One of my favorite things about our house (when we were in the process of purchasing it) was the fact that it already had a sweet little garden area in the backyard. It’s in the perfect spot, and it’s even surrounded by a little picket fence! I just KNOW this coming Spring I’ll finally get some veggies growing in there!
Actually, it’s not just us – many families want an outdoor area or a garden when they buy or rent a home. A decent-sized garden will make a property more expensive, but if you have children and pets, it’s a godsend. After all, as any parent knows, keeping children and exuberant dogs entertained in a flat is pretty much impossible. With a nice garden, you can let the kids and animals play outside all day long when the weather is nice. They can kick a ball around, dig holes, and boost their Vitamin D levels. Pets also benefit from having an outdoor toilet!
Safety is an important consideration when looking for a home with a garden. A large outdoor space is not enough if you can’t let your kids and pets play outdoors without close supervision. This is always the case unless you live in a remote area. But even then, you might not want younger children and dogs roaming freely in case they get into trouble. There are always dangers present, so it is wise to take protective measures if you want your family to stay safe.
Use the following strategies to keep your kids and pets safe in the garden.
Protect the Boundary
Not all gardens have a fence or wall, and even if they do, this might not be enough to keep pets and kids in – and intruders out. If your perimeter is low or non-existent, it is time to erect a new one. A wall made from bricks, blocks, or stone is the most permanent, but it is also the most expensive way to mark your boundaries. Older properties are very likely to have walls around the garden, but newer properties tend to have fences instead.
What do you use your garage for? If you answered ‘parking my car, of course’, you are actually a minority on the US. A lot of people simply use their garages as an extra storage space, as if the basements and the attics aren’t enough, right? But, if you’re not using it for your car, can you do something more worthwhile and purposeful with it? Sure you can!
One great and interesting idea is to turn the garage into the play room for your children. Rockstar Garage Door Services experts have seen it done a few times and they have some interesting points about how to make it work best. Keep reading for some great ideas!
A garage which is used for storage or parking doesn’t really need much light. Maybe a small window and an electric light. However, if you are planning a kids’ playroom, you will want a lot more than that.
One thing which can help is installing larger windows on your garage doors, which will spare you the trouble of cutting out windows in the actual walls of the garage. You can find a lot of help from places like https://rsgaragedoorservices.com/garage-door-repair/sorrento-valley/california.
Alternatively, consider adding skylights, as they are both practical and look great.
I have always HATED going to the dentist.
Well, I take that back. If I’m just going in for a cleaning and I’m pretty sure that everything else is fine and nothing crazy is gonna crop up, then I’m okay. I even like how my teeth feel after a good cleaning. So smooth. I can’t quit rolling my tongue over them. Ya with me?
But any other time? I HATE IT. So naturally, I’m a little concerned that our girls (who are only 20 months old and haven’t been to the dentist yet) will have a bit of my aversion in them, as well. I mean, let’s face it: going to the dentist is something that many people dread. After all, who can say they really enjoy having their teeth probed and poked before being given a bill for the pleasure?
On that note, I really am hoping that the earlier I remove any fear of the dentist the easier it will be for my kiddos to visit one and take care of their teeth for life.
You might be surprised to know that 65% of Australians haven’t visited the dentist in 2 years! Cost is a major factor in the decision not to go; fear is the other one. It is, therefore, important to help your anxious kid as soon as possible.
Since our girls were born (20 whole months ago – WOW!) we haven’t done any traveling. Well, I take that back. We went to see my aunt and uncle about 3 hours away, but that was it. After all, traveling with twins to the next city over is challenging enough – going on an actual vacation or anything similar is just a ton of work. But here lately we’ve been discussing camping as a possible option. Hey, don’t get me wrong: if I’M gonna camp it’s gonna be in an RV! But that might be a decent option for our family at this point.
As parents, there are a lot of things that stress us out when it comes to our kids. Their health, safety, and whole demeanour when traveling is concerned. For some reason, there’s a lot of apologizing happening in planes and buses. If going from point A to point B makes them quite a handful already, what more if it is a camping trip?
Don’t worry, there are always ways to curb stress when you are camping with your kids. Here are some of them!
We’ve been trying out a variety of new foods for the twins, since they’re now 14 months and open to eating just about anything. But it’s a whole new world for them…and for me! I try to keep things well-rounded, healthy, and tasty. All of that without unknowingly inciting a 1-year-old temper tantrum! HA!
It got me thinking: I wonder if it gets easier or harder to feed kids as they get older? I mean if your kids are in school, and you’re running low on ideas for how to pack healthy school lunch box foods they actually love, what do you do? And if your kids are picky eaters, you can understand why packing a school lunch is becoming cumbersome. You’re at that point where you’re looking for some fun, new ideas, right?
Consider the following five healthy school lunch foods your kids will love!
Creatively Cut Foods
You don’t have to be super creative to have fun with food. A cookie cutter in the shape of your child’s favorite cartoon character or animal will do the trick. Some star shapes or hearts can help accent your masterpiece, and your child’s lunch sandwiches or snacks will be far from boring.