gardening with kids

With the spring season upon us, it is likely that kids will want to run free outside in the pleasant weather once again; and not just for hunting Easter eggs! Therefore, it is no wonder that you may be concerned as to whether or not your own garden is child friendly. Not to worry however, as making a garden suitable for children is easier than you would think.

The Main Concern: Security!

When making your garden suitable for kids, the main question is how do I keep my children safe? This is something that can be tackled easily by taking a few simple precautions like adding a gate to ensure that they do not suddenly decide to venture outside without you, for example! A lesser unknown no-no for the garden is the exclusion of dangerous plants however. Plants with thorns are the obvious ones, but also ones such as Yew or Laburnum should definitely be avoided as well.

Activities

A must for any child-friendly garden to keep your kids stimulated. Supplying activities for children in the garden allows them to create strong and positive memories of being outside that will stay with them forever. This does not mean however that you need to give them a full itinerary of things to do; giving them a choice of playing on a slide or swing or making a den is something that all kids will appreciate. You could also join in on the fun yourself by letting them to help you plant herbs as a small garden project that also gives you the opportunity of spending quality time with them.

Storage

Fun is a key part of keeping your garden child-friendly, but you also do not want it to look messy either for the more adult occasions. Therefore, equip your garden with small storage outlet to keep toys from being scattered all across the grass. A great and less intrusive way of doing this could me placing toys inside a log cabin for when not in use. The cabins such as the ones made by iLikeLogCabins are stylistically generous in terms of space, perfect for putting away outdoor toys while also being able for other uses as well.

With these few simple things to keep in mind, it should be a less daunting task of keeping your children safe as well as stimulated whilst out in the garden. However if in doubt, KidsInTheGarden.co.uk offer other helpful tips on making your garden child-friendly; ultimately keeping you and your child satisfied whilst experiencing the refreshing outdoors.

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make the most of your attic

Many attics fall foul of ‘dumping ground’ syndrome, where you open the door, throw in the items and run. With a little organization and a few tweaks, they can be so much more.

Floor & Walls

If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good idea to board out the floor, making sure you have plenty of insulation underneath. This will allow you to walk around without fear of putting your foot between the joist beams, plus it makes keeping the attic clean far easier. You could also put plasterboard on the walls, giving you the potential to use it as a guest or play room. Electric sockets would be useful too, for charging power tools, for instance.

Organize

Zone your items, with things that you’re likely to need more frequently placed near the door, rather than the holiday decorations. Keep similar items together, in clearly labelled or color-coded boxes. Shelving units are ideal, even if only for the gable-end walls, as they free up floor space. If you use vacuum bags for storing linens and clothing, ensure the items have been freshly cleaned or laundered prior to storing, otherwise unseen moth eggs can hatch and do a lot of damage. When stowing luggage, think of a Russian doll: shoulder bag inside carry on bag, which goes into a large suitcase. However you organize your items, try to make it so you can locate things at a glance, and it’s easy to sweep or vacuum into every corner.

Light & Heat

A single bulb dangling from a cord is not sufficient. You need light to reach all areas, particularly if you’re going to use your attic for something other than storage. LED strip lighting is energy efficient and comes flexible or rigid, making it suitable for all sorts of spaces.

Keeping your attic aired out is important, so if possible, install a window or two. Depending on the weather, it’s good to get the air circulating as often as possible. If it’s not easy to manoeuver yourself past the stowed items to get to the windows, there is a solution. Electric window-openers, such as those sold by Rocburn, will open and shut the windows at the flick of a switch. There’s even a sensor available which will shut the windows automatically, if it starts to rain. If you can’t install windows and your attic collects moisture, a dehumidifier can help to solve the problem.

With the proper organization, your attic can hold much more than you’d imagine. By boarding it out and adding windows, you can have that much-needed extra room.

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choosing the right lock

While it’s nice to imagine a world where there’s no need to fit door locks, the reality is that you just can’t take the risk. But what are the best types to install?

How to Choose?

The first thing to consider is what your doors are made from. Timber doors can be fitted with a number of different lock types, whereas uPVC doors and windows tend to come fitted with a multi-point locking system as standard. With some basic DIY skills and a good drill driver, such as those sold by Anglia Tool Centre, fitting a new lock on a timber door is relatively straightforward. There are different security levels for some types, such as those with either three or five levers. For external doors, opt for five levers and ensure it conforms to British Standard BS3621 and carries the kite mark. Three lever locks are suitable for internal doors that may need securing.

Mortice Sashlock

For timber doors, this lock is fitted inside the door casing and combines the bolt of a mortice lock, with a handle-operated latch. It means the door can be opened and closed via the handle, then locked securely with a key.

Mortice Deadlock

Simpler than a sashlock, this is a key-operated bolt, normally fitted at waist-height, which is usually used in conjunction with a deadlatch for better security.

Nightlatch

Also known as deadlatches, they are fitted to the inside of the door at shoulder height and have a spring-loaded latch. A rim cylinder is then fitted to the outside, which is connected to the lock through a hole in the door. Turning the lock handle causes the latch to draw back inside and be secured there with the press of a button, when required. They are useful because the door can be locked simply by closing it. A key unlocks the door from the outside, with some models having lockable handles, offering greater security. They cost quite a bit more than a mortice lock but the combination is very effective.

Smart Lock

If you’re always losing or forgetting your keys, then a smart lock may be the answer. There are versions where you can adapt any lock in seconds and others where they supply a special deadbolt. The beauty is that your smartphone unlocks the door, so it’s one less item you need to remember to take with you. And you can send e-keys to anyone, anywhere, so that they can gain entry when you’re not there, which could very useful in an emergency. Sesame’s smart lock has yet to be fully launched but Kwikset’s Kevo is available now. Is this the future of door security?

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deal with stress

1. Disconnect Digitally

We’re always connected these days. Smartphones have allowed us to receive and send information so seamlessly in different ways, it can be hard to take a break from work or the digital world if your phone won’t give you a break from those push notifications and messages.

If you want to relax, turn off the computer and put your phone on Airplane Mode for at least an hour or two. This is really beneficial first thing in the morning and at night before bed. If you find it hard to do this for a few hours, try doing it in 10 to 15 minute increments first! You’ll get used to it and fully enjoy time with only yourself.

2. Reading and Writing

If you’re feeling really stressed, writing in a journal will help you hope and even shed light on problems you’re going through. If you’d rather escape, explore a new novel and lose yourself in another world. These activities are usually things people do reluctantly in fear that they’re missing out on something else — taking time out of your day to spend time alone for reading and writing is something most people claim they have no time for. Again, start small!

Try choosing one of these to do for 10 minutes at a time. Soon you’ll find yourself feeling less stressed and looking forward to this moment of letting go. If you’re having trouble getting started with writing, check out this helpful blog post from Monica, Journal Writing and Journal Entry Ideas.

3. A Hot Cup

Whether you prefer tea, coffee, warm milk, or even just hot water with lemon, a hot beverage always hits the spot. Make yourself your favorite hot cup and drink it while doing something you love to do. It could be working on something online, watching a movie, reading, or doing absolutely nothing at all.

4. Have a “Me” Day Every Week

Dedicating one day to yourself every week will be beneficial in so many ways. You will have a reason to block out time for yourself, and you will feel less like you are stressing out to live only for productivity. Use the day to do things you tell yourself you don’t have time for — do your nails, enjoy a bath, use a mask on your hair and skin, or make a DIY beauty product.

5. Go Outside

Getting outside is something everyone could do more often. Take a walk, go on a hike, visit the park to read a book, go on a run, grab some sun at the beach, meditate or do yoga in your backyard. Fresh air and sunshine are cures for a lot of the problems we convince ourselves we have. Being outside puts things in perspective — life is beautiful, and you’re here to enjoy it!

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big home renovations spring

With spring creeping ever closer, many homeowners look to update their home, from a simple sprucing up of furnishings to more large-scale renovations. If you are considering the latter option, look no further for inspiration those extra hours of natural light into your home. Renovations can be intimidating, but with the right ideas and know-how, updating your home can be a breeze.

With spring creeping ever closer, many homeowners look to update their home, from a simple sprucing up of furnishings to more large-scale renovations. If you are considering the latter option, look no further for inspiration those extra hours of natural light into your home. Renovations can be intimidating, but with the right ideas and know-how, updating your home can be a breeze.

Change the doors

One of the best ways to renovate your home in a way that makes a big impact is to change up the doors – and there are numerous possibilities for this. If you want to save space in a small bedroom or study, for example, consider swapping traditional swinging doors for sliding ones for that extra bit of room. Alternatively, if you want to make the most out of your garden and create a bright, yet classical look, consider installing french doors. In this way, you essentially get an entire wall as a window, allowing you to let in more natural light into a room, without losing any heat. French doors are also a fantastic option for creating space by connecting multiple rooms, such as creating a kitchen/dining room or living room/dining room combination, as in this example.

Add a conservatory

If you are considering adding an extension to your home, a good starting point is a conservatory. Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location fame advises that conservatories are a great way to extend your home, but to “make sure it matches the style of the rest of the house” to look its best. In order to keep a modern feel to your conservatory and the room to which it is attached, consider decorating them in the same way, or treating the conservatory as an extension to the room. This will also help to make the most of the extra daylight which a conservatory brings in.

Install bay windows

If a conservatory is too big a project for you, consider instead creating more space in a living room or front room by installing a bay window. Not only do bay windows add extra light, but there are numerous ways to utilise the extra space. If you have no space for a home office, consider placing a desk in the recess of the bay window so that you can make a small well-lit study space. Another idea is to build a window seat for extra sitting options as a reading nook, or for entertaining or during family time – particularly as the body of the seat can be used as extra storage for putting away blankets and cushions when they are no longer needed.

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