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The Perfect Snow Day

In OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, SKI/SNOW

With the groundhog seeing his shadow and predicting six more weeks of winter, I thought it might be a nice change of pace to put a hold on the winter-bashing and share a beautiful post, written and photographed by the amazing Angie Mahlke, all about embracing your inner child this winter and having a perfect snow day with your kids. We know winter can be a tough time for parents – with temperatures plummeting outside,…

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Easy Bird Feeders to Make with Kids

In CRAFTS, NATURE SCHOOL

Making a bird feeder with kids is a great way to teach children about caring for nature, how to properly feed wild animals and how to identify local native birds. You can make a simple bird feeder out of all kinds of items. From pine cones to logs and from toilet paper rolls to orange rinds.  Making a bird feeder is one of those projects that is easy enough for toddlers to do and still…

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Hiking with Kids: Galisteo Basin Preserve, Santa Fe

In FAMILY TRAVEL, HIKE, LOCAL GEMS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Today’s post is all about hiking Galisteo Basin Preserve in Santa Fe, NM. Photographer, mama and outdoor adventurer Kelli Johansen is taking us along on this gorgeous hike with her family, including her 2 year-old daughter. She’s got some great information on hiking with toddlers, what you need to know before you go and what to pack on your adventure. If you have any questions for Kelli, please leave them in the comments below. Galisteo…

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Costa Rica with Kids

In FAMILY TRAVEL, LOCAL GEMS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

I’m thrilled to bring you an amazing guest post today from the adventurous and talented Giselle Wyckoff. Giselle is a NYC mom of 2. She recently spent a week in Costa Rica with her family and documented the entire journey for us! She’s here to share all their amazing adventures, activities and experiences – giving some tips, advice and recommendations on how to successfully do Costa Rica with kids. If you have any questions for…

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Celebrating Squirrel Appreciation Day

In BOOKS, NATURE SCHOOL

Did you know that this Sunday, January 21 is Squirrel Appreciation Day? While some may not always appreciate this nutty little rodent for stealing birdseed and terrorizing attics, squirrels play an important ecological role and are highly entertaining to watch, especially for children. In honor of these little nuts, I thought it’d be fun to share a few fun facts about squirrels, a couple squirrel jokes, some favorite squirrel books and even a craft and…

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Tips for Getting Kids Outdoors More

In OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Over the last few years I’ve heard so many parents and friends say that they want to get their kids outside more.  Yes, yes, yes! A new year is here and it’s the perfect time to set a goal of getting your kids outside more often.  That’s exactly what this website is all about! Let’s make this a year of outdoor adventure, together. I’m here to share some tips for getting kids outdoors more this…

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Out & About in Overland Park with Kids

In FAMILY TRAVEL, LOCAL GEMS, MCFAMILY, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

This post was sponsored by Visit Overland Park. Some accommodations, events and activities were comped for review purposes. All opinions expressed and photos contained in this post belong to the author. Last weekend we had the pleasure of spending some time in and around the Overland Park, Kansas area with the kids. Overland Park is a suburb of Kansas City and chock-full of fun attractions, amazing food and kid-friendly experiences. It’s the second largest city in…

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Tips for Cutting Down Your Own Christmas Tree

In MCFAMILY, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Cutting down your own Christmas tree is a fun family tradition that gives you adventure, fresh air and a respect for nature. It’s a fun excuse for a little physical exercise in the great outdoors and wonderful reason for your family to spend some time together. While you might expect a pro-nature argument against cutting down a live tree, it’s actually the opposite. When you choose a real tree over a plastic artificial one, you…

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50+ Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids

In FAVORITE GEAR, GIFT GUIDE

The holidays are almost officially upon us, so I thought I’d share just a few (ok, more than 50!!) of our favorite gifts, products and ideas for active outdoorsy kids! If you’re desperately looking for the perfect gift for a curious, fun, active kid in your life, but are tired of giving toys that just break or get discarded after a few uses, this is your ultimate gift guide. I’ve been working on assembling this…

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Gear Review: Burley Minnow Bike Trailer

In BIKE, FAVORITE GEAR, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

This post was sponsored by Burley. Bike trailer was provided as post compensation and for review purposes. All opinions expressed and photos herein belong to the author. Biking with the kids is quickly becoming one of our family’s favorite ways to spend time together outdoors. We are lucky to live in an area with some incredible state and local parks full of beautiful bike trails. The fresh air and exercise feel fantastic, but getting the entire…

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Essential Oils for Outdoorsy Moms

In OUTDOORS INSIDE

Today I’m really excited to bring you a beginner’s guide to essential oils. I know next to nothing about essential oils, but I’ve been intrigued about them for years. I know they can help with everything from bug bites to headaches to upset tummies. You can clean with them, cook with them or just use them for making your house smell great.  I asked my friend Gale (the “oilest” person I know) to put together…

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