Turf Maintenance Plan – How To Keep Your Grass In Tip Top Condition

Australians love their backyards. Whether it is for a kick of the footy, a summer barbeque with friends or a night out under the stars, nothing tops it off like a luscious green lawn.   When you are equipped with the knowledge on how to maintain your turf with ease, you’ll be well on the way to having a garden envied by your neighbours. Don’t let weeds develop Whether you grew your lawn from seeds, purchased turf from a local garden supplier or adopted a patch of turf when you moved into your home, your garden will unfortunately not be immune from the humble weed. They seem to sprout out of nowhere and can spread overnight. The trick is to ensure you tackle them as soon as they appear. There are a number of products available on the market including sprays, however make sure you purchase an appropriate weed killer depending on the turf you have and one that will address the specific weed that have sprouted. The longer you leave it, the more it will take over and no one likes a foot full of prickly weeds. Don’t overlook the fertiliser Fertilising your lawn regularly will ensure that it has the best chance of surviving Australia’s harsh weather conditions. When your turf has the perfect amount of essential nutrients, it has a better chance of dealing with the heat of summer, long periods of drought and even unfortunate disease. Fertilising your lawn is the best way to give it a boost of essential nutrients. Choose from organic or non-organic fertiliers and keep it up at least twice a year.... read more

20 Fun Things to Do On A Plane – Creative Activities for Kids

Travelling with Children  Are you looking for fun things to do on a plane to entertain your children? Travelling with children on a plane can be the worst part of any family holiday. A long flight for little ones is often boring and with boredom comes restlessness and as the saying goes, ‘An idol mind is the devil’s playground‘. Parents spend countless hours trying to entertain their children. Surveys report that the most annoying part of any flight is noisy and disruptive children; not to mention crying babies. Anyone with children however will know how hard it is, and embarrasing when your little one just wont sit still (or quiet). If you are planning a family holiday and looking for some fun things to do on a plane, here are 20 activities for children that should keep them entertained over and over. These activities will help keep them out of trouble and hopefully stop them disturbing other passengers who are not happy when their seat is repeatedly kicked or those who are not interested in your child’s quirky face-pulling antics. If you have a fear of flying yourself, keeping your mind off the flight works wonders. Maybe you will enjoy these activities too. In no particular order, here are 20 fun activities to do on a plane. 1. Scavenger Hunt: With the help of the FREE in-flight magazine, take your child on a scavenger hunt. As you flick through the pages, ask questions such as, “Can you see a red shape?”, or “Can you find three different animals?”. Be as creative as you can depending on the content of the page. For older children, you could get them to trace... read more

10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Involving the Kids

Although you may be planning a little something special for your husband, wife or significant other, have you considered including the kids this Valentine’s Day? After all, the day is all about love so why should they miss out? Better still, getting them involved in making a gift or helping to create something totally unique will ensure it’s a wonderful family day to remember. Here are ten Valentine’s gift ideas. 1. Breakfast in bed There’s nothing better than spoiling someone you love with breakfast in bed. Whilst the toast may end up slightly burnt and the coffee a little milky when the kids are in charge, cutting bread into love heart shapes and topping it with strawberry jam will make it a masterpiece. 2. Create unique art Consider letting the kids display their creative side by giving them a mini canvas to paint and decorate. It will make a totally unique gift and become a keepsake. 3.Valentine’s crayons It may not be the most traditional of gifts however it’s certainly one that will be memorable. Every child has far too many broken and unwanted crayons so why not put them to good use and recycle them. They’ll need your help to melt them down but once they set in love heart molds, they will be perfect for the family to create memories again. 4. Family picnic When February 14 comes around, grab the picnic basket, a comfy rug and a selections of family favourites and head off to a local park or lake where everyone can enjoy a relaxing day out. Take a ball or frisbee and make it... read more

50 Things To Do When The Power Goes Out

Sometimes it seems our entire life can revolve around our computer, ipad or iphone. Sometimes they take over our lives to such an extent we forget how many things we can do without using a keyboard. Below are some great ways to have fun (often for the whole family) while avoiding technology overload. Bond – In our busy lives we sometimes forget to really appreciate our loved ones. Spend time talking, and really listening to each other. family bonding is priceless. Bike Ride – Go for a bicycle ride and drag a friend along. Cars – Learn how the inside of a car works. From someone who knows. Cocktail – Learn how to make a new cocktail or drink and have a fun night in! Cook – Try a new recipe or just invent something from the things you can find in the fridge! Crackers – Buy and set off some fire crackers. Just make sure they’re legal ones! Create – Build something from scratch. Dance – Go out dancing, whether it’s salsa, night clubbing or 50s swing. Discover – Learn how something works or pull something apart. Drive – Go for a drive and discover a place you’ve never been. Stop at a tiny shop for milkshakes. Enjoy – Sit down and really enjoy something – like a mango. Family – Go out and have fun with your kids or grandkids. Friends – Meet someone new. In the real world. Garden – Visit the local nursery and pick some flowers or vegetables and make your own garden or windowbox. Letter – Write a letter (on real paper, with a... read more

7 Ways to Get Sun Safely Everyday

We all need a bit of sunshine to stay healthy and happy and, as busy as our lives are, sometimes we don’t have enough time to sit outside and get our daily requisite. #Vitamin D is an essential vitamin to our body so we can absorb calcium and promote bone growth, as well as being thought to stave off depression, weight gain and even cancer. Our Vitamin D requirements depend on many factors such as age, weight, skin colour, time of year and individual health. So what can we do? Of course spending long hours in the #sun can be very unhealthy so here are some sneaky ways to get your daily sunlight without risking your health or sacrificing your busy schedule. Wind down your car window As you drive from destination to destination or take your child to their obligatory dance or karate class, wind down the car window and take advantage of those sun rays. Every little bit helps. Pull up your sleeves It may not be the weather for short sleeves just yet but when you are outside, be mindful of the fact that you can pull your sleeves up a little bit to catch some of those healthy rays. Walk on the sunny side of the street If you are going to choose a side of the street to walk on, opt for the one in the sunshine. Embrace the outdoors and enjoy it while it lasts. Walk to get some lunch or take a short stroll each day Try to get outside as much as you can even if it means going for a... read more

Practice Solo Skills – Crazy Catch Nets To Get You Up and Active

If you’re in a team or club, chances are that you devote many hours to training when you’re not actually playing competition games. Unless you have regular organized training sessions, it can be difficult to find someone willing to train with you – especially if you feel you aren’t up to speed and need some extra practice. Simply bouncing the ball off a wall or fence is unlikely to increase your skills very much and can fast get boring. That’s where the Crazy Catch net comes in very useful. It’s a strong, easy to assemble net that gives you an easy way to practice on your own for all types of ball sports. Crazy Catch Net The Crazy Catch net gives a fast, strong rebound at completely random angles, meaning you’ll be running and jumping for the ball. It can be used for up close and intricate contact control or longer range for passing and catching practice. It improves hand-eye coordination and is great for reaction work. This net isn’t just for solo practice either. You can combine practice with team mates, having them throw one or more balls at the net, allowing you to catch them. The net is also a great training tool for goal keepers. It can be combined with all different types of sports training including football, soccer, touch and rugby. Just don’t forget that sometimes skills are best honed by someone who is familiar with your skills – not just a net which rebounds at random. Although great for solo stints, don’t forget to get children working in groups to master difficult skills and make... read more

30 Fun Activities To Do Outside For The Whole Family

Are you looking for fun activities for the family to enjoy outside? It is so easy to prop our kids in front of the TV or hand them an iPad for entertainment however you will soon see why getting them outside and enjoying the fresh air is beneficial on so many levels. A lovely soft green lawn is so inviting and makes for the most perfect area to play, create and have lots of fun. This list of 30 activities for kids is just the tip of the iceberg. And best of all, they cost nothing! 1. Cloud watching: simply lie on the grass and look up the sky. What animals can you see in the soft clouds that are floating by? 2. Picnic: perfect place to have lunch on the soft grass. 3. Hide and seek: if the garden is large enough or there are enough nooks, enjoy the scenery with a perfect game of hide and seek. 4. Blow bubbles: make a mixture of washing detergent and water and see who can make the biggest bubbles. 5. Musical statues: play some music or sing songs and get the kids to dance around – when the music stops everyone must freeze like a statue. 6. Water games: playing with a sprinkler or hose on a hot day is amazing fun and can also give the garden a well deserved drink (water restrictions must be observed) 7. Star gazing: when the sun sets, lay on the soft carpet-like grass and look up at the stars – see if you can find the brightest star, or the saucepan. 8. Ball:... read more

100 Creative Ways To Entertain A Child

Are you looking for clever ways to entertain a child? Whether you are a stay at home parent, grandparent, carer or simply seeking weekend and holiday entertainment for your child, sometimes finding the right activity can be frustrating; particularly when the attention span of a youngster is not all that long, you’ll find they are back at your heels before you know it looking for something else to do. This list of ways to entertain your child is designed to spark creativity and where possible be done without spending any money.  Ideas can be varied depending on the age of your child but with the basics covered you will find yourself with a little more free time to get some of life’s other chores done. If you are aiming to plan your activities for a period of time, such as over the school holidays, it is a great idea to get a big wall calendar and plan one morning activity and one afternoon activity every day that way your child can see what is coming and it can also be a great way to reward them for doing the right thing!   Activities that can be done at home: Animals and Bugs: Go on a bug hunt. Look under stones and leaves for ants or worms. Baby Book: Show your child their baby book and the memorabilia you collected for them in their first few years Balls: Play ball in the yard – practice catching, throwing and kicking. Great for coordination Balloons: If you have some left over balloons in the cupboard from a party, blow them up and let them play.... read more

Success Is Not Always What You See

When we start out on a journey to live a healthier life, no matter how small the changes, the thing we often overlook is that we are actually succeeding. From day one! Are you exercising regularly and not seeing the results you want on the scales? Are you eating healthier food but not noticing any changes in your body? Are you using chemical free alternatives where possible but not feeling any impact? Success is not always what you see!  Don’t give up! Keep going!     source: unknown... read more