Welcoming a Little More Adventure

On August 30th we welcomed Baby Girl #3 for a grand total of 5 kiddos. We were thankful all went smooth and well and we’ve been settling into a family of 7 (!!!).

Welcoming a Little More Adventure

Welcoming a Little More Adventure

Thoughts lately:

  • Wow, getting 3 kids aged 3 and under dressed and out the door is tough….
  • I am so overwhelmed (though honestly no more than I was with 2 kids…just that newborn fog for dayyyyyzzzz)
  • It’s a party. Constantly. And loud.
  • I’m so glad my kids like to be outside. And be loud.
  • I have like 10 zillion blog posts I was going to write. And I can’t even get one done.
  • Babies poop A LOT. How did I forget this??
  • This baby poops a lot all over everything. What happened to my ninja baby-changing skills?
  • I need a hike. And to heal. And to sleep. Lots and lots of sleep!
  • Family is first. This is the life I love. This chaos too shall pass.

Welcoming a Little More Adventure Welcoming a Little More Adventure

Oh and in case you missed it and are having trouble being motivated too….. the Outdoor Mom Academy closes TONIGHT! Last chance for all of you that begged for us to keep it open just a couple more days! ūüėČ

Because YOU got this, Mama. And we can be in the trenches together….

Welcoming a Little More Adventure

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The Outdoor Mom Academy is OPEN! Limited Spots Available!

Happy Monday! I am so excited for a second session of the Outdoor Mom Academy and want YOU to join us! Our first session was wildly successful, mostly because of the great community that joined us. We (Rebecca, Susan, and I) shared what we know, of course, but we couldn’t have done it without the input of the class discussion. To be sure we can offer what our class participants deserve, we are capping this at 125 students. That is LESS than we had sign up for our first session, so you don’t want to delay at signing up!

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The Details:

  • Class begins Monday, September 11th and will run for 6 weeks
  • Participants will have access to exclusive videos, PDF worksheets, e-books and a private Facebook group for discussion.
  • Topics we are covering are as follows:
    • Raising Outdoor Leaders
    • How to Pack What You Need
    • Adventuring on a Budget
    • Camping Made Easy
    • Family First Aid
    • Identifying and Mitigating Risk in the Outdoors
  • We WILL be capping this class, so signing up early is super important!
  • Use code “OMA-SUBSCRIBERS” for $5 off!
  • REI is sponsoring this session of OMA! We will have weekly giveaways for participants!

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Don’t Just Take it from Us!

Here are some final thoughts from our Session 1 participants earlier this summer + some photos of them getting out throughout the class and afterwards (win, win!):

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“OMA did an amazing thing for me this summer. I was feeling lost in my motherhood and searching for my tribe‚Ķ and subsequently falling into a type depression that I’d never experienced before. Now, I know there are adventurous moms like me and I have the tools to get outside with my daughter safely and frequently. Its now OUR happy place.” ¬†– Jerileigh¬†

“As we wrap up this week, I just wanted to say thank you for all the lessons. I’m now comfortable and excited to go outside. In fact, I just booked a weekend of camping at a local state park in August, which will be about the most camping I’ve ever done as an adult. And I’m actually looking forward to it! :)” –Emily G.

“The content was educational and relevant. I especially love that the instructors are moms with kids right now. Not “when my kids USED to be little” or “back when we went as a family”- you guys are going through what we are going through now and are relatable!”

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“Thank you for doing this. I’ve been outdoorsy my whole life, have a lot of basic knowledge about what it takes to get outside safely, and have led groups on hikes and camping trips, but I still had a lot of fear about getting my own kids outside on my own. This course helped me overcome that.”The Outdoor Mom Academy is OPEN! Limited Spots Available!

“I am super impressed by the community of moms that participated and the great discussions that happened! I learned SO much and was inspired daily! With that being said, you get out of this class what you put in. I consciously made time to read comments, go over the emails and do the homework even if not in the same week. Worth the $ if you participate!!”

“Awesome job covering touchy subjects like outdoor fears, mom fails and budgets! I can’t imagine anybody felt singled out or judged discussing these topics with such a supportive group!”

“Course quality overall was amazing! I am going to print out the entire course and start a family outdoor adventures notebook.”

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Sign Me Up!

Are you in!?? YEA! Go here to sign up! 

Have questions? Totally happy to answer. Comment on this post (because I am sure others will have the same questions!) and I will answer ASAP!!

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Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

The Yuba Flip Flop cargo balance bike stands out and has been called the “coolest bike ever!” by not only our kids, but any kid (and adult) that happens to see us riding it. We keep saying it would be even more cool to ride alongside an adult Yuba Cargo bike, but we haven’t gotten that far yet….

Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

The Flip Flop has a frame that you literally can “flip over” and then “flop out” the position of the bars, rack, seat and front wheel to lengthen the Flip Flop. This adds up to a year of additional use, which is huge for parents who are trying to save some money.

The photos below show (1) the frame in the lower setting and (2) the frame in the higher setting:

Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

 

The Flip Flop stands out for a couple reasons:

  1. First and foremost, the cargo rack and the saddle bags/basket are unique and really fun for kids to use. Ours are usually filled with snacks, sticks, rocks, dolls and stickers (not necessarily in that order).
  2. Secondly, the flippable frame adds up to another year of growing room compared to a normal balance bike

 

We found that the Flip Flop does indeed have a very low stand over height – even our 18 month old is able to stand over it easily. We also noticed that when the frame is low on it’s highest setting and high on it’s lowest setting, they are about the same. Our (tiny) 3 year old can ride both ways comfortably. We do tend to leave it on the high frame setting because the 6 year old loves to jump on it also.

The Flip Flop tends to focus more on novelty details (the cargo rack, optional add-on accessories, and flippable frame) and less on high quality components like a curved handlebar, quick release seat and pneumatic tires. That said, those “novelty items” are sometimes what really gets a kid on a bike and shouldn’t be overlooked in the least!

Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

What we love:

  • Because of the ability to “flip flop” (AKA turn the frame completely over), it fits a really wide range of kid sizes. They recommend ages 1.5-6 and we agree that is about right, depending on the child, of course.
  • The cargo frame is pretty fun on it’s own to attach things to, but it is even more fun with the Saddle Bag ($39) and Basket ($29) accessories.
  • The bike has a long wheel base, which helps with balance.
  • Fun designs
  • Foam-filled tires never need air

Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

 

What we aren’t as crazy about:

  • No hand brake (which is fairly common on balance bikes, but we love having it for practice and as kids pick up speed and need more of a brake than their feet)
  • No quick release on the seat
  • The process of flipping the frame is meant to happen just as the kid outgrows the bike, not as you flip between kids/riders. It’s not a horrible process, but does take a bit of time

 

Bottom Line:

At $120, the Flip Flop (available at REI) is pretty average as far as price range and functionality for a balance bike. It comes in two animal designs (giraffe and cow) and a lime green color. The short stand over height and the ability to add some years with the flippable frame plus the very cool cargo features make it a great option for most families!

 

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Yuba Flip Flop Cargo Bike for Kids

Yuba generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.

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5 Ways to Add Fun at the Campsite

5 Ways to Add Fun at the Campsite

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Helping You Choose a Framed Kid Carrier

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Born Wild

Born Wild

I am so excited to welcome¬†Deirdre Denali Rosenberg to the blog this week. To be honest, my brain power for creative writing has been less than stellar over the past few weeks (months?) as we prepare for baby and all that comes with that. Her words are refreshing and inspiring for me, and I think […]