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Category Archives: Winter Fun

Why kids need foul weather

I love this quote from Katie Arnold, writer for Outside Online’s “Raising Rippers.” It applies to everyday life, too. “While it’s our jobs to shelter our children from the storms, … Continue reading

November 3, 2013

Slow down your world — five tips for slow family living

Even with young mittenkidz (2.5 and 5), I find our lives packed to the gills at times. It seems as if every weekend we have something going on. We’re always … Continue reading

October 25, 2013

Preparing your ACLs for ski season

I tore my ACL in December of 1995. My first winter living in Big Sky, Montana was plagued early-on by a bad knee because my body was not yet prepared … Continue reading

October 11, 2013

mittenkidz trail mix

I love to whip this up and pack it for my little mittenkidz when we head out adventuring . Of course they dig out all of the M&Ms first, but … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Rainy day fun.

Stuck at the cabin, campsite, or even at home due to a little rain? Bring out a roll of blue painters tape and let the fun begin. The imaginations will … Continue reading

July 27, 2013

The meltdown

As I write this, you might think I’m referring to our recent January thaw in Michigan. The sunny days were great — plenty of bluebird skiing days, which are always … Continue reading

January 15, 2013

Holiday lift tickets

I’ve seen some holiday lift ticket rates at Michigan ski areas that are near or over $70/day. Curious – is the family time worth it or is that a deterrent … Continue reading

December 28, 2012

Explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for free this weekend

  Entrance into the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, part of our National Park System (NPS), is free once again this weekend, November 10-12, 2012, as part of the NPS’s … Continue reading

November 5, 2012

What is mittenkidz?

mittenkidz is all about the joy of growing up and exploring all there is to explore, especially outdoors, in Michigan¬† — aka, the Mitten State. Two peninsulas. One big playground.

November 4, 2012

Trying out the boots

Tried Ethan’s boots on today. He didn’t want to take them off. I think we have a natural here. Next step… Playing around some more in them, and then we’ll … Continue reading

November 3, 2012