Gear Review: Kamik Kids Boots

Kamik is a brand based in Canada.  They've been around for over a 100 years and they know something about cold and wet. I've owned a pair of their Kamik Women's Jennifer Rain Boots and they have been great.  When I had to get new rain boots for the kids, I knew the quality would …

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Let Them Climb Trees…And Forgive Me While I Hold My Breath

Risky play is great for kids.  It helps build confidence and resilience, allows them to understand their bodies and stretch themselves. Climbing trees has been a preferred activity of children for decades.  Most of us grew up climbing trees at some point and I would bet our parents spent even more time in the branches.  …

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Gear Review: Kids Winter Boots

We were struggling to find appropriate footwear for winter. Our Wisconsin winters are typically at or near freezing, with lots of snow and ice.  I wanted to find boots that would keep their feet toasty while also providing protection against the elements. I've reviewed two of the most popular brands; Stonz & BOG Boots These …

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Winter Activities to Do Outside

Sometime when we are out of practice it can be hard to come up with things to dooutside especially when it's cold. Snow Activities Make Snowpeople Make Snow Animals Make Snow Angels Make Snow Forts Have Snowball Fight Snow Painting Make Maple Syrup Candy "Write" in the Snow Escape "Snow Monsters" Go Sledding Cross Country …

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Dressing Kids for Cold Weather

When it comes to cold weather; the best option is layers. Base Layer Thermal Long Underwear - Wool or silk is the best option although technical fabrics will do.  Cotton is NOT a good base layer.  You want a fabric that wicks away the sweat.  Once cotton gets wet, usually from running around and sweating, …

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#365Outside

I recently stumbled upon a blog The 365Outside Challenge.  It looks like it's no longer active but if you haven't checked it out, you should.  There are tons of resources and ideas for getting your family outside. The premise is to try to get outside for at least 20minutes everyday; no matter the weather.  It's …

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