Backyard Freedom

IMG_4755With the days not as hot as they typically are here in St. Louis we have started letting our kids go out into the backyard without much supervision from us parents. It’s one of those things that you have to start thinking about as your kids start getting older. You can’t have them coupe up in the house all of the time, but at that same time you can’t always be watching over them like a hawk. You have things you need to get done as well.

So we have a privacy fence and I think our neighborhood is pretty good so I’m not terribly worried about any wrong doing happening. When the kids are out back we open up a few of the windows towards the back of the house so we can here them if they start screaming bloody murder.

That has happened zero times so far now that I mention it. The kids play good out there by themselves. They run around and they wear themselves out. We have a playhouse, swing set, tree house, truck sandbox thing, and a few other things that they have reign over. Another thing I like to do when they go out back to play is I have a radio that I like to turn on some music for them to listen to while playing. I don’t have any research to back it up but I think they really enjoy having some tunes going while doing whatever it is they are doing out there.

There have been a few times where they go outside and then want to come back in after 10 minutes. While that kinda sucks because not much can get done in only 10 minutes, but it’s a start. The kids get that breath of freedom and over time they will want to go out back and play for longer and longer. Sometimes you have to take baby steps and sometimes those turn into leaps. Everyone has to start somewhere.

Having some fun in the backyard. #slowmotion #crazykids

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I’m not one for wanting my kids to grow up too fast, but I’m also not wanting to have to keep them entertained all of their waking hours. I think backyard freedom is a perfect opportunity for the kids to gain some independence and also give us parents a much needed break. I’m not expecting anyone to just throw their kids out into the backyard unprepared. I’m just letting you know what works for us, and so far it has worked well.

I wouldn’t recommend doing this in the front yard. At least for us, the street in front is too busy for the kids to be alone out there. They stay away but I like having the piece of mind that some wacko isn’t going to come flying through my yard with their car. So the kids stay in the backyard.

What kinds of things do you do with your kids in the backyard? Do you send them out alone or do you venture out with them? Let me know below in the comments, I’d love to hear what others are doing in their backyard!

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It’s Christmas in August!!!

IMG_5629It’s Christmas in August! Well, not exactly, the weather is beautiful and school has just satrted, but it sure feels like it with this great item 1byOne sent over for me to check out and review. I love reviewing 1byOne products mainly because they have some great innovative pieces of technology. From the bluetooth speaker to the solar charger they keep on impressing this St. Louis Dad.

This time 1byOne sent over a garden light made specifically for Christmas. This awesome light uses laser technology to beam Christmas trees and red dots on just about any surface you want. You can use the garden light inside or outside. It can withstand a little rain but shouldn’t be submerged according to the included manual. I would also recommend using caution with the lasers. Never look directly into the laser lights and never shine it into the sky, always on a surface. You don’t want to mess with any airplanes passing overheard. St. Louis Lambert Airport is not very far from my location and we have planes flying overhead often enough that I’m going to be using the 1byOne Garden Laser Light indoors this Christmas. It is perfect to shine on many areas in our house and the kids love the moving display of little red dots and green trees.

IMG_5630My only recommendation for this particular light is possibly having a way to change what is displayed based on holiday. Maybe some bunnies and eggs for Easter, fireworks for the Fourth of July, pumpkins for Halloween, etc… But I’m not disappointed with the garden light at all. I am excited to use it this winter season and I would recommend anyone looking into the latest Christmas display technology to give 1byOne’s garden laser light a chance to liven up your display this season.

The light does include a timer and sensor for daylight. You can also change the display between the trees and red dots and how they may interact. The garden light does require an electrical outlet and has an included cord that is pretty lengthy.

Check out this awesome laser light 1byOne sent over! #review #lasers #christmas

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You can purchase a 1byone garden light at Amazon or Amazon UK. Also be sure to follow all of 1byOne’s social media accounts to stay up to date on their latest product offerings as well as other cool info!

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Worlds of Enchantment with Disney on Ice!

Disney on Ice is back in St. Louis at the Chaifetz Arena! This time the Worlds of Enchantment are coming to the home of Saint Louis University’s Billikens. Join many of your favorite Disney characters as they skate in fantastic choreographed fashion in an awesome family friendly event September 23rd through the 25th! That is plenty of time to pick up tickets to a show that fits into your schedule. Check out Disney on Ice’s website for even more info!

We will be at the show. Both of my kids love every single one of the characters Disney has brought [...] Continue Reading…

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I cannot believe it. My little girl starts kindergarten today. Where have these last five years gone, well six since her birthday is at the end of the month. My cute little baby that had started off shy and then blossomed into the intelligent and outgoing young lady she is. Last night I asked her how she feels about starting school and she told me she was really nervous. I’m a little nervous for her. I hope she does well and doesn’t shy up with all of the teachers. They are all so awesome I can see her doing [...] Continue Reading…

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