Mom. Adventurer. Traveler. Writer.
Kristen Bonkoski is the primary writer at Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids. In addition to blogging at Rascal Rides, Kristen is also available for freelance writing gigs. Her areas of expertise include cycling, family travel, the outdoors, and health and wellness.
Want to work with Kristen? Shoot her a note at email@example.com.
VIsit Idaho - A Family Friendly Adventure on the South Fork of the Snake River
When I think of my childhood, I think of the South Fork of the Snake River. I remember the hours spent napping in the front of the drift boat, the collections of driftwood I’d take home, and the Dutch oven dinners around a glowing fire. Born and raised in Idaho, my parents took me on my first trip down the South Fork at six months old. I spent as much of my childhood on the river as in any playground, library, or classroom.
Visit Utah - A Family Mountain Bike Expedition on the White Rim Trail
“We’ve only gone five miles?!?” Anthony sighed and collapsed on a slab of red rock. Beyond him, a flurry of orange dust blew up and then disappeared over the edge of a rocky abyss.
Singletracks.com - A Honeymoon in the Alps
At a snail’s pace, my legs burning, I climbed the last mile to the top of the Grand Col du Ferret. Wiping sleet and mud from my eyes, I wondered why we hadn’t picked a more traditional honeymoon. At that very moment, I could have been reading a book on a Tahitian beach or drinking pina coladas in Maui. Instead, I was riding my mountain bike in the Alps—wet, miserable, and exhausted. Looking back down the mountain behind me, my poor husband, Blair, was a mere speck far below.
Visit Idaho - Kelly Canyon Ski Resort and Heise Hot Springs: Winter Wonderlands in Southeast Idaho
No amount of Christmas ham or gifts under the tree were going to cure our case of cabin fever. Our annual holiday trip to Idaho Falls happened to coincide with multiple winter storms, and shoveling snow wasn’t fulfilling my quota for adventure. My four-year-old was whiny, and my husband was antsy. We needed out.
Huffington Post - 7 Ways for Working Moms to Practice Self Care
Being a “working mom” is tough. You have a boss to please, children to raise, milk to pump, dinner to cook, and a to-do list that’s a mile long. If you’re anything like me, you alternate between feeling stressed, angry, guilty, and totally worn out. (Note that I put “working mom” in quotations because I know all moms are working moms and that we’re all struggling in one way or another).
Outdoor Families Magazine - Mountain Biking With Kids, the 101 Version
Mountain biking with kids is a fantastic way for families to get exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and spend quality time together. Youngsters in particular take to the sport easily, because who doesn’t love the outdoors, dirt, and wheels?
East Valley Tribune - Hit the trail (Part 1): Best bets for beginner mountain biking
East Valley residents have easy access to some of the best mountain bike trails in the state. From beginner rides to technical thrills, there are options for anybody interested in singletrack adventure.
The Kid Project - Mountain Biking Round Valley, Park City, UT
Finding family-friendly mountain bike trails can be a challenge. You want a trail that isn’t too technical, doesn’t have too much climbing, and that has bail-out options if you need to make a quick retreat back to the parking lot.The Round Valley trail system in Park City meets all of those criteria, which has made it our family’s go-to ride.
Easy Smoothie Recipes for Kids: Healthy, Whole Food, No-Sugar-Added Smoothies
Getting kids to eat healthy food can be an epic battle for parents. Most children, especially young ones, are supremely picky eaters. To add insult to injury, many of the foods they gravitate toward—chicken nuggets, crackers, mac & cheese—are devoid of nutritional value. Add in the marketing of unhealthy food to kids, busy parents who reach for pre-packaged food for convenience (I’m guilty!), and the sad state of school lunches, keeping our children well-feed can be a major challenge.
100 Days of Green Smoothies: Simple Recipes for Weight Loss, Detox, & Better Health!
100 Days of Green Smoothies challenges you to drink one green smoothie a day for 100 days. Our green smoothie recipes pack multiple serving of fruits, vegetables, and other super-foods into one quick and easy drink. We make the transition to a healthier life super easy by providing 100 green smoothie recipes, weekly shopping lists, and lots of tips and tricks.