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Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

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Summer Solstice Activities for Kids

Over the last year I decided to supplement my kids learning with a nature curriculum called Exploring Nature With Children.  I had spent so much time outside during my childhood, which had lessened considerably the older I got.  During our lock downs last year, I found myself craving nature.  I HAD to get out of the house.  I needed to be surrounded by trees and the birds calling.  I think my youngest felt the same way.  Anytime I suggested we go for a walk, she was right there ready and willing to go with me.  We would observe nature together, finding...

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Must Have Natural First Aid Kit

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Must Have Natural First Aid Kit

Having a handy first aid kit to carry everywhere with you is a must have and if you spend time out in the woods, there are certain emergency gear you should always carry as well. One of my goals this year was to get out and explore more. Find more hiking trails, go camping, go fishing and kayaking. I found that each activity required different gear.  A 32L backpack for longer hikes, a 12L hydropack for shorter hikes, a nature bag for quick walks around town and a dry bag for fishing, kayaking and camping.  I needed a first aid...

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Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Imaginative Kids

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Eco-Friendly Gift Guide for Imaginative Kids

The past few years I have become increasingly aware of what I purchase for my own kids as well as my nieces and nephews. As I practice a more minimalistic approach to life, it has become even more important for the items I give to be eco-conscience, promote imaginative play and to get them off electronics. Bonus points if the items are sold by small business owners!   Here are a few of my favorite gift ideas to get those imaginations running wild!  1. Throne & Thimble - What is more eco-friendly than turning pre-loved and vintage materials into adorable plushies! These...

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3 Non-Paper Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Start the Holidays off on a Green Foot!

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3 Non-Paper Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas to Start the Holidays off on a Green Foot!

As a kid, I remember unwrapping all my presents as I ceremoniously tossed my crumpled-up wrapping paper into the trash bag, yelling "SCORE!" when it made it in, versus landing next to the bag.  Later that day, she would tie the bag off and carry several large garbage bags of wrapping paper to the trash.  Let's face it, wrapping holiday presents is a huge source of trash, often producing multiple bags per family each and every year (not Counting birthday!).  While some wrapping paper is recyclable (no metallics, glitter or textures), sadly there is no guarantee that what you toss...

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Kids Craft Kits

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Kids Craft Kits

I have 2 elementary-aged girls and with that comes the love of crafts.  I understand their craftiness, as they both take after me.  However, between two girls with birthdays, holidays, etc, we have a nice collection of half-used craft kits sitting in our closet.  They are bright and fun kits with all sorts of different end projects. BUT... IF, and only IF, my kids actually complete the craft, they either sit there collecting dust because once completed, the completed craft serves no purpose or my kids don't care and get rid of them when we go through their toys.  The...

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