Outdoor Families Magazine Celebrates 1 Year ~ Sand and Surf Giveaway

If you enjoy inspiration to get your family outside, and have not yet swung by the Outdoor Families Magazine site... it's a great time to do so.  Started a year ago by a coalition of #OutdoorFamilies bloggers, this great blog brings together the best of the best. Whether you like to ski, hike, travel, bike, camp, or SUP - gather some ideas and tips from people who love to play outside with their kids, and share their best photos and lessons learned. And in celebration of their first successful year, Outdoor Families Magazine is offering a travel package giveaway.  Because many of these bloggers are my friends and cohorts, and it's such a great prize... I wanted to help spread the word. #OutdoorFamilies Sand and Surf Giveaway One fortunate family will be awarded the outdoor adventure trip of a lifetime!  The verified winner will receive a 7-day/6-night adventure vacation for three (3) people from Thomson Family Adventures. Approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize: … [Read more...]

6 Things To Love About Winter

In my day, we walked home from school, braving the South Dakotan prairie subzero temps and even steeper subzero windchill factors.  I can still feel the burn on my cheeks, from the frequent cases of frostbite this incurred.  Not so fun. So it took me many years of emotional recovery, and a few years living in a much more mild climate, to reach this recent epiphany:   There really ARE some things to love about winter. 6 Things To Love About Winter 1.  The Change Although there is an admitted allure to the year round palm trees and sunshine showcased at our favorite vacation destinations, I'm a person who craves change.  Big change, little change... whatever.  I need something to mix things up every once in awhile, to maintain my sanity. Therefore, I love seasons.   Winter, so drastically opposite of summer, allows (ok, kinda forces) you to change all manner of things - your habits, your pastimes, your wardrobe, your bedspread.  And so on, and so forth.  I dig that about … [Read more...]

Skip the Trike, Toddlers Can (Balance) Bike!

Have you ever seen a tiny tyke dashing along on a two-wheeled bike, looking barely old enough to have left the baby stroller behind?  Behold the power of the toddler balance bike, a new outdoor play phenomenon that delivers some easy, worthwhile, and exciting benefits. My son just turned 3, has truly found his stride on his balance bike, and loves every minute that he spends on it.  Frankly, he sheds almost daily tears whenever we need to remove him from it and head back indoors.  But that's a good thing. I can't take credit for the initial discovery of balance bikes.  It was my parents who had admired wee riders from afar, in their local parks, watching them impressively darting along on their Strider bikes. Grandpa thought this was a very cool trick, indeed, and had the balance bike purchase all planned out.  (I'm pretty sure this occurred a few  hours after my son's birth.) Toddlers Can Balance Bike! I won't get into the engineering details here, I primarily wanted to … [Read more...]