Snacking in the Swamp – An Adventure with Littles

Thank you to Yoplait Min-Ins for Sponsoring this Swamp Adventure for my littlecrunchy.com family! As always, our opinions are our own!

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      If you ever find that your travels take you to Augusta, Georgia with kids, one of the spots you will want to explore is Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Adventuring here is like a world away from our own, tucked right next to the busy airport and city! If you don’t know about it, you miss it! This is for sure a spot you do not want to miss!

Phinizy Swamp Nature park is free and open 365 days a year from dawn until dusk, but check with their social media pages as sometimes the hours do change! Right now they close early at 7pm for the next few weeks. This is a bit sad as we are in a heat wave and the best time to go is closer to dusk in my opinion! Of course a bit of heat isn’t going to keep my little ones from their adventuring! Especially when I promised them a new Swamp Snack!

    This swamp has easy dirt paths and elevated wooden paths over the swamp water. The construction and care of this place can’t be missed! It feels safe and accessible to even those who have mobility problems. Yet, there is nature in all it’s wonder all around you, and for little ones, it can be a bit scary too! So much opportunity to learn so many things!

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There are paths with ramps for those in wheel chairs or on bikes.

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There is a multitude of wildlife to encounter as well, from brilliant dragon flies that are everywhere this time of year to the otters and gators! Multiple visits also show you something new depending on the season and time of day, from baby cranes to blue tailed lizards. Goodness, the blue tailed lizards all over had a few of my kids giggling! They are brave little things, but quick too! Turns out, these little lizards are called 5 Lined Skinks, and only the young ones have blue tails!

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The darkness under the swamp forest canopy was blissful today. I can’t say it was truly less hot, but it had to have been at least a bit. The blistering heat wave in the direct sun had the heat index over 100. That didn’t keep us though from exploring!

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Oh how I adore these little nature loving geeklings! Can you tell which one of these 5 children were often ahead of me? Such little travel loving explorers I have!

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Things to bring to the Swamp:

Hats (we forgot these!)

Sunscreen

Sunglasses

Bug Spray (they were not too bad this time, we always seem to get lucky here!)

Band-aids for little ones who trip!

Close Toed Shoes (preference!)

Water (A MUST)

And Snacks!

Snack Time in the Swamp!

I promised my little adventurers that we would have a new snack for swamp time! I was so excited when I heard that Yoplait came out with a new yogurt, Yoplait Mix-Ins! Yoplait Mix-ins just launched in July in Walmart. I went to a few stores to get all the flavors I could find for my family. We love yogurt and I knew the kids would love a cool treat in the hot swamp!

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Yoplait Mix-Ins come in 6 flavors. I found 5 of them! Very Berry Crisp, Key Lime Crunch, Cherry Chocolate Almond, Coconut Chocolate Almond, Mint Chocolate Delight! The one I need to hunt down next is Salted Caramel Pretzel!

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Yoplait Mix-Ins can go anyplace I tell you! All it takes is a lunch box, an ice pack, and spoons!

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My oldest and I both adore the Very Berry Crisp! The ingredients are fantastic, the yogurt is creamy and the Mix-In adds such depth to the berry flavor! It is simply yummy.

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So why did I pick Yoplait Min-Ins for the swamp snack this trip? I love that it is classic yogurt my family loves. Like simple trips outside in nature. Like the swamp though, the Mix-Ins add unexpected amazing flavor. They are each different with layers of flavor and texture. The swamp is like that! So many things to discover and just when you think you know it all, have seen it all, there is something different. It feeds their adventurous spirit!

We loved every single one of these! I wasn’t shocked when we got home to find the kids dashed right for the fridge and found my secret stash of these and finished off the three I had left. They shared of course! My husband said he would like these for his lunch box during the week!

  Back on the Swamp Path after we cleaned up snack time….

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We spent some time looking for the turtles we almost always see here. We found little fish and some frogs but no turtles and certainly no alligator this time. The water was very low. It was a good time to explain the drought our area is facing to the kids and the impact it might be having on the animals.

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 Can you see the white crane in this photo?

On other trips to swamps in the area at other times of years we have gotten to see many things. These are two of our favorites:

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This was a small alligator that was so close to shore. It was in the fall then and the water was high, so you can see the drowned grass all around him. It was a very memorable and peaceful encounter!

    Back to our swamp day! We did the small loop this trip because of the heat. You can literally spend days exploring here with 14 miles of biking and hiking trails! Go slow, you walk past so much without even noticing. It helps having little ones as they spot things we adults sometimes miss!

Near the visitor and education center along with bathrooms and bubblers there is a kids park! This area is just so cool!

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It is just simply so beautiful here. It is hard to remember just how close it is to busy city life. It is quiet and peaceful. A beautiful space for some needed self care time!

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 While I was sitting in the shade watching the kids play our teenager found 2 kindness rocks! They were right next to a tree I was admiring, and I didn’t even see them! This is what I spoke of before, how added eyes can help you spot things you would otherwise miss.

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I think most adults look for “motion” and miss the still things. The kids see more than I do, I swear it! The baby was thrilled with these rocks and they came home with us. You can’t take things from the swamp that naturally belong there. However these are rocks from the Kindness Rock Project and are not “from” the swamp. The Kindness Rocks are painted by people who then hide them out in the world, looking to brighten someone’s day. This swamp is a very popular place for hiding and finding rocks! If you go, be sure to look out for them! You can keep them or re-hide them! The local group on facebook called “Augusta Rocks” love it when you take photos of the rocks you find and let them know!

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And so our swamp adventure ended for the day with this view and the joy and wonder in our hearts, and very tired and hot bodies filled with yummy food in our tummies. It was a great trip and we look forward to many more!

To all our homeschooling friends, this place is worth the field trip if you are not local! Check with their education center online to make the most out of your day!

Have you ever been to a swamp?

Did you love it?

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Science FOR Babies – Board Books Parents Want To Read!

I really have no idea why it came as such a shock to me when I first heard about science books for babies. I mean, there are so many fantastic topics of board books why not one so dear to our hearts and important to our future such as science? Of course when I heard about them, I had to get them for our baby Rory. Rory loves books and when she brings you a book, the world stops for a few minutes as she insists you read to her. Chances are, if she likes you, and she is picky I admit, she will bring you books and demand you read to her. She is cute, there is no point in trying to resist! She knows the “science” of this as well… because if cute fails, she then goes with plan B. and that happens to be loud. She is very good at getting loud and letting you know she isn’t happy with your life choices if those don’t include stopping what ever you happen to be doing, to read to her. Also, she may request your finger to read special words or describe certain things. She is very demanding. Of course that is also the science of toddlerhood!

Thrilled to be doing this children’s book review!

Readers have told me I don’t do enough book reviews! I know, I know! Busy Busy! We love them too, I promise!

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I love the these books are basic science with shapes that kids do already find themselves drawn to. I wasn’t sure at first if simple images would interest our little one, but she loves them. She can see the differences and I know this as she points them out! She isn’t big on talking yet, and that is a whole other topic, but she communicates in her own way. She loves these books and loves the simple shapes. The Quantum Physics baby board book is a special favorite of hers. Who can blame her! The older kids also get pulled into reading this to her, and I love that this is science for them as well. I don’t recall learning about electrons in 2nd grade, but perhaps I should have? Perhaps we all should be learning science a bit differently growing up?

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There is no point in organizing this book shelf display, ever. LOL It will always look like this by the end of the day!

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Chris Ferrie certainly seems to think so! I think he is right! He is a Quantum Theorist and also the Dad to 4 little geeklings. My geeklings thank his geeklings for inspiring their Dad to write these books! We can’t wait to get more of them!

You can get the 4 we have been reading on Amazon by clicking on the photos below. The price on these right now is fantastic too!

 

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From our instagram account here is a glimpse into our world when baby insists it is time for reading! She is so cute right? Even when a bit messy! I love that I can be real with all of you and not have to be pinterest perfect if you know what I mean. We are a military family but you will not find spotless floors and hospital corners here. You will find books, and art, and mess and real life all over the place here! You will also find smart happy kids with parents doing their best and who are never ever bored!

 

 

 

We highly recommend these books and think they are a perfect baby shower gift too!

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