Show me a photo I’m in from the last couple of years and my mind will sort it into one of two categroies- “pre-pandemic” or “during pandemic.” NPR recently asked for photos submissions of the last photo on your phone pre-pandemic and the first photo after COVID. Show me a photo I’m in from the […]Read More The Befores and Afters
Best Blister-Free Hiking or Running SocksWrightsock makes a true double layer sock that’s surprisingly light and breathable and seamlessly prevents blisters. Their kids style comes in XS and is one of the most technical socks you’ll find for feet that small- down to a toddler’s shoe size 6! Women’s, men’s and kids styles come in […]Read More 10 Made in the USA Outdoor Gear Gifts for Kids and Adults!
Kae’s backcountry meal plans LOVES a large shopping trip, though usually we are dehydrating the veggies instead of buying in cans and frozen! We just adopted some of our favorite camping recipes to help you long term shop during a pandemic. Most meals are vegetarian or easily could be and nothing on here should be […]Read More Kae’s Backcountry Meal Plans 2 Week (Veggie or Omnivore) Pandemic Meal Plan
House. Car. Job. Baby. Pregnancy. Significant other. Church. Camp. Community. School. Day care. Neighborhood… Blankie?! Try telling that to the toddler who can’t find their blankie at bedtime! It’s human nature to try to find something “positive” to say when we know someone facing a loss, and sometimes what we say can unintentionally invalidate what […]Read More You Can Always Find /Have/ Get Another…
This January, I stared at my calendar and thought- “I can’t do this.” This will astonish anyone who knows that I thrive in a culture where 6 or 7 day workweeks and working doubles (two jobs in one day) are the norm. (Aka a seasonal work environment where wages are low and this is necessitated). […]Read More No one’s going to applaud you for saying “NO,” but they should
My years, my husband has sworn that the now-trendy insulated Kinco gloves are, hands down, the best ski hand wear. Now that hey are trendy, he also swears that he was wearing them before they were cool, obviously he’s just a trend-setter. He’s also been trying to convince me of this for years. But mittens, with […]Read More Less is More?
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, shines a positive light on some of Wal-Mart’s business practices in his book The Responsible Business. Surprising, for this box store that gets such a bad rap in mainstream liberal circles to get a shout out from such an ethically-minded businessman. Perhaps it’s time to to reconsider any snobbery you’ve […]Read More The One Thing I’ll Never Buy From Patagonia Again
I’m a sucker for cute woodland animals (ok, and prehistoric animals, too). I think I’m not alone (though perhaps I am in my age bracket) as I’ve seen lots of prints lately with cartoon foxes, raccoons, rabbits, bears, moose, squirrel, hedgehogs…and tipis. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe most of the aforementioned […]Read More Can we stop with the tipis?
When it comes to pregnancy, fertility, and life in general, there are lots of surprises. Some of us our surprised by how difficult it is to get or stay pregnant, others come up against the opposite. Sarah Brown, an elite runner in the midst of training for the Rio Olympics, found out she was expecting […]Read More A Tale of Two Runners
I consider myself a professional at putting other people’s kids to sleep. For an entire school year, I worked at the most amazing magnet school of the Houston public school district, the Outdoor Education Center at Camp Olympia. Every week, Tuesday- Friday night, I would sleep in a cabin full of 10-12 fifth grade girls. […]Read More Arts and Crafts and Other Ways to Tame Insomnia Like a Camp Counselor