March 12, 2019

As spring hops closer, the celebration of Easter is just around the corner.  While I loved gorging myself on a smorgasbord of chocolate and jelly beans as a kid, I want to fill my own child’s Easter basket with healthy and practical items that I know she will love and use.  And maybe a chocolate bunny.

While our family's simple baskets won’t include ALL of these items, I’ve been brainstorming a list to help us plan.  I hope my list of Easter basket ideas will inspire you, as well. Please share your own ideas in the comments at the bottom of the post-- I can use a few more ideas myself!


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November 13, 2018

When we think about what we want our children to have, it isn’t things.  It’s all intangible-- things you can’t buy in stores and wrap in boxes.  In fact, it’s the ability to know that happiness doesn’t come from things

But that’s not practical around the holidays.  It’s tradition and expectation to give gifts.  And I’m all about tradition.

That’s why my gift guide this year starts with the values and skills we want to instill in our children and then recommends gifts to buy that support those values and skills.  Because you can’t buy and wrap what you really want to give your children, I hope this is the next bes...

June 15, 2018

While I usually review children's books, here is one for the adults!  I've been telling everyone I meet about this book, so I figured it's finally time I tell you, too.  Happy reading!

If winter and spring kept you inside more than you’d like, you will love the inspiring and insightful book There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda Akeson McGurk.  In this book, Swedish-born McGurk reflects on her six month trip back to Sweden with her American-raised children, analytically comparing childhood in the two countries.  The result is a truly optimistic read for parents concerned about screen time, over-testing, over-sche...

December 1, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I love reading gift guides.  I love talking about gift-giving, and I love giving gifts.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect gift for my family members.  Even though one of the things I love about getting outdoors is that you don't need to spend a lot of money, 'tis the season to buy gifts!

If you’re looking for gifts to inspire outdoor fun for the whole family, you’ve come to the right place.  Here are the gifts I’ve been using, eying, or researching for you.  Let me know what you think of these items and if you have other other suggestions!


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