Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space with Plow and Hearth

With summer in full swing, we are all excited to get outdoors with the family and spend quality time together. All winter long, and most of the spring you spent cooped up indoors through bad weather and bitter temperatures. Now, it’s finally time to get outside and soak up the sun. The best part? Getting outdoors brings enjoyment through the summer and far into the fall. What better place to enjoy all of the beautiful weather to come with the family than from the comfort of your own backyard? Now, all you need to do is create the perfect outdoor family space. Sound overwhelming? Let Plow & Hearth help!

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Heat Related Illnesses: Preparing for the Summer Heat

The official period of summer for 2017 is from June 21 to September 22. As we approach the summer months, it is important to consider the danger of the heat. If you plan on enjoying the outdoors this summer, you will be at risk of heat related illnesses. Throughout the entire United States, forecasters are predicting above-average temperatures for the summer months, and with this in mind, it is important to take certain precautions when spending time outside.

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Gifts for the Active and Outdoor Dad: Father’s Day 2017

Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift for the special one in your life can often feel like a daunting task — but it doesn’t have to be! For the dad who would rather spend his time being active or enjoying the outdoors, we’ve got you covered on the perfect gift ideas just for them. From must-have workout gear to convenient baby carriers, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks that he will love and actually use this year!

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The Ultimate Family-Friendly Camping Gear Guide

With 13,000 public campgrounds in the US and Canada (and that doesn’t even count private ones or go-pitch-a-tent-in-an-abandoned-field ones), we have good reason to believe that the oftentimes thought of extinct act of camping does still, in fact, exist. That there are still families who own a sleeping bag and a canteen and aren’t afraid to put down the smartphone for a night or two warms our souls. So, as the temperature starts to thaw, the kids begin to remember what grass and trees are, and Mom and Dad are finally ready to tackle that New Year’s resolution of “spend more time together as a family”, it’s time to circle a weekend on the calendar and go good ol’ fashioned camping!

We won’t let you take ol’ fashioned camping too literally, though. In this day and age, even basic camping gear comes with bells and whistles. We’re excited to show you what the camping gear industry looks like today, and what essential – yet oh so cool – products are out there to give your family-friendly camping excursion a modern and just-like-home feel.

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Warm, Dry, And Fashionably Cute with The Original Muck Boot Company

All you want this winter is to bundle your little people up, keep them warm, and looking halfway decent. It would be a bonus if not only were they bundled, warm, and looking so adorably cute, but they’re dry! There’s nothing more challenging with snow (and melting snow) than having your kids feet stay warm and dry after hours of playing. Not only that, but some of us have outdoor chores and our own playtime to do – keeping your feet warm, dry, comfortable is exactly what you want in a winter boot. There’s nothing wrong with also adding in a bit of sass to the functionality of your boot. Muck Boot Company has combined comfort and high performance with style to bring you the best footwear on the market. 

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Unique Gifts for Holiday 2016 #DmHoliday16

Half the fun of shopping for the holidays is selecting gifts for everyone on your list that they will love and enjoy throughout the year. You may want to find a gift that embodies their personality, hobbies, or passions. When you do, unique gifts are often the ticket for the most excitement during the holiday season. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite unique gift ideas to help make finding the perfect gift easy.

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Five Family Friendly Colorado Hikes

The summer months are the perfect time of year to explore nature together as a family. Hitting the road and experiencing the best sights and scenes throughout the nation is the perfect way to create family memories that your children will speak about for months to come.

If you are an adventure seeker, Colorado is one of the best places in the country to introduce your kiddos to the beauty of the outdoors. We’ve rounded up five of the best family friendly hikes and all the tips you need to stay safe and connected on the journey.

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3 Reasons to Keep a Trampoline…Year Round

Think your kids don’t get out enough? It’s probably true! Imagine watching your children develop and explore their talents through tricks and flips you may have thought were only reserved for the professionals. Every one of those “professionals” had to start somewhere.

Got sharing issues among your children? Get a trampoline. Worried your homeschooler isn’t “socializing”? Get a trampoline. Want to help your child with balance and confidence? Get a trampoline. Plus, mom and dad can use it and lead by example, becoming your child’s hero (and giving you a bit of exercise too)!

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4 Hidden Dangers to Watch Out for This Summer

Time spent outdoors this summer, and especially as we head into the slightly cooler months of fall, can make the best childhood memories — family hikes, camping trips, and trail explorations. However, they can also make for some pretty itchy–possibly poo-filled — situations that while yes, they too will be memorable, they may not be the childhood memories you’re hoping for. Learn how to spot and prevent common natural dangers in your woods and waters to keep outdoor childhood memories pleasant!

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8 Reasons to Choose Recycled Plastic for Your Outdoor Activities

Summer has finally arrived, and if your family is anything like ours, you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors.

While many adventures need nothing more than a good imagination, we’d be lying if we told you that our backyards are free of a few simple items. Interestingly enough, most of them are made from recycled plastic! And, while we’re all for avoiding plastic when it comes to anything that might get close to our children’s digestive system, we’re 100% confident that recycled plastic is the way to go when it comes to outdoor activities. 

Need a little convincing? Here are 8 reasons you should choose recycled plastic too.

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Creating an Outdoor Playground with American Plastic Toys

      

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if you could create a private outdoor playground in your own backyard? Your kids could get outdoor time playing with toys while you enjoy fresh air and a cup of coffee. Most of us don’t dare to consider doing this, because play equipment and toys can be expensive. And when it comes to outdoors, those expensive toys can get ruined by the elements pretty quickly. What if we told you that there is a company that can not only create the most amazing indoor or outdoor playroom for both boys and girls, but allow you to do it on a budget? Introducing American Plastic Toys.

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Scooters for the Whole Family

Scootering is a wonderful outdoor activity for both kids and adults during the summer months. Scooters are easy to pack into the car — unlike bikes which typically require a bike rack or some fancy maneuvering to fit them in the back of the car. Bring your scooter to a playgroup to ride with friends or to the grandparents’ to use on their long, smooth driveway! Take a family scoot to a local store or ice cream shop for a treat. The possibilities are endless! 

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