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No fuss outdoor winter activities for Toddlers

You wake up and the world is covered in white.  And then your little one spots the snow, and if they’re like my kids were, they suddenly don’t care about cartoons and cereal.  They just need to get outside and try out their new paw patrol snow shovel, slide around in their sled, and eat some snow! (Yes, let’s be honest, all kids eat snow.) But, aside from shoveling, sliding,[…]

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Backcountry camping with Kids: Prep for Success

No internet.  No running water.  No electricity.  Just lots and lots of fresh air.  Just yourselves and your surroundings for entertainment.  Pure adventure, right? Are you ready to bring your kids backcountry camping for some intimate wilderness and family time?  It’s okay to admit the idea of heading into nowhere with your kids in tow is a little (or a lot) bit terrifying! I was very nervous and worried the first[…]

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Printable Camping Scavenger Hunts for Kids and Families

Do you and your kids love scavenger hunts?  There was a certain age where my kids adored scavenger hunts!  Just a few scribbles on some scrap paper were enough to get them out and about hunting and discovering.  We’ve done scavenger hunts around home, at the airport, in the woods, and in the backyard.  So, it seemed like it was time to create camping scavenger hunts for them. (This post[…]

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Kindness, Gratitude, and Mindfulness in Nature | A shared story

The importance of teaching our children to love nature cannot be underestimated.  It is our health, our happiness, and our future. ~ Ashley, of Look for Little Helpers Parenting is not an easy task.  Aside from runny noses, misplaced teddies, and sibling squabbles we also have to help our children learn how to be citizens of world – how to care for themselves, those around them, and the world itself.[…]

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Save your sanity by using this camping checklist & planner

Bringing the family camping can be such a fun and rewarding adventure.  But, more times than not, just the idea of all this planning and organizing, the time it takes to pack, can be enough to keep too many families from even trying. Take away some of the hassle and stress of family camping by grabbing this camping checklist you can refer back to during the planning, packing, and organizing[…]

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9 Tips How to stay warm in cold weather when outside

It can be hard enough sometimes to motive ourselves and our kids out the door… but add freezing temperatures and snow gear into that mix and sometimes that’s enough to make even the most outdoorsy of us second guess our plans. But, we all need to get outside… there’s so many fun things to do in the snow… so read on to grab some simple tips for staying warm in[…]

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Some must read tips before ice skating on that frozen lake!

It’s hard to describe the scraping sliding sound of skates cutting over the surface of a frozen lake…. then combine that sounds with the slapping of sticks, the cheering and laughing… and you’ll have a true Canadian sound clip. But, you don’t have to be a Canuk to enjoy ice skating on frozen lakes or ponds!  Nor do you have to even be much of a skater to get out[…]

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Wonderful Wintertime Frozen Sun Catcher Ice Ornaments

Do you need extra motivation to get outside when the temperature drops below freezing?  Perhaps this craft will be just the thing to get you and your kids outside.  These frozen sun catchers can be made with a variety of items, are interesting to look at, and sparkle beautifully in the sun.  Plus, they were super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us!   (This post[…]

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Tips and a checklist to simplify your family camping trip!

Throw out all those extensive camping checklists!  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 on your picnic table.  They don’t need clean clothes every day, complicated toys, or fancy meals.  Your kids will have just as much fun playing with[…]

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Your monthly outdoor activity tracker | printable journal page

Jouranaling is one of the best things you can do for overall well being.  And, many would agree that getting outside into nature is one of the best things you can also do for your health… so, what if you combined the two?  What if you could do a quick daily reflection on your outdoor time?  What if you were prompted to plan out some outdoor adventures every month?  Would[…]

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