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

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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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7 Steps to a Happier and Healthier Pet

This post was sponsored by Supreme Source® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Right now, we're so happy we made the #SuperFoodSwitch to introduce Supreme Source into Athena's diet. Right now we're sailing to spring with a happier and healthier pet. Find out more! #ad #IC

Good news, everyone! Athena had a GREAT annual vet appointment.

In my last post we had started the 10-day detox with Supreme Source®, and I was already loving the results. Now we’re well on our way to reaching all of our goals. One big benefit of the challenge is that I have noticed a change in Athena. It was subtle at first – but I could tell that the extra attention was paying off. Sometimes at the dog park, she would growl at other dogs. With my extra attention on her, she now at first looks at me, and then never engages in any growling with other dogs. If another dog growls, she walks away. I’ve noticed that we’re both more attentive to one another in public and at home.

Springtime is a GREAT time to make a pet food switch. We adopted our Athena in early spring so her annual appointments always fall in March. That’s a great time to see what’s working and see what’s not working. Athena just went to the vet last week, and we were able to talk about the new food and any initial results. The great news is that Athena was a bit overweight at last year’s appointment and is now doing great! All of her blood work came back perfect, and her exam was thorough and easy. I can’t help but think that our 10-day detox has made a difference! Of course, it goes beyond 10 days.

It becomes a lifestyle.

That’s why I’m sharing my 7 Steps to a Happier and Healthier Pet:

1 – Make sure you’re providing the right foods. I knew we weren’t providing the right brand of food previously, because Athena had more trouble. She would vomit sometimes between meals and didn’t have firm stools. Supreme Source has improved Athena’s mind, body, and soul – and in just ten days. Luckily we are now beyond the 10-day detox and we’re going to be enjoying these benefits for many years to come. Supreme Source Pet Food is grain free (no corn, no wheat, no soy) and contains no artificial flavors or colors. It has a healthy blend of fruits and vegetables – which are natural sources of potassium, fiber, vitamins and minerals. And YOU can start the 1-day detox this spring with your pet today – visit www.superfoodswitch.com to save on Supreme Source pet food, AND, you can sign up for daily emails with tips and instructions to a better relationship with your pet.

And who doesn’t love that?

2 – When paired with good food, exercise is key. This is a top-notch tip when it comes to giving your pet the chance of a long and happier life. Also, regular exercise is good for YOU too. This is a wonderful chance to do it together.

3 – Maintain a healthy weight. This advice applies to all of us! With pets, you have to remember that you’re the one to control what goes into their bowl and what treats and table scraps they get. Make healthy choices. Spring is often a huge chance for people to gain control of their health and fitness levels. It’s just as important to work on your pet’s health and dietary habits. The choices you make now could give you years together. That’s why we made the Super Food Switch.

4 – Either invest in training, or try to train on your own. Take advantage of obedience or agility training classes where you live, and also look into socializing your pet. It’s wonderful when your pet is good with adults, kids, and other dogs and cats. There may be much different options for cats but they can be trained too. And it’s a life-changing thing for your pets and for you. This opens up opportunities for travel, or other pet friendly places. It’s also FUN, and bonding for your relationship.

5 – Take time for dental care! In fact, Athena is having a teeth cleaning procedure (while awake) next week. Not only does this remove bad breath, but you can prevent gum disease – which leads to bigger health issues down the line.

Somewhat related, make sure to keep cats hydrated to prevent urinary tract infections – which lead to trouble.

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6 – Make sure you discuss, prevent and/or treat flea, tick and heartworm. Even during the winter, a cat can get fleas, ticks, and heartworm – and we live in New England! With the weather changes, it’s always important to monitor.

7 – Provide mental stimulation for both cats and dogs. Our cat, Juniper, is a strictly indoors cat which means more than ever that we have to make sure she has places to rest, to watch the world go by outside, and to scratch. Dogs need stimulation too! If I am particularly busy and not bringing Athena everywhere, walking her enough, playing with her, she will look for things to chew! Even though she’s not a puppy. You are the best for your pet, but interactive toys count for a lot too!

Here’s a fun video about recent life with Athena:

Ultimately, we are so happy we did the 10-day detox and that Supreme Source is now a regular part of our lives. We get ours at Stop & Shop, right in town and can easily be found in the pet food aisle. I love seeing the positive differences on Athena’s spirit, her digestion, and her overall wellness. I’m glad we switched her food to something more nutritious and that it only took ten days for her to be eating better – a premium grain-free diet packed with healthy enzymes and prebiotics. My little best friend needed the change.

Inside and out.

So remember, it’s easy to start your own 10-day detox! Simply sign up for the daily email and the coupon to save on your purchase of Supreme Source HERE. Once you sign up, you will receive a daily email for the 10-day detox process! AND, Supreme Source has both dog and cat food products.

What is your best tip for a happier and healthier pet?