SUNCREAT - July 11 2022

#What We Create: Blaze Family

Blaze family, known as @ourfamilyadventures on Instagram with over 100,000 followers, loved and have traveled the world with many memories. We were excited to know their colorful experience and opinions about travel and outdoor activities!

Here's our interview:

Hi, we've followed you on social media, but please introduce yourself to everyone, especially new friends.

We are the Blaze family! I’m Tiffany, and my husband is Jacob. We have 3 kids: Taylor (23), Ocea (7), and Cedar (5). We typically travel 4-5 months of the year, but our home base is in Franklin, TN.

What countries and cities have you been to? Which place do you like best and why?

As of this month, we have been to 48 states with our two littles. We just took them to Minnesota, and we loved it so much we are already planning our next trip back. My husband and I have been to several countries individually, but we’ve taken the little ones to Canada, Iceland, and Mexico so far. We are dying to get them to Ireland because that’s been our absolute favorite.

What made you want to take a camera to record your life and post them on social media? 

I naturally love taking videos of my kids to have when they’re older. Combine that with a love of photography, and that’s how we ended up here. It’s also been really fun to share our story and remind others that it is possible to travel with kids. It’s actually super enjoyable!

What does outdoor life mean to you? What is the most memorable time you spent outdoors? 

We believe an outdoor life is a life well-lived. From the fresh air to the scenic views, it’s a perfect place for our children to explore God’s creation. I’d have to say one of our most memorable days would be the day we took a boat out on Lake Powell. I remember our whole family being in awe the entire time.

SUNCREAT - May 4th 2023

Can Hammock be Left Outside?

Hammocks are a popular choice for outdoor relaxation. They are perfect for lazy summer afternoons spent reading a book, taking a nap or just soaking up some sun. However, when the season ends or when you are not using your hammock, you may be wondering if it can be left outside. Can they withstand the elements and remain in good condition, or will they be damaged? In this article, we will explore the pros and cons of leaving hammocks outside, and offer a guide on how to store your hammock so that it remains in great shape and ready for your next use.

Pros of Leaving Your Hammock Outside

One of the most significant advantages of leaving your hammock outside is that it’s always ready to use. You don’t have to worry about taking it down and setting it up every time you want to use it. Additionally, leaving your hammock outside can be a space-saving option, especially if you have limited storage space indoors.

It is important to understand that hammocks are not all made equal. Some hammocks are specifically designed to withstand the elements, while others are not. Typically, outdoor hammocks are made from materials that are resistant to water, sun, and mold. However, even the most durable outdoor hammocks are not immune to the elements.

Therefore, it is not recommended to leave hammocks outdoors for long periods of time. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Exposure to the Elements: Sun, rain, wind, and other weather elements can take a toll on hammocks. Over time, the fabric can become faded, stretched, and damaged. Additionally, humidity and moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can be difficult to remove and cause health problems.

2. Wildlife Damage: Depending on where you live, your hammock may be at risk of damage from wildlife. Animals such as squirrels, birds, and even cats can cause damage to the fabric of the hammock or the suspension system. Leaving a hammock outdoors also increases the chances of insects and spiders building webs or nests in the fabric.

3. Theft: Hammocks left outside can be easily stolen. They are lightweight and portable, making them an easy target for thieves. If you plan to leave your hammock outside, be sure to secure it with a lock or take it inside when you are not using it.

4. Wear and Tear: Even if your hammock is made from high-quality materials, it will experience wear and tear over time. Leaving it outside will only increase the rate of wear and tear, leading to a shorter lifespan for your hammock.

Hence, while some outdoor hammocks are made from durable materials that can withstand the elements, it is still best to take care of your hammock and store it inside when not in use.

If you decide to leave your hammock outside, there are several things you can do to protect it from the elements and keep it in good condition.

1. Choose the Right Location

The first thing to consider when leaving your hammock outside is where to place it. You want to find a spot that’s sheltered from the elements, such as under a tree or covered porch. This will help protect your hammock from rain, wind, and harsh sunlight.

2. Use a Hammock Stand

If you don’t have a suitable place to hang your hammock, consider using a hammock stand. A hammock stand is a freestanding structure that allows you to set up your hammock anywhere, without needing trees or other supports.

3. Invest in a Hammock Cover

If you plan on leaving your hammock outside for an extended period, consider investing in a hammock cover. A cover will help protect your hammock from the elements and keep it in good condition.

4. Take it Down During Extreme Weather

If you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or severe thunderstorms, it’s best to take your hammock down and store it indoors. This will help prevent damage to your hammock and ensure that it lasts for years to come.

5. Clean and Maintain Your Hammock

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your hammock is essential to keeping it in good condition, whether you leave it outside or not. Use a mild detergent and water to clean your hammock, and make sure to rinse it thoroughly to remove any soap residue. You can also use a fabric protector to help repel water and prevent stains.

However, if you prefer storing hammocks indoors, by following these simple steps, you can ensure that your hammock stays clean, dry and protected from dust and pests. Storing your hammock properly is essential to keep it in good condition and ready for your next use.

Step 1:  Clean the Hammock

Before you store your hammock, it is important to give it a good clean to remove any dirt, debris or stains that may have accumulated. The best way to do this is to shake it off to remove loose debris, then use a soft-bristled brush or a cloth to gently scrub it with mild soap and warm water. Be sure to rinse it thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue, and then allow it to dry completely before storing it.

Step 2:  Remove any Hardware

If your hammock has any hardware such as hooks, chains or carabiners, it is important to remove them before storing it. This is because hardware can rust or corrode over time, which can weaken the hammock or cause it to fail. Additionally, removing the hardware will help to prevent any scratches or damage to the hammock fabric.

Step 3:  Fold the Hammock

Once your hammock is clean and free of hardware, it is time to fold it up for storage. The best way to do this is to fold the hammock in half lengthwise, then fold it in half again. If your hammock is particularly large, you can fold it into thirds. Be sure to keep the hammock as flat and compact as possible to make it easier to store.

Step 4:  Store the Hammock

The next step is to store your hammock in a safe, dry place. You can store it in a storage container or a canvas bag to keep it protected from dust and pests. Be sure to choose a cool, dry place to store your hammock, away from direct sunlight or moisture. This will help to prevent any damage or deterioration to the fabric.

Here are some additional tips to help you store your hammock properly:

1.Avoid storing your hammock in a damp or humid environment, as this can cause mold or mildew to develop on the fabric.

2.Be sure to store your hammock away from any sharp or abrasive objects that could scratch or damage the fabric.

3.If you plan to store your hammock for an extended period of time, consider applying a fabric protector or water repellent to the fabric to help keep it in good condition.

4.If your hammock is made of a delicate or fragile material, such as silk or lace, be sure to store it in a soft, breathable bag or container to prevent any damage to the fabric.

5.Before storing your hammock, be sure to check it for any signs of wear or damage, such as frayed edges, holes or tears. If you notice any damage, be sure to repair it before storing the hammock to prevent further damage.

Leaving your hammock outside can be a convenient and enjoyable way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. However, it’s essential to consider the pros and cons before doing so and take steps to protect your hammock from the elements. By following these tips, you can enjoy your hammock for years to come, whether you choose to leave it outside or store.

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We are actually working on that now since we recently moved. I love creating an inviting space that says, “Psst, it’s more fun out here than inside.” I want my family and friends to want to hang outdoors when they visit. 

What originally made you want a hammock? Why did you finally choose SUNCREAT?

I really enjoy snuggling up with the kids and reading books to them. We also love finding shapes and pictures in the clouds. It’s one of my favorite memories from my childhood, and I want to share that experience with them. I did some research on hammocks and loved the SUNCREAT’s reviews and styles. We are loving our hammock and so happy with our choice.

When do you find yourself using the hammock most often? Weekend or weekday? At your leisure or after a busy day? 

Our absolute favorite time to lie in the hammock is just before dinner time. I take each child out individually for a one-on-one, and we lie in in it searching the clouds and chatting about their favorite part of the day. They almost always say, “right now.”