Friday Finds #54: Getting Outdoors

This past week I took my granddaughter to New Buffalo, Michigan for a few days at the beach and the dunes. We took a walk through a forested park and I explained the art of “forest bathing” to her. Her 10-year old mind found it fascinating yet confusing. She couldn’t understand how being in the forest would make you feel better.

Path in forest - forest bathing

I try to instill a love for nature in my children and grandchildren. We miss out on God’s creation when our noses are stuck in a screen all day – whether it’s the television, video games, a computer, or phone. Disconnecting from electronics and exploring the world firsthand is so important. In fact, there’s a program called 1000 Hours Outside devoted to getting kids out in nature.

My goal is to do some overnight camping this summer. We need a few supplies first – like a tent and air mattress. If you have a tent you especially love, let me know what it is. We already have outdoor cooking gear. I even plan to set the tent up by the pond, too. I’d love to sleep with the sound of the waterfall all night. It’ll be like when I was a kid and dad would set up a pup tent in the backyard.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore online this week since I was on a short vacation with Zoe, but I think you’ll enjoy these Friday Find treasures:

If for some reason you can’t get out to explore a bit of your world, the Centsational Girl shares a collection of virtual video tours from around the world. Who knows? You might be inspired to take a vacation at one of the locations!

How about exploring an abandoned, old mansion? Holly shares photos of a Virginia mansion that you might enjoy. She’s one of the first bloggers I started following!

I stumbled across a fresh take on open kitchen shelving that renews my love for shelves over upper cabinets. Yes, it requires a little more dusting but I love the look of these kitchens.

A new trend that’s gaining popularity is the use of mid-tone paint colors in the home. Light yet soft was the Rachel Ashwell shabby chic trend, followed by just the opposite – dark and moody paint colors. And now, mid-tone paint colors seem to be sweeping the interiors scene.

When you’re spending more time outdoors this summer and need a little refreshment, try my Strawberry Julius recipe. It’s similar to Orange Julius but uses strawberries instead.

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  1. That abandoned mansion was quite something. The price tag was high but I’m going to assume because of the hefty acreage, I would think it would cost about another million or close to to bring it back to the glory it once was. If only I could win the lottery !

  2. I loved the virtual tours and the old mansion. Hopefully someone will buy it, what a waste. Nature is what makes me smile, I love to sit outside and enjoy the birds, bees, and butterflies, it’s such a stress reliever. I hope your having a great time!!