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TRAVEL WITH TRAVELING TRIPLETS TO TANZANIA!

6/24/15


We are so stoked to have the opportunity to travel and serve the people of Tanzania with YOU! Join us for a once in a lifetime adventure that combines service and exploring the great outdoors unlike anything you've ever experienced! 

Camp with us under the Sub-Saharan stars, work with orphaned children and on building projects, take a safari in the Serengeti AND a hike all in the same trip this holiday season! We can't think of a better way to spend your Thanksgiving than in service to people truly in need. The three of us can't wait to meet our readers and to serve the wonderful people of Tanzania with YOU!

(Space is limited!)

JUST KEEP FISHING

6/12/15

 Location: South Fork Boise River / Activity: fly fishing / Rod: Tenkara Rod Co / Bag: Topo Designs

Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you have to stop doing what you love! Please note, everybody's pregnancies are different. Some women can continue to lift weights and rock climb while they are pregnant, but other women are confined to bed rest and refrained from any heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is if you did it before you were pregnant, you can likely continue doing it during pregnancy. It's not a good idea to start something new during pregnancy, like surfing or mountain biking.

There are always risks to doing physical activity while pregnant. You can trigger preterm labor or lose your balance with your new-found baby bump. This is why Doctors often times advice not to do certain things if it can prevent hurting your baby. In the end it is up to you and what you feel comfortable and safe doing. In my case, I always err on the side of caution since I have complicated pregnancies. You just never know what can happen!

Now that we got that out of the way, how does doing physical activity change when you're pregnant? Here are a few tips that helped me enjoy continue doing what I love while pregnant:

1. Wear comfortable shoes and prop your feet to prevent swelling.
2. Take breaks! You don't need to impress anyone when you've got a baby to worry about.
3. Modify your level of physical activity. For example, instead of running try a light jog or power walk. Instead of wading through deep rivers fish in a slow and shallow stream or stay on the shore. Try cross country skiing instead of backcountry skiing. You get the idea!
4. Drink lots of water! 'Nuff said!
5. Bring snacks. When I'm pregnant (and breastfeeding) I am always hungry. Having a little baggy of snacks on hand or protein bar is a good idea so you don't lose your energy quickly, because you will tire faster when you're pregnant than before.
6. Use the buddy system. Bring a friend with you, your husband, or a family member so you are not alone doing anything that might put you at risk of falling.

Motherhood is the most challenging and empowering thing I have ever done. We hope we can see all you mamas continue doing what you love and showing your kids what you're made of!

SUMMER GO TO SANDAL & HIKING DESTINATION

6/9/15

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Destination: Vasquez Rocks / Activity: Hiking / Footwear: Teva sandals / Jacket: c/o WithoutWalls

You’ve probably already seen this spot just north of Los Angeles, since it's been in TV shows like Star TrekFriends, and Power Rangers. Formed by erosion 25 million years ago and more recent activity along the San Andreas Fault, Vasquez Rocks is made up of strange and other-worldly rock formations. 

These days, Vasquez Rocks not only plays an interesting role in entertainment, but makes for a great desert getaway just 45 minutes away from the city. There are several trails to get in good hiking time and always free parking. If you're really into earthquakes and geology, you should definitely plan a trip to Vasquez Rocks to hit up the Geology Trail. Starting on the Pacific Crest Trail, you'll eventually veer off and hike along tilted slabs of rock and prominent boulders for scrambling.

This summer our favorite go-to sandal is Tevas! We've been sporting Tevas since we were little girls, and would fight over which colors to get and who got what. I've been hiking in mine, and although I wouldn't say they're built for trails or traversing rocks they do the job on lighter hikes and your everyday adventure. Plus, they're so cute and they come in so many colors! What's not to love?!

LOVE YOUR CITY - HOLLYWOOD SIGN HIKE AT SUNRISE

6/3/15

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Destination: Hollywood sign / Location: Los Angeles / Distance: 6.2 miles round trip / Time: 3 hrs

If you really want to get your day's worth, kick off the morning with a sunrise hike to the Hollywood sign. Nobody likes their alarm clock going off when it's still dark outside, but you'll never regret the adventure it inevitably brings; there's something magical about hiking in the dark by the light of your headlamp, crawling over rocks and along narrow trails only to summit just in time for the valley to light up from the sun. The city sleeps below and slowly wakes up, and you can see the Griffith Observatory, downtown, Hollywood reservoir, and all of Los Angeles in every direction. I even spotted my neighborhood from up top. Along the trail you'll find the Wisdom Tree, which is a nice place to sit and think and soak up nature. The hike doesn't take long, and you can make it back to the valley for brunch!


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BEACH IN GREAT BRITAIN?!

6/1/15

Those looking to make their getaway to Great Britain have a lot more to consider than just castles, cobblestones, and clock towers (although those are pretty rad too). Just around the corner from London are tons of lovely beaches perfect for a day-trip to soak up some sun. Here are a few tips and tricks for making the most from your vacation.
01. Try the Train for Fast Travel

Travelers looking to take to the beach will be in for a rude awakening when beach weather arrives in Britain. Although there are loads of terrific beaches and attractions to see a short drive outside of the city, the roads to the coast will be packed with people who had the same idea. Catching a train to Brighton or Essex will be your best bet to cut down on cost, time, and stress if you're trying to hit the waves. Metro UK has some excellent recommendations for trip-worthy beaches only a train ride away from the heart of London.


02. Don't Forget the Sunscreen

Even though England isn't necessarily known for its warm and sunny weather that doesn't mean you should leave the house unprotected. Even if it's an overcast day it's important to put on some effective sunblock. We'd recommend a minimum of SPF 30 to keep yourself safe from the sun's rays. You'll still get that tan you're looking for and your skin will thank you. 


03. Find Your Footing with Comfortable Shoes

Some of the beaches in the UK aren't outfitted with the shimmering sands to which Americans may find themselves more accustomed. Brighton is an example of a "shingle beach" lined with layers of small, smooth pebbles and cobbles of varying stones. While breathtakingly beautiful, these aren't necessarily the shores you want to lie down on and soak up some rays. Be sure to come prepared or you'll find a hard time for your poor feet. 


04. Splurge on a New Suit and Stylish Sunglasses

Again, London has some of the best shops in the world and you're on vacation, so why not splurge a little? Grab a new suit and some shades before you swing by the sea. British Airways has a nice breakdown of the smorgasbord of shops that should have all you need to be ready for summer. You can indulge in some high fashion at Harrods or go on a shopping spree at Selfridges. Fashionistas looking for a quick fix can check out the offerings at TopShop for some of the hottest items in the world of affordable fast fashion. 


05. Plan Ahead for Family Fun

Like most beach destinations, there's a lot more to do than just lounge by the water. Those looking for attractions, shopping, and restaurants will be greeted by a wealth of options in case the weather turns foul. Tourists can hit the famous open market, take a walk on the well-known piers, or even visit top-notch aquariums. Rain or shine, there's no shortage of great things to do on the beach or the boardwalk, so come prepared with a gameplan to get the most from your trip. 


With these tips, you'll find yourself fully prepared to take on tourist season. Suit up and start your own adventure!


GRINDTV FEATURE: TRAVELING WITH FRIENDS

5/29/15

We're sharing tips for traveling with long-distance friends on GrindTV! Check out our article here and get our inside scoop on how we make adventures happen with all the milage between us. That's the thing about travel - once you make it a priority you'll always be looking for ways to make it a part of your life, and often times that requires a little creativity and a lot of patience. It's hard living apart and making plans can be discouraging if you don't quite know how to organize your life in a way that aligns with what your heart really wants. 
We're breaking it down for you to get you on the road (or plane) with your buddies this summer! Check out our tips and be sure to read the full article over here!

1. You'll need some lead time
2. Use online tools to organize travel plans
3. Figure out a system for sharing expenses
4. Decide on a point person
5. Put it to a vote
6. Save your best behavior for each other

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