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Bring the Tropics Home, Poolside

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This week is our vacation week and the kids and their girlfriends are here for a visit.  We do not get to see them as often as we use to so we cram a whole lot of activities into a very short time frame. Pooltime, Family Dinners, little bit of Boccie and even a few crafts.

 Our last family vacation in Florida was an amazing experience, filled with visits to Universal Studios, visiting friends and of course pool time in the tropics.The boys love their tropical time and as much as we have an amazing oasis in our backyard I wanted to really try and create the “Tropical Vacations” of the past.  You can imagine how thrilled I was when I happened to glance the new all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ at the Family Dollar in Ogdensburg.

I figured it would be pretty amazing to wrap ourselves in the smell of tropical flowers when we got out of the pool.  We may not have the palm trees but we surely have the warm temperatures and the water, so tropical smells wafting from the warm towels truly invoke happy family holiday memories.( and a few bright floaties never hurt either)

  We had an amazing day planned and the weather cooperated.Recreating fun vacations while at home is an economical way to expand the experience.  I found re-creating the experience bring the memories and stories out. We spent the day reminiscing of past tropical vacations, plus creating a ton more new memories.

Florida may have the tropical plants
 and the awesome water rides
But Ottawa can still compete, we have our tropical Oasis. This year for fun I thought I would have the girls freshen up my outdoor signs,  plus a little outside painting regardless of the mess can create a bonding experience.( plus hello all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ to fix any spills or spots)  
This year we opted to get rid of the script and go for the weathered look.  

It was a relatively easy process re-creating our signs
1) Paint over each of the signs with a base coat
2) Block off each sign depending on the number of letters.  We created three blocks on one and five blocks on the other two.  We opted to keep the same words this time because the signs go over the outdoor Bar.
3) Create block letters, we went free hand
4) Get creative with the colours, the brighter the better for a tropical feel
5) Grap some sand paper and start roughing up your beautiful painting
6) Spray with varathyene
7) Hang

While the girls painted and swan the boys played a bit of backyard Bocchie.

and after a fun day spent poolside in our own tropics the bonding continues, the girls did the dishes as I did the laundry…. I don’t care what age your kids are I know I still have a few food stains and grass stains to deal with. Luckily with  all®’s trusted stain fighting power I was able to fight all the  toughest kid stains. 
Have you ever wanted to bring the tropics to your back yard?  An easy way to find all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ in a store near you, visit all®’s website and click “Where to Buy” and bonus time even though it already costs 30 % less, you can get an additional coupon here to save even more.  If you hop over though maybe take a minute and out these other creative tropical ideas from fellow bloggers on all®’s social hub
We may not have the palm trees but we do have the freshness of the tropics surrounding us