“The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
For the most part, a teacher’s job is hands on and face to face. It requires early mornings and sometimes long nights, and for many of us, it has required that we leave the comfort of our homes. I cannot recount the many times I have either verbalized or thought to myself, “I wish I could work from home.” It was one of those things I wish would actually happen, but knew it never could. I didn’t wish for this because I’m lazy, but because 4:45 AM comes too fast especially when life has you all over the place. Plus, I wanted my babes to be able to sleep past 7:00 AM and be able to eat a decent breakfast before heading out to brave the day. Heck, who am I kidding, I wanted to be able to sleep past 7:00! Well, due to the unforeseen circumstances, my wish, and many of yours- because I can’t imagine that I am alone in this- has come true, and now that it has happened, I’m going to do my best to make this time at home as pleasant and peaceful for me and my babes as I possibly can.
Since Spring is due to arrive any day now, my first task at hand was to get busy creating a functional outdoor space that the babes and I can enjoy, and one of the benefits of being at home is that I now have the time to put into creating more spaces that bring us joy and that will help keep our minds off of what’s happening all around us.
Our outdoor space happens to be screened which is a plus. My main goal was to maintain an open area for the kids to be able to play without harming themselves. I also wanted it to be a place that I could enjoy after I put the kids down for the night. For this reason, I added some of the whimsical details like the garden rug and the graphic hats. I snagged those from the Target Bullseye Playground last summer. Lanterns and other lighting are a great addition to outdoor spaces because they create a chill mood and add a semblance of peace.
I wanted to keep it simple and budget friendly, so I used chairs and tables that I bought from Target years ago, and they are still my favorite outdoor chairs because they fold and can early be stored. I’ve had them since 2007, yep, and they are still in great condition. Luckily, Target still carries these mesh chairs and matching tables, all foldable. I snagged this Opalhouse garden rug from there as well. I have linked all of my pieces here, but there are some others on sale Up to 25% off patio items. Valid 03/15 – 03/18.
Getting outside should become part of our daily routine. Being able to step into your outdoor living space throughout the day, and utilize it as change of scenery, especially if you have to telecommute, is awesome. Being with Nature has a calming effect, and a sense of calm is a little R&R we all need.
Outdoor Living is Healthy Living
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