Why I want to be bike ready, not bikini ready.

As I slogged up the hills on my first mountain bike ride of the season, sweating, panting, and seriously in doubt about whether I would make it home again, I reflected on how out of shape I was. Spring had most definitely sprung in Boise, and it was already in the 50’s at 9 in…

water table clean-up and fun in one!

If like us, spring has caught you unaware, you may be looking around your yard, wishing you had stored the outdoors toys better. Never fear, I have an easy clean-up hack that will keep your kids busy and entertained, and allow you to bring out the toys to play with today. We had a fun,…

International Polar Bear Day is here!

Did you know it’s International Polar Bear Day today? If you’re like me, you often find out about these special days when it’s too late to prepare! Last year I wrote a blog post about it, which you can find here, with lots of ideas for crafts you can make last minute, plus a Thermostat…

Snap It Outdoors: Failure

Red is a perfectionist.  He is cleverer than clever, and that means his brain is a bit of a runaway train. The reality rarely matches the amazing visual he’d created in his head, and that can lead to anger and frustration when projects don’t pan out as he had planned them. On the chairlift this…

Make an easy DIY bird feeder with your kids

With a sudden cold snap, we woke to snow on the ground. It’s been a warmer winter than we’ve been used o the last few years, and the boys were excited at the extra dusting on the ground. It didn’t take long to notice what was missing, though. The sound of the birds in our…

Do you have a family outdoor resolution this year?

Now that I’m an adult, I can also connect it to my understanding that hard things are worth doing. You don’t get that view without slogging it to the top, and you don’t get that deep connection with the world and people around you without spending the time immersed in that experience. Which means sharing the stunning and the mundane, the scary and the exhilarating.

Snap It Outdoors: Feel It

When you are 3, there’s a lot to learn. And one of the first ways you learn is by touching something. We had talked about the number of rings on the cottonwood stump and that we could count them to find out how old the tree was (answer; we gave up, that was a pretty…

Snap It Outdoors: Trail Kindness

I had a great hike without the family this morning. I’ve had a weekend off to recharge and catch up on work. I headed out for an early morning hike before staring at a computer for the rest of the day. It was busy because we’re in the season where the trails are hard and…