• How to Dress to Stay Comfortable in Any Weather

    My Ultimate Gear List for Outdoor Moms (Written by an Alaskan) There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. German Proverb It’s winter. The weather can be extreme and having the right gear makes all the difference when it comes to enjoying your time outside. No one likes to be cold! I moved to Alaska 11 years ago, and learned a whole lot my first year on this topic. The Alaskan lifestyle is centered on being outdoors all year round. So my new friends were fantastic teachers! I compiled a list of the outerwear and accessories that I own and love. This is not the only way to dress…

  • 50 Fun Hobbies That Will Get Your Family Outside More

    One of the best ways to get your family outside more often is by finding things you enjoy doing together on a regular basis. My family enjoys a number of these activities, and we are always looking for new things to try! Hiking, biking and berry-picking are my favorite, while my husband loves to hunt and fish. I can’t wait to find out what Emmy will be passionate about when she’s older. Here are 50 ideas for outdoor hobbies and sports to try, for all seasons! Any Season Archery Wood Carving Bird Watching Creating a Sit Spot Geocaching Hiking Photography Drawing or Painting Landscapes Astronomy Four-Wheeling Playground Hopping Winter Cross…

  • 5 Wonderful Reasons to Spend 1000 Hours Outside This Year

    Why My Family has Made the Commitment Studies show that the average American child spends 4-7 minutes a day outdoors and over 6 hours in front of screens. In Last Child in the Woods, author Richard Louv tells the story of interviewing a child who told him that he liked playing indoors more than outdoors “cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.” I’ve always loved being outside, and knew I wanted to raise my daughter with a strong connection to nature. I swore my child would not grow up to be one of these statistics. Yet somehow in her first year, I got into a habit of hibernating most…

  • Creating Your Family’s Daily Rhythm

    A Waldorf Inspired Way to Simplify your Life and Live Your Values “Meaning hides in repetition:  We do this every day or every week because it matters.  We are connected by this thing we do together.  We matter to one another.  In the tapestry of childhood, what stands out is not the splashy, blow-out trip to Disneyland but the common threads that run throughout and repeat:  the family dinners, nature walks, reading together at bedtime, Saturday morning pancakes.” Kim John Payne Quitting my job to stay home with my daughter threw me for a loop. I didn’t regret it for a second, but I was lost for a bit. Mornings…

  • Challenges for 2019 that will get you outside more

    Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2019? Last year I took a risk and joined the 365 mile challenge. I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the support of the wonderful ladies in the Facebook Group kept me motivated all year long! I ended 2018 with 200 biking and 387 hiking miles! I’m always striving to make healthy choices. I want to get outside more (for all these reasons), and be a better role model for my daughter. So this year I decided to step it up. Here are the challenges I will be working toward. 365 Mile Challenge The 365 Mile Challenge is a group with a…