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Search, Find, & Explore

November 7, 2016

With a love of the outdoors from my childhood spent on Shelburne Farms, Vermont, I am always on the lookout for ways for my children to enjoy exploring as much as I do. As they’ve gotten older, I put my Art Degree to good use and began sketching quick illustrations of things we would find in the woods, or at the beach, even in our own neighborhood block. It was an instant hit, and quickly became something we looked forward to doing weekly as a family or with friends. As time went on, the need grew to have all the essential tools at our fingertips when we were exploring. Thus, my “Search & Find: Adventure Kit” was born, complete with a sturdy pair of binoculars, a magnifying glass, a small marker, and a trusty Search & Find Adventure Card.

One of our favorite things to do is hike in the woods, especially in First Landing State Park. As parents of three small boys (five years old and under), my husband and I have experienced the highs and lows of hiking with children all over the country, and we like to think that “we’ve got this!”

Enjoy these photographs from Jess Hill Photography of our most recent hike, and I’ve written a few tips at the bottom of the photos on how to have a great hike with your kids.

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Type of Adventure
Hiking while teaching your children an appreciation for nature, a fun family activity, and exercising

Where
Any woods big or small

Things to take into consideration while packing

  • Plan for “the sagging wagon”: Might need a kid carrying item: We love our backpack!
  • Snacks? Trail Magic (nuts & dried berries), sandwiches, apples or carrots
  • Water? Yes. Plenty.
  • Activity? Woods: Search & Find Adventure Kit
  • Protection? Be aware of the season when you’re hiking and what you’d need: sunscreen, or bug & tick protection

While on the Adventure

  • Be prepared to stop as many times as they need to
  • It’s Progressive. Don’t expect them to hike for over an hour!
  • Go in intervals – take your time! Snack between intervals, throw stones, collect nature items

Tricks

  • Collect leaves, sticks, stones, or nuts. (our rule: anything not living)
  • Bring your child’s friend – might get you another 30 min – 1 hour of “hiking”
  • Skip stones into water

And most importantly, have fun!

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Sneak Peak

September 20, 2016

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Location: 89th Street, Virginia Beach

Photography: Jess Hill

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer worn by my Nana in the 1940’s

Weather: Quite windy, thanks to Tropical Storm Hermine

 

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A VB Basics Giveaway: Win a mini session with Jess Hill Photography {Closed}

September 7, 2016

Jess Hill Photography 05If you haven’t figured out by now, I love photographs. Usually, I’m the one behind the camera, documenting the heck out of my life and those around me. So when I need someone to capture photos with me actually IN them, I’m quite particular as to who I choose to work with. I want someone who is comfortable with lighting & location, flexible on scheduling, up for a challenge, and they must be good with children.

Jess Hill has all the qualities I want in a photographer. Having recently relocated with her family to Virginia Beach, she’s been settling into the easy going beach life that we all love so much here. When she’s not working as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, you can find Jess at the beach with her kids and husband, camera in hand. She’s always loved taking photos, especially of births, newborn babies, beloved pets, children & families. Jess Hill Photography 03With each photoshoot that she’s done for me and my family, her photographs have been exactly what I wanted, and they speak for themselves. She knows her stuff! She works quickly, efficiently, has great ideas, has a great sense of humor, and is a wiz at getting children to smile. She’s also great at dealing with the elements and being flexible: crazy summer heat index? No problem. The windy aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine, bring it on says Jess! Maybe the best part was sneak peaks of the photographs popping up in my email just a few short hours after the shoot.

Take a peak at a few of her beautiful photos she’s taken over the years.Jess Hill Photography 02

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Jess Hill Photography 01Ok, now on to the fun part. To properly introduce and welcome Jess to Virginia Beach, she will sponsoring a giveaway here on VB Basics. One lucky winner will receive a FREE Mini Session! PicMonkey Image

TO ENTER:

Simply leave a comment (on this post) of a LOCATION in Hampton Roads you’d like your mini session to take place!

EXTRA ENTRIES:

Winner must be a local resident or be able to travel to the Hampton Roads Area. Mini session is to take place in September or October of 2016. Winner will also receive a CD with all full resolution edited photographs produced from your session. No cash value. Contest ends Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.. Winner will be chosen at random, and announced September 13, 2016.

GOOD LUCK!