House Too Stuffy for Guests? 4 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Winter Party

With a smaller home, you no doubt tend to host parties during the warmer months, when guests typically feel more comfortable outside. However, this time around, you thought it might be interesting to try your hand at hosting an outdoor party in the colder winter months instead. Although this is going to be a new experience for you, there are a few things to consider when hosting an outdoor winter party. Continue reading “House Too Stuffy for Guests? 4 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Winter Party”

Easily Plan Your Movie Outings With the Best Movie & Showtime Apps

Even though flat screen TVs are getting bigger by the year, nothing compares to the experience of enjoying a movie on the big screen. The combination of immense visuals and powerful sound can really make a huge difference when it comes to watching a film. I may not watch every movie that is released in the theaters, but I definitely like to catch a few films every now and then.

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5 Tips for a Beautiful Backyard

Like any room in your home, your backyard will be as unique as you want it to. The more personal details and original ideas you use for it, the more beautiful it will be. If you follow these tips, you’ll get there more easily.

1. The Lawn as a Starting Point

Every beautiful backyard starts with a beautiful lawn, and you won’t have it if you don’t know how to properly maintain it. Here are a few steps to follow:

  • remove all the weeds, including their roots, using appropriate tools
  • aerate the soil so that the grassroots get the water
  • dethatch the grass – it will remove the excess organic debris on the top of the soil
  • level the lawn to achieve a great overall look without any bumps.

2. Have a Garden

Every backyard should have some type of garden, no matter how small or simple. You first need to choose what type you want it to be – a vegetable or a herb garden? Or maybe you simply want to enjoy the flowers? Whatever you choose – start small and then spread it if you see you are able to maintain it regularly. Remember – the more plants you have, the more work you will have, too. If you want potted plants, pay attention to the size and color of the pots – they will add to the beauty of the backyard, but they also need to be big enough for the plants. Trim the plants regularly to keep the neat look of the garden.

3. Build a Patio

Every backyard needs to have a comfortable spot where everybody can just sit and relax, enjoying the fresh air and chatting. In countries where it’s frequently hot, people want to be able to spend time outside but to be protected from direct sun. For example, it’s perfectly normal for Australians to have a patio in their backyards so that they are not disturbed by the weather. The options for Sydney and Brisbane patios are numerous because every homeowner wants to have a customized patio for their specific needs. The important thing to pay attention to when building a patio is the location. Sun patterns can cause trouble. If you place your patio on the west side of the backyard, you will have too much sun during the late summer period.

4. Have a Focal Point

Every backyard needs to have one or more focal points so that a viewer can be attracted to them while looking around. It can be a stunning plant or an unusual tree, but also a group of shrubs or even a sculpture or a water feature. It depends on your personal preferences and your backyard features. If you have a bigger backyard, then you should have a couple of focal points so that a viewer’s eyes go from one focal point to another and cover the whole backyard.

5. Scale and Pacing Factor

If you are a beginner, this can be a tricky part. Pacing and scaling are what gives your backyard a unified look. The height of the plants and other items in the yard will be used to scale the overall look but bear in mind that their colours and shape will also affect the appearance. The paths that lead the viewers through the backyard will help them admire every corner of it. It’s smart to use the same colour, plant or even a shape throughout the yard to create a sense of unity. But don’t get boring – introduce an unexpected element every now and then.

Conclusion

Don’t rush creating a perfect backyard. Enjoy the process and the changes you will introduce. One day, you’ll realize that your backyard has turned into what you really wanted it to be.

 

4 Father and Son Activities To Bond With Your Teen This Summer

The first several years of his life flew by. Now your boy is a teenager, and finding things to do together can be somewhat of a challenge. Spending quality time with him is made more difficult when you have to compete with school, friends, sports activities, girlfriends, and social media to even have a two-minute convo with the kid you used to tuck in at night. It’s crucial to keep bonding with your young adult before he flies the nest. Doing so will keep you both close as he enters adulthood, and also help communication lines stay open so he’ll be more likely to come to you with problems and trust your advice. These father and son activities can be done no matter where you live and no matter your budget. Bonding with your son doesn’t have to be an expensive experience, nor does summer have to be boring.

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A Survival Guide for Transporting Plants

One of the best ways to brighten a room is to add tons of greenery. And while it’s no secret that plants instantly elevate the aesthetic of a room, they have a ton of other added benefits as well. It’s proven that plants help reduce stress and better our moods, plus they’re helpful to the environment by improving air quality and reducing carbon dioxide levels. So it’s safe to say, plants are a must in, not only the household, but office, gym, and any other place you spend sufficient amounts of time.

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17 Road Signs Worth Slowing Down For

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Sometimes a good dose of humor is exactly what you need on a road trip. Long stretches of open road can be incredibly boring, and drowsy driving frequently leads to accidents. We all know that falling asleep at the wheel is dangerous, but simply being sleepy affects your ability to drive safely as well. With that in mind, many engineers have devised road signs that not only keep us safe but do so with a comedic flair.

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What to Teach Your Teen Driver About Taking Care of a Car

Learning how to drive is a rite of passage for many teens. It has life-changing consequences, such as enabling a teen to be more independent and even to earn income through a job. However, driving is also a responsibility and requires a level of maturity as a result. Taking care of a car is an essential aspect of driving that you must teach your teen about. These are some of the more important aspects of vehicle maintenance that your teen should receive education about.

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The Year of Togetherness: 5 Activities to Try as a Family in 2019

Today’s hectic schedules make it more important than ever to find time to spend together. Kids who are regularly engaged in family time do better in school, have better communication skills and work more effectively with others. You can provide enjoyable “family time” by finding new activities to engage children’s minds and improve their physical health. Here are a few activities to start with that the entire family can enjoy. 

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Hosting a Housewarming Party? 4 Mistakes to Avoid as You Prepare for Guests

You’ve just moved into your new house, and you want to share the newfound experience of home ownership with others. This is a great opportunity to throw a housewarming party. You can show off your new place to others, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get together with people that you care about, or even make new friends. But, like all parties, you need to plan so that your party is a success, and there are pitfalls to avoid so that your party goes off without a hitch. Here are four mistakes that you can avoid when planning for a housewarming party. Continue reading “Hosting a Housewarming Party? 4 Mistakes to Avoid as You Prepare for Guests”