Life and Adventures with Kids

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Winter Hiking with Kids

Winter Hiking with Kids

Winter Hiking with Kids. Snow. Ice. Peaceful Landscapes. So.Many.Layers. Hiking after a fresh snowfall might be one of my favorite experiences. Winter hiking is seriously awesome, and the kids love it, but you need to be prepared. The right gear makes all the difference. When […]

Seasons of Parenting

Seasons of Parenting

Things have so calm around here lately. I feel like we are in a good season of parenting lately. We are taking some really good steps to protect the calm, but the kids are also just in these really good phases right now. I realize […]

Misadventures of the outdoor mom

Misadventures of the outdoor mom

It’s been a hot minute since the girls and I went outside and stomped around in the woods, so even though both girls are battling colds we headed out. I’m not going to say it was a mistake, because it was really nice for a […]

When everyone is fighting it’s time to take a hike

When everyone is fighting it’s time to take a hike

We’ve been home from the epic road trip for almost a month now, and today was the first hike we’ve done since we’ve been back. It reminded me that we really need to get out more. Today was so chaotic and everyone was annoyed it seemed. I […]

How hard to push your kids?

Always in the back of our brains as parents is the question, “how hard do I push my kid?”. And often this is a priority question when we are out on our adventures. I’m not sure that I’m any good at answering this. Yesterday I […]

COSI was awesome, but then I got greedy.

We decided on a whim this morning to head to COSI, and i’m so glad we did! It’s actually quite rare that we have an entire day that Jake isn’t working and we have no where to be and nothing urgent on our to do list (besides […]

Getting out of the house is the hardest part

Getting out of the house is the hardest part

Getting out of the house is the hardest part of any adventure. And I don’t mean in some figurative, emotional, mental way. I mean this literally. It took 2 hours to leave the house today, and by the time we made it to our final […]

Just Enough Risk

This weekend we headed to Blendon Woods Metro Park to check out their brand new natural play area. Everyone I know who has been here has absolutely raved about it, and it definitely lived up to the hype. The kids had a blast, and there […]

The Journey or the Destination

We took the kids to Chestnut Ridge Metro Park for a quick hike and some exploring today, and I got to thinking about how different hiking can be for each individual. I really think people are either destination hikers or journey hikers. Personally I’m all […]