Category Archives: Gear Guide

The go-to place for rants and raves about gear we’ve used and abused, liked and loved. And don’t worry, I don’t like reading long reviews either, so I try to keep them short for you!

Fleece Maternity and Nursing Hoodie: Boob Design Ready Flex Review

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Mmmmm, who doesn’t love snuggling up in a cozy fleece hoodie on a chilly day? Fleece is a big part of our outdoor adventure layering system and going without is not an option! But finding fleece that allowed for easy and comfortable breastfeeding access AND room for my growing bump was not an easy feat, BUT I did it with… Read more »

Earth Day 2019: Better Green Than Perfect

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Welcome to my 4th annual Earth Day post – a look at how green we are as a family, and a chance for you to stop and think about all the little & big things you do to help protect our planet. This year’s theme is “Better Green Than Perfect” (ya know, like better done than perfect) because… “We don’t… Read more »

Boots Made for Adventure: a MyMayu Boots Review

I don’t know a single soul who enjoys hiking with wet feet – seriously, such an awful feeling! And no matter how many times I remind my now 3-year old to consider what he’s wearing on his feet before trudging through mud & puddles, along the wet shore or otherwise, he still whines when he makes the decision to dunk… Read more »

The Outdoor Adventure Show & 8 Reasons to Bring the Kids

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We just spent a weekend at the Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto and had such an amazing time – all 4 of us! If you have the opportunity to check out this event in a city near you – DO IT! And definitely bring the entire family along. You won’t regret it, and here’s why. Do you live in or… Read more »

6 More Tips for Nursing on the Trail

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Huckleberry and I are going on 31 months of nursing – that’s just over 2-and-a-half years of non-stop breastfeeding for those of you that don’t count in months. And we’ve been hiking and camping all the while, so I’m becoming quite the expert on nursing in the wild, but especially on the trail. If you’re looking for some tips for… Read more »

20 Essential Oils for the Outdoors

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Are you ready to venture into the world of essential oils? Are you ready to take your oily game to the next level? Are you ready to practice some aromatic all-natural health care on and off the trail? Me too! Join me as I dive headfirst into the wonders of essential oils and how they can be used to protect,… Read more »

Surviving Winter with an Infant or Toddler (+ Winter Layering Guide)

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Now, the end of May might seem like a silly time to post about surviving winter with an infant or toddler or to share an epic winter layering guide, but hey, this is proof that we did, in fact, survive (3 winters now!). And well, one can never be certain that winter is actually over (haha). Anyway, read on, bookmark… Read more »

Mother’s Day Gear Guide 2018 (Review Roundup)

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Mother’s Day is just a week and a half away, and if you’re anything like me, you haven’t found something for your own mother nor have you given your partner (or children) any direction as to what you’d like. So here are some ideas based on reviews I’ve done in the past year, and previous gear guides I’ve put together…. Read more »

6 Reasons to Love Littlest Sidekick Outfitters (+Kickstarter Launch)

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One of my “go green” goals is to think a little harder and do a little more research before making clothing purchases. I want it to become second nature to ask such things as “Does this brand consider the environment through each step of the clothing creation process?” “Is this clothing built to last or will it end up in… Read more »

11 Reasons Your Family Needs to Read “Herb Fairies”

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If you are anything like me then learning about the natural world is of great interest and sharing that knowledge with your children is of great importance! I own so many books about wild edible plants, plant identification, National Parks, animals, etc. – but do I have time to dig into them? No. Are they accessible to my toddler? No…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Backpacking Tent Review

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I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.  We’ve been using the same old 2-person backpacking tent for year now, and it was Trail Dad’s before that. It was compact enough, big enough, good enough – when it was just the two of us. Kirby doesn’t take up a lot of space… Read more »