Round Up Ramp Up

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We are going to host a monthly Round Up. What is a Round Up you ask, they are are just what it sounds like…a round up of posts. Each month will focus on a Family Travel/Adventure topic. If you have a blog post you would like included in the round-up please send us the link HERE.

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Round UP

Here are a few of the topics we will use for the round-ups:

  • Road Trip tips with Kids
  • Camping tips with kids
  • Outdoor Gear – MUST HAVES for Families
  • Biking with a Toddler/Preschooler
  • Air travel with a young kids
  • Places to travel outside the US with children
  • Kid Friendly Camping food

Send us an email with a link to the blog post you would like featured. Include the topic you would like to be featured in (see list above) and the direct link to the blog post, NOT your home page. You will not be selected if you send us a link to your home page.

Once we are ready to post the round up we will send you an email with the date it will be published. At that time you can SHARE, blog and notify your social media sites about your content being featured on the round-up!

EXAMPLE of a Round Up:

Top 25 Kid Friendly Campgrounds

#1 (www.Example1.com) BLOG name

#2 (www.Example2.com) BLOG name

#3 (www.Example3.com) BLOG name

Round Ups are great exposure and a good way to generate new followers!

 

 

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Put the Technology Down

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Put the Technology Down

 

I was recently perusing an article on my Google Alerts titled Disconnect to Reconnect, featured in the Chicago Tribune.  The gist of the article: put down your technology and reconnect with those around you. PERFECT! This is something our family struggles with from time to time, especially during the work week. Its hard to disconnect with your online world.

 

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iPhone Show

We have all fallen victim to this ratrace of constantly checking our smartphones, blackberrys, and tablets to see who has posted on Facebook, who is tweeting, and if you have any new emails, that are probably junk anyways. But we can’t seem to put these devices down!

 

Following the same pattern as the Disconnect to Reconnect article, here are a few ideas of how to reconnect with the living, breathing, people in front of us and not the electronic world we always have our noses buried in.

 

Take a Hike or a Walk:

Just because there may not be a State Park in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t take the family out for some fresh air after dinner and just walk. Be a trouist in your own neighborhood. Enjoy the landscape, the fresh cut grass, the local playground.

 

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Take a Hike

Visit the Pool:

Most cities have a local pool. Since its summer and HOT outside, stop by the pool and take a dip! The kids will love it and you will win brownie points just by making suggesting!

 

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Visit the Beach or Pool

Bike Ride:

Does riding a bike make you feel like a kid again? Then go be a juvenile! You don’t need a high end, big dollar, two wheel contraption to enjoy a bike ride. Check your local newspaper or craiglist for a used bike. Better yet, get a tandem so you can ride together!

 

If you are just starting out in the cycling world, craiglist is the best place to start! You won’t spend a ton but will get a better bike then the local pawn shop will have. Plus it gives you a chance to try it out! You can always resell the bike if its not for you. That way you are not spending an arm and leg to get a bike then decide its not for you. Remember you can always upgrade if you fall in love with the sport!

 

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Take a Bike Ride

Take a Drive:

No one ever takes “Sunday Drives” anymore. When I was growing up we used to drive out to the country and just look at houses. It was relaxing, the windows were down, you could smell the fresh air, there were no handheld devices to distract us. Take a drive out of town. Somewhere you can drive slow, and day dream about the houses you pass. You can even stay in your own town and drive up and down streets you are normally too busy to drive down.

 

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Tired Baby

 

When our little one was brand new she would fall asleep in the car all the time. But I was too nervous she would wake-up if I stopped driving, so I drove ALL OVER TOWN. You wouldn’t believe the houses and roads I saw just by driving a sleeping baby around for an hour!

 

We hope these simple suggestions help fuel your non-technology evening. Do you find this an issue in your house? How did you change it? What guidelines have you set for your family and the use of technology? Share with us your ideas in the comments below!

Deuter Kikki Kids Backpack! Review and GIVEAWAY!

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A Deuter Kikki adventure backpack caught our eye recently while we were out shopping and we had to pick up this neat “rescue pack” (from the kids show Diego) for the little one … and she LOVES it!

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Deuter Adventure Pack

It looks like a bird which was an instant hit! The backpack is mainly one big pocket, with a small back pocket, and two side pockets.

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Inside of bag

It has reflective tabs on the side pockets and one on the front buckle. The back straps also have reflective strips which are adjustable.

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front buckle
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side pocket and reflective strip

It has two side pockets that secure with velcro closures. Above one side packet is a “loop” to hook a number of items on: a pacifier, keys, baby toys you name it!

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Loop above side pocket
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velcro closures

There is a great spot in the side to put the child’s name, phone number and address.

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Identification information

This backpack is completely versatile and can be used as a day pack, a diaper bag, or a school pack.  It is made with bluesign approved fabric.

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Kikki

 

Here is the write-up from the Deuter Website. 

Details:

  • spacious main compartment
  • reflective detail at the front and sides
  • two external Velcro pockets
  • loop for attaching trophies
  • chest strap
  • name label on the inside

 

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Secure rope

Weight:

340 g

Volume:

6 litre

Size:

35 / 20 / 16 (H x W x D) cm

Material:

Deuter Super-Polytex BS / Deuter Super-Polytex

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Lucky for you we have the opportunity to share one! From now until Thursday night May 29, you have the chance to WIN one of these great backpacks! You can come back DAILY to get more chances to win!

 

Good Luck! And remember to SHARE!!  SHARE!!  SHARE!!

 

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RealSticks from Vermont Smoke and Cure – Review and Giveaway — CLOSED

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We were recently in Whole Foods Market and saw these RealSticks of AWESOMENESS! These are a perfectly healthy snack for people on the go as much as we are! Check out this review and giveaway for Vermont Smoke and Cure Turkey Jerky!

 

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RealSticks – Vermont Smoke and Cure

 

These are called RealSticks. According to the website they are “gluten free and contain 50% less fat and 40% less salt than the leading snack sticks, and at least 80% less sugars than the leading sports bars. RealSticks are low (0-2) carb, dairy free, no MSG, and no artificial anything. No preservatives. Just 2 WW points in each 1-oz stick.” 

 

We received 3 flavors: Uncured Pepperoni, Ancho, and Honey Mustard.

 

Uncured Pepperoni: To me this is the closest to a stick of jerky you are used to. No Nitrites or Nitrates except for those that naturally occur in sea salt and celery juice powder. This is a gluten free product made from turkeys raised without antibiotics!

 

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Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Jerky

 

Ancho: This was my least favorite. When my husband handed this one to me, I took a bit and thought, “hmm not bad.”  Then the ancho kicked in. It left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. The website describes this one as: medium-spicy stick combines ground Ancho chilies other Mexican spices to create a complex, deep, slightly fruity, not-too-hot stick – we think of it as a turkey burrito stick with extra salsa!

 

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Ancho Turkey Jerky

 

Honey Mustard: LOVE THIS ONE! Made with real honey and real mustard (no artificial flavors!). This would be my ultimate go to! I would definitely purchase this one for me or the little one!

 

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Honey Mustard Turkey Jerky

 

We have 10 of these bad boys we want to give you!!

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Have you signed up for the FORUM yet? All forum members get a FREE 4×4 waterproof Adventure Family in Motion Sticker! The forum is a great place to share your family adventures, ask questions, browse local races, and  chat with pros who have most of the answers!

 

Once you are a member of the forum, LETS US KNOW and we will send you out a FREE STICKER! It may take 4-6 weeks since we will probably be on an adventure when you sign-up, but your sticker will be on its way as soon as we can get it in the mail!

 

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Rating a Blog on Google

Since we have started this blog and our forum we have found that in order to be “rated” on Google as a worthy blog, you need to been seen. Once you are seen you get “rated”. Your rating is determined by how many people read your blog or forum. One way to get your ratings up is by clicking on certain google approved rating pages that we have linked up with.

 

This sounds confusing, I know, but all you need to do is click on each of the flowing buttons. Each click is a “vote” to improve our ratings. The higher the ratings the high up on google our blog or forum will pop-up when people search for “Adventure Family” stuff.

 

So periodically, if you would click on 1, 2 or all 3 buttons when you have a few seconds to spare, we would greatly appreciate it!

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We are seeking Guest Bloggers! It’s always good to get a  fresh voice to a blog. We would love to hear from any bloggers who have an adventure they would love to share. We are interested in the following topics: Family Adventures, Travel, Vacations, Biking, Cycling, Hiking, and Family Fun! Supply a lot of great photos!

 

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