The Essentials of Backyard Sun Protection

Before his 30th birthday, my husband had three skin cancer surgeries. THREE. Now, we’re both pretty fair-skinned and pretty sensitive to the sun, but mercy, that’s a little bit of an overkill eh?

As a result of those skin cancers, he’s awful cautious about anything having to do with the sun. He’s religious about sun protection for himself, and we both have now focused in on making sure the twins are well-protected from the sun, as well. 

But what we’ve run into is: the twins LOVE to be outside! Which is great! But we have NO shade in our yard. Which is not great. So we’ve been looking at ways to change that.

In the midst of our search, Lillian Connors sent me over the PERFECT guest post! She sure did! Essentials of Backyard Sun Protection! It’s a nice follow-up to last week’s “6 Beautiful and Family-Friendly Backyard Ideas”!

Perhaps the greatest perk of owning a house is having a backyard. It makes a perfect chill out zone, especially during the summer. Relaxing after a hard day at work, having a party with your friends, or grilling a Sunday lunch for your family – a backyard has multiple purposes. However, you’ll need something to protect yourself from the sun and the harmful UV rays. Of course, sunscreen is a must, but creating a shade is even better so here are the essentials of protecting your backyard from the sun.

Go creative

If you’re into the interior and exterior design, you’ll probably see your backyard as an extension of your home and you’ll want it to be just as trendy as your living room and kitchen are. Do you practice yoga and meditate? You can make your own meditation pavilion as a getaway from the everyday buzz. All you need is a wood or steel construction and some colourful sheer fabric to provide protection from the sun. Vertical gardening is a major hit lately and flowerpots hanged around your backyard can provide you with some shade, too. The simplest version of this is to purchase a pergola and train vines to grow over it. Decorate with string lights or lanterns and your backyard will look amazing even when the sun goes down.

Play it safe with permanent structures

For a good, old sun protection, purchase a patio umbrella, an awning or any other protective structure. Look for dense materials since they block more UV rays and provide a better protection. Hard materials like metal or timber provide 100 percent protection, but various kinds of textiles will do just fine, too. Permanently installed structures are more durable and can withstand outdoor elements. Besides, if you opt for an awning, it will provide shade not only for your backyard but also for some parts of your house and help control the temperatures in the dog days of summer.

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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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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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Get Your Backyard Ready for the Season

Here in Florida, it’s as good as summer. The high today is slated for a whopping 92 degrees with thunderstorms. Yep! Welcome to summer in Florida! 

So when Emma Lawson asked me about doing a guest post that would teach all of us how to get our backyard ready for some summer fun, well, I know MY backyard needs some help! How about yours?

With summer already knocking on our door, it is high time we scoop up spring blossoms and mow the law so that the beauty of our backyard can shine freely. However, getting your backyard ready is not an easy task, and you should plan it out before you start making any significant changes. In order for your yard to look perfect you should invest your time and enthusiasm, but not necessarily a lot of money.

Light it up

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Can you imagine spending warm summer nights sitting outside with family and friends with a drink while listening to soothing buzz of insects? The only thing missing in that picture is soft light enveloping you. If getting expensive lamps is not an option, you can make your own garden lights using nothing more than mason jars, some white paint and string. Wrap jars with string and paint them white (or any other color). The results are great: your own garden lanterns in which you will put candles and place on your porch or table. You can also use a string of ordinary Christmas lights and cover them up with cupcake liners.

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Backyard Dreamin’

We literally have a blank canvas for a backyard right now, which is pretty exciting! But also very…confusing. What to do, what to do?

Our house is on a corner lot, so I think we have a bit more space than others around us in the subdivision, and there’s nothing in the backyard at all…but it’s also not fenced in. Making our two biggest outside projects on “The Master House To-Do List” fencing in the back yard and pressure washing/re-painting the house. And once the fence is up, anything goes! So I’ve been doing a little dreaming. Tell me what ya think of my jumbled ideas!

Let me add that we already have a screened-in back patio that we LOVE. We also have a brick patio off the screened-in patio that will turn into more of an entertainment area (fire pit, etc.). That’s why you won’t see those kinds of ideas in this entry!

On Gardening…

I’m not the best gardener, that’s for sure, but I love the “idea” of gardening. (I know, that doesn’t help much, does it?) But I’d really like to try to make a concentrated effort at least once more before I give up completely, ya know?

Herb garden in sunken pots: I would love to use more fresh herbs in my cooking than dried and bottled, but this is lots of work!

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