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Five Ways to Design an Outdoor Space for Your Kids

Five Ways to Design an Outdoor Space for Your Kids

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the kids are…playing video games. Trying to usher your kids outside to play in the summer heat can be daunting, especially when competing against computer games and TV shows. One of our go-to ways to create an irresistible cove is by designing an outdoor space for kids using their favorite activities married with fun design elements. Here are our top five ways to get your kids off the couch and into the backyard:

Classic swing set

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    Very few outdoor activities prove to be more fun and worth the expense than a good old-fashioned swing set. Whether your kids are learning to walk or approaching their tween years, they all can appreciate a swing set that incorporates sky-high swinging capabilities and cool design details. If you have kids of all ages, we suggest opting for a playset that combines several swings, a slide, and other activities like rock climbing or a lookout post for your little explorers.

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    Modern tree house

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      A cool tree house is a great incentive for your kids to spend more time outdoors, and it can be super adult-friendly, too! Perch your treehouse between the largest trees in your yard and make it spacious enough to hold a few lawn chairs or even a bistro set. Add elements like a tire swing, rope course and ladder for kids to play on while you enjoy a glass of wine with a view.

      Conversation pit

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        If you have older kids, chances are a swing set won’t entice them to get out from in front of the computer. Instead, create a conversation pit using lawn chairs, outdoor furniture, a fire pit, plants and ambient lighting for your kids and their friends to enjoy snacks, games and good times outside. After the kids have gone to bed, gather your friends for a bite and a glass of bubbles to toast to the summer evening.

        Splash zone

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          While a pool is always a great fix for summertime blues, it may not be in the budget this year, or you might lack the square footage to install a full-sized lagoon. However, on a hot summer day, there is nothing quite like splashing around in cool water. Installing a fountain on a timer is a great way to get younger kids to beg you to take them outdoors to play. To make it eco-friendly, configure your fountain system to recycle the water.

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          Stay-at-home movie theater

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            The only thing better than going to the movies on a warm summer night is to stay at home and watch one in your own backyard! Encourage the kids to invite their friends; set up a screening area with lawn chairs, tables, lighting, and cushions; and play your favorite film using a digital projector and blank wall. Serve up dinner in your outdoor kitchen and set out snacks during the film for movie night alfresco.

            While these five outdoor home improvement ideas are awesome ways to keep your kids entertained outside this summer, there are many more that can help kids take more ownership of their home (and get a few chores done at the same time)! We love the idea of planting a garden or a few fruit trees and teaching the kids to take care of the plants by watering them, turning the soil, and then harvesting their work. If you have a pet, creating an obstacle course with trees and plants in your backyard is a fun way to give your pets and kids exercise all at once.

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            What are some of your favorite ways to encourage kids to play outside this summer? Have you tried any of our suggestions above? We’d love to know!

            Featured photo credit: Alwayswin via shutterstock.com

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            Published on April 9, 2021

            50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

            50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

            Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

            Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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            The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

            Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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            1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
            2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
            3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
            4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
            5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
            6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
            7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
            8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
            9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
            10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
            11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
            12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
            13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
            14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
            15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
            16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
            17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
            18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
            19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
            20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
            21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
            22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
            23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
            24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
            25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
            26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
            27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
            28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
            29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
            30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
            31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
            32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
            33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
            34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
            35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
            36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
            37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
            38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
            39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
            40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
            41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
            42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
            43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
            44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
            45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
            46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
            47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
            48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
            49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
            50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

            Final Thoughts

            Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

            They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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            If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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