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3 TIPS FOR CREATING A BACKYARD OASIS

Imagine stepping outside into your very own outdoor paradise. Using textiles, color and a variety of seating options helps create an appealing space that’s ideal for relaxing and entertaining. Before getting started, look at your backyard and assess the space to envision what you need. For example, unless you have naturally shady areas, you’ll likely need an umbrella, pergola or gazebo for some relief from the sun. Whether your backyard needs a full renovation or a simple makeover, these tips will help get you started. Furnish Your Outdoor Room Even a tiny outdoor space can be cozy, comfortable and inviting with the right furniture. Whether you have a small nook or a large yard, patio furniture is the key to creating an outdoor space that begs for intriguing conversations, lively family dinners or lazy afternoons spent lounging in the sunshine. From deep seating to sleek firepit tables, choose the style…

HOT TUB SAFETY TIPS

Hot tub time means family time – but there are some safety tips you must follow. Infants and toddlers should not be permitted in a hot tub at all as babies’ thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating. Also, since little ones have very little control over bodily functions, spas become unsanitary almost instantly when “accidents” happen. No young child should be allowed in a hot tub until they can stand on the bottom and have their head remain completely out of the water. Children who are big enough to be in a hot tub should not use it for more than five minutes at a time, especially at the maximum temperature of 104 degrees. Dropping the spa temperature to 98 degrees would allow for longer soaks – but never more than 15 minutes at a time. It is also recommended that young children avoid full body immersion, choosing…

WHY YOU NEED A HOT TUB

Are you thinking about buying a hot tub? A hot tub provides you a place where you can relax after a long, stressful day and relieve those tense muscles. Sounds good right? Hot tubs have many benefits with many different options to fit every unique lifestyle. Buying a hot tub will be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Let’s take a look as some of the reasons why. Enjoyment The first reason to buy a hot tub is for the sheer enjoyment of it. Hot tubs are simply fun to own. Whether you plan to use it for entertaining friends and family or just for you, a hot tub is a great way to enjoy an evening and unwind after a stressful day. Knowing how you are going to use your hot tub is important to determine what hot tub is right for you. If you’re planning…

PARTY CHECKLIST FOR THE BIG GAME

Don’t fumble on game night— be prepared for the best party your guests have ever been to. Check out our list of football party must-haves to score big points with all of your friends and family. 1. Decorations Buy a banner and streamers to hang, scatter real or inflatable footballs around the party room, and dangle football-shaped balloons from the ceiling. Let team colors dictate your party color scheme. 2. Cooler for Drinks If you have the space, get a few small containers and fill with ice to keep beer and other drinks cool. Place them in strategic spots so guests won’t be constantly getting up and going to the kitchen for a refill. Keep plenty of ice on hand, more than you think you’ll need. You’ll not only want to keep your drink coolers full, but non-beer-drinking guests may want to add ice to their beverages, too. 3. Beverages…