• 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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  • Help your kids develop an appreciation for nature with shinrin-yoku | via barley & birch 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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  • Recycle K-Cups in the Garden | eco-friendly ideas via barley & birch Change: Recycle K-Cups in the Garden!

    Oh hey there earth-loving K-Cup user – wait, don’t toss that cup out! I have a super secret tip for you that will ease your conscience, help your garden and save your soil! Did you know that almost one in three American homes now has a pod-based coffee machine? I’ve got to tell you…mine is one […]

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  • Free printable play plane tickets for kids. Perfect practice for first plane trips - or just for pretend fun via barley & birch Freebie: Plane Trip Printable Play

    Pack your bags kids, we're ready for a vaca! We are super excited to share this set of free printables for mini-jetsetters who'd like to take an afternoon adventure without leaving the yard. The set includes 2 different full color versions + 1 black and white, all with a ticket, baggage claim, wing badge and mini wings. Setup [...] Continue Reading
  • 8 Ways to Help Your Kids Beat Travel Anxiety + 12 Travel DIYs and Free Printables Discover: 8 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Travel Anxiety

    I can. not. believe. Memorial Day weekend (a.k.a. the beginning of summer) is this weekend! As a kid, this was also the beginning of travel season. I grew up taking lots of summer road trips and always felt totally at-home traveling on the road. As an adult, I routinely take long, unplanned road trips, hop on cross-country trains, […]

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  • Read: Harvest - A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm via barley & birch Read: Harvest, A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm

    I’ve just started to experiment with watercolors again and, in looking for subject matter, started painting a stack of books I was returning to the library. The book above is one that I decided to renew, reread and share because I loved it SO MUCH. If you, like me, have ever dreamed of quitting a […]

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