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Essential oil recipes to keep away bugs
This might surprise you but I hate bugs. I do. I hate them flying in my face, landing on me, biting me, and crawling on me and just about everything about them. When we camp, I do not leave home without a few things because of my dislike for bugs. Which yes, I know, exist for a good reason....
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...
Questions to ask yourself before choosing a tent or trailer for family camping
If you love to camp, like I do, and want to camp more often, you might be trying to decide if a tent or trailer is right for you. Both tents and trailers have their pros and cons, and the one you choose will depend on many variables. If you have recently found yourself in the tent or trailer...
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...
Camping With Children - Visiting the National Parks in the US
Technology is taking over and there’s good and bad associated with that. The rhetoric on television with the upcoming election, it’s overwhelming. There’s just a lot of noise and chaos. I’ve found that I’m happier when I tune it all out. When I shut it all down and get outside. Even just going for a quick walk during the...
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...
5 Steps for Day Cares and Schools to Promote Sun Safety
If you’re a child care provider, day care center or school, sun safety during play ground and outdoor time is important. Children have sensitive skin and can burn in less than 15 minutes! Besides leading to long term potential health impacts of early sun burns, children and adults alike are miserable suffering from a sun burn. Those taking care...
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...
Healthy Kid Approved Camping Recipes
Camping with kids can be a blast! Yes, it’s a lot of work but all-in-all, it is SO much fun. I have so many tricks that I use for making my camping life easier. I share some of them in a video that I made for packing my camper. The bottom line is that when it comes to camping...
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 local CSA (community supported agriculture) brochure should be arriving any day now.  Time to sign up and order my share! I would hate to miss out and they go quickly!  A few years ago my family tried so many new veggies when we joined the local CSA. I had never had a yellow carrot or tasted kale before...
How to Grow Kale
Kale is one of the 10 super-foods that should be in everyone's weekly diet. You can pick it up for about $3 a bunch at the grocery store, or you can buy a seed packet for around $3 and have enough Kale to last you all year long. And remember, even ornamental kale (as pictured) is edible! It is...
I’m the mom that carry’s everything. I feel like I’m Mary Flippin Poppins! My purse, my car and my pockets are full of whatever it is that you might need and the kids are empty handed (husband too!) asking me to hold this, carry this or hang on to that. Sure why not, my bag purse already weighs 100...
The sun is shining today and my feet are tapping, anxious for it to warm up a bit so I can hit the pavement t and go for a walk. It’s crazy how many hours I spend inside at my desk and occasionally looking up to catch a bird flying from tree to tree or to notice the shape...
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...
Michigan camping season has begun and this year we started the year off at Lucky Lake Campground near Muskegon, Michigan. What a beautiful campground with plenty of spots surrounding the mile long lake. We were fortunate to have two very large spots, one of which sat directly on the lake. This was perfect for the children who spent hours...
Terminix AllClearn Lantern Review to keep bugs away camping by @greenmom
I love to camp and this last weekend we camped for three nights and four days at the Yogi Bear campground in Indian River. It was a GREAT time but unfortunately a bit dusty and full of yellow jackets due to the lack of rain. We’ve camped there before and the kids love the movie night, Michigan shaped pool,...

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