a clipboard holding a nature scavenger hunt sitting on the ground against a log

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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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 your 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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child's feet walking on a tight rope / slackline

Outdoor gifts for kids and adventuresome families

  Do you have any outdoor kids or adventuresome families 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[…]

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A woman wearing a purple cross-shoulder bag as her mom purse

Packing your mom purse for outdoor adventure

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 still have that similar look of mom exhaustion, but she’s no longer dragging around[…]

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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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Why our kids need more outdoor active play

Your Kids Need Outdoor Active Play, Not Indoor Play Gyms

You want to see your child succeed.  You put them in school, in lessons, and in clubs.  You make them read and practice and buy them the necessary gear for all their various pursuits.  You are a supermom, managing all the scheduling and shuttling that goes along with their activities. What if there was another way?  What if there were an easier way to help your child to grow to their[…]

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How to stay warm | Tips for the ski hill

“17 below with a wind chill making it feel like minus 24″… no one really want to hear that forecast, right?  And they really don’t want to hear that forecast for their upcoming family ski vacation!  But it happens.  So here are a few pointers on how to stay warm skiing on the ski hill from a Canadian who hates being cold. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.   See my[…]

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