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Humans of the Outdoors: Bianca

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A note from Maman on the Trail: Meet Bianca, a human of the outdoors. Bianca lives in South Africa and gets outdoors with her husband, Shawn, and their son, Everest. Here is her story… On her time outdoors… We are pretty much outdoors all the time. Even when in the cities, we take walks and find nearby parks. We enjoy… Read more »

Merino Wool for Nursing Moms

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Nursing on the trail can be tough! Finding somewhere safe and comfy to sit and having seasonally appropriate apparel suited for both breastfeeding and an active lifestyle have been my biggest challenges so far. But I have found solutions to BOTH of those challenges now! Wahoo! Read on to find out how I solved those two issues… After discovering the… Read more »

Skin Care Tips for the Outdoor Family

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Taking care of our bodies, particularly our skin, is important to us as an outdoor family. Our skin is one of the ways that we interact with the great outdoors. We touch, we feel, we walk barefoot, we lay in the grass, we collect acorns, we are kissed by the sun, we climb on rocks, we dig our toes into… Read more »

HELP! Maman on the Trail’s Reader Engagement Survey

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Each time that I return to work, I get a huge slap in the face from reality. It is never a smooth transition no matter how many times I do it. My first official return to work after a year-long maternity leave was tough but I came out of that thinking I had things sort of figured out (read my… Read more »

Humans of the Outdoors: Kathryn

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A note from Maman on the Trail: Meet Kathryn, a human of the outdoors. Kathryn lives in Outer Banks, North Carolina and gets outdoors with her partner, Phil, and their dog, Chopper. Here is her story… On her time outdoors… I’m not quite sure where it started but I’ve been a nature lover ever since I can remember. These days… Read more »

7 Tips for Your First Night Hike

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Oh Winter, so dark and cold. I find it so disheartening and so difficult to get outside when it gets dark before dinnertime, and especially when it’s cold but there’s no snow. I find that we get caught up in routines and lose sight of the importance of time outside together. An entire week will go by and I’ll think back… Read more »

Wandering into 2018 with Intention(s): a New Year’s Post

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Happy New Year! We made it to 2018! I love celebrating the coming of a new year! If you were around this time last year you might remember my post about “Hiking into 2017” and my vague but lofty goals for the year. And if you’ve been following along on Instagram lately, you’ll know that I find it so therapeutic… Read more »

5 Tips for Keeping Your Outdoors Resolutions (Take Over Tuesday)

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Welcome to the Take Over Tuesday guest post series. I feature posts by fellow bloggers and outdoors enthusiasts. Do you have some expertise or a great story to share? Consider submitting something to the Humans of the Outdoors series or contacting me directly. This week’s feature is from Emily of Conservation Folks. Emily is an avid hiker and sustainability writer. You can read more of her works on… Read more »

Gift Guide for Adventurous Toddlers (+Giveaway December 6-22)

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Welcome to Huckleberry the Trail Baby’s 2nd Birthday Celebrations! A Gift Guide (& Giveaway) for Adventurous Toddlers Huckleberry the Trail Baby is turning 2. Can we just take a moment to let that sink in? It is probably high time that we graduate him from Trail Baby to Trail Kid, perhaps that will be a post in the very near… Read more »

Kirby the Trail Dog’s “Adventure Dog Gear Guide” (+Giveaway Nov 5-26)

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Welcome to Kirby the Trail Dog’s 7th Birthday Celebrations! An Adventure Dog Gear Guide & Giveaway Kirby the Trail Dog has been with us through many an adventure (and many an ordeal as well, lol) and today is his 7th birthday! To some, a pet is a pet, but to us, our trail dog is just as much a member… Read more »

Cultivating Minimalism: a 30-Day Declutter Challenge

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What is “minimalism”? According to my favourite “experts” on the topic, The Minimalists, the answer to the question is… “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. Minimalism has helped us… Eliminate our discontent Reclaim our time Live in the moment Pursue our passions… Read more »

Hiking with Diabetes Requires Planning (Take Over Tuesday)

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Welcome to the Take Over Tuesday guest post series. I will be featuring posts by fellow bloggers and outdoors enthusiasts. Do you have some expertise or a great story to share? Consider submitting something to the Humans of the Outdoors series or contacting me directly. This week’s feature is from Elisabeth Almekinder (RN, BA, CDE) of TheDiabetesCouncil.com. Elisabeth grew up in a small town in NC. The daughter of a country… Read more »

Humans of the Outdoors: Diane

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A note from Maman on the Trail: Meet Diane, a human of the outdoors. Diane lives in Belgrade, Serbia and gets outdoors with her 7-year old daughter and fiancé. Here is her story… On her time outdoors… As soon as the weather gets warmer, my daughter and I pack our backpacks and go camping. Last year we spent approximately 30… Read more »

10 Ways to Avoid Ticks While Camping (Take Over Tuesday)

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Welcome to the Take Over Tuesday guest post series. I will be featuring posts by fellow bloggers and outdoors enthusiasts. Do you have some expertise or a great story to share? Consider submitting something to the Humans of the Outdoors series or contacting me directly. This week’s feature is from Chris of Keep Dry Feet. With over 20 years in the construction industry, working in all sorts of… Read more »

Onya Baby Pure Giveaway (October 10-24)

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“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” ~ Bob Bitchin We love adventures! Big ones, small ones, close ones, far ones! And all of our adventures wouldn’t be nearly as fun if it weren’t for our toddler, Huckleberry the Trail Baby (yeah, I know, he’s not a baby anymore). And that quote above rings oh-so-true when adventuring… Read more »

Maman’s Birthday Gift Guide (+Giveaway Oct 6-27)

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Welcome to Maman’s Birthday Gift Guide 2017! It’s my birthday! Yay! Yippee! Wahoo! And so for the last month, there have been questions about what I might want as a gift or how I might like to celebrate. I usually answer with a shoulder shrug and a smile. I mean really, I don’t know what I want! I do know… Read more »

Coming to Terms with “Good Enough”

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I haven’t published a blog post in about a month and this is not the next post that I intended to write, but this is where my head is. The growing list of unfinished reviews can wait. The Humans of the Outdoors’ stories will be there when I’m ready to share them. There are always more Tuesdays to be taken… Read more »