Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead *Empower Kids with Biking*

Our friends  Jannine & Scott Fitzgerald, the creators of the children’s book, B Is For Bicycles, have something important that they want to share with you and the rest of the world!

After owning a bicycle shop in the Teton’s for 14 years, Jannine and Scott continuously saw the positive impact bicycles were having on their customers.  A light turned on, and the creation of their first illustrated children’s book, B is for Bicycles became a reality in 2015.  After publishing this first book, and receiving feedback from parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles, about how excited they were to share the book with the kids in their life, they realized they were onto something.

Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead *Empower Kids with Biking*

However, when they looked for other bicycle oriented children’s media (books, podcasts, videos) online, there weren’t any options to choose from. So, they decided to create Buddy Pegs, a media company created to connect kids (and the adults who love them) to the building blocks of lifelong happiness through the power of the bicycle.

 

Scott and Jannine want to communicate how passionate they are about helping adults raise successful, happy kids. They feel that bikes empower kids with the tools of self confidence, resilience, independence, and determination … for life.

In an attempt to continue spreading their message, On Tuesday, June 20th, Buddy Pegs is taking a huge leap forward with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for their second book,  Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead.

This hardcover, beautifully illustrated children’s book will tell the story of how the main animal characters from their first book B Is For Bicycles go on to open the bike shop Buddy Pegs… in the town of Spokesville…of course.

Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead *Empower Kids with Biking*

The book will focus on the values of self confidence, resilience, and freedom that bike riding delivers; as well as the message of how important local bike shops are to communities!  

Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead *Empower Kids with Biking*

Buddy Pegs, Taking the Lead *Empower Kids with Biking*

You can sign up for now for campaign alerts and VIP info at BuddyPegs.com.  

 

Here are a couple of ways you can help them spread the word:

 

  1. CONTRIBUTE ON DAY ONE! There will be limited VIP bonuses ready for the first backers to their campaign when they go live on June 20th (TODAY!!!)!  
  2. SHARE on social media! Go ahead and follow them on Twitter @bisforbicycles , Instagram @buddypegs or Facebook BisforBicycles, and you can simply retweet, comment on, or share one of their recent posts with your community.

 

Buddy Peg’s goal is to spread the message of empowering kids through the power of the bicycle to inspire them to get outside, be independent, fall down and get back up; and most of all, build meaningful shared family adventures through cycling, where lifelong memories are made.

Check them out a BuddyPegs.com

 

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Introducing Prevelo Bikes

Prevelo Bikes are the newest lightweight bikes built specifically for kids on the market. They aren’t just a scaled down version of adult bikes, but instead with intentional kid-friendly geometry and components.

 

P (age 6 and wearing a size 5t pant) has been riding the 20″ Alpha 3 extensively over the past 6 weeks with great success. As noted in many of our biking posts, a light, great-fitting bike really does make a huge difference for small kids. While P could technically still be on a 16″ bike, he is an eager and proficient rider and was more than ready for gears this summer. He was limited on many of our rides by a single speed and frustrated by that. Also, at only 38 pounds, he needed a bike that was not going to weigh nearly as much as him.

 

Prevelo Alpha 3 Review

 

The Alpha 3 weighs 18.9 pounds. In comparison, the Kona Makena and Trek MT 60 both weigh 25 pounds….nearly as much as him and way too much bike to handle on serious rides and hills (which we do plenty of!)

 

Read the rest of this review here!

 

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Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

The one thing about traveling with families is someone ALWAYS has to eat. While bringing your own food and saving some money is great, sometimes it is so necessary for the sanity of everyone to get out of the car, stretch your legs and get some fresh food.

This post will be updated throughout the summer as we eat our way across Montana. And don’t be fooled – some of the BEST food is in some of the most unlikely places!

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our post all about what to do and where to stay in Virginia City and Nevada City too!

This post is sponsored by the Southwest Montana Tourism, which we are so thankful for. However, our experiences and what we tell you here are exactly what we have told (and will tell) our family and friends! 

 

Virginia City/Nevada City

Let me start by saying that we ate at a lot of different places in this area and there was really nowhere we wouldn’t recommend. Here are our first-hand tips and suggestions!

Star Restaurant in Nevada City

This is actually the only restaurant in Nevada City….but it’s a really great one! We were surprised by very fresh salads and homemade chips. It’s a great place to take the family with seating outside when the weather is favorable. Previous to this year, the Star Bakery and Restaurant were one in the same, but the bakery was sold this year so they are no longer connected inside. Very cute and highly recommended!

Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

Star Bakery in Nevada City

Not to be missed for a breakfast treat on the way to the train. The cinnamon rolls were some of the best we have EVER tasted. They also have fresh cookies, bars, scones and ice cream. What more do you need?!?!

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Nacho Mamas in Virginia City

This seems to be the most “bang for your buck” in the area. We fed our family of 6 (with left overs) for $35. Their burritos are HUGE and are just $9. Plus quesadillas and nachos for the kids, along with tacos. The menu isn’t super extensive, but it was fresh and very, very good! Plus the atmosphere is very family-friendly inside, even for families with a “pile” of kids like us!

Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

Wells Fargo Steak House in Virginia City

Want a date night? Or just a really, really great meal? This is it! There’s plenty of white noise from the crowds to drown out kids if needed, and paper on the tables for coloring too. So, don’t feel like you need to leave your kids behind. Note that there is no specific kids menu, but options for pasta and meatballs that our kids loved.

Mtn Papa was thrilled with his steak and I enjoyed a Chicken Marsala. Side dishes are big enough to serve family style so everyone gets a taste.

And don’t forget dessert – the gelato was AMAZING and we are still talking about it. Prices are also likely the highest in town, but you’re getting the best!

Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

Bob’s in Virginia City

We grabbed a quick pizza from here and took it to eat while we waited for the train. It was fast (about 15 minutes), fresh and really good!

Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

Virginia City Creamery

Another “don’t miss this one”! Homemade ice cream made right in the shop. Worth spending $20 on to feed the whole family (and going back another day too). This place is busy all.the.time – we witnessed plenty of people having ice cream for breakfast (which you can totally do on vacation!) Go ahead and try some different flavors – we were not disappointed!

Great Places to Eat from Glacier to Yellowstone

Cousin’s Candy Shop in Virginia City

In my opinion, taffy is really great fresh (and not so great when it’s not). They pull their taffy right in the window so you can watch and then sell it for under $12/pound in the shop. Again, we “vacation splurged” (um, maybe I see a theme arising here!) and were incredibly impressed. The shop is also full of pretty much every imaginable candy there is out there, plus fresh chocolates and fudges. The fudge is also worth every penny! Parents, be prepared to either let your kids look around as they like or keep a tight rein. It’s a busy shop and there is a LOT to touch and see and WANT! You know the saying…. “like a kid in a candy store”…..

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Helena Area

Helena is such a bigger area than

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Visiting Virginia and Nevada Cities on Your Way to Yellowstone

Visiting Virginia and Nevada Cities on Your Way to Yellowstone






This post is sponsored by the Southwest Montana Tourism, which we are so thankful for. However, our experiences and what we tell you here are exactly what we have told (and will tell) our family and friends!  So many families road trip to Yellowstone (and Glacier too!) very destination-focused and end up missing some real gems […]

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Sun Hats for Kids

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