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Diablo Lake

Y’all when I say there is no shortage of fabulous day trips in the Northwest, it’s the truth. We had seen a lot of photos of Diablo Lake on the internet and it was on the top of my list of places to see.

After some research on the WTA.org site, the plan for our Diablo Lake trip was to drive up to the lookout, hike the Thunder Knob trail and end the day with a picnic. Well — life with two under two never goes as planned. We made it to the lookout after almost three hours in the car. We knew lunch needed to be next on our list. We drove back down the mountain to the hike trailhead. The trailhead also happened to be at a campground/picnic area. Almost all the photos above were taken at the Colonial Creek Campground. After nursing Mason and eating our picnic lunch, we reevaluated all our moods. We decided it was best to pass on the hike and just hang out at the campground. We let Logan run around and play by the water. Hopefully, there will be a future visit and we can do the hike! It was still a perfect Pacific Northwest day trip!

If you are planning a trip to the area, I suggest making a stop at the Colonial Creek campground. Even though we cancelled the hike, we heard the Thunder Knob Trail had the best views out of all the area hikes. Everyone told us these views were better than the Diablo Lake trail.

How perfect was my Terez outfit for the bright blue Diablo Lake?!

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All you have to do for this view below is stop at the overlook from the highway!

 

 

 

 

Family Life Update

This creative space has been a little neglected the past few months adjusting to our new life with two kids. Raising my boys has been the most important and exhausting job I’ve ever had. Your children will only be babies for a short time. Make sure you slow down in life and focus on the moment and making memories with your family. Life with kids really is about learning to let things go. It’s ok to let the house get messy, it’s ok not to cook every meal and it’s ok to drink a little wine at the end of long day.

I am back to teaching one weekly group reformer class and a few clients out of my home studio. Logan is in preschool two days a week and loves his social time with his friends. Mason is a sweet baby with a calm demeanor who loves watching everything his big brother does. Ryan is loving his new career back in tennis. Seattle becomes more home to us everyday and we are excited to plan a few Fall and Winter weekend family trips. These photos were taken at Ocean Isle Beach when we were visiting family in September and it’s crazy to see how much our boys have changed since our trip. Ocean Isle Beach is special because this is where I spent summers growing up. It meant so much to me taking my family here for our memories.

Guess Who Turns 2 Today…

Our first year with Logan…

Our second year with Logan…

I seriously can’t believe this guy is turning two today!!! Life has been really busy and I haven’t had a chance to post on here much lately. I want to take a little time today and reflect over the past two years.

When they say children change your life, it is so true. Logan has taught me to love more than I ever thought was possible, appreciate the small things and live in the moment. I have always stressed and worried about everything in life. Logan has taught me so much of that doesn’t matter.

He is full of energy, independent, social and really loves to charm the ladies. I only wish I had his endless supply of energy! This Fall, he started Preschool and soccer. For the first few months of his baby brother’s life he didn’t give him the time of day. Now, he is starting to take more interest in his baby brother Mason Hawke. He loves to run up to him and say “heyyyyyyyyy” and it melts my Mama heart every time.

Now I am off to party prep since I decided to put together a last minute birthday party for Logan with some of our closest friends!! I love you Logan Thomas and can’t wait to see what you do in this world!!!

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Quick Baby Wearing Workout

12-15 reps of each, 3-4rounds! I use light dumbbells (2 or 3 lbs) but this workout can be done without weights too!

  1. Shoulder Press Sumo Squats
    • Make sure your feet are wide with toes pointing out. Arms start in goal post position. As you lower into a squat position, arms reach up. As you lift back up, arms lower back down. Work to keep a long, straight spine and keep the core engaged. Repeat 12-15 reps.

  1. Tricep Kickback Lunges
    • Start with feet about shoulder distance apart. It’s ok to keep a slight hinge forward. Arms reach straight back as you lower one leg back into a squat position. Remember not to let the knee on the front leg track over the toes. 12-15 reps with one leg and repeat on other side.

  1. Curtsy Lunge Bicep Curls
    • Start with feet about shoulder distance apart. As you bring arms into a bicep curl, cross one leg back and behind the other into a curtsy lunge. Front foot stays flat and the back foot heel stays lifted. Work to keep a long straight spine and core engaged. 12-15 reps with one leg and repeat on other side.

I have had a few people reach out and ask about my postpartum workout routine. I am working on a long post but wanted to share a quick baby wearing workout you can do from home. Making your kids part of your workout can be distracting but it can also be fun! Being healthy and fit is a lifestyle so have fun with it! I might be doing this workout without the dumbbells in the airport this week.

As moms we do the best we can. We all have different circumstances but none of our lives are easy. Make working out a priority at least a few days a week and you will feel better mentally!

Thanks to K’tan for letting me try their active wrap. I own two of these and love them!! This company makes babywearing so easy and this active fabric is great for hot summer days, workouts and hiking!

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Hiking with Toddlers & Babies – Heather Lake Trail

Being outdoors and hiking is important to me and always relives my stress, inspires me and helps remind me what to focus on in life. In a world where we are so connected to the internet and social media, it’s always a great escape for a few hours. I don’t know if we will live in Seattle forever but I plan to take advantage of this gorgeous place and all the beauty only a few hours away while we can.

Hiking with a toddler and baby is not easy. It takes a lot more prep and patience. I am not a kid’s hiking guro but I do learn a little more about what we need and don’t need each hike we take. The list is always evolving.

 

Last weekend, we did our first hike as a family of four. We drove a little over an hour north to hike the Heather Lake Trail. When I am researching hikes, I always use the Washington Trails website and the WTA app. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, it’s so awesome. It’s easy to save the hikes you are interested in and you can read people’s up-to-date reviews on the trail conditions.

Overall, the Heather Lake Trail was the perfect half day hike for us. We hiked a little over four miles roundtrip and it was the perfect challenge for carrying packs and babies. It took us three hours to complete. We maintained a pretty consistent pace to the lake and took breaks only to shed layers as we worked up quite the sweat hiking the uphill terrain. It took us an hour to make it to the lake and we spent an hour exploring, eating and taking in views. The hour hike downhill was much easier on the way back but I was really careful with my footing since I was carrying Mason Hawke. My biggest piece of advice for hiking with kids this young is to have patience. There might be meltdowns and extra stops for feedings but remember to enjoy being out in nature. Nothing made me more happy than to keep hearing Logan say “oh woooooowwww” the entire hike. He loves mountains and it makes my heart so happy to see his appreciation for nature.

 

Our Hiking Checklist (our list is always evolving!)

  • Osprey Pack – Ryan carries Logan on our hikes in this pack. We really like it  and it has great storage. We packed our small cooler with lunch food in it for this hike.
  • K’tan Carrier – I really like this cloth carrier. It packs easily and you can configure it to help give your baby support until they have complete head control.
  • Daypack/Diaper bag – We have some storage in the Osprey but with kids this young we always bring along another backpack.
  • Water – Always take lots of water!! We didn’t on this hike but it’s a good idea to take something to filter your water just in case. You never know what will happen out in nature.
  • Food – We packed a lunch for Heather Lake but some of our favorite snacks to take on hikes include: KIND bars, Pressed by KIND, KIND fruit bites, energy balls and fruit.
  • Diapers & Wipes – We only bring one diaper for each of the kids and a few wipes if they hike is only a few hours.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Sanitizer

Mindset Checklist

  • Be Patient & Focus
  • Be prepared with water and food!
  • Take photos – It’s harder to take my Nikon camera with us these days but I make sure to have my iPhone out a few times to help us remember the memories. All these photos from this day were iPhone photos.
  • Enjoy the memories!! Take a few minutes every so often to stop, relax and take in being out in nature.

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I always dress in layers when hiking but since I am nursing, I think even more about what to wear. I wanted you to see a better shot of what I wore hiking. Nursing bras make life so much easier and I can’t say enough good things about this one from XOThree. It has hidden zippers and magnets to make access to breastfeeding as easy as it can be. It’s also a bra that I will end up wearing past the days of nursing because it’s so stylish and doesn’t scream nursing bra. There is nothing on the market like this and this brand is going to make a lot of noise in the maternity and postpartum clothing market in the coming years!!

 

 

Overwhelmed #Monday Thoughts

Dress // Sandals (similar) // Earrings (similar)

Overwhelmed and all over the place — that is me right now. I think I was stressed when Logan was born and the addition of two has increased that to a new level. Both babies were sleeping so I sat down at my computer to pay bills, organize my life and hopefully write a blog post for a home workout I filmed last week. After ten minutes of not being able to concentrate, I stopped to do a thirty minute Pilates workout. I’m back at my computer now with hopes of being refocused. Guess what – I’m really not.

After our hiking adventure this weekend, I came back inspired and ready to take on so many new projects. Today that motivation is all gone again and I’m not sure why. I think it’s because we didn’t leave the house Sunday. We were all tired and needed to rest. There are some days this is needed. I speak a lot on my Instagram about making sure I get out of the house daily. There are so many days as a stay at home mom that it seems so much easier to just stay home. By 5:00, I am normally regretting that decision. I’m trying to embrace the crazy of getting two kids fed, dressed and ready to leave the house. It’s exhausting to pack up and remember every thing you might need for a family outing. I always feel that sigh of relief when we are all loaded in the car and off somewhere. We might not stay out long and I might forget things we need but it’s a learning curve.

A change of scenery is all you need sometimes. I took these photos on a recent day trip we took to the Olympic Peninsula. I wanted Logan to be in some of these photos but he was too busy frolicking around in circles and being a toddler.

A note to all the Moms out there – you got this!!!

 

 

Ballard Locks as a Local

Romper // Sandals // Handbag (similar) // Necklace

We take most of our out of town guests to the Ballard Locks — which links the Pudget Sound with Lake Union. It’s a great place to watch boats, check out the fish ladder or take a stroll through the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden.

I recently discovered another way to access the Locks without paying to park and fighting crowds. You enter from the Magnolia side of the water at Commodore Park. There is even a cute cement viewing spot that has always been crowd free on all our visits when you first arrive. Put Commodore Park in your GPS and you are off to a crowd free entrance to your Locks experience!!

We will be making a few more trips to the Ballard Locks before summer ends!!

If you are loving this romper, make sure you check out the Tobi website for so many affordable cute dresses and rompers! Now that I am finally not pregnant anymore, I am wearing all the rompers I can before the summer ends!

Toddler Snacks

Do other Moms feel like the only thing they do is make food, clean up food and then make food again. Some days I feel like all we do it eat but I know it never goes well for us if my toddler gets the least bit hungry. Maybe I should go ahead and call it hangry because it’s never a pretty sight. I never leave the house without the diaper bag stashed full with all our favorite snacks.

When Logan first started eating solids, I was like “I’m going to make everything homemade.” I did a good job with that when all he ate was pureed foods. Now that he is older, we make almost all his meals but when it comes to snacks, I want something easy that requires minimal to no prep work. Today I am sharing our go-to toddler snacks. I love getting ideas from others so please let me know your favorite toddler snacks?!

1. Applesauce and Fruit Pouches

Logan will down an applesauce or a fruit and vegetable pouch within seconds. I try to reserve these for when we are out and about since they are one of the few snacks that don’t create a major mess.

2. Cheese, Fruit & Crackers

We buy the sliced white american cheese slices at the deli. For snack time, grapes or strawberries are usually the fruit that makes the cut. These are some of our favorite crackers.

3. HIPPEAS

We recently tried HIPPEAS and let’s just say Logan is beyond obsessed with these. They are organic chickpea puffs that are light and crunchy while high in protein & fiber. They are USDA certified organic, certified gluten-free, vegan, kosher, allergen free, non-GMO, low calorie snacks. They come in six flavors but our favorite flavors are the vegan white cheddar and far our fajita.

4. Graham Crackers

Logan for sure has a sweet tooth and I try not to get in a habit of feeding him graham crackers but he loves them. I always have some in our diaper bag.

5. Smoothies

Logan has a smoothie everyday when he wakes from his nap. I mix them up depending on what ingredients we have on hand. He always drinks his smoothies out of his Chicco sippy cups. We love these cups and they are cute too! The only downside about him drinking a smoothie in the afternoon is he doesn’t always eat a lot for dinner. If we have spinach in the refrigerator, he always gets a green smoothie. Lately, his smoothie has included about a cup of almond milk, 1/2 banana, handful of frozen mangos, one small Chobani yogurt, tablespoon of chia seeds, and a handful of grapes.

6. Pressed by KIND®

These bars are an easy way to add two serving of fruit to your diet, are five ingredients or less and have no added sugar. Our favorite is the Cherry Apple Chia.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites…

Here are my favorites from this year’s Nordstrom sale for early access cardholder members. As you can see it’s all activewear and athleisure since that is basically what I live in. I haven’t pulled the trigger on anything yet but I better before anything I really want is sold out..

The Patagonia coat I wanted to get for Logan already sold out but here are a few of my other kid favorites…

I included my favorite North Face bomber in my shopping favorite above. It’s included in the sale in black and a darker green color HERE.

 

HAPPY SHOPPING!

The First Month with Mason Hawke…

I seriously can’t believe it’s been over two months since Mason Hawke was born. The days have been long but the time sure has flown by. I decided to break this post into two. This first post documents our first month as a family of four. As I have mentioned before, I was lucky enough to have my parents here the first two weeks after Mason was born to watch over Logan as we adjusted to our new normal.

It’s been nothing short of a zoo around here as you can see from some of these photos. Logan practically ignored Mason for the first month and has just recently started to take more interest in him. The biggest challenge for me in this first month is making sure to get Logan’s energy out and trying to find time to plan and cook meals. I realize there are some things that just won’t get completed and I’m trying to do a better job of accepting this as the new normal. My biggest daily goal is to really try and be present. I want to make sure no matter what I don’t get completed, I enjoy the moment. I know I will never have this time back. It makes me almost cry to type this but they change so fast and won’t be my babies forever. I love my little family and life we are creating in Seattle.