Year: 2017

KEEN Hikeport Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

The KEEN Hikeport is a hiking boots that is not only sleek and stylish which allows for kids to wear them on a daily basis to school and/or the playground, but they are perfect for all your outdoors adventures weather it be hiking in the mountains, deserts or beaches. I will be honest these are my favorite hiking boots for kids that KEEN has made. The things I love about these boots are: They are lightweight– not chunky and weighting my kids down on the trails. Flexible– they form to and move with my kids foot as they hike. Quick and easy to slip on– allowing for my kids to put on their own boots. Support– the mid boot supports my kids feet and ankles as they hike all different trails and terrain. Waterproof- allowing for my kids to walk through water and still have dry feet. Our oldest son wore these boots hiking through The Narrows at Zion National Park. The entire trail is in water, hiking over rocks and boulders for over 5 …

14 hour Road Trip to Arizona with Kids

Family road-trip to Scottsdale, Arizona. We took our 3 kids on a 14 hour road trip over Thanksgiving break to Scottsdale to enjoy the sunshine, pool and hiking in the desert. We were able to stop at some places along the away to cross off our bucket list such as: Arches National Park Grand Canyon National Park Monument Valley Accommodations: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale Resort  Places we visited: Butterfly Wonderland Out of Africa: Wildlife Park  McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Music: AGJN by Pretty Lights Can’t Stop the Feeling By Justin Timberlake Happy by Pharrell Williams We Will Walk by Matisyahu

What’s in our Hiking Daypack?

We get a lot of questions about what is in our hiking daypack? We have included links to some of the products we use. Our Pack: –First aid kit (which includes sunscreen, a lighter, emergency blanket and a knife/multipurpose tool) –Water in hydration pack –Lifestraw -Jacket Women or this one. Men or this one. -Change of clothing for the kids (in case of accidents) we use Rags to Raches because they are super easy to get on and off, light weight and fold up small helping us save space. – Snacks (to help energize and motivate kids on the trail) lots of fruits and vegetables plus we bring bars and dried fruit and seeds. -Wipes -Diapers (2+) -Ziploc or a bag for trash (make sure you take out everything you bought with you on the trail) -Fully charged phone (Alltrails app for a map | Flashlight | To call for help in case of an emergency) -Epipen (our son has a peanut allergy) Kids Pack’s: –Water in hydration pack –Jacket or this one. -Snacks –Whistle (in case …

Using Nature to find One on One Time with the Kids

I’m a mom with three toddlers (all four and under). I want to spend one-on-one time with all of them. I don’t know about you, but for me finding time to give undivided one on one attention to each of them is almost impossible. Life at home is just too crazy! I’m feeding, cleaning, changing diapers, doing potty breaks, refereeing my boys, meal planning and acting as climbing gym for all my kiddos to climb on.  At home, each of my kids wants my attention. Every day.  I just can’t give it without causing one of them to feel left out. But when we’re outdoor adventuring that changes. I find it easy to provide the one on one time that my kids are wanting and craving.   One of the reasons we love spending so much time in nature is because it allows us to disconnect, slow down and spend time as a family without any distractions. The kids are all preoccupied with their surroundings, exploring nature and taking in the beauty, that they don’t …

A Hike for the Books

On most weekends you can find our family out hiking around different parts of Colorado. For us hiking allows us to slow down, explore and enjoy time as a family. There are no distractions or places to be, just the mountains and us! We feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful place and explore it with our kids! Hiking honestly allows for a different experience each and every time we go! The landscape, the colors, the textures, and the wildlife, I don’t know how you could ever get bored! However hiking with toddlers can sometimes be a whole different story! We like to be creative with our hikes and find trails that offer more than just walking! We find trails that our kids can explore lakes, waterfalls, rock formations and wildlife. I think kids, or at least my kids, are more than just visual they like to touch, climb, throw and explore. Throwing rocks into the water, playing in the river and climbing on boulders, these are the moments that my kids remember. …

Teaching our kids to ski

This past weekend we decided to take our boys skiing for the first time. My husband is a avid snowboarder and has been anticipating taking our boys skiing since they were born. For some reason his soul craves the rush of adenine and powder covered mountains and he wants our boys to experience that too! After arriving to the ski resort and getting settled in we went back and forth as to weather to rent ski’s for our 2 year old son. Our son Eli is a bit stubborn at times. When he wants to do something he does it whole-heartedly, but when he doesn’t want to do something— you know how it goes. But we went ahead and rented him skis anyway!  After getting all there gear we headed to the bunny hill to teach them the basic techniques. Although the start was a bit rough, the boys quickly took to skiing. The first several times we went down holding the back of their snow pants reminding them to make a pizza to slow down. Once they got …