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Campers in Training — The Joy of Backyard Camping

By Fredrica Syren

Bella has been nagging for months now to go camping. However, we have been worried about her reaction to being outside, suddenly in the dark in the middle of the night. Naturally, we were not about to go camping just to get woken up by Bella who has changed her mind about camping and wants to go home. So we did the next best thing: we started small and had a camping tryout in our backyard.  On Saturday night, Bella and James slept in our tent in the garden. It was safe, cozy, cheap and . . . the best part . . . just a few steps from the bedroom door, just in case camping was not what it’s cracked up to be. How did it go you wonder? Beautifully. She slept like… well baby and now daddy is going to take her out for the real thing.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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