12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 6: Skiing and Winter






    **Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** I am SO excited about the giveaways we have for you today! Because we LOVE playing in snow around here and we get to get some kids out too!!! We just went and bought ski passes for the […]

    12 Days of Giveaways Day 5: Dress Kids for Winter






      **Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** We get more questions on a regular basis about how to keep kids warm in the winter than anything else. We get it – it’s tough! We just published a post with some of our best recommendations for […]

      12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 2: Hike On!






        **Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** Oh how we love hiking. It’s one of those activities you can do just about year-round (even if you have to strap on some snowshoes or spikes in the winter!) It’s our sanity fall-back adventure of choice…just a […]

        How to Keep Babies Warm






          So, this post isn’t JUST about keeping babies warm in the winter, but really all kids. It’s the question I get most often from parents – how do we keep kids warm and happy outside? After 4 kids (which is really the same as 10, right?!?!), I can tell you this: Kids are WAY more […]

          Kids Sleeping Bag Round-Up






            Let’s chat about kids sleeping bags….. Hang tight, this post is HUGE (and we hope very comprehensive!)¬† When people think about taking kids camping, their biggest concern is almost always how are people going to sleep (and WILL sleep actually happen). And with good reason – it’s hard for kids to do change sometimes…and even […]

            Taking Pictures While Hiking Made Easier






              One of the parts of hiking with kids that’s really tough is that I seem to be always hauling way more than I plan to….which makes it especially difficult if I want to be taking pictures of any kind (which I do!) Someone’s backpack they ditched early (though usually I am a big you-carry-your-gear-that-you-brought nazi), […]

              Introducing STRIPES!






                I have had my eye on Stripes¬†Gear for literally years now. I am SO excited to tell you about them now…and use them this winter for the whole family. This post is your introduction. Watch for their appearance on our Instagram especially as the weather cools and we all start wearing base layers around the […]

                M.A.P. Shoes for Kids






                  Kids are forever in motion, adventuring and playing. It’s what we (usually) love about them, right? I am continually inspired and in awe of their energy and zest for life. And M.A.P. Footwear (which, appropriately, stands for “Motion, Adventure, Play”) has got kids and their needs nailed. There’s nothing that ruins a hike quicker (or, […]

                  Oakiwear Boots for Women *New*






                    Oakiwear has been one of our favorite makers of kids’ gear for a few years now….but just this year they expanded to include some boots for women. We were given the opportunity to test our some of their new Noxen boots this fall and were pleasantly surprised. To be honest, when I first got them, […]

                    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 […]