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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The Best Way to Keep Your Landscape Fresh!

We’ve been working on the landscaping around our home for about a month or so. What on earth possessed us to work on LANDSCAPING in FLORIDA in the middle of the SCORCHING HEAT is beyond me…but once we started, it was kind of addicting…so we just kept it up!

Now, like most any woman, I guess, I do love my annuals! Something pastel for spring, a nice bright color for summer, oranges for fall and reds for Christmas! I like all kinds!

I’m all the time changing them out in the window boxes and pots on our front porch, but I wasn’t sure how to best incorporate them into our permanent landscaping. The pots were just so easy! The pots were just so easy. Hmmm…

We went ahead and planted Confederate Jasmine in our front beds for some ground cover, and, while it’s pretty, I needed some more color!

So, here’s what I did: I planted. I planted pots.

How does one plant a pot, you ask?

Like this:

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Right into the ground! (Even the frogs liked it!) Oh, and please excuse all the mud and glare: it’s done nothing but pour down rain for weeks around here!

So when you’re ready to switch things up a bit, it’s as easy as…

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Transforming an Outdoor Space – A Guest Post!

Summer is in full force here in Central Florida, and many take advantage of the season by reinventing their outdoor spaces! (Myself included – you may have read my post where I was dreaming about my patio?!) So when Jenny from Tesco contacted me to see if she could write an article exactly along those lines, I was thrilled! I hadn’t heard of Tesco previously, but after visiting their site, I decided that they offer some fantastic items! Here’s what Jenny had to say…

Creating and maintaining a beautiful garden is hard work. Many amateur gardeners strive to create a beautiful natural space but don’t necessarily know where to begin. Improving an existing garden can seem a daunting task for many, but in reality there are several great ways to create the perfect outdoor space or transform an existing space from a run-down or overgrown jungle to a well-maintained beautiful garden. Here are few great tips for sprucing up a garden.

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Much like any indoor space, the place where everyone ends up spending the most time is where they feel most comfortable. Don’t spend a fortune on fancy looking (but wildly uncomfortable) furniture when something simple and utilitarian will do. There are a range of garden tables and chairs available everywhere from the internet to charity shops so be sure to compare prices and quality before making any purchases. A picnic table or some outdoor sofas can quickly turn a garden from a space to observe to a place to experience. Be sure that outdoor furniture purchases are able to withstand the elements or if they will be taken in during winter, that there is suitable space for storage.

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