Float Squad’s Aqua Lily Pads & Bull Frog Water Toys

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There Is With Float Squad's Aqua Lily Pads & Bull Frog Water Toys!   We were excited to get out on the water with the Bull Frog this summer. One thing I noticed about camping with the Bull Frog is the size makes it hard to pack up for a camping trip. It comes in at 20' long x 6' wide, but it can hold up to 1,600 pounds!  I would suggest going with the Aqua … [Read more...]

Backyard Campfire Friday Night Fun With Kids

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We have been on the go non-stop lately, however most of the going hasn't been from camping. We were visiting family and driving teens to and from camp. We have put a lot of miles on the Chevy and I thought it was time to take a break during this summer break! Cabin Time On Bay Lake Family Reunion At The Farm Home We needed a little down time in our own space. … [Read more...]

A Simple Baked Honey Granola Recipe


My family and I spend a great amount of time on the go and in the summer we enjoy camping together. One of my all time favorite treats to pack for long car rides and busy afternoons is my husband’s grandmother’s baked honey granola recipe. I don’t like to fill my kids up on wasteful snacks that contain a ton of sugar. Grandma Carolyn makes her recipe with a few things my … [Read more...]

Cabela’s Guidewear Strom Cotton Hoodie

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I absolutely love hoodies. I don't know if they are as popular around the country as they are here in Minnesota, but they are the perfect all around jacket for any time of the year. In the fall and spring they are great to put on and leave on all day whether inside or out. In the winter they provide just enough warmth to keep you warm while getting in and out of your … [Read more...]

On The Water Fun With Sliver Creek Paddle Board

On The Water Fun With Sliver Creek Paddle Board

One of the goals for our camping blog, Beyond The Tent, was to introduce products which people don't think about when planning a camping trip. We want them to be useful and enjoyable items that can join you on your travels. One item has stood out in my mind this summer which is a paddle board. Paddle boarding has picked up on the MN radar and I wasn't sure if it would be … [Read more...]

Washing Clothes While Camping – Scrubba Wash Bag

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I was out camping a couple of months ago and one of my kids spilled juice on themselves. It happens... often. Once I got closer to clean up the mess I wondered if there was a camping washing machine on the market. There are so many household items designed for the camper lifestyle that I wouldn't have been amazed if there were a few ideas sold online. After a paper towel … [Read more...]

Twin Cities LIVE Visits Beyond The Tent


It's been a long time dream of mine to be featured on my favorite show Twin Cities LIVE. I was thrilled when Kelli Hanson contacted me and said she wanted to do a taped segment on location at a campground. I was ready to go in front of the camera with my happy kids and some of my hottest camping gear of the season. Happy Camper In case you saw the show or if you … [Read more...]

Bunker Hills Campground

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Camping Inside City Limits!   This time the family and I needed to plan a quick trip close to the Twin Cities because Kelli Hanson from Twin Cities LIVE wanted to do a segment on us and some of the cool camping gear we take out on our trips. Side note: You can catch us on her popular show on July 1st 3pm Central on channel 5!! Lucky for us I was able to book a … [Read more...]

Itasca State Park Family Camping

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In case you didn't know our family experienced a huge move. I call it huge because we spent the last few months packing, moving, cleaning, unpacking (which isn't completely done) to preparing our old home to go on the market and it was a ton of work! Our family needed a break from the endless duties of moving and Itasca State Park seemed to be the perfect family camping … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons To Go Camping

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Surprising to me there are folks out there who don't enjoy camping. In most cases, I find that once I get a moment to sit down with them and really discuss the reasons why they think camping isn't for them we both realize their ideas of camping aren't based on real camping experiences. That is why today I thought it would be a great idea to go through the top 10 reasons to … [Read more...]