Ok, ok, so I’m while I’m waiting anxiously for my 46 seeds to sprout (more on garden starting later this week; sadly, they aren’t up yet and I’m afraid I may have rotted them), we were able to enjoy a beautiful spring storm this weekend. It was the kind that dumps 10 inches just in time to moisten the emerging bulbs and slowly greening grass. And the kind that lures us outside for fresh air and family fun.
It was 74 degrees here on the front range last Friday. Hello, spring! I am so super duper excited about this (even if it clouded up and dropped to 50 the next day; gotta love Colorado!).
The extended daylight over this past week has really got the spring fever cooking at our house. We’ve made a point to head outside after work and daycare every day to ride bikes, walk the dogs or just kick it in the backyard.
On Thursday night, we took part in the first Road Runner Sports Adventure Run of the season. This local monthly event boasts a whole lot of fun, including raffle tickets at every checkpoint! At my insistance, SoulDaddy is incorporating it into his training for the June Tough Mudder. With this growing belly, I’m not sure for how many months I’ll be able to run it, but it definitely makes for a fun - and active – family night. Continue reading →
SoulDaddy and I are skiers. In fact, I moved to Colorado 15 years ago specifically to ski bum live in Steamboat, and we met one day four years later while I played hooky from work in exchange for a free lift ticket at Vail. He watched me ski – and snowboard a week later – and, well, he was smitten.
So it was inevitable that we got our first child on skis quickly. The alternative - to wait until age 14, fall getting on the lift, fall getting off the lift and walk down the mountain – wasn’t an option. Or rather I wouldn’t wish my fate on anyone. Baaad memories there folks.
So last weekend when we trekked the whole fam damily, Nana and all, up to Wyoming to visit my sister, Mountain Kait, who lives just 30 minutes from Snowy Range Ski Area. Continue reading →
As you know, I’m busy sunning myself on a beach getting K-Bear outside this week! Outdoor time is incredibly important to our family, whether it be snorkeling with the fish, digging in the sand, or hiking a mountain trail. I got my start at an early age, thanks to outdoor-loving parents.
Even better than the family hikes they dragged me on was the week-long canoe camp they sent me to each summer when I was 13 and 14 (insert shout-out to Alton Jones!). It was such a young, impressionable and often-times awkward age, but I remember vividly the power of the friendships I built, the freedom I felt, and the connection to nature I established. It was a mighty feeling to canoe all day and set up camp each night, all while learning how to pee in the woods, cook a meal for a team and wash dishes with minimal water. I came home each summer feeling like I could conquer anything!
So it is with happy memories that I feature this guest post by Lauren Caselli, a guide at Alpengirl Camp, an overnight, outdoor summer adventure camp for girls ages 11-17 in Montana, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and Norway. A Manhattan desk-jockey-turned-wilderness-junkie, she left her NYC apartment for the wide open valleys of Montana. After 22 years in the traditional education system, Lauren learned more about her passions, her values, and herself during 18 months of wilderness exploration than she ever did in the halls of her public school. An advocate of writing-as-self-discovery, she manages the Alpengirl blog. Continue reading →
Wow, can it be that the holidays are already here? We’ve finally been getting some snow here in Colorado which always makes Christmas feel that much more special. But the white stuff has put just one thing on my mind: skiing! It’s the reason I moved to Colorado 15 years ago, and it still puts a smile on my face all these years later. As does yoga!
Finding a retreat that combines time on the hill with time on the mat would be a dream! So as I bid adieu to you until January 1 (with a special surprise or two!), and set off to enjoy my time away from work and with the family, I am happy to welcome Matt Candelaria, a friend of mine from Gaiam TV, with this guest post.
Happy holidays, my friends! I hope you all get a little yoga as well as a little skiing or other outdoor playtime over the holiday break! xoxo Continue reading →
Have you heard of Wanderlust? I hadn’t either until I came across it in Body and Soul Magazine earlier this year and got all excited - until I saw the Colorado date had passed. Boo!
But alas, Wanderlust will be back at Copper Mountain July 4-7, 2013 - as well as in Vermont (June 20-23, 2013), California (July 18-21, 2013) and Whistler (August 1-4, 2013). Full lineups will be announced in early 2013, but you can be assured they will be loaded with mountainside fun, including yoga, music, hiking, paddle board yoga, organic food and wine events, the Speakeasy lecture series, the Wanderkind kid’s program and so much more. Continue reading →
Happy belated Thanksgiving wishes, my friends! My apologies for disappearing over the past few days, but I’m sure you understand what it’s like to have a house full of guests, dinner to cook and memories to make. Oh, and lots and lots of Fig and Walnut Stuffing to eat! Best. recipe. ever. I will have to share with you for 2013!
Our weekend started with a 5K Turkey Trot bright and early on Thanksgiving morning. Team Soulicious Life was a family affair that included myself, SoulDaddy, K-Bear, Mom Daly, my sister-in-law, Sharon, and her fiance, Nick.
I’m not sure what it is about this summer – the hot dry temps maybe? – but the two apple trees in my neighbor’s yard are absolutely brimming with fruit!
Traci is already one of the best neighbors ever, accompanying me on walks and to yoga class, watching out for our dogs, offering energy work, and even digging through my recycling bin one morning this week when I had a panic attack on my way to work thinking my missing keys accidentally found their way there. Seriously. I’m that nuts and she’s that awesome.
And Traci happens to be the owner of said apple trees which she says have produced more fruit this year than in the eight previous years she’s lived there. Lucky for me, she graciously opened them up for picking. I can’t ever turn down an opportunity for free, beautiful, organic fruit! Continue reading →
According to National Wildlife Federation, today 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago. Wow! Hopefully, you all are already helping to change that, but if not here’s your chance.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, Hike and Seek is a 1-2 mile nature hike and scavenger hunt for children of all ages, but is especially suited for toddlers to age 10. In addition to exploring what nature has to offer, this fundraising event helps families discover the health benefits of an active, outdoor childhood experience.
But you already knew that right?
You and your kids will enjoy the fun activity stations set up along the way featuring live animals, naturalists, crafts and more. Hope you can join the fun on one of these upcoming fall weekends in a city near you: