A Nature Inspired Valentine’s Day

There are so many adorable nature-themed Valentines Day crafts for kids! Take some time this weekend to create some of these adorable keepsakes!

#1. Nature Valentine’s Card



#2. You Rock Valentines



#3.  Valentine’s Bird Feeders



#4. Love Bug Valentine



#5. Toad-ally Awesome Valentine’s!



#6.  Valentine’s Tree



#7. Plantable Valentine’s Heart



#8. Heart Stick Mobile



#9. Valentine’s Tree



#10. Birch-bark Heart




10 Ways to Study Nature in Winter

We absolutely love nature study in our home, however as soon as the cold weather hits it seems to get a lot harder to keep it up… continue reading


Sensory Play with Nature

One of the best ways littles can learn is through sensory play. There are so many wonderful things to learn, and littles learn by doing!

_My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from._ (7)

Here are a few of our favorite hands-on learning activities for children!




The winter sensory garden from barley&birch!


Full Moon Schedule for 2018!

January makes getting outdoors even harder, which also means cabin fever is starting to set in. This is why we love this full moon schedule! It gives us a fun January activity!

Gear up with some blankets and a thermos full of hot coffee and enjoy some night sky gazing! alex-6726

  • January 31- Wolf Moon

  • March 1st- Worm Moon

  • March 31st- Blue Moon

  • April 29th- Pink Moon

  • May 29th- Corn Planting Moon

  • June 28th- Strawberry Moon

  • July 27th- Thunder Moon

  • August 26th- Green Corn Moon

  • September 24th- Harvest Moon

  • October 24th- Hunter’s Moon

  • November 23rd- Frost Moon

  • December 22nd- Long Night Moon


Nature Sensory Activities

Being outdoors has incredible benefits, and with spring being just a few months away, we’re compiling some of our favorite sensory activities for littles!

#1. Mud Pie Kitchen


Some of our favorite memories were those of making mud “food”. We would mold the mud into whatever our imaginations created and then would paint the creations once they dried. 



#2. Creek Wading




#3. Pine Cone Sorting


Our little guy loves to gather all the different pinecones and sort them according to size. 



#4. Leaf Threading


A thin stick will work just as well for threading leaves together. This is another one of our favorites!



#5. Stone Sorting


Grab a little bucket, and let them start a collection!



#6. Lots of Grass


Playing in the grass is one of the best sensory things to do with littles!



#7.  Tree Bark Rubbing/Art


Take a large piece of paper and hold it (or tape it) on the tree. Then take some chalk and gently rub the paper over the bark! The results are beautiful! 



#8. Barefoot Sensory Walk


You can walk on grass, small pebbles, sand, mud, and so much more!



#9. Water Play


Playing with water can inspire so much imagination! 



#10. Chalk


If you have a smooth surface and some chalk, the possibilities are endless! 



Achievable Goals for 2018

These are some of our goals for 2018!


#1. Get Outdoors!

It’s easy to get caught up in the daily little tasks. This year, we’re making time to simply be. 


#2. Plan Ahead

 Taking time to prepare on the weekends, make such a huge difference in how our week goes! We prep meals, plan our lessons, and take time to rest.


#3. Declutter

Clean room, clean mind!


#4. Read More

There are so many wonderful books on our reading list this year!


#5. Try New Food

We don’t branch out from what we know too often, so we’re looking forward to trying new things this year!


#6. Make Time For What Truly Matters

Stop, unplug, and savor. 


#7. Travel

Even though we travel a lot for work, we’re looking forward to planning some extra trips to explore new areas!


#8. Camping

We can’t wait for some October camping this fall!


#9. Nature Journaling

Take time to be observant of nature!


#10. Perfect Something New


Attempting to write an original is on this bucket list!




Have any more ideas!? We would LOVE to hear!

Goodbye Busy, Hello Memories!

I forget how easy it is to let busyness control me. Especially this time of year. Keeping up with work, cleaning, laundry, cooking, gift buying and wrapping, parties and activities, is no easy task!

However, when I look back at the week I don’t remember all the dishes I cleaned, laundry I folded, and messes I cleaned up. I reading to our little boy, and how happy that made him. I remember building block towers, and hearing him break out in a contagious laughter while knocking it down (the best sound ever). I remember hearing our baby girl giggle out loud for the first time, and how that melted my heart. I remember watching her watch her brother as if he was the most amazing thing in the world (which, he is!). I’m looking forward to saying goodbye to busy this weekend, and hello to more beautiful memories!


Do you have a favorite activity you like to do with your littles? We would love to hear about it!