Pathway Options for Your Outdoor Space

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This is a very popular and durable choice and is available in a wide variety of shapes, colours and textures and can be laid in a variety of patterns. There are pre-cast concrete pavers or brick pavers to consider. Pavers are relatively inexpensive and installation can be accomplished by a do-it-yourselfer that has spent some time researching up on the process.
Creating a pathway can create a functional and visually appealing addition to your outdoor space. Here are some ideas on the different types of pathway materials to consider.
Lined Walkways
Sometimes the best pathways don’t require placing down any hardscape materials at all. Define a walkway boarder by using elements such as solar lighting, shrubs, or flowers to create a winding path throughout your backyard at a fraction of the price.
Mulch
While its main purpose is to serve as a protective layer in your garden beds, mulch can also be used to make an affordable walkway. Before you lay the mulch, dig up the grass and remove the roots and any weeds first. Then simply line the path with plastic edging, or dig a trench to edge the path and lay about a 3-inch layer of mulch along your desired route.
Gravel
Gravel is another low-maintenance and cost-effective path material. It’s best used when creating an informal look, but it can also be dressed up by simply adding a stone boarder on both sides. On the downside, having a gravel pathway can lead into pebbles being tracked into your home. If you’re looking to create a pathway that will lead right up to the house, gravel is not your best choice.
Pavers
Natural Stone
Rich in colour and texture, stone is a beautiful option to consider. While not an inexpensive choice, each stone piece is unique and will add a timeless elegance to your yard. One way to save a bit of money is to create a stepping-stone pathway. Stepping-stone paths are those that have distance between the stones – about a stride’s length apart.  Because you’ll cover more distance with less stone, the cost will come down.
Whatever route you end up choosing, just be sure to do your homework and calculate accurate measurements before you buy your materials. A general rule of thumb is to add an additional 5 per cent to your calculated total square footage. This overage in materials will allow for any waste or mishaps that can pop up.

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Summer Backyard Themes Make for Great Entertaining

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Summer backyard parties are a great reason to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends. So why not get creative with your entertaining and spice it up with a great them
e for your party. From a fish fry to a fiesta, have fun with your theme as the options are endless.
The first step is to think about which theme you’d like your party to have. Then you can brainstorm all of the details that will go along with it including finding a menu, decorations and even games to match the theme.
Here are just a few of the great theme ideas you could have for your outdoor bash.
Tropical/Hawaiian Luau
Bring the tropics to your backyard. Use bright and bold colours like blues, greens and corals as your colour scheme. Add the Hawaiian touch with grass skirts around the food tables and leis for the guests. Decorate with tropical flowers such as Bird of Paradise, Hybiscus, Red Anthurium, or Red Ginger flowers. And have plenty of pineapples and coconuts, for eating, drinking out of and decorating with. Bring out the limbo later when the party really gets started.
Fiesta
An outdoor fiesta just screams summertime fun. Use bold and colourful decorations, especially in hot pink, aqua, and lime colours, and include a sombrero, if you have one. Serve Mexican cuisine including chips and guacamole, fresh salsa, and add a burrito bar with all of the best toppings. And don’t forget the piñata and margaritas, margaritas, and more margaritas.
Lobster/Clambake
Bring the beach to your backyard with a traditional New England-style clambake. Your guests will love the lobster, crab, clams or whatever seafood you choose and don’t forget the butter for dipping. Provide crackers and bibs for the guests and buckets on the tables for the shells.
 Set the tables with red and white checkered tablecloths and decorate with starfish and shells. You can even serve snack foods out of beach buckets. Lemonade and beer are great beverages to serve at this party.
Fish Fry
Another seafood themed party that’s a hit is a fish fry. This casual
 and fun theme will have your guests feeling like they are away on a great fishing or camping trip without having to leave the backyard. Decorate with fishing rods, tackle boxes and lanterns. Serve the meal on metal camping plates and drinks in Mason jars. Of course, serve fried fish and other comfort foods like mac and cheese, hush puppies, coleslaw and other salads, and don’t forget lots of lemon wedges. Also, put out bowls of gummy worms and goldfish crackers.
Have fun this summer and make your backyard parties the place to be.

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Enjoy the spa experience in Thornhill

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Summer is here and along with it comes weather perfectly suited for sandals, shorts and, of course, bathing suits. After a long winter of hibernating and bulky layers, it’s time to show a little more skin and what better way to prepare your body than a trip to the spa?
Thornhill has become something of a “spa-utopia” in rece

 

nt years, with a collection of outstanding spots each offering a menu of enchanting treatments designed to relax you and ready your body for the beach.
OM Spa offers clients relaxing spa services in a serene, comfortable atmosphere. Their spa pedicures are the ultimate in pampering for your feet, beginning with a soothing warm soak and ending with relaxing foot massage and nail colour of your choice. There are also a number of facial treatments available, including microzone dermalogical treatments and revitalizing sugarcane peels.  OM Spa also offers waxing, eye care and massage therapy. It is located at 55 Glen Cameron Rd. in the Moksha Yoga Studio. Call 905-881-8359 or visit online at www.omspathornhill.com.
Ocean Breeze Spa is committed to helping people look and feel great. They strive to bring clients the latest technology in skin care and the very best products on the market. Their photo facial treatment utilizes Intense Pulsed Light GEM technology that is painless and more effective than traditional laser therapy. They also offer laser hair removal, RF cellulite treatments, RF body contouring and massage therapy. Ocean Breeze Spa is located at 7398 Yonge St. Call 289-597-3570 or visit online at www.ocean-breeze-spa.com.
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa now offers seven locations in Ontario

 

, including one in Thornhill. Their goal is to provide affordable relaxation that fits into your busy daily schedule. They offer massage therapy, facial and waxing services and a number of fabulous spa packages designed to pamper and relax you.  Hand and Stone Massag
e and Facial Spa is located at 11 Disera Dr. Call 905-771-1772 or visit online at www.handandstone.ca
Petals Laser and Esthetics Studio is a one-stop shop for all your skin-care needs. They offer microdermabrasion, foot and hand care, waxing, body treatments, hair removal and more. They are located at 8179 Yonge St. Call 905-707-6602 or visit online at www.petalsesthetics.com.

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