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!

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 »

Get Your Boots Trail-Ready

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*This post contains affiliate links. We’ve already talked about getting your body trail-ready in a previous post but what about your gear? To be perfectly honest, I probably won’t get much gear out in the next little while as we are slowly getting back into things with Huckleberry around (i.e. spring camping is NOT going to happen so the tent… Read more »

12 Tips for Hiking While Pregnant

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*This post contains affiliate links. So you’re pregnant and you want to hike…people might call you crazy. Some people in my life thought I was a little insane, especially the other pregnant women. But avid hikers don’t stop being avid hikers just because they’re growing a tiny soon-to-be avid hiker inside them. So how can you hike safely and continue… Read more »

Get Your Body Trail Ready (Training Plan)

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It’s that time of year again. Winter’s end is in sight (at least on the calendar, anyway). You’re finding yourself lusting for summer. Those daydreams you’ve been having of future hiking and camping trips are becoming more and more real. Maybe you’re planning a 3-week end-to-end of the Rideau Trail (like us, this time last year), or a week-long family… Read more »

13 Reasons to Hit the Trail Today!

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Are you a procrastinator? Do you constantly delegate things to your future self? Does one of those things happen to be hiking? I know that I sometimes catch myself thinking that I don’t have time today, or tomorrow, or this week, to go for a hike. Actually, I find myself doing that with most forms of exercise. Despite knowing that… Read more »