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Want to be Happier? Take a Walk in Nature

Within moments of beginning my walk around the grounds of the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley this morning, I began to experience that wonderful feeling of peace and calmness that washes over me me when I’m out in nature.  Whenever I begin to feel stressed, overwhelmed, quick to anger, or anxious, I’ve learned the best thing for me to do is head outside.  It doesn’t … Continue reading Want to be Happier? Take a Walk in Nature

The Importance of Outdoor Time: Why I Blog

As I enter 2014, I feel the need to answer the question, “Why do I blog?”  When I created “A Nature Mom”, my vision was clear.  My goal was to inspire other families to get outside and play.  I already had created a real-life social Meetup group, Nature Time!  The Bay Area Outdoor Playgroup, a parenting club I envisioned would bring families together, playing outside … Continue reading The Importance of Outdoor Time: Why I Blog

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite (Pumpkins)

Perry Family Pumpkin Patch, Fremont, California…. an infinite sea of pumpkins! Photo taken October 12th, 2013 *** WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Infinite *** More fun at the Perry Family Pumpkin Patch… climbing the hay pyramid! And more pumpkins… Interested in going?  Check out the J.E. Perry Farms website for details:  perryfarmsorganic.com/ Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite (Pumpkins)

A Masterpiece of Nature: The California Redwood

The California Redwood, 1200-1800 years old, growing taller than 300 feet, is a true masterpiece of nature. *** The tallest tree in the world, at 379 feet, is a California Redwood (Sequoia Sempervirens). *** Photo taken July 30th, 2013 San Mateo Memorial Park Where the tallest tree is 225 feet, and 1600 years old. *** WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge:  Masterpiece Continue reading A Masterpiece of Nature: The California Redwood

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

We visited my parents this weekend, who still live in the home where I was raised.  Whenever we visit, my son likes to play with my old childhood toys.  This one is a classic, the Fisher-Price “Play Family Sesame Street”.  I loved this set!  This will clearly date me, but this toy was only produced from 1975 to 1979.  Watching my 6-year-old play with the … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

Curves: Wave Workshop, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Photos from the Wave Workshop at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.  My son loves this exhibit.  Kids can create boats from the foam geometric shapes, turn on the fan (wind), and find out how their boats perform on the water.  My son will refine and tweak his boat over and over in an attempt to design a boat that will float down the … Continue reading Curves: Wave Workshop, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Escape to me means being far, far away from other people, breathing in cool, crisp mountain air, hearing only the random screech of a hawk, inhaling the scent of pine, and taking in the high alpine views. We’ll soon be heading to the Sierras for our first escape of the season.  I absolutely cannot wait to be there…. *** Weekly Photo Challenge:  Escape Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape