Winter in April – Appreciating the Sweet Fleeting Moments

We awoke to a winter wonderland, not unusual in the Midwest; but a little more unusual considering it's April. My initial reaction was annoyance.  It's supposed to be Spring after all. Nonetheless, the kids and I packed up our snow gear and went out for our Forest playdate.  They had a remarkable time; playing with …

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Easter Eggs: Shaving Cream & KoolAid Eggs

  We decided to do Koolaid and Marbled Shaving Cream Eggs this year. Shaving Cream Eggs Foam Shaving Cream Food Coloring       We used a foil pan and spread shaving cream across the bottom.  Then used Wilton Food Color Gels to make dots in the shaving cream.  They were a little thick, I …

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Gear Review: Kamik Kids Boots

Kamik is a brand based in Canada.  They've been around for over a 100 years and they know something about cold and wet. I've owned a pair of their Kamik Women's Jennifer Rain Boots and they have been great.  When I had to get new rain boots for the kids, I knew the quality would …

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Let Them Climb Trees…And Forgive Me While I Hold My Breath

Risky play is great for kids.  It helps build confidence and resilience, allows them to understand their bodies and stretch themselves. Climbing trees has been a preferred activity of children for decades.  Most of us grew up climbing trees at some point and I would bet our parents spent even more time in the branches.  …

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Winter Activities to Do Outside

Sometime when we are out of practice it can be hard to come up with things to dooutside especially when it's cold. Snow Activities Make Snowpeople Make Snow Animals Make Snow Angels Make Snow Forts Have Snowball Fight Snow Painting Make Maple Syrup Candy "Write" in the Snow Escape "Snow Monsters" Go Sledding Cross Country …

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Dressing Kids for Cold Weather

When it comes to cold weather; the best option is layers. Base Layer Thermal Long Underwear - Wool or silk is the best option although technical fabrics will do.  Cotton is NOT a good base layer.  You want a fabric that wicks away the sweat.  Once cotton gets wet, usually from running around and sweating, …

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Nature Slime

It's still so mild outside.  Personally, I don't feel like it's strip down half naked and walk around in bare feet mild, but I seem to be in the minority. My kids are obsessed with slime.  They make slime multiple times a week.  As we've been through this many times before, I try to encourage …

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