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 […]

    Turn Off the TV and Light the Fire!






      *This post is sponsored by Pine Mountain. We are proud to represent them this year as we make family memories around the fire!* It’s absolutely essential for families to spend time together. You hear us talk a lot around here about spending time together being active and outdoors, but there really is more to life […]

      6 Tricks for Encouraging Kids Down the Trail






        I know that we are entering into the cooler (or colder?) months, but that doesn’t mean that trail time is over. In fact, when the heat finally lets up is some of my favorite times to get out. No bugs, no heat, no more horribly stinky feet! Ok, maybe feet still don’t get stinky, but […]

        7 Ways to Squeeze in Outdoor Time When Your Schedule is Tight!






          Busy, busy, busy. Aren’t we all? Places to be, things to, 10 million things that just never get done. I love all the fun we pack in, I hate that I have to work so hard to slow down (is that an oxymoron?!?) One big benefit of homeschooling is the ability to be able to […]

          Building Team Mayer on the Yellowstone






            There’s something about being a part of a team that makes you want to work for the joy and well-being of others. You fight harder, feel deeper and are more apt to jump to their rescue. We feel strongly that being a part of a family also means being a part of a TEAM. Because […]

            Taking Babies and Kids Camping (Yes, You Can!)






              Don’t be fooled – we are about to head into the best time of the year for camping! No bugs, less heat and gorgeous fall colors….. If you’ve been putting it off all summer, now’s the time to get out there! The very idea of taking kids camping  (or even going camping yourself!) is enough to […]

              Quick Gift Ideas for Her






                Yes, Mother’s Day is in just a couple days. But, even if these gift ideas don’t work for this time around, save this post for when you need a gift for her (and be sure to share, Ladies!) Or, buy yourself something a little special this weekend. Note: Some of these links are affiliates. Thanks […]

                Haiku Bags for Spring






                  I swear throughout the course of a week, I lug around 5 different bags a day right now. Bags for the baby, bags for the kids, bags for the extra gear, bags for the camera, bags for the food, etc. You get the point. I love my bags and my bags love me. Those bags also […]

                  Unplugging and Breathing….






                    This weekend we followed Mtn Papa to the mountains while he hunted. We love going along when we can because it gives us more time camping, more time as a family and the fall is just so gorgeous. While I usually pair hunting season with “snow”, we managed some cool, but decent weather. Perfect for […]

                    Find Your Happy






                      I woke up grumpy this morning. Again. The baby woke up too early. Our house is tiny so she also woke up her brothers. I didn’t get a moment to myself. I had successfully (is that a “success”?!?!) yelled all all three of my children before 6:30 a.m. I threatened “behavior bootcamp” and taking away […]