Outdoor Baby Store

Owned and operated by Kati Rouse, their mission is simple: to provide quality kids outdoor gear and clothing, so that families can enjoy the outdoors TOGETHER.   Here is her story: I have always loved the outdoors–hiking, rock climbing, skiing, biking. Ran track and cross country in high school and college. I worked as an…

REI Squirt hydration system

Mixed bag… Product features: Zippered main compartment, zippered small front pocket, mesh pocket interior for 1 liter hydration reservoir, mesh side pockets, reflective piping and 1 liter hydration reservoir with bite valve. We got one of these for my daughter’s birthday and overall I have mixed feelings about it.  It is great for hiking, with…

Is all fleece created equal?

Fleece is everywhere.  From cheap fleece pajamas from Target to Performance Fleece from Old Navy to higher priced fleece from say North Face, REI, or Patagonia.  But are they equal?  Will cheap do just as good as the most expensive versions? Fleece is my fabric of choice for layering my kids at night camping.  Also…

Pre-made Breakfast Burritoes

A camping breakfast REVOLUTION! Earlier, Hilary Lowe posted an awesome recipe for Easy Breakfast Burritos. Here is another one thanks to Jen Dekorte!  The key points being pre-made and wrapped in foil. Any recipe would probably be great. No prep on those cold camping mornings when it is struggle just to get out of your…

Bugs and Bandanas

We encountered a new kind of mutant mosquito this weekend.  The kind that can sniff out the one square inch of skin that doesn’t have repellent on it, and bite… Maybe you’ve met them before. They bit through clothing.  They flew up pant legs.  But most of all they like to bite your scalp and…

Southwest Salad

I simply had to share this recipe!  It is quickly becoming our favorite.  Keep chilled in a cooler for a great camping salad or accompany with Tortilla Chips as a snack. 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 tin of black beans, drained and rinsed 1 tin of kernel corn, drained 1/3 cup diced red onion…

The Froggy Potty

One small trick we learned for toddlers is to bring our little training potty – known as the Froggy Potty in our household, with on any camping trips.  A great addition for those toddlers recently potty trained and unable to hold it the 5 minute walk to the outhouse.  Or say the kids terrified by…

The Beco II Butterfly-A Must Have

We have three kids. But the number of kid transportation devices we have is simply ridiculous. We have had: an umbrella stroller, a single jogger and a double jogger, a double sit/stand stroller, two bike trailers, a co-pilot bike seat (kind that mounts behind), a Bjorn, a REI framed kid backpack complete with Camelbak pouch…