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Washing Clothes Got You Down? 6 Must Haves To Do At A Laundry Mat

Washing Clothes Got You Down? 6 Must Haves To Do At A Laundry Mat

Disclaimer: This review was sponsored by The Clothes Spin. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure/privacy policy When our washing machine and dryer went out ( yes both at the same time ) I had no idea what […]

BUSCH GARDENS® DONATES 9,500 POUNDS OF FRESH FOOD TO LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD

BUSCH GARDENS® DONATES 9,500 POUNDS OF FRESH FOOD TO LOCAL NEIGHBORHOOD

More than 9,500 pounds of fresh produce, dairy products and packaged foods are making their way to residential food pantries in James City County’s Grove neighborhood thanks to a partnership between Busch Gardens® and the Grove Christian Outreach Center. Busch Gardens and the outreach center continued a […]

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside in the Wintertime from Lucky the TurfMutt

Tips for Getting Your Kids Outside in the Wintertime from Lucky the TurfMutt

Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with TurfMutt. All opinions are of their own. Image credits: TurfMutt

Parents and guardians may be tempted to dial back outdoor activities for kids when cold temperatures arrive, but playing outside is good for children, even in the wintertime. Lucky the TurfMutt, a rescue dog and the face of the TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship platform for kids in grades K-5, offers the following tips to help to make wintertime, learning playtime:

Do winter activities that are fun. 

Weather that adults consider to be “messy” can be a huge canvas for children and their imaginations. Snow balls, snow forts and trees covered in snow offer a wealth of opportunities for children to explore and experiment in our living landscapes.

Encourage exploration. 

Ask your child to look at how the landscape changes with the seasons. Talk about what happens after leaves fall, when snow arrives, when it’s windy, and more, linking these seasonable changes with basic science about clouds, rainfall, temperature changes ,and the earth.

Play with them.

Get outside in the winter with your children. It’s healthy for both kids and adults to move!  Have a snowball fight, build a snow man or fort, or go sledding.

Try something new. 

Try your hands at cross-country skiing, igloo-building, winter hiking, ice fishing, ice skating, snow sculpting, snowshoeing, or something else that your children want to try to give them an appreciation of the outdoors in all seasons.

Attend a community festival.

There are many community festivals year-round, and winter festivals can be exceptionally fun and offer activities for kids.

Mention how happy it can make them. Even winter sunshine can make kids happy! Literally. Sunlight boosts Vitamin D, which helps regulate emotional and mental moods by increasing serotonin in the brain. Even exposure to the weaker sunlight in the winter can cause this happiness boost.

Tolerate some mess. 

t’s a given that kids going outside in the snow will often return wet, muddy and messy. Be prepared for wet and cold kids and get them warmed up when they return from playing outside.

Process what they did.

 Ask kids to share about what they did outdoors. You can ask them to talk, write, or draw out their activities and observations. Did they observe something new? Did something surprise them? What was fun?

About TurfMutt
TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation and has reached more than 68 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.” TurfMutt is an official USGBC® Education Partner and part of their global LEARNING LAB. TurfMutt is an education resource at the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, the TurfMutt animated video series won the coveted Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Interstitial Series. TurfMutt’s personal, home habitat is featured in the 2017 and 2018 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars. More information at www.TurfMutt.com.

FUN TIPS FOR CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS!

FUN TIPS FOR CELEBRATING THE NEW YEAR WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS!

Enjoying the New Year when you have children brings a new host of challenges, especially if you’re a newer parent.  The makers of Mommy’s Time Out Wine understand and have offered the following ideas: Keep it Simple; Celebrate at Home Being a parent is stressful […]

3 Ways to Bake Up Holiday Magic in the Kitchen!

3 Ways to Bake Up Holiday Magic in the Kitchen!

It’s that time of year again… when your senses begin to take in the joy and enchantment of the holidays through all of the scents of the season: Pine trees. Fresh fallen snow. Warm apple cider. Peppermint sticks. And, of course, fresh-baked cookies.   No […]


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After a long day being after the kids, working or hours spent tackling life’s to-do lists, we’re all looking for the best way to de-stress and relax. In other words, as parents, all need our “me” time. Usually, for me, this might mean cuddling up […]

As the Kids Will Play, So Can The Parents On The Weekends At Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

As the Kids Will Play, So Can The Parents On The Weekends At Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

The festival officially kicked off  May 27th but you have a few  weekends left until July 1 to enjoy amazing food selections and savory drink specials, the Food and Wine Festival has to offer to  Busch Gardens goers Don’t miss out on all the fun and […]

MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

MilSpouses: Practice Self-Love This Year With SpouseLink!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored.  This post is a collaboration between  SpouseLink on behalf of FitFabFun.This promotion is in no way sponsored by Facebook or FabFitFun. See my disclosure/ privacy policy.   It’s no secret that MilSpouses are used to putting others first. Whether it’s your […]

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

Get Excited to See 12 Strong Coming soon to Theaters on Jan 19!!! See my Review and Score Tickets to Take a Friend Giveaway!

This post is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Warner Bros. Pictures. I received information to facilitate me on my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation in RWM http://media.thereviewwire.com/   Time for another action-packed […]

Review of the VA Beach Philly Pretzel Factory!

Review of the VA Beach Philly Pretzel Factory!

We love to try different places in an around our local area! When The Philly Pretzel Factory, the kids, approached us and I got in the car to drive out to Virginia Beach for a family fun food date! Who does not love pretzels right? […]