It's that time of year again. The trees are changing colors, the squirrels are furiously gathering nuts, and the air has that crisp autumn smell that I love. It's the perfect opportunity to take a fall adventure walk!
Grab your kids, dogs, and friends and head to the nearest park. If your group is big enough, divide it into teams. Each group gets a list and their mission is to collect or observe as many things on the list as possible. Items you can add to the list include:
Add as many things to the list as possible and set a time limit. The group that checks off the most items wins a prize. You can also bring along apple cider and a treat to enjoy by everyone.
Take the time to enjoy the beauty of nature!
Spring is here! We have waited a long time for it and now you look outside with dread at the amount of work to do in your garden, lawn, decks and patios! Do not fear, you can manage it! First, make a list of what you want to do and space it out. This strategy will help your back and your budget!
Try to do as much as you can yourself. Labor is expensive. If you cannot physically handle spring clean-up tasks, consider hiring local teenagers to assist, they are more affordable than professional services. Or if you have nice neighbors, maybe you can make them dinner in exchange for their labor services.
Lawn fertilizer can be purchased at your local stores (price compare) and apply it yourself to keep costs down.
Consider repainting winter worn furniture or purchasing affordable cushions or pillows to hide wear. It is more affordable than replacing them. Many people replace their furniture in the spring, so keep an eye out for furniture that can be easily repaired on the curb or in local resale ads.
Spring is time to split many over-sized plants. Consider forming a neighborhood swap of available cuttings to keep the cost of new plants down.
Go to local outlet stores to purchase perennial plants. Perennial plants typically come back the following year and make your investment last longer. Avoid annual plants as they will only last this year before they die.
Buy seed packets and plant flowers and plants in repurposed containers that you have stored in the garage and basement. Not only is it more affordable, but it is fun to see the process of plants sprouting and growing.
Consider planting fruits and vegetables so that you not only have green plants, but profit from the fruits and vegetables that will grow all summer and fall.
Read online tips for common problems with your yard (brown grass, dying plants, pest control, etc.) Often they will have home remedies that are very affordable.
If you buy mulch or firewood to be delivered, consider including your neighbors to split only one delivery fee.
Please share with us any budget friendly tips that we didn't mention! Happy Spring!
I live in Ohio which means I see a lot of snow in the winter. It sure is pretty but it can be a real pain to shovel. By pain, I mean back pain!! My doctor recently told me she has seen a ton of people coming through her office who hurt their back shoveling. Don't let this happen to you. There are tips that will make your shoveling a safe and more enjoyable experience:
The good news is spring is just around the corner!!
I love plants. They bring a fresh pop of color to any living space and also a bit of nature indoors. I walked around my house and counted a total of 21 pots with greenery. It got me to thinking of the health benefits so I did some research and here's what I found out:
If you think you want to try some plants in your house, start off small with some easy to grow ones such as spider plants, ivy, or philodendrons. Make sure you water them when the soil is dry to the touch (every 2 weeks or so in the winter). If you need a reminder to water, just schedule it on your calendar.
To reap the above benefits, experts recommend you have 1 large plant (8 inch diameter pot) for every 100 square feet of your house. That may seem like a lot but over time you will find your collection of plants grows. I have some that are over 20 years old!!! Happy planting.
I love Sundays. It's our day to unwind. We usually get up early and cook a big family breakfast. We try to keep it semi-healthy, but a little indulgence is okay too. This morning we had an old fashioned sausage bake with scrambled eggs, potatoes, turkey sausage, and lite cheese. So good!
Once breakfast is over it's time to hit the trails. That involves lacing up the hiking boots, slapping a harness on Scooby, and hitting the road. Today's hike took us over two rivers, down a winding trail, and through a bit of forest where the autumn leaves were blowing. By the time we got home we were all relaxed and in a fabulous mood.
I'm telling you this because hiking is a wonderful form of cardiovascular exercise. Your body has to make continuous postural adjustments on a typical hiking trail. You also tend to walk longer which keeps that heart pumping. Best of all, it's something you can do with the entire family. Smaller children and dogs usually love walking in the woods. Even teenagers can slap on their headphones and trek along while the adults chat to each other. Jim and I have had some of our best talks while walking in the woods.
Hiking can even take on a spiritual quality for some people. Paying attention to the birds singing, the squirrels playing, the wind, the sunlight reflected on a stream....all of these things can be quite magical in the right frame of mind. I personally find that reconnecting with nature on a weekly basis keeps me calm and grounded. It also tones my heart muscle and my legs!!
If you think you might want to try hiking, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
If you are looking for a fun cardiovascular activity to do with friends or family, hiking may be just the ticket. Happy trails!!!
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