Thursday, July 9, 2015

Outdoor Family Time At Home

Once springtime hits, our family tends to spend most of our *free* time outside.  Family bike rides, backyard soccer games, tree climbing, frisbee, croquet and many more outdoor fun activities.   Often times the kids will be playing on the play structure or climbing trees, but they want me to watch.

Perfect area to watch the kids play
I was constantly *borrowing* a chair from the neighbours backyard, or sitting on the bottom of one of our slides.  A few weeks ago hubby mentioned getting a bench to put between 2 trees at the back of the property.  It sounded great to me, so I searched through O.co and found a few benches that would work well in the area.

O.co sent me out the Daffodil Metal Park Bench, and it arrived a few days ago.  Hubby put it together right away.  The first thing he mentioned to me was how well packaged it was.   There were paper layers between the bench pieces to keep it from getting scratched, styrofoam pieces to help protect it, and packaged inside a sturdy box.  Then the box was put into ANOTHER box - it arrived in great shape.

It took him less than 15 minutes from the time he started un-packaging to when the bench was completed.  He did most of it himself, but he did need an extra pair of hands to  help align the arm with the back of the bench.
overstock.com, bench, outside bench,

Mr. J was practicing skateboarding with another child from our street, and I was able to sit and watch while reading my book.  It's also a great place to sit and cheer while the kids (and hubby!) are playing soccer.

backyard bench, metal outdoor bench, overstock, o.co
The neighbours and I seem to gather here now to chat while we watch the kids playing, or climbing trees.  I am a little surprised at how much of a difference the addition has made to our backyard!

Tales of Mommyhood received the above mentioned product in exchange for this post.  All opinions are honest and belong to ToM; your experience/opinion may vary.

41 comments:

  1. The metal bench is gorgeous. It's so nice when you get to sit with some neighbors during the afternoon while watching your kids place.

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    1. thanks! Yes, it's nice to chat with other adults while the kids play together

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  2. What a fab addition to your yard; the metal bench looks great! We've been needing something in our back yard for everyone to sit and relax in. I keep forgetting about O... Should go check it out!

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    1. Thanks Aeryn! I often forget about it as well - but they have some really great items!

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  3. What a nice bench! It seems like you have a great spot to sit down at to watch the kids now. I'm sure it will get lots of use all summer. Enjoy!

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  4. I love our outdoor patio furniture too - it is so comfortable makes me want to get out in the backyard with the kids. Love the bench, looks great in your yard

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  5. Nice bench! You are right that seating can make a big difference in how your backyard is used. I'd love to have a gazebo built in my backyard one day.

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    1. :) thanks Jenna! We have a gazebo on our deck, but we can't see the kids on the grass. It is a great spot to relax with friends though!

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  6. Love that bench and it looks just lovely in your yard! What a great place to sit and enjoy your kids and the day!

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  7. Thats such a sinple and lovely way to give yourself and others the perfect sitting area

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    1. it is great - and light enough that we can move it if needed

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  8. I think it's so caring that you and the neighbors sit out for a chat while watching the kids play.Good for you!

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    1. we have a great group of neighbours

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  9. It looks like a really nice bench and I am sure you will enjoy having it to sit on! (Judy Cowan)

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  10. I need a bench for our back yard as well!! Great idea :)

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  11. Love you bench and how relaxing it looks.That's amazing!

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  12. I just love your bench,makes m want to get outside ever though its the middle of July its still cool here

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    1. it's not cool here....it was 40 degrees yesterday, thankfully it's under a tree and in shade

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  13. I really like the bench. Looks very inviting. Would be nice to sit on any time of the year, no matter the season!

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    1. we are in Canada, and our winters are a bit too cold to be sitting on it.But we will make good use in spring, summer and fall

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  14. Brilliant idea for a yard or in the neighbourhood.

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  15. I love that metal bench, it's adorable and set in the perfect position too :-)

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  16. Love your bench! Wish they had these at the park by our place would sure be nice for reading!

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  17. Love it!! I am definitely going to look into getting one. Thank you!!

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  18. That looks such a nice bench and it's great that it's become a gathering spot!

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  19. omg i love that!! such a beautiful bench and what a view. so peaceful and relaxing

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  20. Just purchased a new riverfront building lot. This bench would be perfect for sitting by the water!

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  21. That bench is gorgeous! Such a nice place to sit and daydream.

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  22. Love the bench, and love the idea of sitting in the outdoors and enjoying the nice weather!

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  23. I had no idea you could buy a bench like that - really nice!

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  24. I remember similar time from when I was a kid. Your bench looks great.

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  25. Your metal bench looks great and it is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the surroundings.I have a similar one in my flower garden. :)

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