15 Minutes Outside: A Book Review and Giveaway

Books sit on my nightstand for weeks before they are ever cracked open, but I was aching to read 15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Outside and Connect With Your Kids.

Why did this little gem get preferential treatment? The title alone tells me what I wish we were doing on a daily basis around here. It’s fine to skip the paper towels and embrace cloth diapers, but what do all those things mean to my kids if they don’t have an intimate relationship with the world outside their door?

The rain has been  relentless lately and we don’t seem to take the time to slip on our boots and brave the weather. We could save a stranded earthworm or find a budding pussy willow or perhaps slosh through a dozen puddles.

This book is simply a list of 365 wonderful ideas, organized by month, to push your reticent crew out the door. When I tell my children we’re going to go outside, my son always replies (rather loudly), “but I’m cozy mama!”. He’s four and loves building blanket forts while clad only in underpants.

But if I told him that we were going to hunt for bugs or plant pansies, maybe I’d have a better chance of moving him beyond these four walls.

If you’d like the chance to win a copy of 15 Minutes Outside, this is your lucky week!

Three Ways to Enter the Fifteen Minutes Outside Book Giveaway:

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3. Spread the news about the giveaway! Email someone, post it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, or send someone a message about it via carrier pigeon. (And again, don’t forget to tell us all about it in the comments!)

This contest ends on April 25th and is only open to U.S. Residents.

Great luck!



  1. This book sounds great! My daughter loves going outside but I don’t really know what to do with her or with her 3 month old brother.

  2. This book sounds great. I’d love to win it!

  3. Sounds like a great book! I know this is going to be a big challenge for us in the future. My husband and I are avid outdoors people and living in Oregon we’re constantly needing to find ways to adapt to the changing weather, which I think might be even more challenging with a little one. We have our first baby coming at the end of June and we’re both already missing alot of our favorite outdoor activities that are on hold for now. I can’t wait to discover how to adapt outdoor fun to our new family life.

  4. Wow, I was just trying to think of things to do with my 7 month old outside today and whether I was comfortable leaving her in the grass to play (I know that sounds kinda strange- it’s just grass!). Sounds like an inspiring book!

  5. I myself hate to be outdoors if it’s raining (though my son doesn’t seem to care), but I do have a tip for getting out to the playground after it’s rained (even if it was the night before): Bring a towel! That way you can wipe down the slide, swing, or whatever so your child can enjoy it without a wet bottom.

    I’d love to see what other suggestions this book has.

  6. My son always tells me he is cozy inside too! But we do try to get out as much as possible.

  7. Would love to win this one.

  8. I like you on FB.

  9. I shared on FB.

  10. I would love to read this. Both me and my two boys could use more outside time.

  11. I loved hunting for bugs as a kid, and it would have been great to have my parents right there with me!

  12. I could really use this book! The upper Midwest is horrible for weather, but I am determined to get my kids outside regardless. I welcome any tips!

  13. After the past week of rain I’m certainly ready to have an excuse to go outside. Would love to win this 🙂

  14. I liked you on facebook.

  15. I liked you on FB :). I love your site!

  16. Sounds like a great book for any parent!

  17. I really need to get outside more, so this book would be fantastic for me 🙂

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