summer

How to Choose Safer Sunscreen

How to Choose a Safer Sunscreen

Do you know what’s in your sunscreen? Do you know what’s in your baby’s sunscreen? Did you know the skin is the body’s largest organ, absorbing everything we rub, spray, or slather onto it?

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Seasonal Book Display

5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids {Bonus Tip-Read Up}

Before this Nature Walk series comes to an end, I can’t resist sharing one final bonus tip.  It’s super easy and fun to do, and will add much more meaning to your nature walks…

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Summertime Books for Kids

Favorite Summertime Books for Kids

Are you running out of summer activities at your house?  How about a trip to the library to check out some fantastic children’s books about summertime? Use the links below to check out our favorite summertime books for kids:

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Children's Books about Gardens

8 More Favorite Children’s Books about Gardens

In addition to these 11 Favorite Children’s Books about Seeds and Gardens and these 4 More Delightful Children’s Books about Gardening, we’ve got yet another list of Favorite Children’s Books about Gardens to share with you. And just in time for this year’s growing season!  

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DEET-Free Bug Spray with essential oils

DEET-Free Bug Repellent with Essential Oils {Revised}

Last year, we had good success with this DEET-Free Bug Repellent, made from three essential oils in a spray bottle of water. This year, I’m adding another oil to the combination: Cedarwood.

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August book display

Changing of the Guards: Our Rotating Book Display

Well, it’s a new month and almost a new season.   We’ve also got a birthday in a few days.  [Older Brother will be 7–I can hardly believe it!] At the Yankee Homestead, all of this adds up to: A New Book Display.  Several new book displays, actually.

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Painted Lady Butterfly

Year Round Nature Activity for Kids: Raising Butterflies

  Raising butterflies is a perfect nature activity for young children–it’s fairly easy to do, and gives everyone a firsthand look at a butterfly’s life cycle.  Reading excellent books on the topic makes the experience even more delightful. Want to give it a shot?  Read on for our favorite butterfly-raising resources. Also check out this…

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Free Printable Activity: Last Days of Summer

Last Days of Summer It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. Summer is still with us for a few more weeks, though, and what better way to enjoy these final days of the season than with this fun (and free!) printable activity from Harmony Art Mom, over at Handbook of Nature…

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Chasing Butterflies

Nature Activity for Kids: Butterfly Identification

As you may know by now, we’re crazy about nature here at the Yankee Homestead. [By the way, if you’re a parent or teacher, or have any interaction or influence with children, I highly recommend this book: Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.  It’s fantastic–both inspirational and practical.  Read my…

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3 More Favorite Books for Summer

3 More Favorite Children’s Books for Summer

Since I compiled our list of 9 Favorite Children’s Books for Summer, we‘ve discovered a few new favorites.  I highly recommend each of the following three titles.  Enjoy!

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