Keeping Kids Cozy and Content all Winter Long

first_imgBrought to you by Big Agnes, the Mother of ComfortThe Clark family lives in the Great White North and can be found in down jackets and wool hats most of the year. As a family, they carve out big chunks of time for self-propelled adventures. They dress for winter whether it is on cycling adventures in Patagonia, or when paddling across the high arctic. Find out why Outside Online called the Clarks “The Most Adventurous Family in the US” at: http://www.outsideonline.com/2094321/tips-most-adventurous-family-us. Here are Big Agnes, we asked Dan about his sure-fire techniques to keeping his kids warm and smiling all winter long during any adventure. Here are his tips for every age:How many of us dream of a carefree winter vacation away from winter and our children? A week of relaxation at the beach is one solution to the cabin fever that sets in during the dark months of winter, but there are other options closer to home. Why not bundle up the whole family and be active this winter skiing, skating or snowshoeing?Here are a few simple tips garnered from a decade of family adventures in the white stuff.Age 0: Timing is EverythingIf changing a diaper or breastfeeding outside on a frosty day isn’t your idea of fun, make sure you start your adventure clean, fed and sleepy. Nap time can be a great time for a winter walk or snowshoe. Babies are most comfortable snuggled next to a parent, so leave behind the stroller and opt for a baby sling of some kind. Toss the baby in a snuggly, and zip up a Farnsworth Jacket or something similar. Pick an insulated jacket with a relaxed fit that will comfortably wrap around baby and parent.ba6Age 1: Snuggled in ComfortToddlers can be a bit hard to fit inside a jacket, so a stroller on skis may be your ticket to winter exploration. Be aware that kids get cold fast, so build them a plush cocoon inside your favorite stroller or sled. A sleeping bag like the Little Red 15 will allow you an extra hour of cross country skiing in the cold, especially if you put a few hot water bottles in the bottom.Ages 2-3: Patience Pays OffOnce your toddler is off on his/her own adventures, be prepared to play games within sight of the lodge. We enjoyed a few seasons learning balance on skis and socializing in the staging area in front of the lodge. Young kids don’t have much endurance, so make short forays outside and then warm up inside with a snack and hot drink before heading back out. Know that the time you put in at this age will make a huge difference teaching gross motor skills and instilling a love of winter in the years to come.ba3Ages 4-5: Mini-AthletesOnce kids start moving on skis, skates and snowshoes, there is no limit to the fun you can have as a family. Your imagination may be the only limitation! Keep in mind that kids still need a little help at this age. We continued to use our stroller as an option for a tired kid, either inside or towing behind. This allowed us to go further afield and explore places beyond the range of kids traveling entirely under their own power. Kids that are working hard often get too warm in traditional snowsuits, so mid-weight insulated jackets like the Ice House Hoodie are a good compromise for many active winter sports.ba4Ages 6+: Try to Keep UpKids that are six and older suddenly become capable athletes. Once our kids reached this age, they started seeking out the jumps and consistently pushing our comfort level. They have had a few spectacular crashes, but a soft cushion of white is a forgiving medium and they usually come up snow-covered and smiling.Call to Winter Adventure:It is never too early to get kids outside in winter. These curious little beings are up for almost any adventure, especially if it means spending some quality time with their parents. They will be happier for the time outside in the white stuff, and so will you!ba5last_img read more

Manchester United vs Arsenal is no rivalry – just two mediocre teams in need of a win

first_imgRoy Keane and Patrick Vieira had many memorable Premier League clashes in midfield (Picture: Getty)Doubtless that the rivalry between Keane and Vieira will be a point of much discussion this evening, and perhaps they might even try to compare a similar battle in the midfield tonight. But is anyone really expecting Granit Xhaka and Scott McTominay to start a scrap in the centre circle or confront each other in the tunnel at half-time?And if they do, will either be able to back it up with a barnstorming performance on the pitch to gain bragging rights and an invaluable three points? It does not seem likely. Perhaps Matteo Guendouzi will briefly start shouting at someone. That is the best we can hope for.AdvertisementBoth sides have spent a decade trying to replace their antagonists in midfield, a decade failing. It is fair to say that the game has moved on and that the type of player they both were does not necessarily exist in the same way, but even the modern equivalent – the N’Golo Kante, whose running and covering is the new version of Keane’s no-nonsense tackling – has eluded them.Paul Ince said this week that he could dominate the game tonight – ‘I’d love to play against this Arsenal midfield, absolutely love it’ – while Dimitar Berbatov accused United of being ‘too soft’ in big games. Neither are wrong. How the mighty are fallen.Both teams can prove something to the other this evening, that they still have stomach for the fight. But will we be talking about this clash for years to come? Somehow, I doubt it. We probably will have forgotten it by Thursday.Who will win at Old Trafford?Arsenal0%Manchester United0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Advertisement No fourth official relished separating Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson (Picture: Getty)It did not take long for the two to clash as Wenger questioned changes to the fixture list because it allowed ‘Manchester United to rest and win everything’. Ferguson responded that the newcomer from Japan – Wenger’s previous job had been with Nagoya Grampus Eight – should ‘keep his mouth shut’.United had been winning everything of course and Ferguson was unused to being challenged on anything, inside his own dressing room or outside, all of a sudden had a rival whose new-fangled ideas threatened his Premier League autocracy.Compare that rivalry to the two men who will shake hands on the touchline tonight at Old Trafford, Unai Emery and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Both are interesting characters but hardly strong ones: Solskajer’s chief management policy appears to be publicly praise every player he possibly can, while contradicting those words with his selection and transfer strategy. Emery meanwhile relies on Freddie Ljunberg to make himself understood to the players and has five different captains, the leader of whom is perhaps his least reliable player in his squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAnd that is part of the problem. Everything that gets flashed up during Sky’s two-hour pre-game – featuring Roy Keane in person – will be increasingly grainy footage of Keane himself getting angry in the tunnel, Patrick Vieira squaring up to anyone who will dare to stand his ground and Martin Keown celebrating in Ruud van Nistelrooy’s face. It will be an hour of men in their 40s reminiscing about times gone by, when football was football and men were really men.It is not an edifying prospect. In all likelihood, they will not spend that long talking about the game at hand – and who can blame them? Both teams sit in mid-table with three defeats and four draws between them already in the Premier League this season. Once upon a time, these two sides would have been aiming to end the season with figures like that next to their name.But instead, the modernity of Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and even Chelsea has seen them left behind.center_img James GrayMonday 30 Sep 2019 11:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link229Shares Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Unai Emery have little rivalry to speak of (Picture: Getty)Manchester United vs Arsenal used to be the one we all put into our diaries.When the fixtures came out, even if you weren’t a Red Devil or a Gunner, you would do anything you could to make sure that your partner had something else do, the kids had a play-date at someone else’s house and no-one was getting married – if they were, they’d better have Sky at the reception.The TV networks would create montages of montages, set to epic music with as many pop culture references as they could jam into 90 seconds, and the build-up to ‘Super Sunday’ or ‘Manic Monday’ or occasionally ‘Wild Wednesday’ would usually dominate proceedings for at least a week.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat, at least, has not changed. In an increasingly crowded sports entertainment market, TV companies will cling onto any semblance of rivalry or ‘beef’ in an effort to stand out from the crowd and draw more eyes.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThey always have, and we would tolerate it for United vs Arsenal because it was a massive game. Now, the hype surrounding the fixture is no more deserved than when Sky schedule Bournemouth vs Norwich for 4pm on a Sunday and insist that you need to stop whatever you are doing to watch it.The seeds of this rivalry were sewn in the enmity between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.Ferguson had arrived at United with the express purpose of taking on the all-conquering Liverpool and ‘knocking them off their perch’. By the time Wenger strode into English football, the perch had been burned to the ground and United were dancing all over the ashes.The Frenchman brought with him a whole host of new ideas and new players, and frankly could not have been much more polar opposite to Ferguson, with his economics degree, his linguistic skills and his ideological football. It was old school vs new school, homegrown vs imported, fire and brimstone vs cunning and guile. Manchester United vs Arsenal is no rivalry – just two mediocre teams in need of a winlast_img read more

Inter Milan 0 – 1 Bayern Munich

first_imgMario Gomez struck in injury time as Bayern Munich took a huge step towards avenging their defeat by Inter Milan in the 2010 Champions League final.The Bundesliga top scorer pounced on an error by Inter keeper Julio Cesar to tap home a priceless away goal in the first leg of the sides’ last-16 clash.Bayern played the better football throughout with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben hitting the woodwork.Samuel Eto’o was repeatedly denied by keeper Thomas Kraft in an open match.Yet the game looked to be heading for a stalemate until the 90th minute when Cesar failed to hold Robben’s 20-yard strike and Gomez capitalised, leaving Inter’s grasp on the Champions League crown they won last May hanging by a thread.It was no less than the Germans deserved for a display full of attacking panache, led by the outstanding Robben, with 22-year-old goalkeeper Kraft imperious on his ninth senior match for the club. The two sides have endured a rough time since meeting in last year’s final, with Inter eclipsed by rivals AC Milan in Serie A and Bayern 13 points adrift of the Bundesliga summit.But both have improved of late, with Bayern in particular notching 22 goals in their previous seven games, and they produced an entertaining match with a dramatic finale.The Inter side that beat Bayern 2-0 last season famously had no Italians in it but the sole indigenous player in the current line-up, Andrea Ranocchia, should have given the Nerazzurri the lead within 70 seconds.The young centre-back, making his first Champions League start, found himself unmarked from Wesley Sneijder’s free-kick but he turned his effort wide from a few yards out.Bayern youngster Kraft was then called into action to charge down a close-range effort from Esteban Cambiasso. The visitors improved with star duo Ribery and Robben, playing together for only the third time this season because of injuries, beginning to shine.The pair combined to create Bayern’s best chance of the first half when Ribery headed his team-mate’s dinked cross against the bar.A fabulous Bayern passing move then ended inauspiciously when Gomez walloped the ball way over the bar from 10 yards.While the visitors continued to play the prettier football, Inter’s defence proved typically durable and the Italians created another chance when Kraft made a terrific one-handed save to deny Eto’o from 12 yards.Bayern had a great opportunity to break the deadlock seconds after half-time when Robben’s right-wing cross presented Thomas Mueller with a free header, which he contrived to glance well wide.Robben then created a chance for himself, scurrying across the penalty area before rifling an effort against the outside of the post as the Germans began to look dominant. Bayern’s stylish approach play continued to be undermined by their sloppiness in defence and Kraft again came to the rescue to parry Eto’o’s fierce effort, with Cambiasso spooning the rebound over with the goal at his mercy.Just as the match appeared to be igniting, it just as quickly began to fizzle out with Bayern unable to find the final ball to compliment their superior possession.There were no more chances of note until the final 10 minutes, with Inter appearing to be finishing the match stronger.Kraft made two stops, first to deny substitute Houssine Kharja and then to parry Thiago Motta’s point-blank header, before Eto’o’s goalbound effort was deflected just wide.But it was Bayern who found the decisive goal at the death when Robben broke forward and unleashed a strike from just outside the box, which Julio Cesar parried into the path of Gomez who tucked gleefully home. Source: BBClast_img read more