Warm, sunny weather inspires! Doesn’t this picture make you think of summer? YUM! Here’s a project for you & the kiddos this weekend: Make your own vitamin water!
EASY: Slice fruit very thin or cut into small chunks & add water. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours and enjoy!
Experiment & find their favorite flavor. No preservatives or ingredients that are hard to pronounce.
I’m going to try this over the weekend, looks delicious!
Cleaning for a Reason is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that partners with various housekeeping services to arrange FREE house cleanings for people going through cancer treatments. AWESOME!
As you might imagine, they also have a Facebook page, and this is one of their recent posts (below). I thought it might be helpful to some of you parents out there wondering how to give your little ones a bit of responsibility. Have fun!
When it comes to helping kids help themselves, the biggest barrier we face as parents is that it’s often faster and easier to just to do it ourselves. But taking the time to get children involved when they’re young–-and eager to help–-is an important part of giving them the skills they need as they get older.
Did you know that Tryon Creek State Park is Oregon’s only state park within a major metropolitan area? Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard. It’s right in our backyard!
Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park’s eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium. This weekend is the annual Trillium Festival that is a great family activity including a native plant sale, guided nature hikes, children’s crafts and activities, local craft and edibles vendors, live music performances and more!
Another cool tidbit: Tryon Creek is one of the only streams in the metro area with a run of steelhead trout. Neato!
*Taken from a Gro-O Neighborhood facebook post! They always have some fun tips!
We Portlanders love to reduce, reuse and recycle … so bring on the Consignments Sales!!
Maybe you’re a new parent and have never heard of this before or maybe you heard about children’s consignment, but don’t know where to start.
These sales are sure to give you the thrill of finding that ‘score!’. It’s just one more way to practice a sustainable lifestyle WHILE saving your hard earned cash!
Visit this site for Spring 2013 Portland Children’s Consignment Sale dates. So many to choose from! Get your bargain on!
Check out all the fun that is happening THIS WEEKEND!
Visit the ever popular Red Tricycle page on what to do with your little ones before the party turns into the 21 & older crowd!
Enjoy, make some memories with your wee ones this weekend!~
In the Spring of 2010, the Sprout Academy was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to become renters of a community garden plot in Gabriel Park. Of course we jumped at the chance! There is so much potential for children’s learning to take place in a garden, it’s essentially an outdoor classroom!
Since that time, Southwest Community Center has utilized the plot for both the Sprout Academy educational preschool during the school year (about 50 students in the 3’s & 4’s classes) and also for Summer Sprouts camp over the summer break (about 130 campers age 4-5). The garden has 5 raised beds and is a peaceful place where students & campers have laid soil, planted, watered, weeded, harvested and made friends with fellow plot keepers.
This Fall, we began a new partnership with the Neighborhood House in MultnomahVillage to give back to the community! Gabriel Park Community Garden Volunteer Coordinator Elaine Cuyler approached us about donating produce to a local food pantry. That’s the perfect partnership for the preschool that I have been looking for: a way to help local families that children could be an active part of and know that they made a difference in their community. It’s a win-win!
Though the children won’t start trekking out to the garden until Spring, we planted a few winter crops of collard greens, kale, spinach, and green onions to start giving as soon as possible. Our kale & collard greens looked great (thanks to Elaine’s watchful eye and Teacher Rachel’s personal garden visits). We also have some tasty rosemary and other herbs such as thyme to add to the bounty.
Elaine & I went to the plot Tuesday and harvested what amounted to be 7 pounds of organic produce to donate!
It’s our first round of donating and we are exciting to keep growing healthy nutritious food for needy families for years to come! In Spring, the children will get to harvest and gather a donation so look for a follow up post in a few months! Hooray! Kelly Owen (NH Food Box Coordinator) was excited to see us and add to the fresh produce available.
To learn more about the program and how you can contribute, please visit their website at www.nhpdx.org. We’ll be visiting them regularly with whatever the season brings!