• 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!

     

  • Keeping Kids Safe in a Hot Tub

    Keeping Kids Safe in a Hot Tub

    Enjoying hot tub soaks as a family is a fantastic way to connect with loved ones, fun for kids, and effective relaxation at the end of the day. But if you have little ones, safety is always a concern. Check out this list below to make sure you’re taking all the necessary precautions this summer.

    Keep your hot tubbing fun and above all SAFE.

     

    1. Enclose and/or cover your hot tub

    Children who are too young to understand the dangers of water need barriers to accessing the tub when not in use, to prevent accidents. If your budget and space around the hot tub allows, consider surrounding it with a gate or fence. Putting up a fence with a self latching gate can ensure that your child cannot access the tub without your permission and supervision. Of course, at a minimum, you need a hot tub cover. Preferably lock-able, a cover will help trap heat/conserve energy as well as prevent curious kids from accessing the water. And make sure you explain to your kids that even if the tub is sturdily covered, playing on the tub cover is unsafe and not allowed.

     

    2. Stay vigilant with supervision

    An accident can happen in a matter of seconds, so make sure that you keep your kids at arms’ length supervision while they’re in the tub. Also keep them from fully submerging in the water, regardless of their swimming skill. And younger children, such as those under 5, should ideally be kept out of the tub altogether.

     

    3. Turn down the heat

    The max water temperature if kids are soaking should be 35°C (95°F), and the safest duration for them is 5-10 minutes. Also remember to keep kids hydrated while in the tub, providing water in water bottles or safe plastic cups.

     

    4. Educate kids on responsible hot tub use

    The usual precautions that apply to outdoor play should be emphasized here: No running, pushing, or horseplay around or in the hot tub. You can place slip resistant mats around the hot tub and remember to provide towels. And take care to keep hair, clothing, fingers, etc. far enough from the tub drains to prevent entrapment. Entrapment is when something is suctioned down into the drain and the risk of it increases with the strength of your pump. It’s a good idea to test your drains with a kitchen sponge for entrapment hazard, and remember to warn kids about this risk.

     

    With everyone on the same page about the dangers associated with carelessness in and around the tub, you’ll be ready to make summer memories with the family, with peace of mind for the safety of everyone soaking.

     

     

  • Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Father’s Day Gift Ideas

    Ok, don’t panic – Father’s Day has crept up upon us yet again, but is still far enough away that you can plan accordingly to avoid getting yet another variation of the “#1 Dad” mug. (Not saying that he didn’t love those…)

    In advance of this Sunday, June 17th, consider the following three factors for gift giving success:

    Budget – As cliched as it sounds, it really is the thought that counts. If you’re on a budget or celebrating more than one special guy this weekend, think creatively and don’t despair.

    Type of Dad – Take into account the types of gifts that he usually puts to good use. If you gave him some sort of handyman tool for Christmas, but he struggles with changing lightbulbs, try something with a little more foresight for Father’s Day.

    Personalization Options — Whether it’s with an engraving or a monogram, personalizing a gift is a sure way to honor your father, and make him feel exclusive. Think of this as the grown up version of the handcrafted gifts you made him in school as a kid.

    Navy Seal Aluminum Wallet

    Considering that this wallet has ‘Navy Seal’ in the name, it’s safe to say that it will keep dad’s cards safe. An expandable track can hold up to 12 cards and the outer money clip will fit dozens of bills. Slim enough to fit in his front pocket, it’s also outfitted with RFID technology to protect his personal identity. And there’s a karmic bonus, as 5% of proceeds go towards the Navy SEAL Foundation, so he can feel good about his wallet upgrade.

    $84.61 at Huckberry.com

    Philips Beard Trimmer 7000

    With an astounding twenty length settings optimized for precision, this Philips beard trimmer could be the Rolls Royce of grooming tools. If dad’s beard has seen better days, you’re essentially gifting him with a path to self-improvement as well (so noble of you!)

    $55.99 (Regular $69.99) at the Bay

    Michael Symon’s Playing with Fire Cookbook

    In his new book, Chef Michael Symon gathers the best of his favorite BBQ dishes, all of which are surprisingly easy to make at home — even without a full smoker. From several different styles of ribs to a fireplace-roasted chicken to tips on best wood to use, it’s basically a BBQ bible, and can appeal to grill masters and BBQ amateurs alike.

    $34.48 at Amazon.ca

    Dark Chocolate Bourbon Bears

    Gummy bears that are dashing, dark and debonair?! If your dad has a sweet tooth, this upscale bourbon and dark chocolate version of an old candy classic could be just what he’s craving. The elegant box makes gift wrapping optional, and sets this as our best last-minute option.

    $38.19 at Sugarfina (Nordstrom)

    Beachcomber Bluetooth Speaker

    For a nod to the technophile or music buff, the waterproof Beachcomber outdoor speaker is an excellent outdoor entertaining solution, designed for use in the hot tub. It features a 6-watt output, carabineer clip, and a working range of up to 55 feet, and connects wirelessly with your smartphone and Bluetooth-enabled music devices.

    $99 (Regular $169) on the Beachcomber e-store

    Beachcomber Hot Tub + $500 Gift Credit

    Surprising dad with a hot tub is on the higher end of the gift giving scale in terms of wow factor (and budget). For the month of June, however, not only can you take advantage of a 6 month financing offer when you purchase a Beachcomber (no payments and 0% interest until 2019), but also snag an additional one week only offer — a $500 gift credit, available June 10th to 17th! Whether you choose to keep the $500 credit for yourself, or benevolently add it to dad’s gift (ie. to stock his Water Care supply), this is one gift guaranteed to be unforgettable!

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  • 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.

  • Prioritizing Family Time

    Prioritizing Family Time

    With the Victoria Day long weekend around the corner, you may be looking forward to relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones. But in the hectic pace of Spring activities (particularly with kids), reconnecting may require more foresight and planning than expected. Take into consideration the following tips for prioritizing family time, so enjoying those precious moments together isn’t as rare as long weekends are (all too rare!)

     

    Making the most of family time

    1.   Organize your obligations into lists. Instead of trying to do it all, figure out which household tasks need to be done (your “Do” list), and which can wait (your “Do Later” list). This will rebalance your family’s time so you can spend more time all together, instead of you and/or your partner taking on a disproportionate amount of housework. And make sure to be realistic and honest when evaluating your time. Don’t add something to your “Do” list just because you feel guilty.

     

    2.   Unplug when you’re at home. Instead of checking email, working on projects, and texting friends or coworkers when you’re home, turn your phone off and shut down your computer, to give your family your undivided attention. After your kids and partner are asleep, you can log back on and tackle work responsibilities without distraction.

     

    3.   Make new traditions. Getting everyone together is usually on the radar for a holiday, but you should aim to spend at least one night a week with your family on the regular as well. For instance, set aside Friday nights for DIY pizza and games with your kids. Other new (or revived) traditions that you could try include:

    • Trying a new restaurant together once a month
    • Taking turns choosing a new movie to see together
    • Going for a family bike ride
    • Having a Sunday brunch together
    • Relaxing in your hot tub on a chosen night of the week!

     

    4.   Encourage spontaneity. Don’t be afraid to break from tradition by trying something different during your family time. In addition to encouraging suggestions from your kids and partner, you should be creative in your brainstorming of something completely new. The more fun everyone has, the more likely they will be to prioritize family time as something to look forward to.

     

    Missing the hot tub needed for number 3? (Making new traditions or reviving past ones?)

  • WHY INVEST IN A HOT TUB NOW

    WHY INVEST IN A HOT TUB NOW

    With backyard season almost in full-swing, it’s time to start thinking about how to invest into your own outdoor living space. A hot tub is big investment, absolutely. It’s something you’ve probably thought about, but talked yourself out of it because of the price and assumed maintenance requirements.

    Why should you be looking at the decision to own a hot tub differently this year?

    Owning A Beachcomber Hot Tub

    First off, owning a hot tub has never been so simple. With just a few minutes a week of water maintenance, and an easy to follow drain-and-fill program every few months, you’ll be able to enjoy the therapeutic and social benefits of hot tubbing every single night.

    Don’t pay for 6 months

    Secondly, for this week only, you can get into a Beachcomber today, without paying a thing for the first 6 months, with zero added interest! This way you can spend more time saving up for the investment, while also enjoying the benefits of your new hot tub.

    Flexible payments with hot tub financing

    Once the 6 month period is over, we also offer the opportunity for new owners to set-up a financing structure, with bi-weekly payments as low as $29.00. You can increase the payments at any time if you want to pay off your purchase faster, with zero penalty.

    Make the right lifetime decision

    Remember, a hot tub is not only a big upfront investment, it’s also a lifetime investment. You are not just looking for a hot tub that is going to give your homelife a short-term boost, but one that is going to make a lasting impact for years to come. That means looking at the quality of the product more than the sticker price. Just think about it this way: if a hot tub potentially costs $4,000 and only lasts four years, that would be like spending $1,000 on that hot tub per year. If you purchase a hot tub that costs $7,500 and lasts twenty years, your usage cost would really be only $375. Even without factoring in the added operational costs of a cheaper construction, you’re still getting far less bang for your buck when you choose a budget-model and bargain retailer. This return on investment, and more importantly, years of added enjoyment for you and your family, is one of the many reasons why we believe that purchasing high-quality hot tubs, like a Beachcomber Hot Tub, will help you save money in the long run and give you a product that lasts. Many of our owners have had their Beachcombers for over 25 years, and continue enjoying regular usage from their hot tubs!

  • Pick Up a Summer Special Edition Tub Before It’s Too Late!

    Pick Up a Summer Special Edition Tub Before It’s Too Late!

    With Back to School right around the corner, routine will start creeping back into our schedules very soon. And in what seems like a happy coincidence, the Beachcomber Summer Special Edition hot tubs are available until September 14th!

    As recent studies have shown, screen time has overtaken an increasing proportion of leisure time, or hours traditionally spent as a family. These rates only increase in the colder months, when less outdoor activities are available. Giving a nod to the communal campfire warmth that inspired the Beachcomber story, the Special Edition tubs can help you transition into the Fall without sacrificing the warmth and bonding opportunities of summer.

    Each spacious Summer Edition Model – the 750, 590 & 380 — has plenty of room for hosting gatherings of friends and family, with a model applicable to each budget range, and packed with special features.

    Don’t let the next couple weeks pass you by without taking advantage of the amazing Summer Special Edition package – with up to 32% in savings!

     

    Included in the Summer Edition hot tub package are the following features:

     

    Air Connect

    Create the perfect soundtrack with Bluetooth technology that connects to your smartphone and Bluetooth enabled music devices.

    Value: $1198

     

    Roman Arch Waterfall

    Experience soothing ambience and relaxation with cascading water down your neck and back.

    Value: $399

     

    Eclipse LED Lighting

    A cascading display of LED lights at your fingertips for the perfect evening atmosphere.

    Value: $599

     

    Premium Guarantee

    5 full years of Guarantee coverage on all major components of your hot tub.

    Value: $599

     

    Consider Labour Day as a perfect opportunity to host an end-of-summer gathering that unites family and friends in your new Summer Special Edition hot tub, over stories of summer vacation highlights and plans for the school year ahead!

  • Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Staycation Vs. Vacation

    Have you ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation?

    The stress of vacation.

    If stress-relief and relaxation are your goals for your time away, often “getting away” can become a bigger headache all in and of itself. Before you set foot in your chosen locale, there’s often endless hours of planning, packing, and prepping for you and the family to be all set to go. And while on vacation, many of us are guilty of overstuffing our trips with as many activities as possible.

    It’s no wonder then, that 50% of Americans polled said they need two days to unwind after returning from their vacation, and 50% need more than two days, according to a study from the Families and Work Institute.

    Then there’s the cost: 

    According to an American Express Survey, 31% of traveler plan on spending more than $1,000 per person for a week long family holiday. That means that a family of four could be looking at spending at least $4,000 for a quick getaway.

    What’s The Lesson Here? 

    A relaxing escape does not have to mean jetting off to an exotic locale. Instead, build the perfect escape at home, and find refuge in it every single day. By investing in a long term, permanent place at home to break your routine, relax, and refresh your body, you’ll be able to enjoy the euphoria of a vacation escape, as part of your daily ritual.

    So this summer, instead of stressing over how to find the time and money to plan an extravagant vacation, spend some time playing closer to home.

    And remember, a high-quality hot tub not only adds to your daily well-being, it can also add to the value of your home, and provide the perfect centrepiece for a dream backyard makeover.

    Check out a few tips on building the perfect backyard oasis to staycate to!

    Looking for the perfect Beachcomber to  complete for your dream staycation?

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