Nature activities for inside & the backyard (bucket list & calendar)

Have you been asked to work from home? Or perhaps you’re doing school at home or you’re practicing social distancing… or (and hopefully this isn’t the case) your family has been asked to self-isolate? Or, maybe it’s nothing at all to do with this current state of affairs… you just happen to be stuck at home. Whatever the reason, below you’ll find a list of various ways you can still[…]

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Camping in Jasper National Park (updated for 2021)

Every summer tens of thousands of people’s summer vacation includes camping in Jasper National Park.  And what about you? This post will give you some basic starting points for choosing a campground to make sure you get the most out of your trip to this beautiful park. And, in case you’re burning to know the answer to this question- Do you need a reservation to camp in Jasper National Park?[…]

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Print and post it! 99+ ways to bring more nature into your life

Here it is!  No more excuses!  It’s easy to start bringing more nature into your life.  Below you’ll find 99+ ways to get outside, to appreciate nature, and to bring nature into your home. Go ahead and read through this list, but the real benefit will come from you printing it out and taping it up to your fridge or pasting it into your journal or adding it to your[…]

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Fairy Houses to make, buy, play with, and enjoy!

Fairies are legendary creatures (or mythical beings, depending on how you want to spin it) often depicted in the folklore of various cultures as tiny, beautiful, winged creatures with magical powers who live in nature. The way you choose to use your fairy house is also completely up to you! You may often see a fairy house or fairy garden outside near trees, in pots, or gardens. But you can[…]

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111 Screen free activities for Screen Free Week

Are you addicted to your device?  Do your kids play too many video games or does your husband watch too much Netflix?  Have you ever challenged your family to put screens away for a whole seven days?  Have you ever done a screen free week? Have you even heard of Screen Free Week? Of course you don’t need to wait for the official Screen Free Week to turn off your[…]

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5 Camping with Toddler tips you absolutely need to know!

How do you know your toddler is ready to go camping? How do you know you’re ready to take your toddler camping? For some parents this idea is either super exciting or super daunting.   Below you’ll find our absolute best tips for camping with toddlers. (Seriously, these are good tips!) And, if you’re still looking for more guidance, check out this article: Your ultimate guide to bringing toddlers camping[…]

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Wonderful Wintertime Ice Suncatcher 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 are super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us! (This post contains[…]

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Backcountry hiking & 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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17 Fire Pit Accessories (must haves for outdoor living)

With today’s rising trend in upscale outdoor living spaces, having a fire pit is becoming a more popular backyard feature. With increased availability of affordable accessories, tools, and designs, setting up your own fire pit can be a lot of fun. You’ll have fun creating a comfortable and functional space. But, you’ll have even more fun using the pit, cooking all that yummy food, and enjoying all the smiles and[…]

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Tips for Camping Storage and Organization

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing quite as frustrating as a completely disorganized campsite. When we go camping, I want to slide into a lazy, relaxing mode and just enjoy nature and my family. This is impossible when someone is constantly asking me where everything is. So I’ve come up with some ideas for organizing your campsite for optimal enjoyment! Camping Organization and Storage Ideas Whether you’re tent[…]

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