Random News Worth Checking Out

Often, in our internet wanderings we come across an interesting study, a fabulous article or some other random thing. I typically post such finds on facebook or twitter. I’m terrible at tweeting, but have you noticed all the cool stuff on our facebook page these past few months? That’s because I made Olivia an administrator. Days when there’s actually stuff posted on the facebook page it’s because Olivia is successfully distracting herself from dissertation writing. It’s great!

BUT, for those who may have missed a good link, or aren’t on facebook, I’m posting a few favorites I’d recommend checking out. And #6 is totally random, but it’s something I’ve thought about a lot this month, therefore it’s also worth mentioning.

If you’ve come across any noteworthy links in your internet wanderings leave it in the comments!

1. Things to do with your kids this winter:
Turn a table into a playhouse with a few roller shades and some markers. Get a cardboard box (this video is awesome, all 8 minutes of it, trust me), or maybe several… Make a biosphere that can actually keep things alive!
2. Lists of books:
This is a list of books dealing with nature play (adult and children’s books), some I’ve read, other’s I’ve never heard of. This is an extensive list of children’s books about animals, plants and other natureish stuff. So many I want to pick-up on our next library run.

3. I wanted to throw a nature themed bday party like this one for Ari last month. Unfortunately he                            didn’t share my desire and opted for a space themed bday party. Maybe next year?

4. Ever heard of a Sealander? It’s quite possibly one of the best inventions of our time. I know, it’s not exactly practical for families, but they have the right idea. And really, could they have chosen a better name. Sealander?

5. This outdoor preschool blog is really cool. I’m currently obsessed with the outdoor music wall. Just not sure how my neighbors would feel about it. Maybe when I get my 10 acres. So… maybe                              when I’m 90 and I’m out there playing on my music wall with my 7 cats.

6. Last month I had a bit of a breast cancer scare. Everything is turning out fine, but it’s caused me to reflect. I’m not one of those women who goes in every year for a check-up. Maybe every couple of years? Guess I figured I’m in my mid thirties, and I’ll worry about that when I’m 40. Ya, bad idea. While awaiting my tests I was haunted by the fact that this lump could have been reeking havoc for 3 years and there was something I could have done about it… Make an appointment.

3 Comments so far

Comments Feed
  1. Oooh! Love the sealander! And I’m glad your breast cancer was only a scare. I dread that stupid doctor’s visit so much I put it off too–but you make an excellent point… what, exactly, are you putting off? Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Hey – thanks for the shout out! I’m glad you found Juliet & her wonderful blog, too. There are so many amazing resources supporting the #playoutdoors movement.

  3. Hugs for the scare, and glad to hear it was only a scare. Thanks for the awesome links, I have some catching up to do.


    I'm Lindsey. I'm an environmental educator, my husband's a biologist. The outdoors is infused into everything we do; which explains why I'm better at mud pies than home decorating. More About Me

    I don't blog alone! Meet outsidemom contributer Olivia