The Complete Guide to Campfires

Campfires are one of the best parts of camping. I love the smell, the sounds and the food we cook over them. But there is an art to building the perfect campfire; it takes a little practice and patience. So whether you are a newbie or seasoned camper, use this guide to hone your campfire building skills.
Here is an overview of what you can find in this guide:
  • Fire Starters: Most wood you buy at the campground doesn't come with kindling or the small fuel needed to start a fire. This section pulls together a good variety of DIY and pre-made fire starters. This is something to prepare before you leave for the campground. 

Helping More Kids Get Outdoors!

My family and I spent the day at the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in southern Oklahoma. We are only an hour and a half from this beautiful and unique park that we explored and enjoyed for FREE. We visited natural springs and waterfalls, spent time learning about native wildlife in the stunning visitor's center (I'm talking building that stretches across a creek with a wall of floor to ceiling windows for enjoying the view) and played in the cold, spring-fed creek (prefect for a hot summers day). But not every child has an opportunity to visit such amazing places. But for $5, the price of a Starbucks latte, you can be part of a grassroots movement and help children have a park experience who wouldn’t otherwise have one.


3 Simple Science Experiments to Teach Kids About Plants

Hands-down, the best way to teach our kids about plants and nature is to just get outdoors and help them learn to explore and see the details. But it doesn't hurt to follow up with a few activities at home that will help our kids learn too. These experiments are very simple and can be done any time of year. We did these in the winter and it was so nice to have more time with nature even if it was indoors.
3 Simple Science Experiments to Teach Kids About Plants

6 Mouth-Watering Campfire Dogs

Hot dogs are one of my favorite camping meals. I just love the taste of crispy dogs dripping with ketchup and mustard. One of the reasons I love them so much is that they are easy and don't require any prep. When camping with kids, simplest is best sometimes. But every once in a while it is fun to mix things up; so I gathered a few recipes that will any campfire dog to the next level without adding much work. Hope you enjoy!
6 Mouth-Watering Campfire Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs - Barbara Bakes make these SUPER simple with one secret. Head over and se

Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic

You know, we all have to eat. Why not eat outdoors?

Picnics can be a fun and creative way to spend time outdoors as a family. Add a few games and you have a full blown family outdoor adventure. But as with most things, planning is key to having fewer problems and more FUN. Here are a few things I have learned about ensuring stress-free picnics with kids.
Tips for a Stress-Free Picnic
  • Time Of Day - The coolest part of the day for us right now is in the morning. Even after the sun goes down it is st

DIY Outdoor (or Indoor) Toys

With summer in full swing we are all looking for inexpensive ways to keep the kids "entertained" and to encourage outdoor play. I am not extremely crafty but I do like to work with my hands and I love reusing old junk. So I pulled together a few DIY toys that are super simple to make and that used things I could find around the house.
  • Stilts - Good old fashioned fun using 15 oz. cans and rope. I used a screwdriver and hammer to punch holes i

5 Ways to Simplify Your Next Camping Trip

It's no secret that camping in one of my all time favorite activities. But I won't lie, it is a lot of work gathering equipment, planning meals, packing and loading the vehicle. Add kids and it can be downright overwhelming; but it doesn't have to be.

We got back from our camping trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park last month and I was reminded that practice makes perfect. My husband and I have been camping together for eight years and at this point have a routine for when we get to the camp ground, pack up at the end of the trip and unpack when we get home. It has taken a lot of practice and it wasn't a spoken agreement; we just kind of do what what we are good at and stay out of each other's way. Camping has gotten exponentially easier since we have gotten into our rhythm.


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