We’ve had access to the Okee Dokee Brothers “Saddle Up” for a few months now. Yeah, I know. It’s pretty awesome!  We’ve been singing along and vicariously living the cowboy life (much to my preschoolers’ delight.) Just as with Can You Canoe? and Through the Woods, the first two Adventure Albums they put out. So… [Continue Reading]

The Okee Dokee Brothers

The Panasonic DMC-ZS60 is a camera I can get used to! In fact, I’ve learned to love it in only a few short weeks. It literally took me about 15 minutes to learn some of the most basic settings and from there, I set out on a photo safari to learn the rest. Exceptional photo quality… [Continue Reading]

Panasonic Lumix ZS60 review

I’m raising little travelers. Tourists too, yes, but mainly little travelers. They adore water parks at this age. They love hotels because hotels mean pools. If given a choice though, I’m confident my children would choose Liard Hot Springs over a hotel hot tub hands down. I encourage my kids to dream big and then… [Continue Reading]

National Geographic Family Expeditions Galapagos

Inside. Outside. North Country Trail. Aldi. We where them all the time and everywhere. It’s no secret — I ADORE my Terramar Sports base layers. I feel like they should be called “everyday layers” or simply Amanda’s clothes. I am wearing an article of Terramar gear almost everyday. Most times at least once everyday, if… [Continue Reading]

Terramar Sports Kids Baselayers

So in Part 1, I introduced you to Apocabox, the subscription box that comes every two months from survival expert and Weather Channel host of Fat Guys in the Woods, Creek Stewart. I also alluded to the prepper streak running through the family. Keeping with the theme, here is Part 2, which again, includes Creek’s motto: it’s not… [Continue Reading]

Hot Lix Ant Sucker

It’s Here! It’s Here! The Okee Dokee Brothers – Saddle Up Adventure Album!

We’ve had access to the Okee Dokee Brothers “Saddle Up” for a few months now. Yeah, I know. It’s pretty awesome!  We’ve been singing along and vicariously living the cowboy life (much to my preschoolers’ delight.) Just as with Can You Canoe? and Through the Woods, the first two Adventure Albums they put out. So […]

The BEST Point and Shoot Camera for Family Travel: Panasonic Lumix ZS60

The Panasonic DMC-ZS60 is a camera I can get used to! In fact, I’ve learned to love it in only a few short weeks. It literally took me about 15 minutes to learn some of the most basic settings and from there, I set out on a photo safari to learn the rest. Exceptional photo quality […]

National Geographic Family Expeditions: Where Will They Take You?

I’m raising little travelers. Tourists too, yes, but mainly little travelers. They adore water parks at this age. They love hotels because hotels mean pools. If given a choice though, I’m confident my children would choose Liard Hot Springs over a hotel hot tub hands down. I encourage my kids to dream big and then […]

Terramar Sports: Our Everyday Go-To Gear

Inside. Outside. North Country Trail. Aldi. We where them all the time and everywhere. It’s no secret — I ADORE my Terramar Sports base layers. I feel like they should be called “everyday layers” or simply Amanda’s clothes. I am wearing an article of Terramar gear almost everyday. Most times at least once everyday, if […]

It’s Not IF but WHEN. Apocabox: Subscription Box [Review] Part 2

So in Part 1, I introduced you to Apocabox, the subscription box that comes every two months from survival expert and Weather Channel host of Fat Guys in the Woods, Creek Stewart. I also alluded to the prepper streak running through the family. Keeping with the theme, here is Part 2, which again, includes Creek’s motto: it’s not […]

Lowry Park Zoo + National Geographic + TOMS Footwear = Big Cat Conservation

Big Cat Week has come and gone (back in 2105 that is – remember? Live safaris, African landscapes…) but you can celebrate big cats throughout the year and we really hope that you will! I was acting something like my preschooler on Christmas morning as I saw the package awaiting my return home — TOMS Footwear. Stick […]

We’re HOOKed – Travel High Chair by Joovy

My littlest is already so big! You know what that means? My arms need a break. I’d love to sit down and eat a real meal again. Our preschooler is bored with my one-armed attempts at games and playing. There have been so many times already that the Joovy Hook has come in handy — that’s […]

It’s the Bomb(er)! A Childhood Classic Persists [review]

If you grew up anywhere but Southern California, you likely remember the days on the playground sporting your sweet new Mad Bomber hat during the winter. Where I great up, Mad Bombers were ubiquitous – like the snow. During Christmas break it was not strange to find upon returning to school, kids had gotten the […]

Mountainsmith Tour TLS [review]

Ever since I left the fire line, I’ve felt there has been a piece of my heart that was left behind as well. Somewhere (though NOT in San Francisco, as the song goes) under the ashes and now likely the green regrowth of a past wildfire area, is where my heart dwells. In many of […]

Winter Tracking Adventures with Kids

One of the best parts about the winter snow is that it presents the PERFECT conditions for figuring out who you share this great big world with! “Sticky snow” is way better than the fresh dusty powder for this hiking activity, but it’s still possible to have a little tracking adventure in any conditions. (Mud […]