Encouraging an Outdoor Life Through Play

    It’s true that there is no substitute for actual time spent outside, but realistically it’s not possible to be out constantly. And truly I don’t think that is healthy either. There’s always a balance and it’s a fine art to find that. But, I want an outdoor life that is normalized for our family. It’s […]

    12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 8: Play Outside

      **Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** We think there is nothing more important for kids than being able to BE a kid and play, play, play! Our giveaways today help make that just a little bit easier…. Oakiwear Personally I think that every kid […]

      7 Ways to Squeeze in Outdoor Time When Your Schedule is Tight!

        Busy, busy, busy. Aren’t we all? Places to be, things to, 10 million things that just never get done. I love all the fun we pack in, I hate that I have to work so hard to slow down (is that an oxymoron?!?) One big benefit of homeschooling is the ability to be able to […]

        Why My Kids Still Get Outside When They’re Sick

          Mammoth Hot Springs (where we live) is often referred to as a “cesspool”. Gross, I know, especially when you are imagining the majestic beauty of Yellowstone. But, let me explain: there are a LOT of people that are in and out of this little area. People from all over the world who travel in various […]

          Groovy Lab in a Box Review + Giveaway

            If you have been following along here, you know that we are diving into the world of homeschool. While it took a couple weeks to get our heads to stop spinning and our feet back on the ground, we’re thinking we made a good choice. I have no idea how long we will choose to […]

            Discovering Music and Rhythm in Nature

              My boys are finally at the age now when they can both absorb some tactile lessons in nature.  Since we are just getting started with kindergarten homeschool, I am looking for more intentional learning in nature.  While we will have to be spending some time on a computer for the curriculum we chose, getting outside […]

              5 Tips to Beat the Heat of Summer

                  I’m not the most structured individual as a rule – but I really like having a rough “plan” for our days. When the summer days are long and HOT – I rely on my rough “plan” so that I can prioritize and address everyone’s need given the perimeters of the day:  the HOT, the […]

                Easy Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course

                  My boys are busy and active and drive me crazy if they don’t get out and move as much as humanly possible.  I LOVE it, but I am also always trying to think of creative ways to challenge them.  They (separately and collectively) also happen to be full of grandeur plans and ideas (“let’s build […]

                  Backyard Treasure Maps

                    We are always looking for new and creative ways to get our kids outside and moving.  The more fun they are having, the less they whine.  It’s like magic.  However, I also am pretty busy with 3 kids (including a teething baby), the house, the adventures, the blog, yadda, yadda so appreciate fun activities that […]

                    Nature Exploration: Making Sunprints

                      I have enjoyed making sunprints ever since I was a child.  As a kid, I’d go out in the backyard, collect some nature-things and then make prints on the sidewalk in front of our house. I can’t pinpoint what was/is so exciting about making sunprints – but I know that the combination of exploring nature […]