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

Want more info about Allegra? Make sure you check out where to buy it and also a $3 coupon offer I love that Allegra helps me finally feel confident that my kid’s allergies will be in control, so she can stop suffering and ENJOY all of the wonders of spring. There are so many! Being outside with nature, playing with pets, and being active. Spring SPORTS!

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5 Lunchtime Routines to Improve Your Whole Day

This post was sponsored by Tai Pei, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Over the last two months of early 2018, I’ve made some nice changes in my life.

It turns out, I was working so much at the end of 2017 that I was skipping lunch. For months! Not only that, but I never had time for social plans, breakfasts, in-person client meetings, and just plain fun. Just today I thought I had a meeting but I had gotten the day wrong. I decided to take that extra hour of my life and go to the dog park with Athena. I was healthier and happier for it! You know I’m all about small goals in the new year, and I do think if you execute them daily, they lead to BIG changes. I’m so glad to have lunchtime back in my life. Lunchtime is sacred time. And lunchtime can be FUN time as well.

Here are 5 Lunchtime Routines to Improve Your WHOLE Day!

1 – Spend your lunchtime with someone special. Isn’t that the BEST? It reminds me of when I worked at an office and had lunch with other people daily. Sometimes, Cassidy will come home for lunch, just to see me. That’s been happening more and more lately. And sometimes it’s so cold out that it’s nice to invite a friend or neighbor over. That’s another change I’ve been making – putting on a pot of coffee, a pot of tea, and putting out a light lunch to share with a friend or loved one.

2 – Exercise on your lunch hour. This is what Cassidy does and he works outside the home. I realized that even though I work at home, I can set aside my lunch hour (or the hour before or after) to go for a brisk walk or light run.

3 – Make lunchtime screen-free. Step away from your computer, phone, TV, and whatever other screen is beckoning to you. It’s so good to spend an hour clearing your eyes and your brain from all the information overload from screens.

4 – Use your lunch hour as a mental time-out. You’re already screen-free, but also make this a time to put on light music, practice your breathing, do some stretching, clear your mind, or anything else that puts you in “time out mode.”

5 – Prepare a deliciously easy, easily delicious meal, especially if you’re on a budget. You all know how much I love Tai Pei entrées. Lately I love that they’ve become my lunchtime solution of choice. No more skipping lunch!

I alternate my lunches, but Orange Chicken is awesome, and best prepared with a clementine too! Tai Pei has a range of great tasting entrées – and there’s exceptional flavor in each dish. All of their entrées are made with real, pure ingredients. There are no preservatives or artificial ingredients, and it’s none of the bad stuff – just pure and delicious goodness.

I love that the product packaging makes Tai Pei a quick and simple meal to prepare in just minutes, using my microwave, and I love that the range of flavors helps eliminate the boredom of typical, everyday meals. There are so many choices, and they’re a great option for meals at home, or anywhere with a microwave! Want to find them near you? Use this store locator to find out where Tai Pei single serve is available near you! They’re in the frozen food section – and the single serve entrées are each made with flavor-infused rice! I’m such a sucker for good fried rice!

And if amazing frozen fried rice options weren’t exciting news enough, there’s a giveaway!

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If you love Asian Food the way I do, you’ll love Tai Pei’s real, quality ingredients and fresh taste. It’s time to take back boring lunches, and make them extraordinary!

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