CREATE … bubble bombs | a simple experiment perfect for the 4th

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It’s great to be home after a fantastic, but long, family road trip out west. We started out driving from Kansas City to Moab and explored Arches National Park (which is truly unbelievable) journeyed on through the desert, took a drive through Yosemite, connected with dear friends in California and hiked through the Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  It was an unforgettable adventure and will post more about our hikes soon.

In the meantime … This boy was cooped up in the car way too long and could not wait to make something the day he came home. We found this simple experiment he could do himself with a little assistance the first time. He had a blast and it’s much safer than a real explosive!! We moved it outdoors after mixing up the vinegar and water, because it indeed explodes. It’s perfect for the 4th and requires a few simple ingredients… vinegar, baking soda, plastic bag, and a paper towel.

Simple directions here for Bubble Bombs from Exploratorium. They have a great website that I’m anxious to further explore.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Julie

NOURISH … after the harvest |a new local kansas city organization harvesting food for the hungry

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Remember the food gleaning that we volunteered for last growing season? It was called SOSA West and was part of a large, national organization. SOSA West has closed doors but the two incredible women that organized SOSA West are now involved with a new local Kansas City based organization called After the Harvest. They will be working with some of the same great farmers to host volunteer days to harvest food for the hungry, that would otherwise be wasted in the fields. I’m excited for their new adventures and the strength of creating this local network. Currently, since they are a new organization and the harvest season is in full swing, their website is under construction. You can find their upcoming events posted on their Facebook page with a contact number for the coordinator Karin Page in the about section. To be placed on their email list for volunteer days or to schedule a morning to volunteer as a group just contact Karin.

Please support this fantastic organization providing healthy fresh food for the hungry!! You can sign up to harvest strawberries tomorrow and Friday and they have more opportunities listed on their Facebook page.

The images above are some that I took last year when we volunteered to harvest food and we’re all anxious to help out again this year! You can read more here and here about past volunteering we have done harvesting food for the hungry.

Julie

NEST … with a peaceful walk in the woods + a little foraging for wildflowers and edibles

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WILD GERANIUM

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Taking a walk through the woods behind our house has to be one of the most peaceful activities for me. The wildflowers that I see are precious and we try not to pick too many of them since we want them to thrive there. This is VERY hard for a certain 4 yr old girl. She could wipe out the entire ecosystem in one walk around our trail. I do let her pick a few here and there but try to explain to her that we want the flowers to keep coming back year after year. It’s hard enough to keep what we have with all of the invasive bush honeysuckle that we have crowding out most native plants and flowers. I recently found this great resource for identifying many of the flowers and edible plants that we have growing in the woods and in our own backyard. It’s called Edible Wild Food and it has great images of plants and flowers that are edible and easily found in the wild. They also have some recipes and great tips on foraging. We have a huge variety to explore and try. I guess that’s one great thing about letting our backyard get wildly overgrown. I’m very slowly figuring out what to keep and what to pull out. We use no chemicals so this is a tedious project that consumes me once spring hits. The photos I took above are just a few non-edible wildflowers we have but some edibles we’ve discovered are lambs quarter, mullein, wild bee balm, wild violet, sweet rocket, goldenrod, and yarrow, and of course dandelion. You may also like this previous post with many resources for native wildflowers.

Take a peaceful walk and see what you can discover, but watch out for this!!

Julie