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Exploring the Outdoors: A Conejo Valley Guide

Located 45 minutes north of Los Angeles, just off the 101 freeway, the Conejo Valley is a splendid outdoor playground, virtually undiscovered by its …

Hiking

Get Your Hike On in Newport Beach

A quick one hour jaunt south down the 405 freeway from Los Angeles, the sophisticated coastal town of Newport Beach, California offers more than you …

Hiking
Balsamic Vinegar

The Importance of "Talk. Read. Sing." in the Outdoors and Stimulating Young Brains

On a crisp, Fall day in Los Angeles, the Mommy Hiker group sets out for a 2 mile loop hike, a half dozen toddlers donning their best play clothes. …

Kids

This Kid Saves Lives (Do I have your attention now? Good!)

I recently came to hear about a remarkable new product hitting the Target snack bar isle and what makes it remarkable may surprise you. Ready? It’s …

Kristen Bell

Super Cool Art Makes Creating Super Easy (and Fun) For All Ages + Giveaway

Let’s face it. Crafting with kids is a crap shoot. Oftentimes it takes mom twice as long to set up the table for an art project than it takes crafty …

Biodegradation

Italy With Kids: Hiking Cinque Terre from Outdoor Families Magazine

<i>Part two of our family’s Italian adventure is now published at Outdoor Families Magazine! What an absolute delight it is to have the opportunity to</i> …

[Food Series] Cut Calories and Cool Down This Summer with 3 Delicious Yoghurty Recipes

Yogurt is a staple in our family’s diet. It is consumed on a weekly basis and in the hot Los Angeles summer months, we eat it daily. We don’t need a …

Recipes

Celebrate Kids to Parks Day in Southern California and Beyond

In Southern California, we have so much to be thankful for. Wide open spaces surround us, but the hustle and bustle of life can easily get in the …

National Parks

Truly Tuscany: A farm-to-table family adventure from Outdoor Families Magazine

<i>FINALLY the Tuscan leg of our epic Italian adventure has been published and I can’t wait for you to read it!!</i><p>Driving south from Milan’s Malpensa …

Italy
Parenting

[Gear Review] Dorcy 160 Lumen 4D Twin Globe LED Lantern & 230 Lumen Focusing Flashlight

We just got back from our EPIC Family Camping Adventure in Yosemite National Park (more on that soon!). Knowing that we would be spending five …

[Food Series] 3 Detoxifying and Anti-Inflammatory Homemade Juices

For years now, I witnessed the debilitating pain that inflammation can cause a body. I have a close family member who has been dealing with the …

4 Reasons Why I Have to Go Back to Costa Rica

Four years ago my husband and I reluctantly stepped back on US soil, with the echo of howler monkeys still ringing in our ears, the heavy dew of the …

[Food Series] Roasted Leeks & Carrots

Sometimes I fall in to a rut when it comes to cooking. Chicken and rice, Fish and Broccoli, Pork and … er, um, rice? As a work-at-home mom, it can be …

[Food Series] Watermelon Burrata Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

Summer is in full swing here in Los Angeles and our fridge has been stocked with a never-ending supply of watermelon for going on 3 weeks now! Not …

[Food Series] Ginger Leek Risotto with Rosemary Prime Strip Steak

The first time I had risotto, my husband and I were traveling in the south of France, of all places. I was wearing a yummy chocolate-colored sweater …

[Wandering Wisdom Wednesday] Hope is a Walk Through a Flowering Meadow…

Discovering the Hidden Trails of Trippet Ranch – Hiking Topanga State Park

Topanga State Park spans 11,000 acres with 36 miles of trails that wind through a wide variety of terrain, from canyons and cliffs to hills and …

[Food Series] Baked Golden Beet Chips

I’m on a beet kick! Golden beets to be specific! I know, I know…beets are one of those foods that you either love or you hate. Well, luckily, …

[Wandering Wisdom Wednesday] Every Spring is the Only Spring – A Perpetual Astonishment

Family Adventure Travel Along California’s Central Coast: Monterey Edition

It was seven o’clock on a foggy Thursday morning, the middle of rush hour for most, but as luck would have it for us, “rush hour” in Monterey, …

[Food Series] Perfectly Crispy Kale

Meet our newest obsession: Crispy Kale Chips! On a scale of one to ten, our kale consumption generally hovers around a seven. Not too bad. But, a few …

[Wandering Wisdom Wednesday] An Early-Morning Walk is a Blessing For the Whole Day…

11 Stroller Friendly Los Angeles Hikes Guaranteed to Get You and Baby Outdoors

After 6 months of bedrest and the subsequent unplanned cesarean section recovery, you can only imagine how I yearned for long hikes and fresh air, …

Ahead Camping Meal Guide

In honor of the fact that we will be in Big Sur in T-minus TWO days, for our first family camping trip of 2014 season, I have carefully and lovingly …

[Wandering Wisdom Wednesday] You Have Brains in Your Head, You Have Feet in Your Shoes…

[Guest Blogger Series] Husband + Wife + 6 Kids x 1 Farm = Grand Outdoor Adventures by Fiona Cambouropoulos

<i>Fiona and I met in the twitterverse about a year ago. It was a mutual admiration of the best kind; two outdoorsy moms, on two separate continents,</i> …