CLIF Kid giveaway plus Tree House Tips from CLIF Kid and Living Tree


There's nothing quite like a tree house for playing and dreaming the summer away. The combination of fresh air, foliage, privacy, kids-only exclusivity is irresistible! Every child dreams of having a tree house in their back yard; if you are lucky enough to have the space (and the right kind of tree) for a tree house, or even just a tree swing, CLIF Kid has partnered with Living Tree to bring you some Tree House Tips to get started on building a tree house or tree swing, so kids can enjoy the countless hours of fresh air and fun playtime nature has to offer:

Building tree houses and tree swings are wonderful ways for your family to enjoy what a tree has to offer. CLIF Kid, maker of organic snacks for active kids, and Jonathan Fairoaks, an ISA Certified Arborist and founder of Living Tree, a tree house design studio that strives to preserve and protect trees, share tips on how to prepare for building and enjoying a tree house or tree swing:

TIP #1: A tree house, plus the kids who play in it, can be a lot of weight for your tree. When constructing a tree house, THE SIZE AND TYPE OF TREE must be taken into consideration. Even with the largest trees, keep houses under 3,600 pounds to avoid damage.

TIP #2: Trees can move and grow a lot after a tree house is built. When building a tree house, it’s important to accommodate for a TREE’S GROWTH. Keep platforms and supports 2-3" from branches and trunks and follow a building plan that suspends your tree house securely within the tree’s branches so that it can move independently of the tree.

TIP #3: ROPE SWINGS AND TIRE SWINGS are a fun addition. Use a braided arborist rope ½" or greater in diameter and use a running bowline knot to hang your swing − your tree will thank you.

TIP #4: THE BEST TREES TO USE FOR TREE HOUSES are Oaks, Maples, Beeches and Sycamores because they all have long lifetimes and strong branches to support a tree house.

TIP #5: BARK is like a tree’s skin, protecting it from diseases and bugs. When building a tree house, avoid damaging the tree’s bark by using fixtures specially designed for tree houses. Using artificial limb supports and avoiding the concentration of support points in one area will ensure both the tree and your tree house stay sturdy.

TIP #6: Before you start construction, make sure the tree is healthy enough to support your tree house or swing – a certified arborist from the International Society of Arboriculture can come EVALUATE YOUR TREE to determine if it can support a house and if the tree needs pruning, deep root feeding or support cabling for optimum health.

CLIF Kid and Living Tree are committed to making outdoor experiences fun and safe for kids, their families and the environment. If you are a tree house beginner, Living Tree recommends Peter Nelson’s book Home Tree Home: Principles of Treehouse Construction and other Tall Tales for safe plans that can help build the ultimate tree house. To learn more about CLIF Kid and Living Tree, visit www.ClifKid.com and www.LivingTreeOnline.com.


Win an assortment of CLIF Kid snacks
Two lucky Bonggamom Finds winners will each receive a box of 1 dozen assorted CLIF Kid snacks (a combo of Original Zbar, Zbar Crispy and Zfruit (formerly Twisted Fruit)!


Required Entry
Leave a comment on this post and tell me why your child would love a tree house in his back yard! This entry must be completed before extra entries qualify.


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5) Leave a comment on this post and tell me your child's favorite CLIF Kid product.



The Rules
This giveaway ends at 11:59PM PST on August 15, 2011; I will draw two winners at random on August 16 and post their names after they confirm acceptance. Continental US residents only. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!



Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. Program information is provided by CLIF Kid and is indicated in italics. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

39 Comments, Leave yours here:

laurie812@hotmail.com said...

My five year old would love a tree house in the backyard. For her 5th birthday, she asked for either a tree house or the wood to make a tree house. I would love to give one to her.

justicecw on July 30, 2011 at 7:51 AM said...

My son would love a tree house because he loves pretend play. I am sure he would want to live in it! Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw on July 30, 2011 at 7:52 AM said...

My son's favorite is ZFruit...we have a variety pack of it right now and he loves all the flavors! justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw on July 30, 2011 at 7:53 AM said...

Follow on twitter and tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/97318866799181825
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Shelly on July 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM said...

to pretend to be an exp
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Shelly on July 30, 2011 at 3:31 PM said...

love Zfruit

Kimberly on July 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM said...

My daughter loves to climb up things to he higher than other people. A tree house would be perfect
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justicecw on July 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/97838939368468480
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Angela on August 1, 2011 at 7:48 AM said...

My boys would love a tree house because they always want to be outside and are always climbing everything! We don't have a swing set or anything in our yard so a tree house would absolutely thrill them! Plus I think they encourage imaginative play!
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Angela on August 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM said...

My son adores Clif Kid fruit twists (all flavors)!
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justicecw on August 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/98210709820805121
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justicecw on August 2, 2011 at 9:54 AM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/98436199634583552
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Anonymous said...

My son's would love a tree house and we are in the middle of building one right now.

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justicecw on August 3, 2011 at 12:36 PM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/justicecw/status/98839461957345280
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Raven In A Blue Room on August 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM said...

a tree house would be so much fan and adventure for them - and they gotta spend time outdoors

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Raven In A Blue Room on August 3, 2011 at 1:24 PM said...

I left a Wall Comment

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Raven In A Blue Room on August 3, 2011 at 1:25 PM said...

following you on twitter @left_the_stars
I tweeted your giveaway

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justicecw on August 4, 2011 at 9:56 AM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/99161613654949888
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justicecw on August 5, 2011 at 8:02 AM said...

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Jennifer T. on August 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM said...

My daughter would love a treehouse to make all sorts of scenarios from her imagination.
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Jennifer T. on August 5, 2011 at 4:05 PM said...

My daughter has actually only tried the chocolate brownie Clif Kid Z Bar so that'd be her favorite.
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justicecw on August 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/99884362551660544
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justicecw on August 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM said...

8/7 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/100316621867978752
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justicecw on August 8, 2011 at 9:38 AM said...

8/8 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/100606556726509569
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justicecw on August 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM said...

8/9 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/100973293150011393
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Marla Z. on August 9, 2011 at 10:14 AM said...

My kids would love a tree house b/c we had to get rid of their play toys before we moved from OH to TX b/c there wasn't enough room in the moving truck. I would like a tree house 4 them b/c it would keep them off the ground away from rattlesnakes here. marlazick at aol dot com

Marla Z. on August 9, 2011 at 10:23 AM said...

my kids favorite is the twisted fruit now called zfruit!! They love clif bars too marlazick at aol dot com

Marla Z. on August 9, 2011 at 10:45 AM said...

tweeted marlazick at aol dot com http://twitter.com/#!/SavingUGreenMom/status/100985708956762112

Marla Z. on August 9, 2011 at 10:54 AM said...

I posted on your fb page! marlazick at aol dot com

justicecw on August 10, 2011 at 9:14 AM said...

8/10 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/101325417683750912
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justicecw on August 11, 2011 at 9:06 PM said...

8/11 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/101866972739932160
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justicecw on August 12, 2011 at 7:04 PM said...

8/12 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/102198699484123136
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justicecw on August 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM said...

8/14 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/102928446816141312
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Steph on August 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM said...

My kids would love a tree house on our backyard because they love to play outside and are always making forts. A tree house in the apple tree would be great.

Steph on August 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM said...

I follow and tweeted (mnsteph)
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Steph on August 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM said...

My kids like the CLIF Mojo.

justicecw on August 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM said...

8/15 tweet at http://twitter.com/#!/justicecw/status/103215706446897153
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Bonggamom on August 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM said...

Congratulations to the winners: #6 and #7, Shelley and Kimberly!

Bonggamom on August 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM said...

Congratulations to the winners: #6 and #7, Shelley and Kimberly!

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