Wondering What to do Outside with the Kiddies?

January 22, 2015

We’re big believers in making the best of every situation. While we’re without a doubt on the countdown for warmer weather – we try and make it a point to get out and enjoy every frosty day we can! So... wondering what to do outside with the kiddies? Aside from all the usual stuff like building a snow man, sledding or making snow angels, consider one of the following:

Try identifying animal footprints left in the snow. We love seeing how many critters call our backyard home! The Farmer’s Almanac can help you figure out which furry friend the tracks belong to. 

Build a snow quinzee. This can keep you and the kiddies busy for days - even weeks!  Boys’ Life Magazine offers thorough instructions on how to make your own quinzee

Use plastic pots to make a snow castle. Even though we only have a few inches of snow, we still managed to pack our pots and create a mini snow city! While fun, the end result wasn’t all that pretty! We spent a bit of time surfing the web to see what others have done – and who can do it better than Martha? 

Hike a local nature trail. This is one of our favorite activities as it gives us an opportunity to take a moment to enjoy the fresh air, trees and critters! We’re lucky enough to regularly see deer and rabbits as well as birds and squirrels bounce from branch to branch.

Skiing – even if you’re not ready to take your toddler to the hill, you can help them get comfortable on skis just by pulling them around the yard with a ski harness. Here are a few sites with tips on teaching wee ones how to ski; Kidproject.org and Teachchildrenskiing.com

Plan for success! Aboutkidshealth.ca offers some great tips on bundling up the kiddies in winter weather. If you have a pair of mittens that stay in place with adjusting – then consider yourself lucky. If you’re like most, you’re adjusting every few minutes. MittGrips can help  :) Check out our project on Kickstarter

Happy outings!


How does Kickstarter Work?

January 10, 2015

We’ve noticed some confusion around Kickstarter – what it is and how it works. The goal of this post is to address those questions!

Kickstarter is a vehicle for project backing that enables entrepreneurs to bring products to market by rewarding backers with first access to the product in question in exchange for their contributions. Kickstarter is much like Groupon in that it's all or nothing. If for some reason the project doesn't meet the goal, no one pays a dime. This makes Kickstarter a great platform for folks to access new and innovative products and gives inventors and start-ups a chance to get the funding they need to get started.

In 2014 alone, 22,250 projects were successfully funded on Kickstarter and $529 million dollars were pledged. So if you have an idea – get it out there!

MittGrips is using Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to place our first production order. MittGrips are the essential winter sleeve for keeping children’s mittens on and snow out. Here’s the video if you haven’t watched it already:

Thanks to our supporters for backing and sharing our project, we’re on track for meeting our goal at the beginning of February! Backers should expect their MittGrips in hand by March. So if you're considering backing MittGrips and are putting it off, please don't, and if you haven’t already please share, share, share! :)


Putting MittGrips To The Test

December 18, 2014

On a Sunday morning in late April, we were surprised to wake up to a winter wonderland.  Wanting to make the best of it, our family put on our snow gear and headed out to enjoy a full afternoon of winter fun. Despite the storm dropping a foot of snow, the weather was mild giving us ideal conditions to squeeze in all of our toddler’s favorite winter activities.

We started our adventure by building a snow man. First we rolled three snow balls, stacked them, then explored the yard for sticks and stones for its arms, eyes and mouth. We put everything in place and topped it off with a carrot for the nose (that is, once we were able to wrestle it back from our Springer Spaniel Floyd!).

We took turns making snow angels, then hit the slope with flying saucers. We started out the conventional way by sitting on the saucers. When we had enough, we decided to go down on our bellies with the saucers, and then without. All had a blast!

The outing lasted several hours. We finally hauled our droopy eyed toddler into the house for soup and tomato sandwiches. Once finished, content with the activities she curled up for a late afternoon nap. Dad and Mom were able to kick back and sip on a glass of wine :) 

When I think back to last winter; it's that Sunday afternoon that stands out. Everything about it was perfect. What made it different from earlier outings in the season? Not once did we have to think about her mittens falling off; they stayed snuggly in place for our entire outing. Our focus was spent enjoying our time with our toddler rather than fretting and trying to keep her mittens on.

We’re excited to share!

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