Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Here & Now at Eco-Kids Tuesday

I am so ready for warm. I have a bad case of spring fever. Though I have made an extra effort to get outside more this winter, with two littles, it is a struggle to get everyone ready and out the door. Only to be met with biting winds and bleak... everything! I feel claustrophobic. I miss warm. I miss green. I miss bare feet on cool grass, dirt under my finger nails, and children playing in my creek.

Basically this...

Thank God we had a nicer day Saturday and spent much of it outside, in the fresh air. However, at the end of it, seeing a forecast of more snow left me longing yet again. So much so that I catch myself fantasizing about moving south, and living near the beach. There is a whole list of things that go along with this fantasy. A large piece of land with less hills, a few farm animals, a nice sized garden, a farm house, and on and on. (Hmm, I just realized I completely described the farm where we lived when I was young... Yes, that... Except near the beach...) As nice as it would be, I know in my heart that this is also just an unusually long, cold winter. So, I have set out to find contentedness where I am. Here and now. I will...

Whether The Weather 

Get out and play! 

Bundle up and make it fun.

Encourage puddle jumping and independent play.

As well as hitching rides and strengthening bonds.

Enjoy the dreams that have already come true.

 And remember that it even the smallest step,
is an important part of the journey...

Don't be afraid to take that step... or waddle :)

Cultivate the garden of my heart and bloom where I am.
Here and now.

(and of course the day after I wrote this--yesterday--we were hit with a heavy snow and babies with bad colds...  hurry warm weather!)

Before we head into the Eco-Kids Tuesday link-up, I want to remind you all of the awesome GIVE-AWAY here on my blog.  Go check it out and comment to have a chance to win.  I'll be there too... and maybe the workshop is just what I need to get through the last of the wintery days!

An Idea on Tuesday shared the CUTEST birds (as well as other Easter ideas)!

We love teaching children about colors.  We Made That has the greatest color mixing idea!

Freshly Planted shared her dream catcher made from repurposed plastic lids (ahem..like I just threw away...)

W have had fun making binoculars from toilet paper rolls when doig a bird study,
 but Sugar Aunts certainly trumped our plain ones with their rainbow binoculars!

Thanks to ALL of you for sharing such wonderful ideas!  If you were featured please feel free to grab a button for your blog.  And please keep linking up great all your Eco-Kid ideas!

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The Link-Up

I hope that you'll share some great family-friendly posts that are also friendly for the environment.
Some ideas include:
  • Nature Activities
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Crafts made with re-purposed or recycled materials
  • Sewing and DIY home projects
  • Science Experiments
  • Posts on environmental issues for kids or families
  • Non-toxic living
  • Homeopathic Remedies
Eco-Kids Tuesdays is co-hosted by Organic Aspirations and Like Mama~Like Daughter this means that anything you link-up shows up on both blogs!

Feel free to link up several of your posts.

There are only a few rules:

Please follow both co-hostess' blogs, and visit some of the other posts and give them some encouragement!  Please stick to posts and photos not giveaways or items for sale.

By linking up, you are agreeing that Organic Aspirations or Like Mama~Like Daughter can feature your photos next week with a link back to your site.  

Please link back to my site using this button (once I get it fixed !!) OR simply text linking within your post!

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  1. Thanks so much for featuring our Water Transfer Experiment! And for hosting this awesome blog hop each week!

  2. You have a very heartfelt, awe-inspiring blog that lifts me up each time I read it. I have added your blog to my list of favorites that I visit every day. :) Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful life.

  3. Thanks so much for featuring my Easter birds. This week we have been painting with Chocolate pudding which I have linked up because it hopefully fits in the re-purposed category.
    Love your blog and think that it is so funny that we are looking forward to cold weather and tired of the heat.
    Thanks for hosting and have a lovely Easter.

    1. Maybe I will feel like you in September.. but probably not lol fall temps are cool enough for me.

  4. Come on south! We'd love to have you!

  5. Thank you so much for hosting. I am really enjoying your blog. I'm sharing about some new crayons I made from broken crayons and lip balm tubes.

  6. I totally feel you on the yearning for spring. Winter has seemed so long this year and it's really affecting my mood! I often dream of moving to a warmer climate where I can garden year round. How fabulous that would be! :)

  7. Fun stuff here. We're ready for warmth, too!

  8. Thank you for featuring our Rainbow Binoculars! And as always, thanks for hosting :)

  9. Thanks for hosting!
    I can so relate to how you feel. I grew up in Sweden and I was always fed up with the cold about this time.

    What I'm sharing this week..Most children are not drinking enough water and it makes them irritable and have a hard time focusing. Many times when children say they are hungry they are actually thirsty. I'm also sharing a post about pregnancy and aromatherapy. Essential oils can be very beneficial in pregnancy but it is important to know what oils are suitable to use. Many oils are contraindicated in pregnancy so it is best to be safe. We love superfoods in our house, and luckily there are some that most kids will love..

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. What lovely photos, I too am SO ready for Winter to be over! x

  11. Well Spring has definitely arrived in Cornwall today! I agree wholeheartedly that wrapped up armed with wellies you have to make the effort to get outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer. Thanks for linking your great blog to Country kids.

  12. love the colour mixing. We leave near the beach and rarely get snow ( sadly) The binoculars are great.

  13. I love the picture of the three of you, with the eyes just peering over the top of your arm, so sweet.

  14. I know what you mean, it is a challenge to get out during the cold months with little ones. My youngest is just approaching 4 months and I wear her when my son is with us. I always worry if she is warm enough and is it worth if for just 20 -30 mins outside but on the occasions when I do get out, my son is happy. Its wise to make the effort.

  15. I also can't wait for the warmer weather, makes it so much easier to get outside, thanks for stopping by the outdoor play party

  16. In addition to Monday Kid Corner, this week's theme is MUD. Brush off those archives and link them up at thejennyevolution.com. See you there! Jennifer