Gift Guide for Outdoor Families & Adventuresome Kids

  Do you have any outdoor families or adventuresome kids on your shopping list this year?  Or maybe, you’re an outdoor family and are looking for practical gifts to help get you and your kids outside.  Well, I’ve put together a gift guide for outdoor families filled with some of our favourite toys and gear…. all sorts of things that we use when we’re outside exploring, playing, or just hanging[…]

Read more
How to make Frozen Sun Catchers

Frozen Sun Catchers | Capturing Nature in Ice

If your family is like mine, we need extra motivation to get outside when the temperature drops below freezing.  Perhaps this craft will be just the thing to get 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![…]

Read more
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[…]

Read more
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[…]

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

Solve Boredom with Outdoor Toy Rotation

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,[…]

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

Your 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[…]

Read more
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.

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

Family Audiobooks: Fun 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[…]

Read more
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,[…]

Read more