Amelia lives with her husband and three young children in Yellowstone National Park. As a family, they believe that life is precious, short and should be lived to the fullest. That includes introducing a life of adventures for their boys in the form of skiing, hiking, biking, running, camping and lots of outdoor playing. Amelia writes at Tales of a Mountain Mama in an attempt to inspire others to get outside daily too with tips and tricks, stories and lots of gear reviews.

Best Winter Gear for Kids

Every year I like to pull together a round-up of the gear we are using and our thoughts on it. Winter gear for kids is so tough sometimes – it really is essential to have quality gear for happy kids and happy adventures. While this post does … [Read more...]

Family Backpacking: The Gear You Need

While backpacking itself can feel daunting even without kids, there is nothing like getting out in the backcountry with your family, away from the crowds. We’ve gathered our list of must-have items for taking the family backpacking, including … [Read more...]

Rock Tumbling for Outdoor Families

If your kid is anything like my kid, it’s nearly impossible to come home from an outdoor adventure without rocks in their pockets. While it can be infuriating from a laundry standpoint, I do love that they are interested enough in the trip to be … [Read more...]

When Your Partner Doesn’t Share a Love of the Outdoors

Life is full of give and take.  Sacrifice and love.  Adventures and lessons. We talk a lot about getting outside as a family around here.  Obviously we believe in it whole-heartedly and do our very best to help inspire the same love of … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Raise Riders

Here we are – the LAST day of our huge giveaway event! If you’re new here, be sure to stick around! We have some great things coming up this fall. Our newsletter is the best way to keep up to date! If you missed the giveaway from … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Camping is Good for the Soul

Happy Monday! If you went camping this weekend or plan on lots of fall camping like us (or just LOVE camping), today’s giveaways are for you! If you haven’t entered the giveaway still open from Friday to win from Wee Woollies, PEET and … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Stay Dry and Warm

Happy (almost) Friday! Ready for one more giveaway before we break for the weekend? We are ready for the weekend so sending this one out early! If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! Some end in just a … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Hike On!

YAY! It’s hiking day! One of my very favorite ways to get outside and these are some of my very favorite giveaways too. If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! And thanks for telling your friends … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Travel & Adventure

Happy Monday! We have SEVEN more days of giveaways coming up so be sure you’re checking in daily! We don’t want you to miss these! See something you love? Be sure to leave us a comment here on the blog or social media – we love … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Fun in the Sun!

Happy Fri-YAY! If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! And thanks for telling your friends – we love building this outdoor community. Today we are celebrating summer, as we should be! A time of … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Ready for School

We’re almost through our first week of giveaways! If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! And thanks for telling your friends – we love building this outdoor community. I know it seems really … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Outdoor Education

It’s day THREE! If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! Today we are so thrilled to be able to offer our readers a package of some of our very favorite books and a subscription box from what we think … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Don’t Touch My Bike!

Happy Day! If you haven’t entered to win the previous giveaways, be sure you do that now! You have a chance to win a Woom BIKE for your child plus some of the coolest biking apparel around (brand new for kids and adults!) A couple important … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Fuel for the Adventure

We are starting off these giveaways with the most important part of any adventure: FUEL. Because if you’re body isn’t fed, fun won’t be had! You have a chance to win some of our very favorite adventure bars AND coffee below. A … [Read more...]

Christmas in July Starts MONDAY!

Get excited, everyone! This year we are doing our Mega Giveaway event in the summer instead of fighting all the holiday chaos in November. We are thrilled to be giving away over $3000 in gear perfect for outdoor families starting MONDAY! Giveaways … [Read more...]

Best Tips for Hot Weather Hiking with Kids

Summertime hiking is an easy way to get the whole family outside and moving. However, the heat of the summer is also nothing to be taken lightly, especially with kids.  They’re less able to be aware of what their body needs, are more … [Read more...]

Summer Gear for Outdoor Women

While I love kid gear, I secretly always look forward to our seasonal posts highlighting our favorite current clothing for women who love to get out and get moving. And, due to the feedback we always get, I think you do too! This season we are … [Read more...]

The Best Tricks for Outdoor Family Sanity

Ah, sweet summertime. The freedom, the adventure, the laughter, the weather that allows us to get out without spending fifteen minutes per kid wrestling them into snow gear. There’s something so refreshing about quick and easy adventures. Except when … [Read more...]

Burley D’Lite 2019 Review

We reviewed the Burley D’Lite back in 2015, but some major updates have meant that a new review is due! I was thrilled to get my hands on one (thanks, Burley!) to share with you about what we love about this updated trailer. Find our other … [Read more...]

Cleary Hedgehog Bike Review

Cleary Bikes is a company focused JUST on making fantastic kids bikes. We actually reviewed the Hedgehog back in 2016, but with some updates, we think it’s worth another review. You can find our previous review here. You can purchase the … [Read more...]

Kids Adventure Games – win Entries!!

As you know, adventure games and races are ALL the rage across the country…and they’re not just for adults. They’re a great way for the whole family to get outside and be active together. The Kids Adventure Games is a … [Read more...]

Customize your Chacos

When my husband and I got married 11 years ago, I thought I was cutting hippie edge to forgo heels for Chacos. White wasn’t an option, but I found a great brown pair to go with my bridesmaids’ dresses. I didn’t care a hoot about the people I shocked … [Read more...]

Handling the Reluctant Biker

My Reluctant Biker. I must start by saying that I live in a mountain town with a 20-mile long bike path and 400 miles of perfect single-track trails. I consider myself to be outdoorsy and I am an avid mountain biker, trail-runner, skier and multi-day … [Read more...]

Family Sleeping Bag: Kelty TruComfort Doublewide Review

A good night’s sleep is so vitally important, it should be one of your top priorities, especially when camping (and yes, you CAN do it!) You don’t want to wake with cold feet in the middle of the night, or be so uncomfortable that sleep is … [Read more...]