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Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
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Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
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Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
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2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
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Ape Caves & Lava Canyon – Mt Saint Helens

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The Ape Caves has been on my PNW bucket list for sometime now and I am so glad we finally we’re able to do it! It was so much fun, it was about a 3 hour drive from Tacoma, add sometime if you’re traveling kids :) they will most likely need a stretch/bathroom break. Next time I’m thinking I want to camp at Yale lake, it was very beautiful! Anyway back to the hikes.

A couple tips for doing the Ape Caves during the summer;

  • Bring at least 1 light per person with back up batteries just in case. But I’d say the best light we had was the $5 rental lamp(which burns for 4 hours) from the Ape Headquarters, so check online(or call) to find out when they will be open. ‘Cause you would be surprised no matter how many people were visiting, it was still VERY dark(pitch black)!
  • We were forewarned it would be cold in the caves, honestly in the summer it isn’t that bad, Mason and I had pants and t-shirt on and were just fine.
  • Wear good walking shoes; sneakers, hiking sandals, boots, I suggest no flips flops because lots of rocks and uneven ground.
  • Always bring enough water to drink when hiking and snacks.
  • The Ape Caves is not for you if your claustrophobic, or if you have children who are very afraid of the dark. It is tunnels after all.

 

We had such a great time hiking both the Ape Caves and Lava Canyon. The Ape Caves was awesome; dark, cool on a hot day, a little spooky with the lights shut off, child friendly, the kids loved it even my 3 year old niece. The Lava Canyon was beautiful I’m so glad we drove the 11 miles past the Ape Caves to find it; but VERY dangerous. They had lots of signs warning people to be careful, in all the hikes I’ve done that is the first time I’ve seen those signs. So, PLEASE keep your children close and be safe yourself. Mason loved the draw bridge. The view was amazing, I would love to go back without kids sometime and just sit and enjoy the view.

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3 Comments
  • joannerambling
    August 17, 2014

    Ok have to say it there is no bloody way I would cross that bridge, I am afraid of open heights and would be too scared to even try crossing the bridge

  • Angie Agerter
    August 16, 2014

    Great pictures!! We love Mount St. Helens, but even though I really want to do the ape caves, I am also very scared to do them because I don’t do well in caves. I need to just try it. I am so glad you were able to come down and explore it though, what fun!

    • jinglebellstime@gmail.com
      October 8, 2014

      Surprisingly it wasn’t bad at all, the cave height was very high. Try the “kid friendly” one, that’s the one we did.

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval." - #MarkTwain

“A man cannot be comfortable...

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” – #JohnRuskin

“Nature is painting for us,...

Beautiful walk to the beach with the kids and dog! It was sunny, warm, spacious and just what we needed. AND there wasn't any complaining! Thankful for our gorgeous home & planet!
🌻

Beautiful walk to the beach...

See that laptop and books right there?

Yeah, it's been sitting in that same spot untouched all day. Mason has completely hit his limit with this "distance learning". And I'll be honest I'm almost ready to call it summer break already(a month early)! It was going so well until about 2 weeks ago when his defiant personality decided it was done with this type of schooling, and depression and social anxiety in full swing! Isolation is so tough on ours/everyone's mental health and I don't know if we can take anymore of it! 
#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalillness #socialdistancing #quarantinelife #isolation #distancelearning #momlife

See that laptop and books...

The gang is coming over for #SCOOBMovieNight today! #SCOOB is now available to watch instantly. 
Join #SCOOBMovieNight via the Twitter Watch Party tonight at 4PM PST. 
Will you join us? 
Be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win your own SCOOB party box including the movie. 
#WBpartner #scoobydoo #entertainment #warnerbros #WB #movies #stayhome #movienight #familytime #quarantinelife

The gang is coming over...

2020 is the year I told myself I'd start focusing on a healthier lifestyle and one thing I've been working on is eating a plant based diet. I've still got a ways to go but I'll get there and so far I feel great! 🌳I've partnered with LightLife to bring you this post, but all opinions are my own. One thing I'm new to is tempeh, after eating the vegan tacos I made, I'm totally sold! I made these amazing tacos with sweet potatoes and Lightlife Original Tempeh. I didn't miss the meat at all!
🌳Tempeh can be used for a number of meals as a protein replacement, available for purchase at your local grocery store(I've found ours at Fred Meyer and @imperfectfoods ) typically for $3.49. Easy to prep, vegan certified, has a savory and slightly nutty flavor, non-GMO and 12g of protein. 
#sponsoredpost #momsmeet #lightlife #tempeh #plantbased #vegan #health #wellness #healthandwellness

2020 is the year I...

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