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Turning Nature Walks into a Workout for moms

We all love taking our kids on nature walks. Seeing the environment through their eyes can make us feel like kids again and give us a renewed appreciation of the smallest things we fail to see as we go about our busy lives. But there are days when I just want to move!

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Spring Cooking

Are you happy spring is here?  So am I, not because nice weather, but because of fresh produce.  For me asparagus and artichokes are a sign of spring, as well as kids playing with dandelions and violets. Being so lucky to live in Ontario I have been introduced to fiddleheads as well.  So this is a sure sign of spring for me too.  I'm happy to say my kales are producing and that rhubarb is growing in my small backyard.

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Earth day – spring-cleaning

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How I love spring, especially when you live in a cold climate. You really feel like you are reborn again. There is something special about hearing the birds are back and simply just go out the door without any jacket or layering of clothes. Another thing spring is for me is spring-cleaning in house and out in the backyard.

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Make and fly a flag

I found this amazing book "Nature's Playground" by Fiona Danks.  It is brimming full of ideas for outdoor fun and is divided into seasons to make it incredibly easy to dip into for inspiration. One of the ideas in the winter chapter was to make flags and then go out and fly them.

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3 Fun Outdoor Activities for Older Kids

Capture the flag
The classic game of capture the flag can be exciting when you play it on a winter night and add campfires at either flag where players can warm their feet and hands. You can even use a glow-in-the-dark flag or safety reflectors and the kids will make childhood memories they’ll never forget.Winter weather may seem unpredictable at times, but there is one thing that is almost always predictable about the winter months: your kids will get bored and they’ll stay inside too much. The cure for winter boredom and lazy habits is figuring out fun things to do outside. There may or may not be snow where you live, so what follows are activities you can do in winter even if you don’t have snow.

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Spring poem

 The spring has arrived very early this year in Toronto. We have had so such gorgeous weather with buds and flowers blooming. This weather reminds me of one of my favorite poems by Swedish poet, Karin Boye. “Ja visst gör det ont”. It is a very well known poem in Scandinavia that I think captures how nature connects us with life. Perhaps in a slightly melancholy way but it also gives us hope. Enjoy, and happy Spring !

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