Mesa Verde National Park – Southwestern Colorado

If you're in the southwestern Colorado area and have the time, take a detour to on Highway 160 and between the towns of Mancos and Cortez, you'll see the exit for Mesa Verde National Park. It's a short drive from Durango, and if you're into amazing views, interesting history, and climbing ladders on the side of a cliff, then Mesa Verde National Park is a must see.   Mesa Verde National Park When you approach the park, you'll immediately see the visitor's center. It's a beautiful building … [Read more...]

Family Bikepacking | George S Mickelson Trail in South Dakota

Driving to Iowa over Easter weekend, I pulled out my laptop and started researching things to do in South Dakota. We planned to go over Memorial Day weekend and if it was anything like the last time we were there, we knew the chances for rain were pretty high, so our plans had to be flexible. After a quick search, I came across the George S. Mickelson Trail. Kurt and I quickly decided, this would be our first family bikepacking adventure, rain or shine. **This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

Track Your Adventures with the TomTom Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®. The opinions and texts are all mine. One of our travel goals is to visit the majority of the National Parks as a family. Individually, we’ve crossed quite a few off the list. My husband has summited Mount Rainier, I’ve taken a boat tour or two through the Everglades, together we’ve visited Glacier, Denali, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. As a family, we’ve made it to the Great Smoky Mountains. This winter we crossed another … [Read more...]

5 Hiking Tips for Women

This article, 5 Hiking Tips for Women is sponsored by Poise. In eight hours I will be loading into a car and driving in Glacier National Park to begin my backcountry hiking/camping adventure. In my backpack I have all the essentials: a sleeping bag, mattress pad, one-burner stove, rain gear and of course, food and water. I've also included a few items that some might consider non-essentials but I consider them very important for everyone's enjoyment of this trip. :) When you have to carry … [Read more...]

5 Beach Must Haves

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Figleaves.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You've finally done it. You booked the family vacation to the beach and now, you have no clue what to take with you. While I'm sure you can think of a million things you WANT to take, here are 5 beach must haves. Sunscreen Technically you shouldn't wait until summer to start … [Read more...]

Mountain Biking in Kansas – Millers Meadow

No, that wasn't a typo. There is mountain biking in Kansas. It may not be on real mountains like my Colorado friends seem to remind me, but really, that's just a technicality. The reality is if you live in South Central Kansas, you can get some fun rides in without having to travel out of the state. Let me put this out here: by no means am I an expert at mountain biking. I am a runner who has finally accepted the fact that I need to cross-train. In 100% disclosure, as I type this post, … [Read more...]

Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Update

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We have plants! In all my years of having a garden, this is the first year that I've done everything in pots. In an attempt to keep my black lab from eating my plants, everything I grow this year will come out of an orange colored pot. My daughter had been learning about growing plants at school so we decided to continue the learning process at home. We had attempted to grow some … [Read more...]

TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  promoting the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #TruGreen #MC Don't judge. I'm about to show you pictures of my yard. Now, I'm going to give you another disclaimer (in addition to the one above the FTC makes me add): I'm renting. So, it's kind of hard to invest money into beautifying my yard, when it's not really "my" yard. But at the same time, driving up to … [Read more...]

Grow Your Own Food with Scotts Gro-ables

This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing my own food is pretty important to me. If I had my choice, my backyard would be set up with square foot gardens and I'd never have to buy product at the grocery store. Unfortunately, aside from being awesome at growing cherry tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, I struggle with other vegetables. Yellow squash? I get pretty flowers but that's about it. Strawberries? I don't even bother anymore and I've never tried any greens. … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing Gear

Last month I spent a weekend snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had so many people ask me questions about preparing for my trip, that I thought I would dedicate a post to it. It may seem kind of simple at first but depending on the length of the hike, the conditions and of course, YOUR conditioning, you want to be prepared. Snowshoes First and foremost, you need snowshoes. You can rent them, borrow them from a friend or venture out to your local outdoor store and purchase a … [Read more...]