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  • Should I Get a Hot Tub or Swim Spa?

    Hot tub shoppers often ask: "Should I get a hot tub or swim spa? Which is better?" There are clear benefits to both, and a lot of them are personal. This article should help you answer those questions. First, some definitions. Swim spas are moderately-sized jetted tubs. In them, you can swim against the current created by the jets. You stay in one place as you swim while the water moves around you. Hot tubs have no such current, but the water often swirls and bubbles around sitters as they relax. You may already have a preference, but... Read More
  • Top 5 Things You Need In Your Back Yard This Fall

    The nice thing about fall is that the weather's cooling down. And the downside is that it can get pretty chilly. So we've put together a list of 5 things you need in your backyard this fall to stave off the chill – while enjoying the cooler weather. Because what good is a back yard if you're not enjoying it, right? Read on for our list of … Things You Need In Your Back Yard This Fall Trusty Grill Who says you need to stop grilling when summer's over? Now's the perfect time to smoke... Read More
  • Make Grilling Easy with These 4 Tantalizing Dry Rubs

    A good dry rub makes all the difference. If you enjoy meat, poultry, and seafood then you probably appreciate a good dry rub recipe. Rubs are used all over the world to enhance flavor – and different regions even have their own specialties. These are a few of our favorite dry rubs: 1. Texas Rub If you've ever been to a Texas BBQ, you know they grill up some good meat! Texas rub is very bold and spicy. It's great because it enhances the meat’s flavor without covering it up. This type of rub tends to stay away from sugar. ... Read More
  • The 3 Best Hot Tub Accessories for Fall

    Fall means cool weather, mild days, beautiful scenery – and hot tub relaxation. Since we're already starting to get the hats and scarves out of storage, let's take some time to talk about hot tub accessories for fall. You're probably already planning to do fall maintenance for your hot tub [fall hot tub maintenance article]. It's pretty easy. And you'll be able to enjoy a warm massage in your backyard on perfectly cool evenings. And now's the time – before cool weather is really here – to get the fall hot tub accessories you're missing. The ones you'll... Read More
  • 5 More Fun Games You Can Play in the Hot Tub

    In our previous article, we brought out some fun hot tub games. But what if you don't want to play games with props? What if you'd rather relax and play mental hot tub games instead? This post is for you. Here's our favorite 5 mind-based games you can play in the hot tub.  Celebrity Alphabet Your mission: think of as many celebrities as you can. But there's a catch. Their name (first or last) must start with a certain letter of the alphabet. Here's how it works. Player one chooses a letter, whichever they want. They might choose... Read More
  • 5 Fun Games You Can Play in the Hot Tub

    Picture the perfect relaxing evening. If you're like most, your leisurely night includes a hot tub. But sometimes, especially when you have friends over, you might want some hot tub games. We've come up with 5 fun (family-friendly) games you can play in the hot tub. Dodgeball With up to 5 ping pong balls in the hot tub, try to avoid being touched by one of them. Sound easy? It may prove to be a fun challenge! Each player can move around to stay away from the balls – but keep your feet on the bottom! Once... Read More
  • 3 Easy Ways to Make Your Patio Furniture Last Longer

    Your backyard can be a beautiful outdoor living room with amazing patio furniture. The table where all your BBQ's are served, the comfortable chairs around your fire pit, the playset that keeps the little ones entertained. And your patio furniture can last for years if properly taken care of. Just follow these simple steps to make your patio furniture last longer: How to Make Your Patio Furniture Last Longer 1. Keep It Clean This step depends on what kind of material your patio furniture is made of. If it's weatherproof metal, don't worry about cleaning too much. Simply wipe... Read More
  • 3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Grill Looking New

    A clean, shiny grill can be an attractive element of your patio. On the other hand, an old, rusty grill is an eyesore. Ever wished you could keep your grill looking new? Well, so have we. That's why we've come up with 3 simple steps to keep your new grill looking new. Clean The Inside This part isn't complicated – it'll just take some elbow grease. It's worth the effort in the end. And the more often you clean it, the easier your job will be. Before cleaning the inside of your grill, remove the grates, flame... Read More
  • 5 More Easy, Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors

    Warm evenings are just made for outdoor living. Your patio is the perfect space to relax with friends. It's one of the most comfortable places in your home. But then again, there's the bugs. Biting bugs can put a damper on your patio fun. Mosquitoes, gnats, and flies are called pests for a good reason. So what's your strategy to keep bugs away outdoors? Our last post showed off 4 natural ways to repel bugs. But there are quite a few more methods you can use. Here are 5 more easy, natural ways to banish bugs... Read More
  • 4 Easy, Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away Outdoors

    Warm evenings are just made for outdoor living. Your patio is the perfect space to relax with friends. It's one of the most comfortable places in your home. Until it's not. Bugs can bring a screeching stop to your enjoyment of the outdoors. Mosquitoes, gnats, and flies don't just annoy – they bite. How do you keep bugs away outdoors? Here are 4 easy, natural ways to banish bugs – without smelly chemicals. 1. Get Rid of Standing Water We're not talking about ponds. Those can be dealt with by introducing larvae-eating fish. You're looking to avoid objects that... Read More

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