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...]

Osprey Poco Plus Review

Osprey updated their line of child carriers for 2020. They omitted the Poco AG line and now just have two packs, the Osprey Poco and the Osprey Poco Plus. What changed in 2020 for the Osprey Poco line One of the major changes was the child cockpit … [Read more...]

Best Baby Hiking Backpacks for 2020

If you want to do any kind of significant hiking (or snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, etc.) with babies and toddlers, a high-quality, comfortable, durable framed child carrier is a critical piece of gear for your family.  Our team has rounded up … [Read more...]

Best Sunglasses for Kids

The future is is bright, and we must protect those eyes! Here are TMM Team Members recommendations on the best kids sunglasses. The post Best Sunglasses for Kids appeared first on Tales of a Mountain Mama. … [Read more...]

School’s Out(side)

Keeping your sanity, getting outside, and balancing academics during school closures is crucial for mental health. The best way to do it? Take school outside! Three weeks ago, you had a routine that was familiar to your family. Suddenly, within the … [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...]

Best Podcasts for Nature Loving Kids

If you’re looking for some screen-free fun, or ways to keep kids busy in the back of bike trailers or on drives to your hike – then we’ve got a great list of podcasts for you. Try a few to find out what you like, and enjoy! Looking for book lists and … [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...]

Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains

Looking for a unique place to visit in the Great Smoky Mountains? The Elkmont Historic District is definitely one of the most interesting places to explore in the Great Smoky Mountains! Over the years, Elkmont has become known as a “Ghost Town” as … [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...]

She Colors Nature: Diversify the Outdoors

How Chelsea Murphy is harnessing the power of social media to help diversify the outdoors. If you randomly stumbled upon Chelsea Murphy’s Instagram account, @she_colorsnature, you would probably assume that she grew up in the outdoors.  It’s … [Read more...]

Diverse Books for Outdoor Kids

Children’s literature has come a long way, and there are countless incredible books out there featuring prominent characters of all colors, shapes, abilities, and genders. Unfortunately diverse books specifically for outdoor kids are still hard to … [Read more...]

How To Help Your Kid Poop Outside

“Mom! I have to poop!” And all mamas know: when a kids gotta go, a kids gotta go. If you plan to spend time outside with your kids, you should be prepared for when the poop happens. Below is our advice and tips on how to help your kid … [Read more...]

The Girly Girls Guide to Glamming Gear

Glamming gear for (outdoor) girly girls is an art form, one that can and must be passed down to the next generation of gear heads. Sometimes it includes expansive DIY projects and sometimes it’s as simple as throwing down a few hearts with puff paint … [Read more...]

Raising Girly Girls in the Great Outdoors

As a mother of two very girly little girls I’m often surprised when I hear a kid won’t go outside because they are “too girly.” Does that mean they are too fragile? Too anxiety prone to be uncomfortable? All kids need fresh air and wall-less spaces … [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...]

Get Back on the Trail After Birth

You just had a baby and you just can’t wait to share your love of the outdoors with your new little bundle, but, before you get back on the trail after birth, it’s important to let your body do some healing.  Pregnancy, labor, and delivery … [Read more...]

Do Little Bike Seat Review

If you are looking for a child bike seat your whole family will love, check out the The Do Little kids bike seat. A revolutionary new design allows kids to ride up front through a mid-mounting system on your bike. The result is a front-to-rear weight … [Read more...]

Big Agnes Duster 15° Review

When it comes to our outdoor gear, we like to have the best products that we can. This of course applies to our sleeping gear as well, no one wants to have a bad night of sleep after they just spent the whole day hiking. Check out why we ultimately … [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...]

10 Tips for Winter Hiking with Kids

I love to hike and I love winter hiking with kids even with the additional challenges it brings. We live in an area with thousands of miles of hiking trails, and several trail heads are less than an hour away. A major portion of the Appalachian Trail … [Read more...]

Outdoor Date Ideas for Any Couple

I love recreating with my kids. I love seeing them try new things, the sanity it brings to my life to be outside with them, and I love watching them learn, grow and explore. While I love recreating with my kids, I’m willing to admit that I have the … [Read more...]

Best Family Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains

With over 12.5 million visitors in 2019, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States. Nestled right on the edge of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina, the area offers plenty of opportunities … [Read more...]