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Preserving Wildhood: Engaging the Senses

“Nature must be absorbed through our eyes, ears, nose, and pores as well as our minds. Few of us need to be convinced that holding a slug or beholding a sky full of stars on a warm summer night differ mightily from virtual alternatives. It’s this … [Read more...]

Jan & Jul Review

It’s mud season. But, it’s still cold here in Wyoming which makes dressing the kids to stay warm AND dry is a bit tricky. Since the fall, we have been testing out some of the Canada-based Jan & Jul gear (find them on Amazon here) for … [Read more...]

Exploring National Parks with Teenagers

Since my kids were babies, my husband and I have exposed them extensively to outdoor recreational activities, mainly in the form of hiking and backpacking.  Our family vacations often revolve around visiting a national park, to expose our kids … [Read more...]

HEC Studio: Woman-owned, adventure-inspired

Meet Sarah Haske, founder of HEC Studio (High Elevation Creations)!  Sarah creates unique hats and beanies, hand stitched with love and a focus on FUN.  No two hats are the same and use bright swatches of fabric with bold patterns … [Read more...]

Preserving Wildhood: Learning to let go and let children explore

Our children need to go a little wild. I’m not talking throwing-a-tantrum-in-Target wild. But rather the kind of wildness that comes with pure, unadulterated childhood. Our kids need to have a wildhood, if you will. As parents, we have such a … [Read more...]

Best Balance Bikes for Kids

Getting young kids out on two wheels (with, ahem, no training wheels) is maybe the best gift you can give your toddler. However, there are a zillion balance bikes out on the market and it can be tough to navigate through which one the mini … [Read more...]

ManPlow Sprout Review

We are completely buried in snow. And it’s March. And dumping out there. Again. Needless to say, we’ve been shoveling a lot of snow this winter (and may be doing so into June at this rate!) We (meaning Mtn Papa) also took over … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Surviving & Thriving the Slosh, Slush, Mud, and Muck Season

Feeling like our long, harsh and drawn-out winter will never end?? Us too. If the amount of snow on the ground is any indication of how long off spring is (and how much mud is under there), we’re bracing ourselves. We have had snow storms, … [Read more...]

Best Apps for Hiking and Camping

Hiking and camping can be great chances to get away from technology, but your phone can also be one of the most useful tools you have. Check out these apps that can help make your trip even easier and more enjoyable. 1. MyRadar Wondering if those … [Read more...]

Freezing a Moment in Time….

If a toddler hikes in the forest, but no one is around to photograph it… Did it really happen? I love documenting all our family’s outdoor adventures. Photography provides a simple way to capture our experiences, chronicle our son’s growth, … [Read more...]

Wild about Wildtree

If this post intrigues you and you want to join our Outdoor Family Wildtree workshop happening NOW, you can check it out and order here OR check it out on Facebook here! I’d like to start this review by first explaining that I’m a self-professed … [Read more...]

The Study of Nature, Part III: Nature Journaling

“I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see.” —Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier In part I, we talked about why encouraging a love of nature will benefit you & your child. In part II we … [Read more...]

The Study of Nature (for kids) Part II

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” —Rachel Carson How does a parent … [Read more...]

Nikwax Products for Improved Gear Performance

Getting your kids outside on the regular can be challenging.  The shiny myth of the family that goes outdoors in rain or shine with smiling faces and sparkly clean gear is awesome, but in reality is really hard to actually achieve.  … [Read more...]

The Study of Nature (for Kids) Part I

“You must walk sometimes perfectly free, not prying or inquisitive, not bent on seeing things. Throw away a whole day for a single expansion, a single inspiration of air. …You must walk so gently as to hear the finest sounds, the faculties being in … [Read more...]

Skis for Any Wheels

I asked Julie to come and write this guest post since she has tested these skis for literally years now almost daily with snow on the ground. While we posted a review back in 2014, the skis have been updated since then and she has tested far more … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

While we are finally getting more and more sun each day, this time of the year just tends to be TOUGH for people, especially if winter and/or cold isn’t your thing. Team Member, Valerie, and I (Amelia) collaborated to to line up some quick and … [Read more...]

Hamax Outback Review

Over the past 6 months we have been putting the Hamax Outback (also available on Amazon) to the test with our kids (and some friends too). The Outback is a multifunctional child carrier (available for 1 or 2 children) that allows you to stroll, bike, … [Read more...]

Best Bras for Active Women

Title Nine Bras 101: How to Pick and Care For A New Bra We are all busy moms and after taking care of our spouses, kids, house, pets and jobs, we don’t spend nearly enough time caring for ourselves!  As moms, we really do need a little … [Read more...]

Grand Targhee for Families

Grand Targhee Resort continues to stand out as a top destination location for families, both in the summer and the winter. I am thrilled to finally live close enough to pop over on a regular basis, but highly recommend it for traveling families … [Read more...]

Choose Your Path for 2019

How is it already almost 2019?!?! December went so fast….and I hate saying that. I don’t WANT life to go “so fast”. I don’t want to be “so busy”. I don’t want to just be sliding by feeling like I ran a … [Read more...]

Sawyer Kids Outdoor Clothing Brand Review

“Inspiring kids to be outside and be adventurous. That’s the idea, and the mission, behind everything we do.” Well, you sold me already, Sawyer. Named after Tom Sawyer, the quintessential youth explorer, this small Utah-based company is our very … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Stay Warm & Cozy

Today is the LAST day of our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways. Whew! I hope you’ve loved seeing all the gear we featured this year. Be sure to continue to watch our newsletters throughout the whole year as we offer exclusive discounts, tips and … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Hike On!

Here we go! 12 Days of Gear Giveaways – Day 11! If you’re just finding us, be sure to click here to find all the giveaways. Have you seen this?!?! –> Be sure you check out our huge gift guide for gift ideas AND a little … [Read more...]