How to Keep Your Kids Safe on a Hike

I am so very excited for our NEW series: Mamas in the Wild: How We Survive When We Opt Outside, sponsored by REI. This four-part series will focus on real life mom-to-mom tips, tricks, and humor (because how could we survive this without laughing a … [Read more...]

Oaki Trailsuit + Boots Review

NOTE: Be sure you are signed up for our weekly newsletter! We will be sharing an exclusive discount code for Oaki THIS Wednesday only for our newsletter subscribers! I have long been a fan of Oaki’s affordable and reliable outdoor gear for kids, … [Read more...]

Easter Baskets for Outdoor Kids

Easter is the perfect time to celebrate a changing of seasons and promote more outdoor play. Our family fills Easter baskets with small gifts that we use for camping and outdoor play along with religious gifts. I personally spend a lot of time … [Read more...]

Frog Bikes Mountain Bike 62 Review

Over the past 9 months we have been testing out the new Frog MTB 62. It was ideal to get riding both in the late summer/fall and then again this spring after our 9 year old son had grown considerably over the winter. As with most mountain bikes, … [Read more...]

Muck Boot Family Review

It’s that time of year! Winter is starting to give way to Spring and we are transitioning from cold ice and snow to wet mud and muck. (Don’t forget to check out all the tips in our recent post on surviving this sloshy season!) One of the biggest … [Read more...]

Lone Cone Kid’s Boots

Finding great boots for kids that are both affordable and functional can be tough. Knowing the struggle is real, Lone Cone founder Annalisa (a mother of 3) focused her brand on durable gear for kids aged 3-6 that won’t break the bank AND kids … [Read more...]

Let the Girls Get Dirty

It had been a long day – my daughter and I were flying home from a trip to visit my family and encountered delay after delay. Finally, we made it through the line to re-book our flight and hotel room when I decided to let her out of the carrier and … [Read more...]

5 Best Nature-Based Book Series for Kids

Nature based book series for kids! Stuck inside with the sniffles? Trails too muddy to hike? Cuddle up with one of these great reads and get some outdoor time, indoors! Note: These links are affiliates. Thanks so much for clicking through them to … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Busy Moms Take A Sanity Break

I don’t know about you mama, but I’m tired.  I need a break.  Kids are exhausting…. amiright?  Well a recent article by Southern Living caught my attention: “Taking a Trip With Your Girlfriends Is Good For … [Read more...]

Ella’s Wool TUBES Review

Ella’s Wool was started by Becca when she moved to Brooklyn, NY from Norway and could not find any great merino wool baselayers for her daughter, Ella. She hated seeing Brooklyn playgrounds empty in the wintertime, and developed Ella’s Wool to … [Read more...]

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...]