Summer is something we all want a little more of. When it comes to spending as much time outside as we want, often just a splash of rain makes us feel like the car just isn’t up to service and we have to stay in. Getting out of this habit is hard to do when the wind is swirling outside and there’s far too much damp in the air! Yet, there’s no better place to try out your natural ambitions than your garden.
Just because we’re still in winter doesn’t mean we can’t be dreaming of those summer rays, ice creams in the mid afternoon, lounging at lunchtime, and most importantly: how our garden is going to look. And this has plenty of advantages to it! When it comes to hobbies, gardening is one of the most healthy ones to take up, as you’re outside often and getting your hands dirty, meaning you’re never going to be still. Sounds perfect for that summer feeling already, doesn’t it?
Imagine all the parties you could host, the family barbecues, the scavenger hunts that can get the kids interested… So if you’re wishing more vegetables, fruits, and flowers on yourself, here’s some things to be done. Take a few hours out on a sunny day to try out a few of these tips; your landscape will thank you for it!
The General Upkeep of Rules
When you have a garden space to work with, you need it to be practical and pretty at the same time. You can do that easily with a few considerations to start off with.
Make sure any paths you have are wide enough to walk down, and keep any overgrown plants trimmed back from disturbing the walkers. Similarly, if you have an outside space that isn’t equal in its height considerations, make sure you put some steps in that ascend in a way that isn’t impossible to get the leg reach for! You want people to easily stand up and stay standing when they’re spending an afternoon in your space, so make it practical to stroll around without losing your breath, and don’t go too wild without any direction to work with!
Summer-y Flowers You Can Plant in Winter
To start off your summer paradise garden, it’s time to include a little bit of the feeling of summer nostalgia into what you’re currently working with. And don’t worry, there’s plenty! Winter is a time in which you can cultivate plenty of plant life, but often people don’t understand that. Of course you can wait until spring to try and open up your bedding options a little more, but you might as well paint yourself a pretty picture now with a few seeds from the gardening center.
Yet, there’s a lot of color you can inject into an otherwise frozen landscape with some hardy flowers and a bit of the right soil. Something like Pansies will be a much welcome addition to your pots and boxes, and they can be planted anywhere you think could use them. They also flower a lot longer than any other kind of winter flower, all the way into the spring!
You could also try out some Primrose flowers, as they no longer tend to just flower during the spring. Plant them now and you’ve got plenty of new colors and scents to explore when you’re outside; or you could even just seed some in your window box to have a lighter and brighter conservatory.
Use Symmetry to Your Advantage
This is one of the most basic principles of landscaping, but it’s often something people miss out on when they’re designing their garden. Nature itself has a lot of symmetry to it, and by recreating that in our own plans, we can make our gardens look a lot more balanced. So always strive to have mirroring to your space, but make sure you still plant the things you want to see!
Try duplicating any moves you make on each side of a garden, and particularly surrounding walls or pathways. Yet, you don’t always have to have the same plants or objects on either side of the area, just similar looking plants and flowers to keep the space similarly occupied. So it’s really no bother if you can’t pick up another version of that brown clay pot from the shop that was on a reduced to clear sale!
Humans tend to like order around them, but this can be created in any way you can think of. The same kind of plants on either side? The same colors? Trees to frame the two back corners of the fence? Whatever you’re working with, try to keep it balanced.
Create an Area to Socialize
When you’re outside in the garden, you’re going to want a place that’s warm and dry to stand in, with something firm and non muddy underneath you. This is where you can set up a table with a parasol to hide from the sun under, enjoying crisp drinks and your food uninterrupted by bees and wasps.
One of the best ways to do this is to build a deck, as they’re easy to keep clean and protect from the weather. Get some decking builders in your backyard to have a professional job made of your reclining area, and it can even be cheaper due to the amount of experience in working with the materials!
Based on the space you’re working with you can even create a split level, with your socializing area beneath the rest of the garden in the shade and away from the harshest weathers. It means your plant materials won’t get as disturbed by all the people dancing back and forth across your space!
Got a Smaller Garden?
When it comes to having a small garden, you’re going to have to depend on minimizing everything you want to plant in your space. You’re not going to have any breathing room, nevermind the kids having a place to play otherwise! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make as good use of the area compared to people with bigger gardens.
Smaller gardens need to make much more use of the sun, as this dictates where your plants should go and only go. The rest of the space can be used for that brickwork you’ve been meaning to lay down since you moved in, or the greenest lawn you’ve ever seen in your life.
Even if you only have a window box or a small greenhouse to your name, it can still be the prettiest sight you’ve ever seen in your life! If you have a bit more space than the window pane to your name, you can repurpose a garden pallet into a planter for your herbs of multiple types. Stick some blackboard sheets on the front and you can chalk the different names in and out whenever you use up a certain seed.
Don’t Forget the Front Garden!
When it comes to having curb appeal, this is where you could shine! Of course, seeing as we’re still in winter now, there doesn’t seem to be much you can do, but in fact there’s plenty of planning to be done. And this is also a place where symmetry really comes into its own!
Plant some flowers, or wall climbing plants either side of the door to frame it, and make sure they’re equally balanced on either side. Keep the path to your door central, and try not to pave anything around it (it’s just a lot more upkeep at the end of the day!). You can easily fill in the rest of the space with stones or shingle material, which can still be easily walked on and become a place to park the car.
Depending on where you live, there might be a general theme amongst front gardens, so make sure you’re workin within that as well. If your neighborhood is firmly balanced into the green side of things, get some nice hedges or spiralling bushes to frame the front of your house. Or if there’s little plant life amongst you, place some pots down with subtle colors in them onto the rest of the paving. Your front garden is your area to shine, so take care of it!
It’s Your Space to Work with!
Your summer paradise is right around the corner if you want it bad enough! Do whatever you want with your garden, and add a little harmony to your space by incorporating some of the tips above. You can even rope the kids in to having some fun playing in the mud in the backyard, and include their ideas within the bulk of your gardening plans.
On the other hand, you could go completely wild with your space and design it however you want to. Or maybe not even at all! Creativity comes in many forms, and there’s no better adventure than digging your way through overgrown plants to find that one dog toy you lost months ago.
Most ladies love to spend time checking out the latest fashions and increasing the size of their wardrobes. However, the types of clothing we select can say a lot about our personalities. With that in mind, there are going to be some people out there who project the wrong image. I wanted to set the record straight today by offering some information you might find interesting. Use the content below to work out if your fashion sense reflects your personality as much as it should. If you discover you’re making mistakes, you just have to use the info in this article to put things right. That is especially important for single people who want to attract a partner.
Wearing mainly denim
Denim is a durable material that is built to last. Ladies who wear a lot of that fabric can seem like they have a tough skin. They’re often up for a laugh, and they don’t take themselves too seriously. Denim is a reliable material that doesn’t require much attention. Women dressed in clothing of that nature can seem like they aren’t too bothered about following the latest fashion trend. That is because denim has been worn widely for a long time. So, you should think about wearing Levi’s if you want to show the world that you’re not bothered about their trends. You will also promote the idea that you’re independent. It could also make you appear like someone with confidence who others can trust.
Dressing in formal wear
If you like to choose formal wear when going out for drinks with friends, many people would say you’re trying too hard. Sure, there are occasions when you might want to dress to impress and get a vintage hairstyle. For example, you might have an upmarket dinner at a fancy restaurant. In those instances, formal wear will make you look right at home. However, most other times, you probably want to select alternatives. At the end of the day, you might appear like you’ve come to the bar straight from work. You left the office and didn’t bother to go home and get changed. Suits and other items can make you seem serious and unapproachable. Bear that in mind.
Opting for short light dresses
Short summer dresses are going to make you seem fun and carefree. Many people will perceive you as someone who likes spontaneity and adventures. If you’re trying to attract the opposite sex, this is your best option. Anthonys dresses and similar items could help to promote the idea that you’re comfortable in your skin. That is because people think you would cover it up if you weren’t. So, showing a bit of leg and letting some air get to your body is a perfect idea this summer. Obviously, there are other benefits like the fact that you won’t melt in the heat.
Everyone reading this post should now have a good idea of the psychological effects of their style. You can now make better decisions to ensure your choice of clothing says the right thing about you. Of course, this information only applies to first impressions. Most people will get a better perception of your personality when you open your mouth and talk. Still, it’s handy to know what others might think when they see you from a distance.
This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com
Fashion is something that should be wildly personal. It’s a journey of image and discovery, of putting together the look that you want to represent you. If you stick to conventional guides alone, you’re going to end up with a lot of holes in your wardrobe. But you can find what’s missing with a little bit of detective work. Here, let’s explore what it means to have a complete wardrobe without feeling like you always have to keep working at it.
Build it from the ground up
The best place to start is from the beginning. Rather than hoping for complete outfits from the get-go, you should begin by looking at the staples that aren’t there at the moment. Take everything out from your wardrobe and start purging what you rarely if ever wear. From the rest, start to create matching outfits. There’s a good chance that after a good purge you’re going to be missing big pieces of certain outfits. That’s the best place to start off from. If you can find those staple pieces that fit more than one of the outfits missing a component, then that’s even better.
Find the “you” pieces
It’s not all about completing different outfits, either. Women should have those individual pieces that are always reliable, that always speak to their identity, and set them out from the others. This doesn’t mean that you always have to wear your “you” piece. But when an outfit, when completed, is still feeling like it’s missing something, then a piece of custom jewelry from places like Frost NYC or a staple bag can just add enough difference to your silhouette to finalize it. It’s a great way to develop a style that’s individualistic and undoubtedly “you” without having it dominate every outfit you wear completely. Accessories can help you personalize even the outfits that you might consider your least exploratory or experimental.
What purpose does it have?
It’s not all about personal preference alone, either. You have to be willing to account for what purpose your outfit is going to have. This means taking a bit of a mental exercise in mapping out all the roles you look to fulfill in life. Do you need to find the outfit that makes you look like a consummate professional? The outfit that helps you drop some jaws on a date? The outfit that fits those easy-going summer night gatherings? Think about the purpose of what you choose. Of course, you should make sure that the purpose is likely enough to happen to actually justify buying any components of the outfit as well. Too many times do people buy outfits for occasions that they simply never take part in.
When you have a complete wardrobe, you shouldn’t have to keep working on it. Sure, you might occasionally see something you like, transition it to a new season, or occasionally want an update. But the best finds are those that you could keep going back to. If what you’re looking at doesn’t fit that definition, it might be worth reconsidering.
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All parents enjoy choosing outfits and dressing up their kids. Shopping for kids clothes is often more fun than shopping for adult clothes too. But like adults, children have their own personal style. While you can choose what they wear for a while, there will come a point when they want to choose what they wear. Whether it’s a superhero t-shirt or a princess dress, it’s important that you allow your child to express themselves. Like drawing and singing, fashion in another outlet where they can convey their feelings and interests. So to help your child to find a style that’s unique to them, read through these useful tips.
Don’t give them too many options
Each morning before you child gets dressed, get out a few outfit options they can wear for the day ahead. Ensure each item is suitable for the planned activity and weather but also make sure the outfits vary too. Giving your child too many similar options to choose from can make them frustrated and confused. Try not to give them too much time to think about it too. Show them the outfits and give them ten seconds to choose what they want to wear. This can make them feel like they are in control but really you have partly made the decision for them. This can be a particularly useful for occasions where they need to dress smartly too.
Take them shopping with you
When your child needs to have a new item of clothing, ask them to come shopping with you. This gives them a chance to see the clothing up close and also allows them to try things on. Ask for their opinions on different clothes and ask what colors they like to wear the most. This will get them thinking about their style and how they would like to dress. Alternatively, you can stay at home and do some online shopping together. You can visit the website of children’s clothing retailers to see if anything appeals to them. Your child can also help you look for discounts like these Old Navy Promo Codes to help you save money on their clothing.
Have a runway show
While this might sound like something only girls would be interested in, boys can also find runway shows exciting. Get your kids to raid to their wardrobes and ask them to create different outfits for different occasions. Once they’ve created some outfits, you can play some music and host your own runway show in your living room. This can be fun for kids of all ages and lets them get creative with styling and outfit ideas. After a few different outfits have been showcased, ask your child which one they liked the best. Take note of what they say and use this to help you buy similar clothes in future.
This change in your child’s attitude towards clothing is something all kids go through as they get older. The key is finding a balance between being encouraging while also continuing to have some control. That way both you and your child will be happy with the way they look.
*This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicchild.com
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