Dad exploring nature with his baby. He is looking out over a mountain lake while baby sleeps in a front baby carrier

Mom’s guide to exploring nature with babies

One of the most precious things in a parent’s life is to have the opportunity to re-live the joy and wonder of childhood.  Did you know you’d be given this gift when you had your first child?  I didn’t know how much I would appreciate and enjoy this second chance.  Also, I didn’t know how easily I would forget and let this opportunity go to waste. Slowing down and exploring[…]

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Toddler's hand with a campsite number written on it

5 Must Know Tips for Camping with Toddlers

Are you heading out to the campground this summer with a toddler in tow?  Below you’ll find our absolute best tips for camping with toddlers. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I receive a small commission at no added cost to you. I only recommend stuff I use and enjoy. See my about page for more information) For some of[…]

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

Outdoor toy storage and rotation, the key to more backyard fun!

Do you need some tips on outdoor toy storage? 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.  And if you’re like me you like to look out onto the yard and see kids enjoying themselves.  You want to see the green grass and[…]

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Easy and healthy hiking snacks kids will love!

What do you pack to eat when you’re heading out on the trail?  Does your family have any favorite hiking snacks?  Or, perhaps you’re new at this family hiking stuff and you’re looking for a few suggestions. Below you’ll find a whole bunch of suggestions.  Many of the following snacks are relatively healthy and easy options, most of which you can pick up at the local grocery or make in[…]

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a forested campsite with an orange tent, campfire, and backpack

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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Toddler watering the garden with a garden hose

12 Easy Garden Plants 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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Play outside with nature scavenger hunt printables

Want some fun and easy ways to get your family outside having fun?  Have you ever done a nature scavenger hunt?  Are you looking for some nature scavenger hunt printables? The first time I tried a scavenger hunt with my kids I scribbled down some things for them to find on a recycled receipt, gave them a used bag and sent them on their way.  I had no idea they[…]

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Handmade pizza box solar ovens for cooking smores in your backyard

How to make pizza box solar oven Smores

Hands up if you like smores!  I like smores.  My kids love smores!  Really, you can’t go wrong with stuffing melted chocolate and gooey marshmallow into your mouth, right? Perhaps I’m getting a little too excited about all this.  But, I have reason.  For our family, smores are an eat-outside-only food so that means we get them only when we have a campfire.  So, what do you do when there’s[…]

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

6 Tips to Make Gardening with Preschoolers 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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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[…]

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