Embracing Outdoor Living

My hubby and I both enjoy the outdoors when it comes to general activities. Probably comes from each of us growing up out in the country with lots of room to roam! But here recently, we’ve curbed the outdoor fun (or at least had to modify it a little bit) due to several scares we’ve had with skin cancers.

Growing up, sunscreen wasn’t always a priority for him. He’s had sun poisoning and some very bad burns several times, which now translates to him being his dermatologist’s youngest ever skin cancer patient! He’s now had to go under the knife 3 times in our marriage to get rid of these nasties, and it’s changed the way we think about being out in the Florida sun, for sure! We’re always looking for shade, or wearing hats, or lathering up with sunscreen!

But one thing we still really enjoy is our backyard. From the veggie garden to the pineapple bed, to the experiments with various flowers I have going on throughout the yard, in the evenings, once the sun has fallen behind the trees, we spend a good deal of time out on our patio, along with CoCo the Black Kitty and Taffy the White Doggy.  And, if we choose to go out BEFORE the sun goes down, we just stay in the shade on our patio.

I think that homeowners often like to take just as much pride in their outdoors as they do their indoors, especially in a state like Florida that enjoys some fabulous summer weather. It’s a property’s garden that provides the perfect utopia to relax, where people can enjoy the sun and fresh air while enjoying some privacy. Many property hunters are attracted to homes that boast a stylish outdoor area, and a well looked after yard sets a huge impression for the whole property. That’s why it’s wise to invest in outdoor spaces, and one the best ways to transform a garden’s livable area is to have a patio installed.

Those who want to maximize their outdoor living space might consider purchasing a dome patio in Perth. Patios provide an excellent place to enjoy time with the family, and the shade and practicality they offer make them a great addition to any garden. Patios manufactured by reputable companies are custom-made so that they’re unique to each individual garden, and they’re durability means they’ll provide a place to relax for a lifetime.

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Spend More Time Outdoors

When the sky is a clear blue and the sun punctuates the beauty of a backyard, there’s nothing better than escaping outside to de-stress in the natural warmth supplied by nature. With styles and designs to suit all requirements, patios promise to bolster any garden’s image.

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How to Build a DIY Backyard Pizza Oven!

Happy Friday, everyone! Just wanted to pop by and share something fun with all of you. Who knows, maybe this pizza oven could be your weekend DIY!

Matt with Northshore Fireplace recently contacted me regarding an infographic on how to build a DIY backyard pizza oven! Since outdoor cooking season is in full swing, and many people use this time of year to entertain and throw outdoor dinner parties, I thought it was a great idea! Building a backyard pizza oven may seem like a daunting task, but is more achievable and even more affordable than you might think.

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This resource can be used as a step by step guide to creating your own pizza oven that doesn’t require any specialized construction skills. By using brick, sand, and some cement you can build a beautiful, durable backyard pizza oven that only costs a few hundred bucks. The nice thing about these wood fire ovens is that they can be used for more than just cooking pizza! Check out how!

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Patio Dreamin’…with Arhaus!

One of the draws for us when we bought our home was the screened-in back porch. We knew CoCo the Black Kitty would especially love it, and, as someone who loves to have the windows open and fresh air flowing through as much as possible, I was pretty excited about it, too. But we got a bonus! In addition to the screened-in back porch, we also got a beautiful brick patio! Here’s what we did with it soon after we moved in:

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Nothing fancy! Just some potted plants, a couple chairs and an umbrella.

Here’s what it looks like today:

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A few little things have changed. The house has been painted. You can see that the plumerias (which bloom a beautiful shade of pink!) got too big for their pots, so I created a large bed to plant them in. Look how much they’ve grown! My other pots are filled with “experiments”, aloe (you can never have too much aloe, especially when you cook like I do!) and herbs. Also good to have lots of fresh herbs around my house!

I freshen the chairs with new cushions each season, and yes, we still have an umbrella. It’s the same deep red color, except it’s solid on both sides. We learned, after leaving the first umbrella out all the time, that umbrellas are no match for the strong storms we get over the summer here in Florida. After two bent-in-half umbrella catastrophes, we now keep it in the garage until we’re ready to use it!

The other thing you’ll notice is the small white table on the right. That is actually a fish-cleaning table right from The Bass Pro Shop, but my sweet in-laws bought it for me to use as a potting station – and it works beautifully! It’s normally located around the corner, but my hubby moved it closer to the back door so my preggo self wouldn’t have to walk so far. Hook it up to the hose and it’s got a functioning sink and everything! Love it!

It’s a tad bit more disjointed than I’d like it to be, but it’s pretty comfy, and it works for us!

However, I noticed something the other day.

I heard a strange noise outside, and, since I knew Taffy the White Doggy was in the yard, I stepped out to see what she was doing. I immediately observed her dragging one of the chairs across the patio.

I knew she was making a valiant attempt to catch a lizard, but I scolded her and sent her inside all the same. When I walked over to the chair, I noticed that BOTH of them actually showed signs of being dragged across the bricks, and even looked a bit wobbly, as if they had been pounced on one too many times. Hmmm. Maybe it’s time for some new furniture out there.

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How to Get Rid of Household Pests

The other morning, I was up before the sun (as usual) and went to the kitchen to grab a bottle of water. I flipped on the light, and what did I see? One solitary ROACH scrambling to hide under the edge of the cabinets.

OH NO. I HATE roaches. And I certainly hate them being in my home – where did that sucker come from?! I looked underneath the cabinets to find…a couple pieces of dog food that had gotten away from the dog and from my vacuum. Ah HA! I cleaned up the dog food, made short work of the roach and I’ve had no issues since then. 

Of course, the first time I see any kind of bug, I think, “Where are the rest of them?! Are we infested?! How many more are there?!”

So when Angela from NYCity Pest Control contacted me about a post on the best ways to get rid of household pests, I knew it was perfect timing. And she’s got some awesome ideas!

A household pest infestation will harm the health of your family if you don’t do anything about it. Everyone’s first instinct would be to use pesticides to kill them. But, it is harmful to you, your children and pets.  If you prevent them from entering the house in the first place, you do not have to face them, and you are taking the first step to saving your health.

Sometimes the infestation may be severe, and you cannot follow natural methods. Products available in the market are not as useful as the ones which expert pest control services use. At that time, you have to get help from professionals like NYCity Pest Control.

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However, until then…the first step to avoid severe pest infestation is to look for signs and areas that have problems. For example: firewood is home to termites and ants, so you must keep it at least 20 feet from your house.  And it is well-known to everyone that standing water is the primary reason for mosquitos to breed.  Also, you must keep shrubs and branches trimmed so that pests can’t enter your home.

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The Perfect Garden for the Perfect Summer!

It’s finally that time again! The winter coats are packed away, the washing is hanging up outside and the men of the world are taking their rightful place at the barbecue. Yes, it’s summertime! Now that the season of ‘Taps Aff’ weather (a very scientific way of measuring warm weather) is upon us, it is the perfect time to create a beautiful summer yard for all of the family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a new theme or perhaps your grass just needs sprucing up, it’s important to have your garden exactly how you want it. 

Here are some fantastic ideas to bring it all together!

Bifold Doors to Bring Together Home and Garden

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One of the best ways to make the most of your yard in summer is with Origin  bi fold doors, such as those sold by Ekco. Unlike traditional patio doors, bi-fold doors fold all the way in thereby opening up your home and giving you unparalleled views of your garden. Not only do they look stunning, bi-fold doors have a low threshold which removes the barrier between indoors and outdoors essentially creating one huge living space for you to enjoy in summer. Bi-folds give a wonderful sense of space and light and allow you to keep your home cool in summer.

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