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Ideas For Encouraging Your Kids To Spend More Time Outside

There are lots of improvements adults can make to their gardens to encourage their kids to spend more time outside. Now is the best time to create your plan because you have a few months to get the backyard ready for the summertime. There are some suggestions below that you might like to consider, and you can always conduct some extra research online if you need some inspiration. When all’s said and done, most kids spend too much time sat in front of the television these days. With that in mind, you need to work hard to turn that situation around.

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Create a fun play area

When it comes to creating a play area in the garden for your kids, the possibilities are endless. You could purchase swings, slides, and lots of other equipment to make the outdoor space seem exciting to the little ones. Of course, you might have to employ the services of an affordable tree arborist if you don’t have enough space at the moment. Once you remove all those unwanted trees; you can start turning your backyard into a thrilling activity hub where your loved ones can spend time with their friends. Again, if you need some extra inspiration; just look through Google images.

Start growing fruit and vegetables

Most children find mother nature fascinating, and so you could spark their imagination by growing some fruits and vegetables in your garden. Your kids will love learning about the plants and caring for them as they grow. The best thing about that idea is that, in a few month’s time; you can sit down at the dinner table and enjoy some organic produce. Put your kids in charge of watering the plants and ensure they take an active role if you want the best results. Who knows? Maybe you’ll inspire them to take up an agriculture hobby or something similar? Stranger things have happened!

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Bring wildlife into your garden

There are lots of steps you can take if you want to bring some wildlife into your garden for the kids. Firstly, you need to secure the land to ensure your neighbour’s cats can’t get into the backyard. That should encourage more birds to land and eat from your feeders. You could also dig a small pond if you wanted to attract frogs and tadpoles. Some people choose to build chicken coops and benefit from fresh eggs every morning. The idea is just to make the backyard seem as vibrant and alive as possible.

If you put those suggestions into practice; there is a decent chance your kids will peel themselves away from the TV screen a little more often. Just be sure you spend lots of time in the garden as a family when the weather improves. Building a brick barbecue is a wise move because it will mean your family can enjoy a few meals outside during the summer. You might also think about adding some waterproof outdoor speakers, so you have some entertainment in the backyard. Just create a plan and work out your budget before the spring.

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Which Dog Breed is Most Suited to Your Lifestyle?

People from all walks of life can own a furry friend, but selecting the most suitable breed for your lifestyle is key to a healthy and nurturing relationship. Introducing a dog into your family and your life, no matter how you live, is a significant decision worth strong consideration. Once you’ve made up your mind that a dog is exactly what you need and you understand the cost of owning a dog, it’s time to figure out exactly which breed will work best for your lifestyle. Here are a number of pointers to help you with the decision.

How do you live?

You’re introducing a highly interactive pet that requires some adjustment on your part. Some changes need to be done to accommodate the furry friend and make them comfortable in their new home. If you have children, minding their needs and what they would want in a dog is important, which is especially critical if you have other pets and a number of children in the family.

Also consider your health and that of your household and whether there’s anyone with allergies. In such a case, hypoallergenic canine breeds will work well with your family. A low-shedding breed is perhaps what you want. Whatever the size of your household dog, ownership demands some responsibility such as making plans to feed the pet when you’re away for a number of days.

Dog size

Some people want a little, cute, lap dog easy to move around with. Others want a medium to large dog breed. If you’re not really sure what size to choose. perhaps a medium-sized furry friend will do? With size also come some concerns you need to be aware of. Small dogs can be excellent pals but they are also vulnerable and delicate. It’s easy to mishandle them, so they might require more time and energy. At times, low temperatures affect small dogs, so you’ll have to keep them warm in cold weather.  

For medium to large dogs some, space to play and run is especially important. A large, happy and playful dog wagging its tail and moving all over the house can suffer tail or paw injury. Household items will also be in constant threat of damage in small household spaces with large dogs. Also don’t forget that large dogs need more food. The expense can be exponential when you consider medical and health checkups, dog supplies, and quality diet. Large and giant dog breeds can be perfect lap dogs while small but once they’ve grown in size they’ll require some training.

Breed

Most people don’t mind mix breeds, while others simply love how specific canine breeds carry themselves or look. At times what you have heard, seen, or read about specific breeds makes you adore them. If your heart is set on a purebred, take a step further and find out as much as you can about it. Each comes with its share of challenges and responsibilities in terms of health, grooming, size and temperament. If the purebred characteristics and traits fit perfectly with what you’re looking for, lifestyle or family, by all means go for it.

You can also consider mixed breeds if you’ve no qualms about them. Perhaps, the fact that the mix of various dog breeds gives them unique physical attributes and personalities that you like.

It’s not easy to know for sure how your puppy will turn out once they’re all grown up. Challenges such as health issues are unpredictable. However, it’s agreed widely that in contrast with purebred dogs, mixed breeds usually have fewer health complications.

Energy levels

Know the energy level you would like in your dog right from the beginning. Most high-energy canine breeds are active and ready for activity. Some were bred as retriever dogs, sledge pullers, or herder companions and their stamina is evident. If you choose such a breed, be ready to stimulate it mentally and physically. These are dogs that spend most of their day moving around, investigating their surroundings, actively playing, and jumping about.  

On the other hand, a dog with low energy might be what you need. An archetypal couch potato of a dog can spend most of its day dozing and doing absolutely nothing. As you select the best dog breed for your lifestyle think about your unique lifestyle, level of activity, and whether an over-active, energetic, and cheerful dog is what you’ve in mind or you find that bothersome.

Novice owners

If you’ve never owned a dog before, consider breeds suitable for novice dog owners. These include canines easier to handle and train that are friendly and easygoing. A dog flexible and robust enough to move on about its activities even with the mishaps of a novice dog owner is a perfect choice. First time dog owners should avoid independent minded dogs, highly sensitive canines, and emphatic breeds, as they can be quite a handful.

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Ideas for Homeowners Looking to Make More Space in their Property

Everyone needs space. The addition of a new family member, or a new hobby, can leave homeowners scratching their heads thinking about how they can free up space in their home.

Here are some ideas for homeowners looking to make more space in their property:

  1. Have a clear out

The first thing to do, that doesn’t cost a penny, is to take a good look at all the rooms in the house. How long has that wicker basket sat in the corner holding magazines? Do the baby books that the kids used to read 10 years ago, still sit on the bookshelf? Often, we accumulate clutter that we just don’t need. The first step to gaining more space is to take a good look at the contents of the home.

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  • Throw away items that are just rubbish. Homeowners with large amounts of rubbish may find it convenient to hire a skip! There are many skip hire companies that can provide skips for reasonable rates. Make sure you choose a company with green credentials.
  • Give books and old clothes to charity/friends/family.
  • Sell good quality items on ebay.
  1. Room use

Right – got rid of all the junk? In doing so, did you notice that there are rooms in your house that aren’t perhaps being overly used? For example, a family with a young child could find that a seldom used office could double as a playroom during the day, and an office at night. Or maybe a guest bedroom could double as a workout room if the spare bed was swapped for a sofa bed. For more tips on dual room use, check out this blog post from theinspiredroom.net.

  1. Furniture

Evaluate if existing furniture is being used effectively. It may be that some of the furniture in the home isn’t required, or could be reused in a different way. This page on Pinterest shows some great space saving furniture ideas!

  1. Make the most of outdoor space

Lesser used objects be stored in the shed or garage, freeing up cupboard space. Adding a patio heater and a cosy area close to the house, makes the patio feel more like an extension of the living room or dining room, giving the illusion of more space. Those with larger gardens could even add a garden studio or sun house to provide outdoor rooms. Getting an electrician in to run an exterior power supply is not that expensive and providing power to these outdoor rooms increases their usage potential enormously.

  1. Extend

This one’s a last resort, as it’s the most expensive option. Relaxed planning laws make it relatively straightforward to obtain planning permission for a house extension. There are also many types of house extension. Examples include loft extensions, conservatories and flat roof extensions – the only limitation is a homeowners property type, budget and preference.

Looking at the house with a fresh eye, and spending a bit of time on de-cluttering is a good start. However, the key when trying to make more space in a property, is to have a bit of imagination!

 

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New Build Checklist: Moving Doesn’t Have to be Hard

Moving into a brand-new home can be exciting. You and your family will be the first ones to live there, which means you’ll get to be part of the decision-making process. From the design and sizes of the rooms to the bathroom fixtures, having a new build home is a chance to really put your stamp on a house. But, just because the house is a new build, it doesn’t mean there isn’t the potential for problems down the line. So, what do you need to do to make the transition as smooth as possible?

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Final Walk Through

Before your builder packs up and leaves, it’s important to visit the property and make sure the job has actually been completed. Test all the lights and plumbing, look for any accidental damages that may have occurred while your builder was working and inspect the exterior of the property too. At this point, it may be wise to hire a professional building inspector that could spot things an untrained eye wouldn’t notice. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Flooring

Don’t try and move in without having your flooring fitted first. It’s a real pain to have to switch all your furniture from room to room while flooring is laid down if you’ve already moved in. Two of the main things to do before moving in is to replace your flooring and curtains for a nice look. It won’t just look nice when you do eventually move in, but it will also mean your furniture can stay where it is, and you’ll have the privacy you need after a long day’s work. The hardest decision will be choosing between carpet and wood flooring.

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Choose What to Take

Many people find that their current furniture doesn’t fit in well in a new build house, or they want new things to go with their new property. If you know there’s furniture that you won’t need or use in your new house, it’s better to get rid of it beforehand, instead of taking it with you. If you’re trying to save money, an old dining room table could make all the difference to your moving costs. The less furniture your movers have to take, the cheaper the cost. Once you know what you’re taking with you, clearly label things for each room so unpacking is easier once you’ve arrived.

Moving Day

It’s easier to move the big house items first, like beds, sofas, tables and chairs. However, if there are rooms in the house with new carpet, you may want to stay out of them while moving things in and out, especially if the carpet is a light color. It’s inevitable that some dust and dirt will enter the house while you’re moving, so you may want to wipe furniture down before moving it into carpeted rooms.

Once you’ve settled into your home, you may start to notice minor things that need to be changed. Get in touch with your builder sooner rather than later if they were already in your agreement.

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