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LiveOutThere.com Exclusive: Feeling Chummy? How To Find an Outdoor BFF

April 14, 2016

If you’re anything like me, you’ve gone through at least several major changes in your life. Moved away for school, a new job, settled down with a partner and maybe even popped out a baby or two. But no matter where you are in life right now, fresh air, vigorous activity and socialization remain important to your physical mental and emotional well-being.

If you’re in a place where you’re looking for new pals to enjoy your fave outdoor pursuits with, fear not. Read on for six tips on how to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (and not feel like the new kid being gawked at by everyone in the school cafeteria).  Remember, there is no such thing as strangers- only friends you haven’t yet met. More

Family Life, Outdoor Adventures

LiveOutThere.com Exclusive: How Not to Be a Fair-Weathered Outdoor Enthusiast

February 12, 2016

Preface: I’m thrilled to announce that I have joined the LiveOutThere.com team as a guest blogger! LiveOutThere.com is a Canadian online store selling high-quality outdoor clothing and gear from leading brands. Be sure to check them out!

Let’s face it, depending on your climate, it’s really easy to love being outdoors when it’s temperate, pleasant and dry. That’s when the playgrounds are filled with kids, bike paths are hazardous and your Facebook feed includes nothing but selfies taken at the beach or outdoor patio. But the second the weather turns gloomy or frosty? It’s a ghost town out there.

Living in Oakville, Ontario, just outside of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario, winters can range from howling blizzards to green Christmases, flash freezes and all points in between. But as a busy working mom to two young kids, who craves fresh air and outdoor activity not just as a means of stimulation but also for my own mental and physical well-being, I’ve learned to adapt to anything the other mother (nature, that is), throws my way. How? Read on.

 

Events, Family Life, Outdoor Adventures, Reviews

Victorian Christmas- a family tradition in Halton Region

December 7, 2015

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that Bronte Creek Provincial Park is one of our family’s favourite outdoor spots in Halton Region. I was super excited to check out their Victorian Christmas event this year. We hadn’t been since 2012 (see my post from that time), and had never been with Em. The marketing specialist, Andrew, assured me that the event this year’s event was the best yet, with even more games, activities and decorations, and we couldn’t wait to check it out.

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Active Play, Family Life, Outdoor Adventures

The lull between seasons

November 7, 2015

It’s November, which means the excitement of Halloween is over but Christmas seems very far away (even more so when you’re only 4 and 2 years old!). We don’t start holiday decorating until after Remembrance Day, so it’s a bit of a gap in terms of seasonal activities to do with the kids.

We do however, have lots of leaves to rake, gardens to pull out, and nature trails to explore. The air is getting chilly (though we’ve had some gorgeous mild temps in Halton Region this week) and the trees bare. With a few more layers added on or off, the kids are still happy to take part in all their usual outdoor fun.

Here’s Em riding her bike through a giant pile of leaves on a neighbourhood sidewalk. She loved the “crunching” sounds they made under her pedals and delighted in riding through as many piles as possible.

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How are you spending the in-between season? As I look at my calendar, I see it filling up in the weeks ahead with dinner parties (some hosted by us- honestly hoping this goes well as fancy cooking and kids underfoot somehow doesn’t mix), brunches, get-togethers and concerts. All of which are fun, and we are certainly looking forward to catching up with friends and family and going to different events. But for now, with a brief quiet spell until I am swept up in entertaining, shopping and cooking, I’ll enjoy the quiet days riding through the leaves.

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