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 […]

    Floating the Yellowstone with Kids






      Sometimes it’s just too hot to go hiking or biking or anything not involving water. And our family happens to be a pile of heat wimps – it hits 90+ and we become mush (there’s a really good reason we don’t live in other parts of the country…)   While we are working on getting […]

      The BEST Sleeping Solution for Camping with Babies






        Last November we spent a glorious few days camping in Moab as a family. And by days, I really do literally mean the days were glorious – the nights were the coldest I have EVER been. The biggest issue? I was trying to deal with a nursing baby AND trying to keep myself warm. It […]

        I Will Always Need a Mother






          This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. It’s a wonderful portrayal of the raw reality of motherhood….and all things that comes along with that! Thank you, Susan, for sharing your story. Been there, done that!¬† Also, be sure to check out our giveaways happening ALL week! If […]

          Meeting Mom on the John Muir Trail






            This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. I couldn’t get over Alyssa’s photos, her story and came away inspired to one day do the same with my own daughter and/or mother. Thank you, Alyssa, for sharing your story! Also, be sure to check out our giveaways happening […]

            All Because She Says “Yes”






              This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. I feel as though Andrew hit the nail on the head with this one and captures what our own family thinks is so important too – saying YES! It also happens to be our only winning entry from a man. […]

              The Trails of My Life Led Me Here






                This guest post was a winning entry in our “For the Love of Mom” contest. Because not every woman dreams of¬†becoming a mother someday….and sometimes the path that leads us there is twisting, unpredictable, surprising and complicated. Also, be sure to check out our giveaways happening ALL week! If you HAVE a mom, you can […]

                Building Family Unity in the Outdoors






                  Our family usually draws some attention when we are out hiking or skiing or biking or playing. Maybe it’s because everyone is usually animated and busy and doing something, maybe it’s because the kids are cute (yes, I know, I’m super biased), maybe it’s because our group tends to be particularly loud. But really – […]

                  When Adventure (As We Know It) Just Isn’t Working….






                    Our family is not one to stay home on the weekends. I don’t do well even staying home during the week. We are go, go, go and that’s the way we like it. We’ve put an impressive amount of miles on our car this past year. We traveled and hiked and biked and skied and […]

                    How to Be Adventurous When Mama Loves Her a Good Schedule *Guest Post*






                      Today I’m so pleased to welcome my dear friend Kristine to the blog. She is writing a post that I just can’t, because getting a good schedule AND allowing for travel and adventure is REALLY tough for us. Really, really tough. But, she has the routine down, and it’s been inspiration to watch her weave […]