Top Products April 2018

Hello Friends!

Back with another Top products for 2018, keep reading to learn about a few of our favorite products that we’ve been loving lately.

Organic Wool Dryer Balls

 

These are great, we’ve been having to run our dryer a lot longer lately, and when we purchased these bad boys and it really helped with that drying time. Our dryer is not the greatest and we are looking to investing in a new one. But for now, these have really helped cut the drying time in half. It’s also better for the environment than using individual dryer sheets, because you can put essential oils in these wool balls and it adds a nice light scent to each load. We purchased ours on amazon, they have many options available.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Geranium Flower – Sensitive Skin Formula

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We been loving this deodorant for the both of us, on us individually it smells so different. (Your body’s Ph balance has a lot to do with it) Its super light and a little goes a long way. If you enjoy a light floral almost jasmine scent you will like this, on top of that its a sensitive skin formula which is nice because the skin under the arms can be a very picky area when it comes to introducing new products.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap – Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rose.

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Dr. Bronner’s always has a way of making it on to our lists, we absolutely love the bar soaps in particular. We go through these like crazy, some of our favorites happen to be Eucalyptus, peppermint and rose. The unscented baby version is really awesome for children with sensitive and eczema prone skin my nephew’s skin has really improved with the use of this mild soap. Available at Trader Joe’s/ whole foods and Target other Drugstores. Their liquid soaps last forever, and they are very concentrated so dilution is key.

Thayers Witch Hazel- Alcohol Free Toner (Rose Petal)

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We like to use this as a toner, and to spot treat itchy bug bites. Witch Hazel is extremely calming, and helps a lot with the itching when we get bug bites which Colleen suffers from most of the time. As a toner it helps calm the skin’s redness during break outs. You can pick this up at your local Target and drugstores.

 

That’s it for this edtion of Top Products hope you all enjoyed and hopefully it gave some of you some ideas. Please share any products you guys love, we would really love to hear and recommendations.

As always thank you for reading 🙂

Joshua Tree National Park April 2017

Hello friends!

We finally got out to experience Joshua Tree, located in Southern California. It was beautiful and we plan on returning one day for sure. This trip has been on our list for some time now, and we’ve heard that spring time down in Joshua Tree is the ideal time to visit because the  flowers would be bloomed and the heat would not be as scorching since it is basically a desert climate. We camped at the first campsite as you enter the park Black Rock Campground it was called – this campsite was amazing it had potable water and running water in the sinks and toilets, which is kind of crazy for camping in our opinion, quite luxurious. But nonetheless it was a nice change from the campgrounds we frequent.

A very clean camp, and located near some awesome trails. We stayed for 1 day and 1 night, which was surprisingly enough time for us. There was an abundance of life from road runners, quails, to all different species of lizards and even an infamous desert tortoise that we could not find for the life of us. Various species of plants we’ve never seen before and unique terrain. We set up camp, hiked for a few hours and then came back and had dinner. The park is massive and filled to the brim with Joshua Trees at every turn. Joshua Tree is known for its unique huge rock and bolder formations as well as the Joshua Trees themselves. Unfortunately our campsite was not located close to these formations. But it was just a short 15 minute drive deeper into the park to Indian Cove Campground – to see a drastic change in landscapes.

We would definitely recommend Black Rock Campground if it is your first time visiting the park, for it offers many trails to hike and beautiful well maintain grounds. All campsites get booked up quickly, so we would recommend looking into reservations months in advance. Although once you go deeper into the park they do offer first come first serve campgrounds one of the most popular camps is Indian cove, and people love to visit camp and go rock climb, though you would have to bring your own drinking water since there is no running water that deep into the park. Next time we visit we would want to stay closer to the rock formations further away from city lights to get an amazing view of the stars.

 

Hope you all can enjoy the photos we were able to capture.

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Sibling Fun!

 

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Until Next time friends 🙂

Snack of the Month April 2017

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PB and J, two ways!

This is a new series we wanted to introduce to our blog, We will keep them short and sweet. Normally when we snack we try to keep the snacks quick, simple and easy to put together.

To kick off this series our snack of choice for the month of April 2017 was Peanut Butter and Strawberry jam on toast. A classic kids snack with a spin.

Start off by toasting your bread of choice, we’ve been loving this Ezekiel bread (we have the Low sodium version) This bread can be found in your local grocery stores in the freezer section. We love this sprouted grain bread, it really has been a game changer for us. We keep the bread in the freezer and when we want to enjoy a slice or two we heat it right up in the toaster. Honestly it may sound daunting to have to defrost the bread but it takes no time at all. We’ve even toasted some up on the stove top using a nonstick pan on medium heat. Since the bread has no preservatives (which is one of the things we love about it) leaving it in the freezer helps it keep longer.

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Some good bread.

Next choose your jam/conserve/preserve of choice, we picked up ours from whole foods it’s the 365 brand.

As for the peanut butter we went with the creamy version, Trader Joe’s also carries great options for both items.

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Once your bread is all nice and toasted just apply as much or as little of peanut butter and jelly to it and enjoy! We know it’s so simple and takes us back to our childhoods, we just took it and tried to make it a bit ‘healthier’.

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Tip – Second Option – PB and J Quesadilla style.

If you want something lower in carbs then you can grab yourself a low carb whole wheat tortilla and toast it up in a pan on the stove top and apply some peanut butter and jelly on one of each side, and enjoy this simple on the go PB &J.

(We ran out of the whole wheat tortillas that’s why there aren’t any photos of this version.)

We love PB and J sandwiches! Hope you all enjoyed this Snack of the Month Segment 🙂

Comment if you love PB AND J!

Exploring Rockville Hills Regional Park

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Hello everyone! This is are 3rd installment of Local places we frequent. We want to talk to you about this very beautiful place that we have been visiting since we were little kids waddling around. Rockville is just what we call it but it’s called Rockville Hills Regional Park its a place that is used for all sorts from picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, scouts, fishing, to haunted hikes.

The park has 633 acres of dense forests, grasslands, oak woodlands, and two ponds. The trails here are always well-groomed and lots of diverse trails some will take you into awesome views of the area others will take you into denser parts with beautiful red-barked manzanita trees and some into open grassland areas with streams along the trail. The trails have lots of space for bikers and hikers to share and everybody is always friendly and willing.

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We’ve have had many good times here going on short hikes to long sweaty hikes. The spring time is always the best time to be here, but anytime of the year is good as well it’s just that during spring everything is nice and green the flowers are blooming and polliwogs fill the ponds edges.

There is a wide variety of creatures here birds, reptiles, small mammals. I love to just stroll through the park starting at all the small things moss growing on the rocks and logs, the ladybugs on plants, small lizards sunbathing on rocks, bees collecting nectar. As a child I can remember being excited during spring to go to the pond to see all the polliwogs, and you can see them in the different stages of life from tiny strings of eggs to dot sized tadpoles then to having two tiny legs sticking out of there body’s. Rockville will always be a favorite spot for me my family and friends if you ever happen to be in the area go in and explore bring your kids your friends you wont regret it . I hope you enjoy and make lots of wonderful memories like we have.

Rockville is a very popular place for moutain biking, they have many meets and events at the park. Also, many families take day trips with their little ones, on ‘Black Friday’ of last year we visited the park and it was great to see people with their entire families spending the day out in nature and not in the shopping malls. On other times we visit we see a lot of boy scouts and girl scouts who frequent the park all year. All in all, just a family friendly place that all ages can enjoy.

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Happy Exploring Dont Get Lost