Parent’s Guide to a Safe & Fun Halloween


From costSafe Halloween Blogumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe.  Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips

  • Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
  • Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature enough to go out on their own, remember to reinforce safety concerns with them and establish rules before they head out.
  • Be careful crossing roads. Remind kids to always cross at corners and look both ways before they cross any street. Tell them to never run out between cars to cross roads and, if they need to cross a larger road with heavier traffic, always cross at a corner where there are traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Lose the distractions. In the world of electronics you can easily be distracted. When you are out tricking-or-treating, put your devices away.
  • Stay out of the road. Walk on sidewalks whenever possible and always watch for cars backing out or pulling into driveways.

Costume Safety Tips

  • Make sure it fits. If your child is in a costume that is too big or loose on them, they can easily trip or snag on objects or other people. Costumes can also be potentially dangerous around open flames, such as candles, which are very commonly used around Halloween.
  • Choose flame-resistant materials. Check the label to make sure that your child’s costume is made out of flame-resistant materials. If you are making your own costume, make sure to use flame-resistant fabrics and materials as well.
  • Watch your neck. Avoid accessories that could potentially strangle or injure a child. Make sure jewelry, cords, sashes, capes etc. are not too long or look for these accessories that come with a breakaway safety clasp to avoid your child getting caught on something and potentially choking them. 
  • Be careful with masks. If your child’s costume has a mask, make sure they only wear it for pictures or when receiving candy at the door. Masks can obstruct your child’s view so they shouldn’t be walking around with them on all the time. Be sure it fits properly and your child can breathe comfortably when it’s on.
  • Check your face paint. If you decided to skip the mask and go with face paint instead, you still need to be careful. Choose face paint that is FDA approved, as not all non-toxic products are safe to use on the face. 
  • Safe accessories. Most Halloween costumes come with fun accessories such as swords, knives, wands, etc. Be sure these items are soft and flexible. Sharp edges may result in injury to another child or your own.
  • Be seen in the dark. If you will be out trick-or-treating at night be safe and tape or sew reflective material onto your child’s costume so they can be seen by cars. You should also consider carrying a flashlight with you while you are out with your kids.
  • Proper shoes. Most footwear that come with costumes are not meant for outdoor use, so while out trick-or-treating swap the costume shoes for some more comfortable sneakers.

Halloween Food Safety Tips

  • No snacking. Don’t allow your children to snack from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Before you head out have them eat first so they don’t become hungry and grab from the bag.
  • Inspect the treats. Tell your children to not eat any candy before you have inspected it. Throw away any candy that has not been commercially wrapped or looks like it has been tampered with. Some neighbors may like to give out home-baked cookies or treats, but it’s best to throw those away. Because you have no sure way of knowing what ingredients it contains, tell your children to say “no thank you” prior to receiving those types of treats.
  • Food allergies. If your child has food allergies you will need to check labels carefully to make sure they are safe for your child to eat. Once again, ditch the homemade goods.
  • Choking hazards. If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys. 

We wish you all a very safe and happy Halloween!


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Home for the Holidays: Cozy Guest Room Ideas & Essentials

Home For The Holidays

The invitation has been extended and accepted. Now it’s time to prepare the room for your holiday guests. Let P.C. Richard & Son help you prepare for visitors with guest room ideas for family and friends.

Reclaim the Space as a Bedroom

If you’ve been using the spare room as a workout space, office, craft room or a dumping ground for the stuff your family accumulates, now is the time to reclaim the space as an actual bedroom. Clear out any personal items and thoroughly clean the room from top to bottom, including carpet and window treatment cleaning. If possible, relocate any exercise equipment as it will make the room and your guests feel cramped for space during their visit.

Guest Room Essentials: Comfortable Mattress

The impending arrival of holiday guests is the ideal occasion to access your guest room essentials. If the bed features a mattress that sags and is so uncomfortable no one else in the house will use it, your guests will hate it as much as you do. Consider replacing the old guest room mattress with one that offers comfort and a good night’s sleep. A queen mattress easily accommodates two adults, even if one is taller than six feet.
Mattress toppers and pads are an easy way to update an older, but still good mattress. A mattress topper can add a bit of plushness to a very firm mattress, while a quality mattress pad cover can help protect it from moisture, spills and the occasional bedwetting accident.

Quality Bedding

Treat your holiday guests to new, high-quality sheet sets instead of mismatched linens that have been in storage for the last year. Bedgear’s Dri-Tec sheets are luxurious to the touch and the queen set easily fits a 22-inch deep mattress without pulling up during the night.
Add two TempurPedic Cloud Soft pillows to the bed as well. These are ideal for guests because they offer all-night comfort for side, back and stomach sleepers. Don’t forget to include at least one extra pillow per guests because many people enjoy sleeping with more than one pillow.

Make the Bed

Of course you’re planning to make the bed before your guests arrive. However, the bed is the focal point of the room, so the comforter/bedspread and accent pillows chosen do make a difference. A neutral bedspread makes it easy to add pops of color with pillows, décor and window treatments. Depending on the room’s overall design, a family heirloom bedspread may make the most impact with the remaining room accents chosen to complement that one piece.
Tip: Provide your guests with at least one or two extra blankets, including a cozy throw blanket.

Room Accents and Details

For a truly cozy guest room, it’s the little details that matter. For the holidays, consider hanging a wreath on the wall or displaying a small, tabletop Christmas tree on chest of drawers. Neatly fold the guest towels and then tie with a ribbon and bow, like a present, before placing on the bed or chair. Add decorative throw rugs to warm up hardwood or tile floors, but make sure they have non-skid backing for safety. At night, place a tray with a pitcher of water and glasses in the room. Don’t forget to add a nightlight to illuminate the space as needed.

Entertaining overnight guests during the holidays is a great way to share the season’s magic and joy. Let P.C. Richard & Son be there for all your home essential needs to make your guests always feel welcome and special.


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Make Household Cleaning a Team Effort

Household Cleaning a Team Effort

We know it’s not easy to keep a home neat and clean, but when it comes to tackling chores it’s much better to make it a team effort then to go it alone. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get everybody involved.

Start Them Young

Do you think your child(ren) are too young to take on chores? Think again! Younger children are natural helpers and take pride in accomplishing tasks. The key is assigning tasks that are within their capabilities. If your children are young 2 or 3 years of age, assign a simple task such as putting their toys away when they are done playing. At first you will need to help them and give them direction. For example, if there are a pile of Lego blocks on the floor, tell them you would like them to put their Legos away. Show them where they go; being specific will make it easier for them to understand what you want them to do. It also helps to label toy bins with pictures so they know what bins to put specific toys back into. Initially you will put in more time, but once you have helped them a few times they will want to do this on their own.

With Age Comes Responsibility

As children get older, don’t hesitate to give them more responsibility. Take advantage of your child’s curiosity of spray bottles, Swiffers and their natural closeness to the floor. Show them how to do a task, explain the step by step process, and let them try it on their own. Remember, it’s important to thank them and remind them that everyone in the household has an important job to do. Unfortunately, as they get a little older you may find that they need a little more than praise to motivate them. Here are some tricks to try:

  • Embrace Their Imagination. Young kids around 5 or 6 years of age have huge imaginations, so use that to your benefit and make it fun for them. Create a character for them to become, like “Danielle the Dust Buster” or “Carter’s Cleaning Crew” and dress them up with rubber gloves, aprons or hats that help them play the part.


  • Just Dance. Play some music and have your kids dance through their chores! Make it more fun by handing out medals for creative cleaning dance moves.


  • Sticker Chart. Make a sheet and hang it where your child can see it. List all their chores in one column and in another column list rewards and the number of stickers it takes to redeem each reward. As they accomplish each chore, give them a sticker. Once they have enough to redeem a reward they have a choice to make: cash them in and get their reward, or save them to cash in later for an even bigger reward. For example, if your child has earned 5 stickers and the reward for 5 stickers is their pick for family movie night, but the reward for 10 stickers is a trip to the movie theater, they can cash them in for the first reward or save them until they have more stickers for the next reward. Once they cash in their stickers they start from the beginning again. You pick the rewards and you set the sticker amounts, you can go as high as you want, and be sure to switch out the rewards from time to time to hold their interest. This will help motivate them without rewarding every task they accomplish.

As your children grow older how you reward or motivate them will become more sophisticated, but don’t focus on the rewards. Instill in them the reasoning behind why everyone in the household has responsibilities and why it’s important as a family for it to be a team effort. There shouldn’t have to be a reward for every time your child helps out around the house, they should want to help out and feel good about why they are doing it.

Do As I Do

It is important for everyone to have chores in the household, including the adults in the home. When you make a chore list be sure to add yourself and your spouse to it so your children can see how everyone plays a part.

As your kids get older they can take on more responsibility, and as a family you can all change up the duties every once in awhile to ensure nobody gets bored of doing the same thing over and over again.  Sit down once a month to delegate chores and divide them up by how long each one takes. So if the total amount of time it takes to accomplish all chores is 30 minutes and there are 4 people in your household, everyone needs to choose 7-8 minutes worth of chores to make it fair. Add some fun by challenging each other to go above and beyond with their chores during the month, whoever does go the extra mile gets first dibs on picking chores for the following month.

Cleaning the home doesn’t have to be a dull chore. If you work together as a team it can actually be fun! If you have any suggestions, tips or tricks to add please let us know in the comments below; we would love to hear what works for you!


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Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate



Backyard Tailgate

Football season is here! If you follow the games or not, there is room for everyone to get involved in the excitement. Game day is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some fun and good food. If you like throwing parties, and want to impress your friends, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate backyard tailgate:


The Big Game on a Big Screen 

Don’t make a rookie mistake and use an indoor TV outside. Even if you plan to take the TV back inside after the game, you run a risk of damaging the TV and voiding your warranty. Instead, try a SunBrite Outdoor TV or outdoor projection screen.  It may seem like a bit of an investment, but once you tailgate outside you will never want to watch in the house again. And, don’t just think football… think of other sporting events, movies, or favorite shows, like The Walking Dead, that you can watch outdoors as well.


Take a Seat

It’s doubtful you have enough patio furniture to seat all your guests. You might, but if not there is nothing wrong with doing a BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair. Most people own some sort of portable chair, whether they’re beach chairs, camping chairs or folding chairs, and having them bring their own works perfectly with the tailgating theme.


Something Smells Good

A tailgate isn’t a tailgate without the smell of BBQ in the air. The perfect grill for tailgating is one that has an extra work surface for prepping and a side burner for cooking chili and stews. The Weber Genesis Series 3 Burner Gas Grill would be our pick to get the job done. And, if you need some delicious BBQ inspiration, check out Tailgating Recipes for the Grill.


Everybody Likes Cold Beverages

If you only have one thing for a tailgate, it should be a seemingly endless supply of cold drinks. A cooler serves this purpose fine, but remember to label your coolers; you don’t want your guests consistently opening the cooler that you have stored your food in looking for a beverage. To avoid this altogether, make the jump from rookie to MVP status and upgrade to an outdoor refrigerator. With an outdoor refrigerator you can store all your food for the grill and leave the coolers for the beverages. Check out How to Run a Refrigerator Outside.

For those of you who really enjoy outdoor entertaining, you may want to consider purchasing an Outdoor Island Package. It includes the grill and refrigerator in one!


Get the Party Started

Music is the key to setting the mood, and the mood at your tailgate should be high energy! You will need a Bluetooth speaker or outdoor speakers to play that awesome playlist you put together. Looking for a pre-made playlist? Check out the Top 50 Pregame Pump Up Songs from – it’s sure to get your guests ready for the game.


Get Everyone Involved

Getting everyone involved is the best way to ensure a successful tailgate. You want to make sure everyone is having a good time, including those who don’t follow the game. For the kids at the party have activities set aside to keep them occupied, allowing your adult guests to enjoy themselves. For some ideas, check out this great list of 10 Off-Grid, Backyard Games for Your Family. For the adults, get a football box going or play some football bingo. This will help keep those who normally wouldn’t be interested in the game more invested.

Lastly, as the host, don’t forget to ENJOY YOUR PARTY as well! A happy host is a sign of an awesome party. If you have any tips you would like to add to throwing a backyard tailgate let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear them!


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Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine

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There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to set you up for a successful day, yet a lack of quality, restful sleep keeps many of us, well… awake at night. If you’re trudging through your days like a walking zombie, don’t worry! Your sleep routine might be to blame. Here are some tips for how to get a better sleep, night after night.

#1. Start with your sleep set up

It might seem obvious, but many of us overlook the importance of what we sleep on when it comes to successful sleep. If your mattress is more than seven years old, if you’re sore in the morning or if you’re tired even after a night of sleep, The Better Sleep Council suggests that you might need to find a new mattress.

Once you’re sure your mattress is the one for you, check out what you put on top of it: the quality and type of pillows you use can directly impact your success at sleeping. While certain pillows might look nice, they might not be doing you and your sleep style much good. If you’re a side sleeper, you should try a medium-firm pillow for your head with another for between your legs. Sleep on your back? Try a contoured memory-foam pillow. Stomach sleeper? Try a softer option.

#2 Move more, rest better

If you’re having trouble staying still and sleeping at night, you might want to assess how you’re moving during the day. Getting a moderate amount of aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging or dancing, during the day can help you sleep more soundly at night. With our busy lives though, it can be hard to fit enough exercise into the day. One way to ensure you hit your movement mark? Activity trackers monitor and track your daily movement and show you your stats. An added bonus to activity trackers—many have sleep-tracking functionality, which can give you more insight into your sleep routine.

#3. Revamp your midnight snack

We know that what we sleep has an impact on how we feel during the day, but have you considered the effect of your food on your zzzs? Avoiding spicy and rich foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol, in the evening can help prepare your body for sleep in a natural way. If you’re starving before bed, try snacking on foods that are more likely to calm your brain and encourage sleep-inducing melatonin production in your body, like bananas.

#4 Establish a sleep-friendly environment

No matter how you prepare, it can be difficult to turn your mind off when it comes time to sleep. Strategies like pre-sleep meditation and stretching can help to relax you, while environmental aids like light-blocking curtains and sleep therapy machines can be helpful tools to create the perfect ambiance to allow your mind to drift off to sleep.

#5 Give yourself a bedtime…and stick to it

Our final tip is one that you might remember from your childhood… pick a bedtime, and consistently go to bed every night at that time. With our busy schedules, this might be the most challenging tip to follow through on—but it’s very important. By going to bed at the same time (and waking up at the same time), you can refresh your body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm, resulting in more blissfully rested mornings.


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Staying Organized During the School Year

Staying organized


School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot down the tasks you need to do before everyone has to be out the door: getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth and hair, etc. Then decide how much time is needed to get ready in the morning. If you need to be out the door by 7:30 and you need an hour to get everyone ready, you should set your alarm for 6:15 (giving yourself 15 minutes to snooze).
  • Lay Out Clothes the Night Before. This may not stop the argument on what your child wants to wear to school opposed to what they should wear to school, but at least you will get the argument out of the way at night and won’t derail your schedule in the morning… we hope.
  • Find the Shoes The Night Before. “Where are my shoes?!” We’ve all been there. Frantically running around the house trying to find a pair of shoes isn’t fun and you can lose a good 15 minutes playing that game. Best thing to do is find those shoes before bedtime and leave them in a spot right by the door.
  • Prepare Lunch the Night Before. We know this is harder than it sounds. You are exhausted from a long day, you’ve gotten the kids in bed, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and enjoy a little ‘me’ time… but you know you’ll regret it in the morning. Once you get a system down it does get easier and you can still get a little ‘me’ time, it’s a much smaller window of time… but you have to take what you can get.
  • Designate an Area for Homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children will usually need help with their homework or lose focus in the middle of it, so designating an area in the family room or kitchen is a good idea. Check out 15 School Homework Organizing Tips To Make Your Life Easier.
  • Designate an Area for School Supplies. Create a spot for your children to place their school belongings, including backpacks, lunch boxes and extra supplies, as well as a place to put important letters and information sent home from the school. Try giving your kids the responsibility of emptying their backpacks and lunch boxes when they arrive home, and repacking their backpacks with the things they need for school the night before. Having them take on a responsibility and getting into a system will help to stay organized throughout the year.
  • After School Review.  Sit with your child and go over what they did in school and what was assigned for homework.  Find out if they had any trouble in a particular area and review that with them. If you are unfamiliar with the subject reach out to your child’s teacher and make them aware that your child may need a little extra attention in this area. Some schools are actually required to offer private tutoring.
  • Freeze Dinners. These days can get hectic quickly and you may not always have the time to prepare dinner, but ordering out can get costly and is not always the most nutritious option. Preparing meals over the weekend and freezing them can really save you time during the week. Check out 60+ Healthy Freezer Meal Recipes (+ All About Freezer Cooking) from the Thriving Home blog.


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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprived


School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we’re all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.

Check your sleep situation

Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that you might be sleeping on an unsuitable surface, which may cause a poor quality sleep. While finding the right firmness and support in mattress is key to a better night’s sleep, students tend to also use their bed as a multi-use piece of furniture for reading, studying, snacking and hanging out so it’s important to consider durability when shopping for a mattress. P.C. Richard & Son has some great mattress choices to keep students comfortable when they hit the hay. A prime example? Modern memory-foam mattresses offer the contouring comfort and support that students need to fall asleep faster.

For those students who use their bed as a couch, investing in mattress protector will help ensure your mattress stays pristine. Mattress protectors keep any spills from affecting your sleep area, while also keeping sleep-ruining substance allergens and mold away from your mattress.

Upgrade your pillows

In a similar way to mattresses, many students assume that any old pillow will do when it comes to sleep—and they may be tossing and turning all night as a result. Instead, students should spend a few moments studying themselves to determine their sleep style so they can pick the perfect pillow for instant zzzs.

The cheat sheet to sweet pillow selection? Back sleepers should go with memory foam or contouring pillows, side sleepers need medium support for their head and another pillow for between their legs, and stomach sleepers require a softer choice. 

Block it all out

A major disruptor to a student’s sleep is the contestant flow of blue lights from technology, sounds and information that’s been thrown at them. When it comes time to sleep, it’s important for students to separate from their smartphones. In addition to staying awake playing on their phones, many students might suffer from poor sleep quality just by having their devices near them, the blue light can make their bodies think it’s time to wake up. Counteract smartphone sleep deprivation by keeping devices away from your bed. Also, instead of using your phone to play music that lull you to sleep, use a sleep or sound machine to create relaxing sounds, while blocking out noisy neighbors.

Sleep really is essential to every student’s health, wellness, and overall performance. Luckily, with these sleep hacks and the right tools, sleep deprivation can become nothing more than an old nightmare. Here’s to a good night’s sleep—and a better school year!



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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Portable/In Window Air Conditioner Cool This Summer

Potable AC

Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.

You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.

1. Provide proper ventilation.

Whether the unit is in a window or a portable one on the floor, it’s critical that your AC is in an area with adequate air flow so that it can release the heat it creates while cooling your home. In-window AC units do this automatically, but portable AC units require a venting kit that includes a vent hose leading out of a window.

2. Keep things clean.

ACs have delicate motor parts that can become clogged if they are exposed to dusty conditions. This can cause units to experience mechanical difficulties. Keep ACs away from dirty areas and clean the air filter monthly. Most portable and in window air conditioners feature a removable filter that can be cleaned with warm soapy water; then rinsed and dried. Before reinstalling the AC filter, ensure that it is completely dry. Also clean the condenser coils on the back of the AC once per season. Blow compressed air through the coils or clean with sprays of water and a soft bristle brush.

3. Ensure adequate drainage.

Portable ACs create condensation and excess water when they run. The more humid the conditions, the more water they will create during cooling. Empty the ACs water pan on a regular basis. Clean it with soapy water and white vinegar to prevent mold and mildew buildup. If your AC creates a great deal of condensation, install a drainage tube to the unit so that excess liquid can be drained into a bucket or out of the window.

4. Keep the exhaust hose straight.

Portable ACs have exhaust hoses that must remain straight during operation. If you allow the hose to bend or kink, this may lead to water filtering back into the unit, which can lead to malfunctioning.

5. Properly store the unit during off-season.

Avoid leaving your window AC in place during cold months of the year. Doing this can cause drafty conditions in your home and ice buildup can damage the unit. Store your AC in an attic, utility room or basement when not in use. Avoid putting it where it can become a nesting spot for rodents, as they can damage the unit by chewing on wiring.

P.C. Richard & Son carries a wide variety of ACs. If you have any questions about maintaining your unit, our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to offer some friendly advice.


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Create Your Backyard Getaway

Backyard Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!

Design a Layout

The first thing you want to think about is layout.  When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or garden.

Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

If you like barbecuing and eating outdoors, you will definitely want establish an area where you can easily cook and serve your guests. The space and your budget will determine how fancy you get, but you don’t need to get too fancy to make this work; simply a grill and a table and chairs will do the trick. If you really enjoy grilling and you find yourself eating outdoors 2-3 times a week, you may want to consider getting a countertop for food prep and storage.  Later down the road you may even want to add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and clean up even easier.

Relaxation Station

Do you enjoy sun bathing, reading a book, or having a cocktail around a fire pit? Think about what you do to unwind and design the perfect area in your yard to do just that. If you enjoy lounging in the sun, Adirondack chairs would be perfect for this area, or check out Hanover’s outdoor egg-shaped swings if you’re looking for a comfy place to read a good book.

Some yards take on more sunlight than others and if there are no trees to create shading it can get really hot.  If you are looking for a place to relax in the shade an outdoor umbrella can help you create a shaded area so that you can relax comfortably.


Whether you are hosting a party in your yard, relaxing, or playing games, you can enjoy your favorite music with outdoor speakers.  There are a variety of different styles to help match your backyard’s personality. And don’t stop with the music! have you ever considered an outdoor television? An outdoor TV is perfect for movie nights in the summer or watching sporting events.  SunBrite HDTVs are engineered for permanent outdoor placement, they are completely waterproof, viewable in direct sunlight and built and styled for safety in an outdoor environment.

Once you have this basic layout down you can really have some fun by adding all the little extras! Follow our board ‘Summer Backyard/Patio Fun’ on Pinterest for inspiration on décor, lighting and much more! If you have recently made over your backyard we would love for you to share pictures with us on Instagram using @pcrichardandson #BackyardGetaway2015. Relax and enjoy your outdoor space this summer!


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Make Your Own Pub Shed

Pub Shed

Move over man caves, there’s a new trend in town: pub sheds! Pub sheds started in the UK and are quickly growing in popularity stateside. Are you ready to swap out the lawnmower and garden tools for a kegerator and bar stools? Here is what you need for the ultimate DIY project:




The Shed

The first thing you will need is a shed (obviously). Already have a shed? Then you’re one step ahead and all you need to do is clean it out.



Beverage Center

Next you will need to decide how you will store your beverages. There are a few different options and you don’t have to stick to just one. Whether you want a kegerator, wine cooler, mini refrigerator, or perhaps one of the coolest options, the new CHILL by Hisense, any of them would be perfect for your new retreat.



Don’t forget all the other beverage essentials you will need, like glassware. Check out our wine & bar center for add-ons like those.

Pub Shed Coasters


When it comes to seating the most common choice is bar stools, but depending on the size of your shed you could fit a small couch, benches, or even hammocks… it’s all up to you! If you’re going the bar stool route, check out Pinterest for some inspiring ways to add some personality.



When the sun goes down, your pub shed is going to need some light. Aside from the common string lighting used in some pub sheds we’ve seen, check out Philips Hue Lighting for awesome lighting ideas. Philips Hue allows you to change your lighting to any color of the rainbow right from your smartphone or tablet!



A Great TV

No pub is complete without a TV! Depending on how enclosed your pub will be, consider a TV designed for the outdoors. SunBrite TVs are designed for optimized outdoor viewing, and safe for use in outside conditions – rain, heat, cold, salt-air, humidity and dust.




Music is a must.  With so many wireless and Bluetooth speaker options to choose from, it makes it easy to provide your pub shed with great tunes.

Bose Soundlink



This is our favorite part. Have fun decorating your pub shed and letting your personality shine. At you can find vintage bar signs and other fun décor.





Last but not least, you need a name for your backyard getaway!



Well, that’s pretty much it! We would love to hear any suggestions you have on building your own pub shed, or if you’ve created one of your own already, please share it with us on our Facebook page.  For those getting started check out some of the great photos of pub sheds below for some inspiration! (Pictures below found on


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