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Mijo Style Feat. Daddy: Nature Preserve Walk

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With winter fast approaching, we’ve been trying to make the most of the mild weather before it becomes too bitter to spend time outdoors. One of the boys’ favorite pass-times is to play Pokémon GO which rekindles nostalgia from hubby’s childhood, keeps our little gamers engaged, and encourages outdoor exploration. I love anything that inspires us to get up and go. Most Pokestops and gyms are located at landmarks and parks so after the boys’ digital critters and goods are captured and collected, we get to bask in the beauty of our surroundings.

Our area is surrounded in nature preserves and we always make an effort to visit new parks. While visiting family a little further out, we decided to stop at one that we have passed for years… well most of our lives. It’s funny how you could live in an area and leave so much to be explored. One of these days, we won’t be just a simple car ride away, so we need to start taking advantage now.

On our walk, the boys; all three of them crunched through leaves in their new Merrell boots. We stopped at the lake, passed cabins, played with metalworking tools, and spotted a Wigwam dwelling that several Native American tribes in North America lived in. This particular Wigwam was built by Boy Scout Troop 276. Although it was a replica, it was a fun sight to see. I took quite a few photos and couldn’t narrow them down, so I’m sharing all of them including closeups of the boys’ new boots.

The big boy is wearing the Merrell Moab Work Boot. They provide the same comfort of their Moab hiking boot, but are made for long days of outdoor work with a lightweight composite toe. These are right on time for future gigs on the horizon. Aaand the little boys are wearing the Merrell Snow Bank Boot. They have a temperature rating of negative 25 degrees. We got them bigger sizes so they’d have room for thick socks because it gets SO cold here in NW Indiana (hello lake-effect everything!). We’re loving the toggle closure for a secure fit and easy on and off during busy snow days. The boys love how they feel and how “puffy” they are. When we got them in the mail, they couldn’t wait to wear them.

Continue scrolling for more photos of our nature walk and tell me in the comments what outdoor activities you enjoy during the fall and winter!

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Sheena Tatum (founder)

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

17 COMMENTS
  • Carolyn K
    12 months ago

    Always fun to get out with the family and enjoy the nature and beauty around us. One of my favorite things to do with my tribe.

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  • D. Durand Worthey
    1 year ago

    I love Merrell products! I have their rough terrain running shoes, but now we’ll have to check out their cold temperature gear as well. Thanks, Sheen!

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  • Athena
    1 year ago

    My family definitely needs boots like that. We are constantly outside at the farm and totally need our feet to be warmer!

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  • LavandaMichelle
    1 year ago

    Those are the prefect hiking boats. I will have to get Some before my next hike. Your hikers are adorable.

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  • adriana
    1 year ago

    What a fun time! This is a great way to get the kids outside and your pictures are great!

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  • Tiffany Griffin
    1 year ago

    Love those boots! I do a lot of hiking and would love to have a pair for myself.

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  • Oyinkan
    1 year ago

    Those boys are soooooo cute & I think it’s adorable that you married your Jr high school sweetheart.

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  • Louise Bishop
    1 year ago

    Those boots are too cute! I love that they’re stylish but work great for the fall-ish/winter weather at the same time.

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  • Andrea Vaughan
    1 year ago

    Your boys are so cute! I love those boots – I have been looking to get my son a pair of boots, so thanks for sharing these!

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  • Dina Demarest
    1 year ago

    What a beautiful area you live in. Your boys and family is lovely. My dh loves merrell shoes and I should get those as a Christmas gift for my kids.

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  • Nancy P
    1 year ago

    Those boots are amazing! We got a pair for everyone this summer and we’ve been going more hikes and trails since. Great photos btw!

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  • Ruth Infante
    1 year ago

    I’m totally loving the Merrell Moab Work Boot!! They look so comfortable and at the same time, super stylish!

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  • Jacqui Odell
    1 year ago

    Those shoes look like they are keeping their little feet warm! I love the last picture. It’s sweet seeing kids bonding with their parents and making memories!

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  • Soonjoo
    1 year ago

    I love seeing kids having a great time outdoors! Also super cute outfits!

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  • Tara Pittman
    1 year ago

    Staying warm is always good on winter hikes. These boots are just what my boys need.

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  • Your pictures are so good, what kind of camera do you use? Also, are those boots waterproof?

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