A Friday ritual with Soulemama. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
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- let them lead
- seek new places to explore (if you are local or are coming to Indiana, here is our list of favs)
- be ready to rest (sometimes, a lot, right after you've started walking...)
- as soon as they are able, let them carry their own nature bags
- be okay with going slow, with waiting, with being behind
- encourage and be okay with lots of stopping
- know there will be some grumps, especially when going up hills
- know that holes are great diversions and cure the grumps pretty quickly
- any place where critters can be seen and touched, they will want to stay for hours
When hiking with children...
joys, giggles, deep breaths, and memories, learning and exploration, chatting with mamas and loving on friends- all are free, but worth a fortune.
This week our hiking group will be heading out to work on some of the Playful Learning's Backyard Science ecourse.
We love books and videos, but time outside treasure hunting hypothesises and the color wheel of nature...well, it's authentic learning at its best. Whether you school at home or not, these classes are a great way to get your family playing and learning together.
Make sure to check out our Learning page for all sorts of ways to encourage and experience hiking with children!
Have a wonderful week. Hope your days are filled with wonder!
Spring Flash Sale This Weekend Only on Select Craftsy Classes!
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Craftsy has just announced a Spring Flash Sale for this weekend only! Discover huge savings on select online Craftsy classes, but for a very limited time.
Visit Craftsy to reveal what classes are on sale, but hurry, this offer expires at 11:59 MT on Sunday, April 13, 2014!
This recipe is very much inspired by Heather from Beauty that Moves. I knew how to cook before I took Heather's classes, but my whole foods knowledge and confidence grew in leaps and bounds after her whole food and vegan workshops.
These workshops changed the way my family eats.
After reading cookbooks and blogs and books and... Heather's classes were the only thing I needed to create a new way to live. I'm not being dramatic. They are good, and I rarely use other recipes or cookbooks any more.
Her 30 day Vegan workshop is about to begin, and I cannot recommend it enough. I took this workshop last year. I eat meat, and have no intention of being vegan, but I go back to these recipes weekly. This particular workshop is a wonderful cleanse with healthy, affordable, meat free recipes. We only eat meat a couple times a week, but I still need substantial meals. These recipes are hearty enough for my big eaters. They don't mind not having meat.
I promise your family (including any meat loving husbands) will rave about these recipes. My husband tells me I have to take Heather's classes. He never tells me to do anything (except go out with my girlfriends and write). He's a good one.
We eat better because of her. I am a better cook. I have learned how to shop solely at our co-op, stay way within our food budget, and use simple ingredients to create simple suppers.
Much love and appreciation, Heather!
Simple Supper- Peanut Sesame Noodles
3/4 pkg of Soba or Udon noodles- cooked according to package and drained
3/4 cup of peanut butter
1 TB of Tamari (better than soy sauce but similar flavor)
2 TB of rice wine vinegar
2 tsp of toasted sesame seeds
1 cup of finely chopped red cabbage
In a large pot, on medium low, combine peanut butter, tamari, and vinegar.
Once melted and combined, add noodles and cabbage to sauce and toss.
Serve with sesame seeds on top.
So simple. So good.
Happy Simple Supper to you!
In my best childhood memories I am playing in suburbia with a herd of children, walking barefoot in the creek, commanding an old pirate ship tree, fishing off an old stone wall with my sister into the imaginary waters below. I am being drenched by the tree limbs my father shakes, as we walk back home from Baskin Robins, in the summer rain, taking long bike rides, meeting my girlfriends to just walk and talk. I am hiking through the Golan Heights, Masada, and Petra with my family, riding camels across the Sahara Desert, swimming in the Red Sea, and sitting at outside coffee shops dipping mint ice cream into cappuccinos.
My high school graduation, my wedding, my honeymoon, my best times have been outside. It's where I feel most at home. I wish for a one day house with tall wrap around windows so that we may pretend to live outside while having the comforts of home. Yes, I do like the comforts of a dry, warm home, but I need fresh air as much as I need a dry bed.
I believe others need this too. It's why many of my classes were taught outside, and why now that my children and I can be out any time we want, we are.
This week we had no intention of going to a farm, but when the invitation was offered, we couldn't turn down a chance to spend the day outside with animals, meeting them, learning about their needs, and trying our hand at milking goats. And the following day when the 2nd grade curriculum we're using offered us the opportunity to go out and find as many invertebrate and vertebrate animals as we could, the sunshine and hours where nothing was a must, allowed for so many critters to be found and categorized.
I am so thankful for the outdoor classrooms of my life.
In most things I seek balance, but I'd venture to say that if the pendulum of our days and classroom is ever to swing in one direction more than another, we'll be out way more than we're in.
I think this playground- the outdoors- is something humans need, so...I have started writing a book with many of this post's and blog's themes in mind. Clark (the big one) in the midst of his own writing, is my graphic artist and biologist. It's big and so exciting. Saying it out loud here makes it feel bigger and more real.
Thank you as always for reading and helping this site to grow.
Stay tuned :)
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We are loving our first month of Little Passports! This is such a fun way to experience and learn about geography and different cultures. Be sure to check them out!
~rediscovering all our favorite hiking places now that Winter has seemed to find a new home.
~finding the return of critter sightings one of the best parts
~moving onto the study of habitats and loving Oak Meadow more each week
~wanting to learn so many new things like baking and cupcake design, and why not- there is time and so much to learn
~feeling pretty special after a little rock version of me arrived in the mail! Love my sweet pen pals!
Today as we watched and helped a fellow mama with morning farm chores for her horses, chickens, mama and baby goats, dogs, cats, and a turkey, I couldn't help but picture our one day home and property. It's nice to be in the now, but pretty fun to dream about the what can be too!
Happy beginning of the week to you and yours.