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End Of Summer Grillin'

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ByeByeSummerThough we gotta say goodbye to the Summer.….

Wait a minute, why the long faces? 

We have one more official weekend of Summer and, technically, it's still 3 weekends until Fall!!

SO throw a party!!  Enjoy your outdoor living space and spend time with those you care about!

Since food should most definitely be included, we’ve found a list of 38 Labor Day Recipes for your perfect End of Summer Party, courtesy of our friends at DELISH!

Whatever your plans are for the weekend, we hope you take some time to enjoy your Nordic Hot Tub!

Wishing you and yours a Safe and Happy Labor Day Holiday!

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Backyard Living - Lighting

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BackyardLightingIn building your backyard oasis, make sure to think about how it will function during the day AND at night.  Lighting is an important factor for both aestheic and safety reasons. Plus, you've put so much effort into making it 'just right' you'll want to show it off with some really great lighting!

We found a great article on what to consider when planning backyard and landscape lighting courtesy of our friends at HGTV!  Click here to read more!

There are SO many innovative and stunning design ideas circulating so we've pinned a few of our favorites for reference!   Visit our Fire & Light board on Pinterest!

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Backyard Living - Here's to YOU!

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Ah….a cooling summer beverage to keep you hydrated and refreshed!

While most of us enjoy an adult beverage (or 2) during warm summer days, it’s always a good idea to have non-alcoholic options available for everyone to enjoy!   

Click here to find some GREAT non-spiked drink and 'mocktail' recipes, compiled by our friends at Dreaming In DIY!

For more of our favorite recipes….spiked and non-spiked, check out Nordic’s Pinterest Board: DRINKS

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Backyard Living - DIY Towel Holders

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Hot tub fun always ends with...towels! 

You’ll want to keep the towels clean, dry and at the ready for when you finish your soak and want to dry off before going back into the house to change.

We found some great DIY ideas made from natural and synthetic materials plus a little (lot of) creativity! You can find them on our Nordic Pinterest Board: Backyard Accessories!

What other great ideas for towel racks or caddies can you think of?

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Summer Kebabin'

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We hope you are enjoying your Backyard Oasis this summer with your friends and family.
And, what says SUMMER FUN more than shish-kebabs on the grill? Quick and easy with taste combinations limited only by your creativity!  Oh, my...who's hungry now??

Here is a compilation of 15 Skewered Kebab Recipes from the blog: YummyHealthyEasy!

What are YOUR favorite kebab taste combinations? 

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Backyard Living - Games

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Board games are making a comeback as a way to spend fun time with friends and family!

But, what about taking those board games outside and making them YARD games?  How much fun would that be? 

And here is some even better news…it doesn’t need to cost a ton of money to get your game on and have some outdoor fun!  You can use your creativity and imagination to create your own giant version of a game board and game pieces! 

To help spark your DIY spirit, we found some great outdoor games with tutorials on how to make (read MacGyver) them courtesy of our friends at Country Living!

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Backyard Living - Conversation Starters

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We are SO connected these days!  But, while we are in constant contact through text, video chat, cell phones, and a myriad of other devices do we still have good, meaningful, fun, face-to-face, IRL conversations?  

When spending time in your hot tub with friends or family, unplug from the digital mayhem and take time to talk.  It may surprise you how much fun you will have!  Make the hot tub a 'digitaldevices-earbuds-headphones-free-zone' and tune in to each other!  

Conversation is fun and can flow easily. But, what if it doesn't or, what if you want something more than the same old conversations about weather or sports or.....whatever?  

Well, here are some great conversation ideas from Conversation Starters World!  Get to know someone with 200 Questions to jumpstart a conversation! You can make it even more fun (and daring) with a game of Would You Rather or Never Have I Ever!  

So, this weekend, enjoy your Nordic Hot Tub and some great conversation!!  You're welcome!

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4th of July Celebration!

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Happy 4th of July!

Gearing up for your 4th of July Celebration?  

Oh, yeah...backyard living at its finest!

Whether you are planning the entire party at your place or if you are bringing a 'dish to pass' you'll find something memorable to make with these 25 Easy 4th of July Recipes compiled by our friends at Country Living

As always, make sure to schedule some time to unwind in your Nordic hot tub! 

Wishing all our Nordic Friends and Famiilies a great 4th of July weekend!  
Celebrate responsibly and stay safe out there!

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Backyard Living - Fire Pits

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FirepitFire….one of the 5 classical elements with which the Ancient Greeks explained the nature of all things.  

Primal. Hypnotic. Romantic. Captivating. Fire draws us in. 

It is also a great complement to a hot tub! The addition of a fire pit to your backyard gives you the juxtaposition of the elements, fire and water.  It can bring your personal oasis space to the next level. 

If you decide to add a firepit, there are 2 very important considerations before you purchase or begin building.

First, familiarize yourself with the local ordinances and building codes governing open fire in your area.  In some places open flame is not legal so, it’s best to check first before committing to any
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The second consideration is safety.  You quite literally do not want to play with fire here!  Especially if you are a DIY-er, a professional consultation is worth the cost you might incur.  A professional will be well-versed in your local codes and will be able to recognize or point out safety issues before you get started. Remember, if in doubt, err on the side of being TOO cautious.

Our friends at All State Insurance have some great backyard fire pit guidelines for you to consider before you’re toasting S’Mores over your fire!

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Potato on the Side

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Summer Backyard Livin' Grillin' isn't complete without great sides to complement your most-awesome-char-broiled main course!  

What is your favorite summer side? Something sweet?  Something tart? Cold? Warm?
A reliable go-to for many backyard grill masters is their favorite version of Potato Salad. It works well with most grilled entrees and is easy to keep if you have leftovers.  

Well, how about a grilled potato salad? That's right! Plunk some potatoes right on your favorite grill (charcoal or gas) and have a delectable, crispy, hot, potato salad within about 30 minutes! Squeeze lemon juice over the salad to enhance the flavors and you are golden!

Try this great recipe from our friends at Serious Eats!  

Pass the napkins, please!

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Unplug This Weekend!

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It's the Weekend!  YAY!!!

What are your plans?
Yardwork? Day Trip? Family Time? Vacation?

Whatever your plans, we hope you have a great time and are able to include a relaxing soak session in your Nordic Hot Tub!

But, you can make it even better.....unplug from your technology!

Put your phones, tablets and devices down, on airplane mode, silent ring or (gasp) turn them completely off!  Even if only for 1 hour, do a digital detox! Enjoy your weekend spending time together, talking and reconnecting with your friends, family and loved ones.

Don't is great, that isn't the argument here!  It's just that all week long we are UBER connected with updates, emails, breaking news....the list goes on. Allow yourself 'time out' from your technology and have an unplugged, uninterrupted conversation with those around you.

This weekend we challenge you take a 'time-out', unplug from your mobile devices and 'plug in' to some family time!

It'll be great! Promise!

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Accent Your Spa to Create a True Relaxation Spot!

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At the end of a long day there is nothing better than climbing into your spa to soak aches, and the day, away! You can make that experience even more enjoyable by the atmosphere and views you create, around your spa. Many homeowners are taking their backyard relaxation spot to a whole new level with creativity, class and elegance.

Whether your space is big or small, consider adding a variety of height, texture and practical accessories to make your spa time more enjoyable.

There are several ways to create height in the hardscape. First is with the spa itself. You can have the spa sit completely above ground, set part way into the ground by using retaining walls or a wood deck or, depending on the lay of your land, some spas are completely recessed in the ground. If you are considering recessing your spa partially or fully, be sure to properly plan for access to the service panel. You’ll want to make it easy if a technician ever needs to service a pump or any other equipment behind the service panel. For easy reference, the service panel is always on the same side as the top side control.  

Other ways to create height and dimension to your space are by to adding a pergola, sun shade or umbrella. These options are cost effective ways to add beauty and shade. Using hardscape to create half walls, pillars and custom outdoor kitchens is another excellent way to give dimension and have a functional and beautiful backyard for your family to unwind and enjoy time together.

When it comes to accessories the list is endless. I suggest keeping it practical and functional for your family’s needs. First consider how you will enter and exit your spa and be sure to create a safe entry system. You can get basic spa steps made of plastic or wood or you can ‘step up’ the look with ones that are custom-built.

There are several options for handrails as well that give you something sturdy to grab when getting in and out of your spa.

Cover lifters are one of the best accessories next to steps for safe entry. A cover lifter makes it easier to open and close the cover and extends the life of the cover. Especially on larger spas the cover is big and is more difficult for one person to remove by themselves.  Also, if you live in a colder climate everyone wants to get back into the house as soon as possible after getting out of their spa, and a cover lifter makes closing the spa quick and easy. It keeps your cover off the ground which prevents it from getting bumped around and helps extend its life.

In creating an overall relaxing atmosphere consider what you hear when you are in your spa. If your home is located in a peaceful area you may enjoy the simple sounds of nature.  However, many spa owners hear the sounds of their neighborhood and street noise. So, if your backyard is less than peaceful, you may want to give some thought to adding a stereo system to your relaxation space. There are lots of outdoor sound options and some are very basic such as placing a Bluetooth outdoor speaker close by.

True stress relief and a better night’s sleep can be achieved if you engage all your senses through the hydrotherapy of the jets, an enjoyable view, calming music and of course, a relaxing scent!  A spa fragrance adds the last piece of the relaxation puzzle. Now, when it comes to spa fragrances, make sure to use products designed for spa use. These products are compatible with the chemicals used to keep your spa clean and are easy on your skin. 

If you are just starting to plan for a spa or have had one for years, adding architectural elements and creating a true relaxation spot should be high on your to-do list!

Happy Hot Tubbing! 

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Look What You Can Grill!

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What are your plans for backyard living this weekend?  

Remember, no weekend is complete without great food and, since you're outside anyway, 
what could be better than throwin' it down on the grill?

So, here's a question....have you ever tried grilling pizza?

From unconventional crusts and taste combos to dessert..oh my..DESSERT pizza, this stuff is


The following is a list of pizzas to grill compiled by Paige Johnson via our friends at Brit & Co.  
(If you want to try grilling a pizza, check these recipes out!)

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Backyard Living Trends for 2017

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Trending for 2017 is...drumroll please....your BACKYARD!  Ta-dah!

Increasingly, homeowners are choosing to invest in creating a personal oasis right in their own backyard. As costs and concerns associated with travel continue to rise, the 'stay-cation' trend has become a viable option.

Think about it... if, at any time, you can step of out your back door into a peaceful and relaxing setting, why would you fight the travel crowds and congestion to go somewhere else?

So, if you want some ideas on how to make your backyard your happy place, click here to browse ideas from our friends at HGTV!

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Water...IS LIFE!

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Remember the song lyrics by Harry Nilsson, "I can't live if livin' is without you"?

Well, hold up a glass of water and start singin' because it's absolutely, positively true....about water!

Hydration is crucial.  Dehydration...not a good plan.

Did you know you can dehydrate even while in a pool or hot tub? We'll state the obvious here...don't try to hydrate by drinking pool or hot tub water!

Here are some tasty alternatives for naturally infused water to make your hydration routine simply marvelous!

So, here's to your health! Raise a glass of water and STAY HYDRATED in hot weather!

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Get Your Grill On!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Yes, we're talking about GRILL SEASON!! (cue a happy dance!)
It's time to get outside and put some char on a prime cut!
Get your grill on with this tantalizing recipe for Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin from the wonderful folks at Southern Living!

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