• 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!

     

  • 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?)

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