How 15 Miles On Foot Changed Our Outlooks – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 4

To the avid hiker 15 miles may not seem that far, but to a 6-year-old and his 2 parents, carrying enough for three between their two heavy packs, it can feel like crossing a continent. Our family backpacking trip was going far better than planned, but we still had 6 miles to finish our goal and reach our car. On the third morning, we awoke to the sky beginning to lighten, signaling the beginning of a new day. Once again, Syfy had slept like a baby in his sleeping bag, with no pad underneath him. Letting Syfy sleep in a little longer, I climbed out of my hammock and crawled into the tent to begin the daily ritual of making breakfast and packing up our camp.  Today we would accomplish our goal as a family, and finish hiking the Butterfield Hiking Trail. Continue reading “How 15 Miles On Foot Changed Our Outlooks – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 4”

Joy Comes From Hanging In The Trees – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 3

Our first day on the Butterfield Hiking trail was definitely the hardest day of our backpacking trip. More than once we questioned our abilities to complete the task but found certain comforts in falling asleep together under one tent. While Syfy slept like a baby, the Hippy Hubby and I were up nearly all night long trying to find comfort on a very hard rock for our bed. I had made the mistake of not buying us sleeping pads, and we both paid for it with bruises lining our hips and dark circles under our eyes. I wouldn't make that mistake EVER again.  Continue reading “Joy Comes From Hanging In The Trees – Hippy Family Backpacking Trip Part 3”

Boost Your C With No-Bake Coconut Lemon Bars – Raw,Vegan, & Gluten-Free

It's getting hot out here in TX!!! Every evening after I put the kiddo down to bed, I start craving something sweet, but I have been hard-pressed to actually make any desserts because I just can't bear to heat up the house. This is the time of year that I start whipping up my no-bake desserts to avoid using any heat. Summertime is one of my favorite times to eat all sorts of lemony treats, and lemon bars are my absolute favorite cool treat. Since it IS summertime, I also love to use coconut in pretty much everything, giving them a tropical feel. I figured this recipe needed a little tropical inspiration too! It also helps you to get your daily dose of coconut oil! If that isn't reason enough to scarf the whole pan, I don't know what is!
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Crispy Oven “Fried” Okra – Vegan/Gluten-Free/Oil-Free

Summertime has been a blast here at the Hippy home, as we have spent a TON of time adventuring outdoors, swimming to our hearts content, and of course consuming our summer favorites. Our CSA has been overflowing with summer veggies including a  favorite of mine, okra! Who doesn't love fried okra all summer long? The only problem is, like many other health conscious people, I don't do fried food. I wasn't about to give up my love of fried okra, so I came up with this recipe last summer when I had okra practically coming out my ears. Continue reading “Crispy Oven “Fried” Okra – Vegan/Gluten-Free/Oil-Free”

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”