All Blog Posts Tagged 'outdoors' (23)

Keep off my (very small) lawn

My son does not like the backyard in our new house.

In our old house, there was a big backyard that was mostly flat and it was perfect for water battles and running around. In the new house, the backyard mostly consists of a hill (that will be great for sledding on), but we definitely can't have water…


Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2016 at 6:48am — No Comments

From City to Suburb: Top 5 Toys for Outdoor Play

When we lived in a city, my kids went to the playground daily. In my stroller basket, you could always find the essentials: helmets, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and balls. Then we moved to the suburbs, a somewhat rural suburb, where we no longer walk to the park, and kids ride in cars and buses. Would our playground toys gather dust in our new home? Happily, minus the stroller, my city kids have stuck to their roots. And yes, our first big purchase for the house was…


Added by MyPurseStrings on May 18, 2016 at 3:59pm — No Comments

A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air


Eric and I always say if you are struggling to find clarity then it’s time to go on a LONG walk.  While our nice long walks aren’t currently from Mexico to Canada we…


Added by Lesli Hawkins on February 8, 2016 at 3:46pm — No Comments

I'm watching your eyes

My eyesight is bad. Really bad. Bad as in: I memorize the color of what the technician is wearing at the eye doctor's office, because once I take my contacts out I get a little lost when they move me from room to room.…


Added by Lauren Markman on January 25, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Keeping your eyes on the prize

I can remember my first pair of glasses that I wore at four years old. They were 1980s-style (too-big-for-your-face) with a little cluster of strawberries on the arms near the hinge. I have had very poor eyesight for my entire life. My wonderful husband, however, has excellent eyesight. And thankfully, our son seems to…


Added by Lauren Markman on September 21, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

S'mores Recipe for Kids

Camping isn't on our list of trips for this year (maybe next year), but I still wanted to introduce my kids to one of the great camping experiences ever... S'mores! There's just something about the ooey, gooey, stickiness of the marshmallows and the sweet, smooth chocolate that is enough for me to deem camping as one adventure that everyone must try... at least once in their life. (Of course, there is the beauty of nature and all the creatures you may not normally see, but I'm speaking…


Added by Jazelle on September 10, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

I'm not a happy camper

When I was a Girl Scout, my parents let me go to camps over the summer. Lots of camps. There was day camp and teddy bear camp, dance camp and biking camp and more. And camping was fun: We earned badges, made s'mores, sang dirty songs, made new friends and slept in very nice tents.

But if someone would ask me…


Added by Lauren Markman on June 15, 2015 at 6:25am — 4 Comments

Winter Wonderland

Every New Year, thousands of people (if not more) make the resolution to get fit.  They sign up for gym memberships, buy workout DVD’s, and order the latest and greatest gadget from a slick infomercial on TV.  And usually about this time of year, several weeks in, a large majority of these same people let the…


Added by Penny Roach on February 25, 2013 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Jetty Island

Today I headed out to Jetty Island with Isabel to meet up with a mommy play group.  Jetty Island is a long strip of land in the bay off the coast of Everett, WA.  I've heard from a few co-workers that it was a great place to bring your kids but I never made the journey before.  For one, it would have been just Izzy and I and it's not as fun without other kids to join in.  Since The North shore mommy play group planned to met there it was the perfect opportunity to check it out.…


Added by MamaTalesBlog on July 31, 2012 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Father's Day Gift Guide

For a man, fatherhood can be one of the most blissful events in his life. That small bundle of joy that comes into his life not only brings with it great pleasures, but also adds a whole new dimension. While mothers are initially given all the special attention, the joy and the sacrifice of a father mostly goes unnoticed. So, to pay homage to all the men who are fathers or father figures, here is a Father’s Day gift guide flush of…


Added by Audreyvp on May 19, 2012 at 5:46pm — No Comments

Going on a Nature Walk

Step 1: Collection

On Friday, I handed two cellophane bags to my kids and we took a walk.  They each began collecting small items from nature.  Jellybean was way less selective than Buddy. She also listened better to the instruction: "Don't dump your bag until I get a picture!" …


Added by Marcie Bunker on April 23, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Swing- Mostly for Adults

No. Not that kind of swinging. We’re talking about the most beautiful (and clever) porch swings ever designed. Actually, these are the first improvement in porch swings since they were first developed in Ancient Greece some 2400 years ago.



Added by Audreyvp on March 6, 2012 at 3:49pm — No Comments


I wrote this piece for, as am a featured columnist, so it's specific to Los Angeles but most places offer same as below.

As a parent of 9-year-old twin girls, I spend a great deal of time looking for ways to entertain them…


Added by rhonda talbot on January 28, 2012 at 11:53am — No Comments

Wordless Wednesday: Mushrooms and Babies

Added by Courtney Gieg on September 7, 2011 at 10:57am — No Comments

Fear and Beyond

Last week I called the instructor at the local Ropes Course. We were set to attend with our homeschool group in a few days, and I realized that although it may be interesting to watch the older kids climb, zip and whirl, it'd be more fun if my two oldest could participate fully.

The answer I got: The harnesses can be fit on very young children. It's more about their personal will and interest.

So, we woke early a few days later, tossed our picnic in the car, and drove as…


Added by Jeanine Ertl on August 10, 2011 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Cursed with Parsel Ped

Yes, like parseltongue (from Mr. H. Potter). My oldest and I seem to be gifted with parsel ped. Infliction or gift of the foot, otherwise known as the ability to tread so lightly that you almost step on snakes (and sometimes lizards) during the heat of snake season. Which is definitely upon us now.…


Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 21, 2011 at 5:49pm — No Comments

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist.

Finally at ten o'clock the…


Added by Jeanine Ertl on June 6, 2011 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Concert in the Park Picnic

It is that time again when the Concert in the Park season begins. In our town, they are held every Sunday afternoon during the summer months. This is a time when we see all the families from this community come together to listen to some great music; everything from from Reggae to Top 40 Hits to Classical and Country. As the children play on the playground,  we spread out our blankets and open our picnic baskets to enjoy a little wine and nosh, as we sit…


Added by Audreyvp on May 10, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Oh, the Bugs

This is our first year at our home on the Lost Coast. And our first taste of the seasons has been memorable.

Fall was splendid. The mosquitoes dwindled and finally disappeared. The gigantic Laurel out back dropped its leaves in great heaps. The light green moss on our wrap-around porch turned bright green with the moisture in the air. And the weather grew colder. Suddenly.

And then with Winter's arrival. Cold. Frigid. Frost. Ice. Snow. Wait, we didn't know it snowed here. Not… Continue

Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 10, 2011 at 1:34am — No Comments

A Whole Lotta Gardening

Life has been full lately.

A beautiful, tasty, diverse kind of full.

But, so full that some afternoons all I want to do is nap. Curl up on top of my clean bed, babe in arms, and drift off. Not for a long while, just a half hour.

Alas, Reality Check:

Babe is hardly a babe anymore. He's 1 already. Wah!

Babe only takes one short nap a day. One very short nap.

And, twenty minute nap usually occurs before the afternoon lethargy hits.…


Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 13, 2011 at 4:29pm — No Comments

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