20 Best Indoor Active Play Gifts

This year has seen a lot of people spending more days at home than ever before, and there are a lot of questions from parents “what do we do when we can’t get out?!” We’re an outdoor family, but of course we spend some time … [Read more...]

Best Rain Bibs for Kids

We are big fans of rain bibs. So much so, that we own this piece of gear from three different companies: Polarn O Pyret, Reima, and Playshoes. I’ve found pros and cons to each, and would recommend each of them in different situations for … [Read more...]

Best Reima Rain Gear

I consider myself and the kids to be rain gear aficionados. We get a lot of wet weather up here in Alaska, and we spend a great deal of our lives outside in it. We don’t believe in “bad weather”, in fact rainy days are some of our … [Read more...]

Solstice Celebrations

Celebrating Solstices (and Equinoxes) is one of my favorite things to do with my kids. Studying seasonal rhythms and cycles is part of our everyday homeschool curriculum, and it doesn’t even feel like “learning” (which for young … [Read more...]

REI Tarn 40

The REI Tarn 40 pack instantly impressed us with how it looks and feels. I have always loved REI backpacking packs for adults, and this one for children doesn’t sacrifice the quality. It is a great size for backpacking for kids from … [Read more...]

Osprey HydraJet 12

We have been taking the Osprey HydraJet 12 (also called the Jet 12) out for hikes and bike rides for the past several weeks. It’s the perfect size for young kids’ daytime adventures. They HydraJet 12 is extremely well constructed. There … [Read more...]

Wildhorn Spire Helmet Review

When it comes to picking a child’s helmet, there are several things I considered when choosing the Wildhorn Spire. Is it safe, is it easy to use, and will they wear it. Should they wear a helmet is an important topic that we cover here and … [Read more...]

Chaos Fairy Creations Forager Pockets

We have been testing out these forager pockets by Chaos Fairy Creations, and they have been an instant hit! While they will really shine in snow-free seasons we’ve been finding a multitude of uses for them over snowgear in the winter, and … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of an Outdoor Mom: Winter in Alaska

The life of an outdoor mom is different for everyone…but being able to be a fly on the wall and see how another family lives is always intriguing for us all! Want more? You can read all our A Day in the Life of an Outdoor Mom posts here! … [Read more...]

Nomadik Box Review

Subscription boxes are a fun way to try new stuff, in this case, gear. The Nomadik Box (“Premium Brands + Functional Gear = Better Adventures”) contains a selection of outdoor products geared towards anyone who loves adventuring. Boxes … [Read more...]

Disana Boiled Wool Jackets

Disana Boiled Wool Jackets are a 3-season staple for us.  They are a very versatile piece of gear as an outer layer or as an inner layer.  In spring and fall they’re a great stand-alone jacket, and in winter they can be layered over or under … [Read more...]

How to Get Outside When Pregnant with a Toddler

Request from a reader: ” I’d love to see a post on how to get out in winter while pregnant with a 1 1/2 year old who will have to be carried quite a bit. I am 3 mos pregnant and so will be pregnant (and getting much bigger) for the entire … [Read more...]