Go Explore: Family Adventuring Favorites

It’s been a while since we’ve shared a list of things that we love – and there have been a few go-to items that we’ve been using on the regular.  The sorts of things that have been our absolute summer favorites through several adventures – and ones we’ll continue to depend on come Fall.

First up, is the best sort of collector (and game!) for kids to admire and arrange bits of nature that they pick up along the way.  We’ve been packing frisbees with us throughout several seasons.  They are perfect for admiring treasures, making flower mandalas and sifting through seashells.  And pretty soon they’ll be full with acorns.

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Supportive, comfortable and protective footwear is imperative for long hikes. Merrell continues to be our top choice for the children.  They are incredibly durable and seem to last forever.  Every year, we pick them up at Stride Ride.

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We can always depend on Lands’ End for comfortable clothing that allows kiddos to focus on the important work of exploring and playing.  The clothing maintains itself well, lasting through excursions and camp, dirt and washing. Below, the kids are outfitted in summer favorites, but we’re currently loving their Made Better collection for back-to-school and their Men’s options too!

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Where would we be without Mabel’s labels?  My kids have a tendency to leave things everywhere.  And while we are constantly working on responsibility and accountability – many lost belongings manage to come back our way (even in new surroundings) thanks to Mabel’s Labels.

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Bug Bites are awful, yet so is stinky and harmful DEET-containing bug spray.  We’re loyal to Guardian Repellant.  It’s effective, and safe for the kiddos too.

Please chime in the comments, and let me know what you’d add to my list!

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  1. I think you’ve covered all the essentials. You are such a great mom…you seem to have a nice balance with the kids. I always love seeing what you and the family are up to next. You capture those priceless moments beautifully.

  2. Beautiful pics as always Monica! There is a key word that stuck my attention in this post…shoes that are ‘supportive!’ I don’t many parents take that factor into consideration. Every year when we come to Italy I buy my kids a year’s worth of shoes from Geox! I love that brand, for their unique look and for the fact that are comfortable and support their feet properly!

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