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  • Five Ways to Make Mom Feel Special on Mother's Day

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    Mother's Day (May 11, 2014)  is almost here -- just over a week away! Dads, look no further if you're searching for ways to help the kids make mom feel extra special on this very important day. Here are a few suggestions:

    • Serve mom breakfast in bed: This may sound like a no-brainer, but it does take some preparation. Sit down with the kids the night before, come up with a menu and assign jobs; perhaps the youngest gets the place setting and serving tray ready, the middle child cuts the fruit, the oldest pours the coffee and dad scrambles the eggs. Be sure to set an alarm and wake up the kids way before mom opens her eyes so you have time to cook and serve the meal. And if you're feeling extra ambitious, consider whipping up a Mother's Day cake for later in the day!

     

    • Have the kids make Mother's Day gifts: There's nothing a mother treasures more than a handmade gift, and lucky for you, there are plenty of fun arts and crafts projects to choose from. Whether it's a simple Mother's Day card made from construction paper, a finger-painting, sand art, a Mother's Day poem or something else entirely, mom will love it. Let the kids be creative and come up with their own masterpiece, or do a simple Google search for Mother's Day crafts. And don't forget to take photos so mom can see what the process was like!

     

    • Spend some time outdoors: Plan a hike, a bike ride or even just a walk around town and enjoy the (hopefully) pleasant weather. If you don't feel like leaving home, sit outside and relax while the kids burn off some energy on the swing set or the trampoline.

     

    • Clean, brighten up the house: If mom is the one who usually takes care of the laundry, the dishes, the vacuuming and other household cleaning, do it for her and give her a break on Mother's Day! Don't forget to leave some fresh flowers, either on the table, in a vase in the living room, or even outside, in the window boxes of the house or the storage shed.

     

    • Pamper mom: If you've used some of these ideas in previous years, a gift certificate to mom's favorite store, restaurant or nail salon will always do the trick!
  • Ten Tips to Make Sure Your Wooden Swing Set is Safe

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    Swing sets add so much to a child's life. They allow for activity and exercise; they promote socialization by allowing many youngsters to play at once, cooperating and problem-solving together; and they give kids something to look forward to outdoors.

    For parents, swing sets keep the kids busy, freeing up the afternoons for chores--or even better, some relaxation. What's more relaxing than knowing your kids are having fun playing on a swing set in your backyard? Knowing the kids are having fun playing on a safe swing set. Below is a list of things to keep in mind if you are looking for a strong, durable wooden swing set.

    1. Protective Surfacing: A safe swing set needs a safe surfacing, such as rubber mulch, to lay beneath and around the equipment. Grass and turf are not options, as they do not have the ability to absorb shock, according to The US Consumer Product Safety Commission. A swing set should never be built on asphalt or concreteThe experts at Best in Backyards recommend at least three inches of rubber mulch on your playground surface. Click here to read the CPCS's guidelines on other materials, such as bark mulch, wood chips, fine sane and fine gravel.

    2. The Six Feet Rule: There should be at least six feet of unobstructed space surrounding the swing set in all areas. This is called the use zone, and, to prevent interference, it should be clear of any fencing, rock walls, trees, shrubs or other equipment.

    3. Level Area: When placing your cedar swing set, be sure the area is level. This will maximize the swing set's activities and surfacing materials.

    4. Recessed Hardware: All hardware should be countersunk so the bolt caps sit inside the wood, rather than on top. This method means loose clothing is less likely to catch. Plastic caps are not recommended as they can fall off or break over time.

    5. Edges and Sanding: All of the wood parts should be sanded smooth. The edges and corners should be rounded, too. This helps to prevent splintering, and it helps the kids avoid minor abrasions.

    6. Coatings: Ropes and chains are safer when they are coated in some sort of soft material. For example, swing chains should be heated, primed and plastisol-coated for a safe, smooth grip and no pinching.

    7. Stain or Sealer: To maintain the wood's natural beauty and prevent checking, cracking or splintering, an application of clear wood sealer or semi-transparent stain should be applied on an annual basis.

    8. Maintenance: Check all hardware annually.

    9. Upkeep: Replace accessories and tent tops if necessary.

    10. Replenish: If you have wood mulch make sure you refill it regularly as it will compact and deteriorate over the years. Sand or other loose fill should be raked and "fluffed" up.

  • Spring Has Sprung, It's Time to Get Fit

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    There’s nothing quite like this time of year. That’s because springtime isn’t just about the short sleeved T’s you can now bring out of your closet, or the sight of lemonade stands and baseball practice. Springtime is the one time of year when it is no longer too cold—nor is it too hot—to get fit, outdoors! Here are some great ways to boost your metabolism, lose those holiday pounds and get swimsuit ready, all while the kids are busy enjoying the swing set.

    Understanding What Your Aiming For
    Exercise is important for a healthy and happy life. It boosts your mood, decreases stress and even helps you to have a sound night’s sleep. Many people wonder how much is enough. Strive for thirty minutes of movement a day in order to get your heart rate up, and you are well on your way to a fit lifestyle!
    To improve the state of your current heart health (or simply to shrink your waistline), you need to know your particular target heart rate. Subtract your age from 220, and there you have it—the magical number you’re aiming for. Engage in exercise such as lifting some weights (start with a weight you're comfortable with--not too strenuous, but with some resistance) for a few minutes. Place your fingers on your wrist and along the artery. Then, count to sixty, taking note of how many beats you have. If your heart rate is not where you’d like it to be, increase the intensity. Then, store the weights in your shed for a clutter-free backyard!

    Push-Ups on Your Property
    Working out at home is great because it does not cost you a monthly gym payment. Instead you're just making the most of your property! Head outside and get down on the ground. Make sure your hands are placed so that they are just a bit wider than your shoulder-width. Get your feet in a good stable position and lift your body up, so that your arms are fully extended, and down, so your chest nearly reaches the ground. Keep in mind that the motion should be smooth and consistent from your head to your toes.

    If you’re new to this exercise, go easy and start with a few sets of 3 to 5 reps. Repeat daily, and as you gain strength, increase your reps and sets. This site offers great tips for perfecting your push-up.

    Lunges on Your Lawn
    Has your lawn been abandoned all winter? It’s time to take advantage of it by killing two birds with one stone! Think of your lawn as the primary spot for lunges, squats and sit-ups. It’s the best (and cheapest) way to get in athletic shape without all the fuss of heading to a gym. Start by standing in an upright position, with your legs shoulder width apart.
    Starting with your right leg, step out in a wide stance, and bend your knee so that you’re using your thigh muscles to lunge forward. Come forward with your left leg so your legs are now back together. Lunge forward with your left, and repeat this exercise until you have walked back and forth on your lawn, 2 to 3 times, lunging all the way.

    This sunny season isn’t just about getting outdoors. It’s about entering a period of rejuvenation. Spring into the spirit of exercise, and feel better about yourself, your body and the time you spend in the fresh, open air.

  • Swing Into Spring with a FREE Swing Set

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    With Springtime here there's no better way to kick off the season then giving back! That's why we're starting off with a Free Classic Cedar Swing Set giveaway contest. We love making kids happy and the Classic swing set is a perfect set to start with. It comes complete with all cedar lumber, hardware and accessories including two sling swings and a gym ring/trapeze bar combo. Our Easy 1-2-3 steel brackets make assembly quick, easy and safe!

    All cedar material is sanded smooth with rounded edges and corners. Everything is pre-drilled and all bolts are countersunk so nothing is exposed. The swing beam is 8' high and made with a 4"x 6" beam with commercial grade swing hangers so even mom and dad can swing on it. All the swing chains are coated with plastisol for easy gripping and no pinches. The side supports are 4"x4" for the strongest and safest installation anywhere.

    We love Spring and now you will to! Just click on the image above to enter and win a chance at a Free Classic Cedar Swing Set.

  • Swing Set Safety #2

    Swing Set Safety #2

    When it comes to your children’s happiness, you’re the pro. You know what makes them giggle with glee, or pout in misery. You are also the one that knows what puts an automatic smile on their face any time you suggest it—their swing set! However, there’s no worst rude awakening than when your child is swinging on their swing set one minute, and wincing out in pain the next. Keep them safe, happy and loving every second they spend swinging and sliding by applying the following rules. Then, everyone in your family can rest assured, stay safe and sound.

    Teach Your Children the Right Way to Swing

    It’s easy to get so distracted by your children’s excitementover their brand new swing set,  that you forget about the most important thing—their safety. Whether your kids are playing at an indoor play area, or your very own backyard, safety comes first each and every time. Surprising your children with a new swing set, such as the Supremescape Swing set from Eastern Jungle Gym is an exhilarating moment for any family, but remember: safety first!

    Acclimate your children to the “Do” and “Don’t” rules of their swing set. Spend a few moments teaching them about the right way to swing (facing forward with both hands on the chains, etc.) as opposed to the “wrong” way (jumping off in mid-air, etc.)

    Make Swinging a Fun Family Affair

    When it comes to children, accidents can and do happen. It’s inevitable—a trip on the slippery floor here, or a bump on their head, there. So, when it comes to swing set safety, the number rule you should always commit to is supervision at all times. Even with safe, top of the line equipment that you’ll find on all Best in Backyards swing sets, they can’t protect you from a slip, misstep or fall, all of which can be prevented with consistent supervision.

    Make their ‘swing time’ a family affair! Sure, it’s just your backyard, but treat it like you’re going to park and have hours of fun. Pack their favorite snacks and juice. Watch their faces light up as you applaud them as they slide down, racing their sibling to the finish line!

    Check all Swings, Chains and Bolts for Tightness

    Over time, some swing set hardware can loosen. And, when wet, it can become slippery, causing young ones to injure themselves easily. It’s important before every play session, that you survey your swing set for any signs of safety risk. Wipe down slippery surfaces, such as on the slide, swing and ladders. Once a month, search for visible signs of loosening. Then, look down! The most common area for children to injure themselves is because of slippery surfaces. There’s no time like the present—order our rubber mulch (the safest surfacing around!)—for an eco-friendly, smart choice. Available in a variety of colors, they go perfectly with your backyard equipment! Then sit back and relax. You’ve done your part to keep everyone in your family happy and out of harm’s way.

  • Benefits of Your Swing Set (You Didn't Realize Until Now)

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    Swing sets are good, old fashioned fun. What else can your children do that’s in the convenience of your backyard, can be enjoyed for hours on end and gives you and your kids the advantage of fresh air and zero guilt? While you may know that swing sets are a great addition to your backyard, what you may not know is how many benefits they offer! Here are some creative and usual advantages your swing set brings to your kids life.

    It Boosts Their Self-Esteem

    Sigh…how childhood has changed from when you were one. The biggest reason for this? There’s less and less opportunity for kids to act like kids. From academic to athletic pressures at school; peer pressure to cyber bullying, kids need a place that is safe, is assessable and can improve their self-esteem in one shot! That’s the beauty of swing sets. There’s no ‘downside’ or risk to having one (unlike so many other manufactured kids toys on the market) because with each slide, step or swing they engage in, they’re building confidence. They’re releasing anxiety. Best of all, they’re feeling good about themselves again.

    It Allows Them to Improve Their Problem Solving Skills

    Whether you have a five year old or a fifteen year old, children use any and every opportunity to learn. They learn about the world through what you say, and what you do. They learn how to act by how their friends act, or what’s suggested on TV. But invest in one of our Ultimate Swing Set Series, and they’ll learn, examine, assess, and come up with their own conclusions for swinging, sliding and playing their heart out! When you give them the gift of a swing set, you’re putting your mind at ease by knowing that their mind is sharpening and their body is strengthening. But to your kids, they’ll just think you’re the best parent there could ever be! It’s a win/win.

    It Promotes an Active Lifestyle

    When you were young, you didn’t have video games or the internet to keep your indoors. Sure, while that may make you sound a bit…old(!) this was a good thing. You had the advantage of fresh air and exercise (probably in excess!) whereas for kids now days, it’s much more of a challenge. The fact is, if your children aren’t being active, then chances are they’re ripping into a bag of potato chips and zoning out into a marathon of their favorite TV show. Ultimately, this sets a precedent for a sedentary life, not an engaging, interactive one.

    Swing sets on the other hand, promote an active lifestyle.  It encourages a healthy outlet to release stress and excess energy—because let’s face it, when it comes to your growing children, you’re always on the lookout for a new way that they can release their pent up energy and enthusiasm!

    Our swing sets are designed to allow your children to have good, old fashioned fun—the kind of fun you once had.  Check out our top of the line swing sets that aren’t just kid-approved, but meet your demands too! Start creating childhood memories today!

    Want to learn more about our swing sets? Give us a call or click here

  • Backyard Activities That Can't Be Beat!

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    Backyard Activities That Can’t Be Beat!

    While you love going to the movies, and chatting with each other over dinner—it’s easy to feel like as a family, you’re doing the same thing day after day.  If you had your way, you’d love to stir up the pot with some new, creative ways to spend time together as a family (and get that look of boredom off of your kids face!) Sit back and relax, because we’ve got three suggestions that are just what you’re looking for!

    Bring the Beach to Your Backyard

    If you don’t have the chance to head to the sand and surf too often, who says you can’t bring the beach to you? Whether you have toddlers or school aged children, a sandbox is a great way to give them the excitement of the beach, without having to make a day trip to one. If you want to get them really excited about spending hours making sandcastles in your backyard, look online for specials on clever sandbox bases—you can find creative fire trucks or fairytale castles to hold your sandbox in (that you can’t always find at your local store.)

    Create Memories With a Swing Set

    There’s no getting around it—when you invest in a swing set, you’re creating memories for your entire family. Do your son and daughter fight like cats and dogs? The swing set should take care of that. Does your 8 year old only child seem to continually have a look of boredom on her face? Put a swing set in your back yard and she’ll squeal with delight as she slides and swings for hours on end. Buy our Dreamscape swing set, and in addition to our sale price, you’ll receive delivery and installation for free. What’s a better gift for your children than outdoor fun they’ll enjoy each and every day?

    Play a Round of Miniature Golf

    Whether you have toddlers or teenagers in the house, having a happy family means that you need to change up the activity from time to time. Instead of the usual weekend mall shopping or TV watching, why not round up everyone in the backyard for some miniature golf instead? You can cater it for any and all ages (from simple to challenging), give each family member a putter, and be as creative as you’d like with the setup! Add some personal touches that your family will love, such as using part of your son’s Thomas the Train tunnel to create an obstacle for the golf ball to go through. The more involved you get in the process of turning your backyard into miniature golf mania, the more engaged they’ll become!

    With such a busy schedule day after day, it’s easy to get bogged down with all the things you have to do. But what about what you want to do, such as getting your family together for some good, old fashioned fun? We’d love to hear what you and your family does for weekend fun! Post a comment on our Facebook page, and let us know!

  • Eastern Jungle Gym on New HBO movie

    Well if you like Larry David, you'll love his new movie. This is just a clip of him trying to install a swing set and it's very funny. I guess he didn't use our instructions for this one. It is a comedy though, so that might have something to do with it.

  • Swing Sets Make Memories

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    Think back to when you were a child, and what you’re favorite memories were. For many, it may have been a favorite stuffed animal that we went to sleep with every night, or for the lucky ones, it was a cherished swing set our father built with love, spare time and some carpentry skill!

    Did you love spending hours as a child on your tire swing, or in your tree house?

    This time around with your own children to care for, why not bring in an already built and assembled swing set, which will leave you more time to make memories with your children, and a bond that won’t ever leave their side!

    The fact is, the best things for children are often the simplest, and when you bring in a swing set, you bring in memories for them that make them feel loved, give them something that lasts for years,  and something special that makes them feel like the king (or queen) of their domain.

    It Strengthens Sibling Love and Affection

    Whether you have two children close in age, or four children far apart in milestone development, one thing in the same—sibling rivalry happens. And when multiple children are cooped inside for hours at a time, it happens a lot! So, kill two birds with one stone—get your children outdoors in their swing set, and encourage activity and cooperation! They won’t just enjoy the fresh air; they’ll learn how to communicate, talk to one another and improve their social skills by leaps and bounds—something that reruns of their favorite cartoons could never provide!

    It Helps Prevent Childhood Obesity

    No matter where in the country you live, no one is safe from pre-diabetes or obesity, and that especially includes children. While you can’t totally control what your children eat at lunchtime during school hours, you can control how much activity they get at home, which is one of the reasons encouraging swing set activity is so great! You can help them decrease their mindset of, “There’s nothing to do. I’m bored,” when they stay in motion swinging, climbing or sliding down for an hour or more—thus, eliminating their risk of childhood obesity in the process!

    It Allows Kids a Place to be Kids

    Life moves at a super speed these days, and not even young children are immune to it. From cyber bullying to exposure to overly sexual images on TV, why not give your kids the best gift of all—an opportunity to just be a kid?  With their swing set, they can jump, run, climb and swing without a care in the world.

    Swing sets make memories—for your children, and for your entire family. It allows them to learn how to treat their siblings, increases their daily exercise and activity and best of all, allows them to just be kids having fun, and enjoy the moment of what being a kid is all about. Childhood will pass them by fast enough, so make these memories last while you can!

  • Safety Tips for Kids Playing Outdoors

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    Safety Tips for Kids Playing Outdoors

    If your child is always on the move, consider yourself lucky. That means that your child is healthy, happy and as curious about life as they should be! Whether your child loves splashing in puddles of rain during the fall, making snow angels in wintertime, or lying down in the grass as she basks in the sun of summer, you’re main concern (year round) is keeping them as safe as possible.  We’ve put together a cheat sheet for you, so that no matter time of the year it is, your kids stay happy and healthy without risk of injury!

    Scan Your Backyard For Danger and Risk 

    It’s easy for your children to break a rule about playing safely outside—especially when they aren’t clear on what those rules are! You may think because your children are playing in your backyard, that they’re out of harm’s way—but as you well know, children always need supervision. As active as they are, an injury or accident can happen in a split second, but you can significantly reduce their risk by surveying your backyard before they start playing.

    It only takes a minute to be on the lookout and search out possible risks that could turn their playtime into harm. During wintertime, look for ice on your patio that may cause a slip. During the summer months, scan the ceilings and corners of your foundation (as well as swing set and treehouse) for bee hives. Take a look at your swing set. Is their snow or sleet on the slide? Do you swings need to be wiped down so your children can enjoy them without risk of slipping off? Point them out and tell your children there are a few “off limits” areas of the backyard they need to stay away from.

    Keep an Eye on Them (Even When You Can’t)

    If you need to go inside occasionally while your children are outside, set up a baby monitor—even if your kids are older and are well past the infant stage. If you aren’t staying outside supervising every minute they’re sliding and swinging, this can be a great tool to ensure they’re safe and out of danger.  Even during the winter months, kids can play outside for hours on end. Ultimately, children are quick to get dehydrated and run down (even if it seems like they are they could go all day!) Monitor how long they play. Set up breaks for water and a snack periodically so that they don’t run their body ragged and maintain a positive attitude with their playmates.

    Whether you choose a swing set from our Sky Swing series or our Imagination Swing Set Series, you’ll love the change in activity and enthusiasm it brings out in your children. We believe in our product, and after our guys deliver and install it for you  we know you’ll believe in our product too! Have fun out there and be safe.

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