Fun around the Campsite {Some Extra Tricks + Giveaway}

    While we are strong advocates for keeping fun around the campsite simple and natural (sticks, rocks, dirt, lakes, etc.), sometimes having a couple extra tricks in your pocket when kids get bored is really helpful.  Sometimes those “tricks” are just a ball or some bubbles or a frisbee.  Simple is great. However, we’ve found two […]

    Indoor Playtime, Outdoor & Valentine-Inspired

        While the ominous winter storm Pax plagues much of the country today, I’d like to share a list of ideas for indoor fun. We all need an opportunity to shake-the-sillies-out, and it sure seems as though on those days when the weather keeps us indoors – we need to shake extra hard to get […]

      Get Kids Exploring and Thinking with Appleseed Lane + Giveaway

        Ann and I are excited about the fact that this is our first ever joint review and giveaway.  We will be taking our own personal opinions, and how they relate to our families and using them to provide an extensive review of Appleseed Lane.  We hope that the fact that there are two different families […]

        12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 12: Rainy/Snowy Day Fun

          In case you just found us, make sure you check out all of our giveaways as we celebrate 12 Days of Gear Giveaways here on the blog.  They are only open for 72 hours so you don’t want to miss any! Today’s group of giveaways is just because there are days that you just can’t get outside […]

          With the Turning Weather – Green Kid Crafts Review

            It’s happening! The days are cooler, the nights are downright cold (in the 30s around here!), and the leaves are definitely turning.  It’s my favorite time of the year and we are soaking in every minute of the beautiful mountain fall that we possibly can.  This is the season where we do most of our […]

            *Guest Post* The importance of the written word (plus *giveaway*)

              *Contest Closed!  Rebecca R. – you are the winner (thanks to Mr. Random picking comment #3)!  Email me at to claim your prize!* We are so pleased to welcome Stephanie back again to the blog.  In case you missed it, she is the owner of Backcountry Baby (a local Jackson shop that is one […]

              eeBoo Review and *Giveaway*

                Giveaway closed – lucky numbers #11 (Shannon) and #8 (Cloth Diapering Momma) check your inboxes! The weather hasn’t been too ideal around here lately.  Time to share another great idea for those less-than-ideal days! (+ there is still a little time before Christmas and these products are great at keeping kids busy while traveling.) When […]

                Cabin Getaways, St. Nicholas and Toys (reviews!)

                  The past three days were pure bliss. As a family we left everything behind (and believe me, that “everything” is a lot right now!), unplugged and spent some quality time just making memories and being a family.  We found a Forest Service cabin in the Big Horn Mountains that was easily accessible and had plenty […]

                  Bristle Block Spinaroos by B. Toys Review

                    I was inspired by this family and their “Expedition America 2011” trek with their two year old.  I checked out their tips (and continue to do so) and the gear they are finding valuable for their sanity. 🙂  While they don’t seem to have many toys for their son along with them (less is always […]

                    Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay

                      I am excited to start a little series of fun ideas for family-time when the weather just isn’t cooperating.  However, I must first state that our kids are outside EVERY day, even just for a few minutes (we say our minimum is 15, but illness and other unfortunate circumstances, of course, change things a bit.) […]