Want Some Swag??

Want Some Swag??

We are SO excited to announce our upcoming #takeahike challenge starting June 6th! It was a big hit last year and is going to be SO much bigger this year. We have over $4000 in gear to give away, tee shirts, water bottles and a whole lot of people hiking (which is the BEST part).

Get all the details here (and be sure to check back often!)

We also want to introduce our AMAZING sponsors. Together they have donated over $4,000 worth of outdoor gear and clothing that we get to give away to you!!! We’ve got tents, backpacks, chocolate (yes, chocolate), water purifiers, hiking clothes, headlamps, and so much more. Everything to making hiking and adventuring outdoors that much more easy and fun.

To win it all you have to do is take a hike and share your adventure with us starting on June 6th. Can you do us a favor and give them a shout-out on social media as a thank-you for being part of this event? They love knowing that YOU are excited.

Here they are:

We have something new this year too. To increase your chances of winning some amazing prizes we thought it might be fun to have t-shirts and water bottles that you can use when you’re hiking this summer. Cool huh? You can buy your swag over on Rebecca’s other website, Just Trails. Everything is on sale until June 1st, we offer FREE shipping in the US and supplies are limited so grab yours today. We anticipate selling out very quickly.

Want Some Swag??

We can’t wait for June!

Be sure to:

Comment below with any questions! Thanks for joining us and helping others get out out and #takeahike!

 

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Outfitting Kids for Hiking and Camping

It’s finally here! Spring and then summer and hiking and camping and all things outdoors. After a long winter, we are more than ready to get out in nature as much as possible (without having to wrestle everyone into snow suits).

 

This is the time of the year that I always do a little evaluation of what we have and what we need as far as clothing and gear for our four kids (aged 2 months to 7 years).

Outfitting Kids for Hiking and Camping

While you certainly can hike and camp really in anything, sometimes having some more technical clothing for the kids too makes a world of difference. It means more comfortable little trekkers, safer expeditions (dealing with heat and cold), and usually an overall better experience. Layering is key, especially when hiking or camping in the mountains where temperatures and weather can change drastically and quickly.

 

However, we have four kids and a modest budget. If I didn’t manage to snag that gear during sales last fall, I rely heavily on Sierra Trading Post (affiliate link) and other discount shops. The trick is to check often and grab it quick when you find a deal!

 

Click over to the Sierra Trading Post HUB for a list of what we think are must-haves for kids and hiking.

 

Here’s some current findings at Sierra Trading Post we recommend. It’s just a sampling, so check the site for many more! As mentioned before, it’s advantageous to check back often and snag deals quickly when you find them.

 

Hiking Pants:

Hiking Shirts:

Hats:

Shoes:

 

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Celebrate Kids to Parks Day! + Baby Bjorn Giveaway

Get Ready for Kids to Parks Day! + Baby Bjorn Giveaway

This year is BIG in our National Parks as we celebrate the centennial, but there are many events leading up to the cumulation at the end of the summer. I am very excited about Kids to Parks Day, happening on Saturday, May 21st. As you know, our mission here is primarily to get entire families outside…and help parents pass on a love of the outdoors to their kids. Our local, state and national parks will be preserved only if we teach our children to know them, to love them. The day is a perfect opportunity (or excuse?) to visit a local, state, or national park or public land as a family and join the movement.

Kids to Parks Day

We invite you to hike up your boots and grab your cameras along with thousands and thousands of other kids around the country. You can start by pledging to get outside here. Events are being added weekly leading up to the 21st and can be searched here.

But, even if there are no events happening in your area, you can still just get out and explore a new-to-you park or an old favorite.

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I also love their “Buddy Bison” initiative – proceeds help get underprivileged kids to parks too. Because the outdoors is for everyone. You can purchase a Buddy Bison here and then take photos of you with him while you explore parks and add them here.

A few more fun resources:

We encourage you to look around the Park Trust website for lots more info too.

 

BabyBjörn Carrier One Outdoors – perfect for hiking!

BabyBjörn is proud to be a sponsor of Kids to Parks Day, and we have been lucky enough to have a chance to be one of the first in the United States to try it out. To be quite honest, I never thought I would be blogging about a Baby Bjorn carrier. In the past I wasn’t impressed with their carriers (comfort and fit both for baby and wearer), and I didn’t see how they would fit into our lifestyle. However, their new Carrier One Outdoors is top notch and perfect for helping get families outside adventuring (and in our National Parks, of course!)

Kids to Parks Day

The Carrier One Outdoors is a completely new and unique carrier unlike any I have ever used (and we’ve used a ton!) It’s for kids aged newborn – 3 and is a hip-healthy baby carrier, with ergonomic wide leg position. BabyBjörn put some serious thought into this carrier with fabrics that are conducive to outdoor activity (breathable and resistant to rain and dirt) and smart storage (loops for connecting water bottles or toys, cell phone holder, etc.) The straps are wide and padded and is the kind of carrier you could easily wear all day long.

It has the ability to carry baby on the front (both facing in or out) and on the back. It’s also the easiest carrier I have used to get baby on your back without help.

Please do read our full review of the carrier here. It’s extensive and answers many questions I am sure you will have. I’ll also be updating and adding videos to the review as the summer goes on.

 

Win a BabyBjörn Carrier One Outdoors + books to celebrate Kids to Parks!

BabyBjörn is giving one of you a chance to win it before you can buy it. The Carrier One Outdoors will retail for $259, so this is an incredible opportunity. We’re also throwing in a set of books to help your kids enjoy their Parks (items will ship separately from each other).

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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!  This giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

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Quick Gift Ideas for Her

Quick Gift Ideas for Her






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Gearing up for Picnic Season + PlanetBox Giveaway

Gearing up for Picnic Season + PlanetBox Giveaway






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Carrying Kids with the TwinGo

Carrying Kids with the TwinGo






While this review has been live on our site for a while, I wanted to be sure that you all saw it. I have been loving our TwinGo to use with my girls (aged 7 weeks and 2 years) as I manage a busy life! Check out the review for a full outline of the […]