getting outdoors with kids

Top 5 things you need on your next hiking adventure

Top 5 things you need on your next hiking adventure

When we go hiking, its important we have the right gear to get us through. There is nothing like getting on the trail and not having what you want or what you need to break the mood pretty quickly. Let’s go over some of the items that are most important. Not just for emergency purposes but just the essentials as well.

Forget Valentines Day, couple adventures are all the rage

Forget Valentines Day, couple adventures are all the rage

Never, do we ever celebrate (what we consider to be) lame holidays. Holidays that were brought on by greeting card companies and not by history or religion. Holidays that require you to buy a present and “celebrate” for no good reason. Valentine’s Day is just that for us. We don’t believe that you have to buy a present once a year to show a person you care. Furthermore, we don’t want to spend the money.

Breaking the technology habit starts with you

More and more often these are becoming “bad” words when you talk about parenting. You see kids glued to screens and the memes about Fortnite. Pediatricians and teachers are encouraging less screen time and more play time. It’s easy to feel the parent guilt for the days when you just need that time when you can get things accomplished and the electronics come out. I am as guilty as the rest of them. (Working from home is hard!)

Our 25 Tech Free Ways to Enjoy the Fall Season with Kids

It's early September here in the mountains of Colorado and the cool air of Autumn has begun to creep in. The first kiss of fall is starting to show on the aspen trees and our chacos are slowly being replaced by rain boots and wool socks. As the earth begins its big descend into the colder months, it is easy to want to turn inward and prepare to hibernate yourself. Motivation for outdoor adventure can lag as warm, cozy blankets begin calling your name. This, coupled with the increase in gear it takes

Making the memories we want to remember

Hi! I'm Courtney! I'm a Taurus and love long walks in the rain, but that's probably not helpful. I am a wife to an amazing guy and a mama to seven. I am an Alaskan living in Northern California and adventuring runs in my blood, though maybe you could guess that by the fact that I have an army of kids. It's sink or swim up in this joint, so it's safe to say it's never boring around here. 

Why I'm an Outdoors Mama: How I get the kids outside, and reap the rewards all day

Why I'm an Outdoors Mama: How I get the kids outside, and reap the rewards all day

I was inspired to start my blog, Outdoors Mama, because I love to spend time outside with my boys, and I definitely see the benefits for them, not just in the moments we are outside, but infused all through our days and lives. When friends saw our Instagram photos of hiking or biking, they'd often say, "I'd love to do that with my kids more, but it looks so hard. I don't know how to get started."  And that gave me my mission.