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The Mama Bears Sherwood-Jayne House Winter Hike Long IslandPinThis

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Today we’re sharing with you one of our favorite little nooks on Long Island. The Sherwood-Jayne House in East Setauket. It’s a place we go to for nature-inspired peace and simplicity when we want to get out of the house with the littles but aren’t up for too much activity or pre-planning. It was pure happenstance that we came across it when we did one spring day almost five years ago, but we’ve been drawn back to it countless times ever since.

It was the animals that first got our attention. Driving along Old Post Road, on our way to the children’s farm classes at nearby Benner’s Farm (which we gushed on at length about in this post!) we noticed the sheep grazing in the pasture, and in the distance- a horse as well. After that, I looked for those charming pastoral friends every week when we drove by, wondering where they were whenever I didn’t see them. Finally one day we decided to stop and see what this place was all about.

And what did we find?

Well simply that the Sherwood-Jayne House  is a living piece of Long Island history. Originally built in the 1700s, the home and its surrounding accessory buildings, farm, and bucolic setting is maintained by the SPLIA who even offers tours of the restored house itself. It’s the tranquil meadows, grazing animals, and wooded trails that personally draw us back time and time again however.

We’ve spent many afternoons here in the years since that first visit, watching the children run up and down the hills, trekking through the trails lost either in thought or conversation, and watching the animals quietly as they watch us back and then go about their business. It’s just enough for a restorative hour or two with nature- a quick fix, if you will! So if you’re ever in the area for a visit or passing through on your way to an event or an activity nearby, stop in and check it out- we may just meet you there!

Ahhh, the post-holiday winter period. That portion of the year synonymous with icy cold days and mid-afternoon sunsets. What is the point to this part of winter, I always used to grumpily wonder. For the longest time I even used to wish that the end of this season would align itself perfectly with the end of the magic and splendor of the holidays. Then we could roll right into those bright, crisp springtime days without skipping a beat.

It’s taken me a long time to reframe this mindset, to see this time of year as anything other than just Christmas leftovers, but I have. All it took was a whole lot of time and some perspective. Having kiddos thrown into the mix helped for sure as well. So much of how we feel is tied up with our thoughts and experiences and every winter season that goes by that is spent doing things like watching movies around a cozy fire, enjoying long hearty meals with family, playing in the snow, and leaving out food for our overwintering backyard neighbors solidifies my new perspective on winter.

Wintertime to me now conjures up feelings of family, nostalgia about old family recipes, memories like belly laughs in the kitchen as I struggled to stir a giant pot of polenta or the smell of my mother’s sopa de cola– the ultimate comfort food- simmering on the stovetop. It stirs up feelings of repose, preparation, and low-key pursuits that I indulge with Disney movie marathons, long bedtime stories, magical shadow puppet shows in my littles’ bedroom, and stringing up cranberries and popcorn for those chubby little squirrels outside. So no, winter is nothing like its fellow seasons, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s got an inherent magic all its own. Our winter finds 2017 list is geared towards helping us all find- and revel in- a little bit of that splendor all winter long. Happy Winter, friends!

 

 

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Modern Wool Chunky Knit Throw

Go ahead and tell me that this chunky knit throw by Modern Wool doesn't make you want to do exactly what this woman is doing! A cozy nap or a movie night would be within reason as well. Handmade with 100% premium wool from French Merino sheep raised in Colorado, and without any synthetic additives, this is exactly the kind of snuggly indulgence winter days and nights are made for. I have no doubt that setting the stage with a welcoming throw like this would make finding that happy place much, much easier!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Sur la Table Heart Shaped Macaron Kit

It is a well-known fact among all us adults that some of the very best childhood memories revolve around food. Making it, eating it, celebrating with it, and so much more. Maybe it's the one-on-one time you get with your loved ones that make it so special? The feeling of independence and discovery? Whatever the reason, this macaron-making kit from Sur la Table can help you and your little make more fun memories in the kitchen this winter crafting these petite confections to enjoy over a cup of steaming hot chocolate.

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Dave and Athena Beard Grooming Kit

If I'm understanding the logic I've heard from plenty of male friends and family, facial hair is a wintertime must. Not only is skin drier during this time of year, making shaving an added pain, a beard just keeps you, well, warmer. Luckily, gone are the days of wild and unkempt wiry beards blowing in the breeze. They've been replaced with neatly trimmed, brushed, and conditioned coifs that rival the effort put into the hair on your own head. This awesome beard grooming kit by Dave and Athena on Etsy will go a long way toward assisting in that effort or initiating it if need be!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Crew Cuts Boys' Denim Jacket

We can't deny that we've had it pretty easy so far this winter, right? Plenty of warm, sunny days spent outside instead of huddled indoors. I'll take it! We don't know what the coming weeks have in store, but just in case there's plenty more where that came from, we've thrown in a classic denim jacket option by J. Crew that will stand up well to kid-induced wear and tear. Extremely versatile, layer it for chillier days and wear it solo for when the cold inevitably begins to give way to spring for good.

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Kids Swedish Slipper Moccasins by Hanna Andersson

Bare little feet in winter just won't do. And while socks are certainly an option, they don't stand up well to the wear (especially in the heels, right?) and don't provide much in the way of warmth. These Swedish moccasins by Hanna Andersson though, they've got kiddos covered! The cotton socks are extra soft and cozy to keep tiny toes warm and feature a faux suede sole that helps with traction for all those household games of hide and seek! They come in a variety of colors and patterns and are machine washable to make us moms happy as well!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Young Living Essential Oils

We've been using essential oils in our homes for years by way of the Thieves household cleaner, and we've been extremely satisfied with the results! Recently we've expanded our use to include diffusing oils throughout the home as well. Depending on the specific mood or emotion you're trying to achieve, or ailment you're trying to help alleviate, there is an oil out there for you. We've grown to love the ones put out by Young Living and keep a few on hand at all times, including our good old friend, Thieves!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Sincerely Louise Faux Deer Knitting Kit

I firmly believe that arts and crafts are wonderful conduits of creativity for children. It gives them a great sense of accomplishment and freedom to physically make something with their hands and to see what they are capable of. Knitting is just one of so many examples and this absolutely adorable faux deer knitting kit by SincerelyLouise on Etsy is right up that alley! The kit contains everything your child needs to make one of these little darlings this winter, and if deer aren't their thing, no worries, she's got plenty more options to choose from including a fox, unicorn, and even a triceratops!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Nirvanna Designs Buttoned Hood

We first came across this hood at the Bryant Park winter village shops and it stopped us in our tracks. This beauty by Nirvanna Designs is the ultimate in winter style and warmth in one beautiful package. The fleece lining and hand knit wool exterior keeps you warm on even the coldest days, while the button closures and well-constructed hood design makes it very roomy and customizable as well. Lastly, the classic yet edgy style has a knack for going with just about any look you're trying to pull off!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Williams Sonoma Tea Herb Garden Kit

A cup of tea is sometimes all you need to achieve the relaxation and calm you're looking for, especially when the weather outside so desperately calls for it. With this kit by Williams Sonoma that includes eight different types of herbs, you can grow your own tea herb garden indoors and steep a pot of your homegrown blend anytime you want. The kit includes everything you need to grow the herbs and even a few reusable tea bags. Now all you need is a cozy fire, some soft slippers, and a good book!

The Mama Bears Winter Finds 2017 Must Have Items

Pottery Barn Teen Northfield Canvas Pet Teepee

If you've ever noticed how your pet searches out the plushiest, softest, and otherwise most sumptuous surfaces in the house to lay on, you'll agree that they are purveyors of coziness just as much as we are! You can indulge this endless search with a snug little nook all their own by way of the Pet Teepee by PB Teen. Throw in an extra soft pillow for them to sink into and you just may have that sofa all to yourself for once!