A New Site Design

Welcome back! You might notice that things are looking just a bit different around here. I’m still playing around with elements of the new design and I’ll be back shortly to share about the new theme (and the great plugin that the design is built around), the installation of the theme (Codeable!) as well as give a little tour and walk through the redesign process for updating this WordPress site.

Have a beautiful Tuesday and see you very soon :).

Getting Back Outside with Family Hikes

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Thank you NatureBox for sponsoring this post! Check out all 100+ yummy snack options here!

We try to explore a new San Diego ‘backcountry’ trail as a family as frequently as possible. Moving south from Northern California meant a big change in scenery for me. Redwoods and giant oak trees to high desert and lots of brush. But there’s so much beauty in it all, and occasionally we stumble upon a particularly magical spot that we all just soak up.

Mount Laguna is one of those spots – tall trees, snow in the winter, super close to home (about an hour). I sometimes lament the fact that we don’t have our own backyard with a lawn or one filled with kids structures and toys. I think how easy it might be (now that the girls are old enough to play independently) to ‘send them outside’ to run off some energy.

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

But then I remember that we live with the beach 10 minutes from our home in one direction, a park two minutes by foot in the other, and beautiful, glorious mountains and trails 20-60 minutes in yet another.

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our family seems to especially connect outdoors. It’s a good place to be. We reconnect with nature purposefully by loading up the girls, a hiking backpack (or two), water bottles, snacks and a camera.

Some pics from a recent excursion to Mount Laguna (where we dream of one day owning a single-room wooden cabin surrounded by pine trees, squirrels and even that snow(!) in the winter).

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

I was totally zealous about scooping up one of these cabins. We even spent about an hour driving all over the area exploring favorite roads and scouting out dream spots just in case one day…

One of the activities I love to encourage the girls to do while on the trail is to collect treasures.

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

That’s Livy’s treasure bag above. We find all sorts of cool stuff and one day I’ll capture it all in a cool display box, or maybe we’ll press leaves or write dates on rocks… but until then, it’s all about the collecting,

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Snacks that fuel are key. I’ve made the mistake only once of not bringing enough power food on a hike (by leaving it in the car) and the look of dismay when Taylor is signing she’s hungry or Liv is calling out for a bite was terrible. Now I’m always prepared (here’s a T ‘hungry’ sign and chunky thighs for you :-)).

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

I am excited to partner up with NatureBox to share this adventure with you today. I believe in high quality, fuel-the-body snacks that provide energy and nourishment (Liv always asks if a food is a ‘strong body’ food or not, which I love, because she wants to grow ‘stronger than her nana’ – a little competition between the two of them to entice Liv to love her ‘strong body’ food more than ever). PS hiking hair is the best.

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

NatureBox provides a monthly service where they send five different family-sized snacks your way (there are over 100 to choose from). It makes it easy to always be well-stocked. I dig that their snacks are carefully sourced foods and that they’re a mail service (I’m finding ways to streamline all food-type delivery over here). Snacks contain wholesome ingredients with no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, zero grams trans fats, and no high fructose corn syrup.

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

I carried T most of the way, but when I just couldn’t make it all the way back to the car… a good daddy steps up to hoist one girl on the front, one on the back. These monkey’s are lucky!

(what are we going to do with 3??)

Family Hikes | PepperDesignBlog.com

To try out a free trial box (which contains one full-sized bag and four single-serving pouches), click here. (use unique NatureBox url that will be emailed)

Now that I pack a lunch for Liv’s preschool ‘lunch bunch’ activities (it feels so grown up! a real lunch box and everything), I really enjoy including snacks that I know she will enjoy and that will fuel her day. I’m thinking that I’ll use my NatureBox snacks as an alternative to traditional holiday snacking as well – we host a few holiday-related kid events here and mixed nuts plus dried fruit would make a tasty option.

*Fine Crumbs: Free trial is available for new and US subscribers only. Not valid on gift subscriptions and may not be combined with any other offers

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Reconfiguring the Nursery & a New Baby Monitor

Nursery | PepperDesignBlog.com

We have been playing with rearranging the beds in the girls’ room to make room for a larger twin bed for Liv. She has officially outgrown her mini toddler bed (we probably could have skipped that step altogether, it lasted maybe a year) by ending up on the floor of the room every night. More on the reconfiguration to come… we’ve purchased this bed from Ikea and I have plans to cut off the headboard and push it up against the pink starry wall to create a day bed.

Here’s a reminder of the layout as of just a little while ago:

Girls' Room - A Modern Pink Nursery | PepperDesignBlog.com

Girls' Room - A Modern Pink Nursery | PepperDesignBlog.com

Crib up against the wallpapered wall and toddler bed tucked between the built-in bookshelves and acrylic wall book shelves.

Girls' Room - A Modern Pink Nursery | PepperDesignBlog.com

The new crib has a similar footprint to the toddler bed, so we’ll see how this works out (the crib already feels so much more imposing than that little short bed!) but big changes are in store for this space when we have three, so….

We’ll need to start getting used to more cozy layouts and paring down on the overflowing boxes of toys.

In the mean time, we were asked if we’d like to review a Motorola baby monitor for Taylor (and the new babe – t minus 8 or so weeks!). Back when Liv was just a teeny thing, I researched video monitors but they were still tube-style TVs in black and white (or in the $4-500 range). I did a little diy digging and almost successfully made my own with a web cam and an attempt to stream it to my iPhone. That failed despite lots of almost-made-it-happens.

Nursery | PepperDesignBlog.com

Enter modern technology :-). What’s especially awesome is that this monitor features two-way communication (“back to sleep, Taylor”), wireless technology, a color display, a range of almost 600 feet, and remote pan, tilt and zoom for the camera.

Nursery | Video Monitor | PepperDesignBlog.com

There’s the little peanut enjoying an afternoon nap.

You can find the exact one that we’re trying out here (Motorola MBP36S wireless enhanced 2-way audio baby monitor with 3.5″ digital screen). I especially love that the camera is almost invisible in the nursery (not super imposing in any space or on any particular shelf) and that with a new baby coming shortly, it will be that much easier for us to check in on him/her without disturbing the nighttime or nap time crash. For Taylor now, it’s nice to know when she’s ready to wake up and when she’s just stirring or readjusting. The length of her nap can make a huge difference in her mood for the day (awesome for our sitters, too who usually walk in as soon as they hear her peep).

Happy weekend, guys!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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