Category Archives: Lessons Learned

The best of the best, the real nuggets of wisdom, the lists upon lists, the how-to’s and lessons learned: they are found here!

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 »

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 »

10 Tips for Adventuring with a Toddler (#AdventureWithThemOnya)

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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 »

Learn to be an Outdoor Mom! (Online Course + Coupon Code)

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Are you ready to take your parenting to the next level? Then let’s head outside! Or, really, just to the Outdoor Mom Academy…and then the great outdoors! You probably read the title of this post and thought “Pfft, I don’t need to LEARN to be an outdoor mom!” I’m not going to tell you that you’re wrong because you’re not. Simply momming… Read more »

8 Tips for Avoiding Bug Bites (All-Natural Bug Spray Review)

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Itchy, scratchy, red bumps and blotches all over your body! No one wants that! And no one wants that for their child either. But when you spend as much time in the outdoors as we do, you’re bound to end up with a few, and let’s keep it to a few, shall we? We have gotten pretty good at avoiding… Read more »

Troubleshooting the Fit of a Nursing Bra

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Having an ill-fitting bra can be a nightmare! But how does a new mom know what size nursing bra to buy (especially when her breasts change size almost hourly!)? I’m currently on my 3rd size of nursing bra, now at almost 20 months postpartum, and I’m still not back to my pre-pregnancy bra size. It’s really incredible what your body can do to… Read more »

10 Tips for Moms Returning to Work

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I returned to work in December after a year-long maternity leave, and it has been a challenge. I should put that in the present tense: it IS a challenge. It is a challenge to get everyone up and out the door in the morning. It is a challenge to muster the energy to teach French to 150 children that aren’t… Read more »

Wee Woollies Review (+ Winter Layering Guide)

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 I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  We are a “rain or shine” family, which also means that we get outside whether it’s +35˚c or -35˚c. In order to do this successfully, though, we need some “tools”. There’s an old Norwegian saying, “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” So to… Read more »

Humans of the Outdoors: Advice Round-Up

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Welcome to the first ever Humans of the Outdoors Advice Round-Up! Whether you’ve just stepped out of your home and into the outdoors for the first time, or whether you’ve been doing it for years, you could probably use a little advice and you probably have some to give. When I “interview” folks for the Humans of the Outdoors series,… Read more »

How We Do: Packing for a Day Hike

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Ask and you shall receive! Here is a list of everything that we pack for a typical 4-8 hour day hike: Day Pack (we use a MEC Air Hike 22L with hideaway rain cover) Water (we use a CamelBak Antidote 3L Reservoir) Knife (we use a True Utility SmartKnife) First Aid Kit (we use a 79-piece camping First Aid Kit… Read more »

Camping with Cloth Diapers: Packing Less with Wool

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*This post contains affiliate links. After our first time backcountry camping with cloth diapers, we returned home feeling wise and wrote a list of do’s and don’ts. That list served us well in preparing for trip number two, and we had more success this time around. We repeated our do’s and avoided most of our don’ts and lightened our load… Read more »

Camping with Cloth Diapers: Dos & Don’ts

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*This post may contain affiliate links. Have you shied away from taking cloth diapers camping with you? Are you wondering if cloth diapering in the backcountry is a possibility? I am here today to tell you that IT IS POSSIBLE and WE’VE DONE IT! I don’t think I tell you often enough, but I’m not an expert. At anything really…. Read more »

6 Tips for Nursing on the Trail

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I am all for breastfeeding in public, but there was a time when I was nervous about nursing on the trail. I think a large part of it was logistical: not having nursing-friendly hiking attire, not knowing if there would be a bench or other suitable seat, wondering how I could nurse in the carrier inside my coat while it… Read more »