Cool Ideas for a Family-Friendly Backyard

As cold and harsh weather gives way to soothing spring temperatures, we feel the magnetic pull of the outside world. The rejuvenating greenery of grass and trees is always there to greet us, but why not go the extra mile? No matter how big or small the yard is there is most likely a way to transform this outdoor space into a family oasis infused with homey comfort. This is an opportunity to achieve an active lifestyle brimming with utter fun and joy.

A central stage

The first thing to consider is how you want to utilize the space. Also, you have to ask yourself how many people will use it and how often. That should give you an idea about the features to be included. They can encompass everything from a fireplace and a dining area to a cocktail patio. Just note that strangely-shaped backyards provide special challenges in design. Hence, it is of the utmost importance to plan ahead of time.

A spacious patio is a must-have. It makes large family gatherings possible and establishes a seamless connection between interior and the backyard. A massive fireplace with a mural is a perfect focal point, making it a spot where one can unwind and melt the stress away after a long day. On the other hand, there is no need to spend a truckload of money on décor. Get your creative juices flowing and take on exciting DIY projects.

Make sure to invest in outdoor furniture sets to provide comfortable seating. Of course, weather-resistant pieces are highly recommended when putting together a durable outdoor area. The weather, though, is not the only natural enemy. I had to rely on professional services to identify potential timber damage as well as the presence of pests such as termites in furniture and decks.

Child’s play

Furthermore, create a space for kids. It might be a good idea to section it off with screens made from lattice fencing attached to posts. A row of brightly-colored plants like sunflowers can play the same role and add playful charm to the space. Likewise, there are many landscaping tricks to separate spaces within the yard. For instance, beds planted with tall plants and evergreen serve as handy natural borders and dividers.

A playhouse or a tree house could be just what the children need. Still, if you opt for plastic playing equipment, try to introduce more of the natural presence around. A sandbox is a nice addition as it can be converted into a raised vegetable garden. Vegetables always bring benefits for the family as they invite them to plant, tend, and harvest together. Oh, and do not forget to plant a plenty of grass for a soft surface for outdoor activities and sports.

Footloose and fancy-free

Once the kids have a place to enjoy their escapades, turn the attention to the set-apart space reserved for adults. A game room or pavilion is a chance to engage in favorite activities while the breeze fondles you. A waterproof pool table is a common sight in many entertainment areas, and curtains can be utilized to protect the players from the elements. A daybed positioned between container planters, on the other hand, is the perfect place to recharge the batteries.

Outdoor lighting allows everyone to stay outdoors even as the night beckons and snuggles the yard. It keeps the party going and ensures the much-needed functionality. What is more, it highlights landscaping and architectural features. Feel free to follow your taste. Lighting is the final piece of the puzzle you’ll need to assemble a backyard family refuge where you can curl up together and spend some quality time.

Make the magic happen

A magical backyard sanctuary brings the family closer together. In order to make the most of it, strive to summon a homelike atmosphere and give everyone something to enjoy. A hangout spot is paramount, but so are secluded areas for a more private chilling out. So, get inspired and roll up your sleeves. Merge prime functionality with swell aesthetics and immerse in the great outdoors with your family members for months to come.

6 ‘Secret’ Google Search Tricks for Genealogy That’ll Help You Find Your Ancestors

Most of us use Google search to look for our ancestors on a regular basis. After all, once we’re done searching our favorite family history sites directly,

Check out this link for good search tips: 6 ‘Secret’ Google Search Tricks for Genealogy That’ll Help You Find Your Ancestors | Family History Daily

Three Ways To Showcase Your Family History

Our families are one of the primary reasons we feel the need to get out of bed every day. While we all tend to fight, argue and disagree, there is always a special bond and love that will carry through the generations.

Many of us may have a family tree tucked away in a box in a dusty attic or created a genealogy tree online. It is time to bring that family tree to the forefront of your decorating. No longer do you have to keep your family roots hidden in a corner of the attic. Yes, that even includes bringing creepy Uncle Edgar out for everyone to see.

Here are three ways to bring your family history to life with beautiful wall art decor.

Family Vinyl Wall Decal

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to begin your decorating journey is with a family vinyl wall decal. These vinyl decals are perfect for those who are not quite confident with their art or decorating skills. One of the best types of decals for a project like this is a tree.

The decals are easy to place on the wall. Simply peel off the backing and place the tree on the wall, smoothing until you are satisfied that all the air bubbles have been removed. Once the tree has been placed on the wall, you can begin placing your family history. One of the easiest ways to do this is by printing out small pictures and placing them in either matching or eclectic frames and hanging them from the branches.

Creating a Gorgeous Mural

Another option is to create a mural as big as you need. Keeping in line with the above vinyl wall art tree, you can easily paint a tree that is designed for your family. This tree can grow as large or as small as you desire.

Keep in mind you do not have to be the perfect artist for a project like this. Take a few moments sketching some trees in a pad until you have a design you are happy with. Make sure to get the whole family involved in the drawing or painting aspect. Once the tree has dried on your living room wall, you can accent it with words or phrases created with vinyl wall art, and it is once again time to add the family photographs to the wall. To make this project a little easier, it is fine to not paint individual leaves on the tree. You may find that drawing and painting branches is a much easier process!

Simple Family Tree Lettering

If the thought of placing a giant literal family tree is not exactly to your liking, you can still create a similar concept with a series of pictures of your family history. One of the easiest ways to create a photographic family tree is by creating three rows of pictures and fill the wall from top to bottom. You can use vinyl letters at the top of the tree to denote “The Jones Family” if you desire.

Using Furniture and Antiques

While vinyl art is perhaps the easiest way to create a living family tree in your home, it is not the only way. It is always possible to use existing furniture already found within your home. Perhaps you have a set of shelves or a china cabinet that is gathering dust in the home. It can be refurbished as a home to place all of your family members from the past and present. Use the top shelves for the founding members of your family and the lower rows for parents, children and grandchildren.

In addition, this is an excellent way to showcase special mementos and memories of people from your family who have passed on. Perhaps you have your grandfather’s favorite pipe or an aunt’s necklace, place it next to the photograph. This allows you to visit and share special memories every day.

The key takeaway from creating a family tree art project is to simply use your own creativity and imagination. This is a perfect way to showcase the family you love and are proud of.

About the Author

Aric Shelby personally designs high-quality vinyl wall art for use in homes and commercial spaces. With a wide selection of designs at a variety of price points, it’s easy for consumers to find exactly the style they need to make their spaces look spectacular when searching Aric’s designs. View them all at




Differences Between The Cold, Flu And H1N1 (Chart)

1506751_803228223024987_1473409493_nHere is a quick guide to tell you the differences between the cold, flu and H1N1. It is pretty precise and should help guide you in making a decision about your health care. So many try and put off going to the doctors trying their best to work with home remedies, and although that is great, it appears if you have severe body cramps and a fever you should seek help immediately. Take care of you and you family – many this season have died rather abruptly from getting sick from what seems like outta nowhere.

New Year – Your Year In A Jar

1525475_634106519965180_2099441792_n1531666_729652940398526_406026806_nWhat a great way to remember a year and to make sure you will always remember the small things that happen to you during the year. Keep a jar for each person in the family or one big one for the whole family available for easy insertion of notes. When something good happens, good grades, births, graduation, weddings, things you are thankful for etc write about them on a note and insert them into a jar. The following new years eve take time to reflect on what has happen the previous year. Make it a tradition to do with your family.