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Restocking the Family Disaster Kit

Batteries, flashlights, water, I think we have these.  Bike helmets or metal kitchen pans — hadn’t really thought about those.  We’ve heard stories of mothers using both sorts of items as head protection for their kids during a tornado.  It’s astounding to hear all of the survivor stories.  We’re hearing that thankfully there was no […]

Continue Reading By on April 5, 2012 in natural, parenting

Lorax Family Movie Experience

href=”http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0Fm08D5vIRY/T3ZD2RaLauI/AAAAAAAAAGY/YBnHfGy47EE/s128/lorax-the.png”> *Sponsored post in cooperation with Stonyfield My kids were wide-eyed for most of the Lorax this weekend, happily munching movie theater popcorn, and bouncing to some of the songs.  By this time you probably know the Lorax has been a huge box office hit, you might imagine that the animation is superb, and you […]

Continue Reading By on April 2, 2012 in education, environmental, forest, green, parenting, tree

Preserving a Future in Family Farming

Ask the farmers at the typical feed co-op or coffee shop if they’d willingly give up some land rights, and you might just offend somebody. At least, that’s the conventional way of looking at things.  Ask farmers if they’d like to see their land stay in the family and see their community stay whole, you might get […]

Continue Reading By on November 23, 2011 in conservation, farm, sustainable

Fall Family Hiking Destination

Experienced hikers can discover more than 50 miles of trails and backcountry camping opportunities at East Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park & Natural Area. Families with young children can find playgrounds and short one or two mile hiking paths, as well.  The park is in Wartburg, accessible by weekend drive from Nashville, Knoxville or Lexington. […]

Continue Reading By on October 23, 2011 in Appalachia, family, green, natural, outdoors

How We Saved at Disney

Can your family have a fun Disney vacation experience without jeopardizing the kids’ college funds?  Our family was relieved to find out the answer is “yes.”  We’re not one of those families with the means for an expensive vacation every year.  We had saved and waited until we felt both our girls would appreciate and remember the trip to […]

Continue Reading By on May 27, 2011 in conscious consumerism, parenting, Scrappy Sprouts

Picture-Perfect Family Theme Park

I started this blog intending to never fill it with cheesy family vacation shots.  I certainly didn’t intend to write about places that are already commercially popular, as I try to highlight simple living that’s off the beaten path. Then a duck posed for me at Dollywood, beside a large fountain brightened with tulips.  I had […]

Continue Reading By on April 3, 2011 in Appalachia, family, outdoors

Outing to Big South Fork

Visiting a spectacular river gorge 320 million years in the making introduces science in an adventurous way.  Our family enjoyed a recent outing to the Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area on the Kentucky/Tennessee border. We perched on the overlook to view the turquoise water at sunset, after already walking along its shores.  Our short nature […]

Continue Reading By on March 20, 2011 in Big South Fork, natural, outdoor