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 […]

      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 […]

          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, […]

              Choosing the Right Hiking Boots






                This summer the boys and Mtn Papa and I have had an opportunity to wear some new hiking boot styles from Hi-Tec. To be quite honest, I have been only mildly impressed in the past with Hi-Tec, but after this round of testing have bumped them up to an all-around favorite for our family. It’s one […]

                Water Shoes for the Family (Our Favorites from Summer 2016) + Giveaway






                  The summer heat is only getting worse as we head into August, and for us, that means lots of time in the water. However, most places around here aren’t soft sand and worry-free walking. So, I insist my kiddos wear shoes as much as a possible. Between elk and bison scat, snakes, sharp rocks and […]

                  Outfitting Kids for Hiking and Camping






                    It’s finally here! Spring and then summer and hiking and camping and all things outdoors. After a long winter, we are more than ready to get out in nature as much as possible (without having to wrestle everyone into snow suits).   This is the time of the year that I always do a little […]

                    Gear Up Kids for Winter: What I Tell My Family & Friends






                      I have gotten at least an email a day over the past couple weeks of people asking for my best gear suggestions for kids. Obviously people are thinking about preparing for colder weather. I decided that this just means I have a post to write. This is exactly what I tell my family and friends […]