Gluten-Free Scandinavian Berry Cobbler

Gluten-Free Scandinavian Berry Cobbler. Rain or Shine Mamma.

This gluten-free berry cobbler, or "smulpaj" (crumble pie) as it is called in Swedish, is perfect to make with the kids, since it's so easy! Traditional Swedish cobbler is made with wheat flour but since my youngest daughter has shown some … [Click to read the full article]

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3 Ways You Can Help Get a Child Outside

How You Can Help Get a Child Outside. Rain or Shine Mamma.

We already know that playing outdoors is good for kids for many reasons, but unfortunately not all children get to have regular experiences in nature today. As adults we're effectively children's gatekeepers to nature, and before they're old enough … [Click to read the full article]

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DIY Forest School VI: Rock Stacking

DIY Forest School VI: Rock Stacking. Rain or Shine Mamma.

This is the sixth post in the popular series about forest school pedagogy and learning outside from Rain or Shine Mamma. Subscribe for email updates at the end of the post if you want to follow the rest of the series this fall and winter! If you … [Click to read the full article]

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The Truth About Backpacking Solo with Kids

Backpacking Solo with Kids. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Last weekend I did something I hadn't done for ten years. I packed up my sleeping bag, a small camping stove, a lightweight tent, food, water and some other essentials, and ventured into the forest on a local, 11-mile backpacking trail. With me, I … [Click to read the full article]

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Five Fun Nature Learning Activities

Five Nature Learning Activities. Rain or Shine Mamma

Last year I did a forest school series that was widely popular. These nature learning activities are not just for homeschoolers but can be used as a complement to public school or just as fun inspiration if you're looking for something to do with … [Click to read the full article]

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What (Nearly) Three Weeks Without Wi-Fi Looks Like

Three Weeks with No Wi-Fi. Rain or Shine Mamma

It's been quiet around here, and with good reason. Every year, the girls and I go to my native Sweden for almost a month to visit with family and friends. I usually take this time to unplug and get away from the constant distractions of social media. … [Click to read the full article]

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How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice. Rain or Shine Mamma.

In Scandinavia, where I was born and raised, the summer solstice, or Midsummer as it's commonly called over there, is on par with Christmas as far as holidays go. Summer solstice celebrations can be traced back to pre-Christian times and mark the … [Click to read the full article]

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When Nature Is Off-Limits – Thoughts on My Run-in with the Law at a Nature Preserve

When Nature Is Off-Limits. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Last week I wrote about being fined for letting my kids play in a creek at a nature preserve managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The post set off a firestorm of comments, shares, and discussions about children's access to nature … [Click to read the full article]

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The Dirty Secrets of an Outdoor Mom

The Dirty Secrets of an Outdoor Mom. Rain or Shine Mamma.

A while back I was sitting around talking to some other women, when one of them referred to me as "Super Mom over there." I don't remember what the context was, but I know that she sometimes reads the blog and probably meant it as a compliment. Maybe … [Click to read the full article]

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5 Tips for Taking the Kids to the Park

Tips for Taking Kids to the Park. Rain or Shine Mamma.

Where we live, corn and soybean fields abound, while woods and other wilderness areas are harder to come by. But, we only have to drive for half an hour or 45 minutes to get to a number of state and county parks, which we often do on the weekends. … [Click to read the full article]

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