The Easy Camp Cookbook

The Easy Camp Cookbook To be perfectly honest, if you would have told me I would be writing a book during the onslaught of Covid, I would have answered quite plainly that it was simply impossible. And yet, thanks to the extra help of my husband, a … [Read more...]

Ski Movie Review: TGR’s “Make Believe”

Ski Movie Review: TGR’s “Make Believe” Let’s face it…  2020 has been rough.  But if you are a skier or rider, the upcoming ski season (and ski movie Fall tour) is one of the few bright spots you are probably … [Read more...]

KidCo PeaPod Review

The KidCo PeaPod is an indoor or outdoor travel bed for your kiddo, great for the beach, camping, or travel. … [Read more...]

Best Subscription Boxes for Outdoor Kids

Everyone loves getting mail. Now more than ever getting a little boost for your family life at home is always welcome, especially if it keeps kids engaged. We've gathered up the best subscription boxes for outdoor kids especially. … [Read more...]

Backpacking with Dogs for Families

A loyal trail dog can be a huge part of any family.  They provide companionship, protect us (sometimes against major life-threats like the mailman, garbage truck, or those villainous squirrels), provide free snuggles, and add a little chaos and … [Read more...]

Cotopaxi Fanny Pack

The Cotopaxi fanny pack has easily become one of our favorite go-to bags! If you are looking for a light-weight product that is very colorful (and one-of-a-kind!) that serves a variety of purposes, then look no further! The Cotopaxi fanny pack is a … [Read more...]

Title Nine Swimsuits for Moms

Ok – real talk:  NO ONE likes shopping for a swimsuit.  No one.  Like, ever.  But Outdoor Moms like ourselves DO love playing in the water:  swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking, splashing at the … [Read more...]

Thule Sapling and Sapling Elite Reviews

The Thule Sapling and Sapling Elite are easily adjustable child carriers ready for all day adventures. Thule had two child carriers available, the Sapling and Sapling Elite. As of August 2020, Thule has discontinued the Sapling, but is keeping the … [Read more...]

Epic Gifts for Active Kids

Whatever your child’s school year looks like, there will be big changes ahead for you and your children. You might be attempting to juggle work-from-home with school-at-home. You might be struggling with curriculum choices, wondering which … [Read more...]

Wild Math Fourth Grade Review

Last summer I started using the Wild Math Curriculum First Grade edition. My kids spent the summer working on addition and subtraction facts and having great fun measuring everything in sight. They loved it so much that we decided to make Wild Math a … [Read more...]

OE Carrier Review

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “I want to go up on your shoulders!” from one of my kids during a hike…well, let’s just say I would have a lot of nickels. During this toddler/preschooler stage of life, their … [Read more...]

Wild Math Second Grade Review

Mid-spring, I started using Wild Math (check out our original review of the program as a whole here!) for my kindergartener and first grader. We weren’t homeschoolers (well, we weren’t before the pandemic) and it became clear that sitting at … [Read more...]

Best Hiking Shoes for Kids

Spending the money on pint-sized hiking shoes for kids can feel like a a waste, especially when your child is going to grow out of them so quickly. Can your child just get away with wearing their basic school shoes or sandals on a hike? Well, yes, … [Read more...]

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 Sustainable Gifts for Outdoor Families

Stuff, stuff, stuff. If you’re like me, holidays and birthdays can me an influx of STUFF that you now have to find a place for. Pre-kids, I liked to live lightly. And while I’ve given up on the idea of being a minimalist with three kids, … [Read more...]

Best Outdoorsy Art Gifts

Chances are, your family is spending more time close to home these days. Many of us are missing opportunities to travel and visit beautiful spaces outside of our immediate vicinity, and we’re also figuring out how to make our houses function as … [Read more...]

Burley Piccolo Review

No whining, no tears, and mom gets a workout?  Yes, please! My four-year-old son and I just got back from a 15-mile bike ride with the Burley Piccolo, the newest trailercycle from this tried-and-true bike trailer company.  He was so proud … [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...]

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...]

How Far Can Kids Hike?

If you’re new to hiking with your kids, you may be wondering the simple question: How far can kids hike? The answer, of course, depends on many factors – their age, their overall athlelticism, the elevation, the weather, which episode 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...]

How to Zwift with Kids

As the realities of quarantine set in, local cycling families we hang with asked if our kids were Zwifting. I snidely replied I wasn’t fond of trainers. I like to be outside. Thank you very much. Two weeks into quarantine I caved. It was cold … [Read more...]

Watershed Drybags Review

Summertime is time to be on the water! Our family likes to get out on the river at least once a week, whether that is canoeing, kayaking, or fly fishing. What we don’t like is wet gear—can I get an Amen? This summer we had the opportunity to test out … [Read more...]