Finding time to exercise as a busy mom – my experience with Stroller Strides

Exercising has always been part of my routine, and while it can be hard to get up and go for a run, years of doing it mean my mind and body knows what to expect and I can fight that struggle pretty easily. I’ve recently realized just how much that routine makes a difference, as…

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Snap It Outdoors: Balancing Act

We went to the zoo this week, ate a picnic, and visited our favorite animals, which are currently the zebras and the giraffes. Red was amazed to watch a giraffe reach up high and stick it’s tongue out to reach the high leaves on the tree above. “There’s no way any other animals here could…

Snap It Outdoors: Pinata time

Smalls turned 3 this weekend. We had a fantastic and relaxed playpark birthday party that we shared with another family who had a kid turning 4. I was lazy mom and bought cupcakes at the store. The adults drank fizz and the only organized activity for the kids was the pinata. Kids spontaneously lined up,…

Snap It Outdoors: climb with me

Both boys love to climb, but Smalls hasn’t attempted any trees yet.  We don’t have great climbing trees in our yard, so he hasn’t really had the opportunity. Last week we went for a picnic in a local park with kindergarten friends, and they found a perfect tree. Smalls watched, for a moment, as Red…

Earth Day – an easy outdoor activity to do with your kids

I’ve seen lots of cute Earth Day crafts and activities online. And I keep meaning to scan through all those things I pinned on Pinterest, and plan something. But somehow I haven’t, and now it’s Friday, and we have plans all day Saturday, and then it will be Earth Day on Sunday. Oops! While lots…

5 tips to get kids involved in the garden

I’m a rubbish gardener.  I enjoy it, but I’m not great at knowing where things should go or growing vegetables. The idea of planting with the kids slightly terrifies me. I do like pottering around in the garden, though, getting yard work done. Things like weeding, or working on bigger projects.  We are making a lot…

The Less-Stress Staycation

For Red’s first real spring break, I started making plans to take them on a vacation. The main reason I chose to work part-time for myself, from home, was so I could have flexibility and be with the boys if they are ill or off school. I was wary of going away, however, because they…

How to Help Kids Enjoy Skiing In Bad Weather

It was a great day for skiing. It had snowed off and on for a couple of weeks. This is the worst season since the 70s, the year after the best season on record, and suddenly there was lots of much-needed snow at our home mountain. Finally, almost every run was open. But it was…

Snap It Outdoors: Weaving

Last weekend we went to Kidfort Fest, which is part of the Treefort Festival held in Boise every spring. There were so many great activities for the boys to get involved in, including dancing, singing, building cardboard forts and creating bottle rockets. As we arrived, we found this amazing creation, with a huge box of…