Welcome back to another guide full of seasonal topics. Our 2020 Summer Guide is here! This is all about summer from getting your body summer ready, indoor and outdoor organizing, play for the kids and travel. If it fits the sunny weather topic, we will feature it.
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Summer is finally here, but due to the current state of the world, most Americans are staying at home having been forced to forego their vacation plans. But, instead of feeling sad about being stuck at home and not on a beach sipping a mojito, you can take this as an opportunity to tackle a few summer home maintenance projects. A little pain now will provide big gains later – you’ll ensure that your home not only runs smoothly throughout the summer but also when the colder seasons eventually come.
Assess the state of your roof
You may not think so, but summer is the best time to check your roof and gutters to ensure they’re still in good shape. The last thing you want is to realize that you have a leaky roof when it starts raining in the fall or, even worse, during winter when it’s so hard to get up there and fix it. You can start by checking your gutters to see if there is an excessive amount of granules since they can be a sign of roof issues. Also, look for any chips or cracks in the roof, missing shingles, and water stains on the underside of the attic as they can indicate that your roof needs repair. Make sure to clean out your gutters as well to get rid of leaves and debris that could clog the water runoff and cause damage to the sides of your house.
Check the plumbing system
A smoothly and efficiently operating plumbing system ensures that you have clean, freshwater flowing out of your faucets as well as warm water to keep your family clean. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t think about their plumbing system when it comes to summer home maintenance until a problem arises, by which time they’re left with a huge mess and a large bill. You can avoid this by checking your plumbing system regularly to catch small problems early before they get worse. Start by checking for leaks in pipe valves, faucets, toilet flappers, showerheads, and loose pipe fittings.
You also want to ensure that all your drains are not clogged, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom; all drains must have a full swirl as the water goes down. Your water heater may also need a tuneup if you notice any signs of damage, including getting cold or lukewarm water, a foul smell coming from your faucet, a complete discoloration of hot water, or low hot water pressure. Most types of water heater damage can be repaired by a professional, but if your heater has served you for more than a decade, it might be a good time to get a new one.
Tune up your HVAC system
The HVAC system is vital for keeping your home comfortable regardless of the weather conditions outside. This is another summer home maintenance must! First of all, since you need your air conditioner most during the hot summer days, you can check it to ensure that it’s cooling properly. While at it, clean the filter to get rid of debris that could make it hard for the system to cool your home or even replace it if necessary. The heating system also needs some TLC to ensure that it’s ready for its busiest seasons – fall and winter. If anything seems off with your HVAC system, your best bet is to hire a professional HVAC company to perform a full and thorough service of the entire system.
As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all your systems are always working efficiently. Proper summer home maintenance practices not only keep you comfortable and happy in your home but also help you to prolong its life and boost its value.
Staying home was fun at first, but now it might feel like your kids have done everything possible indoors. They might have completed a video game, used all their toys or become sick of playing the same board games. Everyone’s ready to go outside, but the world needs people to stay at home a little longer.
The next time you and your kids feel cooped up, get outside with these stay safe at home activities. You won’t need to risk your health to get active and have fun in new ways.
1. Create Nature Sculptures
If you have clay or playdough at home, you’re in luck. Forget about sitting around the kitchen table for another hour and get outside. Ask your children to find little bits of nature around your yard, like leaves or small sticks. They can bring everything back and stick them in the playdough to create nature sculptures. Let them dry overnight and you’ll have a new art installation at home.
2. Draw a Chalk Obstacle Course
You’ve spent many afternoons watching your kids draw stick figures and small pictures on the driveway with chalk, but now it’s your turn. Grab your favorite colors and draw a chalk obstacle course that encourages your kids to exercise. They can run, jump, spin and hop their way through to the end and add new challenges their next time through.
3. Set Up the Sprinkler
Most kids love going to the pool, but not many people have one in the backyard. Instead, hook up your garden hose to a sprinkler and let your kids run through it in their bathing suits for a half hour. They’ll love the time in the sun and your lawn will appreciate the extra water during the hot summer afternoons.
If you think your kids are too old to find a sprinkler fun on its own, introduce them to new games that will make them look at the sprinkler in a whole new way. See who can win the different games or come up with new ones to pass the time.
4. Teach Them Sports
Households with two or more kids are the perfect place for backyard sports. Introduce them to the rules of soccer or baseball if you have the right equipment in the garage. They might fall in love with being on a team or playing the sport and turn it into a lifelong hobby that carries them through college and their careers.
5. Start a Scavenger Hunt
Anyone looking for something their kids will enjoy that’s also inexpensive will love the idea of starting a scavenger hunt. The first step is to make a list of all the things they have to find. You can write down objects they’ll find in your yard or hide secret surprises for them to discover.
Another way to make scavenger hunts fun is to establish a prize. Maybe your kids would love a later bedtime, an extra scoop of ice cream at night or a movie night with you. Tailor the prize to what they’d like and the game will mean so much more to them.
6. Find New Grill Recipes
Eating outside is also an activity many families are enjoying now that the weather is warm. Pull out your grill, clean the grate and use a cast-iron skillet for cooking new recipes everyone will adore. After you finish your flaky fish or sautéed mushrooms, lay everything out on a blanket and make it a picnic. Don’t forget to set up fun extras like a speaker with music and special drinks to make it an occasion.
7. Grow a Garden
Do your kids love hands-on activities? Teach them about how the world works by growing a garden together. You can find flower or vegetable seeds at most grocery stores or order them for delivery. Get some soil and teach your family how to plant seeds in pots or your yard.
Gardening is an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about responsibility and new skills because they’re personally involved. They’ll become more confident in their abilities, study how plants grow and express their creativity through how they decorate their garden.
8. Host a Camping Night
Stretch your outdoor fun into the night when everyone camps outside. Show your children how to set up a tent and even start a fire if you have a fire pit. You can cook outside, roast marshmallows and watch the stars come out. Entertain everyone with spooky stories or hang fairy lights around your yard for ambiance. Adventurous kids will love a vacation away from their rooms and you’ll create memories they’ll treasure.
Tailor to Their Interests
Think about what your children do for fun and tailor your outdoor activities to their interests. Maybe they’d love helping you draw a chalk obstacle course. They might want to help make food to grill for dinner or plant a garden by your side. Find new ideas they’ll enjoy and everyone can have fun and stay safe outside.
This is not just another shampoo and conditioner. Masami is made of clean ingredients including Mekabu. This is a Japanese seaweed that brings so much hydration to your hair. Does it really hydrate? Yes! And it doesn’t weigh our hair down.
I say ‘our’ hair because my 12 year old son took over the Masami Styling Cream. from the first day he used it I told him I wanted to use his hair to try it out. It was almost dry after a shower and I rubbed some of the styling cream in my hand first then ran it through his hair. After adding a tad more and styling it which means just doing a messy long hair toss I ran my fingers through his hair a few times admiring how soft his hair was. He was curious too and asked if I actually put cream in or was it conditioner? It was the styling cream. It kept his hair tame all day and he had no residue and it smells great too.
What I have pictured is the Masami Trial Travel Kit where I can try all of the products. Straight from a family-owned seaweed company they use mekabu powder that is found beneath the Wakame leaf and is filled with ocean vitamins and minerals. This is why the hydrating power is so incredible and you will notice it from the very first use. A little goes a long way so a bottle of their product will last you a while. With summer coming, now is the time to start adding extra hydration to your hair and skin.