Gift Guide for Outdoor-Loving Moms: Under $50 + a Giveaway

I have to admit, I am not a huge shopper. I don't like the crowds and I am frugal. But it is the time of year when it can't be avoided. So if you are looking for a few ideas for yourself or other outdoorsy moms, here are a few things I would purchase again if I had the opportunity. And don't forget to enter to win a $50 gift card to the Sierra Trading Post.

For Going Out: Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero

Because our "going out" means spending time outdoors in nature. This is my most used outdoor item.


Tips for finding new-to-you outdoor recreation areas.

I LOVE exploring new places and trying new activities. I am like a kid at Christmas when I get to try a new trail or camping spot. It has been one of the best things about moving; getting to find new places for exploring and adventure. But not all websites are created equal and it can be hard to find new natural areas or all the information needed about those places.

Through our moves over the past couple years and I have spent a lot of time finding new outdoor recreation areas. On the one hand it has been awesome getting to see so many new areas of the


20 Ways to Explore the Forest Using Your 5 Senses

I can't think of a place I would rather be than the forest. I think one of the best ways to enjoy and explore the forest is hiking. I have two little ones who are generally with me when I am hiking, so I am always looking for ways to keep things interesting and fun for them. One of the best ways I have found to entertain kids while hiking it help them learn how to explore the world around them, and the part is you don't need any extra equipment.
Explore the forest using your 5 senses.

Just this past weekend I was hiking with my kids and we discovered we could see fish in a river when hiking over a tall bridge. My two year old daughter was the first to see them. This same trail also has an observation tower that the kids love to climb. At the top I pick them up and let them feel the bark

How to Keep Your Kid Safe on the Water: 9 River Float Tips

Today I welcome Dave from Camping Stove Cookout to the blog. He has been leading river trips for years and I am excited to be able to share his tips for keeping your kids safe on floating trips. Please head over and check out his blog, he has a ton of good information about camping and outdoor adventures. He is also offering my readers a free copy of his camping guide for beginners, more information at the bottom of the post. 

If you plan on camping near water or going on a whitewater rafting trip, here are a few tips to help make it safe.  When will your child be ready for a rafting trip?  I was 5 years old when I went on my first river camping trip, and have pretty much been addicted to the river ever since.
9 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on River Trips

So, I get how special it is to get kids out there at a young age and the beauty of them

Nature Walk: Autumn Leaf Masks

Today I welcome Helen from Craft Ideas for Kids to the blog. She has a ton of awesome craft ideas for you and your kids. Many of which can be done outdoors. Please head over and check out her site. 

Autumn is easily my favorite season: the splendor of color, the crisp air and the fun of crunchy leaves. When Mae invited me to write a guest post for Mommy Loves Trees, I couldn't wait to ditch the pom-poms and glitz and take my family on a woodland excursion to collect natural crafting materials, such as leaves, twigs, pine cones and anything else that sparked my kids imaginations. 
Nature Walk: Autumn Leaf Masks
Whilst out, we stumbled across a gorgeous wooden play hut, which became our pixie hollow and the


Kiwibop Postcard Pals: Discover your world one postcard at a time.

Kiwibop Postcards and Pals are a fun and inexpensive way to introduce your kids the the many wonders of our world and beyond. But they do much more than that, Kiwibop is working to make a difference by bringing smiles to kids who have a life threatening disease or illness. But before I go on about Kiwibop, here is a little story from my life and how simple acts of kindness can make a difference.

My senior year of high school my youngest sister was diagnosed with ALL, Acute Lymphocyte Leukemia. The changes to our family life were drastic. My senior year turned into taxi service for my younger siblings while my mom was at the hospital with my sister or at home looking after her. But


5 Simple Fall Activities: No Extra Equipment Required

This is the second post in my No Extra Equipment Required series; a series that highlights outdoor activities that don't require any extra equipment. I am challenging myself to get creative and help my kids develop their creativity and imaginations. 

I am so excited fall is here. I know some of you are lucky enough to already be enjoying the seasonal changes. We had 75 degree weather this morning and it was such a relief.  I love fall for lots of reasons: the trees, pumpkins, campfires, sweaters and apples. But really fall is the perfect season for just being outdoors and enjoying cooler weather. So I rounded up my favorite activities for enjoying the outdoors that require no extra equipment.
5 Simple Fall Activities: No Extra Equipment Required


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