5 Ways to Help Your Kids Connect With Nature: $100 Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Children’s Allegra and SheKnows Media

Do your kids love to be outside all day long, like mine? Come spring, summer, fall, and even parts of winter - we are teaching them to connect with nature. Find out how Children’s Allegra® Allergy Relief can help! #ad

Make sure you read to the bottom because there’s a giveaway for a $100 Visa Gift Card! Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on getting your kids out in nature. We have found one thing that helps us so much: Children’s Allegra® Allergy Relief.

My kids love and pretty much live outside during at least three seasons of the year.

It’s close to the life I loved and pretty much lived as a kid! We lived on the top of a mountain, with very little traffic, and would play outside from morning until night. Those days seemed long and the weeks and months seemed endless. I only know now how fast summer must have seemed to my parents! When the streetlights came on at night, our parents would all call us in. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but it was life. It was routine. We would go to the streams behind our house to catch crayfish and salamanders under rocks. I climbed trees, rode bikes, rollerbladed, and ran through the trails in our woods. We would create big neighborhood games of Simon Says, Kick the Can, and organized baseball and soccer games.

Somehow, we’ve managed to give our kids a fairly similar childhood. They’re young (5 and 8) so being screen-free is not challenging at this point because they’re not asking for screen-time. We are teaching them to love nature. We have rock gardens and a sprawling berry garden. There are vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants growing too. We have 11 chickens that produce eggs almost daily. On our four acres, we have a lot of driveway, but the rest of it is woods and trails and ponds. It’s a gift. My kids know the sounds of a fisher cat and how to find, moose, deer or bear tracks in the snow or in the mud.

Living here makes nature easy to appreciate, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t still had to learn a few ways to connect the kids with nature. No matter where you live, these tips can help.

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Connect with Nature:

1 – Love nature, no matter where you are. Whether you live in the mountains or in a city, you can track nature. We create a window in our house for watching the world go by on rainy days. We also go “cloud-spotting” and watch the buds on the trees. You can watch it change, every week, month, and season. There’s something miraculous about it, wherever you are.

2 – Be in nature with no distractions. Sometimes that even means I leave the camera home, much less the phone. We love to find spots on our property to wait and watch. It’s really fun to watch nature without interruptions or other sounds.

3 – Read about nature with your kids. We go to the library and there are special displays this time of year with spring and garden themed books. I also like to get out books about star-gazing, so we can do our own star-gazing on spring nights.

4 – Garden with your kids. Whether it’s a small garden, even an indoor one, or a large one like ours, there is nothing like learning about plant growth and eating your own food. I’ve never met a kid who isn’t excited about growing food or flowers!

5 – Reduce obstacles, and this means being prepared with supplies and medications. This is a really important one so I saved it for last, so I could talk about it a lot! Spring is amazing, but it brings with it bugs, itchy plants, and allergies. That’s big!

Children’s Allegra® Allergy Relief is a big answer to the question I had been asking about allergy relief for my daughter. This is a brand I already trust for me, so I was excited to learn about two products: Allegra Oral Suspension Liquid in 4oz and 8oz, and Allegra Orally Disintegrating Tablets in 12ct and 24ct. It’s available at food, drug and mass stores nationwide for an average retail price of $10.99. This was exactly what we were seeking for Scarlet this spring. Children’s Allegra is effective, long-lasting, non-drowsy relief that treats kids’ most troublesome allergy symptoms. I love the idea of pure spring fun!

Children’s Allegra is long-lasting, non-drowsy, effective, indoor/outdoor allergy relief. It relieves sneezing, runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, and an itchy nose or throat. The Oral Suspension Liquid is berry flavored. It’s alcohol and dye free and is approved for use in kids aged 2 years and older. The Orally Disintegrating Tablets have an Orange Cream flavor. They dissolve without water and are approved for use in kids aged 6 years and older. That’s why it’s our favorite for this happy kid:

Do your kids love to be outside all day long, like mine? Come spring, summer, fall, and even parts of winter - we are teaching them to connect with nature. Find out how Children’s Allegra® Allergy Relief can help! #ad

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5 Mother-Daughter Activities For Spring

This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

For as long as I could remember, I've wanted a daughter to dress up with. I got that in droves! Here are 5 amazing Mother-Daughter activities for Spring. Try them NOW, and see all the places to wear your amazing #ReebokClassics. #MyDSW #IC #ad

For as long as I could remember, I’ve wanted a daughter to dress up with.

I think many of us have those thoughts before we have kids. We imagine what kind of kids we might have. And sometimes we’re close, but often we can’t even begin to wrap our heads around these complex beings. I knew I’d have a daughter who would love to read, but I pictured someone more shy and maybe more eccentric. Scarlet is a people’s person, though. She can get along with everyone, and she is bubbly and kind. She’s athletic and good at math, but of course, can spend hours reading. That’s one of our activities together actually, but SPOILER. When she was born, she looked a lot like I had as a kid, but now she has her own unique look, and her own flair. We butt heads like crazy, but also meet perfectly in the middle.

And I LOVE that we can dress alike. I’m not even sure if I should say “already” or “still” because I hope it lasts. I think that one day we’ll be borrowing each other’s clothes. I was lucky to have two sisters and we all three wore the same size. One of us was curvier, one was more athletic, and I was more willowy, but somehow we all wore the same size, and could share with our mom too. Scarlet got a jean jacket just last month that I coveted. I was so happy when my friend, Rachel, found me the adult version of the jean jacket. I mean – could it get more adorable than this? Jean jacket twins for life, I hope!

I’ll never forget that it all started with a red peacoat, and now it’s leggings, jean jackets, dresses, and more!

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For as long as I could remember, I've wanted a daughter to dress up with. I got that in droves! Here are 5 amazing Mother-Daughter activities for Spring. Try them NOW, and see all the places to wear your amazing #ReebokClassics. #MyDSW #IC #ad

It’s not just dressing alike that I love, but it’s mostly about the fact that she’s proud to do so. Last week we had an occasion to dress alike, and she spent a lot of time putting together our outfits. Hers wasn’t clean so she made sure that we’d have enough time to wash and fold her outfit. I was charmed, I will admit. I love that she loves spending time with me, because of course the feeling is powerfully mutual. And here’s our comprehensive list of 5 mother-daughter activities for spring!

1 – Train together. Last fall, Scarlet was in a 5K and we had the option to join her. Cassidy wound up doing it, because I had anxiety about it and didn’t want to disappoint her. Now I realize I couldn’t possibly disappoint her if I at least tried. She trains twice a week for her upcoming spring 5K and I’m training too, because I don’t want her to leave me in the dust then!

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2 – Volunteer together. Now that it’s spring, it’s time to tackle a community service project together! Pick one activity that will help you two give back to others, while also spending that impactful and meaningful time together.

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3 – Find passions together. We love to read together, and make little dreams come to life. Whether that’s hiking, a family-friendly class or activity, or important events locally, find something to flourish with together. The sky is the limit.

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4 – Road trip together. That’s sort of our thing. We love to explore new places and stay in hotels too! She loves a good room service picnic. Des often comes with us, but we started our scenic road trips just the two of us. Our first trip was Vermont:

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5 – Shop together. In fact, you can shop as a whole family at DSW. That’s my favorite store! Be still my heart. I fell in love with it in New Jersey, and then had an incredible location to visit downtown in San Francisco. Now that I live in western MA, I was so pleased to find that we have a big location only a few miles from home. So good! Reebok Classics for the fam!

You can get a pair of Reebok Classics for the whole family today! I love the benefits of one stop shopping for the whole family at DSW. I never imagined I’d be going to my favorite store years later as a mama, but here I am, totally thrilled!

We don’t always match, but when we do, I can’t believe how much we have in common! We both like colorful leggings, red dresses, cool headbands, and comfortable, pretty shoes. I love knowing we’ll be running together in the same shoes!

For as long as I could remember, I've wanted a daughter to dress up with. I got that in droves! Here are 5 amazing Mother-Daughter activities for Spring. Try them NOW, and see all the places to wear your amazing #ReebokClassics. #MyDSW #IC #ad

For as long as I could remember, I've wanted a daughter to dress up with. I got that in droves! Here are 5 amazing Mother-Daughter activities for Spring. Try them NOW, and see all the places to wear your amazing #ReebokClassics. #MyDSW #IC #ad

And I love knowing that we’ll be doing a lot of fun activities in the same shoes! Scarlet always attracts smiles wherever she goes, because she radiates happiness, kindness, and a whole lot of color with her eclectic way of dressing/being.

What are you up to today? How about getting a pair of Reebok Classics for the whole family?

What’s one of your favorite mother-daughter activities?

For as long as I could remember, I've wanted a daughter to dress up with. I got that in droves! Here are 5 amazing Mother-Daughter activities for Spring. Try them NOW, and see all the places to wear your amazing #ReebokClassics. #MyDSW #IC #ad