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Kids Who Explore Mamas Edition Podcast
21 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Ep. 21 Snacks on the Trail with Dr. Ashley Toporowski
Continual snacking, which Dr. Ashley calls “grazing,” increases the chance of cavities, so she suggests sticking to somewhat of a “scheduled” snack schedule, especially on adventures! Best Foods for Teeth: Cheese Raw Vegetables Nuts Eggs Fruits Crunchy foods (ie. apples) Foods that Increase Chances of Cavities: Foods high in sugar Foods high in carbs Sticky foods (ie. crackers, that get stuck in teeth) If you’re going to eat chocolate, chocolate over 70% cocoa is best for teeth (still in moderation) This doesn’t mean not to have any of the “foods that increase chances of cavities”; it just means balancing those foods with foods that are good for your teeth! Also, after eating, drink water to wash away the excess food and sugars. Another tip: Chewing xylitol gum or sugar-free gum after eating can help, because it promotes the saliva in your mouth, allowing the mouth to repair the enamel. Drinking: On adventures with kids, bring a straw cup! Kids need water after age 1. Before age 1, water is just for practice, as you do not want water to displace a breastmilk or formula feed. Book Recommendation: Big Steps - We’re Going to the Dentist *Reminder: Children should visit the dentist for the first time at 1-year-old, or 6 months after first tooth erupts* Follow Dr. Ashley at: IG: @drashleytop Thank you to Bloom Nutrition for supporting today’s podcast! Find them on IG: @yourbloomnutrition or at www.yourbloomnutrition.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
39 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Ep. 20 Tick Safety with 3 Moms Organics
On today’s episode, we sit down with Jennifer and LJ, the founders and owners of 3 Moms Organics, which carries a product we love, TickWise. TickWise is an organic, DEET-free, family safe, insect repellent, that also repels ticks, among many other bugs! Their product is EPA compliant, and is registered in all 50 states in the US. It is sold in over 300 stores and that number is increasing every day. It is also sold on Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Lowes.com. Furthermore, 3 Moms Organics was recently certified as a prestigious Women-Owned Small Business. Both Jennifer and LJ have lived in the Hamptons of New York for all their adult life. They have both raised families in East Hampton and learned early on the dangers of ticks, and the diseases they carry. LJ’s children have each been infected with tick-borne diseases multiple times, as have Jennifer’s. The tick problem has gotten so bad in East Hampton that you cannot even step onto your lawn without finding at least one crawling up your leg. LJ shares her story of having Neurological Lyme Disease [Neurological Lyme Disease requires a Deet-Free product]. We learn how LJ’s tick knowledge, paired with Jennifer’s essential oil knowledge, sent them down the path to protect their children from ticks (and now, thankfully, many other people)! All the Tick Safety Tips: Spray Permethrin on your shoes (spray it outside, and let it dry before wearing; repeat every 2 weeks) Spray yourself (with TickWise) Spray your belongings, including your backpack For babies, do not spray hands or face, but you can spray their clothes, their carrier, their stroller, etc. Wear light-coloured clothing, so you can easily spot ticks Tuck your pants into your tall socks Wear clothes that cover your skin Avoid walking in long grass; although, ticks can also be found in short grass, depending location, and closer to trail where they are looking to feed Use a lint roller (or duct tape) right after adventuring, to take off any ticks that are hanging on clothing At home, strip down, and put your clothing in the dryer on high heat for 1 hour (ticks do not like high heat) Shower and do a thorough tick check, especially warm areas of your body, and your hair Be cognisant of anything that is itchy once inside – look before you scratch! If You Find a Tick: If you find a tick around your house, get rid of it If a tick is found on you, remove it immediately with needle-nose tweezers, or a tick twister (remove it slowly, and make sure all of the tick is removed) If the tick has bitten you, put it in a bottle or a plastic bag to send in for testing (do not put it in tape) – check www.tickreport.com If a tick has bitten you, do the full 28-days of antibiotics (as that brackets the life cycle of the bacteria) – testing for Lyme disease in people is very flawed. The CDC says that just because you test negative, does not mean you don’t have Lyme disease. Testing is only 30% positive **Don’t do the “soap on a cotton ball trick” to remove a tick, because it could leave some of the tick behind, or the tick could regurgitate their stomach contents Facts about Ticks that will Scare You (Sorry!) They can sense when someone has walked in the last 5 hours There is a type of tick that can reproduce without a male Mice, rabbits, deer, squirrels carry them around Possums eat ticks TickWise Spray Info: It’s been field tested for its efficacy It’s registered in all 50 states in the US It lasts for 2 hours for ticks, and 1.75 hours for mosquitos; then it must be re-applied It is also good for dogs, but not cats. **If you’re trying to keep ticks away from the yard, it’s best to set up tick boxes, because if you spray the yard, it negatively impacts other animals** Follow: Website: https://www.3momsorganics.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3momsorganics/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3momsorganics/ Shop at: Website: https://www.3momsorganics.com Amazon: www.amazon.com/ Walmart: www.walmart.com/ Lowes: www.lowes.com/ Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
31 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Ep. 19 Backcountry Camping 101 with John Dowsett
Cindy Dowsett, from Kids Who Explore, along with her husband, John Dowsett, are sharing their knowledge! How to Book for Backcountry Camping: choose site via Provincial or National Park sites (albertaparks.ca) book a reservation and then it’s usually first come first serve for specific spots How to Get to Backcountry Camping Site: hike in pack everything in a chariot and bike in canoe in! What to Expect: usually zero service many locations have bear locks and fire wood, but some have no amenities don’t expect a lot of sleep sometimes there are communal cooking areas, sometimes not How to Start with Kids: plan for one night (maybe two) pick a close location (smaller hike to get into site, for example) Safety Tips: always watch kids make a “safety circle” with a stick around the fire for kids not to cross pack warm, “winter” gear even in the summer (plan for all weather) Backcountry Camping Packing List: Backcountry tent Sleeping mats Sleeping bags Hiking backpack Garbage bags Clothes (layers) Hiking boots Hat/sunglasses Food Water Water filter Camping stove and pots Backcountry plates/bowls/mugs/utensils Propane for stove Backcountry dish soap Headlamp/flashlight Fire starter/matches First aid kit (Benadryl for allergies (bee sting), After Sun, After Bite, Band-Aids, Antiseptic wipes, Polysporin, Tylenol, Dehydration packages, Water filtration tablets, etc.) Sewing kit/patch kit Toiletries Toilet paper Hand sanitizer Susncreen/Bug spray Bear spray Camera Day hike pack, whistle, knife, rope, duct tape Hand/foot warmers Extra batteries ID Backcountry permit (if required) Rain covers Satellite phone Games Backcountry Camping Additionals for Baby: Baby carrier Diapers Wipes Layers (wool base layers and socks, fleece mid-layer, waterproof outer layer, neck warmer, mitts, boots or slippers) & extra layers! Sleep sac Milk Soother Toys Sunhat/Sunglasses *Don’t over pack! It will get heavy! Many items are backcountry camping specific, so they are much lighter and smaller to pack down.* Borrow or rent to get started, if you don’t want to commit to buying everything. Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
28 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Ep. 18 Becoming a Climbing Family with Annika Mang
About Annika: Annika Mang is a content creator, storyteller, writer, and photographer. Her book, Hikes for Families: A Guide to the Canadian Rockies has over 45 family-friendly hikes. In 2014, she created the Born to Explore Adventurous platform founded on the belief that “Adventuring does not end when you have children, it is only the beginning.” She has lived all over Western Canada with her family, including three months in a van! Although she hiked as a kid herself, her love for hiking really flourished in University. She has recently started a new initiative called Trail Collectiv, that determines difficulty level of hikes in 5 different categories, making it more clear for families what is accessible to them! She also shares which hikes are friendly for all-terrain strollers. Annika loves rock climbing, because it allows her and her family to see nature from a new perspective. Starting Rock Climbing with Your Kids: Get certified [Annika took the Outdoor Climbing Course through the Calgary Climbing Gym – they used an ACMG Certified Instructor] Be able to climb a 5.10 in the gym Learn to create proper anchors and how to set up with proper etiquette Pick a location with smooth ground and not a lot of rock fall Check in with locals from the area for suggestions Always think of safety first! Make It Happen: Bring your kids by 2-years-old up to a hold to “hang” Let your kids see you enjoying it! Find friends interested in taking turns between watching the kids and climbing Recommendations for Rock Climbing Spots in Alberta with Kids: Wasootch (https://www.thecrag.com/en/climbing/canada/kananaskis-country/area/11922961) -Sunshine Rock (https://www.thecrag.com/en/climbing/canada/alberta/banff/area/547764147) Not Recommended for Rock Climbing in Alberta with Kids: Grassi Lakes Links: Calgary Climbing Gym (to certify) – www.calgaryclimbing.com Mountain Guides (to certify) – https://yamnuska.com/mountain-guides/ Follow Annika: IG: @borntobeadventurous Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BorntobeAdventurous/ Follow Trail Collectiv: IG: @trailcollectiv Find Annika’s Book: Her Website – https://www.borntobeadventurous.com The Great Outdoors Store Calgary - https://www.thegreatoutdoorscalgary.ca Valhalla Pure Canmore - https://vpo.ca/topic/VPO.StoreLocator.Canmore All Out Kids Online - https://alloutkids.com Thank you to Sawyer for sponsoring today’s episode! https://besawyer.com Production: @ kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
20 minutes | May 25, 2021
Ep. 17 Nature is Music - Lauren Rodych-Eberle Spotlight
Lauren Rodych-Eberle is the Communications and Media Director for Kids Who Explore, and her passions with KWE really lie in sharing knowledge, tips and tricks, and promoting even the smallest of adventures! Outside of Kids Who Explore, Lauren is the owner and instructor of Miss Lauren’s Music Studio, where she just released a Preschool Music eCourse: https://laurenrodycheberle.mykajabi.com/store She is releasing her 4th cookbook in 2022 that is specifically for kids! She hopes it helps others pack food on their adventures: https://laurenrodycheberle.com/shop/ In today’s episode, she will also discuss: How she involves her daughter in ALL things How she’s meditated for 4 years consecutively How she’s learned to check safety for different adventure areas, from bears to ticks How KWE and the IG community inspire her to write Links: Jan&Jul Sun Hats: https://janandjul.com/sun-hats/ Follow Lauren at: IG: @laurenrodycheberle; www.laurenrodycheberle.com; or over on Kids Who Explore! Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
15 minutes | May 20, 2021
BONUS EPISODE - YYC Outdoor Communities with Tanya Koob
Making friends can be hard! Making friends who want to do the same outdoor activities as you can be even harder! Tanya Koob, a Calgary-based mom, found herself in that predicament 12 years ago, when she first had her son. The solution? She started Facebook groups that brought like-minded, outdoor loving families together! Calgary Outdoor Play Groups run by Tanya: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570536683159307/ Cross Country Skiing YYC: https://www.facebook.com/groups/562727260820378/ Mighty Mountains Kid Group (6 to 12/14-years-old): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1880664988893275/ Also mentioned – YYC Family Biking on Facebook Other fun suggestions: Geocaching: https://www.geocaching.com/play Bike closed highways: One example is Highway 66 outside Bragg Creek, starting from Elbow Falls to Beaver Dam Flats Campground (check if it is closed before you go) Follow Tanya at: IG: @mountainmomyyc; the Facebook groups listed above; http://www.rockiesfamilyadventures.com Check out KWE’s #patch4apurpose to support 1, or all 8, charities: https://kidswhoexplore.ca/product/original-explorer-patch4apurpose/ Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
26 minutes | May 18, 2021
Ep. 16 Camping with Kids with Carrie Malin
Carrie Malin grew up camping. She loves being in the outdoors - camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing, joined by her spouse, her son, and her dog! She is the Marketing Manager for Kids Who Explore, and we loved talking all things camping with her! Alberta Camping: https://www.albertaparks.ca To Get Kids Excited to Camp: build up anticipation involve them in packing camping gear let them pack a backpack of toys that they carry Carrie’s Camping Essentials: Tent Sleeping Bag Hammock Head Lamp Tylenol/Advil Google: 10 Must-Bring Camping Essentials Carrie likes to camp May-October, until it gets to -5 degrees Celsius. Tip: Learn to build a fire to keep warm! A perfect camping trip would be 3-4 days for her, but she will take even a night, if that’s all she can get. She loves playing camping games with her son - tag, or X’s & O’s. Her Advice to Beginner Campers: You don’t need fancy gear Start small and add as you need Plan for one night to start, close to home Links: Carrie’s Post, Let’s Get Camping: https://thatoutdoorsyfamily.com/lets-get-camping/ Hug a Tree Foundation: https://www.adventuresmart.ca/programs/hug-a-tree-and-survive/ Follow Carrie at: IG: @__carrielynnn & www.thatoutdoorsyfamily.com Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
29 minutes | May 11, 2021
Ep. 15 Wildlife Safety While Camping with Kim Titchener
Back in Episode 5, we learned from Wildlife Specialist, Kim Titchener, who is the Owner of Bear Safety and More. In this episode, we dive deeper into wildlife safety when it comes to camping. Kim camps in all seasons and is building a cabin right in the heart of grizzly bear habitat, so she knows a thing or two first-hand!! The safety we talk about applies to all wildlife, even though we specifically address bears most often. Before Heading Out Camping: Find out if your camp site is in bear country Find out if there are bear warnings for the camp area (if so, don’t go) Contact campsite beforehand and ask them what has been going on at their site (Provincial or National Parks are often good spots) Before Setting Up: Check site to see if anything has been eaten, if there is a carcass nearby, if birds of prey are flying overhead, or if there is bear food, like berries, near your site…all of these are very dangerous signs and the bear will come back Once Camping: Be self-sufficient and keep your food away from animals with bear-resistant garbages or bear lockers If there are none of the above, you will need to know where to put your garbage…the car is fine for some locations, but some places in the USA, bears have learned how to get into cars – in that case, you will need to look into a bear hang or bear keg Keep anything with scent away from campsite (even to go on a walk or to the washroom): food, toiletries, cans of kerosene, etc. Make sure where you are eating and where you are sleeping are separate from each other Have bear spray nearby at all times – even on the picnic table with an air horn – and then by your head when in the tent at night, with a glow-in-the-dark safety Keep kids supervised, and stay together Keep dogs on leash Leave no trace, and pack up everything you brought in when leaving *When hiking, have food sealed up in good containers* *Teach kids bear safety, without scaring them – Give them knowledge to make lots of noise, make themselves big, back away, get to safety* *Take a course to feel knowledgeable on what to do in any encounter* Remember that it is also dangerous for wildlife to come near your site, as they will have to be shot, or put in a zoo, and no longer be allowed to live on the land. Don’t feed bears/coyotes/wolves/birds/etc. Stay in groups! Some other great tips Kim has for getting kids outside: Have layers for them and be prepared for all weather conditions Carry a first aid kit, and bliss wool for blisters Play games and make checklists for kids to look out for, and check off, on the trail Bring stuffed animal, for the kids to focus on and take care of (take selfie with stuffie!)…but, do not leave stuffie on site Learn more at: www.recsafewithwildlife.com and www.bearsafety.com Follow Kim at: IG: @bearconflicts and @bearsafetyadventures Thank you to Scat Belt for sponsoring today’s podcast! Get your Scat Belt today to always have your bear spray accessible at www.scatbelt.com and on IG: @scatbelt Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
12 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
Ep. 13 Encourage Small Adventures
Whether you’re like us and want your kids on all your adventures, or the pandemic has made it so you can’t travel far, or get childcare, we are here promoting small adventures…you don’t need to go far from your backyard to expose kids to the beauty of nature! Remember, for kids, these small adventures are anything but small! Some small adventure ideas: walks yardwork step outside! play in the yard parks green space biking yard sledding yard snowboarding If you can’t get outside, you can bring the outdoors in, from making leaf prints to using food colouring in bins of snow indoors, get creative with nature!! Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
20 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Ep. 12 Pelvic Floor 101
We all have a pelvic floor…every single one of us! But, how much do we really know about it? Rachel Parrotta, who is a Pelvic Health Physical Therapist based on Long Island, in New York, teaches us how to take care of our pelvic floor, especially for those in pregnancy or postpartum. We think you’re going to be very motivated to visit a Pelvic Floor Therapist after this episode! And, as we learn, it’s never too late! Get assessment from a Pelvic Floor Therapist if: you feel “pressure” in the pelvis you are experiencing incontinence (any leaking of urine from running, jumping, sneezing, etc.) you have Diastasis Recti (when the abdominal wall widens, and if you have feelings of pressure coming up from that line) If you are pregnant: you want to still be active during your pregnancy and use your core muscles, but there are modifications to do so safely visit a pelvic floor therapist to gauge where you’re at, learn about the pelvic floor, and prepare for birth and recovery If you have a pelvic prolapse (distension or stretching of the vaginal walls internally): hold off on more intense exercise until 12 weeks postpartum week 6-12 should be rehabilitative, and you should have an assessment done strengthen the core and pelvic floor, also the hips and whole body! some may need internal support, from a pessary If you have Diastasis Recti: work with a Pelvic Floor Therapist to strength the entire abdominal wall correct the feelings of pressure How to return to postpartum exercise: week 6-12 postpartum should be about rehabilitation think of exercise as a progressive program start with easier workouts on the ground: the core, pelvic floor, and breath then get up on your feet, and return to squatting and lunging runners need to think about if they can do one legged squatting, before running Follow Rachel on IG: @rachel_parrotta_dpt www.rachelparrotta.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParrottaPhysicalTherapy/ To find a PFT in your area: www.pelvicrehab.com www.pelvicguru.com ask birth workers in your community Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music
20 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Ep. 11 52 Hikes Challenge in 2021
This isn’t just an episode about one of the mamas behind the scenes of KWE, it’s an episode about challenging yourself! Adventure mama, Cindy Dowsett, challenged herself in 2021 to complete 52 hikes. In this episode, she discusses how she’s including her kids in this adventure and some great Alberta hikes she has planned. We are in awe and can’t wait to cheer her on! Learn more about the Triple Crown Canmore Challenge: https://rockymountainadaptive.com/triple-crown-canmore/ Follow Cindy at: IG: @cldowsett & @springbankwellness www.springbankwellness.com Read more about Cindy and other KWE mamas: https://kidswhoexplore.ca/about-us/mamas-behind-the-scenes/ Thank you to Sawyer for sponsoring today’s episode! https://besawyer.com Production: @kpmediaproductions Music: @michaelferraro_music
34 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Ep. 10 Babywearing 101
Some benefits of baby-wearing: -bonding -simulating the womb -producing oxytocin -offering safety for baby -allowing adult to get things done (hands-free) -giving child access and engagement in the outdoors Some baby-wearing safety tips: -baby close enough to kiss -if baby on back (see below for when to put baby on back), make sure you can turn your neck around and see them -allowing an open airway for baby; chin away from chest (1 to 2 fingers can fit in between their chin and chest…especially for a newborn) & fabric away from their face -check your work; and check every 20-30 minutes in addition -make sure baby’s torso is well supported by carrier (watch with stretchy wraps) -baby’s legs should be in an M-shape -usually carrier should reach from baby’s knee to knee *Baby forward-facing on adult’s front can cause overstimulation, can be too hammock-like with lack of support for baby, and can tilt adult’s pelvis out in a poor position causing back pain* That being said, Vanessa just loves seeing baby’s being worn, so if it’s working for you and baby, then it’s working for you and baby! To switch to back-wearing, make sure: -baby has enough neck strength -baby is over 6 months -baby is able to sit unassisted -the instruction manual of carrier says baby is able to be back-worn Some of KWE’s fav soft-structured carriers: -Tula Free to Grow -Ergo Baby 360 -Onya Baby -Ring Sling Some of KWE’s fav hiking packs: -Osprey Poco -Deuter 3 Some bonus things Vanessa loves: -Uppy Mama Store in Red Deer, Alberta -Nuun Tablets for energy! -She reminds you to find a local educator! Follow Vanessa on IG: @vangrowyeg Thank you so much to Springbank Wellness for sponsoring today’s episode! IG: @springbankwellness https://springbankwellness.com Production: @kpmediaproductions Music: @michaelferraro_music
24 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Ep. 9 What's In Our Hiking Packs
Our Hiking Packs: For on your body: -clothes [Tip: pack layers. Ideally wear lighter colours and full coverage to protect from the sun and ticks] -rain cover & extra rain gear -hat & sunglasses -sunscreen -tick spray -trail runners or hiking boots For in your belly: -squeeze packs (not just for kids) -fruit -veggies and hummus -sandwiches -“treats” -water (in bottles and/or a hydration pack) For baby: -milk [for nursing mamas: in cold temperatures, nursing workout gear is great – we like Kojo Activewear] -diapers & wipes -change pad [or use a blanket or a seat you’ve packed] -flip cover [to avoid blow outs] *We love changing baby in the car at the trail head, if you can. Put the front seat down in the winter, or use trunk space in the summer* All the other good stuff: -something to sit on (Rumpl Stash Mat or Z Seat) -scavenger hunt -satellite phone -first aid kit [Tip: KT Tape is helpful for avoiding blisters] -hiking poles -bear spray (and Scat Belt to carry it) Secondhand gear is good to keep your eye out for at the end of the season, or on Facebook Market Place. Safety Tip: Never let car go under half a tank of gas. Remember to keep hiking fun for kids. We love games, like safely playing Hide & Seek with an adult, or packing a hiking scavenger hunt, hiking bingo, or “I Spy” to keep their little eyes out while exploring! Links: Rumpl Stash Mat – www.tinyurl.com/um65ykp2 Z Seat - www.thermarest.com/seating/seats/z-seat/z-seat.html Tick spray - www.3momsorganics.com Scavenger Hunt – www.laurenrodycheberle.com/2020/07/21/hiking-scavenger-hunt/ Kojo Activewear – www.kojo.shop/en/ Oma + Jo Trapper Hats - www.omaandjo.com Thank you to Rumpl for supporting today’s episode! Use EXPLORE15 for 15% your first order at www.rumpl.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music.
21 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Ep. 8 Postpartum Depression and the Outdoors with Autumn Kuenzi
Disclaimer: Nothing we say in this episode is medical advice. Please talk to your doctor (and your family) to recognize signs of PPD and PPA in you. Autumn Kuenzi and her family live and explore in Oregon, in a valley near Salem. Her family loves Smith Rock State Park for rock climbing! She is also a big fan of hot springs – because who wouldn’t love a big hot tub nature-made? While this episode dives into Autumn’s personal experience with PPD and PPA, it highlights how nature is what healed her! Autumn’s fun tip for thriving during car trips with kids: Dollar Store finds & SNACKS! Find more about Autumn and her family: IG: @autumnmariahh Links: She Moves Mountains (for rock climbing training) – www.shemovesmountains.org Women Who Explore (for finding exploring friends) – IG: @womenwhoeexplore Garmin GPS (for safety) - www.garmin.com Bear Spray (for safety) – Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/jdxms8k8 Thank you to ik’splor for sponsoring today’s podcast! We love their base layers for our kiddos here at KWE. https://iksplor.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music
25 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Ep. 7 Getting Outside Through Story with Dineo Dowd
Sometimes we just can’t get outside. On those days, how can we bring the outdoors indoors? One way, is through story. Dineo Dowd is a mother who saw where books for her daughter were lacking, and chose to fill in the gap by self-publishing her own! She is the author of many kid adventure books, specifically related to hiking, and she is an advocate for diversity in the outdoors! Find all Dineo Dowd’s books on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/2n5wyrdm Follow Dineo on IG: @author_dineodowd @dineodowd Tip: Adopt a trail with your family (check local areas or hikeitbaby.com) Thank you to Sawyer for sponsoring today's episode! https://besawyer.com Production: @kpmediaproductions. Music: @michaelferraro_music
26 minutes | Mar 9, 2021
Ep. 6 Behind the Scenes of KWE
Adrianna Skori may be on what she calls maternity leave, but that hasn’t stopped her from launching Kids Who Explore, with her son being at the forefront of it all! How could he not be, when the spark of KWE was born while she was out hiking while pregnant? This episode covers: What is KWE? Where did the idea come from? What do we share on our IG? What will you learn being a part of this community? Who are our ambassador families? And…our patch! Links: IG: @kidswhoexplore Adrianna IG: @adriannaadventures Patch ($1 from every patch is donated to Alberta Parks. Made in Canada) - https://kids-who-explore.square.site Thank you to our producer @kpmediaproductions & @michaelferraro_music for their music.
36 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Ep. 5 Bear Safety with Kim Titchener
When we are getting outdoors, whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, camping, or any other nature adventure, it’s important to remember that we are visitors in the homes of the wildlife who roam there. How much do you truly know about bears? Do you know how to avoid encounters? Do you know how to handle encounters you come across? Thankfully, Kim Titchener, owner of Bear Safety & More, gives us a rundown of what to do to protect ourselves and our families in bear territory. Some tips on the trail: -Keep children attended (do not let them run ahead) -Bear bells and music are not helpful -Use your voice regularly; more people are helpful for multiple tones of voices; the natural sounds of adventure, like branches cracking and footsteps is also helpful -Have a communication device with you (ie. Garmin inReach) -Each adult should have a can of bear spray (and know how to use it) Some tips before you hit the trail: -Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back -Let someone know your vehicle type and license plate -Explore with ID on you This episode also briefly touches on defensive versus non-defensive bear encounters, and how and when to safely back away, versus make yourself intimidating (and, of course, get your bear spray ready). Links: -Join the RecSafe with Wildlife Community for free today - www.bearsafety.com or www.recsafewithwildlife.com -Scat Belt - Thank you for being a wonderful sponsor - www.scatbelt.com -Garmin inReach - https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/561269 Instagram Links: @bearconflicts @bearsafetyadventures @scatbelt
17 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
Ep. 4 Getting Outside in Winter
Are you struggling to get outside with the cold temperatures, snow, and ice? While some adventures might look like building a snowman in the backyard and others might look like snowshoeing in the backcountry, we have some tips and tricks to help making winter adventures with kids a little easier. Layers - -2 piece suits once kiddos are out of diapers is key! [Fun tip: A 5 Gallon Paint Bucket with Toilet Training Seat works great in the car] -Base layer (wool or synthetics), mid-layer fleece, waterproof or water resistant outer layer (ie. MEC Bunting Suit) -Neck warmer, toque/winter hat, waterproof boots, mittens/gloves For on the trail - -Ice cleats/crampons - for kids, use size XS and then tie on with a zip tie -Snowshoes and poles -Make sure to follow signage on adventures! -Pack a sled!! Links - -MEC Bunting Suit - https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5034-350/Ursus-Bunting-Suit -All Trails to Choose a Trail - https://www.alltrails.com Also check the conditions in your area (https://albertaparks.ca for Alberta) -Aiare Level 1 Course for Avalanche Safety - https://avtraining.org/aiare-level-1/ -Rockies Family Adventures for fun adventure ideas -http://www.rockiesfamilyadventures.com Thank you to our producer, @kpmediaproductions. Thank you to @michaelferraro_music for their music.
26 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Ep. 3 Homeschooling in the Outdoors with Jessica Human
Whether you want to be a homeschooler, you've somehow become a homeschooler during Covid-times, or you have zero interest in ever doing anything homeschool-related, this episode will show you how Jessica Human gets her three busy boys learning in nature. Plus, you'll want to hear the best spots to road trip and explore in Pennsylvania and Maryland, USA! Jessica Human: IG: @3.little.trees Thank you to our producer, @kpmediaproductions. Thank you to @michaelferraro_music for their music.
16 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
EP. 2 How to Dress [Kids] for Winter Adventures
Layers, layers, layers – that’s a big takeaway from this episode. But, the Kids Who Explore Mamas will give you more details on how to layer your little ones whether you’re babywearing or pulling a sled. Ad featured B&Me –www.bookerandme.com– use discount code kidswhoexplore20 for 20% off from Feb 9-15, 2021. Base layers – Great reference https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html Mec Bunting Fleece, Cindy referred to - https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5034-350/Ursus-Bunting-Suit Thank you to our producer, @kpmediaproductions. Thank you to @michaelFerrro_music for their music.
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