Summer at home: 10 tips to make the most of the season
Who said spending summer at home would be boring? Here are 10 tips to take full advantage of all the season has to offer and focus on enjoying homebound pleasures.
1. Movie night in the garden
Host your very own show under the stars and watch a movie outside.
A simple white sheet (preferably polyester, it reflects light better than a cotton sheet), a projector and a wireless speaker and voilà, you are ready for an outdoor movie night complete with popcorn and treats.
You could set up an indoor projector outside if you already have one, but it is generally preferable to have the brightest projector possible, at least 3,000 lumens.
2. A pool to cool off
What is currently trending on Pinterest? Stock tank pools!
Smaller, more environmentally friendly and available in various sizes, tanks are the perfect way to cool off on hot summer days.
Simply install a tank on a flat surface for a fraction of the price of a pool.
You can add a pump and filter to avoid having to empty the tank and refill it every time the water becomes cloudy.
The more style-conscious can add a touch of colour and paint the tank so that it matches their outdoor space.
Keep in mind that, depending on your tank’s size, it could be considered to be an above-ground pool. Therefore, it would not be covered by your home insurance. Notify your insurer if you wish to have it insured.
3. Bartender, one more!
Whether DIY or commercially bought, the backyard minibar is the ultimate symbol of intimate get-togethers where people gather to sip on summer beverages under the sun.
The design possibilities are endless. Surf the web for inspiration and install the backyard pub of your dreams… your salute to the summer spirit.
This could also be an opportunity to sample local beers and wines, in moderation, of course.
4. Vegetable garden for green thumbs
No need to be a seasoned gardener to plant a successful fruit, vegetable or herb garden.
Pick an area that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day, add regular watering, fertilizer and some knowledge about the compatibility of various plants and your result will be a harvest of fresh, delicious produce.
5. Sleep under the stars
There is nothing kids love more than tenting in the backyard… lots of big kids do as well!
If you do not have a conventional tent on hand, a makeshift shelter of sheets, a tarp and some rope should do the trick for one night.
Besides roasting marshmallows around a fire, keep the fun going after dark with flashlight games or organize a game of manhunt.
6. Staying in shape at home
It’s time to add activities other than cycling and jogging to your outdoor fitness routine such as yoga, Pilates, CrossFit and workouts.
Many courses are now available online or through an app. They promise to guide you and keep you motivated during your training routine.
7. Have a picnic
Laying a blanket or outdoor rug down on a comfy patch of grass is all that is required to take your meal to the next level.
The joys of dining al fresco are unparalleled. Imagine savouring a long, leisurely meal while surrounded by the sounds of nature… ahhh!
8. Stare into the flames
Whether propane or a good old-fashioned wood fire, an outdoor fireplace helps light up summer to the max and prolong those moments spent outdoors.
Always follow the guidelines issued by your municipality, especially when it comes to choosing a fireplace model equipped with a fire screen. Also pay close attention to restrictions on open fires.
9. Lawn bowling
Add a European vibe to your backyard by building a petanque court.
It is pretty easy to set up. All you need is a flat, weed-free surface that is covered with fine gravel or sand.
Petanque provides the perfect opportunity for the different generations to mingle during long, lazy summer days.
10. Water blaster battle
What a great way to reconnect with your inner child (and burn some calories at the same time) by organizing a water blaster battle on a hot, humid day!
The more players in the game, the more fun and soaking to be had!
If there are enough people to join in this water warfare and you want to increase the stakes, add a degree of difficulty by playing sheriff tag. Everyone takes turns being the sheriff who catches bandits and throws them in the backyard jail.