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Hours of Fun With the Little Tikes Home and Garden Playhouse

There are noisy toys, battery powered toys, flying toys, zooming toys, and just plain fun toys, but if you are looking for a toy that promotes both fun and learning the field narrows quickly. Many educational toys work with reading and math skills, but the little tikes home and garden playhouse is fun and builds skills that others do not. The colorful playhouse is big enough to play in and gives children hours of fun as they use their imagination to grow their flower garden, check the mailbox, and have fun playing indoors or outside.

The little tikes home and garden playhouse is made with bright colors that keep the children playing. Because of its size, it is easy to play inside when it is raining, then move it outside for sunny day play. Its plastic construction makes it safe to store outside and is perfect for setting up in the yard to give the kids a place to play while the adults barbecue and visit. Several children can play together, so when the friends stop by for a play date, the kids will have hours of fun. For added fun, the parents can write notes to the kids and put them in the mailbox for the kids to find.

With easy to follow instructions, the play house is easy to assemble. The kids can even help build the playhouse to help them learn how to put things together and improve hand eye coordination. Building the fence and hanging the flower gardens lets the kids join in the building fun. It has an open build, meaning parents can easily watch their children play. Kids often love taking the fence apart and putting it back together. The sturdy parts allow reconstruction over and over. This builds the logic kids will need when figuring out problems in school.

The little tikes home and garden playhouse has everything needed for fun and games for the kids. The open view and easy construction makes it easy and fun for parents to put together and watch their kids have fun. With a working mailbox, kids and parents both can mail letters to each other. It is easy to setup and use inside and out.

I am sure every parent want the most fun for their children. That is why I understand that when choosing the right toys, especially a playhouse, parents want to make sure that they get the best playhouse which their children can enjoy the most.

Home Herb Garden – The Benefits

There are great reasons to have a home herb garden (by the way it is pronounced either urb or hurb) but first what is an herb? Technically it is a seed producing flowering plant that does not produce woody stems. Non-technically it is a low growing aromatic (has a pleasant smell) plant used either fresh or dried for seasoning, medicinal purposes or even in perfumes.

Growing a home herb garden has many benefits herbs may be used

• As herbal teas
• As potpourri* to give a pleasing scent to indoor air.
• To add flavor to food.
• They can control pests in a garden
• Many herbs supply nutrients to the body.
• Herbs are used medicinally.
• Herbs can be used in salads.
• They can be grown for the beauty of their flowers.
• Herbs can be used to garnish* a plate the way they do in nice restaurants.

Imagine using herbs to garnish the plates just for a family meal or better yet when you have company over for dinner. What an elegant* touch that is. Even if the food didn’t turn out that good (which would be highly improbable of course) it would still have that touch of elegance.

As you can see there is a fairly long list of reasons and benefits for growing a home herb garden. For this article let’s discuss just one of these reasons. How about medicinal* purposes? That can be a pretty important benefit.

Herbs are used for highly effective medicinal purposes mostly in the East but also to a lesser extent in the West, only slightly in the U.S. but more so in Latin America.

Don’t want to get political in an article about herb use but in all fairness it needs to be pointed out that herb use for medicinal purposes gets a bad rap. The multibillion dollar drug industry loses money when you use herbs to cure your ails rather then purchase their drugs and for that reason there is a lot of bad information circulating around that herbs contain rat hairs, animal feces, bugs, dirt and so on. Herb use for curing has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and is still very much in use to this day. If herb use was any thing other then beneficial it wouldn’t have survived this long as a healing modality* (especially with all the pressure to suppress it).

As you can see there are many valuable benefits to have a home herb garden. You can specialize your herb garden for one of these purposes or a combination of them.

*potpourri – a collection of organic things (leaves, herbs, flower petals) used to scent the air.
*garnish – to add something to food that enhances its appearance.
*elegance – good taste in appearance.
*medicinal – capable of treating illness or improving someone’s physical or emotional well being.
*modality – something used for treatment like drugs, surgery, or herbs.

Landscaping – A Fire Resistant Home and Garden

Certain parts of the country are especially prone to fires. Dry wild grasses and trees that come right up to your home will create a fire hazard. There are things you should do to protect your home.

Clear Vegetation

Thirty feet is the minimum required distance of clear vegetation. However, it can be necessary to clear up to 400 feet of an area near the home. You should consider the following factors: wind, slope, neighborhood density, and architectural styles. In other words, will a fire spread quickly or slowly? And, if it does, will your home catch fire easily or not.

Remove Dead Plants

Remove any dead plants in or around your home. If a tree is mostly healthy, but has some dead branches, cut the dead branches off.

Keep Plants Watered

During the heat of the summer keep all the plants watered well.

Plant Placement

Don’t place plants right next to the home. Instead, create islands that are 30 feet or more away from the home.

Maintenance

Keep shrubs and trees to minimal growth. Larger trees and shrubs growing out of control are more of a hazard then well controlled smaller plants.

Siding

Avoid materials that burn. Stucco or aluminum siding is better than wood.

Fences

Use metal, stone, or vinyl. Stay away from wood fencing.

Decks

Build with stone, concrete, masonry, or tile. Avoid using wood.

Fire hose

If possible, set up a pump to work with your fire hose. Make sure the fire hose can reach all around your home. If you have a pool or hot tub, set up your pump and fire hose to use this water.

Hydrant

Keep it clear for fire personnel. With city permission, learn how to hook your fire hose up to the hydrant.