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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Creating Darling Moments With Dad: Tips on Hiking with Kids

Hi everyone! 
I’m Kevin. I work behind the scenes at Lucy Darling. With summer well on its way, I'm sure many of you will be getting out of the house and enjoying the great outdoors. In our family we love to travel and go on adventures.
When asked what I love to do with my 3 kids, this was at the top of my list and here are some of my tips for hiking with little kids:
1. Talk it up
Hopefully you're hiking some place you want to hike. Why do you want to do it? What do you expect to see? What can you tell them about the animals, the flora and fauna, the geology of the area you're going to? If you prep them with stuff like this you'll be shocked at how much they notice AND how proud they are when they point out something you talked about beforehand. There is a nature loop in Scottsdale, AZ, where we live and it has a section on identifying different types of cactuses. We went there last winter and talked about all the ways you can identify this or that cactus and my 5 year old loves to identify the cactuses she sees, and she loves it even more when I confirm her identification.
2. Set appropriate expectations
This may be the hardest one for me. I'm pretty hard charging when it comes to hiking and exploring, so my default expectations are usually way too high! Generally when I'm setting low expectations (in my mind) they're still a good 2 or 3 times what's realistic. Think about it this way: your goal is to indoctrinate them into the love of nature. It's actually not that hard because kids love nature: bugs, trees, creeks, rocks. But they've got to have time to play and do silly kid things that are in direct contradiction to what is likely your actual goal: complete the hike.
3. Be ready to go slow
This is tied to #1 but it's really important. You're probably going too fast.
4. Pack lots of snacks
They love breaks and they love snacks more. Keep them well nourished and they'll be much, much happier, whine far less, and you will enjoy the hike much more.
5. Don't make them carry much
For my 5 year old, she's just started carrying the smallest backpack we could find that would fit a 1.5L bladder. That's really all she can handle. You have to test this out through trial and error, but, when in doubt, have them carry less.
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Monday, June 14, 2021

Gifts For Dad

This week, we’re celebrating dads! We are so excited to share this gift guide with ideas directly from a real life dad who loves adventure - Kevin! Kevin is the owner of Lucy Darling, along with wife Haily Meyers. Together they have 3 little ones. 

1. Homemade card
1a. Free nap coupon (Dad gets to turn in coupon for an undisturbed nap) 😆
1b. Make dad food
2. Saxx underwear
3. Darn Tough socks
4. Bedrock Cairn sandals
5. Sun shirt
6. Inflatable stand up paddle board
7. Dress socks with the kids pictures on it. Very cute.
8. If Dad likes travel (I do) then get Dad a travel book for a destination family plans to travel to.
*Above are mainly Amazon links for faster delivery! 

Here are just a few of his picks! 

Hiking Shirt / Inflatable Paddle Board / Darn Tough Socks / Bedrock Sandals

Travel Books / All Aboard: National Parks / Face Socks / Mug / 3-2-1 Blast Off!

We love the idea of gifting a few books they can read with their little ones too! Have a great time celebrating dad! 

 

 

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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Our Go To Tips for Teething Babies

A few teething tips for parents looking for relief for their little ones. 

 A Darling Foot massage.

Studies in reflexology  identified connections between toes and the head and teeth.

Gently massage babies foot while focusing on the toes to provide some comfort.

 

Cool food.

Cold purees in the fridge prior to feeding can feel soothing and encourage baby to eat when they don’t feel so great. Even cool applesauce and yogurt is great for babies that prefer a softer texture.

 

Freeze a wet, muslin.  

Wring it dry, and place it in the freezer before giving it to baby. This will offer relief as baby gnaws on it.

 

Frozen Banana.

Freeze a whole banana for a sweet treat to soothe your little one’s gums.

 

Keep baby’s face dry.

Wiping the waterfalls of drool that comes with teething from your baby’s mouth, chin, and cheeks helps prevent skin irritation, which can add to baby’s discomfort during teething. 

 

Rotate Teethers in the freezer.

Give teethers a quick hand washing and rotate 1 or 2 between the freezer for some cool relief for baby. Our Teethers come in sets of 2.

A few crowd sourced tips:


Use. Dr. Browns refillable food pouch to fill with berries for gnawing.


Camilia drops. A homeopathic remedy that helps baby’s gums.

 

Find our Teether sets here.

 

 

 

 

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Haily's Homeschool: DIY Plantable Seed Cards

 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Celebrating Moms and a fun recipe idea!

Happy Mother’s Day! 

The day is getting so close and we hope your Mother’s Day weekend is filled with lots of love and appreciation. You deserve it! Moms are amazing and we celebrate that every day. 

 

So many of you told us on our Instagram that you’d love to extra sleep, quiet time, and a little extra time to pamper yourself. Breakfast in bed sounds like a great way to start the day to us! Our Garden Party In A Box is the perfect, and easy addition to making it a fun brunch! 



While we fully plan to relax and celebrate our own moms and loved ones who are closest to us, we made this fun little scone recipe ahead of time too. If you like to bake with your kids, this one is simple and you don’t even have to remember to soften butter.

 

Lately, I’ve loved taking my little one on a lunch date and I thought a tea time or picnic with these yummy scones would be something she would love! Print the recipe here.

 

However you celebrate, we hope you enjoy your day and weekend! Thinking of the mamas-to-be out there who are waiting on their baby, too. 

 

Party In A Box

Free Scone Recipe Printable

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Haily's Homeschool: DIY Plantable Seed Cards

Happy Earth Day! I’m so glad we get to celebrate this wonderful place we live on called the Earth! If there is anything I’ve learned from this last year, it’s that every day I’m on it is a gift!

 

In the spirit of appreciating our awesome planet, we are talking about Earth in our school time. And to create something together that will both recycle some old garbage, as well as create new plant life, we are making plantable SEED CARDS!!! If you have never made a seed card, it’s the most fun ever! Send a card to a friend and they can plant it! How cool is that? Here is how you do it.

Gather Scrap Paper

Blend your paper with a little bit of water.

Strain excess water and add seeds in to your paper mixture.

Smush it onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet and let it dry. 

Cut out shapes or use cookie cutters before hand and let it dry in the cookie cutter. We traced and cut our shapes out of our paper.

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