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Nature’s Gym Fun Day at REI

This past Sunday our family got to start the day off by going to the Twins / Chevy Youth Baseball Training event at the Twins Stadium (which you can read about at MuddyFlowers.com) and then finish our day off with a visit to Nature's Gym Fun Day at REI in Bloomington. I wondered if our kids would be too spent...

Bringing Home the Camper

It seemed like forever since we were last at Coates RV checking out their camping trailers, but finally Tuesday - May 7th arrived and we were able to go pick up the camper we would be calling home while in the woods (campground). Our new camper! The big kids are busy at school wrapping up the end of the year,...

Predicting the Weather with Clouds

It's no fun getting stuck in the rain while on a hike. Did you know that in many cases you can predict the coming weather by watching the skyline? Clouds are not only beautiful, but they are very useful when preparing for a hiking day. Below we are going to give you an easy cloud class that will come in handy when...

Is it worth packing the bikes?

There comes a point when you need to ask yourself is it worth packing this or are we packing the whole house? Last summer Ryan and I bought a cheaper end bike rack for the back of the van. The whole way to the campground I was concerned with our very nice bikes falling off into traffic. They stayed...

News Flash Family of 7 Get a Camper!!

A friendly phone call from Dan at Coates RV this morning put a smile on my face! "I got your camper in over the weekend!" I could hardly wait to jump into the new truck and head north to Hugo, but I wanted all the kids to come with us. Then again the weather was suppose to take a turn...

Camping No Bake Granola Bars Recipe

The complete recipe is at the bottom of the post. Our family is always searching for a great snack that isn't full of garbage that we can feed to our 5 kids. With this no bake granola bar recipe, we have not only found that but also a snack that packs a ton of energy that is great to bring...

Planning our Family Vacation to Glacier Park – Step Two

I find myself really enjoying the peacefulness of sitting at my dining room table with a cup of coffee and planning out a wonderful family vacation. I am super excited to map out our travels towards Glacier National Park. Step one was choosing where to go and now I am moving onto step two. A Date & A Map! I...

Why Go Family Camping

Kelly was asking me to do some writing for the blog today but I was finding it very hard to get inspired, we just had 11 inches of snow here in Minnesota (April 18th & 19th). I thought I would be out camping, enjoying a bonfire and enjoying the beautiful weather. Instead we are holed up with a...

How to Keep Family Camping Cheap

A family vacation to Disney World is not in our budget right now. Here are a few ideas to save money when camping without lacking the fun. 1. Garage Sale Shopping I guess you could call me a Garage Sale Junkie. I love them and I have a hard time staying on course when I see a bright colored sign with...

How to make a Great Used Car ad for Craigslist

We need to find a vehicle that fits 5 kids and a camper! You might be thinking one of two things or both... "That car will not fit 5 kids in it at all" and the other thought that might come to mind is "that car might not drive". You are right to think that, but someday I would love...