Don’t Fear the Fall Back – Tips to Help Kids Adjust to the End of Daylight Savings Time

I first wrote this post a year ago, lamenting the fact I have young kids who are bad sleepers. Every sleep difficulty we go through, I assume it’s just a bad spell, it will pass, they’ll grow out of it. And yet. Here we are, a year later, and we’ve been getting up in the…

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Snap It Outdoors: Shadows

We’re in one of the most beautiful times of the year; at least I think so. The weather is crisp and cold, and so, so dry, that I’m using up hand cream and lip salve by the day. We huddle in jackets and hats and gloves leaving the house in the morning in the low…

Why you should slow down and walk around with your kids

Yesterday we all jumped in the car ten minutes before the school bell was due to go, and it wouldn’t start. The battery had died, and no amount of furious turning of the key was changing anything. Luckily, we live barely a mile from the school, and although it was a chilly 28F, we could…

Snap It Outdoors: Lonely Leaf

We worked hard on our yard clean-up this weekend. If you want to know how we persuaded the boys outside for big parts of the day, check out Fall Yard Clean Up which allows you to download a free e-book with hints and tricks to try to encourage the kids outdoors. As we were raking…

Fall Yard Clean Up – free e-book

In Boise we are deep in yard clean up right now – the leaves are falling faster than we can rake them! I love this time of year, but there’s a lot of work to be done putting the garden in order for the winter, and my husband and I don’t want to hire a…

Snap It Outdoors: Chores

It’s hard to get my kids to help with chores around the house. Isn’t that the same for everyone? There’s lots of grumbling, requests for cash in return for the work, and asking how many minutes they’ve been tidying for now. Show them some chores outdoors, however, and they’re all over it. We baked some…

Styling Guide for Boise family photos

I teamed up with Paige, with my copywriter’s hat on, to produce a styling guide to having family photos taken in Boise, including what to wear, and where to have your photos taken. For those of you who live locally, if you’re considering getting a family photo-shoot done in the next few months, you should definitely check this out!

Me Time: How to practice self-care as a busy mom

https://outdoorsmama.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Me-Time_-How-to-Practice-Self-Care-as-a-Busy-Mom.png I read this great post on Facebook about self-care.  I’ve been thinking about writing something along these lines for a while, but I’ve been struggling with getting it down on paper.  Not enough time, maybe?! So start by reading the Facebook post, it says a lot of what I feel. There is a certain…

Snap It Outdoors: Changing Seasons

I’m currently sitting at my computer in a cardigan, leggings, and insulated slippers. On Sunday, it looked like this. My husband and I made it out for a quick bike ride while our sitter watched the kids, and even though I sweated through most of it, I’m glad I did. It’s that change of season…

Teaching Kids Perseverance – or how to stay on that bike!

On our trip to Colorado this summer, we took the boys on a lovely bike ride around South Catamount reservoir, on the road up to Pike’s Peak. It was further than I had imagined, and had more ups and downs than I expected, plus a lot of off-camber biking along the slope down to the…