Monday, June 26, 2017

Out of the House and Into Nature!

Summer is in full swing and there is no better way to experience this beautiful season than to spend time outside with our families!  

If you are like me, you enjoy being outside and you would be thrilled if your kids loved it as much as you do.  For some kids, putting down that electronic device and getting into nature can seem equivalent to doing chores...and let's be honest, convincing them that it is a good idea can be a chore for us parents as well.  The good news is that's what I am here for! Today's post is full of ideas to get your children out of the house and into the dirt, sand, rocks, grass or whatever else they can safely explore in nature.  

Let's Go For a Nature Walk




Having a great time outside can be as easy as going on a simple nature walk!  I recently came across this fun blog that includes 100 Things to do Before, During or After a Nature Walk


The author, Jimmie, has created this list to help parents like you and me provide an experience for our children that will help expand their minds and encourage them to get outside!  The best part about her list is it includes a variety of fun and easy ideas. 

Her list includes things like:
  • Create and use a scavenger hunt list while on your walk
  • Build a fort
  • Make fairy homes like this
  • Look at things through a magnifying glass
  • Imagine and tell stories using mythical creatures that could inhabit your forest

Click here to read all of Jimmie's ideas for creating a fun and engaging nature walk experience for you and your children!


Find a Trail

A friend recently recommended an amazing app that I will be using over and over again this summer.  It is the All Trails app.  Have you heard of it?  Have you used it?  Are you as excited as I am to discover new trails in our beautiful area?  I can't wait to use this app all summer!  Let me tell you a little about it and then hurry over and get it so you and your children can get out and discover a new trail!  

This app gives you a list of trails in your area no matter where you are!  You can see maps, read reviews, look at pictures, difficulty levels, trail lengths and rating.  You will know exactly where you are taking your children to explore.  You can even turn on your GPS and follow your trail so you and the kids don't get lost.  So cool!!  There is also a website so you can access information to trails on your computer as well!

Here are some trails I found in the Ogden area that you and your kids may love to explore!

Gibbs Trail

4.3 miles 




Gibbs Trail is an out and back trail near Ogden, Utah.  It is filled with beautiful wild flowers and is easy enough for all skill levels.  Dogs are allowed which can make this activity even more fun if you bring your dog along!  Check out more details about Gibbs Trail here.

Waterfall Canyon

2.5 miles




Who doesn't love a waterfall? Waterfall canyon has a little bit of a climb but if you go slow your kids should make it up just fine.  There are some flat trails at the base of this trail where they can explore before or after you hike to the top!  This is a fun trail for the whole family with a great views and a beautiful waterfall.  Click here to learn more about this beautiful trail.

Ogden Bay Waterfowl Management Area

4.2 miles





If you live out west or are looking for an easy and flat trail you could check out this fun place! It is primarily used for nature walking, canoeing and bird watching.  The only downside is there aren't trees that offer shade so bring a lot of water and I recommend going during the cooler time of the day. To see more photos, read reviews and find a map click here!

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

11 miles 
(make it as short or long as you want)




Before you count this trail out because of how long it is just hear me out!  This trail is amazing.  It is an easy trail and you have beautiful views the entire time.  It is kid friendly and you may even find wildflowers along the way.  Make this trail as short or as long as you would like. Here is a link to more information on this trail!


Some of the best trails are off the beaten path.  Your kids may love exploring in the field in your back yard or even at the park.  The most important thing is that they EXPLORE and get out in nature this summer!

What trails do you and your family love?  Which activity did you try with your kids and was it successful?  Comment below and share to receive a free Contigo water bottle!  Happy trails!!

Sincerely,

Shalyse


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Martin Luther Kind Day

Black History Month: A Time to Embrace Culture: Hey ya'll as most of you know, or should know our center will be closed and schools will  be out to observe Martin Luther King day! I don't know about you guys but I don't think my kiddos know exactly why we don't have school that day. Yes, they learn things in school but do they really know? Or is it just like any other day off for them? I don't know, but I've decided this year to make sure my kids know exactly who he is, why he's important and why we observe his day! If you'd like to join me here are some SUPER cute and fun ways to teach our little's no matter the age! Enjoy your 3 DAY WEEKEND!! Be safe and we'll see ya Tuesday!


                                        Love Always, Your CC Blogger


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FREEBIE- Teaching about Martin Luther King Jr. to kinder, first, and second graders. This post is filled with free ideas, activities, and videos !:   teachertothecore.blogspot.com    
MLK Day Writing Prompt, Craft, and Preschool Lesson Plan: FREE Martin Luther King Jr Free: Your students will enjoy this FREE printable MLK 10 Fun Facts activity. This is a great activity for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, any social studies classroom and/or during Black History Month.  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Free-1641111:
      

Friday, January 6, 2017

BRR...

Hey Hey everyone!! I hope ya'll had an awesome holiday!! Sorry I have been a little MIA lately but.. Mom life has me CRAZY with one thing after another these days!! Anywho..  It has been a chili month but when I took my kiddos to school this morning is was -5!! Umm... That's so NOT awesome! If your kids are like mine too much inside time makes them crazy, which makes me crazy!! And of course its Friday so they'll have a ton of inside time! Fear not! I have found some yummy meals, treats and some fun indoor activities for the fam to enjoy this freezing weekend! Enjoy and talk to ya next week!
 
                                                        Love, Your CC Blogger
 
 
This sounds good with all the cold rain and cold weather we are having in May!!!!:):      chicken and rice soup recipe- now that it's getting colder, I'm gonna be eating a lot more soup:         
 
Igloo made out of a milk jug & cotton balls. The penguins are made out of acorns. Winter kids craft:    Snowman Ball Sort:  The perfect way to keep toddlers busy in the winter while encouraging color recognition!:   
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Decor

Hey all!! Happy December! As you all know its gonna be rather chili outside for the next few days so.. I found some SUPER cute crafts to do with and without the kiddos to spruce up your home this holiday season! Hope you enjoy these as much as I did!!
                                                          Love, Your CC Blogger

ORNAMENTS

Make colorful glass ornaments using pieces of crayon inside. And heating it from the outside with a blow dryer.:         6 Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments you can make with your kids:

Need an easy DIY Christmas craft project for kids this year? Repurpose some mason jar lid rings / bands by creating adorable "wreath" ornaments to hang on the tree! A simple repurpose / upcycle project that would make for a sweet gift...or keep them yourself for your tree! Or even attach to a wrapped present! #SadieSeasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com:     Get extra festive this holiday with these creative and DIY peppermint ornaments. Plus, use Reynolds® Cookie Baking Sheets so you can save time on cleanup//:      Salt Dough Santa Handprint | 20+ DIY Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make:

WOOD

Around this time of year finding wood, sticks and branches outside is an easy task with all of the trees having shed their leaves - but what's even better is how they can be used to transform your...:     2x4 snowman measurments:  

KIDS

Top 38 Easy and Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make:    DIY Christmas Toilet Paper Roll Craft Ideas For Kids - Crafty Morning:    kids christmas finger painting | hand and foot finger painting | Pinkie for Pink: Kids ... | kids:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gobble.. Gobble

Hello! Sorry I missed ya last week! Life has been CRAZY! Any how... I got my assignment for thanksgiving dinner today! I was thinking pie, rolls, chips.. You know.. Food.. What I got was a game for the kids??! So.. After work, kids, homework and whatever else I need to do this week I also have to come up with a fun game for the kiddos! Thank GOODNESS for pintrest!  Just in case any of you need games/ activities for your little's this thanksgiving I found some ideas we could all use! I threw in some food ideas too! Enjoy! Have an AMAZING Thanksgiving and 4 day weekend!! See ya'll next week! P.S- If any of you are looking for Christmas music on the radio its on channel 100.3!



Entertain the kids while you're in the kitchen with a fun and easy Thanksgiving Game: Turkey Bowling!:               Stuff the Turkey Game. Perfect for preschool or elementary school Thanksgiving parties! This is so easy to make, and the kids have a blast stuffing the turkey! - http://KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com:                FREE printable Thanksgiving Bingo game || Gift of Curiosity:


         Create a healthy fruit platter for Thanksgiving in the shape of a turkey using a pear, grapes, apples, bananas, and chocolate covered raisins!:      Adorable Turkey veggie tray & dip layout. Gobble till you wobble!  Thanksgiving veggie tray:    Turkey Treat Bags With Printable Tags. Put any candy or fun goodies inside these cute bags to give out to friends and family on Thanksgiving:

Friday, November 11, 2016

November Bucket List

Hey all! I was sitting here last night thinking about what I wanted to do with my kiddos this weekend when it hit me, we only have a few more good weather weekends to play, get stuff done, whatever. So.. Outside it is! I have made a list of some fun ideas of things to do with your fams, pick one or two and enjoy! P.S- We would LOVE to see pictures of your fun family outing! See ya Monday!
 
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1- So.. This one is indoors but.. buy the time everyone gets home from work its almost dark anyways so why not go watch the weber state men's basketball game tonight! Its a fun and cheap way to get out of the house with your family! The kids LOVE it and the team LOVES the support!
 
2- Go on a hike! Check out the leaves, find some rocks or pinecones. My littles LOVE to go and explore different places and you can get some pretty cute pictures! Here's a list of hikes in Ogden you could check out!

Easy

Birdsong Trail 
Ogden River Parkway

The 10 Best Fall Hiking Trails in the U.S.: Moderate                                                                            

Strenuous

 
3- This one isn't as fun but.. Sometimes that's the case! Do some yardwork. Pull weeds, Mow the lawn, Clean the garage or even put up some Christmas lights while its not snowing! At the end reward yourselves with a night by the fire. Make some hot dogs and roast some marshmallows.
 
Jumping in a pile of leaves! Fall isn't complete without doing this with the grandkids!!: 4- My kids FAVORITE fall activity... Jump in the leaves!! Its really two birds with one stones kind of a thing! You get your leaves raked up and your kids are happy! Now that is a double whammy!
 
 
Summer is THE perfect time for bonfires. Check out how to throw the best one yet!:
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November

Hey guys! For some people November means a number of different things.. No shave November, Football, Food, Shopping etc.. For me it means most of those things and some! Above all it means gratitude. I know I should be grateful everyday,365 days a year but.. I'm not perfect so before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I like to remind myself of everything and everyone I'm thankful for. Last year I tried to involve my family however I wasn't very committed which means I wasn't very successful. If you know me then you know that failing isn't an easy thing for me to handle. So.. this year I'm making a priority for my family to participate in the 30 days of November challenge. What that means is everyday whether it be morning or night I will sit down with my family and we will all take turns saying what we're grateful for. My hope at the end of this challenge is that my family can be humbled by how blessed we really are! I realize we are a few days into November, better late then never though right?! Now my challenge for my favorite families. In these next few weeks take a few minutes out of everyday to sit with your family. Talk about your days good or bad and before you finish take turns saying what your grateful for. Hopefully come thanksgiving we will have witnessed a change in the hearts and attitudes in our homes and we will be able to celebrate thanksgiving for what it really is. Here are a few ideas for the challenge, I hope you can find one that will work out for you and your family! Till next time...
                                               Love, Your CC Blogger