Utilizing Your Outdoor Space Year-Round

Having a usable outdoor space is more important now than ever, but finding uses for it during the fall and winter seasons can be difficult.  Below we’ve listed some of the best ways to utilize your outdoor space year-round.  Enjoy! 

  1. Fire Pit

Fire pits are an incredible use for outdoor space after sundown.  They provide warmth, light, a joyful mood, and are a perfect ambiance for future gatherings or late night reminiscences, not to mention the endless s’mores.  

  1. Heat Lamps

The most luxurious outdoor heating experience ever.  The electric versions are sleeker and safer than other gas options.  Optimal for staying warm during late-night stargazing, investing in heat-lamps would be a great option for light and warmth during the cold winter months. 

  1. Privacy Screens 

They increase privacy and block strong winds.  Whether you’d like a screen or a wall, latticework is an affordable pick to enclose a balcony or patio. 

  1. Curtained Pergola

An extravagant and beautiful choice is the curtained pergola (also known as a gazebo) that can adapt to any seasonal festivities.  They offer privacy, a stylish appearance, and comfort right in your backyard! 

  1. Small Outdoor Cooktop

Full outdoor kitchens are expensive and possibly wasteful if they aren’t used.  Find an affordable, easy-to-use, stylish option in the small cooktop or grill. 

  1. Small shed

Sheds are versatile.  They offer storage space, an extra room for hobbies, homework space, office space, crafting spot, workout room, or meditation area.  The applications are endless! 

  1. Extra Lighting

Light is a deciding factor in your outdoor-ambiance, so feel free to get creative with twinkling lights, glowing lanterns, Tiki torches, candles, and anything else your heart may desire. 

Utilizing your outdoor space is about maximizing warmth, comfort, and creativity.  With these tips, hopefully you’ll be able to stay warm and cozy whether gathering with friends, star-gazing, or having a late night reflection.  Stay warm and stay safe! 

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Cyber Crime is on the Rise!

Cyber crime has been on the rise since the internet became available to the public.. Every day criminals are looking for the easiest targets. Think you’re not who criminals would be interested in? Think again!

Cyber criminals don’t need to know how much money you have in the bank, how big your house is, or what valuables you have on display. They want into your email, your financial data, and ultimately, your identity. They cast a wide net in the hopes to get anyone and they are counting on you thinking you are safe.

With the introduction of AI and ChatGPT, their scams have only gotten more realistic and easier to fall for.

So what can you do to stay safe? Here are a few tips.

1) Turn on Multifactor Authentication
2) Update your software
3) Think before you click on unknown links
4) Use strong passwords

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