In 2016, I had a fire lit under me. I remember being so passionate about doing my part in the fight against racism. I thought I was saying and doing all of the right things to get through to others. But then I replied to someone’s “Black lives matter” quote with “All lives matter, stop dividing us (something along those lines).” And people started replying to me in the most negative way. ⁣
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I was honestly so confused. Didn’t they know I was on their side? ⁣
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So instead of continuing to try to prove my point, I reached out to a friend from high school and asked her if she would explain what I had done wrong. And even though she didn’t have to, she did. And I understood immediately why what I said was absolutely the wrong thing to say. Thank you, Kendra!⁣
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If you are using the term “all lives matter” in response to anything that is going on in our country right now, I implore you to research why it’s wrong. There are a number of articles and graphics out there that explain it brilliantly. One being the picture of two houses, one on fire and one perfectly fine. But a person is spraying water on the house that isn’t burning down, while saying “all houses matter”. Of course they do, but right now, we need to focus and save the one that is burning down. ⁣
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For a lot of us, this is new and as we continue to fight, we will make mistakes, as I did years ago. But as long as we are learning from those mistakes, and growing as people, it’s ok! Recognize where you’ve gone wrong. Learn why. Continue to educate others. We are stronger together. ⁣
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Yesterday, I read. ⁣
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And even if every single other person in this country did the same thing on #blackouttuesday, it didn’t magically change the lives of black people overnight. It was only 24 hours. That shouldn’t surprise you. ⁣
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We still have work to do. ⁣
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We need to continue to read, continue to watch, continue to listen, continue to share... Continue to teach our kids and have the uncomfortable conversations with those around us that still don’t understand that this isn’t about all lives. This is about black lives. This isn’t about not being a racist. This is about anti-racism. ⁣
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Continuing to educate ourselves and others so that things will change speaks louder than any black box ever will. ⁣
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Will you stay silent or will you arm yourself with the knowledge you need to fight? ⁣
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Art by my 14 year old daughter, Lucia, who has been more vocal about this situation than many adults. ⁣
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Like most of you, I watched George Floyd fight for his last breath on national TV, by someone whose job it was to protect people. It sickened me.⁣
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I’ve struggled to find the words to express how I was feeling. In all honesty, I was afraid to speak about it in fear that I would say the wrong thing or my thoughts would be misinterpreted.⁣
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But staying silent can be misinterpreted too.⁣
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Yesterday morning I watched an IGTV video by @cut and I knew I couldn’t stay silent any longer.⁣
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I am a white woman. I will NEVER know what it’s like to be a person of color. I will never be pulled over because of the color of my skin. I have never been afraid of the police. And knowing that so many, at a young age are taught to act a certain way around a police officer, in fear that they may be arrested or worse, killed, for absolutely no reason at all, breaks my heart.⁣
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But this isn’t about me or my feelings.⁣
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This is about the senseless killings that continue happening. It’s about the injustice that people of color face. It’s about so many families that have lost loved ones. It’s about all of the beautiful black children and their parents and grandparents and extended family, that are afraid of what could happen to them because of the color of their skin.⁣
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Imagine leaving your home every day and wondering if you’ll ever return. No one should ever have to feel that way.⁣
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It’s time we stopped the silence and did something about it. It’s time we focus on change and how we can do better. I’m sharing ways we can make a change on the blog today and I’ve included the link in my bio. ⁣
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Best part about having a teenage daughter? We can enjoy Lifetime Original Movies together! [ad] I'm so excited for this weekend's movie marathon! @LifetimeTV has always been one of my favorites and just like me, this year they are celebrating 30 incredible years (wink, wink)! ⁣
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Lucia and I are ready for a weekend of movies, popcorn and LOTS of commentary. Somehow, even if it's a drama or a thriller, we find ourselves laughing. She definitely shares my crazy sense of humor. ⁣
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Today we are planning on watching Death of a Cheerleader at 11am EST and Flowers in the Attic at 4pm EST and tomorrow, Beaches at 12pm EST. ⁣
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The marathon begins today at 11am EST and ends Sunday night.. so grab your popcorn and tune in with us. Don't forget to check out our stories where we'll be sharing what it's like to watch a movie with us (almost as entertaining as the movies themselves). #LifetimeLoyals  #LifetimeTV #LOM30 ⁣
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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but this is only temporary. ⁣
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I’ve said it to myself a million times since I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder. And now, during this pandemic, it’s something we all have to focus on. ⁣
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We won’t always be locked in our homes. We won’t always have to wear a mask in public. Our kids won’t always be schooled online. We won’t always be out of work. Because just like anxiety, this pandemic is only temporary. ⁣
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Enjoy your family. Cherish every moment you are being “forced” to spend with them. Your kids are growing up and they won’t always be little. Having them at home with you is just as temporary. ⁣
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Today on the blog, our friend Alison @theanxietyhealer is sharing her personal struggle and how she’s coping with anxiety during a pandemic. She’s also included her favorite affirmations for you. Link is in my bio (or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously I have to share my go-to slow cooker BBQ brisket recipe. It’s probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make. It tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen cooking it, though it takes just minutes to prep. Best part is, you can make this recipe with any cut of beef! Serve on a plate with your favorite sides or on a roll for a delicious sandwich. Your family will love it!⁣
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Head to the blog (link in bio or swipe up in stories) for the easy to follow recipe. ⁣
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Today is #nationalbrisketday so obviously...

I’ve gotten so much positive feedback on the copycat Starbucks Pink Drink recipe I put up on the blog last month and I just wanted to thank you guys so much! Since most of us aren’t going out, it’s fun to try to make our favorites at home. What copycat recipe do you want me to share next?
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𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭? ⁣
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And if you missed the Pink Drink recipe, just click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories. ⁣😊⁣
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In case you missed it... yesterday I shared a free printable neighborhood scavenger hunt (link in bio). ⁣I didn’t mention that in addition to this scavenger hunt page, you’ll also receive 2 additional exclusive printable scavenger hunts! 🙌🏻⁣
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Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep busy, get out of the house (safely) as a family, get some exercise and have some competitive fun! ⁣
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Have you downloaded it yet?⁣
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Although our city is slowly opening up, we will be staying in and enjoying family time today. ⁣
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We will also be doing a fun scavenger hunt around the neighborhood (I shared the free printable on the blog today so go and grab it - link in bio). ⁣
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Back in January, we visited @legolandflorida for the first time. One of the highlights of that trip, was discovering Granny's Apple Fries. We've been pretty obsessed with them since the first bite and wanted to try to recreate them at home.⁣
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I researched, I googled, I tried two different recipes that I found online that claimed to be Legoland Granny apple fries copycat recipes. And they were both huge failures. ⁣
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After a whole lot of brainstorming and trial and error, we fell back on something that seems to save the day for us on a regular basis... funnel cake batter. ⁣
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We dipped our apple sticks in the batter, fried and tossed in a cinnamon sugar mix. OMG... HEAVEN.  Cinnamon sugar apple fries are EVERY 👏🏻 THING 👏🏻 and I’m sharing the recipe today on the blog (click on the link in our bio or swipe up in stories). ⁣
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Would you dip them with caramel, whipped cream or both?⁣
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This conversation is sponsored by Just Add Nature at Walmart. All opinions are my own.

One of my fondest memories growing up was going fishing with my Papa and my Uncle. There was something about that special family time outdoors, waiting to see if we could catch something, that still brings a smile to my face. My kids have a very different childhood. While they love to play outside, most of their hobbies are done inside and include a screen. I often wish I could show them how much fun it was to have a technology-free childhood. Things were so much simpler, and it was so much fun to spend time with the people I loved the most, making memories. Now that we’ve been spending more time at home, we are making it our mission to introduce things from our own childhood, starting with fishing.

old photo of grandpa and granddaughter

My kids have actually been begging us to go fishing for years. We bought fishing rods in 2018 and while they went once shortly after we purchased them, those fishing rods have been sitting in storage ever since. Life gets busy. Driving back and forth to school, work, extracurricular activities, friends’ houses, and the many, many errands we have to run limits our time for these sorts of things. But now… we have plenty of time, so we took the girls fishing last weekend. Luckily, we have a canal on our road, so we didn’t have to travel far.

I’m happy to report that we’ve added fishing to our weekly calendar, and we feel good about bonding over “reel time” with our kids, reminiscing about our childhood and passing along our nostalgia and knowledge of fishing to our kids with the help of these Just Add Nature kits. Just Add Nature is easy, FUN and designed with kids in mind!

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Dad teaching daughter how to fish

dad teaching daughter how to fish

dad teaching daughter how to fish

little girl fishing

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Just Add Nature buckets provide fun and simple ways for kids to get back to the basics with outdoor play and discovery. There are a variety of kits available (you can learn more about all of the different Just Add Nature Kits on their Facebook page plus watch videos with fishing tips and tricks)  and they contain a variety of supplies including dingers, floats, weights, tools, hooks, pliers, instructions and more! Basically everything you need, minus the fishing pole.

You can buy the brand new Just Add Nature kits at your local Walmart or on Walmart.com today at their Everyday Low Price of just under $8 each! They make a great gift as well!

little girl holding a small net

dad fishing with three daughters

little girl using a shovel in the dirt

Even if you’ve never gone fishing, YouTube Webisodes provide various tips, tricks and entertainment, guaranteed to hook you in!

Have you ever taken your kids fishing? What ways are you incorporating outdoor time into your schedule?

Now is the perfect time to get back to basics. We are teaching our kids how to fish with the help of Just Add Nature kits.

*This post is sponsored by Just Add Nature kits. All opinions are my own.

 

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  • Anne Marie
    May 22, 2020

    We fished a lot with our father, too, and the memories are great! I like how this kit eliminates complicated steps and gets children fishing so much quicker!

  • alison abbott
    May 22, 2020

    What a perfect kit for this time of social distancing and closed schools. I think kids and parents will love the opportunity to be outside with nature and “learning” without even knowing it.
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  • Melanie williams
    May 22, 2020

    Love that this is educational and the fact that it supports being out doors in nature too…how fab xx

  • We need these kits! I think my kids will love ’em

  • Lisa Favre
    May 22, 2020

    Oh this kit looks like something my kiddo would absolutely adore! I gotta look into it – it’ll encourage us to get out more!
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  • Jay Aguirre
    May 22, 2020

    I haven’t heard of these kits but I really like the idea of them! Fishing is always a fun time. Love the slogan too. Just adding nature makes everything better.

  • Pati Robins
    May 22, 2020

    i so hope that they will be selling these in the uk , i think its needed , there is nothing more fun as well as educational by being close to nature

  • Jessica
    May 22, 2020

    I’ve also had that thought about when the day comes and I have kids what it will look like. I loved playing outdoors and have in the past gone fishing (not anymore). I’m glad you were able to bring part of your childhood memories and activity to your family

  • Marta
    May 21, 2020

    I love this way of getting the kiddos out into nature! And it’s inexpensive too!
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  • ANGIE AGERTER
    May 21, 2020

    Gosh these are so cute and creative. I love that they have everything you basically need for each type of outdoor adventure.
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  • Kuntala
    May 21, 2020

    I like fishing, I had tried once. I would love to take out my son for fishing, maybe will do one day. Great to see you enjoyed with your kids.

  • Harshi & Aman
    May 21, 2020

    The girls look so happy and looks like they had a lot of fun! We know one of our niece would love this and the kits do seem super kid friendly.

  • Ave
    May 21, 2020

    I loved going fishing when I was a kid, but I haven’t done it for ages! I think my daughter would love these Just Add Nature kits. They look so much fun.

  • Joy
    May 21, 2020

    this is so cool, heather!! did your kids have a blast? i remember going fishing around your kids’ ages. i would have loved to try one of those kits for sure.

  • Ashlee
    May 21, 2020

    I have tried fishing like twice and it was such an experience! I’m always happy when children get to explore and enjoy nature, with their parents and it’s a good thing Just Add Nature has helped you and other families with that through their products.

  • Marie Phillips
    May 21, 2020

    All of my kids have had their own fishing kits! So much fun!
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  • Toni
    May 21, 2020

    That looks so much fun! My kids will surely love to try that!

  • Catalina
    May 21, 2020

    I see that the whole family has a lot of fun. And this is what is important when you go fishing!

  • Tisha
    May 21, 2020

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to take my oldest fishing I think he will love it!

  • Jess
    May 21, 2020

    We love spending time outdoors and I am always looking for more fun ways to play outside. My kids would go crazy for these!

  • Kita Bryant
    May 20, 2020

    I have fond memories of growing up fishing as well. Thank you for the reminder to get back to the basics. I learned so much from getting out in nature.

  • Sherry
    May 20, 2020

    I wish these fishing kits were around when my kids started fishing. They are just so handy with everything that’s included.

  • Anna Elle Liz
    May 20, 2020

    That’s such a great idea! I think bonding time away from the screen is super important no matter the age! I’d love to try fishing once things ease up a little more!

  • chad
    May 20, 2020

    I’ve never heard of this product before to be honest, seems awesome!!! Do you think I can find it in Canada? I will check…

  • Amber Myers
    May 20, 2020

    How fun! I can see my kids having fun with this. When it cools down, we like to be outside.

  • Nat
    May 20, 2020

    Such a precious moment!

  • Brianne
    May 20, 2020

    I think fishing sounds like a lot of fun for the family. None of us have ever actually been fishing.
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  • Rosey
    May 20, 2020

    These nature kits are perfect for kids. There’s something about nature and kids that meshes together so well. Probably because both are so free, and both are so amazing. 🙂

  • Matt Taylor
    May 20, 2020

    So awesome and super relatable. I grew up fishing with my dad as well, some of my fondest memories are of me and him down on the pier in the ocean or on a stream in the mountains. These nature kits look so cool, and such a fun tagline. “Just add nature” haha. Love it!
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  • Paolo
    May 20, 2020

    This is so cool. I remember when i was a kid, me and my dad would go fishing every saturday. So fun

  • Cristina Petrini
    May 20, 2020

    It is very nice when a moment with your children brings us back to remember when we were also in their place. Like an invisible red thread that binds past and future.

  • Elicit Folio
    May 20, 2020

    These are so cool! I didn’t know I could buy these at my local Walmart. I will pick some up today so we can plan a fun family outing this weekend!

  • Jessica Collazo
    May 20, 2020

    I love being outdoors because all my favorite memories are Outdoors.
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  • Steven
    May 20, 2020

    Those kits are really awesome. I’ll have to get them for the kids.

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