Biggest Tip + Outdoor Memories I Never Want to Forget!

Happy Thursday!  Today’s post is sponsored by Backcountry and ShopStyle.  I hope these pictures and stories make you excited to get out as much as possible this spring and summer.  Let me know if you find anything else I need to add to my favorites from Backcountry, and you can use the code HUNGRYRUNNERBC to get 15% off your first order at (exclusions apply)!

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(Me: Basin and Range High Neck CropTeva Midform Universal Leather SandalPatagonia Barely Baggies ShortGirlfriend Collective Paloma Bra… I am obsessed with all of these items. They allow me to chase around kids while being comfortable and feeling hip;)

I am very grateful that my kids are just as happy as I am to be outside.  Mood follows action, and if I get out, my mood is a million times better than if I don’t.

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(Knox: RVCA T-Shirt Kids’Sperry Top-Sider Saltie Washable SneakerRVCA Elastic 2 Short)

It doesn’t matter what the temperature is or where we are; everybody’s mood is better when we are in nature.

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(Beck: Patagonia Live Simply T-ShirtPatagonia Baby BoardshortTeva Psyclone Sandal)

I think our kid’s #1 favorite spot to spend time outside is in St. George, hence why we go there so often.

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(Brooke: Adidas Lapped Tank TopCarhartt Lightweight Ripstop Work ShortTeva Original Universal Metallic Water Shoe)

If you are ever in St. George and have kids, you have to take them to the St. George Narrows.

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(Skye: Tiny Whales Flower Child RomperVans Slip-On V Checkerboard Shoe)

One of my biggest tips for getting outdoors with kids is to pack your entire house to come with you (enough snacks for five days if possible) and to make sure that everything they are wearing is comfortable and functional.  If the kids are not comfortable and feeling good in their clothing, shoes, and gear, you will hear about it every 60 seconds of the entire adventure.  When my kids wear their Backcountry gear, I never hear one complaint.  My kids get to focus on what they are doing because they feel so good about what they are wearing.

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If my kids feel confident and comfortable in their clothing, they will hike and play outside until the sun goes down.

We have a lot of different people to get ready when we go out for an adventure, and I love that Backcountry makes it so I can get everything I need all in one spot.  They make it so easy for us to connect with nature and see the most incredible parts of Utah.  Backcountry carries my favorite outdoor brands—> from Arc’Teryx, Patagonia, Fjallraven, Black Diamond, and so many more.  They also have the best gear heads that you can talk to (by phone, text, chat or email) 24/7 to help you find EVERYTHING you need or to help you with any returns etc.

I hope you can get out this spring and summer for a vacation or outdoor adventure.  I’ll be bringing these Backcountry finds as we create new memories together over the next few months.

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Before I let you go this morning, I wanted to share ten memories that have happened outside that we never want to forget:

*Me and Brooke’s beach days together when we lived in California.  There were some tough things that I was going through at the time, but it was always so shocking to me that each time I went to the beach with Brooke, I left feeling lighter and happier than when I got there.

*I’ve shared this one a few times, but I remember one morning on a run when I struggled with hope.  I felt so lost, confused, and unsure about my future.  I remember the run starting so dark that I couldn’t even see my hand in front of me.  The sun rose and cast a gorgeous glow around me by the end of my run.  It taught me that the sun ALWAYS comes up.  I don’t always get to choose the timing of the light coming, but it always comes no matter how dark my world feels.  It’s a memory that I have that has continued to help me each time I am going through something hard.

*The first time that Andrew and I went stargazing.  We had our gas station candy with us as we drove up the canyon to see the stars.  It was one of those times at the beginning of dating him when I was positive he was the one for me.

*Andrew proposed to me outside in Southern Utah.  We went on a boat on a lake and then hiked to the perfect spot where he proposed.  It was just the two of us and exactly how I wanted it!

*Skiing in Sundance with the kids.  It is so much work to get them all out there and go, but it is worth it.  The first time Brooke and Knox went on the back mountain (where the more challenging runs are) was the best.  They felt like rockstars going down the more charging runs, and the confidence they gained with each run made all of the hard parts so worth it.

*The other day at cross-country practice, I was watching all four of our kids doing laps (well, Beck was attempting a random loop hoping to get the attention of one of his siblings), and it was one of those memories that I wanted to freeze in my brain forever.

*Brooke’s favorite, “The bathtub cabin (there was a bathtub on the front porch).  I loved being in the middle of nowhere so we could explore with no fences.  There weren’t many cabins there, so it felt like we could go out in the mountains forever.”

*Knox’s favorite, “Biking at Snake Hallow and getting cookies after.  I loved the wood jumps and trying to keep up with dad on the pump track.”

*Skye’s favorite, “When me and Odin (her memories with her best friend made the cut over us, ha) put rollie polls in our hands, and they rolled up into balls.”

*Andrew’s favorite, “One of my favorites was getting up early in the morning and driving to Sand Hollow Lake with the entire crew.  The spot was perfect in the sand next to the blue lake in the desert.  There were zero distractions and fun-filled hours of digging holes, playing in the water, paddleboarding, eating, and drinking our favorite treats.”

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And one outtake photo… Beck loves nature so much he tries to eat it.

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What are your tips for ensuring that your outdoor adventures go as smooth as possible?

I would love to hear any of your favorite outdoor memories?

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I wish it were Friday…alas…

But, my people LOVE being outside. I always say when we’re outside, we’re all happy.


Hahaha thank you for catching that! May is hard on my brain? It really is the truth, it just makes everyone happier! Have a beautiful day, Marianne!


Great post, Janae! I love the photos. I agree that we all need to be outside more! And I love those Patagonia shorts.


Thank you so much! I hope you are able to get outside a lot this summer. The shorts are so fun! Have a great day, Jenny!


These pictures are so beautiful! My absolute favorite from Backcountry is the Patagonia Happy Hike Studio Pants…they are my summer uniform.

I love being outside with my kids and my tips are – always bring more water than you think you need, keep a tote in your car (or one you can easily throw into your car) with old towels, extra clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, a ball, etc. so you can easily say YES to outdoor play invites without spending an hour packing every time. Just replenish when you get home! And baby powder helps remove sand from feet (which drives my kids nuts once they’re back in the car!)

My favorite outdoor memories with my kids are bringing breakfast picnics to the beach, bringing them to the beach in the middle of winter and letting them run around in their snowsuits in the sand, and going to the river rapids and watching them spalsh in the rocks for hours! My favorite outdoor memory for just me is having XC practice in college at Acadia National Park for our long runs…amazing!

Happy Thursday!


Adding those to my cart now. Those look so cute and comfortable. Thank you for sharing! SO so true about the water and I love the idea of the tote (going to copy you)! I had no idea about the baby powder, you are full of gems! I loved reading about your favorite outdoor memories, they made me so excited to create more. I cannot even imagine how gorgeous those long runs must have been. Happy Thursday to you too, Meghan!


The Happy Hikes are awesome (i’m loving the Stingray Mauve color this season), and your pics are so cute, they’re making me want to wear my Baggies asap!


I am SO with you. That color is so beautiful! The baggies are so comfortable, I need more colors. I hope your day has been great so far!


I love that cookies were part of Knox’s memory!
Has St George Visitor’s Bureau hired you yet?? Love seeing these photos!


Bahaha I’ll submit my application today… they really need to! Our family loves food so much:). Hope your day is a gorgeous one, Molly!


I love your sandals! ❤️


Thank you! My nieces said they were ‘sick’ so I think that means they are in right now;). Hope you are having a beautiful day, Sue!


Good morning, Janae! Beck’s hair is my absolute favorite!!! It makes me smile every time it’s sticking straight up :o) Beautiful pictures in St. George too!
No “littles” to manage, but being outside has a huge positive effect on my emotional state. Such a mood booster, or sometimes it’s the only thing that can calm me down if I’m agitated about something.
Living in the northeast with all kinds of crazy weather that can change on a dime (i.e. it’s 60 and rainy today, but going to be 88 and sunny tomorrow), the motto is “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing choices.” So, basically, I have all kinds of stuff in my car year round. When seasons transition, you could find skis, snowshoes, hiking boots, and golf clubs (and associated clothing) all in there at once!
Happy Friday Eve, Janae!


Hahaha we need to cut it at some point soon but we love how it sticks up! Mood booster 100% yes. I will never not be amazed by how much it flips things around for me. I LOVE your motto and I will be copying you from here on out. Thank you, Janine!


Hi Janae! My husband proposed to me at Alstrom point, between the Utah and Arizona border! We love the red rocks they are just so unforgettable and beautiful.
Have an awesome day!


NO WAY! Oh I love that I know this now. I just looked up pictures of Alstrom point and WOW. I hope you have a great day too!


I think most of my favorite memories involve outside adventures. One of our first dates was to Yosemite. 13 months later that is where Les proposed, outside is our happy place! I still have never been to Utah and I really need to get there. So many beautiful places to explore.


I LOVE that one of your first dates was to Yosemite and that Les proposed there. If you guys ever come, you better let me know. Have a happy rest of your day, Kathy!


My first date with my husband we took a picnic to our local park. we ate & talked for like 3 hours, trying to move out of the direct sun as it moved in the sky, but still both getting sunburned, even though he said he didn’t really burn. The next day we hung out inside on the couch all red and burned, but what a great memory!

Also, we love to just walk. we don’t own a car and we bike or walk everywhere. being outside is so great for us.


OH I loved reading about your first date with your husband, that is so special. That is just so great that you walk and bike everywhere. I really admire that. Hope you are having a great afternoon, Loribeth!


I used to plan things down to the second……and if one thing went wrong, I would go nuts because the rest of the plans would all fall apart….then, well, one day my wife said she wondered where a random road off the highway we were on went…well, um, I turned and followed…it added about two hours to our trip, for at least 1 of which we weren’t talking to each other…..but, well, now I don’t plan, just explore and enjoy…
my kids are all older now, one, my autistic son refuses to travel, I’m working on that, and I have a younger autistic daughter who’s become a challenge, but loves to travel by car almost anywhere….she has a few issues, but we do what we can……now, I love turning left instead of turning right…

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