Take a Hike Week #7 (Just a day late!)

So sorry we are a day late starting this week – we’ll give you an extra day to hike too! Sometimes the opportunity to adventure comes up and the computer gets put on the back burner for just a little bit. We figured you would understand.

However, here we go! The second to last week (where did our summer go!!?) of #takeahike!

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Week 7 Challenge (July 18-25th): Surprise us with your unique story

Sponsored by: DeuterSPOTSalazon Chocolate Co. & Sawyer

Take a Hike Week #7 (Just a day late!)

 

  1. Take a Hike and tell us about it, surprise us with your unique story
  2. Snap a photo or two
  3. Log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  4. Share your photo and your experience. If you’re using….
    1. Facebook: Share it on the wall of talesofamountainmama or hikelikeawoman
    2. Twitter: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
    3. Instagram: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
  5. Bonus points if you share a photo of your #takeahike t-shirt on this week’s hike and if you share your photo on the DeuterSPOTSalazon & Sawyer social media pages.

 

Still need some #takeahike swag?! And yes, it’s still worth it to order! We’ll ship RIGHT away so you have it to hike this week! We have t-shirts & Nalgene water bottles available right here and everything is just $15.00. Help us close up shop.

Take a Hike Week #7 (Just a day late!)

 

What you can win:

  • SPOT GEN 3 + 1 year of service (U.S.)
  • Sawyer Sample Package (U.S.)
  • Deuter Pico (U.S.)
  • Deuter Fox (U.S.)
  • Salazon Chocolate Sampler (U.S.)

 

How we choose the winners?

Winners are selected randomly by Amelia & Rebecca. We’re looking for photos and stories that inspire and motivate us and the rest of our communities. You can increase your chances of winning by wearing your #takeahike t-shirt &/or using your #takeahike water bottle when you take your hike & sharing your photos with on our weekly sponsor’s social media sites as well.

 

When will winners be announced?

Right here on our website and social media sites on Wednesday, July 27th.

 

Thank you @SPOT_LLC @SawyerProducts @DeuterUSA @salazonchoc for sponsoring #takeahike w/ @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

Happy Hiking! We can’t wait to read your unique story.

 

Happy Hiking! We can’t wait to read your unique story.

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I’m a Real Mom Too (Calling My Tribe!)

This summer seems to be particularly rough as far as keeping everyone sane….maybe it’s the adjustment of having everyone home again (yea!), maybe it’s the stress of every day life that has been especially taxing due to unexpected tragedy or maybe it’s just that I don’t speak “whinese” and that’s all I hear all most of the day!

There’s a lot of demands from kids.

A lot of demands from myself (self-inflicted).

A lot of fighting, a lot of hugging (sometimes a little tighter than what’s comfortable).

A lot of trying to find a balance of “free play” and “I-better-give-you-an-activity-before-you-make-us-all-crazy(er)”.

I'm a Real Mom Too (Calling My Tribe!)

Despite my frustrations and fatigue at the end of the day, I have come to just accept (usually) that the ups and downs and frustrations and joys are only normal. It’s all about setting aside the priorities for the day and making them happen.

I’ve learned if we don’t get outside within the first couple hours we are awake, the day just doesn’t seem to go quite as well. We ALL need some exercise before the heat and some fresh air to recenter our attitudes. And notice all pronouns are plural here….this isn’t a kid vs. mom thing, but a “we’re-in-this-mess-together” thing.

I'm a Real Mom Too (Calling My Tribe!)

It’s the moving of our bodies that helps us love each other a little easier.

Often that means big boys on bikes, Mom pushing the little girls until the end when L (age 2) is let free to ride her bike too. I guess I get a bit selfish with my own movement, but I insist me getting a little bit of a sweat on in the morning is for the betterment of the entire family.

I'm a Real Mom Too (Calling My Tribe!)

Because moms sometimes get frustrated and yell. And kids sometimes get frustrated and yell back.

And sometimes we all pout, and cry and fight and just don’t have the best day.

And sometimes it’s too hot out and sometimes too rainy and sometimes nothing (and I mean NOTHING) gets done.

But, this is usually how we recenter ourselves and start over and move forward because that is what families do.

 

So, I’m calling out my tribe. Calling all of you with kids that aren’t that perfect (or at least hardly ever). Calling all of you that literally have to tumble all your kids (and you) out the door for your own sanity.

I want to hear from those of you have kids with dirty faces, diapers that don’t get changed as often as they should, and sometimes get sick of the fact that the family just keeps on wanting dinner every day (and they can’t cook it themselves).

Please let me know if you sneak chocolate chips occasionally, escape to a whine-free world on your phone from time to time or try really hard to get that Dinner/Cleaning Fairy to visit your house.

I'm a Real Mom Too (Calling My Tribe!)

Speak up if your kids pop a squat in the middle of the trail (or grocery store aisle) and refuse to move a single inch (unless their feet are flailing).

Sound off if you plan escapes into nature all on your own (or, gasp!, with your spouse) and feel like something’s missing if someone isn’t attached to you.

Three cheers if you wake up trying your best every day…even if your motivation is gone by 9 am.

You are my tribe, you are my people.

And THIS, my friends, is what life is made of.

Can I get an AMEN?!?!

 

Burley-Ambassador-Badge-FINALThis blog post is sponsored in part by the #MothersofNature initiative from Burley. I (just like you) am a mom on the go…constantly. And I believe whole-heartedly in the fact that families who are active and mobile together find more peace and companionship.

Burley, the industry leader in recreational transport gear, also agrees. They strive to encourage moms to spend more time outdoors with their families by creating products that make the experience fun, seamless, safe and unique (see the “sanity-mobile” above!) Their gear sets the standard for safety, durability and thoughtful design. 

You can find Burley on their websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter

You can read my review of the Burley D’Lite (updated for 2016) here. 

 

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It’s Week #6 of #takeahike !

**Winners have been announced! Scroll down to see them!**

It’s Week #6 and we love this challenge because it is up to YOU to show us how you are challenging YOURSELF. So, be sure to explain your photos as you share them with us (so we get the full story!) Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post!!

****If you don’t see a like, or a comment from us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, tag us until you do! That’s how you know you were counted! We just don’t want to miss anyone!***

Week 6 Challenge (July 11th-17th): Challenge Yourself

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Sponsored by: Teton Sports, Kelty, Seek Outside, Lightspeed Outdoors & UR Sportswear

 

 

How to participate:

  1. Take a Hike and Challenge Yourself!
  2. Snap a photo or two
  3. Log on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  4. Share your photo and your experience. If you’re using….
    1. Facebook: Share it on the wall of talesofamountainmama or hikelikeawoman
    2. Twitter: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
    3. Instagram: Share it on your own profile using the hashtag #takeahike and tag @mtnmamatales and @hikelikeawoman
  5. Bonus points if you share a photo of your #takeahike t-shirt on this week’s hike and if you share your photo on the Teton Sports, Kelty, Seek Outside, Lightspeed Outdoors & UR Sportswear social media pages.

It's Week #6 of #takeahike !

 

Still need some #takeahike swag! We have t-shirts & Nalgene water bottles available right here and everything is $15.00 right now. Help us close up shop.

It's Week #6 of #takeahike !

 

What you can win:

It's Week #6 of #takeahike !

  • Seek Outside $100.00 gift card (U.S.) – Steely L. – because her swag is sweet and worked past her fear of heights!
  • Kelty Trail Ridge 4 (U.S.) – Lindsay S. – because, despite morning sickness and not feeling like getting out, you did anyway 🙂 And your swag rocks!!
  • Teton Sports Mammoth Sleeping Bag (U.S.) – Kathryn P. – because her and her husband lost their dog this week and they got out anyway instead of staying home feeling sad!
  • Lightspeed Outdoors Outdoor Blanket (U.S. & Canada) – Nicole R. because she completed TWENTY miles with her kids this week (despite it not being very popular in her area)
  • UR Sportswear Outfit (U.S.) – Aubrey V. – because she gets out of bed BEFORE 4 am to hike (and we agree that we would all love to forget our adult responsibilities and just HIKE!)

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BONUS!! We think that Brooke H. earns our bonus prize this week. Incredible story, incredible strength and sweet swag, Brooke!!

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How we choose the winners?

Winners are selected randomly by Amelia & Rebecca. We’re looking for photos and stories that inspire and motivate us and the rest of our communities. You can increase your chances of winning by wearing your #takeahike t-shirt &/or using your #takeahike water bottle when you take your hike & sharing your photos with on our weekly sponsors social media sites as well.

 

When will winners be announced?

Right here on our website and social media sites on Wednesday July 20th.

 

Help spread the word: Use these short social media messages or embed these photos to help spread the word about this week’s challenge hike!

 

We’ve got a $100.00 @seekoutside gift card up for grabs this week. #takeahike for a chance to win it! @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman #TreadAnywhere #Seekoutside #SeekOutsideExplorer

 

We’re giving away a @KeltyBuilt Trail Ridge 4 tent!!! To enter you gotta #takeahike. Details @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Cuddle up in a @TETONsports mammoth sleeping bag! #takeahike for a chance to win details at @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman #hikerchat

 

Go #takeahike & you might win a @LSOutdoors blanket. Details @hikelikeawoman & @mtnmamatales

 

We’re giving away a @URsportswear outfit this week! #takeahike, share a photo and you might win! @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Thank you @seekoutside, @KeltyBuilt, @ TETONsports, @LSOutdoors, @URsportswear for sponsoring #takeahike! @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman

 

Happy Hiking! We’ll see you on the trails.

 

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Let the Kids Play! + Giveaway

Let the Kids Play! + Giveaway






**This post is sponsored by Gymboree and their “One Big Happy Play Day” campaign. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a giveaway of what my kids keep saying are “the BEST clothes we have EVER worn” (they tend to be pretty enthusiastic….)**   Summer is made for running and racing, […]

Our Favorite Sun Hats + Giveaway

Our Favorite Sun Hats + Giveaway






I make my kids (and do so myself) wear their sun hats every time they are outside. Being that we are at a higher elevation and the sun is intense – hats really aren’t optional. They go along with our philosophy that isn’t best for them to wear them every time from the very beginning […]

Not to Late to Get Your #takeahike SWAG!

Not to Late to Get Your #takeahike SWAG!






The #takeahike challenge is not over yet, folks! We are going all the way through July with lots more opportunities to win big. In fact, we saved the biggest and most impressive prizes for the end. We hope you’re inspired to get out, bring a friend and trod that trail. We are loving the photos […]