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9 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Pregnant Woman…and What to Say Instead!

9 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Pregnant Woman…and What to Say Instead!

To some, these may seem obvious…but after one completed pregnancy, and another almost 2/3 of the way through (not to mention plenty of friends that have been pregnant), I can assure you that these statements are in fact used on a regular basis.  I’ve heard all of them…more than once.  So if you encounter a mama-to-be on a regular basis (or just see one on the street), read on.  DISCLOSURE:  This post may very likely be wildly influenced by pregnancy hormones, so take it with a grain of salt   1.  “Are you sure there’s not more than one in…Read the rest of this entry →

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An All-Weather Gift Guide for All-Year Adventures!

An All-Weather Gift Guide for All-Year Adventures!

It might not even be Thanksgiving yet, but I’d be willing to bet that a lot of you have already started your holiday shopping.  You can really never start too early, as many times finding the perfect gift for someone you love can be quite difficult.  My husband’s family tries to make this easier on every one via a “Christmas List.”  Not just for kiddos around here, we all jot down a few items in varying price ranges and share them with each other.  While going rogue and purchasing something NOT on the list is certainly acceptable, the list is…Read the rest of this entry →

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Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Reusable Snack Bags Tutorial

Last week I posted about greener packaging options for food, whether it be in a lunchbox or on the trail.  One of the ideas that got the most feedback were the homemade fabric bags I made to replace all the ziploc bags we were using on climbing/camping trips.  I had several requests for directions on how to make them, and since I certainly don’t plan on selling them, I’m happy to provide you with the “pattern” I went by.  FYI, I use the term “pattern” pretty loosely, as I’m not sure I’ve ever followed an ACTUAL sewing pattern all the…Read the rest of this entry →

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Greener Packaging Options for Food Storage (and GIVEAWAY!)

Greener Packaging Options for Food Storage (and GIVEAWAY!)

Back in mid-August, I wrote a post entitled “8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches,” with the hopes that it would provide families with a few fresh ideas for maximizing nutrition and minimizing empty calories during the school day.  Most of the ideas also happened to be more eco-friendly as well – but why stop at just the foods you eat when it comes to having a greener lifestyle?  The way those foods are stored can be just as important to the environment (as well as for your health!)  So here’s a few tips for “greening up” your food when…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Surprising Revelation About Running

A Surprising Revelation About Running

Now that cooler temps are here, I’ve come to a realization that perhaps I enjoy running more than I initially thought.  I’ve said before on this blog that I’ve never considered myself a “runner.”  I did a half-marathon once, a long time ago, but it wasn’t pretty – I was consistently running 15 miles or so per WEEK and found out about the local race two weeks prior.  Obviously, I was very ill-prepared and while I did in fact make it across the finish line, I was so sore I couldn’t walk for a week afterwards.  Not the smartest of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Crag-Kiddo’s First Wedding (and Other Shenanigans at Natural Bridge, VA)

Crag-Kiddo’s First Wedding (and Other Shenanigans at Natural Bridge, VA)

The prelude for this weekend might have started last weekend at the Obed when the groom-to-be came home a day early due to a possible chip fracture in his wrist, after the bride-to-be specifically told me to bring him back unharmed.  (In my defense, he brought it on himself – when I informed him of my charge to keep him unscathed, he laughed and said, “Yeah, I don’t usually get hurt though.”)  For C, this story started several weeks ago when I took him to the mall to find a dress shirt and he had the biggest meltdown I have…Read the rest of this entry →

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Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Campsite Cooking (For Those Who Hate to Cook…)

Our family climbs a lot.  And when we climb, we usually camp.  And also eat…a LOT.   In fact, one of my favorite parts of a climbing weekend is sitting around a fire at the end of the day with my family and friends – bellies full of food and hearts full of laughter as we retell highlights from the day’s antics.  But this post is not about hallmark-card sentiments, it’s about food!  So let’s get to the meat and potatoes of the matter…(sorry I couldn’t resist ) First of all, let me preface by saying that by no means…Read the rest of this entry →

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1st Trimester Update – The Secret Weeks

1st Trimester Update – The Secret Weeks

I suppose in some ways, even “planned” babies are still a surprise…We’d been in the “not TRYING but not NOT trying” stage since the spring, so seeing two lines on a pregnancy test shouldn’t have been such a shock.  But I probably stared at those test results in utter disbelief before walking out of the bathroom and putting my harness  on (because of course I’d stopped to pick up a test on my way to the climbing gym…and then of course I couldn’t wait til I got home to take it…)  I won’t lie, my initial reaction involved a lot…Read the rest of this entry →

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8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

8 Tips for Greener, Healthier School Lunches (and GIVEAWAYS!)

It’s back to school time!  Whether you’re anxiously anticipating, or dreading the day, it’s coming soon!  And with a new school year comes a new opportunity to educate your children about healthy lifestyles.  Whether your just looking to expand your repertoire in your already healthy-eater’s lunchbox, or need some ideas for your picky processed food lover, here are some strategies for maximizing nutrition and minimizing empty calories and waste.  1.  REUSABLE WATER BOTTLES:  Keeping your student hydrated is essential for brain function and concentration.  According to Registered Dietitian Kate Geagan, even just 2% dehydration can leave your child feeling sluggish!…Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Essentials for Eas(ier) Family Road-Trippin’

5 Essentials for Eas(ier) Family Road-Trippin’

The following piece was adapted from a piece I wrote for another site several weeks ago, but with those last fleeting weeks of summer on the horizon, it seemed relevant to post here for families looking to do one more trip before school starts!  Not to mention, Diono has offered to sponsor a giveaway of not one, but TWO of the items featured on the gear list!  So get comfortable and read on… Ah, the family road trip.  There’s nothing like an 8 hour car ride to get your family vacation started on the right (or wrong) foot!  If your adventuring…Read the rest of this entry →

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Planning a Family Beach Trip

Planning a Family Beach Trip

 If you were wondering about the lack of posting from last week, I had good reason – we spent the whole week at Sunset Beach with my hubby’s extended family!  And after a week of sun, sea, and sand, I realized that a lot of our logistics were learned by trial-and-error over the past few years.  But for those of you just venturing into the “beach with kids” phase of your life, here’s a few strategies that might prove useful when it comes to planning… CHOOSE YOUR VACATION PARTNERS –  This could be a make or break factor, so think…Read the rest of this entry →

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Being Patient with Toddler Fears…

Being Patient with Toddler Fears…

 Sometimes fear happens because of a traumatic event, such as a scary fall, or otherwise bad experience.  But other times fear can creep in without warning and show up suddenly – like at the first swim lesson of the summer for your 3 year old! Let me back up a bit first – as a 2 year old last year my son knew no fear in the water.  Dunking himself underwater, cackling with laughter as his Daddy tossed him high into the air, and gleefully jumping super man style into the water (with my outstretched arms close by, of course!) …Read the rest of this entry →

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Cragmama T-Shirts Are Here!!!!!

Cragmama T-Shirts Are Here!!!!!

It’s official – the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  (Well, I suppose that might be a little strong…but hopefully a few of you have been at least looking forward to it?)  After I got a lot of positive feedback from various social media outlets, along with some good old-fashioned word of mouth, I decided to move forward with the Cragmama t-shirt idea.  The idea was first planted in my head by David Lithman, owner of Adayak, an online clothing company specializing in outdoor lifestyle wear.  The goal at Adayak (a combination of the words “adventure” and “kayak”) is “to…Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Ways to Have Fun With Strawberries This Season!

5 Ways to Have Fun With Strawberries This Season!

Strawberry season is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year.  A bucket overflowing with plump, juicy red strawberries held triumphantly by a toddler with red-stained hands and face is a joyful image indeed!  And now that the season is upon us, I thought it would be fitting to share a few of our family’s favorite strawberry-related activities… PICK YOUR OWN:  Growing up I can remember every year driving to the local farm with my mom, often several nights per week, all throughout the month of May.  We’d pick 4, eat 2, then drop the rest in…Read the rest of this entry →

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15 Simple Ways Your Family Can Go Greener…

15 Simple Ways Your Family Can Go Greener…

In case you didn’t know it, today is EARTH DAY!  Today (and on every April 22nd since 1970), there will be thousands of environmental awareness events going on in communities worldwide.  Schools, libraries, workplaces, and parks will be buzzing with festivals, workshops, and eco-friendly activities geared towards promoting education about environmental issues.  For our family, it’s a good reminder to reevaluate the efforts our family has (or has not) been making to protect the earth for the past year.   Why is the message of environmental stewardship important for families?  On a personal, spiritual level, I believe that one of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Why You Should Let Your Kids Run Around Barefoot…

Why You Should Let Your Kids Run Around Barefoot…

“It’s fluffy Mommy!”, announced C excitedly, as he danced and jumped around in the soft, tickly grass in our backyard.  Those first few barefoot days of spring are priceless – reconnecting us with the earth in the last gasps of winter.  For our family, footwear has always been optional in warm weather.  It’s not like we’re dirty hippies - we wear shoes to church, school, and the grocery store.  But shoes are the first to come off when we arrive back home, both inside and out when the weather is warm.  I’ll be honest, for us it’s always just been a comfort thing – who doesn’t…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Trip to the Zoo!

A Trip to the Zoo!

“I saw an alligator.  He was sleepytime and he did NOT say RAWR!”  Just one of the many snippets of conversation I overheard between my toddler and and a random woman sitting beside us on the tram.  It all started when she asked him if he was having fun at the zoo…she then got a full dissertation on every animal we’d seen so far that day.  I kept my mouth shut and just listened to his renditions of our experience, as his perspective is always fascinating.  He informed her that the baboons had pink-bottoms, the elephants have dirty ears, and that he saw camels…Read the rest of this entry →

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Running For Rock Climbers Series #1: Why It’s a Good Idea

Running For Rock Climbers Series #1: Why It’s a Good Idea

Just like not everyone who climbs is a “climber,” not every one who runs is a “runner,” and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the  former, not the latter!  And while most people probably can guess that rock climbing is great exercise, it’s not all-inclusive, so for me running has always played a smaller but very  consistent role in filling in the “gaps” in my fitness regimen.  I run 3 or 4 days a week outside, year round, generally not on the same days that I climb.  I do not run far, nor do I run particularly fast – usually around 3.5 miles…Read the rest of this entry →

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Birdseed Wreath: Wintry Decor for your Feathered Friends!

Birdseed Wreath: Wintry Decor for your Feathered Friends!

Just before Christmas I wrote about “5 Homemade Ornament Ideas for Outdoor Trees.”  Most of the ideas also doubled as a holiday treat for the birds and squirrels (or in our case…deer.)  One of the ideas listed was a Birdseed Wreath, and at the time I posted we hadn’t had a chance to make one yet.  Well, eventually we got around to it, and after a lot of trial and error experimenting with various online “recipes,” we ended up with a beautiful wreath that was too awesome not to share!  In fact, it was so simple (once we figured it…Read the rest of this entry →

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Surviving a Toddler’s First Overnighter

Surviving a Toddler’s First Overnighter

This post could just have easily been titled “Surviving a MOMMY’s First Overnighter,” because I feel like this milestone was just as hard for me, if not more so!  As many of you know, my husband and I just recently took our very first trip away from Cragbaby last week…and since our family never does anything halfway, we decided to spend it enjoying the sandstone of Red Rock Canyon, just 30 miles outside of Las Vegas!  (Stay tuned for the trip recap in a couple of days…) We did a lot of different things to prepare C for our time…Read the rest of this entry →

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Sandbox Safety 101

Sandbox Safety 101

We had an incident just recently that prompted me to write yet another post about safe outdoor play in the backyard.  But unlike my last safety post, this one doesn’t have anything to do with creepy-crawlies (cue sighs of relief from a select few, my mother included…).  Nope, today’s warnings are related to a source generally seen as much more benign than snakes – but ironically it caused a lot more problems! You see, we had a bit of a “sand emergency” the other day.  Cragbaby and I were sitting outside at the sandbox, enjoying a few peaceful moments of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Safety with Snakes and Curious Toddlers

Safety with Snakes and Curious Toddlers

“I see a snake Mommy.” This was the rather nonchalant announcement from Cragbaby the other morning while we were working in the garden.  I looked up to see a brown, slithery friend sunning himself on a rock.  He was maybe a foot long, with a diameter similar to my index finger at his thickest point.  He was motionless, and his body had obviously not warmed up enough to make a fast getaway.  Either that, or he had never encountered a curious toddler.  My guess is that the next time he sees C coming he’ll summon up enough energy to make…Read the rest of this entry →

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5 Ways Pumpkin Season Can Last Past Halloween

5 Ways Pumpkin Season Can Last Past Halloween

Just because there are no more skeletons donning your front door, or giant faux cobwebs draped across your bushes, doesn’t mean all the pumpkin fun has to end just yet.  There are all sorts of ways you can prolong your enjoyment of the bright, orange friend that has been faithfully guarding your doorstep for the past few weeks.  Here’s just a few… 1.  ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS – This is by far the yummiest way to enjoy your jack-o-lantern once the trick or treat festivities are over.  But if you’re household is anything like mine, the seeds will get scarfed up…Read the rest of this entry →

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Tenaya Shoe Demo and Family Craggin’ Program

Tenaya Shoe Demo and Family Craggin’ Program

 A couple of weekends ago we got the chance to head back to our oldie (but a goodie) climbing gym – Triangle Rock Club!  Although we came up Saturday afternoon to get in a little climb time with some dear friends, the main events were scheduled back to back on Sunday – a Tenaya Shoe Demo, and a Family Craggin’ Workshop.   For those of you non-climbers out there, a “shoe demo” is just like it sounds – it’s a chance for Tenaya to “demonstrate” what their shoes can do.  For three hours only, the entire fleet of Tenaya shoes…Read the rest of this entry →

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Pumpkin Patch on a Shoestring Budget

Pumpkin Patch on a Shoestring Budget

Autumn is one of those times where almost every day seems to bring perfect weather for being outside.  And not only does it feel good to BE outside, there are loads of fun things to DO outside this time of year!  And the one thing that almost all families look for once the leaves start to change is a PUMPKIN PATCH!  As a former elementary school teacher, I’ve actually been to my fair share and then some of pumpkin patches over the years – and I can firmly state that all pumpkin patches are NOT created equal! Most are pretty good…Read the rest of this entry →

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8 Tips for a Happy AND Healthy Halloween (and a GIVEAWAY from Clif Kid!)

8 Tips for a Happy AND Healthy Halloween (and a GIVEAWAY from Clif Kid!)

Halloween is certainly a unique time of year.  When else can you get away with burying a plastic spider in the doughnut box at work, or walk around the neighborhood dressed like your Freudian fantasy of choice?  For many, Halloween represents a time of carefree fun and indulgence…but if you’re not careful, all those treats can add up to a few nasty tricks.  In the short-term, these tricks can manifest themselves on the scale or at the dentist, which may or may not be that detrimental, depending on the person.  However, in the long-term, how your family handles Halloween can…Read the rest of this entry →

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Road-Trippin’ with a Toddler – 10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity

Road-Trippin’ with a Toddler – 10 Tips for Keeping Your Sanity

Unless you are lucky enough to have a world class climbing/hiking/camping destination in your backyard, odds are good that “getting there” (and back) will make up a significant portion of your itinerary.  This post is the toddler version of a post I wrote a year ago entitled “Making your Cragbaby a Good Car-baby.”  Back then Cragbaby was not quite 18 months…and now he’s a giant (comparatively) two and a half year old with bundles of energy oozing out of every part of him!  In some ways, car rides are easier now – he’s older and can entertain himself for longer.…Read the rest of this entry →

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3 Ideas for Preserving Family Beach Memories

3 Ideas for Preserving Family Beach Memories

In a previous post about our family’s beach trip this past summer, I mentioned that we brought a few seashells home with us.  Well that might have been an understatement considering that our stash still has leftovers after multiple craft projects and some garden accents.  I had initially wanted to wait until we had used up all of our seashells to post, but what with school starting and the perfect fall weather we’ve been having, it makes more sense to put indoor craft time on the back burner for a little while.  (Holiday gift ideas, anyone?)  That being said, all 3…Read the rest of this entry →

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Messy Marvins Art Camp: Indoor Fun!

Messy Marvins Art Camp:  Indoor Fun!

Every now and then Cragbaby and I do play inside. A couple of weeks ago C spent a week at Messy Marvins Art Camp at The Art Room, a kids art studio in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte.  The best part for Cragbaby was that he got to get messy with one of his favorite people, Miss Liz.  The best part for me was that it was a drop-off class – which meant I got to play the role of brooding, introspective writer at a coffee shop in the mornings – and it was pretty well-timed actually since my guidebook…Read the rest of this entry →

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Climbing Rules! …and Regulations

Climbing Rules! …and Regulations

  Recently I was asked about how our family handles Cragbaby’s enthusiastic climbing skills in and around the house – and more specifically, in areas that aren’t safe to practice heel-hooks and fist jams.  In non-climbing families, its probably easiest to implement a few hard and fast rules.  For example – NO CLIMBING.  For obvious reasons that mixed message would cause a lot of confusion in our house.  Though we are definitely learning as we go, here are a few concepts that have proved to be helpful for us – by all means they aren’t gospel, and I am very interested…Read the rest of this entry →

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Guest Post: Backcountry Babes and Betties

Guest Post:  Backcountry Babes and Betties

 A while back I got a chance to “cyber-meet” Heather Kern, the founder of Backcountry Babes and Betties, a meet-up group for Seattle women to get outside together and play – moms and non-moms, young and old, lifelong athletes and ladies just getting started.  I was both intrigued by as well as jealous of this group, and Heather and I began emailing back and forth.  I found her story rather inspiring, so I asked her if she would be willing to share her story in a guest post.  Read on to learn how Heather got the idea for Backcountry Babes…Read the rest of this entry →

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Tales of a Broken Talus – Update #2

Tales of a Broken Talus – Update #2

It’s been an interesting week, less emotional than the first one, and with an end goal in sight that I can live with. Day 10:  Being that it was President’s Day, Steve had the day off.  Being that it was a clear, gorgeous day without a cloud in sight, the big boys all went climbing.  Of course Cragbaby incorrectly assumed that meant him too – he got really excited when he saw all the backpacks and climbing gear come out, and enthusiastically helped his Daddy load the car.  But when everyone said good bye and hopped in the car without…Read the rest of this entry →

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Guidebook Update: Pilot Progress

Guidebook Update:  Pilot Progress

Although my attempts to work on route descriptions at Stone Mountain were waylaid by the storm front that moved in on Thursday night, my day spent at Pilot Mountain on Thursday was well worth the drive on a variety of levels!  Originally Bill Webster (aka guidebook publisher) asked me to join in on a meeting he had lined up with the park staff to talk about access.  He figured some of the information discussed would be prudent to the guide, and also said we could work together on double-checking my descriptions and taking pictures when the meeting was finished. I’ve…Read the rest of this entry →

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Somebody Broke the Off-Season Rule…

Somebody Broke the Off-Season Rule…

…and it wasn’t me.  I’ll give you a hint – he’s just over 2 feet tall and 25 pounds of sheer energy.  Yep, that’s right.  While hubby and I have both been very diligent and committed to our 3 weeks of rest, Cragbaby has been literally climbing the walls, flaunting his young muscles that have yet to discover the need for rest days. Household bouldering is anything but a new phenomenon for C.  He’s been projecting various items around the house such as chairs, stairs, tables, and shelves since he was around 5 months old.  In fact, I even found…Read the rest of this entry →

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Choosing an Off-season – aka The Importance of Rest

Choosing an Off-season – aka The Importance of Rest

What’s the best part about being a climber in the Southeast?  Climbing is a year round sport!  What’s the worst part about being a climber in the Southeast?  There’s no off-season… I grew up in a family that followed multiple sports – baseball, basketball, volleyball…pretty much everything but football.  (And thankfully my hubby never got into football either – which works out well since football season also brings some of the best weather weekends of the year!)  I remember that my “favorite” sport would always be whatever sport was currently in season at the time.  I remember anxiously awaiting the…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Wishlist for Cragbabies (and Cragmamas, too!)

A Wishlist for Cragbabies (and Cragmamas, too!)

I’ve said time and again that one of my main hopes for this blog is to inspire other families to get outside and teach their kids about the value of adventure.  Armed with a sense of humor, a dash of patience and some high quality gear, our family has learned to adopt the motto that “There is no bad weather, only bad clothing!”  So what are the all-weather must-haves for the average, run-of-the-mill adventuring family?  While it may be true to some extent that you get what you pay for, the budget-conscious among us will hopefully be pleasantly surprised at…Read the rest of this entry →

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One Pumpkin = Multiple Green Hours

One Pumpkin = Multiple Green Hours

How many Green Hours can come from one bright and happy orange pumpkin?  At our house, more than you can count!  The first one was of course the Sunday afternoon excursion to the local pumpkin patch a few weeks ago (in costume of course).  C took his pumpkin-picking-out job very seriously, and made sure to inspect EVERY pumpkin in the patch before finally deciding on the lucky orange friend that got to come home with us.                 Next came Carving Day.  We decided that this would be safest as an entire family activity.…Read the rest of this entry →

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How to Use Your Stick Clip (a Collaboration with the Crag-Daddy)

How to Use Your Stick Clip (a Collaboration with the Crag-Daddy)

For those of you that remember my recent post a few weeks ago regarding the DIY stick clip, you may also remember that I promised a subsequent post on how to use your handy dandy new pole.  (Or you may have forgotten all about it since it’s taken us so long to finally take these videos…sorry about that).   Anway, since my hubby prides himself in his mastery of stick clip tricks (and while I have no trouble hanging a draw, compared to Steve my “trick” skills are that of a mere apprentice), an instructional post like this was right up his…Read the rest of this entry →

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Helmets – Heck No or Essential Pro? (and a GIVEAWAY!!!)

Helmets – Heck No or Essential Pro? (and a GIVEAWAY!!!)

This is a post about brain buckets, aka helmets.  And guess what – in honor of Petzl’s October Helmet Campaign, I’ve been authorized to sponsor a free giveaway of a Petzl Elia  or Elios (winner’s choice) to one lucky reader, courtesy of the folks over at Pemba Serves.  Interested?  Read on… The majority of climbers have helmets – the real question is does it ever end up on your head, or is it merely dead weight in your backpack?  The subject of helmets can be a controversial one for some climbers – it seems as though there are two extremes,…Read the rest of this entry →

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To Stick or Not to Stick (Clip)…

To Stick or Not to Stick (Clip)…

What is long, collapsible, assembled from a seemingly random assortment of items from the local Home Depot, and always within arm’s reach of most bolt-clipping sport monkeys?  If you answered stick clip, you’d be mostly correct…add in the word MACK-DADDY and you’d be right on!  For my non-climber readers who think I’m talking about a strange way to interact with zoo animals, here’s a quick primer in Sport Climbing 101… A route is designated as “sport” if the line is protected by bolts every so many feet all the way to the top.  The first climber (leader) ties into the…Read the rest of this entry →

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In Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week

In Celebration of World Breastfeeding Week

In case you weren’t aware, this week is World Breastfeeding Week, which is meaningful for our family since Cragbaby is 16 months old and still nursing away with no signs of stopping.  So to celebrate, I wanted to do a post about breastfeeding – but not about the benefits of toddler breastfeeding, or how to find support in your area (you can find a lot of that information here, however).  My intent is not to judge those that formula feed, nor is it to  sound preachy towards folks that breastfeed for longer or shorter time than we have.  Everyone is free to make their own decisions about what is best…Read the rest of this entry →

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Guest Post from Velomom

Guest Post from Velomom

Earlier last week I shared a guest post from Kristen Lummis, the snow bunny component of our Adventure Moms project (@AdventureMoms).  Today’s post will feature our rad biker chick representative, Jen Charette.  A mommy to two boys, software engineer, and co-owner of a bike shop, I can’t imagine when she has time to breathe, let alone bike, but she manages to make it work with style.  Below is a contribution from her about how to get your kiddos inspired about cycling… First, this is not a post on the mechanics of teaching a child to ride a bike. There are plenty of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Get Ready for Some Renovations!

Get Ready for Some Renovations!

Those of you that have been faithful followers of my blog from the beginning are aware that my focus has changed a little bit since Reflections Along the Way began.  I initially started this blog so I could have my own personal place on the web to post up random thoughts and musings, along with the occasional trip report.  I would go through phases where I would write a lot, but then other times weeks would go by without any new posts.  Once Cragbaby came along however, I realized that there was an adventure niche that I seemed to naturally fall into.  And so blossomed…Read the rest of this entry →

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In Praise of Cloth

In Praise of Cloth

In my last Cragbaby post, I mentioned that our family uses cloth diapers.  I’ve received a few questions about it and decided there was enough interest to warrant a separate blog post.  It is something that I felt pretty strongly about before C was even born, but now that we’ve survived a full year almost completely disposable-free (except for the first week before the cord fell off and a time or two at the doctor when I forgot an extra…), I feel even more passionate about the merits of cloth.  But why on earth would anyone choose cloth over the “convenience” of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Canaan’s Bread n’ Butter…

Canaan’s Bread n’ Butter…

So after posting about Canaan’s special Christmas Morning French Toast a few days ago, a few inquiring minds have been wanting to know how I went about it.  That, coupled with the fact that one of my New Year’s Resolutions (as cliche as it sounds) is to blog about stuff other than climbing, made this seem like a great idea for a post! Canaan’s Christmas Toast It’s easy peasy – all you need is a slice of whole-wheat bread, about 1/3 of a banana, and an ounce or two of breast milk.  Mash up the banana and mix with breast…Read the rest of this entry →

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And the name is…

And the name is…

Countdown – less than 11 weeks til April 2nd!  Since the holidays we have been busy bees trying to figure out all the stuff that needs to get done between now and then.  It seems like just when we get a few things crossed off of our list, we realize something else needs to get added to it!  However, the things we have checked off are definitely worth showing off, so I thought I would share some pictures!  (And in case you want more detailed pictures, I put loads more up on facebook)    J-BEAN’S ROOM – As you might…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Halfway Point

The Halfway Point

Just over 4 months ago, I saw two pink lines on a pregnancy test.  An hour later, I didn’t believe it so I tested again.  Then also the next day, and then even a week later, just to make sure.  Now, several months later, I’m feeling my litte jellybean kick even as I type this out, and my ever-expanding belly is leaving no doubt to the entire world that my body is producing something amazing on the inside!  So I am officially 20 weeks pregnant, which marks the halfway point (b/c everyone knows you deliver at EXACTLY 40 weeks, right?) …Read the rest of this entry →

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Day of the Demolition Divas

Day of the Demolition Divas

Earlier in the summer, my favorite mother-in-law Beth offered to come up for a couple of days to help me with any “projects” I might have going on around the house.  Now, Steve and I are not really known for projecting around the house.  I feel like we’re not even really in our house that much to make it worth the time and effort.  However, upon further reflection, I realized that there indeed were many things that could make for a nice day and a half project. (translation= things that desperately needed to be done)              …Read the rest of this entry →

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Gourmet Camping (aka Ode to Jetboil)

Gourmet Camping (aka Ode to Jetboil)

If you have ever been camping with me, you have heard me sing high praise  for the Jetboil system.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the Jetboil is NOT a communicable skin disease transmitted on airplanes, but rather, a portable, personal cooking system.  According to their website, the Jetboil is a “complete food and beverage multitool.”  Steve and I received our Jetboils for Christmas in 2006 in anticipation of a backcountry canoe/hiking trip to the Everglades for New Year’s 07.  Since then, we have never been camping without it!  For a long time we stuck to the tried…Read the rest of this entry →

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“Good Marriage” Bars

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I went to a wedding shower for Lisette, my friend and co-worker, on on Thursday night.  For the past few weeks, she and I have had this endless conversation about these granola bars that I make.  When we first started talking about it, I gave her the recipe, but she misplaced it.  I wrote it out a second time, but she had not had a chance to make them yet.  But we’ve been talking about them forever.  Well, I decided that even though it had nothing to do with a wedding, I would make some for her and throw them in…Read the rest of this entry →

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