Lessons from a river

March 20th, 2014

Whatever you want the weather to be like, there is a message for you in experiencing nature the way it is. Two years ago, I moved to Colorado from Virginia, where normally now the first daffodils would be coming up. Instead, snow is lingering a little too long for some on the east coast.  Our second Spring here in a western mountain town, I am also missing the daffodils, which come up in June when the snow is finally gone and glorious Summer begins.

But what about Spring?!  A recent injury prevented my preferred activities of yoga and snowshoeing, and instead I had to…walk, and experience day-to-day a new kind of Spring.

I’m only allowed forward movement.  Isn’t that a nice metaphor for life?  Instead of a treadmill, I opted for brisk lunchtime walks on our town bike path.  Sunny days, grey days, good weather, bad weather.  Forward motion has not only been making my knee stronger, but my mind as well.

Walking along the river in the last month:
1. I had to accept the external elements and move forward regardless
2. Deciding to take a step forward and keep moving (many times to stay warm!) gave me more energy
3. I have to be present to slick spots or other people along the path
4. And then, while briskly moving forward, I relax, still progressing in flow
5. I notice sights, sounds, details of nature, even the days when I am moving against or with the river’s flow
6. And sometimes, I give myself permission - I choose to stop - and be ok with non-movement, embraced by the stillness

A moment in nature anywhere, even if it is not in-your-face beautiful, is an awakening if you are willing to take it in.

It was during my walks that I decided to publish later this year the first of a series of children’s books that have been nudging me for months.

The injury? That was no accident. I read recently a quote that said, “Things don’t happen to you. They happen for you.” I needed this time of literal forward motion for not only healing, but also awakening.

May you discover Spring within - transform what is happening to you into what is happening for you and use it to take a step forward in your amazing journey of life.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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What do you value in travel?

October 5th, 2013

Last December, I received the first royalty check for my book 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids. That moment also happened to be the deadline for Peg Mulqueen’s Yoga and Surf Retreat in Costa Rica. The check I received happened to be the exact amount that I needed for a week of outdoor yoga in paradise. I held up the check and exclaimed, “Costa Rica!”.

As soon as I got to Costa Rica, I thought, “I want my family to see this.”

I don’t know about you, but life according to a school schedule and an educational experience that is not able to afford my kids experiential learning as it relates to the rest of the world is really cramping my style.

In travel, I value authentic connection with the locals, food, and to discover the things the people who live there love. Peg Mulqueen takes her group to the OSA Penninsula (south west of Costa Rica) to share a private property for approximately 30 people with a chef for every meal, clean and delicious eating of what is in season, with spa services by the beach and private surf instruction. Oh, and did I mention that the OSA Penninsula was named by National Geographic magazine as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth? I’m sure the Galapagos is great, but I want my family here first.

If this picture of a bright purple and orange crab isn’t enough, imagine colorful red, yellow, and blue macaws flying in groups overhead the property every day and knowing where they are first by following the sounds of the crackling, crunching of nuts on trees on the property.

I am still dreaming of taking my family to this retreat in Costa Rica; and you know what? I’m done dreaming.

I’m looking for 7-10 other families who are tired of just another resort where you could be anywhere and who want to spend their precious vacation time with family-friendly adventure around the world.

The plan is, no matter where we go, to have a resident naturalist and educator, including language lessons for all – participate in as much or as little as you’d like. If your kids have to miss school, we’ll make sure the assignments get done. I’m ready for my kids to make lasting friendships in other parts of the world and with a perspective that helps them authentically connect to others and the nature around the globe.

So, do you want to join me? If you have wishes for travel with your kids that go beyond traditional hotels and tourist traps and want to experience a sense of place and nature as the locals do, contact me. I’d love for your family to authentically connect with the next place I’ll travel with mine.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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Identify the essence, then repeat

August 29th, 2013

We all have those moments of perfection from our best vacations – what if we could bring the essence of them into every day life?

Rather than a specific place on a map, there is a feeling that exists in touching the depth and breadth of a moment – a way of being in an experience that has a magical effect.

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and the latest travel sprints have had moments of contrast and clarity to how I want to experience the world.

In collecting recommendations for future trips, I asked for a friend’s favorite spot from summer travel:

“Somewhere deep in the sea, after a long swim where you can hardly see the shore”

I was surprised – and fascinated – by the answer: not a specific place, an experience.

My friend’s answer got me thinking about the qualities that create the essence of my magical moments when traveling; the best have spontaneous and authentic connection to others and to nature. I love new experiences and I’ve been curious if I can bring that excitement of travel into my every day.

After yesterday’s discombobulated shift in routine to the first day of school, this second day offered a welcome spot in my schedule, and I decided on a whim to head out the door for a lunchtime bike ride…Spontaneity

I headed down to the bike path that runs through town along the river, enjoying the sunshine, breeze, and the refreshing sound of the water…Nature

And, with every person I passed, we shared a grin at the gorgeous day and experiencing it…Authentic connection

As my son’s former teacher reminded us yesterday, “It’s Summer until September 21st!”. There is a lot more Summer fun to be had. So guess what I’m doing this long holiday weekend? A camping trip to the Grand Canyon with my nine year old, just him and me. I thought of it today and just booked the campground – we are ecstatic - its our kind of spontaneous experience in nature, together.

What about you?  We each can reconnect with that feeling of summer – remember your best experience and identify the qualities that made it so special. Create your own personal metaphor capturing the essence of moment, and invite those qualities into your daily life.

And thank you A Mighty Girl for an awesome back-to-school review of 15 Minutes Outside, also reminding us that we can savor the feeling of Summer everyday.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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Embrace possibility every day

June 18th, 2013

I am a beginner again.  All at once, I am tired at the thought of the road ahead and at the same time exhilarated.  Yet, I am curious and excited enough to push forward.

The first five years of my business, I learned yoga from Peg Mulqueen, and my journey in yoga was an amazing metaphor for what was happening in my life.  Peg taught me how to breathe and lean into things that I never thought were possible on the mat, which helped me manifest even more of my personal goals.

At a crossroads with new creative projects that require me to dream and take action, I serendipitously found that I was missing my teacher, someone who can see where I am ready to leap even when I am afraid.

As input to future projects, I have been reading, The Absorbent Mind, by Maria Montessori. Montessori discusses how a child learns through joy, curiosity, and life experiences.  Adults are no exception - we just have to sometimes remember the essence of when we loved to learn.

I find that time outside - for kids and adults - provides that sense of openness, curiosity, and wonder which connects us to the joy of learning.

Since attending Peg’s yoga retreat in Costa Rica (daily outdoor yoga = heaven!), I have been drawn to my yoga mat every morning.  The week of yoga opened a creative door for me that I leveraged while I was there, but without a teacher I found I wasn’t pushing myself beyond my comfort zone when I returned.

On and off the mat, I have been wanting the courage to consistently take action from a place of possibility, embracing the joy of learning.

“I need a Peg!” I told my yoga teacher in Costa Rica.

“You don’t need me; you need a community of practice,” Peg smiled.

Three months later, having sought out yoga in Tel Aviv, Cincinnati, Arlington, VA, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia as a way to ease jet lag and maintain my well being on the road, my teacher was right (of course).  I needed to seek out teachers and a community that I wanted to be around and lovingly push me forward even though I may resist at the start.

With every new place, pose, and teacher, feeling like a beginner takes patience and compassion for yourself, and remembering why you are doing something in the first place.

My current goal is to make every day better than expected.  So far, so good.  And I have to thank yoga for that, opening me to a place of possibility with every practice that allows for magic to happen.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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Let’s Get Outside in April

April 5th, 2013

Does your spirit need a lift?  Take your kids outside.

In a transition to Spring that has been hectic for me and my boys hopping from activity to activity, its simple outdoor time that keeps us grounded and connected as a family.  In my new hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado the last 48 hours have brought such amazing and simple joys with my kids that can be done anywhere:

1. Playing ‘Pooh Sticks’ (racing sticks) in rushing water from spring rain
2. Skipping rocks
3. Bringing a ball to a playground, inspiring new friends and games
4. Planting sugar snap peas

April is Let’s G.O. (Get Outside) month.  I encourage you to enter your zip code to find an event near you or create an informal event with some families for time outside.

In celebration of Let’s G.O., I will be planting sugar snap peas with other families at two events in my town:
1. Saturday, April 13th 4pm-5pm MT at Little Toots Park (next to library)
2. Saturday, April 20th 10:30am-11:30am MT at Legacy Ranch (Rt 40 S before Rt 131 on right).  Raised bed clean up through noon!  Limited parking; carpool with your friends.  Optional: bring an extra shovel or rake.

All events rain or shine. Supplies will be provided.  For more information, or directions to Yampatika’s Environmental Learning Center at Legacy Ranch, contact me.  Attending both events is encouraged, but not required. Sugar snap pea seeds will sprout within 7 days and can be brought back to Legacy Ranch to plant in-ground and will be ready for harvest in approximately 8 weeks.

Each Spring, I am amazed time and time again of the power of planting seeds together. Planting only takes five minutes, and the daily excitement and learning of watching seeds sprout and grow lasts for months!

Sugar snap peas love cool spring temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit and up.  Its as simple as grabbing a clear cup from your kitchen and placing two seeds in moist newspaper instead of soil on a sunny windowsill.  Additional instructions are at the bottom of p.36 of 15 Minutes Outside.

Let’s Get Outside in April - and at least 15 minutes outside every day.  By stepping outside, possibilities open up that allow for unexpected joy and the sixty minute minimum that we all need.  You and your family will be energized, connected, and glad you did.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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A thank you to teachers

April 2nd, 2013

My mom is retiring this year after almost thirty years in teaching!  In appreciation of teachers’ dedication to our kids, here are some fun and easy ways to bring learning outside from my book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids, which I’m touched has a loyal following of educators too.

1. Plant seeds. My favorite are sugar snap pea seeds for their engaging example of the plant lifecycle and sweet taste at harvest.  There are so many ways to sprout seeds, including using moist newspaper instead of soil for easy classroom clean up.  Peas can be planted outside when temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Make bagel bird feeders. Tie twine around a half a bagel, spread shortening on the bagel, and dip in bird seed.  Want to get creative with your pantry?  Chop nuts, grapes, apples, and sprinkle corn meal instead of buying a bad of seed.

3.  Plant patterns. I did an outdoor lesson with a kindergarten class learning patterns.  The class voted on a patterns of orange and purple pansies.  Then, the children had a planting day where they each had a plant, organized themselves in the pattern, placed the flowers in the pattern and then planted!

4.  Plant milkweed. Watch the butterfly lifecycle in action by planting what monarch caterpillars eat!  Native to North America, milkweed returns every year (a perennial) and it attracts migrating orange monarchs to lay their eggs in the Summer.  By Fall, tiny monarch caterpillars will eat and eat and eat, form their chrysalises, and transform into butterflies just in time for the start of school.

5. Learn about temperature, clouds, and states of matter. Any subject can be taught outside, and a 15 minute daily walk with your class is sure to resonate with whatever you are teaching, anytime of year.  Want to connect with other teachers getting kids outside?  Become a Natural Teacher or sign up for Rebecca’s free newsletter, Learn Outside.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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Happiness is…

February 10th, 2013

You can fill in the blank for yourself, but I learned one answer for me last weekend.

To me, happiness is falling and still having fun.

I’ve been reflecting lately on a quote from author Paulo Coelho in his book, Aleph:

“Traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

The “traveling” Coelho mentions could mean getting on an airplane and exploring new places, but I’d rather think of traveling as the way in which one approaches every day life.  We can think of each day as an adventure, throwing our hands up in the air with nervous glee at unexpected twists and turns, or we can try to force structure and safety and expected outcomes, rigid and afraid.  Either way, there are going to be times when we fall.

I’d like to think that if I approach every day as a new adventure, the experience of falling might actually be the opposite of devastating.  Regardless of whether I fall, I’ll probably have more fun.

Last weekend, I experienced the surprising joy of falling.  On two occasions on the slopes, I flew out of my skis, and laughed hysterically the whole way.  I don’t think I had ever been so happy to “fail”.

I learned downhill skiing as an adult, of course not a prerequisite for winter fun by any means (as my eight year-old likes to remind me there are countless ways to have fun in winter outside; sledding, building snow forts, or exploring just to name a few).

What I have noticed with skiing is that you need to be completely present at every twist and turn.  In my almost two decades of not being an expert skier, I’ve had plenty of days that I have been worried about falling.  However, I can count only on one hand the number of times that I have fallen.  Why have I been torturing myself with worry?

Last weekend, for some reason I wasn’t worried about falling - I didn’t care if I did.  I was smiling and humming, and listening to the “woo hoo”s and “oh yeah!”s of myself and other skiers.  We were present with the adventure.

When I flew out of my skis, I had been attempting something new:  entering knee-deep powder, once in a turn and a second time over a bump.  Both times, my shins hit the wall of snow and my skis stopped, but my body kept going with a face-plant in the cold snow.  Instead of being embarrassed, I was elated and alive and belly laughing.  Of course I was glad not to be hurt, but I’m sure the fact that I wasn’t afraid to fall had a lot to do with how I walked away from it and kept on going.

Later that afternoon, on our last run down the mountain, a line of a dozen five and six year old downhill racers zoomed past my husband and me, one by one leaning forward in race mode with knees bent and poles back.  Clearly, these children approach life as an adventure and haven’t learned to think otherwise.

Here’s to approaching our every day with a little more ‘traveling’ and adventure, so that when we do fall, we are laughing the whole way.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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The beauty beneath the surface

January 22nd, 2013

One thing I love about my daily walk outside is that even when I take a familiar path, I always notice something new. Recently, however, my walk in the woods was becoming a little too routine. And I realized that I needed to take the opportunity to consciously pause where I previously didn’t see beauty, and look closer.

When I lived in Virginia, my walks in the woods were accompanied by towering white oaks, and I could easily see and appreciate the undulating ground and nature’s beauty along a winding path. Now in Colorado, my path takes me through much shorter scrub oak, which I don’t find particularly beautiful. In fact, I find the sight of their bare, twisted branches a bit abrasive. Rather than looking at the scrub oak, I’ve always chosen instead to look at the ever-present, sparkling snow along the path and mountains in the distance.

However, during my Friday afternoon snowshoe walk or “nature therapy” as I call it, I decided to stop, remove my ear buds blasting with a favorite song, and intentionally stare at what I typically avoid. I slowly took in the scrub oak all around me. And the beauty I saw surprised me.

As took a few moments intermittently to stare at large patches of scrub oak, I noticed subtle movements. In all directions, it was the same. I looked closer, and started to see black-capped chickadees all around. I heard their cheerful calls. Every day prior, I had passed the scrub oak and never took the time to notice what I thought not to be beautiful was teeming with life. I suddenly had a whole new appreciation for scrub oak as an important habitat for one of my favorite birds. Better yet, as I continued along the path, three chickadees seemed to be following me, which brought a huge smile to my face.

Yesterday, I was reminded of the lessons from Friday’s walk. When I asked my eight year old how he wanted to spend time together, he asked to go snowshoeing for the first time. And, once again, I experienced how fantastic it is to witness the natural world through a child. There was far less snowshoeing and a lot more pausing to notice the beauty beneath the surface: to follow tracks (elk), sit to hear sounds (an eagle’s screech), and observe subtle movements we would otherwise miss (a woodpecker).

My wish for you is the same. There is a special beauty in Winter; may you pause to discover and enjoy its gifts that are there for us every day.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is the go-to spokesperson for outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks), the digital excerpt The Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime, and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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Welcome Winter

December 5th, 2012

In my recent post for PBS Parents, I proclaim to hate being cold - this is true.  But I love winter gear and bundling up; I can’t get enough of winter hats and layers, and routinely wear them inside too.  I just require more layers for being outside.  Layers - for me and my kids - are the name of the game.  Because once we are outside and moving, we get warm, and can easily peel those layers off.

After moving from Virginia to Colorado only five months ago, it has felt like Winter for awhile now.  Here, we can’t wait for the beautiful sparkling snow.  But even when there is no snow on the ground, we still need our layers, and my kids are responsible (even when I have to remind them!) of keeping their hats and gloves in their marked bin by the door.

To celebrate all that Winter offers us with our families, I’m excited about the launch of a digital excerpt of my book, 15 Minutes Outside, specifically for the season:

Best Outdoor Activities for Families: Wintertime

Available exclusively as an eBook short.

What if you got outside every day, and what if you could get your kids to come along? It sounds modest, but the effects, as dynamic outdoor spokesperson Rebecca Cohen herself can testify, are profound. Excerpted from her book FIFTEEN MINUTES OUTSIDE, this inspiring collection of wintertime activities gives families an idea a day ranging from December through February, requiring little planning, no expertise and relatively little resources (time, cash, or patience!), no matter where they live. Simple and inspiring, this eBook is bursting with easy ways to get your family out into nature for just a few minutes every day.

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So, what are you waiting for?  Start dreaming of how you want to spend time outside.  Then, get out of the house, and see what happens.

Wishing you a season of magical moments outside together,

Rebecca

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Inspiration Awards and the go-to spokesperson for gardening and outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks) and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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What is “Your” Landscape?

November 2nd, 2012

Inspiration comes in many forms: compassion, beauty, heroism, a job well done; the list is endless. Images of nature, in particular stunning landscapes, lift my spirit instantly.

If you could look at any scenic view, what would it be? The answer could depend on your mood in the moment or the adventure you would like to have for your next vacation.

Mountains can be grounding and centering, inspiring you to achieve your best.

Beaches remind us of the ebb and flow of life, remembering that there is a natural rhythm to challenges that will pass, and remembering to celebrate when we find that “perfect wave”.

Rivers consistently flow in one direction, at times powerfully or more gently. The water always finds a way around obstacles, even if it has to swirl for a while before finding its way.

Forests show us the beautiful cycle of the seasons and the transitions of the animals who spend their seasons there or migrate at different times of the year.

Deserts are a display of extremes and the resiliency of its inhabitants during night and day.

Sunrises and sunsets connect us all to the daily beauty that is available to us anywhere

What is “your” landscape?

Check out more inspiration this season with my latest feature for PBS Parents and a recent review of 15 Minutes Outside.

About Rebecca P. Cohen
Rebecca P. Cohen is a finalist for the 2012 Outdoor Inspiration Awards and the go-to spokesperson for gardening and outdoor activities any time of the year.  Rebecca is author of the book, 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids (Sourcebooks) and inventor of Rebecca Plants Curiosity Cards. Rebecca’s work has been featured in Better Home and Gardens, Parenting, Redbook, Working Mother, Family Circle, Backyard Solutions, and has appeared on live morning news shows around the country. Rebecca has been a proud ambassador of the Seeds of Change Sowing Millions Project and featured as a spokesmom for the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on PBS Wild Animal Baby.  She has inspired thousands with her public appearances and community and school events, and motivates still more to follow their dreams and passions as the host of Wish It, Dream It, Do It! radio. For more information visit RebeccaPlants.com.

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