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LIV IS HOME

7/15/15

Little did I know this would be one of the last photos with my baby bump. I was 30 weeks pregnant and totally not ready to have my baby. A few days after this trip to Sun Valley I delivered baby #2!

There is so much to update you on and I'm sorry for my blog hiatus, but it was for good reason and I wouldn't take it back for anything. As you may know,  my baby girl came two months early and life has been a whirlwind ever since! I finally feel like I am starting to get the hang of things. After pre-term labor, natural delivery, lots of prayers, severe allergic reaction, 58 days in the NICU, and a season passed--my baby girl is home. Liv Cosette is home!

We are so excited to introduce Liv to this beautiful world! There is so much to see and so much to do and Liv is a true miracle and blessing in our lives. God is good.

xoxo

HOW TO: PACK FOR HAVASUPAI BACKPACKING

7/14/15

ESSENTIALS
FOOD AND WATER
beef jerky
dehydrated fruit 
veggie crisps
oatmeal
granola bars
SLEEP
  PERSONAL HYGIENE
shampoo/conditioner/body wash
deodorant
toothbrush
toothpaste
baby wipes
hand sanitizer
first aid kit
sunscreen
bug spray

Thursday Kylie and I are going to embark on an epic trip we have been looking forward to for a month or so now. We will be meeting up in Arizona with twenty something rad women who are outdoor enthusiasts just like us to hike Havasupai! If you don't know already, its a rad oasis with series of crystal blue waterfalls tucked away in the Grand Canyon. With this trip, we alongside all the other women attending hope to inspire each of you to make the decision now and just take a long weekend and get out and explore. With proper planning we were all able to adjust our work schedules to make it happen and it will be so worth the effort. Don't ever say you can't until you have tried!

Preparing for a venture like this is quite the task. If you are already into backpacking you may have all of this on hand which is awesome. For me, I had to do some shopping to prep for this weekend getaway and wanted to find the best deals. So here I am, sharing what I have found with you that were both affordable and essential for this trip.

The three main things you will need to hike Havasupai are essentials for sleeping, eating, and hygiene (alongside the usual clothing). When you're backpacking you want your pack to be as light as possible. I found some amazing deals on REI outlet online as well as High Sierra. Always check there first before dropping the big bucks at the actual stores. It helped Kylie and I to create a packing list via Pinterest with links to good product as well.

More details will come about how to hike Havasupai when we return, but for now enjoy our essentials packing list and start your prepping now. And don't forget to bring some cash, your go pro, sunscreen, hiking sandals, a hat and proper clothing especially a swimsuit! Hope to see you follow along our adventures via instagram: @travelingtriplets!

GONE CAMPING: TO BRING OR NOT TO BRING

7/8/15

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Ever looked in the closet when you're about to embark on an outdoor adventure and wondered to your adventure-having self, "What should I wear?!" Admit it. We're girls. And girls like to look cute. And when we're doing awesome things and shredding outside and getting dirty, we still have a part of us that wants to look good while doing it...

That's where our outdoor style guide comes in!

1. Think LAYERS.
That's the thing about the outdoors... the weather is changeable. You need to be prepared for peeling or adding layers as the day goes on. I usually start with a light puffy in the morning and end up shedding layers throughout the day. It's nice to have an extra pair of socks on hand as well to keep your toes warm at night.
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We love rain jackets for their ability to cut wind and shed rain, and act as a super light layering piece
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We are all about fun socks with hiking boots!
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Socks and sandals. Rock it.

2. Go light.
Overpacking in the wild is never a good idea. I like to think of it this way, "what's in your pack is on your back." If you don't want to carry it, don't bring it.
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Whether for a day trip or a multi-night backcountry trip, it's always great to have a day bag
Essentials only! If you're on the water, dry bags are a must.
3. It's all about the function.
Prioritize what you need. Don't bring stuff that you will only use once. Bring the gear that counts - like your pocket rocket backpacking stove, propane/butane, headlamp, Camelback, water filter and things that'll keep you moving once you're on the go. Depending on the type of trip you're taking, make sure you have your essentials with you.

Clothes/shoes wise, there's still lots of ways to be cute while also functional and all kinds of outdoors brands are making that easier and easier for us to do. You don't have to sacrifice good looks to do what you love :) We are always sure to bring a few good hats as well to keep our crazy hair covered!
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We like to pack using tupperware to keep things a bit more tidy at basecamp
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Headlamp c/o Princeton Tec
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Camping Stove (similar)
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Wild Brim Hat 
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Brixton Tiller Hat
4. Just have fun!
Packing can be very overwhelming and stressful. If you're anything like our Meggie, she can sit in a pile of clothes and gear and just lose her marbles not knowing where to start. Hopefully these quick steps will help you get beyond the stress and to the fun part - adventuring! We will be sharing more tips on specific types of trips and how to pack here shortly, so keep your eyes peeled!


SUMMER DAYS IN ENCINITAS

7/3/15


It's Independence day this weekend!! Take your go pros out and hit up the nearest body of water. Catch some sun and enjoy a BBQ before the fireworks start. That's what summer is all about people, soak it up!

JOSHUA TREE

7/2/15


Camping in Joshua Tree is so dreamy. There is something about the desert that is very ethereal and I like it. Chase and I came here to celebrate my (well…our) birthday. If you are into rock climbing and bouldering this would seriously be your heaven. For us, we just enjoy the camping experience and fun exploring and hiking it offers.

The best time to camp at Joshua Tree is in the winter and spring. Once June and July hit it gets super hot up there so probably isn't as comfortable. We went in May and the days were in the mid 70s with a slight breeze while the nights were cold enough for a heavy coat and beanies. We slept comfortably in our awesome Kelty tent and were grateful it had a rain fly to protect us from the wind.

One of my favorite parts of this weekend was waking up to delicious pancakes! We used two scoops of  plant based protein powder from Designer Protein to give us the energy we needed to get through the day. Feel free to find the recipe here. They truly were delicious. Happy camping!

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!)

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