Today’s group of giveaways is just because there are days that you just can’t get outside (or at least for very long!) These are some of our favorite nature/outdoor-inspired games and activities and are ones we highly recommend.
Our boys have been receiving Green Kid Crafts subscription boxes for over a year now. They are most looked-forward to mail coming to our home and have produced some great creative AND play time. You can read our previous full review here, but just a some of the reasons they remain our favorite:
Besides a pair of scissors or a knife, the boxes contain everything you need to complete all the projects. This means they are great for bringing traveling and are always ready when you are. We often take them camping. It also means we’ve collected quite an impressive supply of quality paints, crayons, and pastels (among other supplies) over the past year. That alone pays for the box!
Each box has a different theme which enhances learning
Not only are you doing craft projects, but they also always include some movement and creative play (so you aren’t just sitting around for those kids who aren’t good at that anyway!)
“Ice Fishing” with their latest Green Kid Craft Subscription box, “Arctic”
We just discovered this company this year and have now been seeing their games all over the place (particularly in Yellowstone gift shops).
Their mission is simple: Reconnecting Families One Game at a Time.
And they do so through games that are helping families learn about the outdoors and be inspired to live an active and outdoor life. They also are designed so they grow with you and can be modified and adapted easily for younger or older players (or those that know more or less about the subject.)
We were given the chance to check out their new game in collaboration with Schwinn, “The Biking Board Game“. The game is for ages 4+ and educates players on the ins and outs of biking while promoting and inspiring an active, biking, lifestyle.
The kids loved the game pieces (which are all different Schwinn bikes, of course) and the chance to race to the end (and beat everyone else.) We played on the “easy” level (you can move up levels as you become more knowledgable.) J is a fairly avid biker and good at answering questions, but some of the ones on the easy level threw him. It was a good challenge for him, but would definitely say that 4 is the base age level.
It’s a game we recommend, especially if you love biking (or want to get your family excited about biking.)
Education Outdoors also has a great set of other games we have on our wish list: Camp, Fishing Camp, S’mores and Snipe are just a few of them.
Jeff Corwin’s Explorer Series Pocket Naturalist Guides
For kids (and adults) who love quick facts, great photos and some fun trivia, these Pocket Naturalist guides are great! Available topics include: The World of SHARKS, PRIMATES, WILD CATS, WILD DOGS, SNAKES and BEARS. While we obviously are lacking some of those animals in our immediate area, they are some of the most fascinating animals out there and good exposure for kids. AND they are supplemented with the help of Jeff Corwin, an icon in the animal world!
The guides are all laminated, really sturdy (which is a good thing with kids) and packed full of good information. They show different species, worldwide locations, and what to do when you are, for example, bitten by a snake. We also loved how the information is basic and easy enough for even an older toddler or preschooler to understand.
The guides are available now at Amazon for preorder, and should be available for purchase in March. They will be followed by some supplemental activity books in January 2014. If you would like some copies now, you can contact Waterford Press directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call tel:800-434-2555 (they will ship direct!)
Your chance to win the following:
Your choice of anything in the store from Green Kid Crafts **Open to US and Canada**
The World of SHARKS, PRIMATES, WILD CATS, WILD DOGS, SNAKES and BEARS in a 6-part series of Pocket Naturalist Guides **Open to the continental US only**
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win. The winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!
Education Outdoors and Waterford Press generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. A few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
Today’s post is all about camping for families. It is one of our very favorite activities to do and remains a classic way to get outside for all ages. Of course, everyone’s definition of camping differs, but in my opinion, camping is camping and, as long as you are outside, that is all that matters! This spring and summer we will be taking out our “new” retro camper with a newborn (and the other 2 kiddos, of course) and continue to do some tent camping (and hopefully a backpacking trip.)
Here’s a few of our favorite things to make camping easier for families. Sometimes (or, really, usually) getting out the door is the hardest part.
Your entire camping kitchen is packed up and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Once you have it set, it is really one less (huge) thing to worry about as you are getting ready.
You can depend on having “counter” space to prepare and cook meals
Meal preparation is localized (previously, we were often spread out over camp looking for fairly flat, stable and out-of-kid’s-reach places to cook) and everything you need can found quickly in the dark too (thanks to a place to hang a lantern and everything being organized)
Camping meals can move beyond hot dogs on the fire and into some more “complex” (or at least healthier) meals without a lot of fuss
It makes doing camping dishes so much easier (built-in removable sink and plenty of space to hang drying towels)
It’s a durable and well-thought-out camping piece of gear that will last for years and years (and you can depend on)
It can be used for so much more than just a car-camping trip: Rafting trips, tailgating, backyard parties, fishing trips, music festivals, scouting adventures, etc., etc.
As long as you aren’t in “grizz country” you can leave it set up (though cleaned up, of course) for the duration of the trip
It’s easy to cart around making your camping kitchen truly portable AND takes up about as much room as a suitcase in your car
Basically the most difficult thing about camping can be organizing gear (and keeping it organized) – the GrubHub helps tremendously in a lightweight, easily-portable, and compact solution.
Our reviews and use of the GrubHub is ongoing, though here is a couple we did last summer: GrubHub Camp Kitchen Review and Making the Car Camping Process Easier. It truly has become a central piece of gear for us as far as camping. And yes, it will continue to come with us even when we use the camper (I much prefer cooking outside, especially in the summer!)
We have been using Action Wipes as a family now for a couple of years. They have been life stink-savers on our 10 day camping trips and hot summer trips when you’re covered in sweat.
We are not campers who bring along solar showers when we are out. While the idea is tempting, I have done my share of bathing in cold lakes (it just adds to the experience, right?!?!) While washing hair will not fall under this category, these wipes are an excellent alternative to lake-shore bathing. All natural, plant-derived ingredients help avoid damaging chemicals and leave skin feeling soft (and not sticky). They are large, strong, smell good and we use them all the time. Stashes remain in our car, our GrubHub and the “beach” bag (which goes many more places than just the “beach”.) They also come with a spray bottle to refresh when they dry out. Additionally, they can be reused numerous times and repurposed after that.
Better yet, the wipes are made with essential natural oils that are also antiseptic and antibacterial so they can be used to clean wounds and help remove poison oak and ivy oils (not an issue for us around here, but certainly others!)
And no, they are not just like bringing baby wipes with you – SO much more than that.
If you have babies or small children that like to have their own space (AKA have a hard time sleeping in a tent) these are life-savers. They have been completely redesigned for 2013 to allow for more ventilation and a safer mattress. Our kids take them with them nearly everywhere we go and will often use them at home too. When are in an unfamiliar place, the PeaPod provides some amount of familiarity, at least for sleeping. Definitely check out our full review (which includes a comparison to a smaller PeaPod) here. We also love how they can carry them themselves!
Depending on where we are going and what we are doing, I bring my SLR camera with us camping. However, more often than not, we are out biking or hiking or playing on the water and I don’t want to deal with anything more to carry. Therefore, as much as I don’t like to admit it, my iPhone has become my go-t0 camera. Even if we don’t have reception (which we often don’t…and it’s glorious…) I bring it for the use of the camera. However, that means I also need to have it in a case I can depend on. While I have owned some pretty beefy cases in the past, the one from LifeProof is my absolute favorite.
LifeProof Case for iPhone 4/4s plus adapter
It’s a little more involved to get it on the actual phone (though they do provide great instructions and videos on how to do-so), it is completely waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof AND shock proof. And yes, I have tested them all.
They also have cases for the iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod.
What I love:
No need to worry about my phone in any outdoor condition
No interference for using the touch pad or making phone calls through the phone
Photos/camera are not effected by the case
Low profile – almost no extra size and a ton of protection
What I wasn’t so crazy about:
It definitely is a little more involved to get it on and make sure it is on correctly
The door that covers the plug-in port can get in the way of older (and a little longer) plug-ins from Apple or car chargers. However, they sent me an adapter/dock connector ($29.99) and that has made all the difference. No issue now at all.
While they do have a case now for a Galaxy, the rest of their products are Apple-only.
Win some of our favorite camping gear for families:
A huge discount on a GrubHub! Winner pays $179 (and includes spats and shovel) + $27.50 for shipping. That’s about $230 off. **If winner is in Utah there is tax on the 179.**
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help! Sorry, these giveaways are open to the U.S. only (except the PeaPod one!).
LifeProof generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review (as did GrubHub, Action Wipes and KidCo in the past). However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. A few of these links are affiliates. Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way! You can find my full disclosure here.
Mtn Papa and I have been Ambassadors for Mountain Khakis for a couple of years now. We love their clothing- it really is built to last and is great for “stylin’ in the mountains (or elsewhere…)”
Since ’tis the season for dressing up and getting outside too, we thought we would list a few of our favorites this season AND, of course, give away a couple of gift cards too!
Oh how we love these kids’ Mountain Pants! Check out our previous full review here (or by clicking on the photo). Now if we could just convince MKs to carry some more items for kids. Wouldn’t overalls be awesome?!?!
Boys happily digging in their MKKs original mountain pants!
Mountain Khakis expands their women’s line with each season and I think this may be the very best so far! I totally failed in getting photos of myself in some of these pieces before the Baby Belly took over, so you’ll have to take my word for it!
Women’s Rendezvous Qtr Zip: My VERY favorite from MKs for women. Super comfortable, very flattering and I love the “oxblood” color!
Women’s Old Faithful Sweater: This one runs a bit small (so size up) but is the perfect blend of sweater + a comfortable brushed poly interior. No piling, and very flattering.
Men’s Peden Plaid: Just a quality plaid shirt that looks great (and doesn’t require ironing either…) and is lightweight plaid for year-round comfort and a little warmth.
Win from Mountain Khakis!
Mountain Khakis has offered the chance for two of you to win $50 gift cards to use at MountainKhakis.com.
As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widget below to enter to win. The winner will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widget. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help!
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