50 Outdoor Activities for Kids

Today is my daughter's last day of second grade and my feelings about the situation can be described as a mixture of excitement and pure panic. While there are a bunch of fun things on our to-do list, girlfriend is used to having all of her days totally planned out for her---back-to-back activities and friends and learning....more

How to Create an Outdoor Sanctuary for Your Kids

As a parent to three small children, I try to make it a priority to get them outside and moving as much as possible. I want my children to have a respect and love for nature that seems to be dwindling. Sadly, children today spend on average only 4-7 minutes outdoors. With increases in technology and more indoor entertainment options, people (especially children) just don’t get outside as much as they used to....more

Planning Your Outdoor Space? 7 Great Ideas!

Whether your outdoor space allows you to lounge poolside or sip lemonade on a balcony, you'll need some inspiration to put together your perfect oasis. Below I've gathered a variety of my favorites! Take a look and start planning....more

Grilling Gear You Didn't Know You Needed

  Well, it’s been a long time coming but it seems that summer has finally decided to make an appearance. Among other things, that means BBQ season. For the purpose of this list, we assumed that you already have the essential tools (the tongs, the spatula, the basting brushes, the cleaning brush…). But what about some of these gadgets that merit an appearance at your next barbecue party. And, not that we mean to be stereotypical in the least, but think Father’s Day gifts too as you review the items below:...more

Princess Proofing (Part Two) :: Get Outside and Get Muddy!

Welcome to Princess Proofing 101 ~ there is no prerequisite for this course, and it is open to all parents of girls and boys.  If your day included being dubbed either the Handsome Prince, the Wicked Stepmother or the sidekick animal by young Royalty... this is the course for you.  If *you* chose to be handsome, wicked or creaturish by your own choice, carry on. Because it is all about the choice. ...more

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Ultimate Boot Camp in the Boston Area!

Check this out! I was poke’n around on google maps for another gym, and this advertisement popped up! For a Boston based Ultimate Boot Camp. Its a 4 week program, in TONS of locations, with either morning meet-ups, or evening meet-ups. Its $250 for morning and $200 for evening. I am actually pretty impressed... Need some links or more info? Check out the rest on my blog! Ultimate Boot Camp!  ...more

Smuggler's Notch, Vermont: Winter Family Fun

Living where the winters are long and cold, one is wise to enjoy outdoor winter sports as getting outside, enjoying the sun and doing some exercise is not only fun, but it makes the life more manageable when the temperatures drop. While I’ve enjoyed skiing nearly all of my life, I guess when I think of vacation, I think of getting away from the snow - not jumping in. Last month, we were invited to Smuggler’s Notch for a vacation with all 4 boys, hubby and my mom. It was a long journey to get there, but what a pleasant surprise when we arrived....more

The Front Porch

I used to have this very nice, elderly neighbor named Bessie. When we met, she said she was 19 years old but she was really 91. I saw her through her 29th and 39th birthdays. She was a hoot. When the weather was 60 degrees or higher, she would sit outside and watch the neighborhood, when it was below 60 degrees, she would sit inside and watch the world via the television. I imagine that in some ways I will be like Bessie when I get old(er). ...more

Staying Safe on Sand and Surf

As the dog days of summer descend on North America, men, women, children are heading to their local beach to beat the heat. And while many are awareness of beach and water safety, B of earthchicknits recently experienced a unique and singularly terrifying event involving a beach hazard that few consider dangerous. ...more