Top 7 Baby Gear Essentials for Adventuring in Maui!

Over the past 9 months (since Ro’s birthday!), my diaper bag has gone through many different iterations as to what is deemed “essential”. This is certainly true when we went from 2 feet of snow in our PNW backyard to sunshine, sand and papaya trees recently when we went back to Maui to visit family. We took Ronin hiking in bamboo forests, swimming at the beach and everywhere inbetween on my favorite island of Maui! With the island being so diverse in climate depending on where you are, I had to make sure our diaper backpack was well prepared for multiple activities in one day.

Below are some of my favorite essential items that we kept in our diaper backpack during our time in my other home. Note that this post is not sponsored, just products that I really love and want to share with you all ☺

1. Baby-safe sunscreen! I’ve tried a lot of different baby sunscreens but these mineral-based ones are my favorite:


2. Natural bug repellent:Β This Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellant from Four Elements Herbals worked so well, especially in the jungle hikes were mosquitos were aplenty! Ronin walked away from our adventures both chemical and bite-free.


3. Ring sling: Whether walking down to the beach or at a restaurant during nap time, this Wildbird sling came to the rescue to keep Ronin either secure or napping 😴

4. Sunhat:Β Shout out to Little Sun Hat for making adorable hats right here in my hometown! This hat, with the cute ear flaps, chin strap and extended brim, kept Ro’s noggin protected from the sun all day long!


5.Β SwimΒ diapers:Β We kept two of the Honest Swim Diapers in our bag at all times throughout trip – you know, in case of πŸ’© They are easy clean with super cute prints and keep soggy dipes out of landfills πŸ‘πŸΌ

6. UV protected swimsuits:Β While Ronin has Pacific Islander and Ecuadorian blood in him, he is quite pale. To protect his virgin skin from the sun, we mostly used this swimsuitΒ because of the long sleeves and pant legs. The best defense for protecting baby from the sun is always good, breathable clothing (in addition to sunscreen).

“Are you sure this water is sanitary?”

7. Clean dry change of clothes:Β After Ro was done playing in the tide pools, I would change him out of his swimsuit into some clean dry clothes to keep him warm and happy.

BONUS: Camera!Β All of our adventures were captured usingΒ our GoPro Hero 5 Session. Such a great versatile camera that is waterproof and baby proof!

Do you have any other essential baby items you like to keep handy for your adventures? Comment below!

Thank you for reading! xo Mrs. PNW

Peshastin Pinnacles: You Are My Sonshine

^His newest skill is blowing bubbles πŸ˜œπŸ’¦

I am so grateful for evenings like tonight. Just me and my sweet boy up at the Peshastin Pinnacles – a short but very sweet hike with instaneous ridiculous views. While some of the trails to the top were not mama/baby friendly, after a little backtracking and map checking, Ronin and I were able to switchback up to the top just in time to watch the sunset on the Cascade Mountains (and take selfies of course 😏). 

But in all seriousness, it’s moments like these that my heart is so full and my purpose is clear. When I see his sweet ocean blue eyes staring at me, I feel this wave of immense love and responsibility. He is my little sunshine. And with each day, he illuminates and reveals parts of himself to the world. So far, he’s the coolest, sweetest, giggliest person that I know and definitely the best hiking buddy ☺️ Mama loves you, Ro!

Camping with Baby: What I learned for next time!

Earlier this month, Ro and I had the pleasure of going camping with one of my good friends. She is first time mama-to-be expecting a baby girl (yay!!) and we were so glad to have her join us for this big milestone πŸ’— 

I love camping and backpacking but I’m not going to lie, going camping with a baby gave me lots of anxiety and seemed so overwhelming to me. So for our first camping trip, we decided to keep it light with just car camping at a spot not too far from home. There are some people who can cannon ball right into a body of water, but I like to dip my toes in first before inching my way in, so this trial run  was perfect for me and my mama anxieties 😁 

We scored an awesome spot by the river and had gorgeous views of the Enchantments. We walked along the river, hung out by the campfire, and at night, we left the rain fly off our tent leaving a gazillion stars to act as our ceiling (this made late night feedings magical ✨). Ronin did such an amazing job at night, barely even making a peep when he woke up to nurse πŸ™ŒπŸΌ  I’d definitely call it a successful trip! 

Below are a few tips and tricks for camping with baby that I’ll definitely keep in mind on our next outdoor adventure:

  1. If you have the space/capacity (i.e. car camping) then a portable crib is a must! Ronin hung out in this while we pitched the tent and made our meals. 
  2. In the afternoon, there we some bugs flying around so (thanks to a Pinterest hack) I brought one of his crib sheets to put on top, making for a bug free zone for bubba!
  3. Bring your baby carrier for when you need your hands but baby needs to be snuggled in close (e.g. gathering fire wood, walks along the river, etc.).
  4. Bring plenty of layers for baby! We were lucky to have such great weather, but even still, Ro slept in a onesie, pajamas, and a double layered fleece bunting to keep him warm and cozy at night. Also, you never know when πŸ’© might happen 😜
  5. If weather permits, keep that rain fly off at night so you can stargaze while baby feeds, making it enjoyable for all✨

With this successful trip in the books, I foresee lots of camping in our future. Thank you for reading and happy adventuring!!

Mrs. PNW

Home Days: Snuggles n Snoozing


Since I am a Work-at-Home mom, we spend lots of days, well, at home! In the morning, a hearty breakfast — which typically consists of loaded oatmeal, fruit,  and ✨coffee✨ — is a must to keep this milk machine going. (Anyone else more hungry breastfeeding than when they were pregnant?!) While I work on emails, Ronin works on finding his foot. Some days, it’s nice to just hang out in our jammies, snuggle up with some good books, and ideally take lots of naps. Except for today, Ronin is on a bit of a nap strike #CatNapper

I try to make sure that we get outside at least once a day, if even just to our yard or to take a nap on our hammock, just so we can all breathe the fresh air and maintain our (my) sanity. Finding a balance between outside and inside time is something I’m working on. Which is why I even started this blog, not only as a way to share our hiking adventures but also to motivate me to get outside more. But for today, we will be snuggled up, building our bucket list of adventures and hopefully taking some naps ☺️

Thank you for reading! Xo

Castle Rock: All the GoPro Angles

With my husband fishing a majority of the year, most of my outdoor adventures are solo… Obviously not anymore since this nugget hopped out the womb. But it is just me taking photos, which as you scroll through my blog, you’ll notice I’m a big fan of the adventure selfie.

On this hike up to Castle Rock, it was just Ro and I and you better believe I had my GoPro all charged up and ready to go in the fanny pack. I love the fish eye lens because it has allowed me to take some pretty great shots with Ronin and whatever kind of view my hiking boots take us too (#MySpaceAngles). The burst mode and continuous mode have been great as well for capturing those candid moments that I might have otherwise missed.

Unfortunately for Ro, I plan on taking advantage of these moments when he’ll allow me to be all up in his grill with my camera. Poor guy gets followed by the mamarazzi on the daily. He’ll thank me for it later (cough cough #tbt cough).

Also, related to this hike, the last time I was up here, I was 33 weeks pregnant. I remember having to stop for lots of breaks as I waddled up the hill. Ronin is now 5 months old (😩 stop growing!) and I finally feel like I’m fully comfortable in my mom skin. Nothing makes you feel more like a badass like climbing a mountain and nursing your babe at the top.

Do you have any tips or tricks you like to use in capturing your adventures?! Share with me in the comments below 😁 Thank you for reading!! Xo

Discovery Park: a Reflection on Raising a Wild Child

^^^One of Ro’s favorite books (Thanks Auntie E!)^^^#TeethingBabyToday I took Ronin to Discovery Park (apparently National Beach Day is a thing?) and it was the perfect antidote to the smokey week we’ve been having in Wenatchee.

It was low tide so we went for a long, zig-zagy walk along the shore. Ronin was awake for part of our walk but then soon fell asleep in the Ergo carrier to the sound of the wind and waves. There were so many textures and so much life bustling around in the tiniest of puddles (does anyone love tide pools as much as I do? #nerd) I was overstimulated but in a good way. Sometimes there can be too many sounds, too many screens, too many things all happening at once. But in nature, I feel the chaos is in perfect order and easy to absorb without feeling overwhelmed.

I’ve been reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (Thank you M for loaning your copy!) and have thought a lot about how important it is to prioritize Ronin’s time outside, in nature. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing (cough cough Instagram cough) but it fills the soul in ways we can’t comprehend. It teaches us the ways of the world. As I walked along the beach, I saw families with young kids playing in the sand, climbing on the mounds of driftwood, and splashing in the saltwater. Imagination running wild and free. Today, Ronin was sleeping in my arms, but before I know it that will be him running around in the sand. It is up to me to provide him those chances.

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p.s. This is what eating yogurt in the city with no spoon (I made one out of the lid and a twig πŸ€“) and a baby looks like. He loves his 🐘

Icicle River RatsΒ 

Our little Mountain Man in Training πŸ’™^^^Zev πŸ˜‚

What’s the recipe for ✨magic✨? I’ll tell you:

  1. FOOD. I made us a picnic, consisting of BLTs, dark chocolate PB cups and iced coffee. YUM.
  2. VIEWS. We packed the boys πŸ‘ΆπŸ½πŸΊ in the car and headed to Leavenworth to spend the evening riverside, surrounded by the granite giants of the Cascade Mountain range.
  3. BESTIES. Mario, Ronin, and Zev make me the luckiest girl in the world. I just love them.

There you have it. MAGIC! 

Seriously though, this place is other worldly and only 30 minutes from my doorstep. Watching Ronin’s face as he looked around made me feel like I was experiencing it again for the first time. I hope he loves this place as much as I do. Nursing him alongside the river (with Zev as my protector haha) was such a special moment. I can’t even describe the feeling right now but I just soaked it all in. Motherhood is the coolest. πŸ’ž

Evenings at the River

This last week the Wenatchee Valley has been a mild inferno with most days well into the high 90s and low 100s. Since Ronin is still so young, we’ve spent most days inside/in the shade to avoid overheating and sunburns. Thankfully the evening cools off to a bearable temperature and we know the perfect spot on the river where there’s shade and seclusion. 

Something about being outside instantly calms Ronin down. He loves looking at the leaves rustling in the wind. The sound of the river is so soothing too for my white noise loving baby. On this evening, I brought my ring sling and just swayed back and forth while knee deep in the river. Love me some baby wearing snuggles 😁 Ronin is also starting to take interest in Zev, giggling up a storm whenever his crazy giant fur ball comes into focus, so he loved watching his gallop through the water.

On the drive home, we were all zenned out on our post-nature bliss as the sun set on the Cascade Mountains. It’s evenings like this, spent with my little family in nature, that I can’t help but feel so undeservedly blessed. πŸ™πŸΌ

Thank you for reading!! And shout out to any moms still waking up in the middle of the night — that’s how I wrote this post, with a hungry baby attached to me πŸ˜‚

Seattle/Shipyard for the Day

As many of you know, my husband is a commercial fisherman. Roughly 8 months out of the year he is up in the Bering Sea working as a mate on a long-liner. During most summers, the boat can be found docked in Seattle for shipyard (a time when they repair and re-arm the boat inside and out for the next season). Ronin and I decided to go visit his dad at the “office” and venture around Seattle while he worked. 

I took Ro to a few of my favorite places, including Golden Gardens, the Ballard Locks, where he took a little nap in the shade, and Fishermen’s Terminal, where M’s boat is docked. These pictures of Ro and M are too much πŸ˜©πŸ’•

Such a fun day with my little in our old stomping grounds. I can’t wait to show him more of Seattle as he grows and also be able to experience it again through his eyes πŸ’™

Thank you so much for reading!! xo

p.s. Check out this gnarly video my husband put together of what it’s like aboard the Beauty Bay! #givesmeaheartattack

Note to Self: the Dos and Don’ts of 4th Trimester Hiking

I woke up this morning feeling super ambitious. So ambitious that I decided to take my boys onto the Icicle Ridge Trail. Before my pregnancy, I was a hiking fiend and could have easily soared up the 3 miles of switchbacks to one of my favorite viewpoints in the valley. But not today. We made a little over half of the way up before needing to stop to nurse Ronin and just a liiiittle bit past that before I told Mar that I needed to take a break and turn around. This post is my note to self about hiking with my postpartum body. 

The Dos and Don’ts of 4th Trimester Hiking

1. DO pack all the essentials.

Including: matching hiking boots, dog leash and harness, trusty green trucker hat, fanny pack full of goodies (sunscreen, all-natural bug spray, Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, etc.), on-the-go changing pad, Ergo baby carrier w/ teething ring, extra onesie in case of πŸ’©, and a backpack with lots of pockets for more snacks.

2. DON’T go hiking in the middle of the day when the sun is at its hottest.

This is one of those things that I know better than to do… But I guess now lesson learned. #newb

3. DO be forgiving of yourself, allowing plenty of water breaks when needed.

This was one of the many stops that we made on the way up. Between nursing and sweating, I could feel the dehydration creep in. One water bottle was not going to cut it. Definitely going to strap my camelback on next time we go hiking. I repeat #newb

4. DON’T be discouraged!

Before I had Ro, I was very active with lots of hiking, yoga, bouldering, and more. My pregnancy and postpartum journey has definitely slowed my pace waaay down. It’s been a time of growing self-acceptance, self-confidence and just allowing myself the grace to slowly come into my own with my new body. I know that next time we do this hike (in the evening time after being fully hydrated) we will undoubtedly make it to the top. Everyday my body grows stronger and I am so grateful for what my body has accomplished. Stay tuned for the Redemption Post: Icicle Ridge Take 2.

5. DO go adventuring with people you love ❀️

This was a tough moment for my ego. Yet, every step of the way, after every break, every turn, and on the way back down, my sweet fisherman was so encouraging. A mild defeating moment for me turned into a wonderful day with my three best friends. Also we took selfies.
And now here are some more photos from our day 😁

Thank you for reading! xo