Coming Together Under One Magnificent Tent – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 2

The car trip from Dallas, TX to Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas, only took us 4 1/2 hours. Even though I have been to Arkansas before for a wakeboarding trip, I had never been up in Devil's Den and was totally blown away by just how different it was. The flat plains of Texas began to turn into rolling hills, like mountains to a native Texan, but I am not a native Texan. As we entered Devil's Den State Park, Syfy and I both became very excited. With every turn around each tight corner, we drove deeper and deeper into the woods and farther away from society. Overwhelmed with happiness, I opened my window so that I could take huge breaths of the fresh air that my lungs missed while living in the city. “This is the BEST day ever!” Syfy shouted, opening his window to feel the cool forest air outside. I couldn't help but agree with him. This WAS looking like one of the best days ever. Continue reading “Coming Together Under One Magnificent Tent – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 2”

How I Get Whole Foods Nutrition From My Daily Multivitamin Supplement – A MegaFood Review

I talk a lot about whole foods nutrition on  my blog because I believe that medicine starts in our diet as a preventative measure. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, believed this too. He said “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food,” a saying I have been living my life by these last few years. When it comes to  health, sometimes it can be too difficult to get all of your needed nutrition throughout the day. This is why we take multivitamin supplements, but how much of your supplements is your body actually absorbing? This was my concern when I went on my hunt to find myself a daily supplement that I could stand behind.  Continue reading “How I Get Whole Foods Nutrition From My Daily Multivitamin Supplement – A MegaFood Review”

Preparing My Family For The Butterfield Hiking Trail – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 1

I was so excited for our very first family backpacking trip, I could barely sleep the week before the trip. I had so many things to take care of; backpacks to pack, last minute shopping trips that needed to be made, and the rest of our dehydrated meals needed to be put together. So much time had been put into this trip, I was hoping that this didn't turn out to be a huge flop. I didn't want my family to decide that they absolutely hated camping and backpacking, because of a National Lampoon's style vacation. I wanted everything to be perfect, but you never can count on things going exactly as planned when you are taking your family out into the great outdoors! This perfect image in my head would have been a much less memorable vacation, than the one that we actually experienced. Continue reading “Preparing My Family For The Butterfield Hiking Trail – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 1”

7 DIY Dehydrated Meals For The Trail Or On-The-Go (with Vegan/Vegetarian Alternatives)

Our very first family backpacking trip was a HUGE success! We had so much fun (more on that in the next post!) that we are already planning our next trip (I'm thinking Zion). On our trip, our homemade dehydrated meals definitely stood out and made a huge difference on how awesome our trip was! I had spent the last couple months dehydrating all of the fruits, veggies, and proteins that we needed for this trip so that we'd eat healthy whole foods meals without all the icky additives. After seeing the ingredients on the tasteless packaged meals made for the trail, I knew I wanted to make our own backpacking meals instead, but with three different diets in our family, the tasked daunted me. Continue reading “7 DIY Dehydrated Meals For The Trail Or On-The-Go (with Vegan/Vegetarian Alternatives)”

Decadant Dessert For Breakfast Homemade Chia Seed Pudding – A Sneaky Mom’s Confession

I understand the plight of the mom who has to sneak their kid's nutrition in every single bite. My child is a picky eater. A VERY picky eater. It's not for a lack of trying either! This kid has had the best of the best! As an infant, he ate nothing but my homemade organic baby food and loved every single thing I put into his mouth. Then, at around 3 years of age, he began fighting anything that was remotely vegetable related. I couldn't understand how my baby was turning against my every food whim and the harder I tried, the more he fought me. Not knowing what else to do, I started the stealth life of a mommy ninja chef.  Continue reading “Decadant Dessert For Breakfast Homemade Chia Seed Pudding – A Sneaky Mom's Confession”

Let’s Play Outdoors Together! Join Me At Outessa The Perfect Outdoor Retreat For Adventure Loving Women

Raise your hand if you love to play outdoors but wish you had some outdoor-loving girlfriends that thoroughly enjoyed playing out in nature with you? I can totally understand that feeling! As a passionate lover of pretty much all outdoor sports, I am always wishing I had girlfriends that wanted to go out in the wild with me! Where are my backpacking and kayaking girls? How about my climbing and biking girls? Let's all come play together during a weekend of fun that only a group of outdoor loving ladies can appreciate! Continue reading “Let's Play Outdoors Together! Join Me At Outessa The Perfect Outdoor Retreat For Adventure Loving Women”

Take Breakfast On-The-Go With Healthy Instant Oatmeal Packets – 10 Delicious Flavors

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but sometimes we have no time in the morning to make it! This leads to unhealthy choices on-the-go, but NO MORE! It's so easy to make a healthy energy-boosting bowl of oatmeal in any flavor you like and the best part is you control the ingredients! For our upcoming backpacking trip, at the end of this month, I wanted us to have a healthy whole foods breakfast that was quick and easy to make, with flavors we could vary. Instant oatmeal was my answer; but I didn't want to bring the instant oatmeal packets, found at our local grocery stores, because of all the unhealthy additives in them! Continue reading “Take Breakfast On-The-Go With Healthy Instant Oatmeal Packets – 10 Delicious Flavors”

Take Herbs On All Your Outdoor Adventures – DIY Herbal Outdoors Kit For Hiking, Camping, & Backpacking

I spent my childhood hiking, backpacking, and camping with my Dad, all over the West coast. I was the daughter that adored the outdoors and couldn't get enough, no matter how dirty or banged up, that I got. The addiction was solidified when we first started hiking through Yosemite National Park. With every trip we took, I soaked in the redwoods and sequoias, the glacier cut boulders and the majestic waterfalls that seem to only exist in Yosemite and my dreams. These trips made me realize that I was born to enjoy the outdoors and that my future was somehow going to be connected to my passion for this amazing place. Fast forward 20 years and now I am planning how I can instill the same great love of the outdoors, in my own son.  Continue reading “Take Herbs On All Your Outdoor Adventures – DIY Herbal Outdoors Kit For Hiking, Camping, & Backpacking”

Make Your Mother’s Day Extra Great With An Online Sampling Giveaway Event

Mother's day is coming up in less than two weeks, what are you doing for your very special mama? My family is taking me to a national park for a day of picnicking, hiking, and outdoor family fun, which is pretty much the best thing ever in my book! This year for Mother's day I am participating in Sampler's Mom's Week Sampling Event, to get you and your Mom the best samples ever! If you have been following me for awhile, you have likely gone through one of these fun sampling events before! If not, you are totally in store for some great stuff! Continue reading “Make Your Mother's Day Extra Great With An Online Sampling Giveaway Event”

Soothe Itchy Rashes & Bug Bites DIY Anti-Itch Calamine Lotion

Hiking out in nature is pretty much one of my favorite activities in the world. I love a good adventure outdoors, but sometimes that means coming back far itchier than you left. Whether you know what to look for and avoid (with poison ivy, oak, and sumac) or not, anyone can end up with a rash before their hike is over!  Continue reading “Soothe Itchy Rashes & Bug Bites DIY Anti-Itch Calamine Lotion”