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14 Oct, 2013

A walk in the woods

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Hasn’t the weather been glorious? Makes you want to count your blessings, doesn’t it? Share the post “A walk in the woods” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

I am so glad my daughters aren’t the kind of girls who are afraid to do this: I have to thank my husband for introducing them to these interesting little creatures. I truly believe that kids who spend time outdoors and observing nature (like pond life and frogs) become a little closer to nature, and […]

It’s been an animal-heavy week, now that I think about it. And here are a couple of videos that came about during some research I was doing for an article I’m working on for Capital Parent Newspaper. You may want to turn your speakers down a little for the first one. (That is me shrieking, in […]

A great little giveaway to see Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants… a photography exhibit by Mark W. Moffet at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Our daily camping routine always goes something like this: Wake up Breakfast/get ready for the day Go for a hike Eat lunch Swim/beach time Dinner Sit around the fire Get ready for bed Sleep I like it this way. And even though I’d secretly prefer to drink coffee on the beach all morning, I especially […]


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