ice sun catchers with berries and leaves hanging from a tree

Wonderful Wintertime Frozen Sun Catcher Ice 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!   (This post[…]

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Tips and a checklist to simplify your family camping trip!

Throw out all those extensive camping checklists!  It doesn’t have to take you three days to pack for a two day camping trip. I’ll tell you a secret:  your kids don’t care if you bring the foldable kitchen or if there’s a table cloth on your picnic table.  They don’t need clean clothes every day, complicated toys, or fancy meals.  Your kids will have just as much fun playing with[…]

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6 quick tips for camping with your dog

If some of the kids in your family bark and have four furry legs… and if you’re a family that loves to go camping, then here are 6 quick camping with dog tips to make your family trips a little easier and a little more enjoyable for everyone! Since I don’t actually have a dog and I’m pretty sure my cats aren’t adventuresome enough to go camping, I’m very happy[…]

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Easy DIY Natural Christmas Tree Ornaments you need to make this year

At a time when we should all be trying to conserve our plastic consumption, I walk down the Christmas decoration aisle and cringe.  Have you considered the carbon footprint to your holiday decorating?  Here is a handful of natural Christmas tree decoration ideas. Sure, some of these still use plastics and such, but making and reusing is still better than buying.  And, some of these ornaments could even be composted[…]

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A toddler in a pink snow suit walking across Pyramid Island Bridge in Jasper National Park

Your guide to Jasper in the Winter

Rosy cheeks under pompom toques, hot chocolate by the crackling fire, nuthatches clouding the sky, skis gliding through a white forest, and the soft slow fall of big fat snowflakes… these are just a few of my favourite winter things about Jasper! Come wintertime, Jasper is ready to slow down and get cozy (or at least I am!).  If you are planning a trip to Jasper in the winter months, you won’t find yourself alone[…]

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Camping in Jasper? You absolutely need to know this!

Thousands of people’s summer vacation includes camping in Jasper National Park.  In fact, I read somewhere that Jasper is home to Canada’s largest campground.  And what about you?    If you’re planning to bring your family out to Jasper and hoping that you’ll be able to grab a camping site the day you arrive… well, you may want to rethink your plans!   If you plan to go camping in Jasper,[…]

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Reasons to get outside | December Activity Calendar

As the holiday season approaches it can be all too easy to get caught up in all the party planning, present wrapping, and cookie decorating.  So, here’s an outdoor activity calendar that will help remind you and your family to get outside, to have fun as a family, and to bring some joy into your and others’ hearts. No excuses.  Use this calendar to make getting outside easier.  Most of[…]

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How to rock family table talk with nature themed conversation starters

Make meaningful dinner time conversation easy with these printable nature-themed family conversation starters.  No more awkward silences when the extended family visit.  No more redundant “how was your day?” and “what did you learn at school today?” type questions! Instead, get everyone sharing, using their brains, and having fun by being prompted to think about various scenarios, answer nature trivia, remember past adventures, or use their imagination. Ready to grab[…]

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Start here… all the outdoorsy gift ideas

Are you looking for some awesome outdoorsy gift ideas?  Take Them Outside has tried hard to put together the best gift guides to make choosing the perfect present easy and quick. And, making these gift guides has been a lot of fun too! All of the outdoorsy gift guides we’ve put together have outdoor families in mind.  You’ll find some for outdoor toys, and some for indoor nature play.  You’ll[…]

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Top family choices for nature and outdoor subscription boxes

Have you heard of subscription boxes?  They’re all the craze this holiday season.  You just pick a theme, order, and voila! But, there are so many options available, how do you choose?  To make things a little bit easier for you, below you’ll find some favorite outdoor subscription boxes for families. So, let’s jump right in! (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through my[…]

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