March 5, 2021


My 5 year old student who was late today, “I got a little carried away with my sleeping.” And I’ve never felt anything more in my soul. #shitkidssay #kidssaythedarndestthings #usingthisexcuse #sleeplife
--Nic, @N_Drew_It

weekly survival tip

Finished binging your last series and looking for something new to watch? Great, we’ve got you covered during this Women’s History Month (and Monday’s International Women’s Day) with a round-up of content about inspiring women to keep you busy. Check it out.If that’s not quite enough for you, you can listen to book talks, view museum exhibits and watch even more short films and videos on this Library of Congress-hosted site dedicated exclusively to Women’s History Month.

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To kick the celebrations off this month we wanted to share the link for the International Women’s Day (IWD) website.This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge and centers around challenging gender bias and inequality. The site is full of resources and events, both in person and virtually, and you can search by country and city to find ways to mark the occasion near you. To get a little background on the day, which women all over the world will celebrate for the 110th time this year, this piece from the BBCis instructive.

Obviously it’s no coincidence that IWD falls during March, since it’s the month we spend celebrating women and their contributions to society here and abroad. But did you know that each year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation honoring and commemorating the achievements of women? Yeah, neither did we! But here it is. It’s actually a lovely read. Then you can go to Entertainment Weekly (we know, we were surprised too!) for a primer on the history of the month-long observance.This is a quick, useful, hit.

We’ve also lined up a few more interesting, female-focused, reads featuring women for you to dig into.

-You can start with this piece about a young woman in India who realized that the country had no lifestyle magazines in Braille.Sure, there were textbooks and newspapers and books, but nothing that was “simply fun and interesting.” So she started one, White Print, which launched in 2013.

-Next have a look at this story featuring the author of a new book about female con artists explaining to readers the different kinds of cons women have pulled off through the ages. In the article, the author, Tori Telfer, describes five quintessential personas women con artists often take on. As the piece says, “consider yourself warned.” And for more on one woman who so expertly conned people for years, here’s a fascinating, and creepy, deep dive from The Cut about a woman who called herself Anna Delvey…

-Finally, you might read this story in Vogueabout a Canadian journalist with a new eight-episode podcast that chronicles the case of one young Native American woman who went missing from Missoula, Montana, three years ago. Sadly, she is one of thousands who go missing every year in what many activists say is a crisis. Here’s the link to the podcast as well as another one to a New York Times story on the broader problemnot only of missing Native American women and girls, but the violence they encounter so frequently, too.

trail magic

This story may have been published last year, but that makes it no less relevant today. It’s an overview of three remarkable women who have focused their careers on protecting the environment and improving the lives of others around them. They have taught children about insects and the natural world, worked tirelessly to protect our oceans and turned plastic from waste into a tangible income source for women in the developing world. While their names may not be as well known as some other environmental activists and pioneers, they should be.

For more trailblazing female environmentalists, head over to the Environmental Defense Fund for their list of the “hardworking heroes of the environmental community” they will be recognizing during Women’s History Month. The names that appear include some of the usual suspects such as Rachel Carson, Wangari Maathai and Greta Thunbderg, as well as other women who are less well-known. To learn about these women and more, you can follow EDF on their social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn – where they will be posting about these female environmental leaders throughout the month.

trail mix

For this week’s advice on how to get outside with your kiddos, we thought we’d turn to some of the other moms who inspire us with their photos, tips and tales about adventuring with their little ones – and sometimes on their own too! We hope you’ll enjoy these ladies as much as we do.

For your viewing (and adventuring) pleasure:
1. @staywildrootsrevival
2. @hikingmyway (and definitely head over to the Hike It Baby website, too – we love their blog!)
3. @justineinthemountains
4. @she_colorsnature(we also love her website and blog, it’s full of great content.)
5. @raewynngrant/ (Winn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist and the pictures of her hugging baby bears are almost too much…)
6. @dineodowd
7. @mountain_mom_adventures

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Serena and Olympia. We’re dying.