Making Memories: 6 Beautiful and Family-Friendly Backyard Ideas!

The twins are now 7 months old, and I FINALLY feel like I’m getting control of my house again! I mean, MERCY! I knew I’d be off my game for a while, but I didn’t realize it would be for THIS LONG! Don’t get me wrong – they are SO worth being off my game for! Nonetheless, I’m thrilled to be back on track.

Inside, that is. I’m back on track on the INSIDE of the house.

Every time I drive up to our house I see a million things I need to handle. Does anyone else do that, or is it just me? And that’s just in the front!

When I look at the back yard, I’m completely overwhelmed. 

We have a very large back yard, for which I am so grateful. It’s nicely fenced with a pretty white privacy fence, and we even have a few things like a pineapple bed, a garden, and several different spots in which to sit – a picnic table by the garden, a screened-in porch and a brick patio. 

But my mind has been turning with ways we can make it kid-friendly, since, before I know it, the girls will be running around out there! (Already one of their most favorite activities is to be outside rolling around on a blanket!)

So when blogger Chloe Taylor contacted me with just that, a post of family-friendly backyard ideas, I knew it was fate! And when it comes to ideas, Chloe has some awesome ones!

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Kids absolutely love spending time outdoors; running around and exploring the world. But what if you simply can’t find the time to organize family walks or visits to the playground? Well, what better way to satisfy your kids’ curiosity and adventurous spirit than your own backyard? Of course, the key is in creating a fun and an enticing place for your family, so that kids can play to their heart’s content and stay safe. Play at a young age is a child’s process of learning, which is why you should seriously consider the following ideas for your own family-friendly backyard.

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Family Safety: 4 Aftermarket Car Safety Products You Should Get!

Most of you know that my husband has worked for Geico for almost 10 years now. Throughout his time with the company, he has held a variety of positions, but right now, he is actually a trainer managing a class of new employees who are learning the work of the claims department. So you can only imagine who’s voice I hear in my head while I’m driving, right?!

“The individual backing up in an accident is always at fault!”

“If you were keeping a proper lookout, that never would have happened.”

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“Kristen, ALWAYS HIT THE ANIMAL. It’s WAY cheaper to hit a squirrel than hit another car because you were trying to avoid the squirrel.”

You get the idea.

Something else he has always drilled into my head is that the more safety features your vehicle has, the more discounts you can get on your insurance premium! Free advice, folks.

But what I did NOT know was that you can actually ADD IN some of those safety features! 

If you’re not ready to buy a new car or recently bought a new car without some of the pricier features, you can still add aftermarket safety products to keep you and your family safe. As safe driving expert and blogger Alex Perdikis explains, roads are becoming safer, but it’s up to drivers to make sure their cars are safe. Here are four safety car add-ons you use right now.

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What You Can Do About Low Water Pressure in Your Home

I enjoy a good amount of traveling just as much as the next gal, but the one thing that could make or break my hotel review is the water pressure. 

I have a LOT of hair on my head. And if I can’t get a nice clean hair wash from a hotel shower, it really puts a damper (no pun intended) on my travel fun. 

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That’s why I’m pretty happy that we have fantastic water pressure at our house. But just in case YOU don’t, and are trying to figure out what the issue is and what can be done about it, check out this post from James over at Plumbing Detectives!

What causes low water pressure in your home?

We all rely on the water pressure in our home to be sufficient to enable us to carry out daily tasks such as showering and washing clothes. If the water pressure in your home suddenly decreases, you can find yourself faced with a real problem.

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The Right Paint Color for Every Room – According to Color Theory!

One of the things on my “do these things before the twins arrive” list was to finally PAINT. 

When we moved into our home in 2013, it had all been painted a lovely neutral beige, with all the trims and moldings a nice complimentary white. No worries, we said. We’ll paint as we decorate!

Well…yeah. The outside of the house had been painted, the nursery inside the house had been painted, and that was it. Because you know what happened after that?

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The twins arrived. A month and a half EARLY.

I’m not joking when I say I had paint samples taped to walls in all the rooms of our house for MONTHS. They’re literally gone now because I started having to dust them – I’m totally for real!

And are the rest of the walls painted yet? Um…nope. I figured I needed a little kick in the behind. And this might just do it! Check it out – the perfect painting resource from the folks at Home Advisor!

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Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Fresh with These 7 Tips

My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.

Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA! 

But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.

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So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!

The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.

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