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Fight Cabin Fever: Clubs at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our series of Fighting Cabin Fever at Fontenelle Forest with club opportunities at the forest. In our past posts we looked at Family Sundays and Snow Shoeing the trails. But perhaps meeting a like-minded group of people is the remedy you and your kids are looking for?

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I Spy a Cutie Pie!

One of my favorite things about having kids is experiencing the world freshly again. Through their eyes everything is so wonderfully new! Holidays have been particularly fun this year, my daughter, Aurora turns four soon and Grayson just turned two. They’re finally at an age where they understand what is happening, while still questioning why we’re doing whatever silly traditions we’re taking part in.

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Name three things that come to mind when you hear Valentine's Day... flowers, chocolate, and jewelry right?! The kids and I have already made a pretty bouquet of coffee filter flowers and we've baked plenty of chocolate treats recently, so I thought it would be fun to finish out our Valentine's Day projects by making some jewelry. We made our own beads, painted them pretty, and learned all about the color spectrum and different color gradients!

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Snow is beautiful and fun for kids of all ages to play in. Bring this fun indoors with these snow-themed activities! Plus, most of these activities only need a few supplies that you may already have around the house. We tried several of them during the recent snow day, and are excited to try out the rest this winter!

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We have made a lot of garlands lately, we did popcorn for Christmas and leaves for Thanksgiving, so I thought we ought to make a new one to hang up for Valentine's Day. I like to sew in my spare time (what's that?), and when I actually have time to work on a project, Rora and Gray are always right there with me "helping" with little jobs like removing pins or sorting buttons (sometimes I make up "jobs" for them... shh don't tell). Since they're in such a fun phase where they like to do what I do, I thought it would be fun to work with them on a beginning sewing project and see if we could craft a felt heart garland together.

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Fingers. Toes. Peek-a-Boo. Taste of a banana. Sound of a bird. Feel of the carpet. Sight of mom.

I love watching little humans discovering and experiencing things for the first time. It's all a wonder. The little girl in this video is experiencing rain for the first time. It looks like she wants to hug all the droplets :)

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Fight Cabin Fever: Snow-Shoeing Trails at Fontenelle Forest

We're continuing our list of activities to fight cabin fever outside at Fontenelle Forest. Last time we covered Family Sundays; this time we'll take a look at an active side of the forest with snow-shoeing.

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Aurora and Gray love to make things for my husband and I. Whether it's a drawing or a toy wrapped up in a blanket that they're giving as gifts, I love the sentiment and want to encourage it! So, this morning we sat down to make a little project together that they could give to someone on Valentine's day. Crafting with a two and three year old is quite an undertaking, but I really like doing process art like this because there's no way for them to "mess it up." They got to color, and I helped them turn their designs in to coffee filter flowers!

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Math was probably my least favorite subject in school, even though I'm very analytical, numbers are just not my thing! The one day that I remember actually enjoying math class was the day we learned about tessellations and got to color them all day. Artistic math was more my style! Tessellations are when you tile with a single shape and there are no gaps or overlaps in between. You can make some really cool creations with this this artsy math concept, but I wanted to focus on a very simple shape to introduce Aurora to the idea. We used an angular heart shape to make our Valentine's day work of art!

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If you haven't noticed yet, we're kind of addicted to our sensory bins! Small world play with a fun material could entertain us for hours, so when I was trying to come up with a few Valentines for our little friends, I knew we had to share our love of sensory materials in some way! These four mini sensory bin valentines can all be put together with homemade or purchased materials, plus a few figures! The only danger is, they're so cute you may not want to give them away!

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Smile :) It's Friday.

This is a Mother's Day tribute from last May, but I think Moms could use the recognition for all they do more than once a year. So to all you "baby mommas" who "changed a diaper, kissed a boo-boo or made a sack lunch this one's for you."

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Fight Cabin Fever: Family Sundays at Fontenelle Forest

In the last article, we discovered there's a wealth of 1,400 hundred acres of forest, loess hills, marsh, wetlands, and grasslands with over twenty six mile of foot trails within 10 minutes of Omaha at Fontenelle Forest. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll reveal ways to combat cabin fever at the Forest. This week we'll focus on Family Sundays.

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My Favorite Baby Items

There are tons of items you need (or want) for your baby, so it's important to weed out the gadgets and gizmos you may not need. Every parent is different in what they value and makes their life a little easier. This is a list of some of my favorites.

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We don't keep a lot of sweets in the house, but I've had a bag of marshmallows sitting on my counter for several weeks just tempting me! I've been wanting to try a new dough with the kids, something edible, and so when I saw Jen's post on Mama Papa Bubba about a stretchy new dough I knew we had to make up some of our own! Because we enjoy pretend cooking so much, and because Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I themed this invitation to play as a marshmallow dough candy shop!

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6 Ways to Promote a Healthy Weight in Your Child

Maybe you're concerned about your child's weight. Maybe your child's pediatrician has expressed concern or perhaps you have been trying to make healthy changes for a while now. What do you do?

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Categories: nutrition, parenting,