5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids {#4 Gear Up}

5 Tips for Successful Nature Walks with Kids {#4 Gear Up}  |  Yankeehomestead.com Just as you would never run a few miles without proper footwear, or tackle a home repair project without the necessary tools and supplies, you should not expect a successful nature walk without the appropriate gear.

This can mean different things for different folks, but in general, certain items are highly recommended for long term nature walk success.   Other items may not be necessary per se, but will certainly add to the enjoyment and value of your walks.

If you want to be well prepared for long term success in family nature explorations, read on for a list of my own family’s favorite Nature Gear…

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BBQ Chicken Pizza {Gluten & Dairy-Free}

BBQ Chicken Pizza {gluten and dairy-free} | YankeeHomestead.com

This gluten and dairy-free pizza recipe was a big hit with my Yankee Homestead family, all the way down to our last little pickiest eater.  Little Brother is four, and will not eat cheese or tomatoes.  Which sort of rules out traditional pizza.

So we’ve been experimenting with slightly non-conventional pizza toppings, like this Thai pizza, in an effort to slowly acclimate him to the idea of eating pizza.  My hope is that once we accomplish that, we can work on getting him to eat pizza with tomato sauce, and maybe even cheese!

Until then, I’ll be relying on this recipe for our easy pizza nights.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Non-toxic Makeup: Free Shipping, Reader Questions & a Great Deal

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Free Shipping from 100% Pure

Hooray!  I just found out that 100% Pure, one of my very favorite lines of toxin-free cosmetics, is offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders through midnight on Sunday.

If you’ve wanted to try out any of their products, now is the perfect time to do it!  Just use code PURESHIP at checkout. Continue reading

My New, Simpler Version of Essential Oils Deodorant for Men

Essential Oils Deodorant for Men |  Yankeehomestead.comA while back, Mr. Native Texan made the switch from his mainstream deodorant (bleh) to this completely non-toxic deodorant made by yours truly with essential oils (of course).

Well.  I was thrilled about the switch, but not so thrilled every time he needed a refill which required me to drag out approximately 73 bottles of oil to whip up a new batch of deodorant. I’d had a feeling that would happen, which is why I’d been a bit resistant to trying that recipe in the first place.

Finally, I took matters into my own hands and experimented with simpler combinations of oils. Continue reading

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Just a quick post to let you know that Tropical Traditions is offering FREE SHIPPING this weekend.  Hooray!

Check out all my favorite products to order from Tropical Traditions here (including laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, coconut oil and more!): Free Shipping from Tropical Traditions.

What’s more, my favorite non-toxic lotion, made by Tropical Traditions, is on sale at 40% off. Combined with free shipping, that’s a great deal!   Continue reading

5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids {#3 Choose the Right Spot}

#3 Choose the Right Spot | Yankeehomestead.com

Hopefully you’ve already read my first two tips for a successful nature walk with kids.  If not, you can do that here:

5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids

#1 Find a Buddy
#2 Make it a Habit

Once you’ve got a nature buddy and you’ve settled on some sort of schedule for your nature walks, it’s time to pick a destination.  Better yet, you’ll want to start a whole list of family-friendly nature spots in your area.

Check out my top tips for choosing the right spot for your nature explorations… Continue reading

Gluten Free Dairy Free Thai Pizza

Gluten Free Dairy Free Thai Pizza | Yankeehomestead.com

Three out of four Hendersons are big fans of this recent addition to our dinnertime repertoire. Unfortunately, it was that fourth little Henderson whom I sought to delight with this tomato-free, cheese-free pizza.  I thought I’d found a winner, but alas, it was not so.

I shall persevere in our quest to find a “four star” pizza ensemble, but in the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this super-easy and super-tasty Thai Pizza recipe. Continue reading

5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids {#2 Make It a Habit}

5 Tips for a Successful Nature Walk with Kids | Tip #2 Make It a Habit | Yankee Homestead

We’re huge fans of nature walks here at the Yankee Homestead.  And after years of nature walking with kids, I’ve learned a thing or two about making the experience enjoyable for all.  Just in case you missed it last week, Tip #1 was Find a Buddy.

And now, for Tip #2…

Tip #2. Make It a Habit

It’s easy to dream up grandiose plans for all those nature walks you’d like to do with your kiddos.  It’s quite another thing to execute those plans, and to do so on a regular basis.  The following are my top ways to make nature walks a habit. Continue reading