Littlest Sidekick Outfitters – Rent The Runway meets Geo-Caching FOR KIDS

A kids clothing company that allows you to return the clothing after your kid outgrows it for a larger size?!? Sign. me. up. Meet Littlest Sidekick Outfitters, now on Kickstarter, hoping to get kids in great gear, make it fun and save money AND our … [Read more...]

Mishmi Takin for Wet Weather Adventuring (Hot OR Cold!)

“Mishmi Takin is more than just a brand, it is about finding passion for life in completely unexpected places.” The goal of Mishmi Takin is to make gear that keeps you dry and comfortable in wet climates, both hot AND cold. Inspired by … [Read more...]

Gear to Keep Kids Dry in Wet Weather

Oh spring….how wet (and muddy) thee are. But, the outside play must continue for the sanity of us all. Of all the gear we have used and own, I think the gear that keeps everyone dry and happy proves to be the most valuable in each season. These … [Read more...]

Favorite Gear to Straddle the Seasons for Women

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but people are starting to make a bit of a switch to spring, at least in the gear world. Everything winter is on sale (so stock up, people!) and advertisements for spring are in full swing. Yet, as I wade … [Read more...]

Winter Gear for Kids 2017/18 – What They’re Wearing!

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. This year we are … [Read more...]

Plantar Fasciitis Relief with Vionic Shoes

After M was born last February, I was anxious to get back moving after 10 weeks of being told to “take it easy” to prevent her coming early. With a history of two premies, it was the sort of advice I had finally learned to take seriously … [Read more...]

Best Sun Hats for Kids

It’s time to be sure your little ones have their head covered and are learning to wear their hats consistently (easier said than done, I know!) We’ve rounded up our favorite sun hats with a little help from some friends too. There are … [Read more...]

Gearing up as a #ForceofNature

This post is sponsored by REI and their #ForceofNature campaign. However, as always, these words are mine and exactly what I would tell my family and friends. In case you missed my previous post, the REI #ForceofNature campaign is in full swing and … [Read more...]

Best Hiking Boots for Women

Having good hiking boots is key to having a great hiking trip! And just like every body is different, we all have different FEET too. I enlisted some help from my favorite women hikers to round up the best hiking boots for women. This is one of those … [Read more...]

A List of Gear Outdoor Women Love + Giveaway!

Psssttttt – Valentine’s Day and all that lovey dovey stuff is NOT just for couples, you know. It’s NOT “Singles Awareness Day” or an excuse to wallow in self-misery. Really, it’s not. I challenge you to show … [Read more...]

12 Days of Gear Giveaways Day 6: Skiing and Winter

**Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** I am SO excited about the giveaways we have for you today! Because we LOVE playing in snow around here and we get to get some kids out too!!! We just went and … [Read more...]

12 Days of Giveaways Day 5: Dress Kids for Winter

**Check here to keep up with all the giveaways for our 12 Days of Gear Giveaways Event!** We get more questions on a regular basis about how to keep kids warm in the winter than anything else. We get it – it’s tough! We just published a … [Read more...]

How to Keep Babies Warm

So, this post isn’t JUST about keeping babies warm in the winter, but really all kids. It’s the question I get most often from parents – how do we keep kids warm and happy outside? After 4 kids (which is really the same as 10, … [Read more...]

Kids Sleeping Bag Round-Up

Let’s chat about kids sleeping bags….. Hang tight, this post is HUGE (and we hope very comprehensive!)  When people think about taking kids camping, their biggest concern is almost always how are people going to sleep (and WILL sleep … [Read more...]

Taking Pictures While Hiking Made Easier

One of the parts of hiking with kids that’s really tough is that I seem to be always hauling way more than I plan to….which makes it especially difficult if I want to be taking pictures of any kind (which I do!) Someone’s backpack … [Read more...]

Introducing STRIPES!

I have had my eye on Stripes Gear for literally years now. I am SO excited to tell you about them now…and use them this winter for the whole family. This post is your introduction. Watch for their appearance on our Instagram especially as the … [Read more...]

M.A.P. Shoes for Kids

Kids are forever in motion, adventuring and playing. It’s what we (usually) love about them, right? I am continually inspired and in awe of their energy and zest for life. And M.A.P. Footwear (which, appropriately, stands for “Motion, … [Read more...]

Oakiwear Boots for Women *New*

Oakiwear has been one of our favorite makers of kids’ gear for a few years now….but just this year they expanded to include some boots for women. We were given the opportunity to test our some of their new Noxen boots this fall and were … [Read more...]

Extend the Life of your Gear with Noso Patches + Giveaway

I love wearing down and I do invest in expensive gear if I know it is going to keep me warm. However, I don’t like the fact that some of my favorite gear always feels “fragile” to me. I worry about rip and tears (which is a very … [Read more...]

Choosing the Right Hiking Boots

This summer the boys and Mtn Papa and I have had an opportunity to wear some new hiking boot styles from Hi-Tec. To be quite honest, I have been only mildly impressed in the past with Hi-Tec, but after this round of testing have bumped them up to an … [Read more...]

Water Shoes for the Family (Our Favorites from Summer 2016) + Giveaway

The summer heat is only getting worse as we head into August, and for us, that means lots of time in the water. However, most places around here aren’t soft sand and worry-free walking. So, I insist my kiddos wear shoes as much as a possible. … [Read more...]

Outfitting Kids for Hiking and Camping

It’s finally here! Spring and then summer and hiking and camping and all things outdoors. After a long winter, we are more than ready to get out in nature as much as possible (without having to wrestle everyone into snow suits).   This is the … [Read more...]

Babywearing in Nasty Weather + Giveaway

Babywearing in Nasty Weather + Giveaway | Amelia I have a baby attached to me 90% of my waking hours. Sometimes for her sake (she is a baby and wants to be held!) and sometimes for mine (I want to go on a walk/hike/chase my other kids). However, … [Read more...]

Q&A with So iLL founder Daniel Chancellor: Redefining the look of climbing

I’ve been geeking out over So iLL since I started climbing back in 2009. Back in those days, the love affair centered around their killer holds. The first route I ever put up that I was actually proud of was a V4 set with So iLL’s … [Read more...]