Brene Brown – Wholehearted Living – Storyteller Researcher – A special BOOK LOOK!

Brene Brown’s work has made all the difference in my P.L.A.Y. days and my entire life. Period.

See CAPKINs + See U Soon!

I encourage you to watch, read, and listen to her free offerings listed below to continue your journey towards wholehearted living. This is a perfect opportunity to explore, embrace, be vulnerable, AND to be 100% authentically you. Discover your true P.L.A.Y. nature today!

Sending Hugs and Smiles to help light the way ~ Karen

WATCH! -Brene’s TED Talks

These two talks can make all the difference in how you connect or disconnect to your every day life and loved ones. They are stepping stones on your way to many P.L.A.Y. adventures filled with curiosity, communication, and a loving wholehearted experience with your children and family. Embrace the possibilities and be the change you’d like to see! Plant the seed, nurture and tend to it, and watch it grow into something amazing called your wholehearted journey!

Brene Brown’s TED talks are known around the world and her first talk is one of the most viewed ever.

The Power of Vulnerability (20 minutes)

Listening to Shame (20 minutes)

Brene Brown on Empathy (3 minutes – an RSA short – Royal Society for Arts)

READ! -Brene’s Books

Wholehearted Living – The research and storytelling by Brene Brown on shame and vulnerability and her sharing of it in her multiple books has made all the difference in how I am as a parent, partner, daughter, friend, and in all of my relationships and has rippled out to my family, community, and beyond. If you only have the chance to read one of her books I’d say her latest, 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts 

has all the best basics for how to create trusting and vulnerable relationships while holding healthy boundaries and communicating your needs which results in wholehearted living.

I intend to create a more in depth series of BOOK LOOK posts in the future to cover more of her amazing and necessary work in her other titles. For now here are links to her website for overviews of each of her books and I highly recommend them all!

The Gifts of Imperfection: Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

LISTEN! -Brene’s Podcasts

Listening to the audio version of Brene’s books has been a tremendous gift over the years. Now you can hear her more often on her two engaging podcasts where she covers real time topics with a practical wholehearted lens.

Unlocking Us with Brene Brown “are conversations that unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with More courage and heart.”

Dare to Lead with Brene Brown “are conversations with change-catalysts, culture-shifters, and more than a few troublemakers who are innovating, creating, and daring to lead.”

VISIT! -Brene’s Website + Free Resources

Explore BreneBrown.com to discover more about this journey of Wholehearted Living for you and your family.

Explore these free resources for you, your loved ones, and to pass them forward!

Enjoy the wholehearted living journey and be sure to take time for you and yours to P.L.A.Y. every day!

NATURE Poop Post #25

Who left this behind?

(*2nd photo clue below!)


SCATBEDOODOO is a new special P.L.A.Y. combination of two things:

SCAT = animal poop (aka feces)

SCAT = the improvised singing of nonsense syllables in jazz music like bop-doo


What to do when you find the poo out in the wild:

1-Watch Your Step!

2-Look with your eyes not your hands (no touch!)

3-Draw or take a snapshot of the poop to later decipher which field or forest animal left behind this special clue.

4- Get curious if you like and poke it with a stick to try to figure out what this animal ate. Can you see fur, seeds, grasses, or ???

BONUS P.L.A.Y.  Sing your own verse of SCATBEDOODOO to celebrate discovering which animal has passed this way before you!

The authors write in the introduction:

“(this book assists with) . . . the joy of reading stories written in the soil and snow. The fun of nature’s challenge is solving the mysteries written on the trail.”

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

You might be interested in reading and watching more P.L.A.Y. beaver adventures including a story of Paddy the Beaver!

Nature Poop Post #22

A magical moment in any outdoor adventure is to find . . .

SCATBEDOODOO!!!

Who left this behind?

Oh Deer!


SCATBEDOODOO is a new special combination of two P.L.A.Y.ful things:

SCAT = animal poop.

SCAT = the improvised singing of nonsense syllables in jazz music like bop-doo-wop.


What to do on this special occasion?

1. Watch your step and look with your eyes not your hands (no touch!)

2. Draw or take a snapshot of the poop to later decipher which field or forest animal left behind this special clue.

3. Then sing your own verse of SCATBEDOODOO to celebrate discovering which animal has passed this way before you!

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Nature ABC Adventure #1

Moss “C”

A March treasure quest for you and your curious Capkin is to search for the letter “C” in nature.


What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #7 – Four Season – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin is to search in nature for . . .

“Half-Hidden Happy Heart”

BonusSuperbly Shaped Stick 

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #10 – Four Season – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Super Sylvan Spire in the Sunshine

Bonus Circle Cutout Spy Holes

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #1 – Four Season – Nature Alliteration Adventure

A October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

“Happy Hidden Heart”

BonusSimple+Sweet+Shiny in Yellow

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #92 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

” Lovely Leaf & Litter Layers “

Bonus Color ChallengeYellow/Green/Brown

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #77 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin is to search in nature for . . .

Frail + Fluttering + Flitting

Bonus“light as a Feather”

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!

Fall #76 – Nature Alliteration Adventure

An October treasure quest for you & your curious Capkin

is to search in nature for . . .

Elongated + Encased + Exterior

Bonus Color ChallengeBrown+Yellow 

What other natural treasures did you find in your P.L.A.Y. today?

Draw, write, color, and creatively capture your discoveries on the pages of your very own Nature Adventure book!