Why we love the Boise foothills – and why we’re not going there right now.

I just finished an article for the Boise Valley Economic Partnership about our foothills and the advantages of living and working in a city with such great trails so accessible to all. If you want to see my enthusiasm for our local trails (which the boys and I can walk to from our house), check…

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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: 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…

Six tips to teach your kids to ski

Have you taught your kids to ski? It can be daunting, especially if you’re just learning yourself. If you can get them started young, however, skiing becomes a part of their way of seeing the world and helps foster a love of the outdoors. At three, an age many ski schools recommend starting kids on…

Snap It Outdoors: Peer Pressure

Red’s friend received a new bike for Christmas, and was itching to take it out. Red, after a couple of weeks of a bad cold and coughing, was not keen to engage in anything like hard physical activity. Smalls was excited to get outside, but had never done this trail both ways without dropping his…

Why you should slow down and walk around with your kids

Yesterday we all jumped in the car ten minutes before the school bell was due to go, and it wouldn’t start. The battery had died, and no amount of furious turning of the key was changing anything. Luckily, we live barely a mile from the school, and although it was a chilly 28F, we could…

Fall Yard Clean Up – free e-book

In Boise we are deep in yard clean up right now – the leaves are falling faster than we can rake them! I love this time of year, but there’s a lot of work to be done putting the garden in order for the winter, and my husband and I don’t want to hire a…

Snap It Outdoors: Chores

It’s hard to get my kids to help with chores around the house. Isn’t that the same for everyone? There’s lots of grumbling, requests for cash in return for the work, and asking how many minutes they’ve been tidying for now. Show them some chores outdoors, however, and they’re all over it. We baked some…

Me Time: How to practice self-care as a busy mom

https://outdoorsmama.blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Me-Time_-How-to-Practice-Self-Care-as-a-Busy-Mom.png I read this great post on Facebook about self-care.  I’ve been thinking about writing something along these lines for a while, but I’ve been struggling with getting it down on paper.  Not enough time, maybe?! So start by reading the Facebook post, it says a lot of what I feel. There is a certain…