It goes so fast…

It goes so fast…

It goes so fast. We all know it. We feel it. We say it. Perhaps acknowledging it eases the pain of that fact ever so slightly. “It” can be anything…summer, vacation, childhood, life. So we feel the urge to do it right. But we’re human. And life is hard. Many…

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Whack Those Winter Blues

Whack Those Winter Blues

Winters here in Pennsylvania can be long, cold and dreary. Any activity that can break the monotony of the fifty thousand shades of gray in the bleak sky is most welcome. During last year’s particularly cold and snowy winter, my husband came up with one of those activities. It was…

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Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Help Save the Monarch Butterflies (and give your kids an awesome learning opportunity!)

Each year, the last generation of Monarch Butterflies makes an amazing journey from points north in Canada and North America to their wintering grounds in Mexico.  Monarchs are facing rapid population decline.  Much milkweed, the plant necessary to Monarch survival, is lost as grasslands are converted for growing crops.  The…

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Sunset Creek Walk

Sunset Creek Walk

It’s was a long winter on the US east coast.  We had lots of snow, lots of cold and very little outdoor fun.  I have been craving adventure and natural beauty (the kind you don’t need five layers of clothing to enjoy).  With our summer trips still a few weeks…

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Swamp Creek Park-learning close to home

Swamp Creek Park-learning close to home

Spring is here and we are finally getting out and enjoying some of our favorite local parks.  One of our go to places is a small park just a few minutes from our house.  It appeals to us, in part, because there is a paved walkway (8/10 mile).  It is…

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Norristown Farm Park

Norristown Farm Park

On Earth Day, I googled Earth Day activities and found an “Earthworms for Earth Day” class that was taking place that afternoon at Norristown Farm Park.  I had never been to the park, but called to register my four year old and we headed out. The class was very well…

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“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

“We’ll always be together in the black and white photo.”

  “Picture you and me in a cabin by the sea… What the photograph don’t show, is where we’re headed tomorrow.  Even when we have to go, we’ll always be together in the black and white photo.” I fell in love with this song, Cabin by the Sea,  just before…

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Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey

Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor New Jersey

We visited the Wetlands Institute on our trip to the Jersey Shore and discovered a great place to learn!  The walkway into the Institute had a flower garden where we found a caterpillar. We started our tour of the wetlands by watching a short film about life in the salt…

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Early summer looks awesome! And it smells nice too.

Early summer looks awesome!  And it smells nice too.

It is the beginning of summer.  With all its sweet smells.  All its brilliant colors.  All its earthy tastes.  All its promise of adventure.  And relaxation.  And flowers in your hair.  And evening walks that last past bedtime.  And time to breathe in every beautiful second of it. What are…

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Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

Using teachable moments to exercise a variety of skills

We stopped for lunch at a convenience store on our way out of Delaware.  There was a map on the wall where we helped the kids locate the two beaches we visited on the trip, the town of Milton, where we went for the Horseshoe Crab Festival and a cousin’s…

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