Weeks before my c-section last spring, we moved into a home that, while bigger on the inside, didn’t have the oasis of a backyard that I was used to. My kids and and I spend a ton of time playing outside, so I set out as soon as possible to create a backyard oasis of my own.
Area #1: The Adult Stuff
I started with the outdoor structure first since everything else would build on that.
But instead of something attached to my home, I opted for a freestanding structure like this where I wouldn’t need to worry about having something permanent built.
Next, I added patio furniture. For me, I knew I wanted a decent conversation set that was affordable, could stand up to the elements, and would still be fairly comfortable and easy to maintain.
I ended up with this set from Walsunny.
Finally, I made the space homey with outdoor lights, decor, and planters.
Area #2: The Kid Stuff
My goal for my mom themed backyard oasis is to create a space where I can have maximum comfort while I supervise the kids going crazy and have to intervene minimally.
Don’t get my wrong, I’m a super involved mom.
But outside time is my time to sit and chill while they run out their energy.
On the patio, I like to have a variety of toys that require flat surfaces—things like skateboards, water tables, toy cars, and tricycles.
Right now, here’s what we’re playing with.
Area #3: The Yard Stuff
Out in the yard, I also like to have a few large play pieces big enough to provide quality entertainment but small enough to leave plenty of open space to play in.
The older two kids also got a dune buggy one year for Christmas, so we keep that parked and ready for play.
…when I actually remember to charge the battery!
In the summer months, I also get out some water toys like the kids splash pad, sprinkler, and kiddie pool.
I know it’s probably not a backyard oasis to many, but for a crazy busy work at home mom like me, it seamlessly melds my need for a space for me with enough entertainment to keep my kids happily busy.