When you pay your taxes, mortgage or rent, you are not just paying for the right to have a place to keep your stuff, or lay down your head, or an investment in your future. Your home is your castle – where you get things done and keep your treasures safe. Likewise, your yard should be your sanctuary – a place to relax and get away, if even for a few precious moments, from those responsibilities and stressors that seem to constantly nag at you.
Don’t wait for a vacation; create a place to spend regular family time outdoors. Get away from the complications of life by retreating into your own backyard. Take time to be grateful for the simple pleasures of life, whether you watch the kids play or watch the sun set. Have the courage to turn off the cellphones, leave the laptops charging and turn off the barrage of media outlets.
For many families the only regular family time is meal time. When the weather is pleasurable, make it a habit of eating al fresco, like at those roadside scenic views with Picnic Tables, far away from the temptations of electronic distractions. Even if you cook indoors, carrying your food and supplies outside is not a big deal when you weigh the benefits. If you don’t have any, invest in some protective food cover screens, serving trays and perhaps even a good old fashioned picnic basket. Have everyone pitch in and help with preparations and clean up. It will make little ones feel needed and responsible and be one more thing to bond your family together. Besides, you’ll have fewer crumbs to sweep when it’s time to tidy up.
With so many distractions to keep you and your kids separated, you may want to find other reasons to bring your family together in your own backyard. Do you treasure those afternoons at the playground, kicking back on one of those traditional Park Benches watching your kids being carefree on the playground? Relive those precious moments in your own backyard, at your leisure, without spending a dime on gas or wasting time traveling. If you haven’t shopped around in awhile, you’ll find playground equipment has come a long way, are generally easy to assemble and safer than ever before. There are also many pieces made from long lasting environmentally friendly materials.
No outdoor oasis is complete without a few ultra-comfortable Adirondack chairs. If you are only going to invest in one or two pieces of yard furniture, an Adirondack can be that place where you can close your eyes and remember those times you spent out of doors, when you felt most at peace, when you had the most joy in your heart, and ask yourself what it was about those locations that added to your happiness. From there you can begin to rethink your yard into a sanctuary personalized just for you. Adirondack chairs are one of the most popular pieces of yard and deck furniture for good reason. Their sturdy design, wide arms and sloped back let you enjoy the view or just kick back. If you buy one made from long lasting recycled materials, you can feel good about saving a few trees as well.
There’s no need to take out a loan for major improvements. To start, you can create an oasis with a few simple pieces of sturdy outdoor furniture. If you are concerned about doing your part for the environment, you can have the best of both worlds by buying eco-friendly yard furniture that is also long lasting and low maintenance.
With some planning you can transform that place you only think of as a source of weekend chores into a low maintenance daily hideaway. Take the time to make a few improvements based on your own tastes and pleasures; it’s a small investment for such a priceless gift to yourself and your family.