We try to get outside no matter the weather, and Iowa winters have had us trying all sorts of different snow gear. After using them for a full year, we finally like a mitten well enough to recommend it so I'm sharing a product review for Mittyz from Veyo Kids! Not a sponsored post; I bought them and we've been using them for the past year and a half before I felt good about reporting back. I think these are the best mittens for toddlers and the best mittens that actually stay on for kids! We ... Read More about Best Snow Mittens for Kids
I recommend geocaching all the time - it is free, easy, fun, appropriate for all ages, and outdoors! People across the world set up hidden treasure "caches" and then upload the coordinates so that other people can find them. Ten years ago, you had to buy a special unit to read the latitudes and longitudes, but now you can use a simple app on a smartphone! It's a great way to explore new areas - but there are caches literally everywhere, even in suburbs and cities. You can see more about the ... Read More about How To Start Geocaching!
I present to you, the coolest place to hike in Iowa. My love for caves has deep roots; growing up, my grandparents lived in Arkansas so we frequently visited the show caves in neighboring Missouri. There is something so thrilling about walking underground for me, and it never gets old! When I was a teenager, I did an incredible "wild caving" tour of the Kentucky Mammoth Caves with my brother. Moving to Cedar Falls, I was super excited to hear that there were similar opportunities only two hours ... Read More about Maquoketa Caves State Park – Camping Visit!