I love when the universe makes things easy and guides you directly to someone you were meant to connect with. That is what happened as I was scrolling instagram one day and came across the page of this beautiful gypsy soul. Come to find out, she was starting a clothing line that spoke directly to my heart. A line based on adventure, the need to wander and explore, mountain life and living wild and free!! I had to reach out to this beautiful human and learn more.
You already know that I am a sucker for small shops. Especially when they donate to a great cause. Which of course is the mission of Allison and Nomadic Hearts. She will be giving 10% of all proceeds to The Humane League. The mission of The Humane League is to reduce the amount of animal suffering and to bring awareness about how we can make a difference. To learn more visit their http://thehumaneleague.com
I was so excited to receive my Be Wildtank in the mail. It is so soft and comfortable and gets softer as you wash it. I got a size small and it fits loose and a little baggy which I love. I cannot wait to see more designs and styles from this line. I will absolutely end up owning all of them. There is definitely a long sleeve that needs to make its way to my closet and a new design in the works that I’m already obsessing over.
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Always remember to Be Wild and Find Your Adventure!
The decision to homeschool is one that Ive made once before. About 4 years ago when my oldest son was 8 we homeschooled for an entire year. There were aspects that I loved and some that I didn’t. Looking back now I believe that I just hadn’t researched enough and didn’t wait until I found the perfect method that suited us. I signed up with a strong curriculum based program with grading and tests. It was a great online program but it was basically as if I had taken my son out of public school and started schooling him at home in the exact same way. I wish I had known then what I know now. Some children learn differently and the end result was a lot of stress and tears. All children are different and I hadn’t taken into account that my son needed a different approach. Although extremely intelligent and able to absorb information, he wasn’t one to want to sit and read or write a story. He needed a more hands on creative approach to learning which I hadn’t realized existed. So, long story short, I wasn’t prepared and the following year he went back to school. A part of me was relieved because it had all been so stressful but mostly I felt like a huge failure for not being able to succeed in something that I thought was the best choice for my son. In reflecting now I realize that Im not a failure, the dynamic just wasn’t right.
Fast forward to the end of 2016. So much has changed in the past 4 years. My oldest is 12. We also have a 3 1/2 year old and a 10 month old. We now live in Utah and live more of a homesteader lifestyle with chickens and a large garden and soon we will have bees. Its a completely different lifestyle than what we were able to have in LA. So now the discussion of preschool for our toddler. In speaking to my husband it quickly became apparent that his thoughts were very similar to what had been weighing on my heart. This boy is extremely self motivated. He wants to know and learn everything!! He can sit for an hour working on something, such as a puzzle,by himself without being asked to do so. He wants to cook his own food and know where the food comes from and how it grows. The choice to homeschool again was scary!! I was fearful and didn’t want to fail again. But I also had a knew out look and more knowledge about what is other and couldn’t let fear effect my decision. At this time I had come across a page on Instagram called Wild and Free.Co. I instantly felt a connection and knew I needed to research more. This is the homeschooling program I needed years ago! Although maybe then it wouldn’t have fit just because our life was vastly different from what it is now.(we have always been campers and nature people just without the animals and semi farm lifestyle) But Wild and Free focus’ on nature and being outdoors and learning from your environment. There is nature journaling and a wild explorers club. They focus on family, growing your own food, adventuring, and allowing the child to explore as a part of their everyday school “schedule.” I put that in quotes just because although there is structure in our day, it seemed to have come about very naturally.Not forced like some schedules can seem with children. Once you sign up with Wild and Free, you receive a monthly bundle. Every month has a different theme and a book to read with correlating worksheets. We take what we get from WF and then I add activities that focus on math and learning his letters ( at age 3 things are pretty easy and straight forward as far as what he needs to be working on). I have also research a lot about child led learning which is also something we have incorporated into our everyday routine. I take something he has asked about or shows interest in and we run with it. One week he asked about buying a cactus. So we learned about them and then took a trip to our local nursery to buy him one! Another week he saw something about dinosaurs which led to a trip to the BYU dinosaur museum, a giant dinosaur floor puzzle and lots of other dino based activities. We also spend a lot of time outdoors ( when weather allows) to learn about the trees and plants that grow around us. It has only been a couple of months but we are enjoying every moment. Everything we do is a learning experience. Making kombucha, homemade almond milk, growing mushrooms. All of it is a lesson. Even our recent trip to bryce canyon was full of information and the kids sat in the backseat and read all about its history as we drove.
(making calendula salve from a wild a free tutorial)
Last month our book of the month was “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book was a life changer!! At first I thought it would be too advanced for a 3 year old but he ended up loving it and asked to read every night before bed and sometimes in the morning also. He connected with the main character and even wanted to make some of the food that they spoke about int he book. In one chapter they talk about Almanzo’s birthday ( the main boy) so we went to the store the following day and bought the ingredients to make him a birthday dinner! This consisted of a roast, beans, corn bread and his favorite dish which was apples and onions. Cove was so excited for my husband to come home from work so he could sit with us and eat the meal he had prepared based off of the book. It was so exciting to him to eat the same food and his favorite character.
Although our oldest is still attending public school (by choice) he has also benefited from this process with our toddler. He gets involved with all of the fun projects and of course the outdoor exploring. Our weekly trips bring us closer as a family. He also participates in the nature journaling.He is kind of getting the best of both worlds. Although our situation may be a bit different, it is working for our family right now and I am excited to continue and involve our littlest boy as he grows and becomes big enough to take part in the learning aspect of our adventures.
To check out more about Wild and Free visit their website
This has been a pretty harsh winter with very little activity. I wish I could say that no mater the weather we still get out and adventure but that really isn’t the case. My husband and I used to pride ourselves on how we could just get up and go. No destination. Just a car full of camping gear and a desire to explore. I feel like with each child the number of spontaneous road trips has lessened but I don’t think it needs to stay that way. After sitting indoors for days this winter, the moment that snow let up I was ready to hit the road. My husband was all for it of course. We chose Bryce Canyon as our destination. Its only 3.5 hours from our house and it really is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The kids had so much fun looking out at these amazing structures and also learning about the National Park in the booklet we received on our way in. The only down side to visiting places in the winter is that a lot of the roads are closed. I cannot wait to go back in the spring when more roads are open and we can camp and stay for a longer period of time. But this definitely put our minds back in that place and time when a day trip or over night camp trip was no big deal and happened almost every weekend! Living in Utah means that we are surrounded by beauty and now that our youngest is a bit older I think this summer is going to be filled with adventure. Kids shouldn’t mean less trips. In fact it should be the opposite. I want them to see the world!!
Love is timeless. It’s the memory of yesterday, the happiness of today and the promise of tomorrow.
We usually don’t go crazy for Valentine’s Day but this year I really wanted to give my husband something that represented our love and our life together. I racked my brain for ideas on what the perfect gift would be. My husband works hard, he doesn’t really care for material things like clothes or shoes. He loves nature and all things outdoors. Ive mentioned a watch to him in the past and he didn’t seem to excited about the idea of them. But then I came across these beautiful watches made of wood and instantly knew that this was the perfect gift that I had been searching for. It not only had the sentiment I was hoping to express but it is made from natural materials which is always a plus for a nature loving man!!
This watch that I chose for my husband has a beautiful walnut band with a jet black face. I love the deep chocolate brown color of this wood and mixed with the black it can be worn with anything. It is so modern but classic at the same time. Jord offers a variety of styles for men and women. There is literally something for everyone for every occasion.
Thats not all! Jord was kind enough to offer my readers a gift! You have the chance to win a $100 gift code toward your own unique watch. But we want everyone to walk away with something so every entrant gets a $25 gift code just for entering the giveaway. All you have to do is follow this LINK and fill out the form. Thats it! This contest ends February 19, 2017 and your gift codes will be good until April 30th 2017.
Good luck guys! My husband loves this watch more than I (or he) ever thought he would. This is such a great gift for any holiday, birthday, or even a “just because” for any special person in your life…even yourself!
“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to protect and care for it.” David Suzuki .
We are an adventurous, nature loving family. For the past month or so we have all been experiencing a longing for the outdoors. As much as we love the snow, this has seemed like one of the longest winters. Much more snow than last year. A lot of days spent indoors staring out our living room window willing the sun to come out for just a moment. When its not snowing we take full advantage. Although our options are slightly limited this time of year, we still try to take our drives up the canyon to hike and explore.
During the warmer months you can always find us camping, hiking and taking as many day trips as we can fit into our schedule. We are literally counting down the days until we can experience all of our favorite outdoor activities again.
As a mom and adventurer I am always on the look out for a good bag. One that can fit everything I need, is comfortable and also fits our style. So when I came across Rice Love Bags I was ecstatic. These bags are gorgeous beyond words. The colors bring warmth to the coldest days. I was first drawn to the bohemian vibe of their appearance but as I read more about the company I knew that this was a brand I could get behind.
Rice Love is working to provide for families in need. In India 37% of people live below the world poverty line. This leads to poor health, disease and death. So, for every item purchased from their site, one kilo of rice is given to a family in need. If 100 pieces are sold, that means 100 kilos of rice are donated! They give 20 kilos of rice at a time which will last a family about a month. They are currently giving to India and Nepal but plan on expanding very soon. The coolest part about all of this is that with your bag you receive a tag with a number on it. That number is linked to the family that you have helped by making that purchase. I have really enjoyed sharing this with my children. They were so interested to know where the bag came from and loved the idea of helping another family. They instantly wanted to hop online and buy more bags.
About the Bag:
Each bag is a unique, handmade piece of art! As the name states, these bags are made from rice bags and then transformed into something so beautiful. When I first received my bag I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to fit in it. Well it turns out that I can basically fit my entire life in it. I have actually made this my diaper bag and take it with me everywhere. I can fit diapers, wipes, spare clothes, food, books, toys. Literally everything I need. There are also side pockets that allow me to carry both a bottle and a cup for my younger children. The draw string makes it easy to open and close and keeps everything secure. Ever since this bag showed up on my doorstep it has come with me everywhere. It was my adventure backpack on our recent day trip to Bryce Canyon and also my carry on when I traveled back east this past week. I don’t know how I ever managed without it.