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There’s nothing better than the outdoors at the minute, yet we feel like so many people are just hiding away. We get that half of the world is going through what feels like an ice age at the minute, but the other half is actually experiencing some really nice weather. It’s warm, it’s fun, and people are making the most of it. But whether you’re on the hot side or the super cold side, we think there are things you should be doing to ensure you make the most of this beautiful weather at the minute. You can prepare if you’re in the cold, and enjoy your home snuggling up in the warm with a hot chocolate. If you’re the other side where the sun is shining and there’s no better place to be than outdoors, then you can take these tips onboard and get making some changes as soon as you can. It’s so good for your mind, body, and soul, to spend some time outdoors and enjoy nature. Plus, with a family in tow we think it’s even more important. Too many people now are raising their children in the homes, and you find that playing outside is quickly becoming a thing of the past. So, sit back, get a cup of tea, and have a read of the fab tips below that will take your home fun outdoors!

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The Perfect Social Area

Everyone needs a social area if you want to have some outdoor fun, and we think we know the best ways to achieve this. You don’t want a family garden with no where for your friends or family to enjoy, so the first thing to do is set aside an area for you all to enjoy. Patios are really good for separating your grass area, and gives you a perfect space for you to do the area up, and make it excellent for family or friend get togethers. But at the minute it will just be some pavement blocks, you have to turn it into something exciting. First, start with some lovely garden furniture, that is nice and padded for comfort. You only need a little area here just purely for sitting back and relaxing. Then, just next to it, you could have a wooden table with benches either side. We think it’s a super cute idea, and gives a sort of park bench vibe which is perfect for the summer. If you get a nice deep oak colour it really does look incredible. The other thing we would advise is that you get a cover so that when the bad weather does come, the wood is protected. So, for those of you who can, we definitely would recommend implementing something like this now. But for those of you who are in the cold, these are great ideas you can store away for another few months.

The Perfect Family Area

Considering it’s just going to be you and your kids spending time outdoors most of the time, you need to think about ways you can make it perfect for family time, which definitely should be centered around the outdoors. Well, we think it’s mainly about the accessories that you have, especially if you have younger children. You could consider getting a pond installed, which considering we’ve just mentioned younger children might sound like a bit of a nightmare to some of you. But younger children absolutely love features like this, especially if you put some little fishes in there. You can get really good safety nets and covers as well, so it eliminates the danger of one of your children falling in. This next one ties in with the social area a little bit, but we think it works perfectly for family time. If you’re going to be spending so much time outdoors, you should really think about getting a BBQ to do some amazing cooking on. There really is nothing better than a BBQ with amazing food on it, when the sun is shining, and everyone is outdoors having some fun. You could even get the kids to help you out and make it a proper family affair. You can get such high tech ones at the minute as well, we think it’s just so great for spending time outdoors!


Fueling Kids Play Time

As we said at the start of the article, we really do feel as though people are now raising their children indoors rather than outdoors, and that’s such a massive shame considering there is so much fun and adventure to be had outdoors, even if it is just in the garden. So, if you want to fuel kids play time and keep them outdoors for longer, you’re going to have to put things there to keep them interested. One thing kids seem to be able to play of for absolutely hours, is a trampoline. It’s just so much fun for them to be surrounded by the net that makes them feel as though they’re trapped in, and to bounce away for hours of endless fun. If you wanted to be that super cool parent, you could even turn it into an outdoor cinema when the sun goes down. All you have to do is get plenty of duvets, pillows, blankets, and snacks, and a laptop to watch some films on. Trampolines are actually super comfy, and if you know it’s not going to rain during the night, you could put the cover over the top rather than round the trampoline like usual, and have a big sleepover outdoors! You really would be seen as the best parent in the world if you did this! Other than that, you just need to make sure the garden is filled with plenty of toys to keep them occupied. Try and keep them away from the TV as much as possible, and let them grow up surrounded by nature.

There are so many ideas that we’ve listed today, and unless you have a big garden, we know you’re not going to be able to fit them all in. So just make sure you’re picking out some of your favourites, and truly enjoy your garden when the time is right.

Aggie Aviso

Aggie Aviso describes herself as her family’s storyteller and memory keeper. A mom to two kids ages 14 and 8, she is certainly past the age of sleepless nights and adorable pigtails. However, motherhood stays exciting, more meaningful and yes, more challenging. She takes it all in stride, knowing fully well that moments pass by in a blink of an eye. As Gretchen Rubin famously said, “The days are long, but the years are short.” She has discovered how wonderful it is to have those fleeting moments in time documented in their family books and has made it her personal mission and passion to be able to tell their stories for her future grandkids. You can read more about her here.. Subscribe to blog updates and the occasional letter here.