View from the top of Sulphur Skyline Trail

Miette Hot Springs and Sulphur Skyline Trail in Jasper National Park

What will you see and do in Jasper National Park?  There are mountains, and marmots, and miles to hike… and not enough time to see it all! Have you heard of the Miette Hot Springs?  Yep, Jasper has hot springs too.  And, next to the spring fed pools there is this amazing hike you can do, tonnes of big horn sheep living in the area, and the old crumbling ruins[…]

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raising confident children

Raising a Confident Child | How I Failed Her by Thinking She Couldn’t Do It

Have you ever stopped your child from trying something because you were afraid they might get hurt or because you thought they’d fail?  Does this sound familiar?  “Get down off that rock.”  “Don’t go so high in that tree.” “How about you try an easier sport?”  I know I’ve said these words before.  And you know what, every time I stop my child from attempting something new, risky, or challenging…[…]

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How to pack your mom purse

How to pack your purse for outdoor adventure | Moms ready for play

You can spot a first-time mom from across the playground… fancy stroller, watching attentively, drink and snack ready in hand, and that huge diaper bag parked on the bench beside her.  Then there’s the third-time mom, slouched on the bench, slurping her coffee, book or phone in hand, purse thrown down at her feet.  She might look exhausted, but she’s no longer dragging around the change table, snack bar, and[…]

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Planning an easy family picnic

The Secret to a Perfect Family Picnic is Easier Than You Think

Have you ever flipped through the pictures of a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook? Well, for starters, if the food in those cookbooks will make my thighs look like hers, then let’s get cooking.  But what I really covet (and you might too) are the glamorous family picnics she and her kids enjoy: hand-stitched quilts, laced napkins, antique tins, and smiling, well-groomed children frolicking in golden fields… My family picnics are not[…]

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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

10 tips 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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