Teaching Your Kids To Care For The Environment

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Climate change and the destruction of biodiversity continues to be a pressing societal issue. We must equip our children with the right skills and attitudes that they’ll need to care for the earth. To help your kids take on these values, there are plenty of ways you can encourage green-living using simple everyday activities.

 

Conserve and recycle

 

Be sure to set a good example at home, by conserving water and recycling everything possible. Teach your kids to turn off the tap when they brush their teeth, and chat to them about the reasons why we recycle. Show them the recycling and food waste boxes, teach them which materials go in each one. As much as possible, make recycling into a fun game! If your children love video games, there’s a great recycling themed app by Baby Bus called ‘Waste Sorting’.

 

Up cycling crafts

 

As part of your recycling process, put aside a few of your bottles and cardboard items and then plan some art and craft days. Explain to your kids that you are going to use old items to make brand new things. There are plenty of toys you can create using old bottles; from play jet packs to fairytale castles. There’s plenty you can do with some scissors glue and a little paint. You could also turn old tins into some attractive pencil holders with some old wrapping paper and tape to decorate. Crafting is a great hobby for kids to give them a break from the technological world.

 

Compost together

 

Teaching your kids about composting is an excellent plan to help them learn about our natural world. Explain to them the process of composting, and let them help you collect suitable items to use. If your kids like worms, why not create a worm composting bin using some red wiggler worms? You can use your compost to grow some tasty vegetables in your garden and go even greener!

 

Vegetable garden

 

Growing your own food is just about the most sustainable way to live, and it’s a good idea to teach kids this skill from a young age. Tell your children you’ll need to plant the seeds in a sunny spot and that you’ll need to space out the seeds. Failing to space out seeds can mean overcrowding and make it difficult for the different vegetables to grow. Provide your children with their own special watering cans so they can help you to water the plants and watch them grow.

 

Green gifts

 

When you are buying gifts for your children, choose green-gifts where you can. Doing so will help you to set the right example. Instead of always choosing material items, opt for experiences instead. Trips to the forest or the beach, the museum or the theater can serve as wonderful gifts for children. (We all know that many toys have a short life span, and so contribute to waste fairly quickly)!

 

Lastly, get yourself and your kids some bikes and use this mode of transport as much as you can. Biking is great exercise, allowing you to explore the outdoors but most importantly, biking reduces your carbon footprint. For more ideas on teaching your kids good values checkout Karrol’s Korner.

 

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Tips On Keeping Your Dog Safe

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Owning a pet is a big responsibility. It is up to you to make sure that your dog is happy and healthy, and this can be a big burden to shoulder. However, the good news is that there is a lot of help and assistance available. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at some key safety tips for dog owners to give you a helping hand.

Boundaries in your garden – There is only one place to begin when it comes to keeping your dog safe, and this is by making it impossible for them to break free from your home and be unleashed into the big bad world! You can even get an invisible dog fence today, and so there are so many innovative products on the market to help you with this. Of course, the level of security that is needed in this regard will depend on the size and breed of your dog.

Winter safety – At this time of year, you need to take a lot of care when it comes to looking after your dog. Ice, antifreeze, and frostbite are just three of the main hazards to dogs during the winter period. Make sure you take a dedicated approach when it comes to protecting your dog at this time of year.

Summer safety – Just like humans need a bit of extra protection in the summer months, the same applies to dogs too. Unfortunately, while summer is great for getting outdoors with your dog, there are a lot of dangers. Take the time to learn about dangers like sunburn and heat stroke so that you can stop these from endangering your dog. 

Preventing dog fights – A dog fight can be a very scary thing to watch. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if two dogs are fighting because their play can look similar. Therefore, the best way to protect your dog is to familiarize yourself with what normal play looks like so that you can spot when your dog is fighting. 

Toxins – Your pet’s world is filled with adventure, sights, and exciting scents. However, there are a lot of things that your dog should not touch or eat because they are poisonous. There are a lot of chemicals, plants, and toxic foods, as well as other substances that can endanger your dog. You need to educate yourself on this, as it is specific to each breed of dog. Once you have done this, you will be best placed to make sure your dog is protected and that precautions have been taken to make sure your dog avoids exposure. 

So there you have it: some useful tips on how to keep your dog safe. We hope that the information that has been provided in this blog post will help you when it comes to ensuring that your dog lives a happy, healthy, and protected life. There is certainly a lot that needs to be considered but it will soon become second nature.

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Sunnydaze Royal Cauldron Fire Pit

This is a sponsored post, however, all of these thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

****** UPDATE, rusted and fell apart upon first use and the company does not pay!!! ********

 

 

Almost every afternoon we have the grandkids coming over to play in the back and have a great time celebrating this wonderful weather. Being in the country we love to grill out and do marshmallows on the fire. Our evenings would not be the same without my Sunnydaze Royal Cauldron Fire Pit.

 

With it being small enough to fit anywhere I need it to, the fire pit is also the perfect height for the kids to roast marshmallows on. This grill comes with a spark screen to help with protection and makes your fire pit look very professional. After the firepit is cooled off you can move it by holding the convenient handles on the sides. When needing to dump the ashes the handles become useful for that also. The Sunnydaze Royal Cauldron Fire Pit also comes with a fire poker, for when you need to poke at the wood, or if you need to move the lip, the fire poker laches perfectly onto the lid.

 

This look is one of my favorites, the cooper look. It matches perfectly on my back patio with my rustic décor. Sunnydaze Décor makes a lot of home and garden supplies you would never have to look anywhere else. This company strives to make the best product quality for the best prices around. This fire pit defiantly is one of the best ideas, and I would highly recommend for anyone looking to have a wonderful time.

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How To Get Your Garden Furniture In Tip Top Shape!

Going out and buying brand-new garden furniture that will look stunning in your newly finished and landscaped garden is part of the fun of being an adult. You’ll muse over Rattan furniture, meander over oak table sets and deliberate over marble firepits, because the garden deserves that much attention! The first time you unpack and set up those garden sets, you can breathe in the splendor and how much your garden looks ‘finished’ at long last. However, the work does not end there.

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Keeping the garden looking brand new is a whole other job. You could have spent weeks mowing and planting and painting the fence, but a garden is never truly ‘finished’, because of the amount of work it will always need for the upkeep. The seasons turn – as they do – and it’s because of these reasons that you will need to stay on top of that pretty new furniture. The weather can affect garden furniture in ways you didn’t imagine, and this means that you need to be vigilant for signs of damage. Rusted metal, wood that has become weather-beaten and mildew on the fabric of the garden swing are all very common occurrences, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep them! To keep your garden furniture in the best shape, you need these tips:

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  1. Treat! Most garden furniture that you buy is pre-treated but it’s always worth asking about it and paying a little extra for it to be done. For luxury outdoor items, manufacturers tend to get it treated early before you pick up so always double check. You can treat the items yourself of course, with products like these. You can even strip back wood and remove old stains with Real Milk Paint’s oxalic acid, which acts quickly to get rid of stains you’ve spent time scrubbing. If you do the treatment properly, it should last you several years before you have to do it again.
  2. Follow Instructions. Every set of garden furniture will come with its own set of instructions. It sounds really simple, but you should be following these instructions to the letter if you hope to have your garden furniture looking its best.
  3. Clean! It’s not hard to give garden furniture a good wipe down before you use it, but always brush down with a soft-bristled broom before you get started. It doesn’t just clear the debris left behind from grass and leaves etc, it’ll also get rid of any bugs and cobwebs that could be lurking. Soapy water is enough to clean it so avoid any harsh bleaches and other cleaning products that could stain.

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Your garden furniture is bought to last and you have to do what you can to ensure that it does. Keep an eye out for mold and rust as the year goes on and get investing in some good furniture covers. Just because there are ways to keep the furniture clean, it doesn’t mean it should have to sit outside in the storming rain all year round! Your garden is a place of pride, let’s keep it that way.

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Why A Garden Room Is So Much Better Than An Extension

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There has been a topic of conversation that has taken over most of our family dinners recently. To build an extension or not to build an extension, that was the question. But then threw a curveball into the mix and it had us all umming and ahhing, “what about a garden room?”

We have to admit, the first image that popped into our head was a Wendy House, like the one we used to play in as kids. Basic, practical, functional and a space that quickly got filled with tools. Needless to say, we dismissed the idea. We were wrong to do this it seems.

Garden rooms have basically evolved into extensions, just ones that don’t have to be fixed to your home. They can sit all pretty at the bottom of your garden for instance. What’s more, you don’t need to borrow huge sums of money because you could just use your family home loans and tap into the equity you have already built up in your property. We know right!

 

Anyway, we started making a list of ways a garden room would be a better investment than an extension, and this what we came up with.

 

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A Place Of Peace

An extension certainly gives you more space in your home, but it doesn’t exactly allow you to escape because, well, you’re still in the thick of it. A garden room, however, is a home away from home; your own space and place of peace. You can run away to it. Take a book, a cup of coffee, an iPod, a notepad; whatever. There will be nothing to distract you but your garden and the beautiful outside of your home. Total and utter bliss.

An Outdoor Office

Millions and millions of people now work from home. Freelancing, entrepreneurs, flexible working conditions; there are loads of reasons why. However, working from home isn’t the easy ride people think it is because you need to have the right conditions in order to be as proactive as possible. That’s where a garden office comes in. You’ll have an inspiring setting that is nice and quiet, and you’ll be able to separate your work life from your home life.

Are You Not Entertained

All work and no play make someone a dull something. Basically, playing is just as important as working and relaxing, that’s what we’re trying to say, and what better place to play with your friends and entertain than your garden, and one with a garden room. You could slip a little kitchen out there and have garden dinner parties, or have it as a nice adult play room with comfy sofas and a projector screen for movie nights. You could make it into a games room, or a place for your kids to play their crazy and loud instruments. Your imagination is your oyster on this one. Just know that it will entertain.

Pinch More Privacy

We all love our gardens. Some of us are a little more secretive about this than others, but we all love them. The only real downside of a garden is the lack of privacy, especially if you live in a built-up area. That’s where a garden room would come in. Not only would you have somewhere inside your great outdoors to enjoy a spot of nice weather and no eyes, but the area in front of your garden room will be protected too. Perfect.

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