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Indian Creek Trails

Exploring Indian Creek Trails

When we first moved into our house, our twin boys had recently turned five years old. They had several years of toddlerhood balance bike practice and therefore quickly mastered the art of riding pedal bikes with minimal scraped knees, elbows and hands. They thought they were ready to bike their way around the world. The end result: […]

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The Backyard Campout

Ah, camping. Crickets chirping, stars twinkling, the smell of a crackling campfire in the air. Sounds perfectly simple, right? Well add a small child or two into the mix and that simplicity is sure to go right out the zipper window. As much as I like camping and want my kids to enjoy it, too, I just […]

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Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with Toddlers

Hiking with toddlers is a bit like introducing new vegetables. You know it’s good for them in the long term, but the short term can be painful for all involved. Here’s what I’ve learned about why, how and what you need to persevere in instilling a love of the great outdoors in your offspring. I am […]

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Gardening as a Family Affair

What a beautiful spring we’ve had so far in the metro! Though some overnights have been chilly, the crisp mornings have given way to sunshine, beautiful temps, and just the right amount of rain to green up the grass and bring out leaves from the buds on the trees at seemingly warp speed! In our […]

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Cook From Your CSA

Have you signed up for a CSA? Not sure what that is? I’ll start with that: Community Supported Agriculture or a CSA means signing up to support to a farm throughout a growing season. Typically, members or “share-holders” of the farm agree to pay a certain amount each week or month to the farm. In return, they […]

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Preparing for the Worst During Tornado Season

It’s spring again! In the Midwest, this also means the anticipation of thunderstorms and the threat of tornadoes.  When the EF5 tornado hit Joplin, MO in May 2011, many people in Kansas City came to the aid of those devastated by the destruction. Wanting to help, I donated hygiene kits and diapers. As I dropped off those diapers, I […]

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The Toxins Making Us Sick

Why should I care about the ingredients in the products my family uses? Simply put, everything you put in your body has an impact. A 2005 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins. Our increased toxic load is also contributing to a dramatic increase in hormonal […]

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Gifts That Keep On Giving

Since greening up food and decorations were explored in my Halloween and Thanksgiving posts, let’s focus on something unique to this holiday season: presents. Here are five tips to make your gift giving a bit more earth-friendly. 1. Because gift wrap and tissue paper are NOT recyclable, consider forgoing wrapping paper for reusable options. Gift […]

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