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Married to Adventure: Osa
June 20, 2017 11:00 am | by
Married to adventure - Osa Johnson

It’s Truly Genius Tuesday, and we’re taking you on a trip with Osa! Osa Johnson was married to adventure, she shared her love story with the world as an author, explorer, photographer, filmmaker and naturalist. With her husband, Martin Johnson, by her side, she explored and documented the unknown lands of Africa, South Pacific Islands and more. Osa joined our Genius Series in December 2014.

Married to adventure

“I went to Africa…for just the same reason that lots of girls settled down on Main Street back home—just to be with my husband,” – Osa Johnson, Photoplay article “A Wife in Africa”.

Osa’s “main street” wasn’t your run-of-the-mill main street. She made the world her town and spent her life exploring it, while sharing her stories with the rest of us. Osa married Martin when she was 16 years old and together, the two pursued all sorts of adventure.

The Johnsons created several motion pictures that captivated the world. They quickly became celebrities to the American public and received extensive media coverage . In 1940 Osa Johnson’s autobiography, I Married Adventure was the best-selling non-fiction book. We love that Osa set out on an unknown trail when she was a young girl and spent her entire life searching every inch of it.

“Unexpected difficulties, I think, are at once the challenge and the charm of the lives of all explorers.” Osa Johnson, I Married Adventure

Shop Osa!

Today only (6/20/17), we have some special sales* on select Osa Genius Series merchandise & diapers, including:

bumGenius Freetime, bumGenius Littles, and Flip Diaper covers in Osa are also available today* – shop now*while supplies last

Enter to win Osa!

In this week’s Truly Genius Tuesday Giveaway, one lucky person will win an Osa Gift Pack, including an Osa bumGenius Freetime cloth diaper and a Genius Series Baby Tee. For a chance to win, tell us what has been your favorite adventure with you little one(s)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Eligible entries must be posted no later than midnight Central Time, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win. Winners will be drawn after the close of the contest and notified via email. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of end of giveaway.


  • Johnson, Osa. “A Wife in Africa.” Photoplay (June 1923): 32-34, 109.

About the Author

Libby is the marketing director for Cotton Babies. She's an obsessed auntie to three super fun kids. She loves coffee, chocolate, and singing Broadway show tunes.



  • Kelsey von Mechow said...
    June 26, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    My favorite adventure with my little one was his birth. Not what we planned for at all!

  • Paloma Hernandez said...
    June 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    My favorite adventure with my LO is any time we go to a new park, i love watching her explore. We like parks with walking trails so she always sees new scenery and different plants

  • Dawn Jones said...
    June 25, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Going on picnics.

  • Nicole K. said...
    June 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

    We love going to the zoo

  • Britney Tifft said...
    June 23, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I think my favorite adventures are exploring wooded areas we’ve never been to, and getting lost on road trips with Dad. Then we find some really cool places and scenery.

  • Alexis Cuffy said...
    June 23, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    My favorite adventure with my babies has been our trip to Florida. It was our first time vacationing as a family of four and the kids had so much fun!

  • Melissa Stutzman said...
    June 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    My LO is only a few days old so my favorite adventure so far would be her birth.

  • Melissa A. said...
    June 23, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Our trip to the ocean for the first time was my favorite adventure with my son!

  • Hollie Baker said...
    June 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

    We love taking adventures or favorite was a 7000 mile round trip to Maine

  • Amy Hall said...
    June 23, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Going to the zoo,

  • Bianca Munoz said...
    June 23, 2017 at 7:35 am

    All adventures have been memorable.

  • Maya LeaJames said...
    June 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    My little one absolutely loves to be outside and go on hikes.

  • Samantha Steller said...
    June 21, 2017 at 10:40 am

    My favorited adventure with my little one(s) was camping over the past few days. It was the most relaxed I’ve been in years.

  • Ellie said...
    June 21, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Baby is due this November!

  • Eileen said...
    June 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    The greatest adventure so far has been the journey to motherhood. Looking forward to many adventures to come!

  • Laura Temple said...
    June 21, 2017 at 1:06 am

    My favorite adventure with my kids has been homeschooling them. There are highs and lows, but everyday is a new adventure in learning!

  • Barbara said...
    June 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Our favorite adventure was a visit to Living Treasures and letting them ride a camel. They have so many birds and many rescued animals that are exotic.

  • Marie Lowther said...
    June 20, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    We’ve flown on a plane across the country with our little one. 🙂

  • Erin B. said...
    June 20, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    My favorite adventure was our family vacation last year to Myrtle Beach!

  • Sandra Watts said...
    June 20, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I think every day is an adventure when you have little ones.

  • Sarah Hayes said...
    June 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    going hiking to the creek has been my fav

  • CJ Huang said...
    June 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    camping at yosemite. 🙂

  • Lydia H. said...
    June 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    We love looking for natural treasures! We have found some awesome things in the mulch at the park!

  • Nancy said...
    June 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Our favorite adventure with our 6 month old is watching her learning how to talk!

  • Mollee said...
    June 20, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    We traveled to Costa Rica and swam in the sea for the first time!

  • Amanda Alvarado said...
    June 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    My greatest adventure with our daughter has been watching her become her own person with her own attitudes and quirks!

  • Daveanna Davis said...
    June 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    We just had our first trip to the zoo this weekend! While she was a little small to take it all in, the three of us had a lot of fun, and mommy and daddy got to share a nice relaxing day together! <3

  • Lexy Overstreet Broome said...
    June 20, 2017 at 11:56 am

    My favorite adventure with my little ones is when we walk on trails at our favorite park.

  • Danielle B said...
    June 20, 2017 at 11:55 am

    My favorite adventures have been their births.

  • Lianne Reese said...
    June 20, 2017 at 11:23 am

    We like going hiking to look for reptiles!

  • Megan Frickel said...
    June 20, 2017 at 11:17 am

    This is such a beautiful diaper!