Relax Outdoors! It’s Summer

What’s your favorite season? Some people love the crisp fall days, a wintry wonderland or the rebirth that occurs in spring but number one on my list is summer—so I’m thrilled it’s here. I will say that since moving to Arizona, we enjoy summer differently than we used to in San Diego.

Instead of going to the beach, we now go to the pool to try to stay cool during the hot days and we especially enjoy the warm desert evenings—a perfect time to relax outdoors. We also fondly recall the more temperate summer days of Southern California, warm days followed by cooler nights. Whichever area you live in, here are some fun ways to enjoy your backyard this summer.

Create a space that is comfortable to relax

Consider the best spot for hanging out—maybe one with a great view, welcome shade or cool breezes—and then fill it with comfy seating and side or coffee tables.


Entertain with ease

Choose a dining table shape and size that best fits your needs and the space and make sure you place it fairly close to your food prep area.


Keep cooking area close to entertaining area

Having an outdoor kitchen results in a number of benefits; it gives you the ability to seamlessly entertain while cooking and spend more time with guests rather than making numerous back and forth trips inside.


Add plants and storage for planting tools

Consider planting in layers; choose flowers and shrubs with good height, texture, color and draping; and hide your gardening tools and equipment in a shed or chest.


Designate a spot to play

Consider the needs of kids and adults—and for the former, think about elements that are adaptable as they grow such as a rope swing and veggie garden rather than a swing set and sandbox.


Diane’s Take: Enjoy the carefree feeling of spending time outdoors, relaxing and entertaining, and make time to play. Summer reminds me of being a kid. I always enjoyed the Ohio summers outside with friends and family; swimming, playing badminton, throwing frisbees, and catching fireflies are some of my favorite summertime memories. Make some memories of your own this summer!

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