7 Plants that Offer Privacy

7 Plants that Offer Privacy

If you love to retreat to your yard for a quiet moment or two, you might be looking for more ways to add privacy. Fencing is always an option, but the truth is it can be quite expensive and not very visually appealing. Plants are a wonderful solution if you are looking for some natural privacy, since many varieties can grow vertically and create a growing wall that offers protection. If this sounds like something you could benefit from, take a look below at 7 plants that offer privacy and that are perfect for growing in your space!

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15 Tips to Relieve Stress #StressLess2BMyBest

My Favorite Relaxation Spot

Everybody has to deal with stress and with five kids and three jobs I deal with stress every day so when the people at RESCUE asked me to write a post about how I deal with stress I jumped at the chance. For me, the best way to handle my daily stress is to take a little time for myself in a peaceful spot after the kids have gone to bed. I’ve created my own little haven on the patio off the master bedroom complete with swivel rocker chairs, table and flameless battery operated candles on the table and in the lanterns I’ve hung overhead. I love to spend a few minutes each day out there reading to settle my jumbled thoughts and emotions.

Rescue Stress Remedy

RESCUE has some great natural stress relief pearls and pellets in delicious flavors like black currant, orange & elderflower, cranberry and lemon that you can use to help regain control during your everyday stressful situations. Click here for a RESCUE coupon and to enter the #StressLess2BMyBest sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes from Bose and GoPro.

Here are some of my other favorite tips for handling and relieving stress:

  1. Keep a positive attitude. Try to look at the bright side even if things aren’t going so well.
  2. Accept that some things are out of your control.
  3. Do something that is enjoyable for you like gardening or reading.
  4. Go for a walk or a drive if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  5. Sit quietly and reflect for at least 15 to 20 minutes every day.
  6. Practice relaxation techniques like mediation, yoga or deep breathing.
  7. Get regular exercise like jogging, bicycling, walking or working out at the gym or in your own home.
  8. Reach out to friends, family or others in your social network to talk about your stressful issues.
  9. Avoid people or activities that stress you out whenever possible.
  10. Write down your thoughts in stressful moments to help gain perspective.
  11. Learn to say no and quit trying to please everyone all the time.
  12. Stand up and stretch or rotate your neck to loosen your muscles.
  13. Soak in a hot tub with bath salts in a relaxing scent like lavender.
  14. If you have a pet cat or dog sit and pet or play with them for a few minutes.
  15. Be sure to get enough rest and sleep so your body can recover from stressful events.

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​Disclosure – This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Grilling is Happiness with Patio Furniture and Grills from Sears

Lighted Patio Set from Sears

In our area outdoor living is a lifestyle, not just a seasonal must-have. Now Sears is unveiling its latest collection of chic and affordable patio designs at one of the most prestigious culinary celebrations, the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, February 21st – 24th in Miami.

Kenmore Grill Sears #GrillingIsHappiness

This fabulously indulgent food festival not only features thousands of culinary influencers and consumers, but it also features the exclusive lighted patio line & Kenmore grill from Sears! A few highlights include a Kenmore Elite Grill with 692 sq. inches of cooking space and this gorgeous lighted patio furniture to help extend your outdoor fun from day to night!

Sears is proud to have Ty Pennington and George Hirsch serve as hosts of the Grilling is Happiness Lounge featuring these unique lines in a wide range of styles and price points. Visit Sears.com and let our design team help you extend your living space to the outdoors.

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post. I am a Sears blogger, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.