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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two girls hiking on a wooded trail one carrying a large stick

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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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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a picnic table covered in a red checkered table cloth and picnic foods

Easy Family Picnics are Simpler 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-gromed children frolicking in golden fields… Real life family picnics are[…]

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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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