Gear Up Guide For Outdoor Families from REI

Getting the family outside can feel like a chore at times. It takes a LOT of gear to get your family outside for an outdoor adventure. Worse, there are a LOT of choices out there, which makes choosing the right gear pretty darn overwhelming at times. … [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...]

2019 Outdoor Family Gift Guide

Starting to think about gifts for your family this season? We’ve got you covered so you can spend less time shopping and more time outside! Check out this guide and then be sure to head here for ALL our guides for 2019 – our team has … [Read more...]

Winter Styles for Women

I always love this annual post, just because we get to show off some really great gear for women. These are styles that stand up to the use and abuse of an outdoor life but are also stylish and comfortable. This post is actually a work in progress … [Read more...]

Best Gifts For Biking Families

At Tales of a Mountain Mama we believe that cycling is one of life’s simple joys, and we love sharing & stoking that passion with our family and friends. We’ve gathered up all our favorite gifts for biking families that we know you … [Read more...]

25 Best Toys For Encouraging Outdoor Play

We have done our research and gathered the best toys for outdoor play that just enhance time outside for kids. There’s no replacement for a great stick, but sometimes encouraging time outside is helped by quality toys. Note: This post contains … [Read more...]

Woom OFF Review

This fall Woom released their new Woom OFF series for kids who want to hit the trails on their bike. While we were initially skeptical about a mountain bike with no front shock, our son has dubbed it his “favorite bike ever”. Like all … [Read more...]

Puddlegear Review: Raingear for Children

Puddlegear was started in the rain capital of the world (western Canada) by Alex, a mom of 3 children, who has lots of experience spending time outdoors in wet conditions. Alex loves to sail with her children and has learned from sailing life that … [Read more...]

Favorite Gear for Kid Adventurers

You don’t need a ton of expensive gear to give your kids a great outdoor life. There. I said it. All you need to do to have an amazing time is walk right out your front door. But the truth is, good gear can definitely help you have a better (or at … [Read more...]

Layering up Kids for Cold Weather

It’s coming. Winter will be here before we all know it (or you may in the midst of it like we are…), and the key to happy kids outside is keeping them warm.   While the techniques may change just a little depending on the age of the kids … [Read more...]

Make My Belly Fit Review

Being pregnant in the dead of winter poses a host of new challenges to keeping warm and being able to be outside. While in a moderate climate it’s fairly easy to just make do, when the temperature really drops a warm coat is absolutely … [Read more...]

Best Hiking Hacks For Families

I would be lying if I said my children jump for joy and shout “hooray” when I mention the word hiking. They already know that hiking takes work, requires effort and makes their feet tired. If I am being honest taking them hiking is also … [Read more...]

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...]

A Day in the Life of a Work-at-Home Outdoor Mom

We all want to give our kids wonderful childhoods full of time for outdoor exploration, but between work, taking care of our families, and moving kids through the schedule, it can be hard to find the time. Here’s how in my life as a part-time … [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...]

Our Definitive Packing List for Car Camping with the Kids

Getting out of the door when camping can seem pretty overwhelming. The to-do list is LONG and you will always, ALWAYS forget that ONE thing that you can’t live without (Toothbrush anyone?). Well at Tales of a Mountain Mama, we spend a LOT of … [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...]

Exploring Fall in Colorado with Kids

I know that everyone says New England has the best Fall colors. Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York hillsides become a carpet of vivid colors, thanks to abundant hardwoods like oak and maple trees.  But I’ll throw out a stiff competitor … [Read more...]

Skills for the Camping Mama: Cast Iron Care

Cooking with cast iron is a skill that should be in any camping mama’s repertoire. There’s not much better than a savory meal cooked around a campfire in your trusty Dutch oven. Except perhaps kicking back in the hammock while someone else cooks said … [Read more...]

Visit Glacier National Park With Kids

Glacier National Park is one of the most stunning and beloved parks in the entire United States. This summer, we had the chance to take our kids ages 1.5, 5 and 7 along with our entire extended family for a reunion this July. We had to let go of a … [Read more...]

Best Camping Hacks for Families

Intimidated by camping? You’re not alone! It can be a lot of work to get out those first few times before you get your groove. Over the years the TMM Team has learned a few ways to work smarter, not harder. We’ve gathered them here for … [Read more...]

Shotgun Kids MTB Seat Review

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. – John Muir The Shotgun Kids MTN Bike Seat (also available on Amazon) attaches directly to any mountain bike (yes, even those with a drop post) to allow parents to ride the … [Read more...]

Shop the REI Labor Day Sale

Labor day is almost here, and while we all appreciate the long weekend for that bonus camping trip, what we really appreciate are the deep discounts on adventure gear leading up to the holiday! There is so much good stuff on sale this week at REI … [Read more...]