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Ways to encourage outdoor play in cold weather

Ways to encourage outdoor play in cold weather

If you’ve been following my blog for bit you know it’s no secret that we have been struggling to get outside this winter. BUT. We had a very successful outing the other day hiking at Shale Hollow Preserve. Shockingly, no one complained and the snack begging […]

Are you struggling to get outside this winter? I am!

Are you struggling to get outside this winter? I am!

Well. Despite my best efforts, I think winter is winning. I’m struggling to get outside this winter! I’ve tried. Really I have! I have suited up in snow gear time and time again, even when it was clear it wouldn’t end well. I really believe […]

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 […]

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. #100!!!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park. #100!!!

OMG you guys. We did it. Last December when I suggested (strong armed?) that we embark on our year of adventure I wasn’t confident we could pull it off. I mean. I told Jake that for sure we could do it because excessive confidence in […]

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 […]

Epic Road Trip. Day 16. Custer State Park

Epic Road Trip. Day 16. Custer State Park

Day 16, Custer State Park, officially the longest I’ve ever traveled at once. And I was feeling it a bit. The whole day was polar extremes. I was either loving everything, or just completely wiped. Traveling with your husband, kids, siblings, and parents is awesome […]

Grand Teton National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 12.

Grand Teton National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 12.

It’s Paintbrush Canyon Sister Hike Day! Or more appropriately: the day Kirsten wanted to throw us off a mountain. I love hiking with the kids (mostly), but it is definitely slow and can get annoying pulling out snacks every 3 minutes. I was super pumped […]

Yellowstone National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 11.

Yellowstone National Park. Epic Road Trip. Day 11.

First day in Yellowstone! Our first day in yellowstone we drove up to see Old Faithful. It’s a totally original idea and we weren’t joined by 10,000 other impatient tourists. Driving into Yellowstone totally blew me away. I realize that it probably sounds strange but […]