Hydro Flask 64 Oz. Growler Review – Perfect for Families!

Yes, you read that correctly. We recently received at 64 oz. Hydro Flask growler to take on our adventures and it is indeed PERFECT for FAMILIES. Why Every Family Needs a Growler Sure, I used to be able to use a growler for its intended purpose: copious amounts of carbonated barley pop. These days? Well, […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Survival Kits for the Whole Family feat. Nalgene

We’ve read the books. We’ve played around with building fires and setting deadfall traps. We’ve even dabbled a bit in shelter building. Our four-year-old could probably best some of the folks on the popular reality TV series. He has a genuine interest in survival and wilderness skills. If your kid is like ours, then you’ll […]

From the Fireline to the Forest with Family: The BEST Socks for Adventure!

How The Quest Began After a short career — about ten years — in fire boots (I mean trees, not houses, by the way — wildfire), I hung up the boots at least temporarily to become a mostly full-time mom. It’s been great. I miss the line everyday. But I do not miss spending my […]

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