Screen-free family time

 

Advances in technology can bring families together. This is true especially for families who are separated by distance. Chatting via email, social media and video calls opens new windows for us to communicate with our loved ones. But how does it affect the average family on a daily basis?

The average teenager spends close to nine hours on their smartphone every day.  Nine hours! Younger children between the age of 8-12 average a slightly less time on their electronics – about eight hours a day – while the average adult spends 73.8 hours every month on their cell phone The number one complaint from most families is that they don’t have enough time in their day. Hmm. Wonder where all the extra time is going?

Studies have shown that families who spend more screen-free time together are tighter knit. They talk more, sharing information about their day, their hopes for the future, their concerns and more. This time allows your children to gain a greater grasp on who they are as people, which is essential in their mental development and how they perceive themselves amongst their peers.

A great way to get more of this one-on-one bonding time is to be purposeful with your free time. Schedule nights during the week to focus on your family. For example, make Tuesday nights  game nights with popcorn! Or Friday nights can become “chill in the hot tub night.” This is a great way to end your week. Simply suit up and ask everyone to pile into the hot tub for some screen-free family time. Take time to ask each child how their day or week is going. Not only is this great family time but it also allows everyone to unwind and relax. Who knows – your hot tub may become the very place where trust is built and Google is no longer used to find out the answer for life’s tough questions.

Why do I need Microsilk in my hot tub?

Today’s market for hot tubs offers a variety of new and innovative features. It can be confusing and very frustrating if you don’t know exactly what all the fuss is about. One of the terms you may have heard a lot about was Microsilk. And you may be asking yourself, “What is Microsilk and what difference will it make to my hot tub?” Well, let us tell you!

Microsilk is a new water treatment that takes your hot tub experience to the next level. It creates tiny bubbles – much smaller than what can be created by your average hot tub. And these bubbles have an important job to do. As you sit in the warm, silky waters, the bubbles cling to your skin and begin to detox your pores.

If you suffer from eczema, psoriasis, or ichthyosis, you will see the benefits of having your body caressed by the Microsilk bubbles. It’s a game changer for people who have these and other skin conditions. Why? Because Microsilk not only helps your skin shed toxins but it also encourages skin cell growth by supersaturating the water around you with oxygen. As we all well know, oxygen is nature’s way of rejuvenation and cleansing. Each tiny bubble acts as an oxygenated soldier, whose sole purpose is to rejuvenate your skin.

Some benefits of using a hot tub with Microsilk:

  • Encourages skin cell growth
  • Stimulates your immune system
  • Improves blood vessel function
  • Naturally removes impurities from your body
  • Lifts toxins out of your pores

So now you can stop asking yourself, “Why do I need Microsilk?” Instead, start asking yourself: “Why WOULDN’T I need Microsilk?”

Come in today and ask one of our Spa Professionals about Microsilk, and the hot tub models that feature the option. You will be glad that you did!

Throw a Bubbling Halloween Party

Halloween is always a great excuse to throw a party! This year, Why not do something different and make it a bubbling hot tub Halloween party? There are so many awesome ways to incorporate your hot tub into your spooky evening! Try this potion that for a splendidly spooky Halloween …

The color scheme and Halloween theme

When deciding what theme you want to use, think about how spooky you want your party to be. Will there be small children there? If so, take a more subtle approach to Halloween with pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stalks. Stick with colors that mimic the fall trees, like orange, brown, and yellow.  If your party will be older kids to adults and you want a spooky theme filled with witches, ghosts and headless horsemen, consider going with traditional Halloween colors. Red, purple, black and green are all fun colors to incorporate in your food and decor!

Prepare your hot tub or spa

Make your hot tub look spooky and fun! Tape black tablecloths around it to give it the appearance of a witches cauldron. If your hot tub or spa has built-in lights, turn them on and coordinate them with your color theme. Red will give the water a bloody appearance and a floating plastic hand may give it just the touch you were looking for. Green may look more like a witches concoction that’s bubbling about in its cauldron. Whatever you decide will look great … just don’t go with yellow … that’s never a good decision. (The reason is likely obvious. 😉 )

Food

What party is complete without food? (“None,” is the correct answer.) Ask your guests to bring their best Halloween-inspired foods. Encourage them to be creative! Make it a contest. Whoever has the creepiest food wins a prize – maybe a coupon to have the hot tub all to themselves for 5 minutes? This will ensure that they not only bring food, but that the spread looks amazing, too!

Extras

The small details always take a party to the next level. Here are some extra details that will make your already amazing party even more so:

  • Incorporate fun and spooky music to set the mood.
  • Have something fun to drink. Whether it be hot apple cider or a tried and true punch recipe, place plastic rats and spiders in it to give it a spooky touch.
  • Towels, towels, and more towels!
  • Encourage your guest to dress up!
  • Use candles, glow sticks, or torches to make sure you have plenty of spooky lights!

No matter, the theme, food or color scheme, having a hot tub at your Halloween party will be a success every time!

Let the pros handle your pool closing

With summer becoming a distant memory and school becoming the new focus, most people have “closing their pool” at the very bottom of their to-do list. Along with the new fall schedule comes the plethora of new activities that may begin to consume all your free time. These shorter days seem to eat away at the time you may have had set aside for your pool closing.

Have you considered asking your local pool supply company to come out and close your pool for you?

If not, maybe you should! Just because you can close your pool yourself doesn’t mean you can’t save yourself the time and trouble, and hire the professionals to do it for you!

Owning a pool is much like owning a car. The maintenance is sometimes best left to a professional who knows the ins and outs of how that car should be maintained. So when it comes time for an oil change, more than likely you won’t blink twice about having the local garage change it for you. Why? Because it is more convenient and it allows your mechanic to check and make sure all of your fluids and other mechanisms are working properly.

Much like your local mechanic, a pool professional is one who knows the ins and outs of your pool far better than the average pool owner. And just like your car, your pool is a big investment. Keeping it in tip-top shape is important for its lifespan.

When you contact your local pool professional, you can rest at ease knowing that they will cover all the bases to closing your pool! No longer will you have to worry about your pipes freezing over or busting. So, avoid the headache of finding the time and worrying about whether you did it right or not and contact Brothers Pool today! You’ll be thankful you did!

Get a Better Night’s Sleep Thanks to your Hot Tub

To sleep or not to sleep, that is the true question that haunts us as we fight the urge to turn to social media rather than counting sheep! For most Americans, it becomes less and less of a question and more of a quandary that we are unable to find the answer for. According to The Sleep Index, 11.6% of Americans have been told they have sleep apnea by a doctor. That is a large percentage of people who are having trouble sleeping! If you are apart of the 11.6 percent and own a hot tub, we have a solution for you! The answer lies beneath the bubbles of the warm waters of your hot tub

Hot tubs are the perfect natural remedy to help with your inability to fall asleep. Just twenty minutes of relaxation could change your endless night of tossing and turning! All you need to do is enjoy the warm water of your hot tub for twenty minutes or longer! The warm waters will increase your body’s core temperature and cause every muscle in your body to relax. About an hour after you have dried off,  your body temperature will cool and will naturally send signals to your brain indicating that its time to fall asleep. But wait, there’s more…

Not only will you fall asleep quickly but you will be more likely to sleep deeper than normal! A good night’s sleep is important for your body! Studies have shown that people who don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep also have a number of problems that conflict with their ability to cope with everyday situations. So, from now on forget about taking pills or counting sheep! Slip into your hot tub and get ready for the best night of your life. Dedicating a small portion of your time to resting and relaxing in your hot tub will enable you to have a great night’s rest and a better tomorrow.

Hot Tub Etiquette: House sitters and hot tubs

As a homeowner, going away for a weekend or more can be a challenge. For most homeowners, it puts their mind at ease to have someone they trust to stay at their home during their absence. Whether it is a mindful adult or a friend’s college-aged kid…having a hot tub will be a big draw for them to say yes when you need a house sitter. Having a general set of rules for your hot tub is always a smart idea and it is a GREAT idea for people who use it in your absence! Here are five rules that will help put your mind at ease and give your house sitter a guideline while you are absent.

Rinse Off

Did you know that things like sunscreen, lotion, hairspray…etc, can cause your hot tub’s chemical balance to go array? There is a big chance that your house sitter may not have the knowledge to keep your hot tub chemically balanced. The prevention can be simple, just ask your house sitter to rinse off before soaking.

Leave The Hot Tub Cover On

This is a preventive step that will ensure that your hot tub will stay clean and will prevent accidental drownings of little creatures. By keeping the hot tub cover on, you will help keep your electric bill down as well. The hot tub cover helps the water stay at a constant temperature, which makes it easier to reach higher temperatures.

No Alcohol Before or During 

The warm waters of your hot tub not only help you relax but can cause you to become drowsy as well. Drinking a few beers before or while enjoying your hot tub may sound like the best way to unwind but in reality…alcohol only heightens the sleepy effect you get. Asking your house sitter to abstain from drinking in your hot tub is a great preventive step.

No Snacking 

The no snacking in the hot tub request is simple…food and water do not mix well! You don’t want to come home to a hot tub filtering system that is filled with half-eaten pretzels, right?

A Covana Cover – Covers It All

Placing your hot tub in just the right spot can be precarious when you live in an area where there are neighbors on all sides. If you are in need of a little more privacy whether at home or at your vacation home, your search is over! The Covana Cover is everything you need for privacy and so much more!

The Covana Cover, at first glance, may seem like an ordinary hot tub cover, but with the switch of a key, it all changes! As the Covana Cover slowly rises, a beautiful cabana erects itself. Not only will it protect you from mother nature, but also from wondering eyes. You decide which sides need to be covered! You have the option of lowering just a few of the four screens down or all of them. Enjoy a quick dip in your hot tub during a snowy evening or during full sun. The Covana Cover will provide the protection you need!

Did I mention that it is also a hot tub cover? The Covana Cover is unlike any other hot tub cover you have ever owned. The gasket inside creates a tight seal so that your hot tub remains at a constant temperature while it is not being used. No more cleaning off the top of your cover to remove it. The Covana Cover gracefully glides upwards with absolutely no effort from you! No longer can unwanted guest use your hot tub while you are away. The Covana Cover is operated only by the switch of a key.

Whether you are looking for a way to protect your hot tub from the elements, trying to find a way to have a little more privacy, or in need of a new hot tub cover – eliminate all needs by purchasing a Covana Cover. You will be glad you did!

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Get a great start to the workweek in your hot tub

Waking up and getting ready for the day can be a big struggle. Mondays can be the toughest day of the week. Memories of a relaxing weekend are still fresh in your mind and the realization of all that awaits you at work is hindering every muscle in your body from getting out of bed. Have you ever started your workweek in a similar mood? Not even your first Cup of Joe will give you enough oomph to get you started? Why not start your week in your hot tub?

Ease your muscles awake

Your hot tub will help wake up your tired muscles and allow you to relax and forget about all of the papers that are awaiting you at work. But, don’t get too comfortable, the warm water may beckon your tired body to get back into your sleepy state. Your hot tub is similar to a warm blanket straight out of the drier, but don’t let the warm waters reclaim you! Spice up things by turning on the jets and allowing them to caress and slowly waken up your tired limbs and back! Set your timer so that you have a reminder not to linger too long!

Hydrate and Stretch

Now, before you go and grab that first, second or third Cup of Joe, make sure you drink a tall glass of water! I know your brain is yelling coffee but the truth is that you really should start every day with water! Our bodies are made up of 60% of water! You just slept a straight 8 hours without providing it with any water! Starting off your work week well-hydrated is one of the best steps for ensuring that your body and mind will be in tip-top shape! Combine a tall glass of water with a deep and long stretch and you are set!

Try this method of starting your day for thirty days and see if your work weeks go smoother. What do you have to lose? Maybe ten minutes of sleep but I don’t think you will even notice! Your day is sure to go smoother and the outlook of your week is sure to sweeten by starting it in your hot tub!

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Hot Tub Remedies To Help Relieve Foot Pain

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet in the hot tub… This may be one of the most severely misquoted quotes but it may be exactly what you are needing to hear if you are wobbling home after a long day or night on your feet! Did you know that your hot tub or spa may be the exact remedy you have been seeking for your aching feet? Soaking them in your hot tub may be a welcomed relief but there are so many other ways that your hot tub can help relieve the pain you are experiencing. 

These extra steps will not only help you work out the kinks but also help strengthen your feet! Here are four exercises you can do to help your foot pain drift away!

Point like a Ballerina

Sit or stand and extend a pointed toe toward the floor of your hot tub. Slowly roll your foot flat and continue until you are pushing your heel toward the floor. After extending your heel, transition back into the pointed toe position. Continue to do this several times! Don’t forget the other foot.

Tennis Time

Grab a tennis ball and relieve your aching arches! If you have plantar fasciitis, this will feel so good! While standing in your hot tub, take a tennis ball and roll your foot back and forth on it. The motion of the tennis ball rolling across your sore arches will feel heavenly!

Stretch

While standing at the edge of your hot tub, position your toes against the wall (similar to a runner’s stretch). Lean forward slightly and allow the arches of your feet to stretch. A transition from right to left will ensure that both feet receive a great stretch.

Massage

Reward yourself with a massage provided by the jets on your hot tub! It may tickle but if you can get past the tickling sensation, you will be thankful for the relaxing pressure your hot tub jets will provide!

Do this consistently and after a short time, you will begin to feel the difference in your everyday life!

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How Hot Should You Keep Your Hot Tub?

Have you ever stepped into a shower expecting a nice hot stream of water to hit you but instead you are greeted by a rush of much cooler water? It’s both shocking and not so enjoyable because in your mind you left it on lava hot and the last person to take a shower wanted a cold shower! Choosing a temperature for your hot tub can be very similar depending on who is enjoying it at the time. Is there a perfect temperature that pleases everyone? Not really! The perfect temperature depends on your personal preference but here are some guidelines that will help you decide on the best temperature for everyone.

85-94 Degrees

This is the perfect temperature for those hot days when you would much rather cool off over “hot tubbing”. The water will be refreshing and very much like your own small private pool. If you live in a colder climate where the temps drop during the night, make sure to heat it up before covering it for the night. You don’t want anything to freeze during the cooler temps! Although it sounds tempting, keeping lower temps with the idea of a lower electric bill may not be as fulfilling in the end. It can create stress on your hot tub’s heater and circuit board! Which could cost you more in the long run!

95-99 Degrees

Hot tubs are as attractive to children as a candle is to a moth…if you have kids, you know that they want to be in your hot tub with all of the rest of you…but… Pediatricians agree that children under the age of five should not be in hot tubs! Children five and older can be in hot tubs at lower temps and limited intervals of ten to fifteen minutes. Meaning that ten minutes in and ten minutes out would be best for their small bodies! During which, they should drink plenty of water!

100-104 Degrees

Now, if you are the type of person who likes to shower in lava water, these temps are the ones that appeal most to you! These temps are for healthy adults who are not pregnant and have no health issues. If you do have any health concerns, always talk to your doctor before entering a hot tub!

When your hot tub is not in use, lower your temperature only five degrees lower than your normal temp. That way it can easily climb to your preferred temp and will prevent any freezing from occurring in cooler weather.

 

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