On most hikes, my youngest kiddo picks up a stick along the trail. He’ll search around and toss a few until he finds the one that fits his mood best. Within steps after finding the staff that will lead us, a transformation begins; his shirt comes off and his inner warrior comes out. It’s a right we all have, but one children still know how to exercise.

We hike a lot, so we have a lot of sticks and other randoms from the paths we’ve explored … and, yes, we tend to always bring bits and pieces home. Most of the time they pile up, but on this day, because it’s too hot to do much else, we’ve decided to round up our combings and giggle our way into an ART STOP.

Here you have what we came up with. The cloth that we used to tie the pieces is remnant T-shirt material. The stretch in it allows you to pull and tighten easily. There are no directions—just tool around and play.


Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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