two peninsulas. one big playground.

Summer 2013 Bucket List

Another summer. Another bucket list. Each year my husband and I make our annual summer bucket list. Summer can seemingly go by so fast, so for us, this list serve … Continue reading

July 6, 2013

Get thee to a campground!

I can still smell it. The huge ten-person canvas tent that my family had while growing up. It weighed a ton, had that distinct weathered canvas aroma, and came accompanied … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

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.


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

Start teaching your toddler to ski now… indoors

We had our youngest on skis and on the bunny slope this past March, at the age of 15 months. But I would be kidding you if I said it … Continue reading

October 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Starting them young… getting your child into snowsports

We enrolled our three year old, Soren, in his first ski lesson last year. We’ve actually had our son on the slopes since he was 19 months old, however this … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · 6 Comments

Mountain Biking – a family affair

The Grand Traverse Mountain Bike Association recently came out with its spring issue of Northern Motion Magazine. In it, there’s a helpful article about getting your kids into mountain biking. … Continue reading

May 21, 2012 · Leave a comment