A Sparkly Desktop Alternative

12 December 2017 Sunday Start-2

I got into sone trouble last night (ducks head in shame).
Feeling the time crunch, I picked a desktop calendar picture without consulting the kids. Big mistake.
When my daughter saw my selection on our desktop she cried out, “That’s the new desktop?! It’s so gloomy! This is the holiday season! We need something white and sparkly!” (Yes, with all of those exclamation points!)

I still love the calendar picture I chose but, what’s a mom to do?
Pick a new picture—with consultation this time?
Yes.

If you agree with Fionna, you can download a new sparkly desktop picture here.

Enjoy the frosty sparkle!

Dawn

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A Nature-Inspired Desktop Calendar for You!

12 December 2017 Sunday Start

 

December is here!

When did that happen? Well, it seems a few days ago!

We are experiencing the warmest fall since moving to Nova Scotia ten years ago. It has been peculiar but I must admit I’m not totally upset about the warmer weather. The snow and cold will come soon enough. When it does, I will do my best to bundle right up alongside my little snow loving boy and get out there for the fun.
Sometimes, even I have to force myself to throw off the quilt, walk away from the cozy spot next to the fire, and gear up to get out there—but I do and it’s always worth it.

I hope you will do the same and enjoy all December has to offer.

From the Archives

I went digging around in the archives and found few posts you might want to check out:

Alright…on to the calendar!

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Enjoy!

Let wonder lead the way…

Dawn

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A Nature-Inspired Desktop Calendar for You!

11 November 2017 Sunday Start

The calendar tells me November is here, there are leaves aloft all around, and the fire is burning in the stove as I type this morning. I guess those are all indicators that a new desktop calendar is needed…oh, and that we are in the depths of Fall!

It was a no-brainer to pick a leaf for the calendar this month. We have been watching them fly, raking them, and jumping in them for weeks now.

Fall Outside 2017

Before we go on, I have to tell you Fall Outside 2017 starts today! Yay!

We are spending the next 30 days getting inspired to get outside and enjoy nature while acclimatizing out bodies to the cold to come. Click right here to sign up and join us!

From the Archives

I went digging around in the archives and found few posts you might want to check out:

If creatures are on the move in your neck of the woods, The Migration Activity Guide would be the perfect addition to any fall nature study.

 

Alright…on to the calendar!

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Let me know in the comments if you can spot the creature in this photo. Look carefully!

Enjoy!

 

One last thing… 

I’m teaming up with our publisher, Roost Books, to have a giveaway for a few copies of Whatever the Weather soon! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to stay in the loop for the giveaway!

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Let wonder lead the way…

Dawn

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3rd Annual Fall Outside!

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Join us for 30 days as we Fall Outside!

As we turn the calendar page to November we find ourselves in a cool, busy month. Not only is November right in the middle of the transition to winter but it is often when we find ourselves being pulled into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. There is no better time to slow down, resist the temptations to take on one more thing, and take a moment to connect with nature. It will help your family feel happier, get healthier, and connect with each other.

For the 30 days of November I will send out short emails with activity ideas that will inspire you and yours to get outside this fall.

You will discover nature close to home, get your body accustom to cooler temps (which will make the leap outside this winter easier), make little moments add up to lots of time outdoors, and hopefully start a new nature habit (we will talk more about this too).

Even if you already get your family outdoors a lot, you will still find inspiration in the simple activities.

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You will get:

1 short email every day for the 30 days of November (For those traveling on American Thanksgiving, I’ve got ya covered).

A short activity that will take no more than five to ten minutes—but hopefully you will be inspired to stay out longer.

Activities that will require nothing but you and yours outdoors (you might need paper and pens for a couple of them)

Facebook group for sharing your Fall Outside experience with others (While it is often fun and encouraging to share this is not a requirement. It is just as wonderful to simply enjoy without recording!)

Want to join me and my crew in getting outdoors this fall?

Sign up right here!

As soon as you sign up you will receive a welcome email (which will include a link to the Facebook Group).

~ Dawn

 

P.S. After you are added to the Facebook Group be sure to introcuce yourself in the pinned post (on your phone you will have to click “pinned post” at the top of the group).

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There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftslive to Hygge) by Linda Åkeson McGurk.

 

An engaging, accessible mix of endearing memoir, informative parenting guide, and hope for the future, There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a must read.

Linda, who blogs over at Rain or Shine Mamma, takes her readers on a journey through the trenches of parenting in both the US and Sweden. She points out the differences, while giving no air of passing harsh judgment, often unobtrusively slipping in studies and statistics to shine the light where needed.

At the end of each Chapter, readers will find a “Scandinavian Parenting Tip” which is part pep-talk, part action. This tip is accompanied by a suggestion for further reading. Readers will also find, sprinkled throughout the book, practical sections on topics such as Dressing for Outdoor Success and Outdoor Napping 101.

I could have used some of these tips when my kids were younger!

In the end, there is hope. Linda talks about her own efforts to connect her girls with nature, and a childhood that looks even somewhat similar to the one she experienced in Sweden. She shares the steps she is taking to create a village of like-minded people and the small steps each family can take to get their kids outside, engage with nature, and reap the multitude of benefits that come with that engagement—bringing balance to our high tech world to foster the “hybrid-mind” our kids need for the future.

We are giving a copy of There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather away to one lucky reader.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter to win.
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The contest will close at midnight Monday, October 16th.

A winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 17th.

 

And…the winner is…

Mariah! 

Congrats, Mariah! 

We will be in touch by email.

 

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared your wonderful memories! 

 

Disclaimer: Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. kindly provided me with a copy of  “There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather” for the giveaway, but I only share books that I personally love.  

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A Nature-Inspired Desktop Calendar for You

10 October 2017 Sunday Start

It seems the only thing that makes it to the blog these days is the monthly calendar. Geesh! I’m hoping that will change soon but in the meantime there are lots of great posts to explore in the archives.

Here is a list of fun fall posts you don’t want to miss: 

If creatures are on the move in your neck of the woods, The Migration Activity Guide would be the perfect addtion to any fall nature study.

 

Alright…on to the calendar!

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Let me know in the comments if you can spot the creature in this photo. Look carefully!

Enjoy!

 

One more thing before I go… 

The Mud Puddles Nature Lab is open for enrollment. Yay!

October is all about mammals (medium-sized mammals to be exact). You can click over to the Lab page to learn more and join us.

Dawn

 

P.S.

As always, if you have any questions or want to share your nature experience you can get in touch with me in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group or email me at dawnsuzette@gmail.com.

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A Desktop Calendar for You!

09 September 2017 Sunday Start

September is here!

This summer flew by on the breeze. It is hard to believe we are heading into fall. The equinox is coming up on the 22nd, leaves are already starting to change here in Nova Scotia, and there is a distinct chill in the air.

This month the calendar highlights the light and color of the coming season.

To get that calendar onto your desktop…

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Enjoy!

Dawn

P.S.

As always, if you have any questions or want to share your nature experience you can get in touch with me in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group or email me at dawnsuzette@gmail.com.

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A Nature-Inspired Desktop Calendar for You

08 August 2017 Sunday Start

August is here!

We are having a gorgeous day here in Nova Scotia to kick off this last month of summer.

When we think of August, time by the water comes to mind and with water often comes zippy dragonflies and damselflies.

With that thought, a damselfly is a fitting figure for this months calendar.

 

Now to get that calendar onto your desktop…

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Enjoy!

Dawn

P.S.

As always, if you have any questions or want to share your nature experience you can get in touch with me in the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook Group or email me at dawnsuzette@gmail.com.

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07 July 2017 Sunday Start

July is really here!

This is truly a summer month and we are excited! Beach days and the warmth of the high summer sun are more than welcome here.

The wild flowers are really starting to show off and dame’s rocket, featured in this month’s calendar, is in full bloom!

Which wildflowers are fixtures of July in your spot on the earth? 

 

Now to get that calendar onto your desktop…

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

Enjoy!

Dawn

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06 June 2017 Monday Start

 

June means sunshine, dew, and wild daisies here in Nova Scotia. It made this picture the perfect one for this month!

 

Download the Sunday start version of the calendar here.

The Monday start version can be found here.

Simply download and right click on the preview, then select “use image as desktop picture.”

 

What are the signs that June has arrived to your neck of the woods?

 

Enjoy this first month of summer, whatever the weather may bring!

Dawn

 

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