Art with Kids: Get Messy Outside!

My boys love to make a mess, and they love to make art. In the summer, we can easily combine these things, have fun making a giant art project outside, and then clean up with the hose after! I love when it starts to get warm again and we can plan some of these fun…

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Snap It Outdoors: Lemonade Stand

Well, for a start he isn’t selling lemonade.  He has fruit in those little cups. Grubby fruit he’s washed with dirty hands, spilled a couple of times on the way to the table at the front of our house, and possibly moved from cup to cup while he’s been waiting for customers. He’s also selling…

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…

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…

Tips to help Anxious Kids Reframe Their Day: Seeing the Green

Red can be an anxious kid. I’ve written about this before, in this post. He has an amazing imagination, but that leads to him to consider all kinds of scenarios, and his brain often takes him to the worst possibilities. If something disappointing happens at school or at the end of the day, he will…

Snap It Outdoors: Outdoor Art

We visit our local nature center a lot; it’s next door to our closest park and right next to the greenbelt where we love to ride our bikes. All within a mile of our house, we’re so lucky! Despite having visited many, many times, there’s always something new to us that catches our eye. This…

Nature Walk

We finally have snow in Boise! It is glorious, and yes we have been skiing already! But for a long time, we had cold but no snow. We had an inversion for days that felt as if they dragged into weeks. For those of you who don’t know, an inversion is where the cold air…

Snap It Outdoors: Indoors

Sometimes we just can’t get outdoors.  Kids are sick.  This mama is sick.  The inversion is kicking our butts for too many days in a row and the air quality is awful.  And then we paint, color, draw, create. Red is painting the sky he can see out the window; we have an amazing view…