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Midsummer - Summer Solstice

Celebrated all over the world and Europe (especially in Scandinavia) the summer solstice is a big excuse to get together on the longest day of the year. In Sweden it ‘s even a national holiday. The summer solstice falls somewhere between the 20-21st of June.

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Urban backyard camp-out

campoutfrontLast weekend my daughter had a sleepover with her best friend.She has known her since she was 6 months old, and they had their first sleepover when they where 2 years old. Since then they have had many sleepovers at each other's houses, but this weekend they had their first urban backyard campout on the second floor balcony of our house. Add a comment
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Go Play Outside Fortune teller

8 Backyard fun ideas

fortuneteller

In today's post I'm introducing an old favorite childhood toy; the fortuneteller with a twist. Last year I really enjoyed my friend Jen's Kitchen Chronicle's idea I'm bored jar". She suggested a jar with different activities and suggestions in it to get kids up and doing something. With the end of the school year approaching us, I think it would be great to have a tool when that boredom moment hits our kids go give them a little help to get them outside to play. We have tested it this weekend and I can tell you it was a big hit in our house. Making an outdoor fortuneteller is a great activity for kids (Age 7 an up).

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Go urban picking make a gift and Mulberry icing

One of my childhood memories is picking wild blueberries and lingon berries (if you ever have been on IKEA that is the jam they serve with the meatballs).

Well, living in a big city, the closest I get to wild blueberries is at the farmers market. Nothing wrong with that, but for a wild crafter it is not quite the same. There is something special about harvesting Nature’s bounty.

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Make a Fairy House this summer!!

By Mark Forman
Fairy House Children, parents and grandparents, as well as gardeners and those who care for the environment can all have fun building fairy houses. Constructing these small habitats encourages generational bonding as well as a sense of achievement.

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Plant tomato plants in an upside down planter

tomatoplantfrontEven though I have a backyard we still like to grow vegetables, herbs and potatoes in containers. It is nice to have edibles close by. Last year I bought two upside down planters to grow tomatoes, but never got a chance to get them started until this spring. So this year we decided to do it for a fun experiment for the family. My daughter thought it was a funny way for plants to grow.

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