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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer is so close I can almost taste it! And with every new season comes a reason to do some shopping . . . or is that just the excuse I use? 

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Oregon Weekend Hikes: Trappest Abbey Hike

Monday, May 23, 2016

One of our goals as a family this year is to get out and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather any chance we can. A few weekends ago, we decided to test out our new Osprey Hiking Pack with Harper and go for a hike near our house. The hike starts out at the Our Lady of Guadaloupe Trappest Abbey between Lafeyette and Newberg. The Abbey sits on 1300 Acres, so it's the perfect quiet weekend escape. We decided to take the trail up to their "shrine" at the highest peak of their trails which overlooks the valley. You can pick up a map of the trails in their gift shop or guest office upon arrival.
The trail itself was really nice. We only saw a couple other people the entire time we were there. From the parking lot to the top of the trail where the viewpoint and "shrine" were was about a 1000ft elevation gain over a little over two miles. The trail itself was mostly shaded and kept fairly cool the entire time. A group of hikers were finishing just as we started and they were surprised that we were going to hike up the trail with a carrier and baby, but it wasn't too bad. Most of the hike is at a fairly decent incline, but manageable (although I wasn't the one carrying Harper). There were a few muddy patched from some recent rain and all the shade on the trail, but aside from the incline, the trail was well maintained. 

The view from the top made the whole hike worth it. If only it had been a little clearer Pacific Northwest day, but the view of the valley was still gorgeous even if it was a bit overcast. There were quite a few bugs in the more damp shaded areas of the trail so I'd recommend either putting on or bringing some bug repellent with you for the hike. 
The hike took us about two hours, but we stopped every now and then along the way. Plus I was definitely out of shape due to lack of hiking since before I was pregnant with Harper. Both Dan and I really enjoyed the quite and gorgeous trail but we were worn out by the time we made it back to the car. Clearly we weren't the only two worn out by the hike by the end of it! I had of course overpacked not knowing how Harper would handle her first hike, but she was a pro, and she even fell asleep on the way back down. 

It was so nice to just get away from our busy weekend schedules for the morning and to spend some time just the three of us! I'm looking forward to taking advantage of some nice weather and our hiking pack and getting out to explore some more new trails around Oregon this summer! 

Where are your favorite hiking spots in Oregon? I'd love any suggestions to help us keep our goal of making it outdoors more often this summer! 

Mom Life: 6-9 Month Favorites

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I can't believe that we've actually reached the point that I am able to write this post. Those first few weeks of motherhood seem so overwhelming, and while there are still days that feel the same way, once you get into a rhythm and establish a routine, the days and weeks just fly by before your eyes. I'm still in shock that Harper has reached the 9 month milestone and that I am actually starting to plan for her first birthday. So while I'm in Pinterest heaven over here planning all sorts of fun things for her birthday, here's some of our favorites from the last three months.
Highchair: I honestly was walking through a store before Harper was born trying to finish up a registry when I found this on sale on the end of an isle. I thought it was a little early to buy a highchair seeing as she wouldn't be using it for several months but it was too good to pass up, and I am so glad I did! The Fisher-Price Spacesaver High Chair is one of my favorite purchases! I love that you can strap it to any chair and it can be packed up and taken with you easily on a trip or just a dinner at a friends house. The cover can be easily removed for easy cleaning as well as the tray. I also love that it don't take up a ton of extra room in our already child toy and item filled home as it just straps to your exisiting dining table chairs. Plus it comes in several different designs and colors so it works for boys and girls!

Shopping Cart & High Chair Cover: As Harper has gotten older (and heavier) she's starting to enjoy being out and about more. She loves to look around interact with us while we're shopping or eating a meal, and this cover is perfect for that! The Comfort & Harmony Cart Cover makes taking Harper out and about so easy! While she was still getting used to her new found ability to sit up, I loved having the cart cover to provide a little extra cushion for her to lean on. It's great to put in the cart so you don't have to worry about what your child is touching or holding on to (or putting in their mouth) since it covers all the parts of the cart or the high chair that they can reach. I keep this in my car with me at all times so whenever we're out an about I have something she can sit in and look around and I don't have to worry about all the dirty surfaces she might touch or try to chew on.

Osprey Child Carrier: We haven't used this too much yet, but it's been the perfect way to bring Harper along on our favorite weekend hike or outing. The Osprey Packs Poco Carrier is lightweight and comfortable to wear and comfortable and secure for your little one to sit in. Harper made it through a two hour high with no complaining and even fell asleep in it on the high back. We are so excited to be able to bring this along with us on our family trip to Colorado in a few weeks!

Teething Rings: Harper has been teething for what feels like years, and with only about 1 and a half teeth actually popped through it probably won't be ending anytime soon. One of the thing that's helped provide the most relief are these First Years Water Filled Teethers. We throw them in the fridge and have them cool for whenever Harper's teeth seem to be bothering her. They are easy for her to hold and seem to help soothe her discomfort.

Sophie Giraffe Teether: We don't go anywhere without Sophie. At first I wasn't really sure what all the hype was about, and honestly I'm still not 100% sure, but Harper loves her Sophie! From a toy to play with to the perfect teether when she's teething, this toy is her favorite! It's small enough to throw in the diaper bag or carseat with her and is a great toy to bring along with you on the go.

Bath Letters: Once Harper could sit up on her own, she was over the bath seat for bath time and ready to have free range of the tub. She is constantly on the move an in to everything, so it's important to have toys to keep her occupied for bath time so we don't have her trying to climb out of the tub or pulling down all the soap bottles. These Little Tikes Bath Letters stick to the tub or float around in the water, and as she's found also make great toys to chew on. I love that they add color to the tub and will help her learn her ABC's at the same time.

There are so many products and items that we use on a daily basis that I could include on this list, but these are some of our favorites. If you have a question about something specific or are wondering what we use for certain things, please ask!

What are some of your little one's favorite toys or your parenting must-haves?