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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Upcoming Reviews & Giveaway Heads Up

I want to give you a heads up about two reviews that will be coming your way soon via my little blog.

One is the Lilla Rose hair clips review & GIVEAWAY - YAY! I've been trying out various clips and bobby pins the last few weeks and will be reviewing them here this weekend. It is really nice to see pretty & high quality hair accessories. If you want to get a sneak peek, check out Heather's Lilla Rose page: http://www.lillarose.biz/tresses


Another thing I'm reviewing after my free 6 week free trial runs out (and my kids get a good while to try it out) is this K5 Learning website. It's an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5.  Since my kids love anything electronic, I really like finding educational websites. Most of the "educational" labeled kids websites aren't really educational, in my humble opinion, and most have a catch - like trying to get your kids addicted to going online all. the. time. Not a huge fan. We shall see about this one! I have great hopes. My 5yo can do the reading and my 8yo can do the Math.


If you are a blogger, you might want to check out K5 Learning's open invite to write your own review! Check it out here: http://www.k5learning.com/review-k5#sthash.JhLXftgM.dpuf

That's all for now! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Nature Walk: Eagles

















This week flew by! We were outside a lot. I love it when it's so nice out that we forget about the computer. All the neighbors and neighbor kids were out. We had front yard baseball games, sunny chats on blankets, and a tiny bit of gardening. The highs hit 70 this past Sunday. It is really spring now. All the snow is melted, except for some ginormous piles on parking lots, and even those will be gone soon. I'm surprised how fast it all melts.

Our back neighborhood trail is finally accessible to us again. We have missed it so! It surrounds a swampy marsh area. I'm so thankful for all the lakes and wetlands, because if it weren't for them, we'd have buildings and concrete everywhere and I wouldn't be able to get my nature-fix by walking a short distance from my home.

The highlight of this last week, besides the weather, was that we spotted four soaring Eagles! I saw two at first and then two more came. I didn't have my zoom lens, but you can easily recognize them by the white head and tail. So exciting! They are so magnificent. I saw one a few weeks ago while I was driving. I had just crossed the bridge by the river when one loan Bald Headed Eagle flew over. He was really close!

My older two boys have found a climbing tree! I was looking out for one, because we have no good climbing trees around the house. I grew up in the trees and I feel that every child should climb trees!
Now it's "the climbing tree" and we frequently go there. They neighbor boys are in on it too. It's so fun for the boys to have a "wild" place to be boys.

If you have been outside this week, I'd love to see your Nature Walk pics! Just leave the link in the comments. =) Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Nature Walk Spring/Winter

We didn't do any one specific Nature Walk this week, we did a few little ones, so I want to show you some pictures of each day. The last one might surprise you. =)

{ s u n d a y }











I have this smirk on my freckly face because my husband was teasing me while he took this pic. 

This past Sunday, it was almost 60 degrees. It was beautiful! My 3yo insisted on wearing his thick winter coat. Later on, I made him take it off. The rest of us all ended up in t-shirts! I even got a nice new sprinkling of freckles from sitting in the sun. I love the picture of my husband shoveling snow in a t-shirt. We are a bit crazy. We spent all winter shoveling snow off the driveway and then we couldn't wait for it to melt, so we all grabbed shovels and threw snow from the big piles on the yard onto the driveway so it would melt faster. By Wednesday, it was.


{ w e d n e s d a y }


Can you spot the little chipmunk? 

New & Old

The neighbor kids are really nice and my boys can't wait until they get out of school at the end of the day.

I love his outfits.

My fav boots.


I {heart} Moss





By Wednesday, nearly all the snow was melted. We did have to wear coats at the park. Spring was everywhere! My son insisted on bringing some pebbles into the house, and I found an old hydrangea. I took a pic with my scarf, because until it's really hot out, I'll still be wearing scarves.

{ f r i d a y }


I'm sure you heard about the storm. Maybe you're having some of it at your house too. I still think snow is beautiful. As I'm typing by the window, the wind is blowing the snow off the evergreens and the sun is shining, while little snowflakes whirl in all directions. 

De April macht was er will. 

That is a Swiss saying meaning: "April does what he wants." What it really means, is that it's completely normal, in April, to have the weather switch back and forth from winter to spring and spring to winter. No biggie. It will all melt again.  

Well, that's all for this nature walk weekend! What's Nature doing at your house? If you have a post, feel free to link it up in the comments.

Enjoy your weekend!
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