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,… [Continue Reading]

It feels good to not live out of a suitcase after 33 days of doing so, BUT… it was an amazing trip! Our little (not-so-little) guy was a trooper. On the very last day the plains of Saskatchewan and North Dakota got to be a bit too much and we made a 12 hr push… [Continue Reading]

Expanding Horizons Canadian Rockies

I know, I know. Maybe you consider Laramie or Cody or heck, maybe even Jackson is “western” to you. But for our family, the west came alive — really came alive — when we were in Western North Dakota! Sure, there’s a whole lot of West out there, between the Mighty Mississippi and the Pacific,… [Continue Reading]

Theodore National Park North Dakota - South Unit, Wind Canyon

Our adventurous toddler isn’t one to be left out but the toddler boots on the market left much to be desired in comfort and warmth. Until Stonz Booties came to our household gear closet.  We were able to try out a pair of Stonz Booties with Linerz this winter and found they are warm and… [Continue Reading]

Stonz Wear Booties

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 —… [Continue Reading]

Hydro Flask Food Flask

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 […]

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 […]

© Field Guide to Parenting Outside