• 10-minute kid+parent DIY bud vase Make: 10-Minute DIY Kid-Safe Stem Vases

    Ah, August! With the kids already back in school and the summer-like days waning, it has us all longing to gather up and surround ourselves with every last bit of the season. Our wood block stem vases were born out of the desire to bring the last of summer inside, while using up some bits & pieces of […]

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  • best lavender lemonade recipe via barley & birch Make: Lavender Lemonade

    Is there anything more refreshing than lemonade on a hot day? Yes – lavender lemonade – and we’re sharing our secret family recipe! I have surprised so many friends with this, and as a small party gift or picnic addition, it always gets the BEST response. It is also the perfect compliment to an afternoon tea […]

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  • healthy kitchen-sink summer quinoa salad recipe via barley & birch Make: Quinoa Kitchen Sink Salad

      Looking for a super healthy, filling, quick and EASY salad for a weeknight dinner or fast lunch? This is one of my absolute favorite summer meals. It fills you up, but isn’t heavy, you can make the quinoa ahead of time and just toss everything in a big bowl, and it uses up all […]

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  • Freebie: Wild at Heart Art Print

    Yay! Its Friday! In celebration of the end of a very nature-centric week, we've added a small print available for download. May it inspire you to take a walk on the wild side - literally - get out there in nature and get wild. There are 4 different color versions, all available to download as a [...] Continue Reading
  • Easy origami box for nature collections via barley & birch Make: Origami Nature Boxes

    If you read our previous post on Shinrin-Yoku, you know we’ve dedicated this week of blogging to hangin’ in the great outdoors. As promised, today we are making origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…! The best part? It only takes 3 pieces of […]

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  • Discover: Shinrin-Yoku with Kids

    Has anyone else suddenly been hearing people talk about Shinrin-Yoku (森林浴) ? I google’d it the other morning after noticing it popping on the news and in my Instagram feed. Shinrin-Yoku is a Japanese practice that translates as “forest bathing” with (sometimes frustratingly) simple directions: Find a forest. Walk through it slowly. Breathe. Sounds easy enough, […]

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