Bird builds nest

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Healthy Living, Kids Blog, Nature Sights | No Comments

We feel fortunate that nature has made its home on our patio.  A bird has chosen to build its nest on a grill gadget.  Two eggs are in the nest and the beige-colored bird has been nesting for days now.  It is a very inspiring and nurturing sight.  We saw a father bird briefly come, Read More …

Monarch butterflies visiting Arizona for the season

Monarch butterflies, a truly regal-looking butterfly with gold, orange-yellow, white and black coloring, is now on view in nature – and places like the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Some of the monarchs are migratory and might live for months while they migrate.  Others only live about a month.  Some are in residence at Read More …

Visiting Bob’s Red Mill

Visiting Bob’s Red Mill recently was a fun experience! Since the Couch Potato likes to learn about healthy food and activities, we took their hour tour of Bob’s Red Mill and even met Bob!  (More on that later.) We were able to see how Bob’s Red Mill processes their grains and how very clean their Read More …

Hummingbirds – the smallest bird

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Kids Blog, Motivation | No Comments

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds.  Their brains are the size of a human tooth, but for how little their bodies are, their brains are very big!   They use up a lot of energy as they flap their wings very quickly. To keep moving, they also have a very fast heartbeat – 1,260 beats per Read More …

Visit to a fish hatchery

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Kids Blog | No Comments

The Couch Potato visited the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery in Arizona to see how fish are raised.  Fish biologist, Larry Duhamell, showed us how they help the fish grow to be healthy. (A fish biologist studies fish and knows the way fish grow, what to feed them, and how to keep them healthy.) The Fish Read More …

Original Couch Potato Visits Big Idaho Potato

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Kids Blog | No Comments

Couch Potato Meets Spuddy Buddy The Big Idaho Potato is traveling across the country in celebration of the 75th year of the Idaho Potato Commission, and the “Original” Couch Potato just had to be on hand to join the celebration! Even more fun, was the introduction of the Hiking Couch Potato to Spuddy Buddy, the Read More …

Jewel of the Creek Preserve – a Real Gem!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in Hiking Adventures, Kids Blog | One Comment

After our previous experience at Cave Creek Regional Park in Arizona, we headed to Jewel of the Creek Preserve in Cave Creek.  Although a small park in comparison to many, the features are worth a visit. Jewel of the Creek is off Spur Creek Road, which offers a smooth ride to reach until the last Read More …

7 Things to Know about Choosing Hiking Boots

After a recent foray to find new hiking boots, the Couch Potato would like to share the following, so others don’t make the same mistakes she did previously! 1. Don’t be in a rush. You’re going to be wearing these boots on the trail for a while. Comfort is everything! 2. Look for boots that Read More …