outdoor activities

3 ways to kick-start your family's health (sponsored)
March 7, 2014 No Comment

3 ways to kick-start your family’s health (sponsored)

I am blogging on behalf of Walmart.com, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Walmart’s. Shop online and save money to live better at Walmart.com   Spring is around ...

invitation to play with acorns: outdoor fun for little ones
October 25, 2013 No Comment

invitation to play with acorns: outdoor fun for little ones

  The following guest post is written by the amazing Angela Thayer of Teaching Mama (not to be confused with this here ole teach mama blog, of course!). Angela is ...

try someting new: fishing with kids
August 1, 2013 1 comment

try someting new: fishing with kids

Maybe every other family in the world has tried fishing, but ours has not. That is, until this week. Now? We’re like total fishermen. Fishers of men. Fisherwomen. Fisherkids. Give ...

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun
June 21, 2013 No Comment

5 ideas for sneaky learning and backyard fun

Hip, hip hooray! Summer is here! The weather has been absolutely gorgeous for us—not too hot and not too cool. It’s the spring we always seem to miss here in ...

national book festival 2012: why families need to go
October 15, 2012 1 comment

national book festival 2012: why families need to go

My favorite event of the year–the National Book Festival & Gala-was just a few weeks ago, and so many of my pals have asked why I love this event so ...

geocaching: what it is & why we're hooked
September 17, 2012 45 comments

geocaching: what it is & why we’re hooked

Right now, we’re 2 for 6. That’s right–2/6. 2:6? And today we totally thought we had one, but we didn’t. We’ll masters by wintertime, after a fall of not worrying ...

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids
April 20, 2012 20 comments

5 easy ways to raise earth-friendly kids

Really, nothing about raising kids is easy. I so know this to be true.   I think I’m pretty honest about my own on-the-job struggles, and most people I talk ...

quick trick: play. outdoors. (no matter the weather!)
March 14, 2012 30 comments

quick trick: play. outdoors. (no matter the weather!)

Who knows what happened to winter this year? I am convinced that we had absolutely no snow this year because this was the first time I ever–ever!–bought snow boots for ...

easy, frugal, backyard water fun
July 30, 2011 No Comment

easy, frugal, backyard water fun

It’s H-O-T.  Hot, hot, Hot with a capital ‘H’. I know I’ve been a total complainer, but I really don’t care. So rather than complain any more, I thought I’d ...

fun, kid-friendly learning during baseball games
June 5, 2011 18 comments

fun, kid-friendly learning during baseball games

This past week, we experienced something totally new and exciting–a rite of passage of sorts.  We walked into a new chapter in our lives, and I can hardly believe it: ...

water painting
April 11, 2009 5 comments

water painting

Today was gorgeous outside, so after the kids had played for a while, helped their dad with yard work, and played some more, I brought out some paintbrushes and water. ...