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Archives for April 2015

O.F.F. ExOfficio Travel/Summer wear

O.F.F. ExOfficio Travel/Summer wear | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday….this week a day early just because…. Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn … [Read more...]

Raising Strong and Happy Kids

Raising Strong and Happy Kids | Amelia Birthday Parties. If those two words make you cringe just a little, I get you. There’s something about the sugar overload and the kids running around crazy and the herding of cats kids, that makes me just … [Read more...]

Dpower Backpacking Stove – Simple and affordable – Gear Review

The Dpower stove connected to gas Disclaimer: I was contacted by an extremely pleasant representative of YKS, a manufacturer in China, asking if I would review one of their products. The item, the Dpower backpacking stove reviewed in this article, … [Read more...]

Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself.Choose … [Read more...]

Win a rugged WeBBem Watch of your choice

I recently reviewed the weBBem Watch Traveler and found it to be perfect for outdoor activities and extremely affordable for the features it provides. Now I am giving you the chance to win one of two styles of weBBem watches for yourself. Choose your … [Read more...]

My Fear Of Bee Stings

  I tend to be a worrier. Why? I don’t know. I think it’s just my nature and since becoming a mom my worrywart propensity has increased. I don’t know how to shake it. I worry about the obvious stuff…am I parenting well, … [Read more...]

The Crossroads at Teakettle Junction

Originally written for ParksFolio.com… The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Spring Styles from Stonewear

O.F.F. Spring Styles from Stonewear | Amelia Stonewear is sporting their new logo and I’m loving their carribean-inspired colors this season. I always seem to fall in love with their clothing even more once I actually wear it – sometimes … [Read more...]

Fire Over Kit Fox Hills

Originally written for ParksFolio.com It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had … [Read more...]

Must-Have Gear items for Summer Adventure with Kids + Giveaway

Must-Have Gear items for Summer Adventure with Kids + Giveaway | Amelia We keep getting teasers of warmer weather coming, but I am all too prepared for snow in June – it happens almost every year around here.  And while the west coast … [Read more...]

Must-Have Gear items for Summer Adventure with Kids + Giveaway

Must-Have Gear items for Summer Adventure with Kids + Giveaway | Amelia We keep getting teasers of warmer weather coming, but I am all too prepared for snow in June – it happens almost every year around here.  And while the west coast … [Read more...]

O.F.F. All-Seasons Down Clothing from Stio and Big Agnes

O.F.F. All-Seasons Down Clothing from Stio and Big Agnes | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything we share are pieces we love and love to share. As a family, we … [Read more...]

12 Things NOT to do in the National Parks

This was originally written for Parksfolio.com - Our National Parks are a travel destination for people from all over the world.  They are home to some of the most amazing and unique natural environments our country has to offer.  They are a … [Read more...]

Sand Dune Arch Hike

  Arches National Park is an outdoor playground suited for the entire family. Scenic drives, short hikes, long hikes, backpacking trips and canyoneering adventures can all be found in Arches.   Here is one of the shortest and easiest hikes … [Read more...]

For the Love of Mom Event: Taking Submissions!

For the Love of Mom Event: Taking Submissions! | Amelia Pssttt – Mother’s Day is coming up in just a few short weeks. And since around here we have a lot of hard-working, deeply passionate MOMS, we love to take advantage of a reason to … [Read more...]

Shoshone Point at Grand Canyon National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- We got the inside scoop on Shoshone Point from one of the Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park.  He had suggested it after we had mentioned we were looking for easy hikes due to my injured foot.  He had … [Read more...]

Hunting Saguaro Blooms in Saguaro National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- This year was a big year for cactus flowers in the southwest.  All around Phoenix the cholla and prickly pear were bright with colorful blooms because of the seasonal rains.  Saguaros bloom later in the Spring … [Read more...]

Photography Tips for shooting in Grand Canyon National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- I just returned from a nice trip to Grand Canyon National Park to shoot the Summer storms.  My wife and I spent 4 days in the park chasing rains, clouds and sunsets around the east end of the South Rim.  We … [Read more...]

Top Eleven Favorite Places from MY Journey in Focus

As many of you know, I’ve relinquished my “full-time road warrior” status in order to be closer to my parents in my hometown of Longview Washington. Here, I am within minutes of my Dad’s house as well as my Mom and Stepdad’s, and all four of my … [Read more...]

How are you Inspired to Travel?

Originally Posted at Parksfolio.com- I have always traveled a little, 3 or 4 day trips on the river or whatever.  My first major trip was back in 1998, I was 22 years old and it shaped the way I look at travel.  I had been studying the pre-Columbian … [Read more...]

Getting to Know Your Gear

How well do you know your gear? When you get a new piece of gear or equipment, do you take the time to really get to know how it works? How to take it apart? How to put it back together? Honestly, most of the time it’s really not that … [Read more...]

O.F.F.: Sunrise Girl Shirts + Giveaway

O.F.F.: Sunrise Girl Shirts + Giveaway | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything we share are pieces we love and love to share. As a family, we appreciate clothing … [Read more...]

10 Ideas for a Fun Filled Easter Basket

  The Bouncing-Off-The-Walls-Sugar-High-Followed-By-A-Crash Day will be here in a few days. How do you prepare? Do you limit the sugary goodness in your tykes Easter basket or do you just roll with it and figure it’s just one day? J-Man … [Read more...]