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Make Your Garden Both Fun and Stylish

 

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One of the great joys of childhood is being able to play and use your imagination to create adventure. And as a parent, if you can encourage your kids to go out into your garden on a more regular basis, you have the extra advantage of ensuring that they stay safe while still enjoying themselves. There are plenty of ways that you can make your garden an environment which is full of fun, and this doesn’t mean compromising the style which you have worked hard to create. We will be talking about some of them in this article. Of course, everything comes back to how much space that you have available and your budget, but hopefully, you will find something that suits you within this article. So, let’s dive right in!

 

Make the Toys a Design Feature

 

One of the main problems that people have when it comes to comes to kids toys in the garden is that they do not look attractive and they are not in keeping with the environment. You can get around this by buying wooden versions of the same toys – or if you are particularly handy – making them yourself. Tree swings, seesaws, and jungle gyms can provide hours of fun for your kids without destroying the aesthetic environment that you have worked hard to create.

 

Child-Friendly Water Features

 

Though having a pond in your garden is a nice water feature which can attract a host of wildlife, you may well not be comfortable having an exposed body of water when you have young kids running around. But you could have some fountains and other running water features which provide some light and movement, as well a place to splash each other during the warmer months of the year. And something as simple as putting a sprinkler in your garden can provide plenty of fun during the summer.

 

Make Use of Vertical Space

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If you don’t have all that much space to work with in your garden, it makes sense that you use the vertical room which you have available. There are plenty of things which can be hung up high such as chalkboards, climbing walls, and buckets of toys. Again, it all comes back to aesthetics and ensuring that your garden still looks at its best, while also providing a fantastic environment for your kids to play in.

 

Fun for Older Kids

 

As your kids start to get older, it can end up getting harder and harder to lure them outside. However, there are some things which are fantastic for people of all ages. Trampolines offer an ideal way to stay active. Take a look at some of the top models that this post lists. Another great option is an outdoor table tennis table. Another alternative is offering a place where your kids can relax with friends including comfortable seating and a fire pit.

 

Build in Storage for Toys

 

As a parent, you will already be only too aware how much stuff that your kids can accumulate. Instead of having is strewn all over the garden, you should try to come up with some storage systems so that your garden doesn’t lose that minimalist look. Bench storage is always a nice option as it has the practicality of giving you some additional seating which is always going to be handy when you are having friends and family over to enjoy the garden.

 

Create a Vegetable Garden

 

There is a great sense of pleasure in gardening together as a family, and if you plant some fruit and vegetables, this gives you the added bonus of saving you money on your household food shopping bills. It is worth creating a plan before getting started, and beginning with some vegetables which are seasonal and thrive in the conditions which you have available in your garden. Also, don’t attempt to grow anything which is too difficult to maintain if you don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to looking after them. Planting a vegetable garden helps to teach your kids some valuable life skills centred on caregiving and the value of working to complete a project.

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As you can see from the advice in this article, there is no reason why your garden can’t be both fun and stylish. A garden is always going to be a work in progress in which you can make gradual additions over time to improve the space which you have available.

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What Your Garden Is Really Missing

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If you want your garden to look its best, there are many things that you might want to consider in order to make that so. Fortunately it is relatively simple to make your garden the kind that people want to spend their time in, but a lot of people fail to really appreciate just how easy it is to do so. In this article, we are going to look at some of the common things that gardens are often missing, so you can see whether or not your own garden has these particular items or whether you could do with finding them. With a more complete garden, it is highly likely that you will be able to spend much more time there, and that it will be one of the most important parts of your home in no time.

 

Pond

 

Although not every garden has or needs a pond, nonetheless this is something you might want to consider if you re to make the most of your outdoor space. Having a pond is a great way to ensure that you are making good use of your garden, and if you look around you should be able to find one fairly cheap. If you fancy giving it a go yourself, you could even make the pond yourself. This is easier than you might think; all you need to do is dig the hole in the ground, put in a plastic liner and fill it with water. Then you can make sure that it is whatever size and shape you might like it to be. A pond is a great addition to any garden, so this is definitely worth thinking about.

 

Fountain

 

Whether or not you are thinking of including a pond, you might also want to find a fountain to put in your garden. Garden fountains serve as a fantastic centerpiece and focal point, and are often one of the best ways to ensure that your garden looks as good as possible. If you shop around you will see that you can usually find fountains in pretty much any shape and depicting a large range of different things, so it is always possible to find something that will look good in your garden. Consider this if you want to go for something a little grand and a little different for your garden.

 

Bench

 

Having a nice bench somewhere in the garden for more than just give you a great place to rest your legs – you might also find that you can use it as a kind of decoration. Benches are always going to be a great addition to any garden, and you might feel that your garden is incomplete until you have found the right bench for it. Placing it is important too, and you must ensure that you are taking the time to find the appropriate space in the garden for the bench. As long as you do, you should be able to make the most of this simple but happy addition.

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What Do You Need To Make Your Home Green?

Green homes are more than a trend; they’re a new lifestyle that protects the planet. However, unless you’re in the process of building a brand new home, it can be difficult to imagine how you could possibly greenify your old house. After all, it’s often easier to start from scratch than it is to fix mishaps on the way. But it doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to create a home that supports the environmental causes and helps to protect the future of the planet. In the end, every little action can have significant consequences. So, even if you can’t afford to install solar panels on your roof and make your home completely sustainable, there are still a few things you can do to build your own green home. But let’s get something important out of the way first: You don’t need to break the bank to make it work. Of course, if you can and want, nothing is stopping you from investing in a sustainable house model. But if you can’t, your home can still be a marvel of green living!

Pimp your garden

 

Who says green says garden

Your garden offers the perfect place to live and hide to the wildlife around you. Of course, you don’t want the wildlife to come and eat all your plants, but you can certainly create effective and handy sections within your garden to help guide the bugs, snails and other animals where they need to be. For instance, if you want to keep snails and slugs off your veggies, try building raised vegetable beds. If you want to attract bird and small mammals, you could add a homemade pond where they could drink and wash. Make sure as well to add plenty of pollen flowers to keep the bees active, as urban pollution is endangering their survival.

 

Green means efficient waste management

Waste management is one of the most controversial topics in the household. In fact, a lot of people are still struggling when it comes to knowing how and what to recycle. Ultimately, you can use separate bins to keep your waste under control. A bio bin is for compost and can be used directly in the garden. You need a bin for everything that can be recycled, paper, plastic, etc. And finally, for items that need to be recycled individually by specialists, such as batteries or electronics. Additionally, you can also improve your wastewater system with modern and effective pumps, such as the Grundfos pumps, for instance. You may not have visible issues, but old wastewater system can become slow and less efficient with age.

 

Can I use less energy?

Last, but not least, you can actively reduce your energy consumption by using LED light bulbs or simply by asking Alexa to handle the lighting and heating for you. At the end of the year, you can notice significant savings on your energy bills! More importantly, the planet will be grateful for your efforts. Every little help matters!

 

Reduce your energy consumption

 

Your green house is not an impossible dream. With dedication and some efforts, you can adopt sustainable habits and make a difference for the environment without breaking the bank. What’s stopping you?

 

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Glamorous Garden With Little Effort

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Sitting in your garden as the warm evening sun plays patterns over your skin, is the best way to end any day. It’s relaxing and relieves any of that built up stress that you may have been carrying around with you earlier at work. The only thing is, what if you don’t have the kind of garden that you see in the movies. A preconceived idea is that you either have a pretty backyard, or you don’t, but that isn’t the case at all. You need to work for it in order to maintain it’s good looks. If you start to get lazy and let it do what it wants, it will become an overgrown mess that looks more like a swamp than any secret sanctuary.

 

But what if you just don’t have the time? Not all of us are able to spend a good few hours every week pruning and snipping and pulling. So how do we still get our glamours garden?

Well, the key is to focus on additions that don’t need constant care and attention.

 

Here are a couple of examples.

 

Trees   

A lot of people will think that getting a tree will not only be extremely expensive, but a lot of work too, but this isn’t always the case. There are many different varieties that need very little in order to grow and flourish. As long as they have direct access to the sun and a little bit of water here and there, they will be absolutely fine. Take flowering pear trees, for example, these come with a stunning array of flowers that change colour as the season moves, and they barely need any looking after. They are even very resilient to different weather and even fire, so if you live in an area where it overheats a lot and is prone to fires, you won’t need to worry about this catching.

 

Water

Water is the perfect way to bring different elements together. Get swimming pool out of your head though, and think more about a bird bath or a water feature. The size you decide on going all depends on how much room you have to play with. You could choose a big extravagant waterfall feature to flow right in the center, or just a small place for the birds to come and wash themselves, while other wildlife appears too, like dragonflies and butterflies. In terms of making sure its clean, all you need to do it refill it with a water here and there. And if you have a feature that moves, it will already have a built-in filter that cleans the water as it goes.

So as you can see, these are only two examples, but they are highly effective and can change the total look of a garden within a matter of seconds, as well as improving the environment because it gives animals a place to come to find shelter, food, and comfort. And that alone is playing a big part in living a green and friendly life.

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Tex Ren Fest

One of the tops shows on television right now is Game of Thrones. It has all the appeal of a magical land of knights, princesses, and dragons. Unfortunately, there is no such real-life environment. At least for most of the year. But this last year I got to attend The Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas, just a 15-20-minute drive outside of Houston. There, you step into that magical land. They have knights, beggars, kings, and queens. They have jousting, archery, and ax throwing. They have unique shops, exotic drinks, and delicious food. From the Greek Amphitheatre to the medieval coliseum, to the pirate ship, with its different areas throughout you can stop, you can put dress up and bee anyone.  It’s a place everyone should take time to visit. When I visit the Tex Ren Fest I always make sure I entrust my house cleaning to Cleaning Exec. With this company only hiring the best I know my house is in good hands and will be cleaned to the T.  

So as my first experience, we are driving out and it kind of feels like the boon dock country. But every few minutes as we’re driving down this road, there are signs “Tex Ren Fes This Way” so we just kept going. And when you get there, you’re immediately immersed in the world. You park in a field, the rows set by these tall trees. The main road that takes you into the festival has chariot runners that for a fee will run/walk you up to the entrance. Depending on how far down you are this might not be a bad idea. And the driver’s, true to character, act like 10th-century road-rager yelling at passersby “Get out of the way!”, “My dead mother moves faster!”, “Speed up or I’ll turn you into a chariot bump!” It’s all hilarious and in good fun and these people never break character. As you pass by you’ll be passing, knights, archers, princesses, pirate wenches, captains, monks, and a variety of fantasy dressed characters. But these aren’t employees of the festival. These are the attendees, dressed to immerse themselves in the world. We didn’t dress up this last year but next year it’s definitely on. As you enter the gates (and yes, I mean like caste gates) you see this layout of shops lining the streets on either side. It’s exactly as a bazaar or medieval marketplace would look, just with more modern clothes and souvenirs. Everything is decorated on point, from the aged wood, or the stone built walls, it looks and feels like you’ve entered a new world.

 

One of my favorite spots in the festival is the enchanted garden. A path that winds through next to a stream, with beautiful flowers and vegetation everywhere. Every so often you reach a spot that will have a new statue or landmark from a different part of the world. At these spots, they have unique sitting places. From Greek statues to Chinese elephants, every one of these stops has a photo opportunity. In the enchanted garden, they also have a place where you can learn dancing. The classes are at different times but it looked like a fun experience.

That is one of the coolest parts of the entire festival, the different interactive shows. Each area has a show that they put on at a designated time, with the centermost show being the jousting show which instead of being a one of the show, it actually carries a story throughout. And when I say interactive, I mean interactive. In the Coliseum, depending on where you sit, you are asked to cheer for your knight as they take on the other “nations” knights. Or at the barbarian belly dance show, they ask for volunteers to come up on stage with them. Much of the same is found throughout at all the shows and it just adds to the experience. And if you’re not an out-going person, no worries, with the crowds at each place, there are no worries of feeling like you’re the only one. And who knows, after a few rounds of mead you might even be the one raising your hand for an event.

Speaking of edibles, each section has their own specialty drinks and food. I highly suggest trying a little bit from each one throughout the day. They all have your normal food and drink, coke, hamburgers, margaritas, but each also has something unique. My personal favorite was the honey mead in the medieval section. Absolutely worth the price if you’re of legal drinking age and want something different. And the food is some of the best you’ll ever have. Even the simple foods like chicken tenders are top quality.

Besides immersing yourself in costume, and stepping into a new world, the Renaissance Festival also has things you might not get to try elsewhere. They have an archery and ax throwing station where you can try your best and compete against your friends. Or you can dunk the village idiot or village wench. Now I know this sounds the same as something you’d do at the local town fair, but trust me it’s far from it. These people know how to throw some real insults that can get under your skin. It’s so funny to watch a random person pass by and get bombarded with these side-splitting insults that they can’t help but pay for a chance to throw something at them. Where else also, especially in Texas, are you going to get a chance to ride an elephant? Yeah, a real elephant. That’s a story will make your kids the king of the playground. There are tons of activities there that for a small fee you can partake in that you might not get a chance anywhere else.

Finally, after a long day of photos, eating, drinking, and having one of the best days of your life, you get to come back to the Coliseum and see the grand finale: the pyrotechnic show. You crowd into the stadium to get a seat and watch as professional fire dancers play with fire like we do jump ropes. The show is very mesmerizing. And when you start to think it’s through, BANG! The fireworks show, that puts almost any other to shame, starts. For 15 minutes or so you get to watch this amazing fireworks show continue with a finale that leaves stars in your eyes.

At the end of it all, those same cart runners will be there to take you back to your car for a fee, which after a long day on your feet is worth every penny. The neat thing about the Renaissance Festival is it’s always different every year. We plan to make it an annual event and we are going all out this next year. If you’ve been before and are looking for new things to do, there’s a camping ground, where you can meet other’s and enjoy a different experience around a giant bonfire. And not to worry, the groundskeepers are also in character. The Renaissance festival is a great place for families to have fun and create lasting magical memories.

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