Building Your Child A Treehouse

Building a treehouse looks like a piece of cake to your kid, but a couple of boards of some misshapen nails, wood and a trip to A&E after brings the entire notion crashing back

Step one would be to select your tree, rather on your own property and out of view from people to prevent any suits that are unwanted. It is not quite complex, larger is better, make sure that the tree isn’t rotten inside and attempt and picked one within reach with several big branches. That you’ll need to use if you’re able to locate a couple of trees close together it is possible to build reducing the quantity of struts.

Clearly you’ll want the stuff but should you’t have any already, purchase or borrow some tools. Judge the size of the stuff how large you really would like to assemble it and you need according to the tree. Consider the maximum measurements and have at least three bits of timber cladding only at that span (depending in your layout). This will form a foundation and other stuff can be mounted on top.

This gives strength and rigidity to the construction, duplicate because many times as you see needed for the quantity of weight you need to endure.

You are not anticipated to become an architectural expert but use common sense when it is large as it pertains to how big the stage, the supports may not have the ability to take care of the pressures of someone standing on the limitation. Its fundamental treehouse physics 101.

Fix the stage with galvanised nails to the tree and supports, feel free to go on this, the more protected the better. You may find the stage is likely to wobble; this can be attached on the underside of the stage, and this is because it wants angled bracing and is fairly clear-cut. But be aware the more weight you add to the construction the more supports you are going to want. Eventually examine it with a few adults, if it can hold adults kids can be held by it, rather selected if it goes wrong close friends that wont sue you.

Other Reasoning For Fencing

I wrote an article not long ago about fencing for keeping your dog in the garden. But if you don’t have a dog, what are the other reasons for the fencing?

An ornamental garden fence is much more than a barrier, it may provide protection from your garden ornaments as well as your prized plants from different invaders. They can be utilized to confuse unwanted characteristics including utility meters, HVAC products, or supply solitude that was needed. Their use isn’t restricted to esthetics, as backyard fences may be used to support alternative vine cultivars as well as topiaries or leguminous plants. The multitude of styles will range in cost based on both components and layout and provided a broad array of uses to compliment. In selecting any ornamental garden fence one should look at the nearby components, along with the place to ensure it fits to the landscape. The following points will supply some information regarding their programs, various ornamental garden fencing alternatives, and a few tips to enable you to get started.

Wood
The earliest, as well as in several situations aesthetically satisfying materials to get an ornamental garden fence is wood. Used for millennia, this substance that is easily accessible provides a straightforward refined look to get a much more conventional house. There are likewise many layouts that complement newer styles. In the original dogear into a more modern shadow box design, setup is comparatively straightforward, materials easily obtainable, and could be completed with a new coat of paint or a good spot. Upkeep is minimum, and quality supplies can last to get quite a while to come.

Vinyl
Even Though usually less elaborate than the usual fencing generated from wood, vinyl does supply many layout choices, decreased upkeep, and easy assembly. In addition to reduce upkeep conditions, vinyl fences in many cases are stronger than other stuff, and can be utilized in animal husbandry uses. Somewhat higher priced than a few of the stuff, vinyl fast recoups the price of first investment as time passes.

Stacked Stone Partitions
Stacked stone gives a quintessential state feel, and can be utilized as a dry stack (without mortar) or might be anchored with mortar and structural assistance to supply a powerful obstacle for the components. Stone makes an outstanding ornamental garden fence with several uses. Whether utilized as one component to hold a banking back or disguise an ugly attribute just like a utility meter, an ornamental stone fence is an advantage to any décor that is outdoor. Because of the disbursement of labour and both components, this is a higher priced alternative. The durability of the process is certainly evident if you think about that both the Chinese Wall and Hadrian’s Wall across Uk are two notable man made formations of the early world that nevertheless stand now.

Bamboo Fence
Among the more recent stuff to be useful for fence in this nation is Bamboo. This plant (technically a tall asian grass) is a renewable re-Source helping to make it an efficient and environment friendly option to to a number of the earlier mentioned substances. The uses of bamboo fluctuate extensively. It’s popular in displays which can be erected readily and rapidly to offer shade or privacy, but is not weak enough for additional demanding uses. It’s the principal building materials all through Asia, where it’s used in every-thing from properties to boats.

Useful Tips
* Find bound pins (con-Tact county officers if required).
* Usually seek advice from your homeowners association and title restrictions.
* Contact your neighbours and cause them to become conscious of your strategies (they might have helpful information).
* Get several bids/estimates from identified trustworthy contractors (at least 3).
* Check Always to make certain that required licenses are on-site, and get a replica of the contractors insurance just in situation .(liability and workmans comp if feasible).

5 Things to Think About When Picking Fencing for Pets

I wanted to start a bit of a new series here on Newmumandson, A section that talks mainly about pets and your children. This could cover safety to training. I myself have just picked up a new pup and thought I would take you through my journey.

Home-owners with dogs require a fence which will safely take care of their pets. Picking your fencing should revolve around five factors:

1. Dimension of pet. The magnitude of a canine or other family pet will impact the kind of fencing you opt for. Many dog breeds that are little can quickly escape with extensive differences through fence-posts. If a big enough disparity exists additionally there is the danger, the puppy might try to to flee but get hurt in the act or become trapped. An easy method to simply help prevent this from occurring would be to decide on a vinyl or aluminium fence having a secure spacing between pickets which is relative to the dimensions of the puppy. Fences that are stockade are perfect as they provide greatest solitude and no differences. For big dog breeds, the peak of the fencing is a crucial choice. Picking a fence can assist in preventing dogs from leaping around and outside.

2. Pet’s abilities. Dogs understand many tips that their possessors educate them, however in addition they learn skills by themselves. Many dog-owners have seen their doorways that were open in their own houses, and this will not restrict their skills to open a fencing. A part of selecting the best aluminum or vinyl fence if you are in possession of a dog that is clever is picking the gates that are correct. There are kid-safe gate alternatives as well as other mechanisms which will assist in preventing your furry friend from escaping through your lawn.

3. Current fencing. You might have a fenced place but your furry friend knows the best way to escape from it through the wooden cladding. It’s very challenging to locate the correct fence for dogs that open or dig fences. These customs might not be easy to quit, but selecting another kind of fencing from one your pet is used to may assist develop a fresh surroundings your pet is going to be not as likely to attempt to escape from. Since they view another dog-walking by many occasions puppies attempt to escape or they may be not unable to observe their possessor drive away. Fences function nicely again in these scenarios due to the fact that they reduce distractions and restrict the pet’s place of visibility.

4. Care. Puppies with harmful inclinations may ripoff wood pickets from fences. Vinyl and aluminium fence systems are care-free and are as indestructible as a wood fence.

5. Dimensions of fenced place. After you understand the kind of fence stuff you would like and discovered the correct height for the furry friend, the final thing to think about is the way much of your house you need accessible for your puppy. Additionally, there are custom fence alternatives offering the capacity to fence aspects of your lawn on your furry friend ‘s enjoyment, although many homeowners choose to completely fence in the back-yard place.

As soon as you contemplate these various choices when researching the varieties of aluminum and vinyl fence methods which are available, you may have the ability to make a much better choice regarding the kind of fencing which is safest for the furry friend. As stated by The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, just 15% of dropped dogs are reunited with their owners. It’s possible for you to keep your pup by selecting the most appropriate kind of ornamental fence system to your house from becoming lost.

 

The Rise In Ipad Parenting

Two decades ago, the hot topic in mother’s groups was the amount of TV time should toddlers and preschoolers have. Children’s programming was considered educational, but mums were judged somewhat harshly for using the TV as a babysitter. Now, 20 years later, toddlers who have barely learned to hold a spoon and make contact with their mouths are able to use a touch screen. What’s with that, anyway? Preschoolers often have more advanced understanding of mobile devices such as android phones, iPhones, iPads, and tablets that the adults who purchased the technology. Is this good, or is this bad? Here is the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about iPad parenting.

The Good

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The use of a touch screen really does improve eye/hand coordination. I see it in the preschool music I teach. Children who are allowed to play with their parents devices, and taught by parents or older siblings, develop the ability to actually touch something they are looking at. And, they do it much sooner than their peers who do not have this experience.

With iPad-familiar children, I see a greater willingness to focus for longer periods of time as they play rhythm games or match colors and pitches. Children of the same age who do not have the skill have little interest in these games. They also have little interest in other, hands-on activities we do, such as playing maracas or drums. To be honest, I don’t know which comes first – the ability to focus on the task or success in performing the task.

Educational apps provide wonderful “sponge” activities. These are activities that soak up the few minutes here and there while waiting in line, stalled in traffic, or fussy because of a delayed nap time. What mother doesn’t need a wife, now and then, to keep the kids occupied while she pays the cashier or navigates traffic? An app on the iPad can be the mother’s little helper that makes life just a touch easier.

The iPad is also a communication device. One of my coworkers has regular Facetime with his 3 year old granddaughter, often at her instigation. So much better than a long-distance phone call (who remembers those?) and much less expensive, too, social media keeps family members linked more successfully than in other generations.

The Bad

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We’ve all seen the bad side of iPad parenting. iPads and iPhones have replaced television as the “one-eyed monster” that occupies everyone’s attention. With toddlers and preschoolers, you have a generation of children who do not develop social skills, gross motor skills, and situational awareness that are all crucial to a fulfilling life.

The Ugly

The ugly part of iPad parenting is simply the constant battle for balance. How much is too much? Each parent has to decide that for herself and her situation. Some general rules of thumb are:

  • No devices at bedtime
  • No devices at dinner
  • No devices when you have company
  • Limit time on devices to a certain time-span, such as 2 hours, and enforce it.

iPads are wonderful tools, when used as such. But they are not substitutes for human contact.

Jeans That Fit Anyone

Many jokes have been made about “mom jeans”, but what exactly are they? Well, typically, mom jeans are those that rise all the way up to the bottom of the ribcage. These high-waisted jeans cinch in the waist and were popular in the 1980s, but have fallen out of fashion. 8030094746_bbae25b05f_bThe jeans also had high pockets on the backside, and usually had tapered legs. Now, granted, some women may still look good in this style, but most never did. There are, however, ways to find amazing fitting jeans that make you and your derriere look great, and fit comfortably as well.

Guidelines for Fitting Amazing Woman Jeans

One of the easiest ways to shop for jeans is to measure a pair that you already have that fit well. Measure the inseam, waist, and hips. Anything that does not match these measurements will be unpredictable.

If you have a large bottom, look for jeans with less decoration on the pockets. The pockets also should be a little higher on the seat, to lengthen the look. If you have a fairly flat or trim bottom, decorative pockets that are positioned lower on the seat help to balance the look.

Skinny legged jeans may look great on models, but most women, especially older ones, look better with a slight flare to the legs. This helps to balance out the figure. Flair leg or boot cut jeans are very flattering to just about any figure. Straight leg jeans are also good if you need a little more room in the thigh area.

The waistline should fit according what is comfortable for you, but super low and super high are seldom right. Usually, the most flattering look will be a pair of jeans that fall just below the natural waist. This is so for just about any body type or size. Some jeans are marketed and designed to sit a certain number of inches below the natural waist, such as one, two, or even three inches. Most people will have the appearance of a “muffin top” at some point. If this happens, try a different rise waist and you may see this problem disappear.

Great Manufactures of Jeans

logoThere are many great manufacturers of jeans. Gemini Woman is a UK manufacturer that makes a line actually called “Amazing Woman Jeans.” Their jeans have somewhat stretchy denim that will have enough flexibility to be comfortable yet still maintain their shape. They provide jeans in denim, velvet, and many other great materials.

Other great brands of jeans come from Chico’s, and of course Levi and Wrangler. However, famous designers also provide lines of bluejeans, since this is one of the most popular wardrobe item in the world.

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Miss Me, INC International, Lucky Brand, Style & Co., 7 for all Mankind, Lucky Brand, and DKNY are all popular brands and carried by some of the most prestigious department stores.

Some other brands are Paige, KUT, Joe’s, Wit & Wisdom, and AG are other popular brands that you will enjoy. Give them a try and you’ll find just the right one.

Treating Your Lawn To Prevent Harm To Your Children

If you have small children and/or pets, you need to consider how to keep your lawn safe for them. A healthy lawn and garden is beautiful, and tempting to children. Of course, they want to run through thick, green grass and climb trees. They will want to burrow under hedges and shrubs, building clubhouses where they feel hidden and secretive. But, how can you keep the safe? There are bugs and plants that can be harmful to children, and you will want to stay abreast of the situation. Lawn treatment companies can perform a checklist to see if there are any dangers in your lawn.

Flying Insects

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Wasps, bees, and hornets can wreak havoc in your garden. Bees are necessary for pollination, but too many of them can create a problem, especially with flowering shrubs and vines. Talk to your lawn treatment services company to see what can be done about flying insects. If someone in your family is allergic to bee stings you may want to see if the bees can be tracked down and their hive moved.

For wasps and hornets, the lawn service will need to remove the threat immediately. The threat from these insects is real, and not only the pain but potential allergic reactions should be considered when they appear in your garden.

Ants

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Ants have a job to do in the garden. However, they can become too numerous, especially if you have pets. This is because ants feed on the leftover protein in pet feces. They will carry bacteria on their feet, as well as other pathogens that can be transferred through a bite. If you have an ant problem in your lawn, consider keeping the soil from your pets cleaned up. This will remove the majority of food source from their habitat. Otherwise, you may need to hire a lawn service to treat for ants on a seasonal basis. This will not eliminate the insects completely, but will keep their population under control.

Plants

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Some plants are toxic to people and pets. Dumbcane, for example, gets its name because if it is eaten, it will numb the tongue so that you cannot talk – hence, you become “dumb” – an old fashioned word for being mute.

Datura, or Angels’ Trumpet, grows into a large stalk of a plant, with beautiful trumpet shaped blooms. This plant comes back after a freeze, and makes a great plant along the fence. However, the leaves, stems, and flowers of this plant are a hallucinogen. In fact, it has been used in herbal medicine for various reasons. You probably don’t want your children and animals in the same area as the datura plants, unless you are absolutely sure they will not nibble on any of the pieces of the plant.

Landscape Features

Make sure that your landscape features are well maintained. The spike from a broken sprinkler can puncture a foot in seconds. Metal edging that has been bent and rusted can injure, as well. Ask you lawn treatment service to keep an eye on this. There are a few gardening apps that might be able to help with the garden too!

Garden Pots And Your Kitchen

Your kitchen, if it is anything like mine, is a hub of activity. Mine is open to the dining area and living room, which is great when we have company, but not so great when I haven’t unloaded the dishwasher and the dirty dishes have piled up. But, dirty dishes aside, I’ve discovered an easy way to keep items in my kitchen handy without having to spend a lot of money. In fact, I can change out my containers quickly and easily to go with the seasons, and people who come over think I am terribly creative. This clever item happens to be – garden pots! Yes, I use garden pots for several reasons in my kitchen and dining room.

Utensils

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Of course, the most obvious use for a garden pot would be to hold kitchen utensils. Most garden pots are designed to have sloped sides, and are wider at the top than at the bottom. Judge your choice of pots carefully with this in mind, because if you are going to store many items in it, it could get top heavy and tip over. You will need a pot tall enough to cover about 2/3 of the handle of your utensils to avoid this problem. You can also find beautiful garden pots that have straight sides, but they sometimes cost a little more because they are more “designer-y”. It is up to you, really. I’ve tried both. With the straight sides, the pot does not take as much space, but I tend to overstuff the container. With the slant-sided pots, items are easier to disengage from each other, so if I goof and but the whisk in with the handle up instead of down, it is easier to untangle.

Lids

I’ll bet you didn’t think about storing lids in a garden pot, did you? That’s ok, because I thought of it for you! The lids to my pots and skillets are always getting shoved to the back of my cabinets, or sticking up out of drawers and keeping the drawers from closing properly. But, when I realized I could solve the problem with a garden pot, everything got easier! I went to a local nursery and found an attractive metal planter that was long and fairly narrow. This rectangle shaped pot became the perfect place for my lids! It is narrow enough to sit on the ledge behind my stovetop, and all of the lids will slide easily, on edge, down into the trough. I can’t believe how much room I have in my cabinets and drawers, now, and how easy it is to find the lids to various pots.

Plants

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Oh, yes, let’s not forget the most obvious use for garden pots – for plants! I have a tiny little herb garden in my kitchen window, made possible by the cutest pots! They are just wide enough at the bottom to sit on the window sill and provide counterweight to the plants growing out of them, and great, fresh herbs as well!

Great Activities For Mother And Son

We hear, all the time, about “Mother’s Day Out” and “Mother/Daughter Day” but what about “Mother/Son Day?” That’s right, when to mums get to spend time just with their sons? Well, maybe the reason is that most mums and daughters like to shop, while most guys don’t. Often, the sons are more action oriented. So, what are some great activities for mother and son who just want to spend some time together?

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Try Surfing

Cornwall has some of the best beaches and surfing in the UK. Surf schools abound along the coast, and you can take surfing lessons that include all of the gear. You don’t have to “hang ten” to enjoy a day on the water – just paddling out to the waves and gripping the board with ten fingers can give you a sense of elation, and make for a quality day with your son.

Paddle Boarding

21059307186_0165aec31d_bAlong a similar vein is paddle boarding in Cornwall. All you have to do here is stand on a paddleboard, and you can explore inlets and caves all day long. Your instructor will provide you with a super wide surfboard, and you can rent any other gear you need. If you have any level of fitness at all, you can do this. In fact, you may just find that this is your newest favorite sport and/or exercise! Your son will love it, too. Get away from crowds on a paddleboard, and take in the beautiful views along the beaches.

Movie Marathon

For a more sedentary activity, consider a movie marathon day. This is especially fun for those mothers and sons who share the same interests. For example, my son and I recently had an “X Files” marathon in preparation for the new season coming up in a few months. Go buy movie theatre popcorn, turn down the air conditioning (it’s always cold in movie theatres), and enjoy the show with your favorite beau!

Go Fly a Kite

You can get a couple of cheap fighting kites and have some of the best fun, ever. Fighting kites have two strings so that you can steer them. You and your son can have great fun with a simple idea and a park.

Arts and Crafts

There are a number of ways to get out of the house with your son and have a craft day. Business have sprung up that allow you to come into the store and paint ceramics or paint a picture based on a pattern. This can be a great way to spend time and have something to show for it. Perhaps you and your son can decorate coffee mugs for each other. I glazed a mug for my son that he would recognize as his own, and it virtually eliminated the plethora of drinking glasses on the counter – he knew which one was his, and that took care of it!

These ideas range from athletic to fairly sedentary, but every one of them will give you special time with your son.

Making Time In Your Mum Schedule To Decorate

Mums are constantly on the run, balancing childcare, laundry, housecleaning, taxi driving, and many other time-consuming tasks. In addition, the energy drain from being a mum can sap all enthusiasm for grown-up activities right out of the spirit. If you are a mum who likes to decorate, how can you fit it in? It’s hard enough to be creative, and even harder to unpack and repack decorations with every change of seasons, much less special occasions. Here are some ideas that can streamline the process of decorating, so that even the busiest of mothers can create a fresh look in her home.

Scale It Down

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When I was a newlywed, I decorated the entire house for Christmas. Even the master bath had guest towels with appropriate Christmas-y decoration. Snowman candles raced the end tables, strings of Christmas lights draped every window – well you get the idea. Granted, Christmas was the most over the top outburst of decorating, but I pretty much brought the entire house into seasonal compliance every 3 to 4 months.

Once I had babies, something had to change. I learned to scale down my decoration mania. Going cold-turkey, as they say, left my husband and I feeling let down. So, I purged. I kept special ornaments and decorations, and donated all of the “filler” stuff I had bought just because is was on sale after the holidays. By eliminating a lot of the meaningless clutter, I found that I was more likely to get in the Christmas spirit and make the family room more festive, rather than dreading dragging out all of the decorations.

Use Centerpieces

Also in the interest of scaling it down, think about focusing on centerpieces, or centers of focus for your décor. The buffet in the dining room may be a great place to display your collectibles without having to scatter them throughout the house. In fact, grouping items that are similar creates a greater impact and reduces the sense of clutter.

Planters are a great way to focus your energies. By selecting pretty planters and changing out the arrangements in them you can have seasonal bursts of color without bringing even more knick-knacks into the house.

Organize

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The last thing you have time for as a mum is getting organized. But, if you will dedicate a few minutes each time you decorate, you’ll find that by the end of a year, you are totally organized.

First of all, limit yourself to containers that only you can lift when they are full. By doing this, you will be able to decorate when you are ready, rather than having to wait for someone to help you haul oversized boxes around.

In addition, resolve to limit yourself to only X number of containers. This will make it easier to plan storage for your decorations.

Finally, use dry erase tape and markers to label your containers. When you unpack the decorations, pack the old decorations in the containers you just emptied. Then, change the label.

Taking Your Child On An Adventure

The term “staycation” has been in the vernacular of UK citizens for about a decade, now. With the world-wide economic problems, family holidays have suffered as one of the first budget cutbacks for most. While you may find great deals online for hotel, airline flights, and amusement park tickets, it still requires a large investment to secure your spot. There are, however, other ways you can enjoy time with your children, without having to cash in your retirement savings. Here are some great ways to take your child on an adventure without going broke in the process.

Skip the Hotel

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One great, affordable way to turn a typical weekend holiday into something special is to skip the hotel. Rather than a hotel, try a bed and breakfast. The UK is rich in culture and history, and many property owners have converted their buildings into comfortable and unique lodging. Most B&Bs these days have modern whirlpool tubs and private bathrooms, with luxurious bedding and beautiful surroundings. Your room often will have a private garden.

A B&B is a great way to stay right in the middle of downtown areas, where private homes have been surrounded by city growth. You will also find B&Bs in rural areas allowing you to watch deer and other wildlife from your front porch. A delicious breakfast is part of your fee, and you can often have the owners prepare a sack or picnic lunch. Many proprietors even offer use of bicycles or rides on their horses or ATVs. What kid wouldn’t like that!

Enjoy the Garden

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Face it – most children love tents. Whether they hang a blanket from the top bunk and pretend the bottom bunk is a cave, or make a fort out of sofa cushions, child architects love to build and play. Join in the fun, and take their enthusiasm into the garden. Pop-up tents are easy to use, and can be easily staked to the ground. Go to the bargain stores and get some inexpensive solar lamps, and let the children set them wherever they want in the garden. Place inexpensive plastic toys under shrubbery and structures. My children especially liked the dinosaur hunt. After dark, give each child a flashlight and a list of creatures they may find in the garden, and let them create their own safari. If you have a grill, start it, and let them make s’mores after they finish bagging their limit of dinosaurs, zoo animals, horses, or Barbie dolls.

Indoor Fun

At one time, we were so broke we couldn’t go to the movies. Our solution was to rent a movie. But, to make it special, we splurged and bought a large bucket of buttered popcorn at the movie theatre. Then, at home, we spread a blanket out on the floor, turned the air conditioner down low (another splurge), turned all the lights out, and watched the movie at home. It was a great experience for a fraction of the cost of going to the movies.