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Simple Nature Activity for Kids

We loved doing this simple nature activity for kids.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Learning is so much fun when it doesn’t feel like learning, isn’t it? The other day, we took a walk around the neighborhood looking for interesting pieces of nature. Everything our children discovered we observed; What does it look like? What does it do? Color? Texture? We talked about how important that small seed is, etc.

After finishing our walk, our children dumped their bags of nature goodies on their outdoor table, and we grabbed some paper and glue. We put together an impromptu activity that kept them interested the entire morning! Our son created an entire story on his paper out of bark and seeds about taking a bike ride with his daddy through a forrest.

Simple Nature Activity for Kids

Something as simple as leaves, seeds, some glue and paper can be a wonderful learning experience for your child. Just remember to talk about things like texture, color, purpose, patterns, and size. And of course, listen to the stories and explanations that they have to tell! There is nothing better than to see their little minds turning with thought.

This nature activity seems so simple, and it really is. It’s the things you talk about as they hold each piece of nature that is important, along with giving them a chance to be creative with something that they can piece together and hold in their hands.

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Welcome to the New Blog- Now Let’s Have a Giveaway!

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After blogging as a hobby for quite some time, I am excited  to announce that I have moved to  my new self-hosted blog!

I am so thankful for all of the positive feedback I have received in the last year, and I cannot wait to start this journey with Young Earthy Mama. You will be seeing plenty more urban homesteading and education posts, as well as a few great recipe posts!

I wanted to open my new site with a giveaway to thank all of my readers, and hopefully gather some new ones too! If you want to be updated about new posts, please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter in the sidebar!

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What I Didn’t Know About Sugar

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Last week, we were at a seminar with many other people hoping to become patients of a great Doctor in our area who studies Integrative Medicine. Her name was Dr. Lasalle, and she spoke for quite a while about how much your diet affects your health and happiness.

To be straight to the point, she basically said “You are what you eat, or what you absorb, really.” 

She then continued to tell us something about sugar I did not realize:

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It didn’t really hit me until I got home and checked the nutrition labels on some of the things I had been feeding my children, thinking they were relatively healthy.

Wow. The juice they had been drinking contained a whopping 36 GRAMS of SUGAR per serving.

That is 9 TEASPOONS of sugar! Imagine scooping 9 teaspoons of white sugar and dumping it on to your countertop. That would be a pretty large pile, and my babies were drinking that in a serving of juice.

Dr Lasalle then explained why sugar has a negative effect on our bodies. Imagine grabbing a wet paper towel and trying to wipe up 9 teaspoons of sugar from your countertop. It is sticky, and it won’t go away no matter how hard you scrub.

That is what happens in our bodies. Sugar gums up our system and creates problems internally.

I am now continually checking the amount of sugar in things I am feeding my kids. I have always been one to limit their intake on candy and sweets, but because of Dr. Lasalle, I have begun to check labels on everything. Things you would not even expect to have much sugar, have extreme amounts.

If you are interested in learning more about the negative effects of sugar, Wellness Mama has a great article here.

If you would like some great recipes for sweets that are healthy and do not contain much sugar, I highly recommend the book Against All Grains: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great by Danielle Walker*

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*I do not make any profit from recommending or selling this book. It is a book that I have personally found helpful, and am in no way gaining anything from recommending it.

Kale Cubes For Smoothies

For the past several years I have had the most amazing kale plants growing in our garden. I just love kale, but I really love a good green smoothie with kale even more. Being a mom of two busy kiddos, I would always pick the kale from the garden, get distracted, and find it wilted on the countertop later. I solved this problem, and created a way to have delicious green smoothies all winter by making these Kale Cubes for smoothies. Seriously, nothing makes me feel better during a cold, gloomy Indiana winter than a fresh smoothie.

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How to make the Kale Cubes….

They are basically ice cubes with kale and either water, or coconut water. I cannot believe I let so much kale go to waste before I learned how to do this. It is SO easy.

All you have to do is wash your kale leaves, then separate the stems from the leaves. Next, you just add around a handful of kale leaves to a blender (or more or less to your liking), pour a cup of water, or coconut water into the blender, and blend it up! After it is blended to a consistency you like, just pour it into ice trays and freeze! So simple!

I always let them freeze over night, and pop them out of the trays in the morning. I put them in a big gallon ziploc bag for easy access. That way you can just grab as many cubes as you would like, and toss them into your blender when prepping your smoothies.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Handful Kale
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water or Filtered Water

Separate the leaves from the stems, wash, and place the leaves in a blender.

Add 1 Cup coconut water/water to blender. Blend until preferred consistency.

Pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Once frozen add to a ziploc bag and store in freezer.

Use 3-4 or more cubes per smoothie.

Enjoy!

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