So, the kids have gone back to school, your summer break has been and gone and the weather is certainly wetter and colder than it was before – it seems that normal business has been resumed! But don’t worry, now you’ve entered what is arguably, the best season of all: Autumn!
In summer we spend days at the beach or head to the lakes, we plan days out without worrying about the weather too much and the days seemingly never end. So, it’s understandable if you’re a little worried about how you’re going to fill your weekends and keep in the kids entertained. But don’t panic! Read on for 5 family activities you can all enjoy this Autumn.
Get into the garden
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had in the garden! Yes, you have to mow the lawn one more time, put away the BBQ for next year, salvage the plastic toys that can be saved for next summer and cut, prune and tidy your perennials and your Encore Azaleas from The Tree Center Aside from all the tidying and clearing away that there is to do, you and the kids can enjoy planting the flowers for next Spring. We’re talking daffodils, tulips, crocuses and even little snowdrops! Set aside a dry afternoon and get the kids planting their own bulbs – they’ll love it next Spring when they see their beautiful flowers in full bloom! It’ll give them a fun and easy lesson in patience and the importance of working hard!
Host your own bonfire
Who says you have to wait until November 5th for a bonfire? Get your friends and wider family in on the fun and host your very own back yard bonfire before the nights get too chilly. You could even fire up the BBQ one last time and cook some hot dogs, sausages and some delicious baked potatoes with gorgeous fillings. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
Do something spooky
Perhaps one for the older kids (and the big kids) in the house – but seen as Autumn and Halloween go hand in hand, you might as well make the most of it. Why not head to a haunted house or go on a guided ghost walk – or even test your running skills and be chased through a haunted maze! Not for the faint hearted!
Bake, bake, bake
Autumn is a time for sweet things, gorgeous treats and comfort food by the plateful. So, why not get the kids involved too? Cook up a storm in the kitchen and bake something that everyone can enjoy. A beautiful pecan pie, cakes, tray bakes and even Halloween inspired treats! Just make sure they help clean up the mess afterwards and don’t forget silicone cake molds if you want to make something fancy.
Go on a nature walk
Head outside for some fresh air and go and see what nature has to offer. Golden colours, falling leaves you can all crunch through, animals getting ready for winter – the views during this season are fantastic. Don’t forget your gloves and woolly hat!
Sewing machines are one of those household items that have never gone out of fashion. You might remember your mother – or for the younger readers perhaps your grandmother – using a machine on a stand with a treadle operated by her foot. These are now collectible machines – although still used by some people – and have been replaced by more sophisticated, electronically powered machines that are quite sophisticated and highly capable.
There are many different brands competing in the sewing machine market, each of which has its own range of impressive machines, but for beginners, the decision as to which one is best for you can be difficult. You need to take into account the capability of the machine – in particular whether or not it can handle the sort of sewing you will be indulging in – as well as the cost, as you will undoubtedly have a budget.
Choosing for a Beginner
Choosing a machine for a beginner means looking for one that is at the right price, is easy to use and does the basics plus perhaps a little more. A beginner does not necessarily need some of the more complex functions that some of the most impressive sewing machines have, as these will not be used and will therefore be extra cost for nothing. What they do need is a well-made machine, with excellent customer reviews from users, and with the ability to cover a wide variety of actions.
There is plenty of detailed information on sewing machines for beginners online, and we recommend you check out the reviews and specifications carefully, and draw up a shortlist of those machines that fit the bill. There are some basics you need to check out, such as adjustable speeds and perhaps automatic bobbin loading to make things easier, but when it comes down to it, choosing from a list of the best brands and their more basic models is the route to take.
What to Look For
First, this is one product where we will recommend you look for a name brand, preferably a household name. One such name is Singer – the name that was most likely on your grandma’s old sewing machine – as they have been in the business for many years and offer a wide variety of electric machines that are very well regarded, including at beginners level. Another name is Brother, who are perhaps the leading name in sewing machines these days, and who have some very easy to use beginner’s models that are perfect for the job, and sensibly priced, too.
Of course, you might want to look for a machine that is a couple of stages above the beginner level, as anyone new to sewing by machine will certainly find it useful, and may want to tackle more complex work in the future. It’s best to check out the specifications of a range of machines, and tick off the functions you want. Have a look at the many models on the market, and make sure you get a good beginner’s sewing machine to learn what it’s all about.
One of the best and easiest ways to really amplify your natural beauty is by getting a natural, even glow. But tanning can be incredibly time-consuming and expensive- between sticky and streaky tanning lotions, costly tanning beds, and awkward tan lines getting an amazing tan can be anything BUT easy. That’s why we are loving the company CoolTanⓇ and their line of TanThrough swimwear that make it easier than ever to get the perfect tan, all while looking amazing.
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