, your backyard oasis is likely a constant draw for your friends and family, and the cooler weather of Fall is no deterrent. Luckily, our Employee Pricing Promotion (available now until the end of November), includes among our 12 best selling add on options, a few that are necessary for keeping your hot tub in top shape and on standby for backyard parties.

     

    Check out our three top hot tub accessory recommendations for backyard entertaining!

     

    Care Free Water Care System

     Firstly, and foundationally, your hot tub water needs to be well maintained, to provide a safe and comfortable experience for bathers. The CARE FREE™ water care system is an easy to use weekly 4-in-1 system that does away with a host of conditioning products by integrating water clarifiers, enzyme biofilm disruptors, and multi-oxidizing components. This combination lessens the amount of traditional chlorine required, which makes your hot tub water easier on skin. As a beneficial supplement, adding the CLEARTECH™ UVC system will take your water to unparalleled levels of sanitization.

     

    Airlift Cover Lifter

    Engineered with aircraft grade metals, the AIRLIFT cover lifter incorporates hydraulic assistance for easy cover lifting and closing. It also boasts a flexible install and mounting options for hot tubs of all sizes, making it very easy to use. And given how critical a high performing cover is to conserve heat, save electrical costs and keep dirt and debris out of your hot tub, we cannot overemphasize the importance of its regular use, which the AIRLIFT cover lifter will facilitate.

     

    LEEP Step

    Allowing for easy and safe access to your hot tub, the LEEP step is made of durable and element resistant material, allowing guests of all heights and ages to feel welcomed and safe and when you’re hosting.

     

  • Tips for Entertaining Outside

    Tips for Entertaining Outside

    Finish off the last month and a half of summer with a bang! If you’re expecting guests this weekend, follow these tips to ensure that your backyard gathering is a smash hit.

    Don’t forget these important elements of backyard entertaining…

    Fire Up the Grill

    Summer is officially the season of grilling. And dining al fresco is the perfect opportunity to get creative with what you barbeque, ditching the traditional burgers and hot dogs. If you have a fire pit, you can rip open a bag of marshmallows when the sun sets to delight kids and adults alike with s’mores. Don’t have a proper bbq set? The Beachcomber August Sale Event is on soon (August 24th to the 26th), so if you check it out at an outlet location close to you, make sure you enter the giveaway draw for a Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet, valued at $542.99.

     

    Plan Seating

    If you don’t have a designated outdoor patio set, consider re-purposing lighter pieces of indoor furniture, and dress everything up with summery accessories (think colourful pillows, small potted plants, glass vases). Incorporate shading into your plan as well, and strategically place a cantilever umbrella close to your seating to keep guests cool and happy.

     

    Snacks and Drinks

    Keep these well stocked and flowing freely! Gather things like extra utensils, serving utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments and keep them on a table or tea cart nearby, so you’re not rushing in and out of the house to serve refreshments during the party.

     

    Prep Your Hot Tub

    As a key component of your backyard oasis, your Beachcomber needs to be in top shape for your guests to enjoy. Test the hot tub levels at least a few days in advance, to ensure your water is balanced and healthy with the proper Water Care products. Also remember that right before a high usage period of your hot tub is a good time for a drain and re-fill.

    August 8, 2018 By Monica M Entertainment Hot Tub Care Tips Water Care
  • How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    How to Accessorize Your Backyard

    Say friends are on their way over to your place. Are they coming apprehensively, excited to see you, but knowing that they’ll have to suffer some less than stellar outdoor décor and possibly balance their glasses of sangria in their laps? It doesn’t have to be that way!

    Check out these ideas for accessorizing your backyard, before the summer is over.

    Stock up on these five items, and an invite to your backyard oasis will be what everyone *hopes for* in this heat.

     

    1. Patio umbrella

    Install some decorative shade and shelter your guests with an umbrella that provides both relief from the sun’s rays and accentuates the design aesthetic of your space. Cantilever umbrellas are a great versatile option for flexible placement.

    Kayleigh 10.5′ Cantilever Umbrella

     

    2. Patio seating

    While patio furniture options are plentiful, if you invest wisely in your seating, it can last for many summers to come. If your outdoor space is minimal, a patio bar set may be your best choice. Otherwise, check out some conversation sets, which can feel like you’ve brought your living room outside. For pops of colour, versatile ceramic stools are the perfect size to use as small end tables or pull-up seating, and enhance the playful vibe of summer.

    Diep Outdoor Complete 4 Piece Rattan Sofa Seating Group

     

    3. BBQ Set

    What’s a summer gathering of friends without food? Unless you plan to serve cheese and crackers, an outdoor grill will be critical for feeding hungry guests and fuelling kids for a day of outdoor fun.

    Performance 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill with Cabinet

     

    4. Lighting

    Whether your style is rustic, and you have a soft spot for tiki torches, or your aim is elegance and strings of white lights are more your style, outdoor lighting is a non-negotiable when it comes to foundational backyard accessories.

    25-Light Globe String Lights

     

    5. Beachcomber Hot Tub

    And finally, the grand piece de resistance! A hot tub is the best way to gather loved ones while enjoying soothing hydrotherapy and relaxation. With or without a drink in hand, there is no better place for connection and conversation than in the warmth of your hot tub. And August is the last month to grab an Anniversary Edition Beachcomber, so make the most of the rest of your summer and order yours today!

     

    If you want to extend the relaxation theme of your hot tub, but don’t have an extensive backyard garden, remember that potted plants are an easy — and often inexpensive — way to define your deck. Try a variety of plants and flowers to mimic a lush landscape and use lightweight fiberglass pots to make your garden portable.

     

    If your backyard contains all of the above, pour yourself a refreshing beverage and congratulate yourself on a job well done!

     

  • Cheers to the Weekend

    Cheers to the Weekend

    There’s nothing better than long summer days and lazing pool side (or hot tub – side), with a frosty drink in hand. Check out the recipes below for some of our favourites, and avoid dehydration between hot tub soaks this weekend!

    Summer Drink Ideas from Beachcomber

     

    Tequila Sunrise

     

    Ingredients:

    2 tsp grenadine

    ice

    50 ml tequila

    1 tbsp triple sec

    1 large orange, or 2 small ones, juiced

    ½ lemon, juiced

    1 cocktail cherry

     

    1. Pour the grenadine into the base of a tall glass and set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, triple sec and fruit juices. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
    2. Add a few ice cubes to the serving glass then carefully double strain the cocktail into it, trying not to disturb the grenadine layer too much. Add more ice if needed to fill the glass then garnish with a cherry on a stick or cocktail umbrella.

     

     

    Berry Splash

     

    Ingredients:

    50 ml vodka

    25 ml peach schnapps

    100 ml cranberry juice

    Dash of lime juice

    Ice

    Wedge of lime

     

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and a few drops of lime juice. Shake well then strain into a tumbler with extra ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

     

     

    Raspberry Fizz

     

    Ingredients:

    4 raspberries

    25 ml raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord)

    Champagne

     

    1. Put four raspberries in a mortar and crush with a pestle.
    2. Scoop the crushed raspberries into a champagne flute, add the raspberry liqueur, then top with chilled champagne.

     

     

    Melon Punch

     

    Ingredients:

    1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped into small chunks

    Small mint bunch, leaves picked

    500 ml vodka

    6 limes juiced, plus wedges to serve

    200 g sugar

    1-2 small melons (ie. ½ honeydew, ½ cantaloupe, and ½ watermelon)

    1 L sparkling water, chilled

     

    1. Put the cucumber and half the mint in a large bowl or jug, and pour over the vodka. Cover and leave to steep for at least 24 hrs or for up to 1 week in the fridge, stirring every few days. Strain through a fine sieve.
    2. Pour the vodka, lime juice and sugar into a larger jug. Stir well.
    3. Using a melon baller, scoop out as many melon balls as you can. Add them to the jug and leave to steep for 30 mins-1 hr in the fridge. Top up with sparkling water and add the remaining mint leaves just before serving with extra lime wedges.

     

     

    Pina Colada

     

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 cup ice

    1/2 cup diced pineapple, frozen

    2 oz pineapple juice

    2 oz Coco Lopez coconut cream

    1 1/2 oz white rum

    1 oz dark rum

    Pineapple slices

     

    Blend the ice, frozen pineapple, juice, coconut cream, and the white and dark together, until smooth and frosty. Pour into glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices.

     

     

    Keep safety in mind, and consider the use of plastic cups for your beverages. The Skimmer Tray Holder keeps your drinks floating safely while in your Beachcomber.

     

  • ENJOYING A HOT TUB WITH FRIENDS

    ENJOYING A HOT TUB WITH FRIENDS

    A backyard hot tub is a great place to relax and soothe your mind and muscles. It’s also the perfect place to invite over a friend or two to enjoy a soak together. Here’s a few of the reasons why you’ll soon be the best out of your best group of friends with a hot tub of your own.

     

    What A Beachcomber Hot Tub Offers: 

    It’s The Perfect Motivation & Reward

    Sometimes, the hardest thing is just getting started. While there’s plenty of ways to get outside and active at any time of the year, there’s some weekend mornings where even getting out of bed is hard enough. By sweetening the deal with a hot tub soak as the perfect reward, your backyard will be the perfect motivation for the whole group.

    Screen-Free Time

    You see it everywhere you go. A group of friends sitting together and staring down at their phones. We now spend more time with media technology than ever before, and that’s hurting the relationships we have right in front of us. Invite the group over for a hot tub, and give them the perfect spot to put their screens down, and really engage in a conversation while surrounded by warmth and relaxation.

    The Stress Relief Everyone Needs 

    The physical benefits of a hot tub are well known, with massaging hydrotherapy offering a great stimulus for relaxing muscles and alleviating tension, but did you realize a hot tub also offers your mind a whole host of positive relievers. Just 15 minutes in a hot tub helps calm your mind, promotes a restful night, and speeds the release of endorphins to naturally boost your mood. Spread the good energy amongst your friends, and give everyone a great jumpstart from their day or night!

    Enjoy Year-Round

    Even when the temperatures start heating up, you can turn the heat inside your Beachcomber Hot Tub down to enjoy even in the middle of summer. Learn more on how to use your hot tub in the summer.

  • How Many Seats Do You Need In Your Hot Tub?

    How Many Seats Do You Need In Your Hot Tub?

    Hot tubs today come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Once you decide you’re ready to bring one home, it’s extremely important you really ask yourself the reasons why as you browse the available models. Relaxation? Help relieve stress or muscle pain? Entertainment?

    Pinpointing the primary purposes of your purchase will help you answer the next question: how many seats do I need?

    Keep in mind that the number of seats will also impact the size of the tub, so you’ll need to know where it’s going and if size restrictions apply before you begin comparing options.

    Try to be realistic with your expectations. You really want to consider how you will be primarily using your hot tub to get the best one for you.

    Here are a few things to think about when it comes to hot tub seating:

    Who’s Using It?

    You will not only want to consider the number of people who will be regularly using your hot tub, but also look at the layout and how this will work for these gatherings. How big is the foot well? How close together are the seats available? Is one of the seats a lounger that might be great for hydrotherapy but awkward for larger groups?

    Again, really think about how often your hot tub will really be used for social gatherings. Do you entertain a lot? Do you have a large family? If it’s normally going to be just you and your spouse at home, or maybe you two and another couple, then a 4-person tub might be all you need.

    What’s It For?

    Not all of these are by any means mutually exclusive, but if you’re after relaxation and hydrotherapy over socializing, than it might be good to maximize your investment with a tub that is more tailored to these benefits, that offers a slightly smaller footprint. Look at your budget and consider what is most important to you as you comparatively shop.

    Where’s It Going? 

    It all comes down to how much space you have, and how you want to design around the hot tub you bring home. If you are looking to place it under a gazebo and want to have a hot tub that is socially-focused, make sure you leave space for people to get in and out comfortably in larger groups and for food and beverages along the sides.

    When selecting a Beachcomber model that’s right for you, take these factors into consideration and choose a seat number and combination that best fits your needs.

  • Planning the Perfect Hot Tub Party

    Planning the Perfect Hot Tub Party

    This weekend calls for sunshine and a colourful opportunity for celebration, with Cinco de Mayo falling on Saturday. If you have a hot tub to boot, you’re certainly winning at life. And the planning details needed to throw the perfect outdoor party can be as easy-breezy as seabreeze blue margaritas…

    Make sure to check the following off your hot tub party planning list:

     

    Choose a theme

    While a theme isn’t necessary for an impromptu social gathering, coming up with one in advance can determine your music, décor, and food planning choices, and is sure to be appreciated by your guests! Cinco de Mayo is a perfect occasion to set outdoors/in your hot tub. String paper lights over any trees or shrubbery that you have in your yard, as well as over any sheltering structures (ie. a patio umbrella or gazebo) over your tub for a guaranteed festive vibe just right for the colourful Mexican holiday. You can find mini piñatas at your local dollar store, as well, if you want to take the décor even further!

     

    Match the music

    Whether your vision is to blast mariachi music, or to rock out to a summer playlist, music will amp up your guests and is always a necessary component of any party, wet or dry.

     

    Prepare light sources

    For the most flattering glow to light your evening festivities, try to include at least three light sources. Remember that in addition to stringing overhead paper lights, you can light a fire pit and place a few free-standing tiki torches in the bushes around the edge of your patio.

     

    Assemble a food bar

    If you have a hot tub, the guarantee is that nobody will be showing up just for the food! But regardless, you can’t let your guests famish. Setting up a self-serve food bar will take the pressure off you for serving, while giving guests a fun and flexible way to customize their meals. The food bar can take many forms (ie, a rustic style burger bar or artisanal flatbread pizza offerings), but this weekend is a perfect time to debut the taco bar! You can lay out soft or hard shell corn tortillas and offer grilled shrimp, chicken and meat, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and shredded cheese, with side accoutrements of cilantro, hot sauce, and blue corn nachos.

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