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What to pack for camping with kids.
With two young children I’ve learned there are a few necessities when camping and some ways I can make camping less work and more enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, camping is indeed work but being organized and prepared helps our weekend adventures run smoothly. First thing is first you need a plastic tub. Yes, a plastic tub that you most...
Tips and ideas for having a backyard campout with little children – how to prepare!
If you have young kids and are thinking about taking them camping this summer, it’s a good idea to have an at home camping experience first. If you children have never been camping, they will be just as excited about pitching a tent in their backyard as they would be in a state park. Here are a few fun...
A local blogger group was having a conversation over bug sprays and repellents because it’s that time of year and it got me thinking I should post my tips and pointers here, not just on Facebook. Now I’m not perfect and my kids swell up when they get bug bites so I do whatever I can to avoid the...
Rubber tires are the most difficult items to recycle and often end up in creeks, ditches or forest landfills across the country. Yes they can be recycled but sometimes there is a fee and if someone has several tires they might not want to pay this fee. Each state is different so be sure to learn more about recycling...
Start the camping season off right with this FREE Clean the Camper Check-List! Great tips and links for recipes and what to pack when camping with kids too!
Camping season is here! We’re a few weeks behind but the camper is finally in the driveway and ready to roll. Okay, after I clean it. After having it closed up for the winter, it’s stuffy, stinky and thankfully free of any rodents. Each spring it is in need of a good scrub. To get it ready for our first...
When it comes to camping organization is the key. When you are organized you can relax and have a good time. At least that’s how it is for me. I like when things run smoothly and if it rains and I don’t have the rain coats, we’ll it’s a wet and muddy mess. If I’m prepared with the rain...
High Mowing Organic Seeds #Gardening #Organic
Spring is here and that means it’s time to start our garden. I know many have started already but where I’m from, there is still ice on the lake and our last snow patch just melted this weekend. In fact, they’re calling for snow this week. Sad but true. This means, our garden begins inside and we won’t transplant our...
Michigan Camping Wish List #camping #Michigan
Camping season is just around the corner in Michigan. Okay, it might be a few months away but I’m itching to get the camper cleaned, organized and to start my healthy camping meal preparation. I can’t do much this time of year other than pin great ideas and start planning where we’ll camp here in Michigan. This has led...
My family camps as much as possible. In fact, we’re having a little staycation this weekend to celebrate school ending at our local KOA! I can’t wait to tell you all about it! Usually when we camp there isn’t a heated pool, cable and free WiFi! I guess we’re kind of “glamping” it this weekend! In fact, there are...
I used to love the book by Dr. Seuss, The Lorax. Shucks, I still do! I am also very excited to see the movie on Friday, March 2nd which is a project of Universal Pictures. The preview looks not only funny, well animated and colorful but something that my children will enjoy while learning about the importance trees play...
You can generally expect that animals will be affected by global warming in many of the same ways as humans in that they will have to deal with extreme weather as well as changing weather patterns.  However, humans have many ways to deal with these atmospheric alterations.  We have homes that are electrically cooled and heated by natural gas. ...
I don’t know about you but bugs love me. Every time we go mushroom hunting, sit on the deck, take a walk in the woods or any other outdoor adventure I’m the main course for mosquitoes. I have had to drape myself in mosquito netting while walking through the woods; it’s not an attractive look. I’ve tried bathing in...
Yes, this is another post about camping but it’s not what you think; this is for all you parents that send your kids to summer camp while you’re plucking lushes fruit and veggies from your organic garden. California Baby creator, Jessica Iclisoy, has come up with some earth-friendly care packages to send your kids while away at Summer Camp! Here are...
The countdown is on; can you hear the tick tock? Earth Day is this Thursday, April 22nd and Earth Footwear is hosting a kick butt Twitter Party for #GNO and we’ll be chatting about what you can do to this Earth Day and every day. Remember, it isn’t a race but rather about making small steps towards doing something....
What tastes better then wine? Answer: Wine that comes from a vineyard who has received certification from the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and Gold Certification from the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Wow, that’s got to be good wine! I must confess I have not tried any wine from this particular vineyard but I sure would like...
Does anyone remember the series Planet Earth on the discovery channel? If you didn’t get enough information from that series the discovery channel has come out with more. The discovery channel is airing a follow up series called LIFE. LIFE takes a close and intimate look at fascinating animals and plants. The series took over four years to produce...
Parenting is so confusing, don't you think? One day we think we are doing the right thing by giving a timeout but then we hear that we could be causing emotional trauma. Grandma tells you to toilet train your child at 6 months and the doctor says to start at 2 years of age. Who do you listen to...
Getting dirty, feeling the earth between your fingers, planting the seeds, watching the green sprouts grow into scrumptious vegetables and then tasting this home grown goodness – there isn’t anything like it. There also isn’t anything like growing your own food to make your realize that there are “tricks”, tips and ways to grow your garden so it isn’t...
I have been invited to be a speaker at BlogHer 09’ in Chicago for the green session on eco-blogging and leadership and I’m super excited and honored. Wow is my reaction and I'm not sure how I got to be part of this talented, inspired and educated panel but I am and I won’t let you down. This session...
There is nothing like getting dirty and finding things in nature. Children learn when they see, do, touch, and experience. To be a green mom, I have to let my kids just get dirty. They have to dig for worms, feel the soil, sometimes taste it and figure out what those worms are doing. It means scrubbing finger...