Be Out There e-book cover (1)

Recently, I joined the National Wildlife Foundation’s Be Out There Movement. I teamed up with The Motherhood and more than a dozen mom bloggers to come up cool outdoor ideas for hot summer days. Together, we wrote a crowd-sourced e-book, which is now hot off the presses, or shall I say laptops. You can be the first to get a free copy by clicking here. 


The e-Book features tips from only bloggers but moms like you as well. Several Diary of a First Time Mom readers submitted suggestions and photos of their families for my assigned chapter, Cool Activities for Hot Summer Days. Other chapters include  Balancing Screen Time with Green Time, Outdoor Time in Everyday Life, Nighttime Activities and Celebrating Special Occasions in the Great Outdoors.


Why publish a book on this hot topic? Well, The Motherhood and the National Wildlife Foundation conducted a survey of social media moms back in June 2012 and found that 94% of moms think kids are not spending enough time outdoors and one-third of moms feel guilty that their kids aren’t spending more time outside. According to the mothers surveyed, the biggest barriers to getting kids outside were: weather (61%), safety concerns (38%) and technology (36%). So, hopefully this book will help families find fun ways to get outdoors. If you want to join the Be Out There Movement, you can take the pledge here.

I was thrilled to be assigned the “water baby” chapter. I’ve been swimming since I’ve been walking, and Caitlynn is following in my fins–I mean footsteps. I found more than the amount of information that was required for my portion of the book, so I’m excited to share what made the cut and what didn’t. Check out this slide show to see what DFTM members are doing to keep their little ones cool without a pool.



Hey DFTM Fam–What outdoor activities would you add to the list?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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