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I am a BIG believer in loving where you live. I truly believe the grass is absolutely greener in our own backyards if we just look for those good patches. Ever since we moved to Oregon 10 years ago (WOW! I cannot believe it’s been that long, and yet it feels like we’ve lived here forever, it’s definitely home.), I have made a commitment to make sure we explore all we can this beautiful state. Wanna know why? I lived in Utah for the first 24 years of my life and although we saw quite a bit as a kid, I have never been to Lake Powell. WHAT?!? People come from all over the world to see it, and I never went. Not once.
I recently heard a man who had lived with his family in Paris for several years had given his family every opportunity to travel to see all of the different countries around them and really absorb the culture of Europe. After living there for 22 years they were getting ready to move and his kids were appalled at their parents. They said, “Dad, it’s absolutely shameful! We’ve lived here all our lives, and we have never been to the Eiffel Tower!”-Gerald Causse
My point is, that sometimes we take for granted the beauty that is right in front of our faces! Stop wishing you were living at xyz, and look around you. There is beauty everywhere. The last couple weeks we have had glorious weather (well except for today, it’s off and on rain/snowing) and we’ve been taking a daily hike.
I bought all the kids a hydration pack that they can carry their water in, and a snack or two. It’s been super fun, and great exercise and we have found new places and waterfalls that we didn’t know about…and that’s just been in the last 10 days or so! I have kids obviously, and with kids walking every day there is bound to be a flower, branch or some other treasure in their backpack by the end of the day.
Have you heard of KidsGardening.org? They have some fantastic ideas to get kids gardening and enjoying the outdoors. They also have lots of fun crafty projects for kids to do. I love letting my kids find projects to do when they’re done with their homework and create fun things outside. One of the projects was pressed flowers. On one of our recent hikes I emptied out the kids backpacks and found all of their little treasures. We put them in newspaper and pressed them. When they were dry I came up with a fun way to display bits of them that the kids just loved. I took some of those glass stones you find in the floral department and some paper glaze. I think this would also work with Mod Podge, Elmers Glue or anything else that dries clear!
Then I let them add the glue. They may have gone a little overboard on the glue and it took a few days to dry, but hey it’s all a learning experience right? Also the one with the green paper, my youngest decided he wanted to peel it off, so that one didn’t make it. 🙁
Once they were dry, they turned out super cool! They are a fun little display and I’m sure by summer’s end we’ll have a little bowl full of these!
I want to raise a little awareness for a super cool campaign #RaisingGoodApples.
Tree Top is a part of this campaign, and we are big fans of their apple sauce pouches at our house. They are practically our neighbors located in the heart of Washington’s apple country. For over 50 years, they have been a trusted brand for juices, smoothies and sauces.
On our hikes, I always throw a Tree Top apple sauce pouch into their backpacks…first of all my kids love them, second of all they don’t have to stop to eat them! I want to keep walking, not stop for extended snack breaks unless we are stopping for lunch. They are also mess free, don’t require a spoon and are made with real fruit. Insert clapping hands emoji here.
Tree Top’s growers want to help change the world by growing the next generation, and so they have teamed up with KidsGardening.org. For every purchase of Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouches, Tree Top will donate a dollar to KidsGardening.org to help fund community garden projects and raise good apples across the country. So grab some apple sauce pouches, and take your kids on a nature hike! When you get home have them help you make this fun project and remember to find the beauty in your own backyard. You don’t want to look back and think; “I never saw the Lake Powell…or Eiffel Tower of my hometown.”
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