Camping Hammocks Are Easy to Setup and More Comfortable to Sleep In

When you go out into the outdoors to spend some leisure time you will look at tents and other equipment to make your stay comfortable. It is quite common for people to use tents for this purpose, but enthusiasts of outdoor living are increasingly turning to camping hammocks to help them to sleep while they are in the wild.

Hammock camping is more comfortable and much more enjoyable. The gear is also very easy to put up and take down. It is quite light, and this makes it easy to carry. It is told that it is comfortable to sleep in hammocks and more restful. A hammock also covers you more comfortable, and you may not require too much of warm clothing or other gear. A hammock is a piece of equipment that is placed or tied up between two trees, and you are not worried about the hard ground that can make sleeping difficult. You are also not bothered by having to look for level ground, and you can even set up your camping hammock over a land that is strewn with stones and boulders.

It is also easier to set up than a tent as you do not have to look for an open plot of land to set up your tent on. Most camping hammocks come with hanging kits that make it very easy to adjust the lengths and heights so that you have sleeping arrangements that are very easy to get in and get out of. In a hammock, you never lose the flow of air that you may if you are inside a tent. You also have to be careful about standing in a tent, a problem you will not have in a hammock.

A tent can leave you exposed to water that can get into the ground inside the tent. In a hammock, you will have no such problems as you are above the ground and not in touch with it at any time. Your hammock is always exposed to the fresh air around you though some people who use hammocks do also put up covers at greater heights that serve as a roof to keep out the dew. The sides can be left completely open. Sleeping in a hammock allows you to look at the stars and the trees. In most cases, hammocks are tied to trees, and you will have a green cover that can keep the sun off your face, even if you get up late and much after sunrise.

Camping hammocks can have all the conveniences of a tent and be provided with mosquito nets and tarps and even lofts that can stow away all your camping gear. Hammocks can be very light and weigh as less as 14 ounces, making them very easy to carry and transport. A hammock can always be an addition to a tent and allow you to use it as a chair or a place to rest during the day while you use the tent during the night. It is an ideal spot to laze in and roll around while you read a book or just de-stress and take a nap.

Hammocks need you to do your camping in a place that has trees, as it then becomes easy to put them up. You do not have to worry even if you have chosen a sloping hillside as it is possible to adjust your hammock quickly to any level that you require. You will need to find trees that are 12 to 18 feet apart so that you can tie the ends of your hanging gear to which you can hook up your hammock. The ease of setting up a hammock means that you can stop wherever you decide you like the view or the environment. Hammocks can be set up in the same fashion at every stop and just involves clipping straps of nylon around tree trunks.

Camping hammocks also leave less of a trace of than those that are tent camps. They are friendlier to the environment and will never result in any plants or shrubs getting crushed, as is bound to happen for tented sites. You can camp easily very close to a water source, as this is a fundamental need for surviving in the wild.


Victoria with Kids- the book!

Victoria with Kids I am so excited to share my news…I have written a book!!  Yes, you read that correctly, A BOOK!  And not just any book, but a book that is near and dear to my heart.  It’s a travel book, called Victoria with Kids- eat play shop.  Tag line, an essential guide for cool parents and their children.

This book is chock-a-block full of information.  The kind of family fun information that I am always seeking on any of our travels. Like:  What touristy stuff is worth doing?  Where are the playgroups?  Where is good to eat, but quick, but good??  Is there a playground near by? What about somewhere to shop??

Right?  That is the stuff you want to know.

So this book has that. It is broken down into neighborhoods, so parents can easily and immediately find the good stuff, and don’t have to waste precious time searching.

There is also write ups on beaches, little mini kid hikes, one day classes, and even date night ideas…and more!!  It’s perfect for families visiting us, or even grandparents that live here, but need so ideas (hint hint- dad).

It is available right now on Amazon and Ibooks as an e-book…coming to soon to print!


San Fran Part 2- Chinatown, Eating, Cable Cars & Eating!

We started the day with a noble plan, to go check out North Beach, in particular the Liguria Bakery- which is supposed to have the best foccocia bread in all the land.  It’s good to base a day around a food, right?

We hopped on the good old bus- which took us right to Washington Square- but alas, the bakery was closed! NO!!!!!!  Here we were, hungry, and obviously without a map and no idea where the rest of North Beach was…and no backup plan.  But leave it to Grandma, she just chatted up some other tourists in the area and they gave her their map.  Atta girl!

After that we set out on a walk through Chinatown and towards The Ferry Building.  Chinatown was what you would expect…BUSY and CRAZY…but it was cool.  Hudson liked looking at all the weird dried fish and other oddities.  Jeff liked the pork buns. And Hank liked the park we came across (I liked the pig tailed hobo doing arm curls with his duffle bag).

After that we cruised down the hill and hit up The Ferry Building, which is a big modern market housed in a giant old warehouse.  We had the ‘best coffee in San Fran’ at the Blue Bottle..which was really good.  We had a freakin’ delicious biscuit from these guys.  And we had some other good eats and walked across the Embarcadero to the playground where the kids burned off some steam.

After that we hopped on a cable-car and got hoisted up the hill and were privy to some pretty killer views.  Well worth the $6 each.

After that we got a cranky Hank home, napped him, and did the local park, and a pizza dinner at Delarosa in our hood.

So:  Fave things about San Fran so far:

  • Kids are everywhere
  • Playgrounds and green spaces are spread out throughout
  • Transit is easy
  • The buildings.  The buildings. THE BUILDINGS!
  • Mom Uniform:  lululemon type exercise outfit (with complete hair and makeup) complete with full on running shoes.
  • Non Mom Uniform:  See above
  • Food.  FOOD.  FOOD

We logged over 20,000 steps!  Wowza’s!  I can’t believe that Hudson can do this, it is AMAZING!

San Fran, Part 1

You know when you are researching an area, and you find NOTHING usefull. Well, that of course is what happened in San Fran. Googling Best Area’s To Stay San Fran with Kids…nothing. So finally I had to make a decision and book something. I booked a place on AirBnB in the Marina District. What I read about the Marina district is that it was a playgound for the hip folks with big bank accounts, packed with shops and restaurants. Sounds OK…right? Or OK enough.
BUT, let me tell you what Google should have told me about the Marina District with Kids:
This neighbourhood is CHARMING! Street after street of the quintessential colourful Victorian row houses complete with little potted gardens of fragrant jasmine.

We are 1 block down from Chestnut St, where there are at least four blocks cholkablock full of great restaurants, little cafes, boutiques and more. And when I say great restaurants, I mean it. We have not had a bad meal.

This place is buzzing with activity. So alive. People are out, and with their children. Every time we go to a restaurant, we are not the only ones with kids…it seems most people have them out (at least for the 5 O’Clock seating).

We are a few blocks from the ocean, with a view of the Golden Gate. We are a few blocks from the Palais of Fine Arts, which is so beautiful it hurts.

There is an AMAZING playground a few blocks away. We can walk up the hill to Union St for some more shopping & eating. It’s half an hour on foot away from Fisherman’s Wharf. The Bus comes right through to take you where ever.

There is a place called Suzy’s Cake’s, that RULES!

The Marina District is clean. It feels safe. The sidewalks are wide and stroller friendly. There are children’t botiques. There is a walgreens, for diapers and whatnot.

It is so PRETTY!!
Now, THAT is the information I should be able to find when I google San Francisco neighborhoods with Children.

Day 1
Wake up, get ready, head out the door and walk to fisherman’s wharf. On the way we stumble upon a great little farmer’s market. Eat a croissant. Carry on, skirting along the waterfront walkway of Fort Mason, with views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz. Enter into the crazy mayhem tourist central of Fisherman’s Wharf. Poke around enjoying the sites and being total tourists. Eat some chowder in a bread bowl. Chase bubbles. Find a magnet with my name on it!!! Hop in grumpy old Italian man’s taxi to get whizzed home for nap time.
During Nap The Big One and I go out to hit the shops…shop, eat some donut holes, come home. Get the little one up, go find the park. Find an amazing playground where Hudson made friends with another Hudson. Played played played. This park is amazing. After that we went for dinner and had a good meal at a place called Dragon’s Well, which served non-gross Chinese food.  Get gelato. Go home, and relax in our great pad…GREAT DAY!

Because I have a pedometer I know we logged over 15,000 steps…which, means that little Hudson walked all that way too….what a guy!

Gap Always Skinny High Rise Review

Eureka! The Gap finally has a High Rise Skinny Jean!  Obviously I had to rush out and buy some as soon as I heard the good news.  I got the dark wash, but they have a lighter vintage blue and black wash.

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You may remember seeing that I LOVED The Gap’s Jegging…so comfy.  But they were a bit low.  My cursed muffin top was not all sucked in in the Jegging, and left me a little lumpy.  And I had to skootch them up all day long.  Skootch skootch skootch.  So, I was pretty darn excited to try my muffin top in the high rise jean.

And Muffin Top be gone!!! The Always Skinny High Rise go up to just below my belly button.  So I am really all sucked in a supported.  When I bend over, there is no chance anyone will see my cheeks.  And, I didn’t have to pull them up at all. They just stayed nice and high where they were supposed to be.  Hallelujah!!  They fit great in my leg, and I don’t even hate my but in them.

However…they are a jean, not a jegging, so they are NOT as comfortable.  As in, they mildly dig into my stomach (hello red mark).  They are fine for a short period, but when you get home, you will want to change (or undo the button on the drive home).  I tried going up a size, but then the leg was a bit baggy.  Not good.

Verdict:  I will wear them- but they aren’t my salvation in a jean.

Gap, if you’re reading this, four words.  High Rise Skinny Jegging.

What’s in your Purse (skid edition)

Today I caught up with the lovely Lhasa Hetherington.  She was  rushing out of her car, purse casually slung over her shoulder, and a baby on her hip.

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‘Lhasa, Lhasa,’ I shouted, ‘tell us, what’s in your purse??’

Gracious as she is, she not only told me what she was carting around, but she pulled out some of her favorites.

Excitedly Lhasa beamed at me, healthy skin glowing and glossy hair catching in the breeze,  she starting explaining why she always carry’s certain … oh wait.  I’m Lhasa, and my purse is a freaking disgusting mess!  GROSS. If you see me and my purse coming your way, cross the street.

I mean, where is my clique eye roller and my lip balm I can’t live with out.  Where is my emergency Lara bar?  What about my Burts Bee’s hand cream?  My herbal detox tea?  How about my package of Emergen-C?  Or my eye Kindle? Maybe buried under the GROSS snot rags?  Maybe tangled up in the GARBAGE that I cary around.  Maybe shoved in a snack trap.



New Dining Room Reveal!

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It’s finally up and running, my beautiful new dining room!  Here, take a tour…

I haven’t ever had a dining room- so I feel like a real adult now.  It even has a closet (not shown in picture), where I can store china and likes.  Well, if I had china and likes.

This room was previously a dark bedroom…so we sealed up the doorway from the hall that led to it and opened up a doorway from the kitchen.  Then we popped in double french doors that lead out to our patio and back yard.  I am so excited for spring and summer to arrive so we can see our yard from our dining room and open up those doors to let the outside in!

Then we painted the walls a bright white, got an old farm table from Used Victoria- and painted the base of that banana yellow (Benjamin Moore).  I hung my yarn wall hanging artwork thingy, my heart garland, and actually managed to print and frame some photo’s of our Europe trip, and I made a table runner with the Chevron Fabric I had left over from this project.

We took a trip to Ikea and got the carpet (in the as-is, that has never happened before!), and the lights.

And that’s it!!  A great new colorful space that my family loves!

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The Potty Talk Cure

As you may or may not know, we have been struggling with Potty Talk big time over here.  Fart Fart Poop Penis Bum Fart Face…and that sort of thing.  It was getting so it was almost all Hudson said.  It was so ANNOYING!!!

But not anymore!  He has been cured!  Yay!  Now he has time to say sweet and charming things again.

Hudson is the kind of kid that loves order and rules.  So I drew up a chart, and the deal is he has 5 chances a day to say a bathroom word.  Every time he say’s one, he get’s a big X (that is course he likes putting on himself). If he get’s all 5 X’s, he doesn’t get dessert (I know, bribery is not the best, but boy does  it work).  And then, if he manages not to fill his chart all week, he get’s a little toy or something.

And, it’s working!!  The only day he filled up was the first day…

It’s been great because it opened up dialogue about habits, and how easy it is to get into a bad habit…and how, with hard work you can change, and break habits.

I’m so proud of him for working hard to change this!  He totally inspires me.  I wish X’s on a piece of paper would be motivation for me to change.



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What do you do when you are feeling a little depressed that January is creeping gloomily and slowly by?? With no signs of spring? In a house that is undergoing reno’s, so it’s covered in dust? And no amount of cleaning will combat it? 20140123-104621.jpg


You manically start cutting out hearts in cheerful colours. And just shrug when your husband say’s, ‘I don’t like the looks of this’. 20140123-104630.jpg


Then you get out your (dusty) sewing machine. And sew the little hearts together, leaving a space between each one. 20140123-104639.jpg

Then you start to feel better as strands of bright hearts appear before your eyes.

Then you stand on the table, with the baby watching, and wondering, and wanting to do the same, and you pin the lively little strands to the ceiling. Ignoring the fact that you still have just bare bulbs where the light fixtures you agonized over buying should be.

When you hop down off of the table, and have a look at what you have just done, you feel much better and happier.

The End.




Fitness Motivators

nice bum I don’t really like talking about this (but I could go on for a while about it). It makes me feel shallow. And I know there are more important things out there. And I know, we should not care about outward appearances, because what is inside is what counts. Blah blah blah.

But…I REALLY want to lose my last 10lbs of baby weight. I do. Mainly so I fit into my pants sans muffin top. And also, I just want to have a butt I’m proud of. Just even for a month!

The problem (3 of around 30), is that I have literally around six minutes a day to spare to exercise. And I like dessert- a lot. And it is hard for me to keep my motivation up. We moms must all face these problems, right?

That said, something unusual has been happening around here lately…I have had a ton of motivation!!  Which feel amazing.  Really great.  But why?

I think I know! It’s my magazines I’ve been reading on my Next Issue app. Browsing through Fitness and Healthy Eating magazines really seems to be helping. I kid you not. Since I’ve been reading them, I have been running more frequently with longer running times and adding more challenging terrains to my run.  Like today I ran 5K like it was nothing.  And then did a bum and core work out after.  Who am I???

Another site I like for motivation is I’ve added this site to my daily viewing pleasure and love getting little hit’s of tips and inspiration.

I have also downloaded the Barre 3 App. It has a ton of little 10 minute barre workouts- that you can do without any extra equipment- just a chair. I highly recommend this app! Hank usually can amuse himself for 10 minutes (just give him a family size box of kleenex), so I can work on my rear view in the other room!

Or…look here.

What about you? Share your fitness/healthy eating motivation with me. I’d love to know!!!

Fave Friday

What a week!!  We have been seriously in renovation mode.  All rooms cordoned off with big plastic sheets.  Lot’s of people in and out.  Dust, dust, oh, and did I mention dust?

Well, today the drywall was done, so down came the sheets, and out came the vacuum’s, swiffers, J-Cloths, and steam mops!  We are looking ship-shape clean.  And ready for the painters tomorrow!  Yay!

And with that said, here are my favorite things (all unrelated to cleaning)!

First)  HOMELAND- This show is soooooo good I can’t stand it!  And Brody, Brody, BRODY.  I know I am a married woman, but that man (especially in season 3), get’s me.  How was he so not good looking in the beginning, and now such a foxy fox??!


Second)  This cereal by Kashi.  I tried to get of Kashi stuff because I feel like they are one of those giant ‘organic’ corporations that are a bit sleazy.  Most of their stuff is so packed with sugar, and gmo’s.  However, there is nothing to replace it, so I am back on the Kashi.  And this cereal keeps me feeling full until almost lunch time.  Amazing for cereal!


Third)  Magical Natural Medicine.  Hudson had an ear infection and was dying of pain.  I asked my facebook mama friends what they have done to ease the pain of ear infections.  And Onion Compress kept coming up.  I tried it, and it worked. No more pain!!  So thank you facebook mom friends and thank you onions!!!  (Google it for more info).



Fourth)  Motivation!  For some reason I am motivated these days.  I usually run every other day, but I have been on a kick of running two days in a row, with one day off, then the two again.  Sometimes I even, gasp, finish with some squats or something.  Crazy!



Fifth)  Next Issue.  This app- for $9.99 a month.  It is so great, and probably the reason I haven’t been updating my blog as much.  I’ve been too busy reading magazines!!  You can pick from over 100 magazines, you can pick them all if you want.  Fitness, Home, Cooking, Parenting, Gossip, Fashion, Photography, Beauty.   Back Issues, and current issues.  All on your IPad.  Magazine Madness!!



What about you?  What is on your list this week??