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Playing In Dirt Keeps Kids Healthy

By J .
on June 11, 2019

 

Playing in dirt makes kids healthy & happy

It's true! Research shows that dirt is actually good for kids. Like, really good! And isn’t getting dirty what kids do best?

In the last two decades, kids have been spending less time outdoors. The average American child spends as few as 30 minutes playing outside each day and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen. Our kids are out of shape, tuned out, and stressed out because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: a connection to the natural world.

So here's the dirt on dirt:

When kids play in dirt, they are not only exploring the wonders around them, they're also being exposed to healthy bacteria, parasites, and viruses that will inevitably create a much stronger immune system. Studies have shown that simply having contact with dirt, whether it's through gardening, digging holes, or making mud pies, can significantly improve a child's mood and reduce anxiety and stress. Friendly bacteria found in soil helps produce serotonin, that all-important happiness-promoting hormone. Dirt can even improve classroom performance.

The best thing about dirt is it can be found most anywhere - from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country and playing in it costs nothing.

outdoor play makes kids happy & healthy

It's not just dirt that benefits kid's health but experiencing nature in general is good for their mind, body, and spirit. Children’s stress levels are significantly reduced within minutes of entering green spaces and regular outdoor time will help them sleep more soundly at night.

Outdoor activity promotes exploration, stimulates imagination, and heightens a child's sense of wonder. So let them get their hands dirty and their feet wet!

 

 

 

 

 

5 Tips for Hiking In The Rain

By J .
on April 26, 2019

Most of us prefer hiking on a sunny day with clear blue skies above us but now that Spring is here the rainy days are too. Here are a few easy tips for staying dry and warm when you set off on a rainy day hike.

1. Choose The Right Trail:

On rainy days there’s no point in hiking for hours to a summit where you probably won't see the view and even those with strong immune systems can suffer from a cold after spending a day in the rain. Pick a shorter hike, something that will take you a few hours or an afternoon, rather than all day.

2. Wear The Right Clothing:

Wearing the right clothing is the key to happiness when hiking on rainy day. Layering is a good idea. Put on workout tights under your pants and a long sleeve shirt (synthetic, fleece, or wool) under your outer layer. Yoga clothes are great for these purposes because they are comfortable and don’t restrict movement.

Make sure your jacket is both waterproof and breathable and has a hood. You may also want to invest in hiking pants. Just like your jacket, these pants should be breathable and comfortable. Whatever you do, avoid cotton clothing as it soaks up water and is not warm when wet.

Baseball caps are great for sunny or rainy weather. In the rain a baseball cap's brim will help keep rain out of your eyes.

Your hiking boots should be waterproof and lightweight. The traditional choice would be leather boots but some hikers prefer shoes made of mesh because they dry fast and don’t weigh a lot. Wear wool or synthetic socks and always take an extra pair in case yours get wet.

3. Bring The Right Gear:

Invest in a lightweight backpack cover to help keep your backpack dry. Also use dry bags or even ziploc bags to keep gadgets and gear dry inside your pack.

It’s unconventional for hiking, but you can also bring an umbrella. If it’s not windy and the trail is wide enough, an umbrella can keep you drier than raingear and can act as a mini shelter to take breaks under.

4. Pack The Right Snacks:

Stopping to have a relaxing picnic isn’t going to happen on a rainy hike so bring foods you can eat on the go. Pack granola bars, simple sandwiches or trail mix. You’ll burn a lot of calories so replenishing your energy should be easy and fast. It’s also important to avoid dehydration so bring a water bottle. Consider bringing a thermos of tea or hot chocolate to warm you up if it’s cold.

5. Have A Good Attitude:

Just go with the flow. If you only go out when the weather is nice, you’re missing a lot. When it rains everything is greener, the creeks are louder, and the trails are much less crowded. You might even have them all to yourself!

 

 

 

 

Why We Love Seeing Pink In October

By J .
on September 26, 2018

pink t-shirt breast cancer awareness tee

October 1st marks the beginning of Pinktober - breast cancer awareness month.  We love that for an entire month the whole country acknowledges those affected by the disease. We love that people are posting and sharing stories to bring breast cancer into the conversation. We love the way it pays tribute to those who have suffered. We love how people are able to honor their fight along with thousands of others. We love that people get free mammograms and forgetful people remember to get them. We love all of the good intentions Pinktober brings.

Shop our Pink Girl Power Tee. It's ON SALE!

 

 

Adventure Has No Rules

By J .
on May 15, 2017

Adventure can be found every day. It doesn't always have to be a big event. It can be as easy as hiking a trail you've never been on before, skinny dipping or riding your bike to work. Remove limits from your mind. Stop saying you don’t have time or money. Instead, figure out how to spend those commodities a little bit differently. There are no rules for adventure. It's all about just getting out there, exploring and having fun!

 

 

 

Do Something Today Your Future Self Will Thank You For

By J .
on March 10, 2017

Here at Tomboy Vintage we believe that any time spent in nature will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. We all need to unplug once in awhile and get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. So go for a hike, run through meadows, explore forests, swim the sea, climb trees, breathe the mountain air or gaze at the stars. Whatever you choose to do just enjoy the natural world around you because it's only when you get lost in nature that you truly find yourself.

 

 

 

 

The Power Of A Motivational Quote

By J .
on April 02, 2014

We all love a good motivational quote. These encouraging words help us take control of our feelings and the direction of our lives. They spark a passion, get us through a difficult time or simply inspire us to lead a more joyful life. Here at Tomboy Vintage we’ve collected some of our favorite quotes. They encourage us to find inner strength and a sense of adventure!


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” – Unknown

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk more.” – Erica Jong

“The expert in anything was once the beginner.” – Helen Hayes

“The only journey is the one within.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” – Carolyn Myss

“Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

We think our "Do More Of What Makes You Awesome" baseball style tee is pretty motivational too! The moment you put on this vintage graphic t-shirt you’re bound to feel inspired.


Available online. Women’s sizes XS-XL

 

 

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Playing In Dirt Keeps Kids ...

June 11, 2019

  It's true! Research shows that dirt is actually good for kids. Like, really good! And isn’t getting dirty what kids do...

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5 Tips for Hiking In The Rain

April 26, 2019

Most of us prefer hiking on a sunny day with clear blue skies above us but now that Spring is here...

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