One Mom in Maine

A blog about raising happy kids while staying active, healthy, and outside as much as possible. One Mom in Maine is a teacher, healthy eater and distance runner who recently learned to surf.

Emilie is a winner of Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms - 2013

What's your favorite affordable outdoor activity to do with your kids?

Considering my kids are at the very best, happiest and well behaved, when we are outside, we spend as much time out there as possible. We hike, swim, play in the sand, garden, make rock sculptures, fairy houses and forts.

What tips do you have for spending time outdoors when its cold?

Living in Maine, we have to accept cold weather as a major part of our lives, and embrace the outdoors anyway. As long as my kids have good ski pants and jackets, warm hats and mittens, there isn't anything we can't do all winter. My kids recently started enjoying snow showing, and they love to ski, but mostly we build snow forts and dig snow tunnels. In the fall and spring, we layer up and go hiking. Perhaps because we have always done this, my kids don't seem to mind the cold at all.

What's a great vacation destination for families that want to spend time outside?

Maine! Maine is the place to go for outdoor fun. We have mountains and ocean and clean lakes for swimming, good skiing in the winter, and amazing foliage in the fall. I am so lucky to be raising kids in this state that is one big scenic view after another. Acadia National Park, an hour from where we live, is one of the must stunning places in the country, and it is a place my kids consider part of their playground.