This Moment {New Trail Rides}

**A little glimpse into our daily lives…**

We’re pretty excited to have crossed into new territory as a family just recently! Our youngest, Maxson, who turned 2 in December recently decided he’s interested in riding his scooter. Once this kid is interested, he masters whatever his little mind sets out to accomplish. This week, it’s the scooter. This new skill changes the dynamic of our neighborhood and trail rides! My back welcomes the break from carrying him along or pulling the wagon. He’s one of the BIG kids now, and he’s so proud!

These new phases are a lot of fun to enjoy! Doesn’t it often seem, however, that once you’ve got things figured out (sort-of anyway), something/someone changes and the process of figuring it out starts all over again? Sometimes that change is an obstacle, but in this case it’s a triumph! Go Maxson, go!

This Moment {Trail Rides}

Maxson is hard to see, but he’s way up front!

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Boba 4G and Hoodie Reviews + Giveaway

We are so excited to be venturing into a HUGE project this summer reviewing and comparing some of the very best baby carriers on the market.  #bigbabywearingproject

First up?  The Boba 4G.  Click on the image below to see the full review.

Boba 4G Review

We also are huge fans of the Boba Hoodie, and are excited about the fact that we get to give one away.  Perfect for spring baby wearing.  Click on the image below to see our full review then come back here to enter!

Boba Hoodie Review

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, this giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

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Urban Outdoor and Nature Activities Roundup {Easter edition}

Urban Outdoor and Nature Activities Roundup {Easter edition}

The arrival of Spring is a welcome one – especially this year!! I sure hope you’re seeing the hope of Spring in your neck of the woods. Whether you’re enjoying slowly climbing temperatures or blooming buds – Spring is here, and Easter is fast-approaching! We enjoyed a few nature-related Easter activities this week.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

My girls recalled dyeing Easter eggs last year, but this year we decided to try a new tactic. My oldest, who just turned 5, asked about making our own dyes – so we gave it a (long!) shot! We decided we’d try to make dyes from plants in our yard and fruits & vegetables we had at home. Although the outcome wasn’t as impressive as we may have liked, the whole process was a learning opportunity and we all had fun. We started with an idea (our hypothesis), tried it out, and observed the outcome. The scientific method for preschoolers was in action here!

Alright, here is what we used to make dye:

Urban Outdoor and Nature Activities Roundup {Easter edition}

Collecting the materials was an activity of its own! We didn’t need to leave our yard to collect what we needed, but it’d be fun to extend the adventure to a location where colorful items in nature are plentiful and collecting samples is allowed. We gathered flowers and leaves from our yard (although we ended up using spinach instead of the questionable leaves the girls picked!). We used the orange peels from our snack and also a beet. I cut up these dye materials and tossed the items into separate pots of boiling water. We left the pots at a slow boil for several hours before letting them cool. Once the dyed water was cool, I added 1 tablespoon of vinegar to each color and put the hard-boiled eggs into the dye. We put them in the fridge and let them sit overnight.

Urban Outdoor and Nature Activities Roundup {Easter edition}

The results:

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I’d do a few things differently next time around! First, I’d follow some legitimate directions :). Mommypotamus got it right, her naturally brewed dyes are super vibrant! And second, I wouldn’t dip my favorite mason jar into a boiling pan of beet juice, it cracked!

Three wooden crosses using sticks

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My kids are not yet at the age when they can fully grasp the significance of Easter. One lesson they can absorb, however, is forgiveness. We made these simple crosses from sticks in our yard, and I shared with them the story of thief who sought forgiveness for his wrongdoing.

I know there’s loads of Easter activities out there! We’d love for you to share your favorite outdoor-related suggestions in the comments! What is your favorite Easter tradition?

Also, check out these great ideas from our friends and other blogs we love:

Bring the Kids – Our CRAZY Easter Tradition (find out what else you can do – outside – with those dyed eggs!)

Also from Bring the Kids – Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Adventure (glow in the dark Easter eggs, brilliant idea!!)

How Wee Learn – Easter Egg Potato Stamping: Easter Craft for Preschoolers (an awesome activity for the little ones – such a cute idea!)

Mommy Loves Trees – Where did you have your Easter egg hunt? (an Easter egg hunt on a hike!)

Cragmama – Spring Egg-stravaganza at Crowder’s Mountain (an Easter egg hunt, climber’s style!)

Active Kids Club – Easter Decoration (a fun project!)

Adventure Tykes – Easter Basket Ideas for your Adventurous Tyke (alternatives to the tradition chocolate bunnies and dye-filled & sugar-loaded candies!)

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Best of the Stonewear Designs Spring Collection

Best of the Stonewear Designs Spring Collection + Giveaway

This is my second year of being an Ambassador for Stonewear Designs, and I continue to be extremely impressed with their offerings.  I have tried loads of different active wear, and I am convinced it is some of the very best out there for women.  This spring they have expanded their line to the Nomad […]

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This Moment {Life in the Mountains}

**A little glimpse into our daily lives…** Sometimes your kid gets really excited about a stick and then you notice it isn’t a stick at all….  Guess it’s another good lesson on life and death and wildlife?? And I was pretty glad he was wearing mittens. © 2014, Tales of a Mountain Mama. All rights […]

{Gear Review} Orange Zest Nursing Sports Bra from Cake Lingerie

{Gear Review} Orange Zest Nursing Sports Bra from Cake Lingerie

One of the toughest things about getting back into working out after a baby is timing nursing and all that goes along with that (full breasts, hungry babies, and nursing right after a work out.)  For all three of my kiddos, I have wished I had a nursing bra that allowed me to quickly feed […]