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...]

Stand Out Gear: Choice gear for moto travel

Choice Gear for Motorcycle Travel Sena Bluetooth Headset For the first 6 months or so of riding I liked the “quiet” of being in my helmet without distraction. I approached it sort of like hiking, I don’t like to distract from the … [Read more...]

Stay Hydrated with Thermos! (Yep, there’s an App for that!)

Stay Hydrated with Thermos! (Yep, there’s an App for that!) | Amelia Hydration is key to good health for an infinite amount of reasons. Sometimes I need reminders about that, though. And to be honest – I am doing some good guessing when … [Read more...]

My Favorite Bags for Outdoor Women

My Favorite Bags for Outdoor Women | Amelia Haiku Bags, oh how I love thee! Functional, fashionable , durable, sturdy and the kind you have around for about forever. I’m head over heels and have pretty much passed on any other bags that I had … [Read more...]

Gear Up Kids for Winter: What I Tell My Family & Friends

Gear Up Kids for Winter: What I Tell My Family & Friends | Amelia I have gotten at least an email a day over the past couple weeks of people asking for my best gear suggestions for kids. Obviously people are thinking about preparing for colder … [Read more...]

How to Keep Kids Warm All Winter

How to Keep Kids Warm All Winter | Amelia Cold weather is oh so suddenly upon us. It’s shocking how quickly we can change from a beautiful fall to full-on winter. Since in many parts of the country the temperatures didn’t gradually drop, but instead … [Read more...]

Brand Spotlight: Nite Ize

Brand Spotlight: Nite Ize | Amelia Sometimes we like to take a day and just show off a particular brand if we really love their products. Today we’re focusing on Nite Ize. We’ve used their products for a few years now and really have been … [Read more...]

O.F.F. Jambu Shoes for the Whole Family

O.F.F. Jambu Shoes for the Whole Family | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and … [Read more...]

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids

O.F.F. L.L. Bean for Kids | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious … [Read more...]

Gear | A Backpack for All Weather…

Outdoor Products recently asked me to take a look at their weatherproof backpack, the 30 L Shasta Weather Defense Backpack. They were kind enough to send me one of the packs so I could put it through it’s paces on the trail, on the water and in … [Read more...]

Outdoor Essentials for an Endless Summer

Spring is swell, and autumn is amusing (and winter, well, it’s woeful if you ask me) – but summer is forever. My mission this season has been to embrace the idea of microadventures, and just get outdoors as often as possible. Whether it’s … [Read more...]

Favorite Beach Set-Up with Lightspeed Outdoors!

Favorite Beach Set-Up with Lightspeed Outdoors! | Amelia A few years ago at the Outdoor Retailer show, I stumbled upon a booth where they were setting up and taking down tents and a super fast rate, thanks to the special mechanisms on the tents. I … [Read more...]

Osprey Hydration Packs for Kids

Osprey Hydration Packs for Kids | Amelia Ah the daily quest to keep the kids hydrated. It’s so much harder than it should be. Honestly my biggest “trick” is giving them their own hydration pack (and/or bottles…though the packs … [Read more...]

Tips for Buying Your First Stand Up Paddleboard…

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has been one of the fasting growing and most popular outdoor activities of the last few years. In a 2013 report by “The Outdoor Foundation” stand up paddling attracted 1.2 million people participating in 9.6 … [Read more...]

Essentials for Summer Microadventures

Thank you to Stanley Brand for sponsoring today’s post and encouraging me to get outside this summer with the perfect camping tools! Summer is Perfect for Microadventures When my wife and I first started seeing each other we lived in separate … [Read more...]

Kevin Jorgeson, Duracell and a Giveaway

Kevin Jorgeson, Duracell and a Giveaway | Amelia I’ve always had a headlamp ready to go – if you ask my friends, they’ll tell you how when I’m out camping, etc. it’s a permanent fixture on my head for evenings in camp. … [Read more...]

O.F.F. – Summer styles from MUCK

O.F.F. – Summer styles from MUCK | Amelia O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday.  Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and … [Read more...]