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Algonquin and family camping tool kit

Algonquin, Our home away from home


Guest blog  Melodie Percy

Its' safe to say that when it comes to camping in Ontario, I'm completely biased. From the age of two my family, aunts, uncles and grandparents included, loaded up our cars and headed up to Algonquin Park. We did it a few times a year, even winter but my favourite time was always our end of summer trip during the last three weeks of August. The importance of connecting with nature and being in tune with the universal rhythm was instilled at a young age and has become part of who I am. Now as a mom of three myself, I share this with my own children.

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Container gardening, fun crafts to do with kids

It is late spring and summer is on its way, it might be time to put your plants and flowers in the ground.
You don’t have to have a big backyard be a gardener; it can be on your balcony or in a small backyard in pots and containers. In our household we have planted seeds in early spring. It was fun to watch them grow and our daughter was thrilled when she saw the first sprouts break the soil.
She was fascinated seeing how fast sugar peas and cucumbers grow. We already have transplanted them outside in containers and pots. If you did not seed this year, go to your local garden center and buy some seedlings for your garden.

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Mother Day’s Picnic

motherAll I want for Mother Day’s is sunshine, happy kids and my husband. Well, if I were totally honest, it would be nice if the kids and my husband would make a picnic for Mother’s Day. What he chooses is all the same to me, but he and the kids have a few of recipes to choose from on activekidsclub.com.

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Dandelion Children

Dandelion kids - Stephanie Beeley (photos)

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Plant seeds indoors

seeds3Are you a kitchen gardener, victory gardener, or maybe just like me, want to grow your own food, and gets excited
when you’re daughter at four says; “look it is coming spuds up, when is it time to pick them? “

New York, London, or out in the country, We all can grow something, and connect with the natural world. If you are an apartment dweller simply use containers to grow your vegetables Add a comment
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Make dandelion crowns

How I love spring, and yes, dandelions as well. For me they are a symbol of kids and childhood. Dandelions could be the last flower available in nature, saving kids play in a world where “don’t touch nature”  culture has been taken away from children’s real experiences with nature. A real connection with nature happens from touching, feeling and getting dirty in nature.

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