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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.

 

Active Play, Family Life

Stuck indoors with kids? 5 ways to stay sane (when you literally can’t go outside)

January 24, 2016

So. If you are a follower of this blog, you are likely somewhat more inclined than the average person to gamely put on your snow pants, bundle up the kids and build a snowman on cold winter days. Kids need to burn off energy, whether it’s a warm summer day in July or -8 in January. I’ll assume I’m preaching to the choir about this. But what about those days when you literally can’t get outside and still need to occupy the kids? Let’s face it, those days do exist and they suck. Severe, dangerous weather conditions, one sick child in bed while his healthy sibling is bouncing off the walls, or a time-sensitive work project that you need to get done from home?

I’ve certainly BTDT. Here are my 5 tips on How Not to Go Stir-Crazy When You Literally Can’t Go Outside (With Kids).

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