How to enjoy your backyard after summer has passed?

It’s really not all that difficult to enjoy your yard when the sun is beating down. Add a comfortable chair, throw in a BBQ, and you’ll be living the summer dream! Alas, that period doesn’t last too long. For the most part, we can only look out of the window at our yard, waiting for spring to return - and sometimes, we don’t even do that. But what if there was a way to make the most of your yard all the year round? Well, maybe there is. Take a look at some of our useful tips below, and you can make the most of your green space even once summer has left us.

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Looking for Birds

You might retreat to the warmth of your home during fall and winter, but not all animals do! While some hibernate for the winter, others carry on searching for food. Yet, of course, it’s much more difficult when the weather has turned so much colder! You can help those birds, and other creatures make it through the season unscathed by putting out food in a bird feeder. You’ll be doing a good thing...and also giving yourself something to look at from the cosy interior!

A Fire Pit

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be in our yard and be warm, no matter what time of the year it was? Well, you can. It’s called a fire pit! Add one of these to your outdoor space, and you’ll be able to sit outside and look at the stars, even the temperatures are plummeting. They’re easy to have installed and maintain. Instead of curling up in front of the TV every night, you’ll be able to sit in front of a roaring fire under a million stars. Sounds pretty good, right!

Hot and Cold

The Scandinavians do a lot of things right. During the winter, they take ice baths and then warm up in the sauna. It’s a great way to get the blood flowing! And if you have a pool, you can do a version of this yourself. Pool heaters allow you to keep the water temperature high even when the air temperature is freezing. There’s nothing quite like taking a warm swim when the surrounding air is so cold! If you don’t have a swimming pool, look at adding a jacuzzi. They’re a great way to spend a Friday evening with some friends when it’s too cold to venture out!

A Wonderland

You can do things to make your yard look good, too. One of the best - not to mention magical - ways is to add lighting. They work well at all times of the year, but especially so during fall and winter, when the night is oh so dark.

Early Morning Coffee

And then there’s the old favorite: a steaming cup of coffee on a cold morning. Set up a comfortable outdoor seating area, and you’ll be able to start your day in the cool outdoors. It’s a great way to get a dose of outdoors, no matter the time of year.

Experts Only: When To Step Back From DIY And Leave It To The Professionals

If you’re part of a busy, family home; there will always be issues that crop up that need sorting out and fixing 
as soon as possible, especially when you all need to get on with things as usual. 
Often, it might be tempting to try and resolve a problem yourself or ask a family member to fix it, to save time 
and money. However, there are some areas of the house that should be left to qualified professionals, so that
 nobody is putting themselves at risk and no further damage is caused. Maybe you’re trained in a specific area
 of household repair, in which case; go right ahead! But, if like most average families, non of you have the expertise
 to do an impeccable job (which is what’s needed); it’s time to find out who the best folks for the task are. 
The following are some areas in your home to think twice about, before taking on the work yourself!

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The Water Works

Ask yourself if you know how to switch the water off in your home, and if you don’t, then learn how to quickly.
 If you’ve called a professional in for a burst water pipe repair job in your home; you don’t want to spend the time
 it takes them to arrive, worrying about the water spilling out into your house. Similarly with any plumbing issue around
 your house, if you can turn the water off as soon as possible yourself, you’ll save your home from severe water 
damage and the money it will cost to rectify it. Plumbers and qualified repair people are the only way to ensure 
that your home is watertight and functioning properly. So, learn your basics and call in for help whenever you need it;
 it’ll be worth the investment for your house and your peace of mind.

The Structural Side

The building and structure of your home, whether it’s the walls, roof, or flooring, are not worth the dangerous risks 
of doing the building work yourself when you’re unsure of what you’re doing. It’s always smarter to call your partner 
off the roof and back down the ladder, and ring a qualified team to come and assess the situation, before giving you a
 quote and completing the renovation job properly. Never put you and your family at risk from unsafe building work, 
as it’s not going to be worth it. Know when to spend your money on a professional job, and ensure that your whole 
family live in a comfortable, safe environment.

The Electrical Wiring

You will have already taught your kids all about the danger of electricity, so it’s time to listen to your own advice 
and steer clear of faulty wires and anything that might give you a shock. When a fuse has gone or switched off in 
your home; they can be pretty simple to replace, and it might just be a matter of flicking a switch back on. 
Therefore, it’s always worth having a torch and batteries to utilize. However, if the problem is more serious, and the 
house needs any rewiring or new wires added; you’ll need to call an electrician. If you leave electrical issues 
untreated, it can bring danger into your home. You may have to spend some money and effort in the right electrics company, but the 
safety of your family will come first, so it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Moms- Here's How You Can Get Moving More!

As moms, we’re great at keeping tabs on our children's health. We feed them healthy food, 
make sure they get plenty of exercise and impose strict bedtimes so they’re getting 
enough sleep. We limit sugary snacks and make healthy swaps so that their little 
bodies have everything they need. However, we might not be so good at looking after 
ourselves. This is counter productive because of course, we need to be healthy and 
energetic in order to look after our families to the best of our ability, but we can often 
feel like we simply don’t get the time or have the energy to hit the gym or workout. 

However there are ways around this, and one of the best things you can do is get active 
WITH your kids. Not only is this a great time to bond and have fun but you set a good 
example to them. Here are a few family friendly activities you can do which will keep your 
kids fit as well as yourself.

Bike rides
Once your kids are old enough to ride a bike, even if it’s only with stabilisers then this 
is a great opportunity to get out having fun. Biking is fantastic exercise, it tones the lower
 body and improves cardiovascular endurance. You could research biking routes around your 
area or head down to the local park. Chances are it will make you feel nostalgic about your 
own childhood if you’ve not rode a bike in some time, but it’s true what they say- you won't 
forget! Hop on your bike and enjoy time spent with the kids taking in the views and fresh air.

Educational walks
Walking is one of the best activities you can do- it’s accessible, free and something that
 people at most fitness levels can do. Just make sure you have a supportive pair of walking 
shoes, sore feet can be corrected with insoles such as Biopods It goes to 
show that exercise doesn't have to be all about going for the burn, and a nice walk can be
 relaxing and a chance to chat to your children in different surroundings. Do you have woods,
 rivers, canals or beaches close to where you live? Check out some trails and go on walks 
or hikes together. You could print out some activity sheets from Pinterest and look out for
 different plants, animals or minibeasts together. It’s a fun way to learn and stay active at the
 same time. You could take some binoculars and go bird watching, or even bring a couple of 
small teddy bears and have a teddy bears picnic in the woods or somewhere scenic.

Outdoor games
Frisbee, football, rounders and cricket are just a few examples of simple games you could 
play at the local park or beach. Invite some members of the family and organise a game 
with teams, the competition can give you a boost and you’ll all have so much fun that it 
won’t even feel like exercise. These are the sort of things that will help you make memories 
with your children and it’s a wonderful way to get everyone moving.

In Memory

Last Friday there was a homicide in our capital city where I live, it made our calm and quiet city go into chaos.

2 police officers were killed ~Cst Costello and Cst Burns

2 civilians were killed.

No one really knows there reasons why
You can read the story here

my heart is really torn because these people have families, these people are sons and daughters and now they are gone over a senseless act of violence.

May they rest in Peace.
Our city is standing together and healing together, we appreciate your prayers over the next while as we heal together.  Last night we had a hands held over the city, so everyone met downtown and everyone joined hands, we have first res ponders join etc, it was the most beautiful sight.

This photo immediately brought a rush of tears. I can honestly say, I’ve never been so moved, so filled with emotion just from looking at a photo. I wish I could have been there to stand with everyone, to show my love and care.land. 
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