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Cruisin' + Campfires

Cruisin' + Campfires

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A podcast about seeking adventure and sparking joy outside as a family.
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Giving Yourself Grace While Seeking Adventure
Let's face it — motherhood is an adventure itself. And when you're exploring new areas, making new friendships, and finding yourself again, you can be faced with some situations that can leave you feeling lost along your journey. On this episode, Shannon Kenny Carbonell opens up about her journey in motherhood that prompted her to leave behind a career in Hollywood in order to find a new adventure with her husband, LOST actor, Nestor Carbonell. Enjoy this raw conversation filled with laughs, stories, and lots of adventure.  Order Shannon's new book, All is Not Lost: Subscribe to Shannon's newsletter:
April 6, 2021
You Can't Control Everything While Camping With Kids (and That's Okay)
What do you do when something goes out of your control, like a weather report for snow or a blowout on your RV? On this episode, Josi Mara Richards talks through her framework for managing things that are out of our control, and how to approach situations more objectively.  Follow Josi Mara Richards on Facebook: Visit Josi Mara Richards website:
March 24, 2021
A Framework for Nixing Boredom While Camping With Kids
Probably nothing is as frustrating as hearing, "I'm bored" while camping with kids. Nix the boredom burnout by using this K.I.D. framework to come up with fast, easy ideas your kids will love doing. 
March 17, 2021
Traveling and Camping With a Child with ADHD
Dawn Marcotte has a family of 4 that has visited every state park in MN and as many of the National Parks as they can manage. With a focus on at least 1 big trip a year they have been able to experience the many adventures available in the great outdoors across the state of Minnesota. One of her children also has ADHD and is on the Autism spectrum. On this episode, Dawn opens up about the blessings and challenges her family has encountered while traveling. It's a must-listen for anyone visiting a family campground.  When Dawn and her family aren't traveling, you can find her here:
March 10, 2021
Finding Adventure With Your Kids
How do you encourage your kids to seek adventure? Tune in to find out from a fellow mom and outdoor entrepreneur, Nailah Blades Wylie. Nailah Blades Wylie is a Life & Leadership coach, consultant and the founder of Color Outside, a coaching practice for ambitious women of color who are ready to create unapologetic, soul stirring lives through outdoor adventure. Nailah started Color Outside as a safe place for women of color to come together and unlock where they're feeling stuck so that they can fully step into their joy and shine. When she's not leading adventure retreats or consulting with brands you can find her hiking with her husband or playing intense games of hide-n-go seek with her two tiny kids. You can find Nailah online at or on Instagram and Facebook: @wecoloroutside
March 3, 2021
Convincing Your Spouse to Try Camping
So often, one spouse loves camping while the other cringes at the idea. That was certainly the case for my husband and I before we bought our trailer, but boy did things change. On this episode, I talk through how you can come together as a couple and find the best mode of travel for your family. 
February 16, 2021
Exploring National Parks Through Reading
If getting to see National Parks with kids, like the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone are on your family's bucket list, you'll want to listen to this podcast. Blue Camas Books authors Christa Dunn and Joan Webb have published several books for kids highlighting the beloved characters Max and Josie. Each story is based on real-life experiences inside some of our favorite National Parks. On this podcast, you'll hear their backstory to writing these books, stories from when they went camping as kids, and more.  Links from the show: Instagram: Instagram: Exploring Yellowstone: Exploring The Grand Tetons: Website:
February 8, 2021
Navigating the Unknown on RV Trips With Kids
What do you do when you promise kids a pool at a campground, only to find out that it's closed due to the pandemic after you've arrived? Or how do you negotiate an extended camping trip with a teenager who would rather stay home and play video games? On this episode, Parenting Coach Kristin Schmoke walks through how her family of 6 overcame those challenges, and more, while on a 40-day camping trip over the summer. She also shares some ideas for how to calm challenging situations with our kids while on the road or at the camp site.  Follow Kristin Schmoke: Facebook:   The Parenting Village Group: Instagram:
February 1, 2021
Dispersed Camping With Kids
How do you create a fun, safe, and memorable experience while dispersed camping with kids? There might not be any playgrounds to jump around on or neighbors to meet, but there are plenty of ways to keep small children engaged and happy while out in the great outdoors. This episode teaches you about some of the things you can do to ensure your trip is boredom free while also teaching your kids how to care for their surroundings.  Sponsored link: The Cruisin and Campfires Adventure Box - Tag us on Instagram: Join the FREE Facebook group:
January 25, 2021
What to Expect When Camping in Arkansas
Warning: The audio on this episode gets pretty garbled in certain areas. Bear with it because the message and takeaways are exceptional. Micaiah Slaton and her family created Camp Arkansas, a company that sells maps of all the campgrounds in Arkansas. She's sharing more about her family's experience, what led them to create this, and where you should go if you're planning a camping trip to Arkansas. Website: Instagram:
January 19, 2021
RVing in the Snow With Kids
Many people I've talked to cringe at the idea of RVing in the snow with kids, but what if the experience could actually turn into one of your favorite memories as a family? That was the case for us when we unexpectedly found ourselves camping in our RV in the snow with a 2 and 3-year-old. Here's what I learned about what to pack, how to keep the kids entertained, and how to meal plan. Share your experiences with me on Instagram by tagging @Cruisinandcampfires with a picture of your favorite snow RV experience!
January 11, 2021
Living Full-Time in an RV as a Family of 5 with Bungalow on the Go
Ever wonder what full-time RV life would look like with a family of 5? Listen in on my campfire conversation with Christina Becker from Bungalow on the Go as she breaks down why they packed up and hit the road, the beautiful things they've seen, and some of the lessons they've learned along the way. There are so many actionable takeaways from this episode. Tag @bungalowonthego and @cruisinandcampfires on Instagram with your favorite pieces. Instagram:
January 4, 2021
Tips for Packing the RV
One of the hardest parts of camping is packing. On this episode, I break down my strategy for packing our RV, talk about how I write out our packing list, and mention the 4 most common things I forget (so you won't do the same!). Share your packing strategies and follow us on Instagram @cruisinandcampfires
December 21, 2020
A Journey to Camping in 177 Florida State Parks With 2 Kids
Amanda Green is a former TV producer, freelance writer, and born-and-raised Floridian. She's the mother of two children — a 2-year-old and 5-year-old. On this episode, she opens up about her family's current mission to explore all 177 of Florida's State Parks. It's a powerful episode with stories about what works, unforeseen challenges, and enthusiastic encouragement to pursue your own family camping adventures. Here's where to follow Amanda Green and her family: Facebook: Instagram:
December 15, 2020
Managing Big Emotions While Traveling With Kids
It's time to have an honest conversation about big emotions with our kids. In this episode, the author of the children's book Grumpaloffagus, Kristin Gudenkauf, and I talk through how her book came to life and how she helps her daughter better understand the grumps as they arise during camping trips.  Buy Grumpaloffagus: Follow Baby Rex Productions Facebook: Instagram:
December 10, 2020
Episode 1: My Journey Into Camping With Young Kids
On this episode, I'm sharing my story about how I got started camping with kids (it wasn't something I grew up doing) and the journey towards quickly falling in love with this mode of travel. 
December 7, 2020
Trailer Episode
Cruisin' + Campfires new podcast launches December 7! Tune in to discover how to seek adventure without chaos and spark joy outdoors. 
November 2, 2020