Canoe tripping in the BWCA with young kids (2.5 and 4 years old, 2015)

S. Kawishiwi River entry point young kids

Guys, we did it! Three days in the BWCA with young kids, and it was truly, honestly, FUN, and we wanted to stay longer! Last year (when the girls were 1.5 and 3) we definitely had “fun,” but it was more of a 60/40 fun/effort, with the none of us sleeping well and Adam being […]

Whitetail Woods camper cabins – a quick, refreshing getaway

whitetail woods field journal

I forgot to write about our little overnight at the Whitetail Woods camper cabins on Mother’s Day weekend! If you haven’t heard of it, Whitetail Woods is a new park with camper cabins that opened up in Dakota County last year. They have THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED little cabins, I pretty much wanted to hire […]

Borealis Blog Family Travel Guides

borealis family travel

We love traveling, we have kids, and we usually love traveling with kids. So we decided to pull together our trip reports for you to help inspire your trip planning. From Breanne’s first disastrous camping trip with a baby to her first family Boundary Waters trip with a 1.5 and 3 year old, and from Jen’s shore adventures […]

Ely Travel Guide (a Borealis Family Travel Guide)

Borealis Family Travel Guide Ely Minnesota

Our Ely Travel Guide the first is a new series of family travel-related posts, where we don’t just tell you about a trip we took but give you a game plan for how to plan a trip of your own. First up, Ely, Minnesota, an easy four-hour drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Why go to Ely? Ely […]

Real truth, with real friends. And wine.

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A college friend of mine had a brilliant idea recently. She invited our friend group over for wine from 8-10 p.m. on a weeknight — super informal, yoga pants preferred. No elaborate RSVPs, she’d just be there drinking wine and eating some light snacks with whoever wanted to stop by. It was a genius way […]

A fun way to figure out what’s unique about your child

four year old race running

  When Beatrice was little, people said to us all of the time, “She’ll sleep well tonight!” And we always laughed, but inside we thought, “Nope, she’s going to sleep the same as she does every night, because she’s always this active.” Since then I love to ask other parents what comment they hear most […]

Clickery for March 27, 2015

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Welcome to Clickery, a regular feature where we share things we like because maybe you’ll like them too. Breanne’s Links I love this idea: “Forget reducing stress, just add more joy.” Speaking of added joy, I made this Irish soda bread with the girls this week and it was delicious. It’s such an easy recipe that they […]

To do: Get yourself a real swimsuit

bahamas with a one year old

When my oldest was 13 months, we took her on a family vacation to the Bahamas. Upon arrival we headed out to the zero-entry pool. While another tot sat calmly and splashed in the shallows, Beatrice ran in full force until she was over her head and couldn’t breathe. We yanked her up so her […]