Hydro Flask 12 oz. Food Flask [Gear Review]

Keep your cold cold and your hot hot with this durable Hydro Flask food container this season! Cold has settled in on us here in the Midwest. We usually welcome winter in these parts — what else are you going to do? It’s white around here (most years) from November to April. Sometimes longer — […]

Terramar Sports Thermawool Full Zip Midlayer [Gear Review]

The full zip makes it easy to lose or gain a degree or two with a quick zip of a few inches up or down and the roll-top neck provides protection from wind and cold when needed. The deep poppy heather color adds a bit of panache to a practical top. Thermawool for All Seasons […]

Mountain Hardwear Women’s Trekkin Insulated Skirt – Do Winter Right

I’m a bigger gal than I once was. What with having babies and hanging up the wildfire boots (for now) anyway. So, you won’t typically find me in the skirts of the 90s era–minis and the like, denim, flowery, laced, or even cotton. I have, however, fallen for another kind of skirt in a big way–the oh-so […]

Why North Dakota Should be on Your Wanderlist

It’s a tradition for us to celebrate the last of summer by venturing out into the “wilds” or at least to a place that seems more wild than home. If you’d have asked me before this trip, I’d likely NOT have answered a “where do you want to go” type question with: North Dakota! I’d […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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