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New Wildflower Bags at I Heart Moss

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New Wildflower Bags at I Heart Moss

New to our nature store are our Wildflower Bags -- that include fern, moon, pine needle, snake, and geometric patterns. I've been drooling over them -- scratch that, too gross -- I'm seriously crushing on these Indigo bags with nature patterns made by Stephanie Hatch Art and Accessories. The fabric and the bags are handmade in Portland, OR using a photo technique called cyranotype. For those who might not know, Stephanie lays the feathers, flowers, ferns, and other forms on fabric and then exposes it to the sun. It is the same process as sun prints except with fabric. She then lines...

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7 Ideas for Family Hiking with Kids and Teenagers

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7 Ideas for Family Hiking with Kids and Teenagers

This last April, I planned a camping and hiking trip for my family of four to the Columbia River Gorge. My kids are fifteen and seventeen and experienced campers. However, I was nervous about cold weather in Oregon. We haven't camped much in the cold, and it was our first trip to the Columbia River Gorge. I'm happy to report that though it was cold, we had a great trip. Once we drove up the Columbia River Gorge Highway and saw the vibrant green and the waterfalls, we were all immediately impressed by the scenery. I could feel the mood in the car shift from...

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Exceptional Family Hike in Point Reyes, California

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Exceptional Family Hike in Point Reyes, California

We celebrated Mother's Day with a Family Hike at Abbott's Lagoon in Point Reyes.  What makes Abbott's Lagoon such an excellent family hike is that it's an easy four mile hike roundtrip and there's an exceptional amount of nature stuff to see. This is the kind of hike where it feels right to go at a slower pace, chat with your hiking companions and look around and smell the cow's parsnip. The large white flowering plant you'll see on all sides is cow's parsnip.  Sights on the way include lots of Spring wildflowers, green rolling hills, the two lagoons, copious birds and...

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More Nature Gifts in our Nature Shop

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More Nature Gifts in our Nature Shop

I am pleased to announce that there are lots of bird-themed gifts in our nature shop now for your bird loving friends. All are made Oakland maker Bird Versus Bird, a talented graphic designer with a powerful love of birds. I was impressed by the bright colors and the perfect palette from the moment I saw her bird gifts. The gift collection includes bird notecards, bird magnets, mini-bird pillows and bird coasters.  Bess makes digital illustrations of Northern California birds and a few others. Then she uses her crafting skills to sew, fabricate and package her feathered friends into a startlingly wide assortment of bird gifts that are...

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How to Inspire a Love of Nature in Your Kid

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How to Inspire a Love of Nature in Your Kid

Start early and bring your kids to nature on a regular basis is the only secret I know of to inspire a love of nature. Dentist say teach your toddler to brush their teeth so it becomes a routine from the start. Educators say read to your baby and toddler. Make going outdoors a part of your daily or weekly baby and toddler routine. While you are outside, share with your child your observations of plants and seeds, animals, rocks, and stars. Share your wonder of nature's beauty and complexity!  I lived in a major city when my two children were born and still live in...

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