A Small Town Mystery

A Small Town Mystery

A few weeks ago, as the snow finally melted from the sidewalks, we were inspired to find adventure in the everyday by the Hike it Baby 30 Challenge. I started taking the kids on walks around our small town when we couldn’t make it to the trailhead. On our first walk, we found some peculiar graffiti […]

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Do It Yourself Raised Garden Beds

Do It Yourself Raised Garden Beds!

We love gardening with our kids – it’s a great family activity! Yet for many people, gardening seems like an impossibility, often because they lack yard space, or their soil is contaminated. Once solution is to install a raised garden bed. Raised garden beds have many benefits – they can allow you to garden in a small […]

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How to Find Adventure in the Everyday

How to Find Adventure in the Everyday

Once upon a time, before we had kids, on the spur of the moment Kendra and I would pull on our hiking boots, grab our backpacks, and head off to hike in the woods. Nowadays, our window of opportunity is a lot smaller thanks to nap times, early intervention appointments, and different work schedules. Not […]

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Tubbs Snowshoes Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer

Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer!

When I was a kid, cancer seemed like a foreign subject – something rare and tragic. It wasn’t until it touched my own family that I realized the insidiousness of the disease… too often there are no symptoms of the chaos occurring at the cellular level until treatment is no longer an option. Quality screening and early treatment make survival […]

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Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest

Snowshoeing in Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA

Location: Leominster State Forest, Westminster, MA Date: February 18, 2015 Distance: 1 mile roundtrip Elevation Gain: 200 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: White Rectangles Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Freshman year of college I had the best roommate a girl could ask for – Amanda always had my back, and made sure we had invites to […]

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Noble View Snowshoeing

What Urban Teens Think About Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a relatively new adventure for us. Though I had long been interested in the sport, it wasn’t until our students in the Outdoor Adventure Club asked me to take them snowshoeing that I found the time to learn. Two years ago I took a winter training workshop through the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities […]

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Kidecals

Kidecals Personalized Labels Product Review

Once your kids are old enough to go to day-care, or school, or camp, you start to realize you need to label everything they own. EVERYTHING. Because sometimes their backpack is one of six Frozen backpacks that look exactly the same. There are a couple of options for labeling – old school iron-on/sew-on labels or writing […]

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JUNO 2015

Juno 2015 Was the Perfect Storm!

Well, winter has finally come to Massachusetts! Juno 2015 brought us over two feet of snow, and three snow days off from school last week. We spent the day of the storm safely tucked inside, playing games, cooking, making crafts, and napping. Once night had fallen, the storm had slowed down, and we’d put the kids to sleep, Kendra […]

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Harold Parker State Forest Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Harold Parker State Forest

Location: Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover, MA Date: January 25, 2015 Distance: 2.14 miles roundtrip Elevation Gain: 148 feet Our Hiking Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes roundtrip Trail Blaze: None Difficulty: Easy Trail Map Snow! We’ve looked at grass since Thanksgiving – our only snowstorm until this past weekend. With six inches of fresh powder on the […]

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Outdoor Families Magazine

Outdoor Families Magazine Launches January 15!

Outdoor Families Magazine, the brainchild of MommyHiker.com‘s Jennifer Fontaine, goes live at outdoorfamiliesonline.com on January 15th! I am so excited for the launch of this unbelievable project, which, according to Jennifer, “strives to enrich the lives of multi-generational families worldwide by providing unparalleled outdoor and adventure related content meant to inspire a connection to, participation in, […]

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