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Spring Cleaning: Outdoor Furniture Edition

As the weather warms out, the backyard beckons! The kids are ready to swim and even if you’re not quite ready to jump in, you’re happy to settle in to enjoy the breeze while you supervise. Except you’re not, because as you go to sit, you realize the furniture is filthy after a winter of neglect. What to do, what to do?

As it turns out, what to do depends entirely upon the type of furniture you have! But never fear, Clean and Scentsible has a clear and concise guide to spring cleaning every type of backyard furniture - from wicker to plastic, and everything in between. Check it out, get to work, and tomorrow you can sit back and enjoy that breeze while the kids splash and play!

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Spring Cleaning: Pool Toy Edition

If your house is anything like mine, the warmer temperatures have your kids jumping into a pool most afternoons. The pool toys are coming out of storage and everyone is looking for their favorite pair of goggles! And if you’re like me, that pool water is still a touch cold for your taste, so you’re still on the pool deck supervising from a safe distance - which presents the perfect opportunity for a little pool toy maintenance! After a winter in storage (okay, after a winter piled in the lesser used side of the patio) the toys could all use a good scrub down. Here’s the 411 on getting them back in good shape for another summer of fun!

  • Give everything a good scrub down with a disinfecting solution. Mix two cups of bleach with a gallon of water OR create a half and half vinegar/water solution. The bleach will be more effective, but the vinegar is easier on the nose and skin. Wipe down the entirety of all pool toys. Use a soft brush on stubborn stains.

  • Inspect squirt toys. You can suck up some of your disinfecting solution for good measure, but know that these toys are best for single season use as it is nearly impossible to completely eliminate mildew growth inside.

  • Check that your inflatables hold air and that any plastic toys are still intact. Plastic may become brittle over time, especially when stored in the harsh Florida sun. Discard anything cracked or broken edges.

  • Inventory your goggles - look over the lenses, nose pieces, and straps and seals. Toss what is deteriorated beyond use and then order whatever you need to to avoid the inevitable tussles over the one pair that everyone likes best.

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A Pool Just for Two

Love to get away for a private weekend for two but hate sharing a swimming pool with a bunch of strangers? Sybaris Suites in Indianapolis, Indiana is the answer for you. This unique hotel offers private suites, each with its own swimming pool - right there in the room! The perfect getaway for the aquatic introvert! Book your stay today - and don’t forget to pack your suit!

Christmas Greetings - Florida Style

It’s Christmas card season! Time to get out the stamps and pens and glitter and spread a little holiday cheer. Photo cards are all the rage and Florida’s balmy winters provide some unique opportunities for adding a little warmth to your greetings. Take your Christmas photos next to the palm trees on the beach or by (or even IN!) your family pool. Your family will smile at the extra bit of sunshine…if they don’t turn grich-y green with envy!

Here are some adorable swimming Christmas babies to inspire YOUR photo shoot…

Featured Float #4

Here's another one you'll need some space for!  But there's room for the whole party AND this one is like a pool within the pool with it's basin for cooling off your toes.

Featured Float #2

Cool off in the water and then lounge in the shade, all without leaving your pool!  This floating lounge is the perfect spot to curl up with a summer novel and a chilled beverage.

Featured Float #1

This June we're all about staying cool in this summer heat and the best way to do that is in your pool!  We'll be bringing you the most amazing pool floats we can find to keep you swimming in style all summer long!

First up is this magnificent, magical unicorn float.  You may need a little extra room in the pool for this one, but it's worth it!  (If you simply can't fit it in, you can still have the magic in miniature for your favorite drink!

The Taste of Summer

Summer has a flavor and I'm pretty sure you can find it in one of these light and refreshing beverages!  Cool your guests down with on of these fruitful delights.  Just be sure to stock up on extra ingredients because that punch bowl is going to empty fast!

On a Stick

When hosting a pool party, it's often best to keep things simple.  For food, a great way to do this is to create grab-and-go options that minimize the mess.  In other words, serve it on a stick!  You can skewer every course from the appetizer all the way to dessert and as the options are endless, it can be as kid-friendly or as fancy pants as you desire.  Check out these great ideas to get inspired!

Fruity Fun

This month's newsletter is full of tips for throwing the perfect pool party!  We're going to follow along on the blog with ideas for fun-in-the-sun snacks!  For example, if you haven't been on Pinterest recently (or ever) you may not know that there are 101 ways to serve fruit and hardly any of them involve plates or bowls.  Check it out...

Pool Noodle Fun

Pool Noodles are surprisingly fun all on their own.  They are unexpectedly buoyant and perfect for for sword fights.  But with a little creativity they can be so, so much more!

Pool Noodle Life Hacks

It's that time of year again - pool noodle season!  The deceptively simple foam tubes can be found in just about any store and they can do so much more than keep you afloat!  This month we'll be bringing you suggestions both surprising and fun for new ways to make the noodle work for you!

We're kicking it off with some truly ingenious life hacks!  Check these out...

Backyard Romance

Our newsletter this month is full of fun date ideas for your Valentine's Day, but you don't have to leave home for romance!   Luxury Life Design has a gallery full of ideas for using your swimming pool to create that special ambiance.  They range from simple to extravagant, but all of them are elegant.  Take a look, get inspired, and then invest in some candles and flowers to surprise that special someone!

Get the most out of your pool!

Through our Newsletter and this blog, we have shared so many ways to use your pool to celebrate the holidays and to have a little fun!  Underwater pumpkin carving and floating pumpkin patches for Halloween, floating (and submerged) egg hunts for Easter, boat races and so many more fun ideas!  Now here's one more to add to the list - movies at the pool!  You can buy a screen or build your own.  Add a projector and voila, a cruise ship experience in the privacy of your own backyard!

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