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20 Ways to Unplug and Unwind: Power Down and Live Life Outside

July 26, 2016

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relaxing in hammock

We all could use a little time away from technology. According to a cross-platform study by Nielsen, the average American spends a staggering 11 hours per day with electronic media. Do those numbers surprise you?
 
If anything, they should serve as a good reminder to take a step away from all things electronic and focus on the world around you. We’ve put together a two-week challenge to replace one technology-reliant activity with one that relies on nothing but the good old imagination and a healthy desire to get outside. Here are our fourteen ideas to keep you entertained, enjoy life around you, and reconnect with what really matters.
 
Write a handwritten gratitude note and send it the old fashioned way — in the mail.
Put away the iPad and cook a favorite meal from a passed-down family recipe.
Take a nap and don’t set an alarm. You deserve it!
Don’t tell Google, but we’re going to go it alone on this one, sans Google Maps. Be a tourist in your own city and get lost on purpose. You’ll be surprised at the local gems you uncover.
Read a book. Not an e-book. One with actual paper.
Organize your closet. Facebook can wait.
Host a “No Electronics Party.” Have your guests check their phones at the door.
Organize a neighborhood board game night with the classics, like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble. (No spell check allowed)
Abandon your iScrapbook for the night and indulge in some trips down memory lane with your old school family photo binders.
Cheer up a friend or neighbor with some home baked pastries. No .com necessary.
It’s too beautiful out there to not embrace it. Grab a sketchbook and some drawing utensils, head outside and capture the sunset.
Put on a neighborhood talent show. Invite everyone who has a unique gift or passion, and give them the uninterrupted stage for the night.
If you’re having a hard time letting go of your devices, go for a long swim. You can’t take your phone in the pool!
Your yard beckons. Play hide and seek with the kids.
Easy enough, right? Now that you’re ready to Live Life Outside, let’s get your yard in peak shape http://www.trugreen.com/get-a-quote/custom-services/ so you can enjoy it to the fullest.  
 

We could all use a little break from technology. Need some inspiration? Here are some suggestions to help you make your own 14 day challenge.

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outdoor fun

20 Ways to Soak Up the Last of Summer

July 26, 2016

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outdoor fun

Get your summer's worth! Check off these bucket list items before it's time to get back to the books.

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#LiveLifeOutside: Do More of What You Love

June 8, 2016

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We’ve made it easy to compare and contrast the time and money you might invest in DIY lawn care to spending quality outdoor time with your family.

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Father's day gifts

9 Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Help Dad #LiveLifeOutside

May 25, 2016

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Father's day gifts

We're helping you pick out the perfect backyard gift for dad this Father’s Day by curating his ultimate gift guide: everything a dad needs to #LiveLifeOutside. Check out our Father’s Day gift ideas here.

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Family on a lawn watching a movie outside with a DIY movie theater

Backyard DIY Projects Inspired by The Yardley’s

May 16, 2016

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Family on a lawn watching a movie outside with a DIY movie theater

The right DIY project can help you live life outside, just like The Yardley’s. See our favorite projects for every type of DIYer.

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best outdoor workouts

#LiveLifeOutside Fitness: Best Outdoor Workouts for You & Your Lawn

January 6, 2016

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best outdoor workouts

Who needs a gym membership when you’ve got a backyard? Burn calories AND get your yard in shape for spring with #LiveLifeOutside Fitness.

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TruGreen 2015 stats

2015 By The Numbers | TruGreen

January 4, 2016

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TruGreen 2015 stats

2015 was a great year for TruGreen. Our specialists walked 1.9 million miles this year, equal to about 8 trips to the moon. See more fun stats here!

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The Best Moments Outside

Give Thanks for Your Yard: The Best Moments Outside

November 2, 2015

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The Best Moments Outside

The season to be thankful is here! From gardening to playing in the sprinklers, here are the top reasons we’re thankful for our yards.

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fall patio decorations

Cozy Up: How To Prepare Your Patio For Fall

October 10, 2015

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fall patio decorations

With temperatures cooling and trees starting to show their vibrant autumn colors, this time of year is perfect to “fall” in love with your yard all over again. Check out our patio decorating ideas to help make your backyard the coziest place to spend time this fall.

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best flowers to plant in fall

#PlantThisNow: Your Autumn Color Palette

September 15, 2015

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best flowers to plant in fall

Add some color with the season’s top buds! See the best flowers to plant to help transform your lawn into an autumn wonderland.

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