Jul
   21

 

Potted trees offer convenient ways to raise your curbside appeal, although displaying them can be a bit tricky if you’re not quite sure what to do. Luckily, basic design principles can help you make your potted trees work in your favor. From adding foliage to changing out your planters, your potted trees can make your garden or entryway look warmer and more welcoming. Here’s a how-to on effectively displaying your potted trees without overdoing it.
 
Keep it symmetrical
 


 
For a seamless display, keep things balanced. Using a potted tree on either side of your entryway emphasizes your doorway and gives your home a balanced look. For the ultimate symmetrical look, make sure your potted trees have the same height and width.

When using decorated trees such as the Lewis Pine, having another decorated tree in the display balances things out.
 
Add visual height
 


 
It’s also fun to add levels to your display by putting tall potted trees in the back with smaller trees in front. Doing this gives your entryway visual texture and makes it look more welcoming.
 
Bring smaller plants to the mix
 

 
Put additional foliage at the bottom of your potted tree to add color and variety. Flowers give the foliage color, while moss brings a dense appeal to the display.
 
Change out your planter
 

 
Dress up your planter to complement the season — for instance, evergreens with a plaid or red bow for the Christmas season or baskets for spring. Putting your potted trees inside wooden crates is a perfect way to spruce up your planters for summer.
 

 
With these easy and elegant ideas, your potted trees will be the highlight of your entryway. For more tips on decorating your home, check out our post on how to decorate the porch for summer.


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  Jul
   15

 

It’s mid-summer and if your kids are anything like mine, they’re starting to complain that they’re bored. My first response is, SERIOUSLY, you were just complaining that you were sick of school and couldn’t wait for summer break! But, necessity is the mother of invention, so enlisting the help of Pinterest, here are a few ways to kick-start their imaginations, get them outside, and off of screens! From setting up water balloon piñatas to going on a scavenger hunt, these entertaining and inexpensive DIY activities are great projects you can do with your kids, and will help keep them busy the entire summer.

Read on for a bonus section on putting together a daily schedule for your kids to keep summer fun and manageable!

Backyard Jenga

Backyard Jenga
Photo from Holli Long

Kids and adults alike will have a blast with these Jenga blocks! When the older kids are done, the little ones can practice their stacking skills with the oversized Jenga pieces. Minimize the noise made by clattering blocks by setting it up in the yard!
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  Jul
   06

 

 

Artificial Christmas Tree - Columbia Valley Fir

 
Customers choose their trees according to their tastes. While others like the full-shaped, traditional look, some prefer narrow trees that suit their space. For our Trees in Review today, we’re featuring the Columbia Valley Fir, one of Christmas Tree Market’s best-selling artificial fir trees.
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  Jul
   03

 

Christmas in July is a great way for the kids to feel the spirit of Christmas and enjoy summer parties at the same time. This year, have an easy time organizing a Christmas in July party with food stations your kids will love! Food or party stations allow your young guests to fill their plates just the way they want, and have fun in the process. Here are 5 party stations that you can prepare for your Christmas in July celebration!

Hotdog Bar

Hotdogs are always a crowd favorite, and can be cooked in no time! Prepare the toppings in advance but cook the hotdogs to order to make sure that they’re piping hot when served. Chili, tomatoes, onions, and coleslaw are great toppings for the kids, and they can get as much or as little as they want. This how-to from The Celebration Shoppe has tips on how to make your own hotdog bar without the stress.
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  Jun
   23

 

 
Artificial Christmas Trees - How to Set Up a Christmas Tree
 
Having trees in storage may damage some of its parts or break some lamps, so before the holidays arrive, make sure that your Christmas tree is still in great condition. A mid-year Christmas tree check-up gives you an idea of your tree’s state and lets you know if new bulbs or fuses are needed. Should you find that you need a new tree, you can already buy one a few months before the holiday rush.
 
To know the proper way of checking your artificial Christmas tree, here is a comprehensive how-to:
 
1. Make sure you have a lot of space
 
When working inside the house, move the furniture against the wall to give yourself more space to work. Protect your work area by putting down newspapers or a plastic sheet to catch any dirt that may have accumulated during storage. For pre-lit trees, make sure you have an electric outlet or extension cord nearby for light testing later on. If you need more space, you can the tree outside and work in your yard.
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