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Monday, January 19, 2015

Motherhood Moments: Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Choosing to be an active outdoor parent is tough sometimes (just read here about skiing with little g). I'm starting my eighth month of pregnancy and every day I feel it more and more. Simple actions like putting on shoes and picking something up off the floor are now accompanied by sighs and grunts of exertion. 

So you can imagine how hard it is to motivate myself to bundle Big E, little g and myself in snow clothes and traipse through the snow. It sounds like a lot of work but, like exercise or healthy living, I know I will feel better after I make the effort. Being outdoors lifts my mood every time, even if it's just for a few minutes every day.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Outdoor Families Magazine Launch and Photo Contest

This is the week! The time we've all been waiting for! 

I'm proud to announce the arrival of a great now resource for outdoor families. Outdoor Families Magazine is an online monthly magazine with great tips, destinations and information for all those outdoor families out there. The free digital magazine officially launches Thursday January 15, 2015 at It's for all families interested in getting outside and promises to "provide unparalleled adventure inspire a connection to the...natural world."

I've had the opportunity to meet with the founders of OFO virtually and in person and I can assure you they are committed to sharing their family outdoor experiences in order to make the wilderness more accessible for everyone.

To celebrate the launch of the new magazine Outdoor Families Online is holding The Great Family Adventure Photo Contest. Prizes for the Great Family Adventure Photo Contest include a family vacation to Oxnard California, Hiking Boots from Hi-Tec, and a $100 gift card from Sierra Trading Post. I know I'm not the only one with family vacation photos that are worth sharing. Now's the chance to share and win.

Friday, January 9, 2015

January is Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month!

If you've ever wanted to learn to ski or snowboard now's your chance! January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and several Utah ski resorts are offering beginner deals including a $45 lesson, rental and lift ticket package from Brighton Resort.
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When I first learned to snowboard it was through Brighton's Ladies' Day clinic. I signed up for the four week course with a bit of a rebellious attitude. Mountain Dad and I had been trying to get pregnant with no luck. "Fine," I thought. "If I can't be a mom I'll do something else I've always wanted to do." Thus started my love of downhill snow sports.

Now, years later, I'm in the opposite position. At seven months pregnant, skiing and snowboarding black diamonds is definitely not happening. However, I want my tots to feel the joy of speeding down the mountain, the wind in their hair and a smile on their faces so I decided I'd put on my skis for a little ride in the tow rope area. (I really hope my doctor, mother, and sister aren't reading this).

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Motherhood Moments: Here Comes 2015!

2014 was a great year to be outdoors and I'm sure 2015 will be too. Part of the fun of New Years for me is thinking ahead at who I want to be in the coming year, how I want to change and what I can do to make that change happen.

I'm not planning to run an iron man or travel to all seven continents this year but I would like to push myself to experience the outdoors in different ways. Kid friendly ways. I'd like to participate in an outdoors service project. See how far little g can hike on her own. Teach Big E to ride a bike without training wheels. Get both of my kids out on skis at least once a week throughout the season. My goals may not be huge but they're important to our family. Being outdoors improves my mood, helps us all get some exercise and makes me more grateful for the world around me.


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