1000 Hours Outside

By: Martianne Stanger Long ago, I heard about a 1000 Hours Outside challenge in one of the online groups I am in and laughed at it. Who needs a formal challenge to spend time outside? I thought. My children get 1000 hours outside a year and then some. As homeschoolers, we were blessed to spend … More 1000 Hours Outside

Another Reason to Get Outside: Mass Audobon Has FREE Happenings on April 9!

By: Martianne Stanger   It’s no secret that I enjoy getting outside with family and friends! Little warms my spirit more than adventuring outside with children. credit: Training Happy Hearts There’s just something about spending time outside with my little ones that makes me smile… Credit:  Training Happy Hearts In fact, a quick glance through … More Another Reason to Get Outside: Mass Audobon Has FREE Happenings on April 9!

5 Fabulous Reasons to Get Outside for “Fall” Fun

By: Martianne Stanger Although summer is not technically over for about another month, most people are considering it done as back-to-school sales scream, “Fall!” Regardless of whether you consider early September “fall” or the final days of summer, there is plenty of fun to be had outdoors in the next few weeks.  I encourage everyone … More 5 Fabulous Reasons to Get Outside for “Fall” Fun

We Challenge You to Step Outside this Season!

By: Martianne Stanger Brrr. Am I the only one that feels like it’s been really chilly outside lately? Chilly, yet refreshing. In fact, with layers of clothing and a thermos full of hot cider or chocolate in hand, the great outdoors at this time of year can be quite inviting! Trust me on this. My family … More We Challenge You to Step Outside this Season!

Spring has Sprung. Get Outside for Learning and Fun!

By: Martianne Stanger It was a long, cold winter.  Now spring is finally here!  So, put away the coats and snow boots and break out the daypacks.  It is time to get outside to take advantage of lots of hands-on learning and fun. Five favorite things we already have on our May calendar as possibilities … More Spring has Sprung. Get Outside for Learning and Fun!

5 Local Places to Enjoy Autumn Outside

By: Martianne Stanger Have you noticed how beautiful the autumn weather has been this year? Without doubt, our family has and we’ve been taking full advantage of it. This fall, I don’t think anyone would ask us the question that Janice posed here on the blog last summer, “Whatever Happened to Playing Outside?”  For, as … More 5 Local Places to Enjoy Autumn Outside

What Ever Happened to Playing Outside?

By: Janice Johnson-Plumer Growing up, you would never catch me indoors. There were so many great outdoor games: kick the can, dodgeball, baseball, hide and go seek, board games, and riding bikes. I relished being outside. It was a way to be free and to exercise without knowing it was exercise. My mother would tell … More What Ever Happened to Playing Outside?

Going Outside My Comfort Zone

By:  Kristen Clifford For the past year, I’ve been working really hard to lose weight.  In 2011, I managed to lose 81.8 pounds with counting calories alone.  Now that I’ve lost some weight I decided this year to get my butt to the gym.  This was not an easy task, well, because I hate the … More Going Outside My Comfort Zone

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

By: Kris Berry It’s late December in New England and that can only mean one thing – it’s getting cold around here!  We’ve been lucky so far to have a mild fall and early winter (although I’m sure skiers would beg to differ with me), but we all know it is coming.  While I’d love … More Baby It’s Cold Outside!

A Rainy Day Bucket List: 10 All Ages Ways to Play Outside on a Rainy Day

By: Martianne Stanger Not long ago, I shared about how to Make A Summer Bucket List.  More recently, in The Skinny on Childhood Obesity, Lance shared a recommendation that children spend at least one hour a day getting moderate exercise. It’s easy to enjoy active summer fun on ideal sunny days, but what about when … More A Rainy Day Bucket List: 10 All Ages Ways to Play Outside on a Rainy Day