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 […]

            Extend the Life of your Gear with Noso Patches + Giveaway






              I love wearing down and I do invest in expensive gear if I know it is going to keep me warm. However, I don’t like the fact that some of my favorite gear always feels “fragile” to me. I worry about rip and tears (which is a very valid concern!) I am starting to go […]

              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 […]

                    Babywearing in Nasty Weather + Giveaway






                      I have a baby attached to me 90% of my waking hours. Sometimes for her sake (she is a baby and wants to be held!) and sometimes for mine (I want to go on a walk/hike/chase my other kids). However, while I think baby-wearing is the #1 thing that has saved my sanity over the […]