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.
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!
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.
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.
When the clocks roll back this Sunday, we’ll gain an hour of sleep. While this may seem like a bonus, parents can attest to the fact that helping children to adjust to the change can be tricky. With kids who have difficulty adjusting to changes in routine, the best method may be to start to prepare in the week leading up to the time change, by pushing bedtimes, wake times, and nap times back 10-15 minutes at a time every few days. Beyond that, there are some steps you can take as a family that will ease everybody into the darker (cozier!) months of winter.
Try these tips to beat daylight savings fatigue:
Fight the Light
For the initial adjustment period, consider investing in blackout curtains to block the extra light in the mornings. Make sure the window coverings in your child’s room are drawn tight, as children can be particularly sensitive to light and have a hard time resting through the extra hour of light.
Tire Them Out
This is where the struggle of adjustment can be fun! Because bedtime will feel like it’s an hour too late, your family’s evening routine might be more difficult. If you wear your kids out with plenty of physical activity in the late afternoon following Daylight Savings, they’ll be less resistant to bedtime and quicker to fall asleep when it rolls around. With temperatures cooling down and the sun setting earlier, outdoor playtime may be harder to come by. But indoor versions can be just as fun and can involve the whole family more than when the kids are outside on their own. Playing tag in the basement before dinner time for example, can ensure some extra energy exertion, as can trying an instructional yoga video together in the living room.
Soak it Away
The absolute best segue from your indoor yoga attempts, is a soak in your Beachcomber! Whether you choose to do this after physical activity, as a way to calm your muscles, or right before bedtime as a way to relax before sleep, the calming effect of hydrotherapy can help you achieve a deeper and more restful sleep. The caveat with using physical activity to wear out your kids is making sure that you cap it off at least 30 minutes before bedtime, as your child’s mind and body will be in active mode before bed otherwise. The calming warmth of swirling hot tub water can make it easier for that active mode to fade. And everyone will benefit from sharing family time in your Beachcomber!
Fun, laughs, and fond memories aside, enjoying a hot tub also includes the responsibility of keeping safety front of mind. Especially if any of your frequent bathers are small children or older adults, you’ll need to ensure that your tub is set up to ensure their comfort and safety. Proving once again that it can be customized as you see fit, our October Employee Pricing Promo includes accessories that will maximize your safety when soaking. Available now until the end of November, choose these 3 add ons from 12 of our top selling options, and rest easy:
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.
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.
The Safety Rail
Our expertly designed safety rail is built to seamlessly attach to your Beachcomber Hot Tub and provide extra safety and security as bathers enter and exit the hot tub. With a swivel and lock feature, as well as a soft blue LED light, this aluminum railing gives short and tall bathers alike a hand to ensure comfortable hot tubbing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?)
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