Three Tips for Family Stargazing Fun

It’s time to power up for summer fun and outdoor adventures. Have you tried family stargazing? My kids are obsessed with planets, stars, and solar systems and summer is the perfect time to stay up late and watch the night sky.

Follow these three tips for a great family stargazing experience.

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Mountain Mom and Tots Monthly Outdoor Challenge

Happy New Year! What will your 2017 bring? If you made a goal to get outdoors more in 2017, you’re in luck! That’s my 2017 goal too. I wouldn’t call it a resolution because I don’t believe in those. Instead I’m thinking of it as an outdoor hobby of the month. A monthly outdoor challenge that will encourage me and my kids to get outdoors. Will you join me? There are PRIZES involved!

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Summer’s End Seeking Adventure Photo Journal

It’s always bittersweet when seasons change. Summer is all fun, sun, play, and outdoor adventures Once fall hits it’s school, chill and structured responsibilities. This year in order to hold on to summer just a bit longer I partnered with four other outdoor family bloggers to share some of your summer adventures. 

Jennifer at Hiking Along sent me the first #seekingadventure shot. But there are so many more to see at The Kid Project, Adventure Tykes and Play Outside Guide. Enjoy this montage of photos that fit the theme: Seeking Adventure. Hopefully they inspire you as much as they did me.
Climbing volcanic rocks during low tide on the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. Photo by Jennifer Chambers at
Wall Lake, Utah

Up at first light swinging among the pines. Photo by Amy Beatty.

Hiking near Tony Grove, Logan, UT.

Washington Lake, High Uintas, Utah

Kissing on the ice on Bow Glacier in Banff National Park, Canada. Photo from
Bear marks in Unita National Forest.
Climbing toward water
Mountains, Trees and Sky
The view from the top of Park City Mountain Resort. Photo by Kimberly Christensen
The sun reflecting off the Puget Sound. Photo by Carrie Strayer

Want to know my favorite #seekingadventure photo? You’ll have to head over to Play Outside Guide to find out! 


Camp Cooking Week and Summer Snapshots Photo Essay

Next week is big around here with two big promotions on Mountain Mom and Tots. Here’s what we have planned!

1. Camp Cooking week – Just in time for your outdoor meals on Labor Day! Mountain Mom and Tots will be trying as many outdoor cooking techniques as we can and posting recipes and tips each day from September 1 through September 7, 2015.

Have you ever wanted to try dutch oven cooking, roasting over a fire, or solar cooking? We’ll be checking them out for you so you’ll have all the info you need. Plus we’re working on a giveaway for one lucky reader at the end of the week. Stay tuned.

2. Summer Snapshots Photo Essay. This year Mountain Mom and Tots is participating in an multi blogger photo essay and we need your help. Do you have a family photo that embodies the theme Seeking Adventure? What was your best summer adventure? 

Join Play Outside Guide, Kid Project, AdventureTykes, and Hiking Along in this end of summer photo celebration.

Share your photo on instagram or twitter and be sure to tag @mountainmomtots and add #seekingadventure.

Don’t have instagram or twitter accounts? No problem, just email me at to be included. Photos must be submitted by September 7th and will be posted September 9, 2015.