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Creating Journey Sticks with Kids

Journey Sticks and the Art of Storytelling

In CRAFTS, HIKE, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

I’m really excited to bring you today’s post, all about creating storytelling journey sticks with your kids. The amazing and uber-talented Jessica, from Collect. Make. Explore. is here to show you how to incorporate elements of your hikes, adventures and outings into beautiful physical storytelling devices. I love the lessons this project teaches – from being observant in nature to inspiring creativity in retelling the story of your adventures. This would be a great project to…

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Mongoose Scooters – Force 3.0 Review

In FAVORITE GEAR

This post was sponsored by Mongoose Scooters.  A scooter was provided as post compensation and for review purposes. All opinions expressed and photos herein belong to the author.  I’m excited to bring you a really fun review of a new scooter for kids from Mongoose Scooters. Mongoose created their line of Force 3.0 scooters based on feedback from interviews and product testing with a sample group of kids and their parents. They’re durable, safe, stylish and…

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Friday Favorites: Moon Child

In FAVORITE GEAR, FRIDAY FAVORITES

For today’s Friday Favorites post, I want to take minute to shine a spotlight on the cutest little online shop for adventurers – Moon Child. Based out of the UK, Moon Child sells awesome and adorable (and durable) ethically produced, organic clothing for free spirited little ones. Co-owned by two friends, Emma and Sophie, each item in their shop encourages kids to stay wild, never stop exploring, be themselves and howl at the moon –…

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A Little Announcement

In MCFAMILY

You may have noticed that it’s been a bit quiet around here over the last few weeks. I promise I’m not abandoning you or this page, it’s just that something else has been occupying all my energy these days. We have a little announcement! We’re all so excited to have a new member of the clan and we cannot wait to see what kind of adventures come our way. Having a baby, a toddler and…

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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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