Get Rid of Back-to-School Stress with Exercise

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School starts for most of Middle Tennessee within the next few weeks and it’s completely normal for kids to be experiencing some back-to-school jitters as they get back into a routine at a place they haven’t visited in the past three months. Kids are no different than adults in that their stress can be well-managed with exercise; the difference is that kids may need a little help in learning how to do this! Here’s how exercise can help:

– When kids are stressed, all of their systems need to work together to fight it: the cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory and muscular systems, just to name a few. Exercise gives those systems a chance to “practice” in a healthy way so that their bodies are ready to deal with stress when it comes their way.

– You have probably heard that endorphins, or “natural pain killers,” can lift emotions. Long periods of exercise can lead to higher amount of endorphins in the body, which in turn produces a natural positive swing.

– Our bodies were all created with a “fight or flight” instinct. But now, rarely do we, or our kids, actually need to fight or flee at any time. However, our bodies are still chemically wired to do this in stress-inducing situations, so exercise is a way to clear out those chemicals and use up some energy. This is especially helpful in allowing your child to sit still longer and focus more at school.

– Playing and exercising with friends is fun and creates bonds with others over shared experiences. Having those bonds with others helps to relieve stress, especially when it may be stress about meeting new friends.

– Exercising leads to better sleep. Better sleep leads to less stressful days. This is a very positive cycle to set instead of the alternative: stressful days inducing sleepless nights which lead to exhaustion and a lack of desire to exercise.

So what does all of this mean? Get your kids moving! The type of exercise isn’t as important as making sure that they’re exercising! But do try to make sure that your kids get a variety of exercise by using various backyard play equipment like playsets, trampolines, basketball hoops and more!

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing. 

Building backyard memories in your HAPPY BACKYARD

So many times we as parents think that we need to take our families on lavish vacations in order to make memories with our kids. But if you’re like us, then you’ll agree that some of your favorite childhood memories were created in your neighborhood and in your very own backyard! Keeping that in mind, think about how important it is to create a happy backyard at your home! For less than the cost of a Disney vacation, you can add a playset to your backyard that your kids will be able to enjoy for years to come!

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Here are some ways you can create lasting memories with your playset in your very own happy backyard:

– Put a family night on the calendar. Whether it’s once and week or once a month, carve out some time as a family to enjoy one another. Pick up pizza, grill out or just do popsicles, but whatever you do, make sure to just enjoy being together!

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– Play WITH your kids. As tired parents, it’s usually easy to just sit back and watch your kids play without engaging with them in the backyard. You certainly need some rest sometimes, but at other times, your kids will love having you join them to swing, slide or do some monkey bars!

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– Invite the neighbors. A happy backyard with a playset is certainly a way to get to know your neighbors! Fire up the grill and invite your friends and neighbors over to enjoy your swing set with you and your kids!

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And if you need some help picturing what a playset could look like in YOUR happy backyard, above and below are some recent installation photos of swing sets we have installed all over Nashville. Call or come by today if you’d like to see what Happy Backyards has to offer you and your family!

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Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

Create a Backyard Camping Adventure!

If you’ve got young kids, going on a pack-your-backpacks, pitch-your-tent, and build-your-fire camping trip may seem a little too ambitious for you. Thankfully, you don’t need to go further than your own backyard to create a camping adventure that will entertain your kids and introduce them to the idea of camping so that they (and you!) will be up for future trips in a few years. Here are a few ideas we’ve compiled on how to do just that:

– Have kids assist in packing, even if it’s just a small backpack with a few items. Ask them to gather their own pillow, sleeping bag, change of clothes, flashlight, water bottle, snacks and anything else you might need.

– Set up the “campsite” together. If you own or can borrow a simple pop-up tent, set-up will be quick and easy. You can also set out your sleeping bags, get out your camping chairs and do anything else that will add to the camping ambience.

– If you want to create some light in your backyard without turning on all the house floodlights, consider the Goalrilla Gamemaker Torch – an outdoor mobile lighting system that runs off a battery. Read more about it here.

– Since you are just in the backyard, feel free to “cheat” and make camping a little more comfortable. You can drag out crib or toddler mattresses or air mattresses if the littlest ones don’t want to rough it! In fact, you can even take them back inside at bedtime if you don’t think they (or you) will get a good night’s sleep outside under the stars.

– Before your outdoor adventure begins, gather the ingredients for all the classic camping foods: s’mores, hot dogs and popcorn. (Make sure to grab the coat hangers for cooking or involve kids in looking for long sticks if your backyard has any!) If you’re looking for something different, try grilled nachos. Make small plates out of foil, fill them with tortilla chips, beans, cheese and toppings, cover with foil and lay them on the outskirts of the campfire until the cheese is melted.

– At dusk, take a walk around your neighborhood using a map, compass, or use the compass or GPS on your smartphone. Use the opportunity to teach your kids about maps and directions so they’ll be prepared next time you hit the real trails!

– If it’s a clear night and you can see stars from your backyard, download a constellation app on your smartphone to help you identify the various formations in the sky.

– Take advantage of the perks of camping in your backyard and plug in a DVD player and small projector into a nearby outlet. Pick a family-friendly movie and project it onto a sheet on the side of your house.

Are you feeling inspired to take your family on a camping adventure? Will you head out for the woods or stay in the comfort of your backyard?

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

NEW PRODUCT: Gamemaker Torch

Happy Backyards is pleased to carry the Gamemaker Torch by Goalrilla! The Gamemaker Torch is a mobile lighting system that is perfect for a number of situations like youth sports leagues, sports camps, picnics, backyards, driveways, camping, emergency services and construction sites, just to name a few.

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The Gamemaker Torch is easy to transport and easy to set up wherever you need a floodlight when there’s no electricity nearby. Its rechargeable low 12-volt system is battery-powered so there’s no wiring and no generators to deal with and yet its LED light provides more light than a 300W halogen floodlight.

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This light is also safe to use around kids because it doesn’t get hot, so you don’t have to worry about small hands being burned. It also uses environmentally-friendly and non-toxic LEDs so there’s no need for concern about broken bulbs.

At 11.3’ tall (135” inches) and with a base that measures 62” in diameter when assembled, it’s large enough to provide 60’ of light coverage and yet small enough to be easily transportable when disassembled. (The carrying bag is only 10” wide x 45.25” deep x 10.5” high and weighs just 20.5 pounds.) Four units can easily illuminate a small soccer field so you can imagine that one or two would be plenty to light up a driveway or backyard for a late night basketball game or trampoline jumping session.

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The Gamemaker Torch includes:

– Carrying case with wheels

– Two-way pump

– Ground anchors

– Battery bag (Battery not included)

Stop by Happy Backyards in Franklin to see the Gamemaker Torch in person and see how it can make sure your family’s fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down!

Happy Backyards sells and installs only the safest and highest quality residential playground equipment, basketball goals, and trampolines for your own home. We are a local company and have been doing it for 15 years with a focus on quality products, quality service, and competitive low pricing.

Nashville Swing Sets: Equal Cost Doesn’t Mean Equal Quality

While many of our competitors sell play sets that appear to be of equal quality at approximately the same price, there IS a difference. What are some ways that make HAPPY BACKYARDS swing sets higher quality and a better value for your money? Here’s a comparison:

photo(3)HEAVY- DUTY HARDWARE. Take a look at the picture to the left. Which one of these would you rather have holding your children’s play set together?

Unlike some of our competitors, Happy Backyards uses heavy-duty, commercial grade hardware to ensure the highest quality standards for your money. This is just one of the many reasons a HAPPY BACKYARD swing set is the better value for the price.

HIGHER QUALITY LUMBER. Though they may appear nice, the play sets sold at big box retail stores and online retail outlets are often constructed from thin and small dimension lumber. Many of the 4×4 and 4×6 beams from these play sets are made from what we term as “popsicle stick lumber.” These big beams are made by gluing small strips of lumber together. This “popsicle stick lumber” coupled with small hardware and cheap slides will lead to a play set that is rickety after a short period of time. Many of our “high end” competitors use this same type of construction.

CHEMICAL-FREE WOOD. All of our play sets are made from redwood and/or cedar. Redwood and cedar are ideal for use in outdoor applications due to their natural decay and insect resistant properties without the use of chemicals. Beware of chemically treated lumber.

DOUBLE WALL SLIDES.  Our slides are made of double wall construction meaning a stronger, more durable slide that will last for years to come. Stop in and see the difference for yourself!

SOLID WOOD CORNER UPRIGHT. Some play sets sold at wholesale clubs may seem like a great value. However, take a look at the below picture. Which one would you prefer holding up your play set? The one of the LEFT is a Happy Backyards corner post and the one on the RIGHT is from a wholesale club play set.

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Happy Backyards Corner Post on the LEFT – Whole sale Club Corner Post on the RIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LARGER BOARDS. While it might be hard to tell from an online picture or a showroom floor, a side-by-side comparison shows just how much larger the boards on a HAPPY BACKYARDS play set is compared to the boards of a competitor’s set. See for yourself with these side-by-side picture comparisons taken from the swing sets pictured below. Our boards are significantly larger than a similarly priced swing set from our competitor. Which one would you rather have in your backyard for the same price?

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Competitor boards on the left – HAPPY BACKYARDS boards on the right

Competitor boards on the left – HAPPY BACKYARDS boards on the right

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our showroom to test our play sets out for yourself or visit us online to see all our high-quality play sets, trampolines and basketball goals available for your HAPPY BACKYARD!