Winter Nature Journal Preview

Printable Winter Nature Journal eBo...

The Winter Nature Journal eBook [first in a series of four] is finally here! It's a little later than I hoped, but it's published just in time for...

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One starry night – Geminids M...

Our 12 days of Christmas in Nature ends with one starry night... whether that night is the Geminids meteor shower this weekend, the dark sky of  a ne...

Egg carton and dryer lint fire starters

Two firestarters crafted from recyc...

We're nearing the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in Nature. We've crafted ornaments, learned ways to stay warm, made trail mix and fed the birds... w...

Nature Craft, Bird Seed Ornaments

Three crafty bird feeders to make f...

On the third day of Christmas, Mother Nature gave to me.... lots and lots of birds! Feeding birds, in the winter, can help them survive and help you b...

Travel & Adventure

11 Ways to Stay Warm on Winter Adventures Outdoors

11 ways to stay warm on winter adventures outdoors

On the 11th day of Christmas, Mother Nature gave to me... the cold harsh air of the winter wonderland! Read more of the 12 Days of Christmas in Nature   Folks, in the spirit of keeping it real.. I live in Georgia. While we d...

Becoming an OutdoorsWoman

Georgia Women Learn Outdoor Skills at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

I spent this past weekend with a group of about 40 women at Georgia's annual "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" workshop. The workshop is three days of outdoor recreation education. BOW is an experience like no other. It's a sort of camp for adu...

Printable Winter Nature Journal eBook

Winter Nature Journal Preview

The Winter Nature Journal eBook [first in a series of four] is finally here! It’s a little later than I hoped, but it’s published just in time for Winter Solstice. I hope that my nature loving fans will find inspiration, ideas and information in the book to help propel your nature journaling into 2015. It is available for free to subscribers of Trail Mix Digest, the Happy Trails Wild Tales newsletter. Once you confirm your subscription [from a confirmation email], you will be redirected to download the Winter Nature Journal in PDF format.

If you have ANY technical difficulties, please don’t hesitate to leave comments with your email address and I will help as soon as possible.

Subscribe to the Trail Mix Digest and receive your free book!

Where to find us without Facebook in 2015

Find us without facebookYou may not be aware, but it’s no secret to bloggers and brands that facebook is going to make it more difficult for pages to reach their fans in the new year. What it means for you is that many of your favorite pages won’t show up on your timeline, anymore.. unless they pay for advertising. The sad thing about it is that most of my favorite pages have nothing to do with business and aren’t making enough money to validate spending on facebook ads to reach their audience – An audience who already said they want to see updates from the page!

With that said, I will continue to update my friends and fans on facebook via the Happy Trails Wild Tales page. But, you will probably not see it as we move into the new year. Here are some other places you can stay in touch and get updates from Happy Trails Wild Tales.

Subscribe to Trail Mix Digest 
Of all of the ways to stay connected with me, this one is the best. This is my email newsletter. I know it’s scary giving out your email address. But, I promise I’m not interested in spamming your inbox or giving away your email addresses to others. Subscribing means that you’ll probably receive one email a week, from me, detailing anything new that’s happening with Happy Trails Wild Tales. Think of it as having my facebook status delivered to your email once a week.

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No spam ever.

Twitter @happytrailtales
Although it’s a much different environment than Facebook, I post pretty regularly to twitter. I like twitter because there’s no attempt to stop me from communicating freely with the people who’ve decided they want to hear from me! I am a regular contributor to hashtags like #OutdoorFamilies and #GeorgiaMom.

Instagram @happytrailtales
This photo-sharing platform is another great way to keep in touch with me. However, I think we need to keep in mind that instagram is now owned by facebook and we may see similar restrictions arise as it becomes more inundated with brands and marketers.

Pinterest 
Yes, I’m on pinterest and I share lots and lots of valuable content from homeschooling resources to outdoor families, travel and crafts.

YouTube
I’ll be working on bringing more video content to subscribers as 2015 warms up. Subscribe to the Happy Trails Wild Tales channel and don’t miss a thing.

Finally, my personal facebook account.
I’ve turned on the “followers,” feature of my personal facebook account. This allows fans, who I don’t necessarily know in person, to follow along with my public posts. Following my personal facebook account may keep my updates in your feed better than just liking the page.

One starry night – Geminids Meteor Shower

Our 12 days of Christmas in Nature ends with one starry night… whether that night is the Geminids meteor shower this weekend, the dark sky of  a new moon in winter, or some other celestial event happening! Bring some hot chocolate!

Geminids in Flight, December 14, 2012. Jeff Smallwood captured eight meteors and five airplanes over the course of 90 minutes. Click on image for a larger version.
Jeff Smallwood

Geminids Meteor Shower

From Sky and Telescope:

The Geminids, an impressive annual meteor shower sparked by dust and debris shed from a small asteroid, peaks this weekend.

Geminids can appear anywhere in the sky, so the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, probably straight up. Small particles create tiny, quick streaks. Occasional brighter ones might sail across the heavens for several seconds and may leave a brief train of glowing smoke.

See more at: Sky & Telescope

 

Two firestarters crafted from recycled material

We’re nearing the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in Nature. We’ve crafted ornaments, learned ways to stay warm, made trail mix and fed the birds… what better way to settle in for winter than relaxing with a toasty fire?

Craft these fire starters using recycled material

Egg carton and dryer lint fire startersEgg Carton & Dryer Lint Fire Starters
Stephanie, at DIY Ready, shows us how to use
this common household garbage for
a practical purpose, starting fires!
[Read how to do it]

Newspaper Fire StarterTwisted Newspaper Fire Starter
Martha Stewart, of course, showcases her
fancy recycled newspaper fire starters
in a basket by the hearth.
[Simple instructions here]

Do you have a favorite fire starter that you craft from recycled materials?

Three crafty bird feeders to make for winter

On the third day of Christmas, Mother Nature gave to me…. lots and lots of birds! Feeding birds, in the winter, can help them survive and help you bring nature indoors.

Nature Craft, Bird Seed OrnamentsBird Seed Ornaments
Ever thought of decorating a christmas tree for the birds?
This is an easy project to make some decorations that
the birds will appreciate. A few years ago, we made them
using this recipe and gave them
away as simple gifts.

Pine Cone Bird Feeder CraftPine Cones & Peanut Butter Bird Feeders
The simplest of all bird feeder crafts, any age or
attention span can quickly create these from
Green Child Magazine contributor Jennie Lyon.

Orange Bird Feeder CraftOrange Bird Feeder Craft
Simple and satisfying, these orange bird feeders
from _ add a splash of summer color
to the winter landscape. Learn how
to make them from Sheri Silver.

Don’t forget to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count coming this February.