How To Create A Garden That Encourages Your Kids To Stay Active

We all want our kids to be happy and healthy and encouraging them to get out and exercise is an important part of that. But unfortunately, that’s harder than ever to do because of the influence of screens on kids. Finding ways to get them away from screens and convince them to do something more active instead is a struggle for a lot of parents and they worry about their child’s health as a result. If you’re going to get them outside more, you need to find ways to make it more exciting for them. One of the best ways to do that is to create a great garden area that they’ll love playing in. These are some of the best changes that you can make to your garden to encourage your kids to play out there more often.

Open Up The Space

 

Kids need a lot of space to run around and play, so you need to make sure that the garden has a lot of open areas. If you’ve got big trees and bushes that are growing into the garden and taking up a lot of room, you need to know how to use a reciprocating saw because it will make light work of those branches. Cut away all of the trees and bushes and you’ll open up a space that the kids can play in easily.

 

Add Some Color

 

Kids respond well to color so you should try to make the garden as bright and colorful as possible. If you’ve got flower beds around the edges of the garden, try to fill them with lots of colorful plants. Just make sure that you check before you plant anything because you need to make sure that there isn’t anything that is poisonous if eaten. Kids tend to explore the world through touch and taste and if you’ve got young kids you need to be sure that they’re safe in the garden. You can also add a bit of color and make the garden more exciting by painting murals on the fences.

 

Grow Some Vegetables

 

Getting kids involved in a project is a good way to keep their interest in the garden, so you should try to grow some vegetables out there. They’ll enjoy planting them and watering them regularly and they’ll be excited to get out in the garden to see how they’re growing. At the end, they’ll learn a valuable lesson about hard work and patience when they finally see the end product, and they might even start eating their vegetables more often if they’ve grown them.

 

Play Equipment

 

You’ll need some play equipment out there to keep them entertained. You can pick up a cheap sandpit or just make your own with a few bits of wood and some sand. If you’ve got a big tree out in the garden, you could even try to build a treehouse up there. You can also get a swing set for fairly cheap and they’re easy to put together.

 

If you set up the garden so the kids love playing out there, it will be a lot easier to encourage them to stay active.

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AmericanMuscle’s Justin Dugan Gets Wild with a 2019 Shelby GT350

The new 2019 Shelby GT350 is out and oh man is it slick. This muscle machine is this St. Louis Dad’s dream car. Shelby has always been on my mind, Ever since I was a kid and Nic Cage stole on in Gone in 60 Seconds, I have always wanted one. Fortunately, I can live vicariously through others like Justin Dugan who recently was out to Pontiac, Michigan so he could ‘have at it’ on the M1 Concourse racetrack with the new 2019 Shelby GT350.

What might be just ‘another day in the office’ for Justin allows us, to gain a first-hand look into the development and driving characteristics of this flat-plane crankshaft equipped road-legal race car. Get it Justin!!!

PONTIAC, Mi. (May 14, 2019) – In this episode of AmericanMuscle’s Hot Lap YouTube video series, Justin Dugan visits M1 Concourse in Pontiac, Michigan to get behind the wheel of the brand-new 2019 Shelby GT350 and experience some of the updates Ford Performance made, while ripping down the racetrack. While the weather wasn’t optimal during the trip, Justin makes the most of his adventure, spending some one-on-one time with the GT350 on and off the track. Justin also meets with Shelby Automobiles Marketing Manager, Jim Owens, to share his excitement and learn more about the platform’s development phases.

From the 5.2L Flat-plane V8 under the hood, to the improved aero, and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires; the remarkable grip and handling of the GT350 will make any driver feel like they are ready for the next race in the Michelin Pilot Challenge Series.

Watch it here: https://www.americanmuscle.com/hotlap-may2019.html

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Throwing a Retro Style BBQ

Want to relive the good ol’ days with your family and friends? Consider throwing a retro style barbecue party. This is the best way of bringing men together to bond with the family across generations. From setting the menu to decors, you will need a retro touch to have an unforgettable BBQ party. Bonus points if you hold the party at the backyard!

A retro BBQ party is an excellent occasion for reuniting with family and friends. The party provides everyone with an opportunity to catch up with Uncle Joe and Aunty Mary whom they have not seen for some time. If you are throwing a BBQ bash for friends, you can relieve the happiness and escapades of the yesteryears and form even closer bonds.

Here’s a quick guide for throwing a retro style BBQ bash.

Timing is Everything

Timing is big when planning any party. Parties are more fun when there are many people involved. Therefore, it is essential to get the timing right. You may want to call your guests in advance to find out about their schedules before settling on the date of the party. The last thing you want is to get a lot of apologies because of poor timing.

Ideally, you should plan your BBQ party on a summer weekend or a holiday. These are the times when most people have some free time on their calendars. Your old buddies will gladly show up for the party in their summer shorts ready to get wild! Also, require the guests to confirm attendance in advance so that you plan for the meals and drinks appropriately. Finally, make sure you distribute a map to your residence or the BBQ party location, just in case some people will be driving from out of town.

Get the Menu Right

When planning a retro BBQ party, you have to get the menu right. Consider the people you’ve invited to the party and find out their favorite dishes. Since you can grill different entrees at the party, go all out with variety. You can prepare steak, roasted veggies, kebabs, hotdogs, hamburgers, and more. Having variety is essential as you want to be sure all guests can build a la carte plates to their liking.

Entrees are huge, but they are not the only thing to concentrate on. There are BBQ side staples like green salads, pasta or potato salad, corn on the cob, and even mac & cheese to think of. If you are holding the party during the summer, you may need some ice cream as a refreshing dessert.

There are tons of BBQ necessities that will complement any menu you are preparing. You can use the essentials to prepare the BBQ and when done, offer them as gifts to the men who love grilling. Depending on the grilling equipment, you can hold the party in your backyard, rooftop, or even a local park.

Drinks. Drinks. Drinks.

Are the guests you’ve invited to the BBQ party big on beer or liquor? Get ready with the right drinkware. No beverage is as smooth and tantalizing as beer when taken with BBQ. Therefore make sure you’ve appropriately stocked.

Get double-walled drinkware to ensure the drinks will stay cold in the warm weather. To cater for cocktail lovers, make sure you have the right shakers that will let you mix the perfect drinks. The shakers can also make attractive gifts if you are celebrating someone special.

Depending on the number of visitors you expect at the party, the cost of drinks can quickly escalate through the roof. Don’t play Atlas and carry all the world’s problems on your shoulder. Instead, ask the guests to help with the drinks. For example, you can require guests to come with a case of specific beer brands. If liquor is your thing, have a guideline on the type of drinks to be brought and any mixers that may be required.

Retrorize the Scene

The scene has to be perfect for your retro BBQ. This means taking things further than what you would usually do with regular weekend BBQ parties.

To begin, you should have some fun activities lined up while the food is being prepared. Depending on the crowd you expect, you can have Yahtzee, dominoes, Jenga, checkers, and cards. These are easy games which can be played outside and are entertaining to people of all ages.

And what would be a retro party without some funky blues or jazz from the 1960s? Make a playlist of nostalgic music that will remind the guests of the golden era of music of their time. You may also want to set up some string lights to create a moody glow ambiance when the sun begins to set. LED lanterns would also be perfect for lighting up the tables without having to worry about them getting blown out by the wind.

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Hog Wild Dad Time: How To Achieve The Perfect Motorcycle Road Trip

Being a dad is one of the best jobs there is, but occasionally we all need a little alone time to rest and recharge our batteries. Of course, the way that you spend this time will depend on what you love to do, and for many of us, that means hopping on the back of our hogs and hitting the open road to explore. An activity that you can get more detail on in the post below.

Allow yourself some dad only time

Before you can hit the highway and look for adventure, you need to be able to recognize and grant yourself some ‘me time’ when it’s needed. Of course, this isn’t something that is always easy when you are a dad because you have responsibilities over and above just your own well being and happiness.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that to be the best father possible, you can really benefit from the occasional break, as long as you’re SO can look after the kids, and you have time off from work that is? In fact, if this is the case, then a few nights exploring or riding a long-desired route is something that can boost not only your mood but your resilience for when things get tough as well.  

Plan your route

The first thing you need to do when organizing a motorcycle road trip is to plan the route that you will take. The reason being that this will dictate many of the other details including the type of bike you will use when in the year you travel, and even the overnight accommodation that you pick.

 

 

Happily, there is a vast array of option when it comes to road trips in the US with route 66 running from Chicago to Santa Monica being one of the most popular. Of course the Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado, as well as the Tail of the Dragon in North Carolina and Tennessee, which you can read more about at maps.roadtrippers.com are also particularly well liked by bikers too. Mainly due to the amazing views and exciting roads to be ridden there.

Now, when we say plan your route, it means more than just working out when you start, and end point will be. In fact, you need to consider other aspects of your journey as well including the sites and attractions you will stop at to get the most of your experience as well.

Luckily, to help you work out which ones are on your route and choose a selection to see you can use sites like thrillist.com that detail many of the world- famous roadside attractions that the US has to offer.

Finally, when it comes to planning your trip don’t forget that you will need to work out where you will end up spending the night too. Of course, many bikers choose to take campaigning gear and stay at campgrounds during their trip, while others prefer to go for roadside motels instead.

Just bear in mind that you will need a warm, dry place to lay your head each night if you are to get the most of our the next day in the saddle. Therefore,  you will need to plan the legs of your trip accordingly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a location when night falls, without the accommodation that you require.

Choose your steed

Once you have the details of your trip hashed out, it’s time to choose the bike that you will use on your adventure. Of course, there a multitude of decisions to be made here, including whether you will use a bike that you already own or one that you will buy especially for the trip, while some folks even lease motorcycles for their journey.

Now, if you choose a bike that you already own, it’s crucial that you perform a full service and check things like the oil level, the tires, and electrics before you set out.

Alternatively, if you are looking to purchase a hog on which to travel your route its can be helpful to search sites like CleanHarleys.com where you can find a used cycle that will fit your budget. Such sites can even ship your bike to your home or trip starting location with ease, making planning your road trip much less hassle.

Of course, if you hire a  motorcycle, it should be checked before you get it, but it doesn’t hurt to brush up on motorcycle maintenance and learn what to check and look out for when you are on the road either. After all, safety is crucial when you are a dad and have a family relying on you back home.

Get kitted up

Once you have your bike sorted, it’s time to make sure that you have everything you need regarding kit for your journey. Of course, this means a helmet, as well as gloves, and if you are going to be driving in colder climates, a biker jacket and trousers as well.

 

 

Happily, most bikes have space to carry a bag, so this means you can also include some essential such as puncture repair kit, a mobile phone, and power pack, as well as some basic first aid supplies like the ones detailed at ridermagazine.com  too.

Document your adventures

Finally, when it comes to your motorcycle road trip, you will want to make sure that you document your adventures and travels, as then you can share them with your family when you get home.

One way of doing this is to install a dash cam or even a GoPro on your helmet. The latter being something you can learn how to mount properly at gopro-gimbal.com. Such actions allowing you to record some of the more spectacular vistas that you come across, while also giving those at home a real insight into what road tripping is like.

Alternatively, taking plenty of pictures, or even blogging about your experience can be a great way to share your experience with loved ones including your kids. After all, if you want to encourage them to come with you on your road trips when they are older, it’s always smart to get them enthused young by showing them just how fun your adventures on the back of a hog can be!

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