10 Must-Have Foods for Your Next Backpacking Trip

My family has come a long way from our first backpacking trip where we spent a fortune on meals and lived off Mountain House freeze-dried meals. Since then we have perfected low-cost, high-calorie, and simple meals for our days out on the trail. Here are our 10 must-have foods for your next backpacking trip! 10. Coffee/Tea My husband and I are big coffee drinkers so this is one item we will not do without. The instant Starbucks packets are awesome! They don’t take up any room, they are super light, and all you…

Water Filter-MSR Hyperflow, Life Straw, Sawyer Squeeze

Filter vs Purification Before we move onto reviewing the three filters that I have used in the outdoors over the years, I believe it’s very important to discuss and review the difference between filtered and purified. This information is important to know and understand before purchasing any products for cleaning your water and making it safe to drink. Your choice will depend on where you’re traveling whether or not you will need to filter your water or purify it. Filter If you’re traveling anywhere in North America the good news is that using a…

Summer Adventure List

With summer approaching just around the corner my mind is already racing with ideas on how to keep my daughter busy. We all know it’s not long before the famous words come out of our kids mouths, “I’m bored”. Even with the summer heat, my goal is to keep my daughter outside and active instead of glued to electronics. Here is my summer adventure list of the top 20 activities I plan on engaging to keep her occupied. 1. Swim at a Spring If you live here in Central Florida there are numerous springs…

How to Stay Active through Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be rough. It seems each trimester can bring on its own set of problems. My first pregnancy I was very lucky and breezed right through it. The second time around, I was not so fortunate. With all day nausea my first trimester, low blood pressure my second trimester, and terrible back pain and mood swings my third trimester it was a challenge to not just sit on the couch all day and soak in Netflix. We’ve all been there, so how do we stay active during our pregnancy? We know it’s good for our…

Florida Springs: Top 5 to Visit this Summer

Florida Springs Orlando is a known tourist destination, mainly for the multitude of theme parks. It’s hard to compete with Mickey Mouse and the Disney princesses. But many visitors do not realize just within¬†an hour radius Florida offers beautiful state parks with crystal clear springs. Growing up on the Space Coast I have been fortunate to visit many of our springs in Central Florida, ranging from the east coast to the west coast. Here are our favorite top 5 Florida Springs you can visit in a day trip whether you are local or visiting from out of…

Family Caving

Caving is a sport that I thoroughly enjoy doing with kids and adults. When you’re in a cave exploring its vast tunnels, huge rooms and yes, rivers and waterfalls; it can be overwhelming. Personally, I refer to it as mountaineering in reverse. Of course, it all depends on the cave’s level of difficulty. Some caves are very easy and require very little effort. Other caves are extremely technical and may require you to spend the night for proper exploration. For most people, there are many caves around the country, that you can call and make a…