Hi Adventure Moms! July marked the beginning of a new journey for my family...potty training!  As expected with any non-eager two year old, the first two weeks of potty training were filled with messes, tears and at-home happy hours for mom and dad. Luckily two weeks in we were able to go out to playgrounds, grocery stores and libraries.  I am now eager to make the next Read more

If you can make it past the 9 months of dark and frigid winter (well almost 9 months), you can find a wealth of fun and family friendly things to do in Minneapolis.  Even though I grew up in Minnesota, when I thought to bring my family and 2 year old to the city, I wasn't sure what to do.  Here were our top adventures: Read more

Google shows there is no shortage of articles and tips on how to stay safe while enjoying the natural world.  Even novice hikers know the basics, bring food, water and tell a friend where you are going.  As a previous wilderness therapist, I want to share a few enhancements to the safety checklist that don’t take up time and can bring peace of mind for Read more

Best Hiking Boots for Women: A Mom’s Take on Minimalist Footwear – Xero DayLite Hiking Boot Review No Comments

Best Hiking Boots for Women As a Colorado mom, it is common to transition from the grocery store and children's play dates to the outdoors.  Finding the right clothes and shoes to make the transition, while not looking grungy, can be challenging.  Luckily, Xero shoes provides an easy transition, without the clunkiness of an average hiking boot. Xero DayLite Hiking Boot Review Xero shoes is a brand that Read more

Using Nature to Address “Mom Guilt” a.k.a. Shame 1 Comment

“Mom guilt” is not an uncommon phrase and experience for new and experienced mothers.  You might be thinking, “I don’t need another commentary to tell me why I shouldn’t feel guilty,” and want to click away.  No offense taken. I was writing this post to address “mom guilt,” and then I remembered what one of my idols, Brene Brown says when comparing the definitions of shame Read more

Fueled Up for Adventure No Comments

While I am a daily coffee drinker, I have could easily be labeled as a boring coffee drinker.  I rarely notice different tastes in coffee, and don't go for the fancy coffee drinks because I am just drinking coffee for the caffeine.  Needless to say, my mundane routine involves waking up at 5:00, brewing drip coffee from my $12.00 Target coffee pot that I can Read more

Hike Recommendations for Families in the Colorado Front Range No Comments

Any adventurous families looking to go on a kid-friendly hike in the Colorado Front Range?  I am going to share my three favorite spots, close to Denver that are kid-friendly and easy to access.  There are many more hikes to choose from across our beautiful state.  For more ideas, you can see our dear friend from http://coloradomountainmom.com/ 1) Lair O' the Bear Park West of Morrison, CO is Read more

Tips for Happy Parents Hiking with Toddlers No Comments

The Difference 1 Year Makes Hello!  I am beyond excited to join the GAM team as an ambassador.  As a working mom, it can feel challenging to connect with other moms and get practical tips for getting outdoors across work, naps and meal times.  My daughter is turning 2 this week and during our hike this past weekend, I was reflecting on how different she is Read more