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.

kinderpack for hiking

For me and many people I know, the Kinderpack (KP) is the Cadillac of soft structured carriers (SSCs). It is so comfortable, easy to adjust, and well fitting that you can actually forget you are using a carrier and just concentrate on enjoying your … [Read more...]

Pello Ripple Balance Bike Review

In a line-up of balance bikes the Pello Ripple Balance Bike certainly stands out as a favorite for our family. It is a very high quality bike built for helping kids be successful on their journey towards eventually riding a pedal bike. As a member of … [Read more...]

Favorite Campfire Nachos

We love having campfires year-round (in fact, fall and winter campfires tend to be my favorite). And easy meals around the campfire make it even more cozy to bring the family together. These campfire nachos are a family favorite. I love that they are … [Read more...]

Best Tips for Dispersed Camping with Kids

Dispersed camping with kids is becoming widely popular as families search for ways to get their family outside while maintaining distance from others. Quite honestly, our family usually chooses dispersed camping over designated campsites most of the … [Read more...]

10 Best Sleeping Bags for Kids

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 more so … [Read more...]

How to Teach a Kid to Pedal a Bike

One of THE most common biking-related questions we get here at TMM is how to teach a kid to pedal a bike…and why their kid is having such a hard time with it! As a team we have gathered our best tips AND best stories, because we’re all in … [Read more...]

Starting a Toddler on a Balance Bike – Tips and Tricks

Starting a toddler on a balance bike is a great way to give children independence and encourage outdoor movement. But, for parents, sometimes the task can be daunting! I grew up proudly sporting…and then ditching my training wheels on my bike … [Read more...]

Best Sun Hats for Kids

It’s time to be sure your little ones have their head covered and are learning to wear their hats consistently (easier said than done, I know!) We’ve rounded up our favorite sun hats. There are TONS of options out there – … [Read more...]

Wonderfold Wagon X2 Review

Let me just start this review with saying that I never really thought a wagon would have a prominent place in our household. We have lots of strollers and they have always been enough. Spoiler – the Wonderfold Wagon X2 has completely blown us … [Read more...]

Choosing a Bike Trailer

Biking as a family is a great way to get out. For the past 11 years we have had kids in a bike trailer. They not only allow us to get out with little ones, but also with the tons of gear that often comes along with our adventures. That said, choosing … [Read more...]

Hiking Pants for Kids

Hiking pants for kids are crucial to keep kids dry and safe when they are out on the trail. My kids all have pants they use specifically for hiking and exploring. I personally kids just need a couple quality pairs they can wear often. While they are … [Read more...]

100+ Ideas for Outdoor Family Fun

Isolation is SO hard. Maybe the hardest thing many of us have been asked to do for the greater good of our communities, our state, our country and our world. However, social isolation does not mean that you can’t go outside with your family. … [Read more...]

Deuter Kid Comfort Pro

Of all the carriers we own/have tried, the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro gets the most use year-round in our home. Not only is it comfortable for both the child and the wearer, but it also includes safety and convenience features we prefer. The Deuter Kid … [Read more...]

Reima Winter Gear for Kids

Reima Kids is a very well-established (since 1944) Finnish brand that is new to the US and makes incredible gear for kids. Over the past month or so we have been testing out Reima Winter Gear and are excited to share them with you. While Reima did … [Read more...]

Five Easy Campfire Recipes

There’s nothing quite like fresh-caught fish when you’re camping. But if you’ve had a long day of hiking or the fish just weren’t biting, you want easy camping meals that are low maintenance and fast. Here are five easy campfire recipes you’ll … [Read more...]

Tout Terrain Streamliner

For families looking for the ability to get their not so strong riders out on the single track, the Tout Terrain Streamliner is a game-changer. Kids still need to ride in a trailer? Check out our review of the Tout Terrain Singletrailer here. Tout … [Read more...]

Why I Take my Sick Kids Outside

Pent up sick kids doesn't mean getting-healthier kids! Our reasons for getting our kids outside, even when they are sick. The post Why I Take my Sick Kids Outside appeared first on Tales of a Mountain Mama. … [Read more...]

Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier Review

To be honest, the Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier is my favorite carrier, though the Deuter Kid Comfort Active SL comes in in a close second. I just find I prefer being able to haul more extra gear on most hikes than the Active series allows (must … [Read more...]

How to Keep Feet Warm in Cold Weather

There is nothing worse than cold feet for adults OR kids to make a winter outdoor adventure go really bad, really fast. While we truly believe investing in great gear for your feet is worth it, there are also some easy tips keep feet warm in cold … [Read more...]

Best Winter Boots for Kids

Over the past 10 years we have had SO many kid boots come through this house. And winter boots are a big thing – they are sometimes the difference between a really good day and an outdoor “failure”. We’ve gathered the best … [Read more...]

Best Ski and Snowboard Helmets for Kids

Choosing the best ski and/or snowboard helmet for kids is a crucial step in getting them safely through winter activities. Not sure a helmet is really necessary? Check out some of our reasoning here. Teaching your child to ski this winter? Here are … [Read more...]

Sensory Play Dough Recipe

A batch of no-cook homemade sensory play dough takes about 10 minutes to create, and will give your kids hours and hours of entertainment and indoor play on bad-weather days. No food coloring? No worries – plain white is beautiful and highlights the … [Read more...]

Cleary Scout Review

This fall we’ve been testing the Cleary Scout and have had so much fun with this 10-speed do-it-all bike. My ten year old rode both cross country, around town and downhill trails and found the bike to ride smoothly, handle well and respond to … [Read more...]

Gift Guides for Outdoor Families

Our 2019 gift guides for outdoor families are here! Since we know the struggle of finding the perfect gift can be daunting, we’ve done the work for you. See the guides below for outdoor-centric gifts so you can spend more time with your family … [Read more...]