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What Are Some New Outdoor Tools and Equipment for Spring and Even Summer? 25Mar14

As the cold grip of winter releases its hold on the country, you’ll enjoy spending more time outdoors. Warmer weather beckons you outdoors, and tending a garden is a perfect reason to spend time outside.

A garden beautifies the area around your home and gives it more curb appeal. It gives you a stress-free place to relax and let the troubles of the day fade away. If you want your garden to prosper, there are some spring and summer tools and equipment that will help.

A wheelbarrow is helpful for transporting soil and plants with less effort. You can find them in light-duty to heavy-duty models, depending on how much hauling you do in your garden area.

Shovels are essential for all gardeners. They allow you to dig up weeds, plant or relocate plants and turn soil.
Kneepads are helpful if you tend your garden kneeling down. Dense foam relieves any discomfort. If you have trouble kneeling for long periods of time, you can use a gardening seat, instead.

You can cultivate, shape and trim many plants with hand pruners. If you have larger plants, you can select pruners of greater size. Hand trowels are a lot like shovels, except that they are sized to fit the hand. They help you dig in small areas of soil like container gardens and flowerpots. If you need a small hole for planting flowers or bulbs, a hand trowel is the tool of choice.

Garden hoses are essential if your garden isn’t getting enough rain. It makes things a lot easier for gardeners who have large expanses of gardens or landscaping. A sprayer attachment will allow you to change the amount of water you’re using. A battery powered sprayer will let you get to places your hose might not be able to reach.

If you have young plants, hosing them to water them may be too hard on the new plants. For these, it’s helpful to use a watering can. In this way, the water won’t hit the tender leaves and buds as hard.

What Are Some End of Winter Tips to Bring Your Home & Yard Back to Life? 18Mar14

This winter has been extreme in almost all areas. All of the freezing temperatures, along with wind, snow and sleet take their toll on your house, garage and yard or acreage. Using simple maintenance tips, you will be able to return your home to proper condition, so it will look better this spring.

It’s hard this winter to believe that spring is on its way. As the weather finally begins to warm up and the ice and snow start to thaw, there are things you can to do help your home and yard recover from the winter past.

Use a shovel to make paths so that water can run off your property and into a storm drain or the street. This will make it easier to walk to your door on those late season cold nights when water in your driveway freezes back up.

Once it’s fairly safe to assume that the snow and ice are gone for the season, clean up excess salt or kitty litter on your sidewalks and driveway. If the freezing and thawing of the ground has left your driveway with potholes such as those found on many roads, patch them before someone trips in them.

Check your roof for loose shingles. Strong winds and heavy snow are quite capable of damaging shingles. When it is safe to go up on your roof, check for missing or damaged shingles. If you don’t feel comfortable checking your roof yourself, contact an inspector who will identify and correct any problem areas.

Cleaning up the lawn after a rough winter will be easier if you thoroughly raked your leaves in the fall. Otherwise, your grass may be suffering from “snow mold”. You’ll want to rake your lawn in the spring anyway, to remove any build-up of thatch. This will allow your lawn to green up sooner, and frame your spring-cleaned house nicely. If your lawn needs a little extra help, throwing down some grass seed will help.

How To Light Your Home for the Holidays 05Nov13

One of the best ways to create a festive home interior is with decorative holiday lights. You don’t need a lot of lights to make a cheerful room but choosing the right style and placement is important in making a wonderful look. Lights can transform your room into a winter wonderland. String some star garland around the perimeter to instantly give the room a warm glow. For some soft color, add a string of lighted sisal balls or bells in gold or white. They add a natural look to your display. Cordless lights are best because you can place them wherever you like and they don’t have to be near an electrical outlet.

Adorn your tables and staircases with small battery operated lights. Take a strand of lights and place them in a small pile for an instant bright centerpiece. Place small lights along the top of your fireplace mantle. Cordless flicker candles make the perfect finishing touch. Place them on every windowsill and on your side tables to make a beautiful display that looks good from both the inside and outside. Set luminary walkway lights around the inside of your home to add a blush of light that will radiate from the floor.

For the holidays, remove some of your regular wall décor and hang holiday themed lighted canvas signs. Choose brightly colored designs to brighten your walls and make sure they have cordless lights so they can be placed anywhere. Complete your indoor lighting décor by adding some wreaths. A cordless lighted wreath adds warm appeal to your door and also looks great when placed on the inside of a large window or sliding glass door. Use suction hangers to place them on any glass window or door you like. Place a cordless wreath above your fireplace to make a pretty focal point for the room.


Summer Grilling 04Jun12

Summer grilling is one of my favorite pastimes. I regularly center my time spent around food all year, but during the summer it’s just so perfect. Food is light and healthy and grilled (not fried). Food is fresh, crunchy, juicy, and hydrating. While I generally eat a lot of vegetables throughout the year, I really gravitate to lots of fresh and colorful fruits and vegetables in the summer.

outdoor cooking and grillingIt is so hot in the summer that hot, rich, heavy, deep fried, oven roasted food just is not what I crave. But, because it is so hot I find myself wanting fruits and vegetables that are full of water and nutrients to rehydrate my body; because even though it can be ridiculously hot outside I like to take full advantage of the warm sun, and I’d rather be hot than cold. So, with all of that said, I try to do what I can to research different summer grilling veggie recipes to make eating fun. I recently came across this recipe for Grilled Vegetable Focaccia and I cannot wait to give this a try. It’s nice to eat raw vegetables, but veggies on the grill are unbelievable! If you haven’t tried vegetables on the grill, you have got to either do it yourself, or if you live in an apartment which grills are not allowed, please befriend someone with a grill – you will not regret this decision. It has always been my belief that everything tastes better if it is grilled (this includes romaine lettuce).

So basically, in a nutshell, I love summer grilling and the food that goes along with it. I love grilling outside, eating fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables, and eating it outside as I continue to sit in the heat of the summer. What do I recommend? Well, if you have the means, I suggest picking up a portable grill, BBQ set, BBQ cover or other grilling accessories:

Grilling Accessories at Taylor Gifts

Make the most of this awesome summertime grilling season. You won’t regret cooking on the grill, and your family will love you for it.

Solar Rain Gauge by Garden Delights 24May12

A solar rain gauge is the perfect way to light up your back yard and measure how much it has rained. During the day the gauge absorbs the power of the sun so that at night it can illuminate your yard or garden. The solar charged LED lights alternate from red to amber to blue adding style and function to your home.

solar rain gaugeMeasuring the rain is perfect for all you scientists out there and is a great activity and learning experience for children. Simply place the solar rain gauge in your yard or garden making sure it is not covered by any trees, shrubs, gazebos or umbrellas and let mother nature do the work. The sun will provide all the power needed to light up the lights and the rain will fill up the gauge allowing you to measure how much you get in any given day, week or month.

The solar rain gauge by Garden Delights makes the perfect Father’s Day gift and is also perfect for Mothers, Grandmothers or Grandfathers. It’s about 29 inches tall and you can find out more & purchase one by clicking here:

Solar Rain Gauge by Garden Delights at Taylor Gifts

Our customers rate this Solar Rain Gauge:

5.0 out of 5 Stars (based on 1 review as of May 24, 2012).

Quicklawn 02Apr12

So as the weather continues to warm up, we start to think about more and more things to do outside so we can enjoy the lovely weather after spending so much time indoors over the winter. Often the early spring outdoor activities involve home maintenance and rejuvenation. A great looking lawn is top of the list when it comes to making the outdoors of your home and property look great. When your lawn looks great it automatically takes the looks of your home up a few notches and your neighbors will be jealous of a perfect, green lawn.

QUICKLAWNSo, how do we get our lawns from dry and brown, to fresh and green? I’d like to introduce to you Quicklawn to help get your lawn ready for the spring and summer.

Quicklawn will work fast for you, so in just five to eight days you’ll have the green lawn you’re looking to grow. One of the great aspects of Quicklawn is that even if the weather is still not really warm, you can use Quicklawn now and still see the green results. And don’t worry about those parties ruining all of your gorgeous green grass. Quicklawn was actually made to hold up to everyday living of pets, kids and heavy traffic.

So now, as the plans for outdoor events get closer and closer, you do not need to worry about not having enough time to get your lawn looking perfect. Just give yourself eight days to use Quicklawn and you’ll be BBQ ready in no time.

Our customers rate Quicklawn:

4.8 out of 5 Stars (based on 5 reviews as of April 2, 2012).

Enjoying The Not-So-Winter Weather 09Jan12

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. Wherever you’re located, you probably had decent weather this weekend. Over here, on the east coast, we are having a crazy winter. One day it is 20 degrees and the next day it is in the mid 50’s! I’m enjoying the warm days as they come.

TREADMILL” width=PILATES MAGIC CIRCLE” width=This weekend, I made every effort to be outside. Most of my errands were within a 3 mile distance, so instead of spending an hour indoors on the treadmill and I took a hike in lieu of Pilates. I’ll be back to using the indoor equipment this week when it’s cold or too dark outside before and after work, but it felt really great to take advantage of the nice weather and fresh air!

What a great spring weekend in the middle of winter!

Outdoor Christmas Decor 13Dec11

As I drive and walk around the city, I always look at the Christmas decorations. I Get it from my mom. I always loved driving around with her, looking at the lights people had put up on their homes for the holiday season. So far this year I have come across a few great Christmas decorations and I thought I might share my top five favorite Christmas decorations with you. In no particular order, you can find my list below.

1. Solar Powered Christmas Lights

2. Solar Christmas Path Trees

3. Outdoor Pre-Lit Reindeer

4. Polar Bear with Lights

5. Giant Lighted Poinsettia


Flex Seal 16Sep11

WINE COLD SACK” width=I am what some might call a Do-It-Yourself’er. I have tried my hand a few home repairs. But one thing I’ve never wanted to mess with is pipes. Any leak is generally difficult, requires a lot of specialized tools, and expensive fix. No one wants to deal with calling a plumber, a repair man, a contractor, or the expense. Now, there is Flex Seal that can help make repairing these leaks simple. Just spray it on (just like you would apply spray paint) and let it set.

The Flex Seal is a liquid rubber sealant that can repair leaky pipes, gutters, skylights, even flower pots (oh the ideas are swirling now!) just by spraying it on the surface. A quick spray of Flex Seal creates a waterproof coating to stop leaks. It is fire resistant and paintable!

So, with the help of the new Flex Seal spray, you can remedy all those little leaky problems yourself for very little money!

Amazing Rake 09Sep11

AMAZING RAKE” width=Growing up in my parents’ house we always had a lot of trees in the front yard. A lot of trees means a lot of leaves and every fall one of my chores was to help rake the leaves. I wasn’t interested in raking the leaves though, I was interested in playing in the leaves! Honestly, aside from not wanting to do manual labor, I was small, the rakes were big, and it didn’t really work out. My parents did a great job though at making perfect piles of leaves for my brother and I to jump and play in. And when we were all done playing, we would take all the leaves and put them in trash bags and the lawn was done. But then only days later more leaves would fall and my parents would have to rake and we would have to bag everything up again.

I don’t think my parents mind so much about the raking. In fact, I think at one point they even bought or borrowed a leaf blower so they wouldn’t have to take so much time raking every week. But, for those of you who do have to rake as much as my parents do, you should check out the Amazing Rake. If you buy this, and you have kids, don’t tell them you are raking leaves into piles because they will be very upset when they find no piles of leaves to jump into since the Amazing Rake rakes and grips leaves to put right into those trash bags. Quick for you, and not so much fun for the kids.