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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

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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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Four Fun Prompts for June Nature Explorations

Oh, June!

I have to admit that I swoon for June. Summer is by far my favorite season. The kids love it too and it is never a problem getting them out the door in June!

To help you and your crew get out the door I have made of Four Fun Prompts for June Nature Explorations.

These are super prompts for engaging kids, and their adults, in nature and are a great jumping off point for further explorations.

If you would like to read more about what prompts are and how I use them with my own kids you can check out the post Nature Prompts & How to Use Them.

Click right here to sign up and download the prompts.

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.

Happy Exploring!

Dawn

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Last Day to Bring a Friend!

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Just about everything is better when a friend comes along, right?

We are going to be having all kinds of fun in the Everyday Nature for Families Workshop and it would be great to share that fun with a friend!

Today is the last day you can bring a friend along for no additional cost.

You can gift a spot to your friend, or the two of you could split the cost. It is totally up to you but don’t delay! Today is the last day for the friend offer!

Learn more about this fantastic online workshop and sign up by CLICKING HERE.

 

Let me know if you have any question by leaving a comment below or email me at dawnsuzette@gmail.com.

Happy Exploring,

Dawn

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Little Steps to a Daily Nature Habit

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When my kids were younger we spent a lot of time outside, but we also spent a lot of time finding ways to bring nature into our daily family life.

We would look out the car window when we were driving into town, spotting nature along the way.

We would take a few moments to stop by the creek on our way back from the grocery store.

We would make a moment to drive to the best sunset spot if we knew the clouds were telling us it was going to be a good one.

 

All of these little things became a part of our family culture. They became habits for us.

Habits are created whether we put intention into them or not. Our day is run by our habits.

Stop to think about some of your habits.

Do you brush your teeth before bed? Do you automatically walk into the kitchen to make coffee or put on the tea water in the morning? Do you pick up your phone each time you hear a ding, or even when you don’t?

I am sure you can think of many more habits that make up your day. We have to have them or our minds would be overwhelmed with thinking of all the possible things we need to do next. Thank goodness for habits!

With that said, “bad” habits can creep into our days and before we know it we are living a life we had not intended, or certain aspects of life are not looking like we envisioned they would.

So, one of the best ways to go about setting ourselves and our families up to create the habits we want is to set the intentions for what we want.

This applies to every aspect of family life, including the time we would like our family to feel a connection to our natural world.

The intention has to be set and a plan has to be made for a new (intentional) habit to formed.

 

One of the best ways to create a new habit is to attach the thing you want to do to something that is already a habit. In the book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg calls this a keystone habit. That habit that is already set in stone. That thing you already do each day without thinking about it. Find one of those, attach a new behaviour to it, add in a reward of some sort of positive feedback (happy kids and fresh air), and boom… you are on your way to developing a new habit.

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Now, I encourage you to take an assessment of your intentions around nature connection and the desires you have for your family.

Are you and yours getting enough time in the day to connect with nature–something we all need to live healthy, well balanced lives?

Next, look for one or two of those keystone habits you already have in place.

Looking at daily habits: Do you have morning basket story time each morning after breakfast? Is there quite time after lunch each day? Do you all clean up the kitchen after dinner?

For the weekly routines: Do you go to music lessons each Wednesday afternoon? Is there a gathering you attend each Friday? Do you grocery shop every Thursday morning?

Pick a few of those solid items in your day or week and see how you can fit some nature connection into those times.It might mean looking out the window after story time to talk about the weather. It could be going for a short walk after quite time to get the muscles moving and fresh air in the lungs before moving on to the afternoon activities. Maybe there is a creek down the road from music lessons and it becomes a new routine (habit) to stop by and check how things have changed from last week. (Tip: always keep a change of clothes-including socks- in the car for each kiddo, this becomes especially important when water is involved.)

Once you start looking, the possibilities will open up and you will be amazed by the nearby nature opportunities.

 

Go ahead and give it a try.

What are your intentions around nature connection for your family?

What keystone habits can help you bring more nature into your daily family life?

Pop into the Mud Puddles to Meteors Facebook group and let me know what you come up with, or share in the comments here.

If you are interested in learning more about our family nature habits you can watch my TEDx talk here.

If you are feeling suck, reach out. I would love to help!

Dawn

 

P.S. There is only one more day to Bring a Friend for Free when you sign up for the Everyday Nature for Families online workshop.

I would LOVE to have you and your friend join us!

CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up.

 

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Happy World Migratory Bird Day

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Today, May 10th, is World Migratory Bird Day!

In honor of the day and our flying friends I did a roundup of bird-related posts you might enjoy today.

First, a short video about World Migratory Bird Day from the people who started the campaign!

Now for the Roundup!

– What is World Migratory Bird Day? 

– The Cornell Lab of Ornithology website is one of our favorite bird resources.

– Check out your Regional Migration Forecast here.

– This Pop-up Birder’s Life List is a great project to start this time of year.

– Learn more about Flocking Birds here (with printable PDF included)

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And, if you are interested in delving deeper into migration grab the Migration Activity Guide right here.

 

Do you have any favorite bird-related resources? 

Please share in the comments.

I would love to see and learn about what you are using to learn about birds.

 

Happy World Migratory Bird Day!

Dawn

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