Simplifying Trail Food with TrailFoody






    To be quite honest, I tire very quickly of packing food for the trail. I have a very hungry family (don’t we all?!?!) that gets hangry when the food runs out, so I really have no choice…if we all want to make it back home alive. When I was approached by Trailfoody to check out […]

    A Tribute to Katmai






      This weekend we had to say goodbye to our dog of nearly 12 years. To be honest, the last months (years?) have been tough on us…and him. Old dogs do crazy things, and his body wasn’t allowing him to do the activities he loved so very much. While I knew it was time – his […]

      Best Hiking Boots for Women






        Having good hiking boots is key to having a great hiking trip! And just like every body is different, we all have different FEET too. I enlisted some help from my favorite women hikers to round up the best hiking boots for women. This is one of those posts that I will also be continually adding […]

        NEW Thule Chariot Cross Review is LIVE!






          I have had a ton of questions already about the new Chariot Cross from Thule. Thankfully, Thule has let us test their newest model. Our preliminary review is live….and will be updated over the next few months/years as we use it constantly! Read the Thule Chariot Cross Review here!   © 2017, Tales of a […]

          Starting a Toddler on a Balance Bike – Tips and Tricks






            I grew up proudly sporting…and then ditching my training wheels on my bike at age 7. It was a big deal…..dwarfed now by my own kids riding pedal bikes at THREE. And while it sounds and looks impressive (especially when said kids are petite riding those pedals), they certainly aren’t unique. With the introduction of […]

            Winter Boots for Kids






              Over the past 7 years we have had SO many boots come through this house. And winter boots are a big thing – they are sometimes the difference between a really good day and an outdoor “failure”. I will keep updating this post as we try out new boots over the years and really put […]

              Bear Safety for Families






                I know it’s hard to imagine, but it really won’t be TOO long before the bears start appearing again, hungry and grumpy. Maybe it’s why I like winter so much – the hibernation (or at least mostly!) of bears…. But, in all seriousness, bears ARE something not to be taken lightly. I fully believe in […]

                Valentine Treats for Outdoor Kids






                  I love, love, love my kids. I don’t love when my kids are hyped up on sugar. Not that we never have it around here (because that would be a lie), but Halloween and Valentines have become SO sugar-saturated that I have a tendency to want to avoid them completely. That said, we do reserve some […]

                  A List of Gear Outdoor Women Love + Giveaway!






                    Psssttttt – Valentine’s Day and all that lovey dovey stuff is NOT just for couples, you know. It’s NOT “Singles Awareness Day” or an excuse to wallow in self-misery. Really, it’s not. I challenge you to show someone you love them EVERY day, but particularly in February. Because it’s a little dark and dreary and […]

                    Skiing into a Cabin at the B Bar Ranch






                      As I mentioned in my previous post about winter camping, we sort of hit it hard this winter. I am so glad we did – tons of memories were made and plans for future return trips dreamed up. However, I’ll be honest, despite the pain of packing and unpacking (and oh – what a pain […]