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Sit Spotting: Nature Meditation with Kids

In OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Today we have a great post for all you busy parents out there that need/want to take some time to slow down and absorb nature vibes. This time of year is always a mad flurry of activities, outings and adventures and it can be very easy to get overwhelmed by your schedule and to do list. However, Brandi Rondinelli of Soulshine Photography is here today to walk us through the benefits of sit spotting in…

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Twist Travel Magazine – Fall Issue

In FAMILY TRAVEL

Once again, I’m so excited and honored to a contributor in the Twist Travel Magazine Fall 2017 issue! This is the third issue of the magazine since its launch this Spring and each issue just keeps getting better and better. It’s also a doozy – 84 pages of awesome content from some of the most amazing writers, bloggers, photographers, entrepreneurs and on-the-go moms. Fall issue The Fall issue of Twist Travel is jam-packed with wild…

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Making Mandalas in Nature with Kids

In CRAFTS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

I’m so excited to bring you a post today all about making mandalas in nature with kids, submitted by the amazing Doria Lotan. She was born and raised in New York and currently lives in Sweden where she and her husband are “unschooling” their three kids. She has a degree in Philosophy and works as a content writer for a living. You can find her on Instagram (@heartledadventures) and follow along her parenting journey. Fostering…

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Sun Print Paper Nature Art

In CRAFTS

The great solar eclipse of 2017 has passed (it was really cool, wasn’t it?!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun experimenting with the sun and it’s powers. If your kids had a chance to view the eclipse, hopefully it sparked a curiosity in them about our solar system, the sun and science. Making nature art using sun print paper is a great way to teach kids about the sun and shadows….

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5 must take beach photos of kids

5 Must Take Beach Photos

In BEACH, PHOTOGRAPHY

Taking photos of your kids at the beach can be both overwhelming and difficult with all the different variations of shots, light conditions and hazards to your camera (water and sand!). Today we’ve got professional photographer and self-proclaimed beach addict Laura Parker of Laura Parker Photography here to help you capture five incredible photos of your kids on your next beach adventure. She’ll walk you through camera settings, sunlight conditions and show you how to…

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Nature Kaleidoscope

In CRAFTS

With the solar eclipse coming up next week, the kids and I have been doing a few sun and light related nature crafts and projects. We’ve been talking about where light comes from, what happens when light passes through items and what makes shadows. We’ve experimented with sun paper, made a sundial, pressed wildflowers for suncatchers, made sun tea and traced shadows (posts coming soon (hopefully) on these projects). We also had the chance to…

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Gardening with Ladybugs

In GARDENING, NATURE SCHOOL

Last week we talked about worms, so I guess it’s now time to talk about bugs! Nothing says “immersed in nature” like making friends with the local wildlife, so I think we’re doing something right! We recently released 1,500 ladybugs into our garden and it was such a fun experience. My kids loved it and I’m hoping this is something you can experience with your kids too. We’ve got all kinds of fun ladybug facts for…

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Raising Kids that Love to Fish

In FISH, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Fishing is one of our favorite year-round outdoor activities to do with the kids. In case you didn’t know, fishing is a very big deal in our family. Not only did I grow up on a river in a fishing household, but I married a man that lives and breathes fly fishing. Fishing has played a huge role in our relationship, from my husband giving me waders for our first Christmas together, to proposing with a…

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Tips for Capturing Amazing Sprinkler Photos

In OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, PHOTOGRAPHY

I am absolutely thrilled to bring you today’s guest post from Kristie of L Photographie on how to take amazing sprinkler photos of your kids this summer. Kristie is a great friend, a former sorority sister and my family’s personal photographer. She’s also a wonderful teacher and has become one of my go-to resources for all things photography-related. Since it’s a million degrees outside, I though this would be the perfect time to share this…

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Creating a Wormery with Kids

In NATURE SCHOOL, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Worms! Wiggly, squiggly, creepy, crawly, long, dirty, slimy and slick; it’s no wonder that kids are fascinated with worms. From the time my son was 2 years old, digging for worms in our backyard has been one of his favorite things to do outdoors. He’s constantly amazed that worms live everywhere, right under our feet and are basically free for the taking!  He now digs up worms from around the neighborhood and we add the…

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Exploring Tide Pools with Kids

In BEACH, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

I’m so excited to bring you this guest post today all about exploring tide pools with kids. My good friend and fellow outdoor adventure mama Desirée Macke put together an absolutely fantastic post all about what kind of treasures you can find in the tide pools, when to go, what to pack, what to wear and even the best tide pool locations across the country. As a landlocked mama, I dream of doing these types…

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