How to conquer backyard toy mess and kids' boredom with this outdoor toy rotation system.

Learn How Outdoor Toy Rotation Will Change Your Kids And Your Yard

Does your backyard sometimes look like a junk yard?  Balls, ropes, toys, and random stuff hide the grass.  And yet, the kids still complain there’s nothing to do outside. I’ve been there.  I hate it.  I like to look out onto the yard and see kids enjoying themselves.  I want to see the green grass and the lovely flowers, not a yard littered with discarded shoes, upended buckets of balls,[…]

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Packing for the family camping trip doesn't need to be hard. Use this simple camping packing list for your next trip.

Simple Camping Packing List – The Lazy-Mom Edition

Throw out all those extensive camping packing lists!  It doesn’t have to take you three days to pack for a two day camping trip.  I’ll tell you a secret:  your kids don’t care if you bring the foldable kitchen or if there’s a table cloth to eat off of.  They don’t need clean clothes every day, complicated toys, or fancy meals.  And kids have just as much fun playing with[…]

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Learn how to get your kids to go outside with these easy strategies

How to get your kids outside (because it’s not always easy)

We hear it all the time “kids need less screen time, more outside time”.  Intentions aside, in today’s world of social fears, urban living, and over-scheduled lives, it’s hard to get our kids outside.  It’s hard to get ourselves outside!  We don’t need more lectures on why kids need outdoor time.  Instead we need practical solutions on getting them out.

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4 family audiobooks, short and entertaining for your next family roadtrip

Family Audiobooks: Try These Short Stories for Your Next Road Trip

The car is packed, the kids are buckled in, and ‘activities’ have been handed out: phones, tablets, Leap Pads, DVD players, or video games.  You have a three-hour drive ahead of you.  Time will fly by with the kids occupied in their own worlds.  But, what if your family were offered a different ‘activity’ that didn’t involve electronics?  Would you be up for trying something new?  What if, on your[…]

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learn about 12 easy garden plants for kids to garden and grow

12 Easy Flowers and Vegetables for Kids to Grow

I have not met a kid who didn’t like to play in the dirt.  Kids are naturally curious and the wild jungle of a flower bed or patio planter is like new undiscovered territory for them.  You will want your kids’ first gardening experiences to be positive as their enthusiasm for future gardening endeavors will likely depend on how rewarding and enjoyable their first adventures are.  To make this easier,[…]

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Why our kids need more outdoor active play

Your Kids Need Outdoor Active Play, Not Indoor Play Gyms

You want to see your child succeed.  You put them in school, in lessons, and in clubs.  You make them read and practice and buy them the necessary gear for all their various pursuits.  You are a supermom, managing all the scheduling and shuttling that goes along with their activities. What if there was another way?  What if there were an easier way to help your child to grow to their[…]

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Gardening with kids: grow excitement, flowers, and carrots too!

6 Easy Tips to Make Gardening with Kids Fun!

No child is too young to play in the garden.  Not only will early exploration of the garden instill an interest in the growing world, help build stronger bodies and minds, but it could also lead to some yummy meals of roasted carrots and strawberry shortcake in years to come.  So, how do you cultivate your child’s inner gardener to grow?  It’s easy!  You only need to provide some garden[…]

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make backcountry camping with kids a success with these good preparation tips and tricks

Backcountry Camping with Kids: How to Prep for Success

No internet.  No running water.  No electricity.  Just lots and lots of fresh air; just ourselves and our surroundings for entertainment.  Pure adventure.  Are you ready to bring your kids backcountry camping for some intimate wilderness and family time?  Does this idea terrify you or you are considering this type of adventure?  Read on for some practical advice for getting your family ready for camping in the woods We first went[…]

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how to keep your family warm when playing outside in the winter

How to stay warm on the slopes, ensuring a great day at the ski hill

“21 below with a wind chill making it feel like minus 34″… no one really want to hear that forecast, right?  And they really don’t want to hear that forecast for their upcoming family ski vacation!  But it happens.  So here are a few pointers on how to stay warm on the ski hill from a Canadian who hates being cold. Long Johns are your friend Dress in layers!  To do it[…]

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