Portland Babywearing Adventures with BabyDoo

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Since moving back to SE Portland we find ourselves spending a lot of time walking to coffee shops, restaurants, shops and events. With walking we end up doing a lot of babywearing because little legs are bound to get tired. This is one of our most recent adventures in Portland- specifically, the Sellwood neighborhood.

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On this day we headed out to Portland Homestead Supply Co, one of our favorite shops in all of Portland. It’s filled with everything you could want for homesteading including lots of canning and fermenting supplies, supplies for making soap, candles, lip balms and so much more. We stop in almost weekly for a draft kombucha and a visit out back to say ‘hi’ to the chickens and goats – Bindi and Nilla.

2015_10_04_SellwoodAdventures - lily and mamaOn this day, we stopped in to their harvest festival for music, cider and arts and crafts.

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Our little arts and crafters where in their happy place surrounded by glue, string and markers.

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Alder completed his necklace and then we headed over to listen to the music while Edith happily glued away. Wraps have more benefits than just babywearing, they also make a fantastic blanket to cover the scratchy hay bails.

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Once the party died down, it was back up in the wrap (Baby-Doo). This time on the front for some mama snuggles. We made a trip to the playground and then headed to dinner where spaghetti face was all the rage.

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It was a great day exploring our neighborhood, made all the more special by the closeness and intimacy that babywearing affords us.

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with Kids

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOf the two of us Neil is the outdoor explorer. He is the hiker, the backpacker, the adventurer. For him it’s a passion. Me? I love camping and hiking but usually only after complaining or looking for excuses to bail on things. That’s until we had children. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsHaving children put the outdoors in the forefront of my mind. I want them to spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors, exploring, getting dirty, breathing in the fresh air and using all of their senses to become more familiar with the world around them. So about a 8-months ago I decided that we would have at least one dedicated nature walk each week on top of the neighborhood outings and weekend family adventures. Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOne of our more recent adventures was to Mount Talbert Park in Clackamas, Oregon. I hadn’t planned this outing in advance but after a few long days solo parenting and a cranky afternoon I threw my hands up and said “we are getting out” so I packed us up and out we went. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsIt was a chilly day but the fresh air was just what we all needed and the kids were geared up in their Cozey 7 Trailhoppers so they were cozy and warm. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsThere is a small loop just to the right of the picnic area that was perfect for both A and E to run around and explore. They spent time drawing with sticks in the dirt, playing with the gravel and chasing each other. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsWe also made our way to the paths on the left which were a little steeper and rockier. The path was on the skinny side which is a little more challenging with littles but we made it up about 1/2 a mile before heading back down to have a snack and to do the loop once again. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOf course we had to stop and say hello to the squirrel friend as well. 
Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsOverall I really enjoyed this nature area however I will say to do the paths that go up in the woods I would feel a little more comfortable wearing A and/or having Neil with us to do those paths but the loop is great and I love that their is a covered picnic area.

Disclaimer: Cozey 7 provided us with their trailhoppers at not cost. We were not required to review them but I’m sharing them because I think they are fantastic.

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Why do I love Cozey 7 – the trailhopper? I love the wide neck on them that allows them to be worn over most anything without restricting the neck. I also love their little carrying bags and just how high quality they are. Also they run a bit big but that’s a good thing because it allows them to fit over even bulkier clothes and will last your little ones longer. For reference Edith is around 38 or so inches tall and 28lbs and she fits perfectly (with extra room) in the 18m-2T size.

Adventures at Mt. Talbert Park | PDX with KidsYou will surely be seeing them regularly on our blog and instagram over the cool months.

Cozey 7 has a kickstarter running right now and I encourage you to check them out. If you love spending time outside with your family and you want to keep them nice and warm these outfits are perfect!

Apple Picking | Mt. View Orchards

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year and growing up we always went apple picking in the Fall. I can remember piling in the car and heading to Grand Isle (Vermont) for the yearly apple festival and we would stop at the orchards to pick apples, eat apple cider doughnuts and sip apple cider.  While you won’t find apple festivals in Oregon, apple cider doughnuts and you don’t get that Fall smell (New Englanders/Upstate New Yorkers know what I am talking about) you can still find a few u-pick apple orchards most of which are in the Hood River area.

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We had a bit of trouble finding an orchard that still had apples because due to the hot weather the apples have ripened 2-3 weeks earlier than normal. After finding out that our first two picks were out of apples we finally (at 11pm the night before) we found Mt View Orchards and it certainly lived up to it’s mountain view name.

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Once we arrived at the orchard we found out that they had not only 70 varieties of apples to pick but also Italian plums and a few different varieties of pears. The best part they were only $0.50 per pound!! We ended up heading home with 40lbs of fruit – I see lots of dried fruit, pies, baked apples and stewed fruit in our future.

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We picked and picked and picked. The kids had so much fun picking the fruit, munching on plums and running through the orchard. Mt View even had a hay ride through the orchard, a few animals including a Texas longhorn and a play area for the kids. The staff and owners were friendly and helpful as well which just made the experience even better. The only thing I could have asked for was a crisp Fall New England day (haha).

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Howell Territorial Park + Matt’s Munchies Snack Date | PDX With Kids

2015_05_27_Howell Territorial Park-signHere I am once again catching up on posts from adventures we have taken over the past few months. This time it was a trip to Howell Territorial Park on Sauvie Island.

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This was one of those adventures that I honestly had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. All I knew was that there was an old house, an apple orchard and some trails to walk on. 2015_05_27_howell territorial park-group Things started off pretty well until we started to look for a trail to walk. The trail we found was covered in hay and for out littles it wasn’t the easiest to walk on. Edith had on sandals and after awhile we realized that maybe this nature walk just wasn’t the right fit for us. We never real found a good trail and in the end the overgrown grass was too much for everyone. So we decided that heading back to the picnic tables for a snack and running around was a better idea.2015_05_27_Howell Territorial Park-edith

For this snack date we had Matt’s Munchies fruit snacks. These are basically fruit leathers but in little squares which make them easier and more fun to eat. Now this wasn’t my first time enjoying Matt’s Munchies but it had been years so I was excited to try them again.
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I tell you they were even better than I had remembered. We all were pretty hungry so we ended up trying every flavor. While we really enjoyed most all of them the ones that stood out were the Island Mango (coconut and mango), Banana Coconut and Banana were the hands down favorites. The only two flavors that weren’t popular with the adults or littles were the Mango Acai and the Mango Ginger, however if you are a big fan of ginger or are looking for a tummy tamer the mango ginger would be perfect for you. Overall Matt’s Munchies was a snack date winner! 

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