Review: Small Feet, Big Land by Erin McKittrick

Mother of two small children and wearer of many hats, including conservationist and environmental consultant, McKittrick is no stranger to the balance of parenthood, adventure, work and all the “other stuff” in life. And this woman takes on big adventures, such as long distance backpacking expeditions, including a few with not one, but two very small children in tow. Check out my review of her book, “Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home and Family on the Edge of Alaska.”

Thankful for #OutdoorFamilies Instagram Contest

Sometimes the right gear is all you need to make the most of your time outside with your family.

Well, here’s your chance to win some sweet prizes ($2500 worth!) – from a baby carrier cover to mittens, baby skates and gift cards! Ten bloggers have teamed up to bring you the #OutdoorFamilies giveaway on Instagram! To enter, simply share a picture of you and your family doing an outdoor activity on Instagram and use the hashtags #outdoorfamilies and #thankfulforfamilies. Be sure to check out the full contest rules at the bottom of this post.

Contest runs from November 19-26, 2013.

Review and Giveaway: Kowalli Baby Carrier Cover and SnuggleBoots

Any baby-wearing parent living in a cooler climate knows that dressing for the cold can be a challenge. Put the jacket on under the carrier or over? Dress the baby warmly, or use a blanket? Front-of-mind is the fact that the baby’s torso will be warm against a parent’s body, but the backside is exposed. Some carriers are better at cutting through wind and cold than others, but for the most part do not provide insulation.
So, when Kowalli asked me to try out their baby carrier cover, I was definitely game. And with some hikes planned for the fall, I asked them to throw in a pair of SnuggleBoots, too. Booties “designed to stay on baby’s feet” (according to their website)? Heck, yeah, I’ll try them.

Here’s what I discovered about these products (stay tuned for the giveaway at the end!).