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Attracting birds in the winter | beginner steps to backyard birding

Are you on the hunt for easy winter nature connections?  Making your backyard and balcony inviting to local birds is one of the simplest ways to bring more nature into your family’s life.  Get your kids involved and make your backyard a safe and inviting place for birds in the winter. Come wintertime it can be hard to get outside.  It sometimes takes longer to get your snow pants on[…]

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Ice Lanterns: 4 creative ways to celebrate winter

Winter sometimes gets a bad rap.  Frozen windshields, slippery walks, grey skies, and red noses.  But, it happens.  It’s going to happen again next year.  Let’s learn to celebrate it and take advantage of this snowy cold season.  You can’t make ice lanterns in July, right? So, when that temperature falls, get out your tubs, round up some of nature’s treasures, and take your littles outside to help you put[…]

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Handmade and Unique gifts for gardeners

Are you on the hunt for some beautiful gifts for the garden lover in your life?  This collection of Etsy handmade and unique gifts for gardeners is is sure to give you a few great ideas… maybe you’ll even see a few things for yourself! All these items have been found on Etsy (an online marketplace for small crafters and businesses to promote and sell their work).  You’ll find gardening[…]

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How to make Frozen Sun Catchers

Wonderful Wintertime Frozen Sun Catcher 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 were super easy to make; winter did most of the work for us! How to Make[…]

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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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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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Handmade pizza box solar ovens for cooking smores in your backyard

Yummy Fun with 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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