a woman looking out over a mountain valley, text reads gift guide for the outdoorsy girl

43 Gifts the Outdoorsy Woman will Love! (updated for 2019)

Are you looking for gifts for the outdoorsy woman?  Below you’ll find all sorts of gift ideas in all sorts of price ranges.  You’ll find tops and jewelry, pretty things, practical outdoor gear, and reading. And, here’s a tip: Send this post to your mom or partner if you’re wanting to unwrap some of these treasures yourself! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase[…]

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How to get out for backyard play (in spite of your kids)

“Time to go outside and play!” … Some kids hear that and rush out the door before you can say “tick check.” Others hear it and try to climb inside the couch. This article is for dealing with the latter group of kids, those kids for which getting outside is such a struggle. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my link I[…]

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Handmade and Eco-Friendly Home Gift Guide (updated for 2019)

Looking for gifts that any woman would be happy to have in her kitchen?  Here’s a collection of beautiful, reusable, and practical eco friendly gifts for mom that didn’t come from a factory half the world away. Here it is: Your eco-friendly gift guide, the kitchen edition All these items have been designed or hand-crafted by small business crafters.  By shopping on-line with small businesses, you both get to financially[…]

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The best list of 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 guide full of outdoor gifts for kids that should be a perfect starting point for this year’s gift giving season! Below, you’ll find favourite outdoors toys and outdoors gear perfect[…]

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The best nature toys for preschoolers (to inspire adventure & learning)

Let’s be honest.  As much as you’d like your kids to go outside all the time, they probably don’t.  Unless they’re in some sort of fantastic forest kindergarten or you live freely on a farm or in the woods, chances are your kids are inside more than you’d like.  But, that doesn’t mean they can’t be playing with nature, learning about nature, and getting inspired by the outdoors when they’re[…]

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An open apology (to Greta and to all children)

“How dare you?” she asks. And, she’s right. How dare I forget? How dare I go about my life in blissful ignorance? How dare I disregard the truth? How dare I not stand up and speak out? I’m sorry Greta. I’m sorry for my failures. I’m sorry for my inaction. But, most importantly, I’m sorry for my cowardice. Somewhere in the messy middle of leaving my youth and entering adulthood[…]

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Beeswax Wraps | Frequently asked questions

Entering left field is plastic wrap… versatile, indestructible, mindless, and easy… a destroyer of the environment and filler of landfills.  Entering right field is beeswax wrap… the new kid on the block, ready to go head-to-head with our old time standard and armed with a gold ribbon in eco-consciousness.  Who wins? Imaging this:  You’ve been gifted an infant-sized zucchini.  You’ve made 4 loafs of chocolate chip zucchini bread, but that[…]

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Young girl enjoying some risky adventurous play by jumping off cliffs into the sand below

5 Adventurous play ideas to conquer childhood fear

In our early years, fear keeps us alive. Everything is potentially dangerous to the risk-oblivious toddler. It’s no wonder we’re allfrantically flapping after our kids as they innocently plod about. “Stop licking the plug sockets!…Don’t climb out of the window!.. PUT THE KNIFE DOWN!” It can seem like an unending task to teach children about the potential dangers that surroundthem. Eventually though, kids learn NOT to cuddle open fires, lick[…]

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Printable Summer Planners for Outdoor Adventure

What are the signs that tell you summer is quickly approaching?  For me, it’s the first flowers of spring, the unfortunate arrival of mosquitoes, and my children’s excitement to start filling out our summer planner. In years past our kids have loved making extensive summer bucket lists that got taped up to the wall.  As the summer rolls on we would cross off every exciting activity completed.  We also used[…]

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summer reading challenge

Summertime… the season of Popsicles, lazy mornings, road trips, and days at the pool.  But, what do you do when that sweet summer bliss turns sour? If you’re on the hunt for something get your kid outdoors plus get them motivated and using their brains while school is out, then check out this summer reading challenge! What is a summer reading challenge?  This summer reading challenge is a little different[…]

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