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  • bandb-2016-wildatheart-print-mockup 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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  • Barley and Birch Spring/Summer 2010 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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  • bandb-2016-recyclekcups 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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  • bandb-2016-PlaneTravelPlayPrintable-crop 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
  • barleyandbirch-2016-kids-travel-150x150 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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