I’m a total bookworm. The only thing I love better than a good book is enjoying a good book outside! What could possibly make that even better? A good book, outside, about yearning to balance being a mom with being outside. So basically, Carrie Visintainer wrote all of the thoughts that I’m feeling everyday down… [Continue Reading]

Wild Mama Carrie Visintainer

We’ve all been there (if you have kids or have taken kids on a driving trip) — about an hour in to  your trip, the kids want music. Dad likes country. Mom likes folk or bluegrass and indie. The kids like crazy stuff that you’d swear could be used for some ruthless interrogation tactics. How… [Continue Reading]

RoadTripMusic

Crazy 8 has teamed up with National Geographic to bring 8 of their “Weird But True” facts to life in a line of t-shirts for kids! As of June 1st, the collection of t-shirts are available exclusively online at the Crazy8 Weird But True National Geographic line. Crazy 8 is a children’s clothing brand that makes fun, fashion-forward, age appropriate… [Continue Reading]

Gift With purchase image. In store only with any purchase of a Nat Geo Tee! (While supplies last)

Recently, I visited Disney for work. Yes, I know, it sounds contrived, but really, a conference was held at the flagship resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian and I needed to be there. I’m a reformed Disney hater. Yes, I said it. I used to loathe Disney — but after I realized that you just need to find your… [Continue Reading]

comfortable walking sandals

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

Wild Mama [Book Review]

I’m a total bookworm. The only thing I love better than a good book is enjoying a good book outside! What could possibly make that even better? A good book, outside, about yearning to balance being a mom with being outside. So basically, Carrie Visintainer wrote all of the thoughts that I’m feeling everyday down […]

Best Family Road Trip Songs

We’ve all been there (if you have kids or have taken kids on a driving trip) — about an hour in to  your trip, the kids want music. Dad likes country. Mom likes folk or bluegrass and indie. The kids like crazy stuff that you’d swear could be used for some ruthless interrogation tactics. How […]

Crazy 8 and National Geographic Get Weird… BUT True Together!

Crazy 8 has teamed up with National Geographic to bring 8 of their “Weird But True” facts to life in a line of t-shirts for kids! As of June 1st, the collection of t-shirts are available exclusively online at the Crazy8 Weird But True National Geographic line. Crazy 8 is a children’s clothing brand that makes fun, fashion-forward, age appropriate […]

These Shoes Were Made for Walking: Jambu Review

Recently, I visited Disney for work. Yes, I know, it sounds contrived, but really, a conference was held at the flagship resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian and I needed to be there. I’m a reformed Disney hater. Yes, I said it. I used to loathe Disney — but after I realized that you just need to find your […]

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 […]