Summer in the National Parks

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Summer in the National Parks

Summer is a great time to visit our National Parks, especially with kids. When Arizona goes postal with its 120-degree days, we take full advantage of summer break and head north.  We have a bucket list that includes some we've seen and some we haven't, and we are actively trying to see them all. Here's a little peek of what has made it to the top of that list over the years.  Acadia National Park (ME)  It's not the closest park to Arizona, I know. But everyone needs to see Maine in the summer, and Acadia is the best spot...

Getting Kids to go Green(er)

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Getting Kids to go Green(er)

Maybe you're already a composting-pro shopping at farmers markets with your canvas bags for foods you don't already grow yourself, or maybe you're a busy parent trying to find a balance between all this talk of straws and plastics and oceans and your own personal convenience. Both are fine! And wherever you identify, there are many ways to get our kids to be a little more eco-conscious. It's All in the Family  As with most things, modeling behavior is the best teacher. We try and teach our kids respect and concern for the outdoors, shop with reusable grocery bags, and...

Camping with Kids

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Camping with Kids

So, you like camping. And you like kids. You still might not like camping with kids……..  While I'm (mostly) kidding, there are things that can make it more or less fun. Camping with kids involves a lot, I mean A LOT of planning and preparation! Don't let that deter you, going camping with my kids has provided some of the most memorable experiences for our family. Through trial and error, I have learned a few things make a huge difference in the success of the trip. Activities!  Even though in a perfect world, my kids would be out mediating in...

Please sir, can I have S'more?

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Please sir, can I have S'more?

Summer means s'mores around our house. Lots of them! Here is a list of some of our favorite variations and not so variations. 1. Classic S'more Not a lot needs to be said here, some melty chocolate on a graham cracker with a perfectly browned marshmallow. It's as American as apple pie.   2. Candy Bar S'more For a fun twist, swap the chocolate bar for your favorite candy bar, we used Reese's peanut butter cups because peanut butter and chocolate are MFEO. (google it)  3. ChocChipCookie S'more Turns out, they're not just for dipping in milk and watching the after...

Tips For Summer Hiking... With Kids

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Tips For Summer Hiking... With Kids

The kids are out of school and you find yourself with some extra free time? Hiking can be a great summer pastime, even in the heat! Just be sure to remember a few things. Water And then some more water. You can't go anywhere without water, especially where I live -- in Arizona. Typical hiking usually requires about a liter for every 2 hours, but summer hiking can increase those needs. Be sure you plan for that and know when to call it quits if you're feeling ill. Get outfitted Make sure your shoes are adequate in terms of support...

Adventure is O̶u̶t̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ Everywhere

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Adventure is O̶u̶t̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ Everywhere

I once lived in a tent for a year. It was 2006 and my husband and I had been married for almost two years when we had an opportunity to move to rural Guatemala and live in a tent in the middle of the jungle. There was not even an ounce of hesitation, we jumped on it. To say as a couple that we sought out adventure is accurate. To say we wanted to raise children who adventured is an understatement. To say we knew how we were going to accomplish that sure backfired once we actually became parents! True...

Are We Having Fun Yet?

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Are We Having Fun Yet?

I'm just going to say, maybe not. Not always. At least not the conventional kind of fun we like to think of. I do believe fun is made not had (one of my kids' least favorite "mom-tras"), but I have a hard time heeding my own advice sometimes. I've found that fun revolves around my expectations. And that, at times, zero (or negative) expectations may be appropriate. It takes a lot of blood sweat and tears to adventure as a family and sometimes I feel like a crazy person for even attempting it! Planning for any sort of outing if...

Teach them Young

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Teach them Young

I remember driving around with some friends in high school one night when a passenger casually rolled down her window, tossed a gum wrapper out, and rolled the window back up, all without missing a word of the Snoop Dogg song she was singing at the top of her lungs. (You know the one.) My friend driving hit the brakes so hard I ended up on the floor. She was not having it. The garbage thrower was clueless and annoyed her song got interrupted, while the driver was adamant that she would not tolerate garbage being thrown out the window...

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