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Hiking The Orange Trail – Wissahickon Valley Creek

It’s no secret that apparently I’ve picked up the hiking bug lately. Probably not the best term to use when talking about hiking and bugs and being outside in general, but you know what I mean. I have been LOVING this new little hobby. I’ve been finding myself researching trails, downloading apps and planning more and more time outdoors with my family.

It’s sort of awesome.

Last weekend we hiked the Orange Trail that is part of the Wissahickon Valley Creek area – it’s something I used to run all.the.time back in the day when I was marathon training, but I never did the actual trails. I’m thinking that Saturday family hikes might need to be a new thing!

The boys are loving being outside, having space to run around and explore and I am loving seeing new parts of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in general that we have lived so close to for years and never been to! It’s crazy how exploring nearby can give you a whole new viewpoint of where you live.

Half of the trail was rocky and rugged, which I wore Graham on my back and the second half was along Forbidden drive which was perfect because it is a large, multi-use trail that is very popular and had lots of space and room for the boys to run!

I can’t wait to come back and do this trail again in the Fall when the leaves are changing – it will be so pretty! I have been doing more research of it since our recent visit and the park is SO BIG! There are so many pretty spots I want to come back and explore!

We didn’t do the entire orange trail because its almost 7.5 miles long, but we did about half of it and took one of the bridges across the creek to circle back along Forbidden Drive. We started and ended at Rittenhouse Town – and it was nice to have the option to cross over the creek for a way back should we have needed it with the kids. I’m seeing that around 4 miles is the perfect time for the kids to be outside before getting overtired, but again – it all depends on how tough the trail actually is.

I see lots more hiking in our future – planning our next outing for this weekend as we speak!

Aside from my newfound love for hiking, I also have a newly found love for the Receptra Naturals Active Hemp pure CBD Oil in my healthy living routine. It is made from organically grown hemp in Colorado by a family owned and operated company – and it is Vegan friendly as well!

With all the traveling this summer, I was starting to feel a little run down from it all, so the opportunity to try out this  pure CBD Oil – I was excited to see how it would affect my energy and my sleep! The antioxidants that naturally occur in hemp are essential to improving blood flow to the brain and body, ultimately removing many of the toxins that jeopardize health.

This summer, I’ve been enjoying taking the oil as an added well balanced ratio of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, not to mention, the oils are rich in naturally occurring antioxidants that help improve blood flow to the brain and body. {Everyone needs a little extra of that – amiright?} Another bonus of this oil that I was excited to learn about was people use this product to naturally boost their immune and central nervous systems. Hemp Oil is an excellent source of omega fatty acids, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients and vitamins.

Since I’ve also picked up my workout routine in terms of strength training { and less cardio – more on that in another post!} I did find that I was less sore after a killer workout from taking the oils, where I totally would have been in the past!

And I have to say – the Fresh Berry flavor is really tasty!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Receptra Naturals. The opinions and text are all mine.

Jackson Rides Wissahickon

This weekend Charles, Jackson & I headed out to explore the Wissahickon Valley Park by bike.

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I am very used to running this trail as Lauren and I would frequent it most weekends during marathon training, but I must say, it was much more fun to bike it than to run, especially with Jackson in tow)

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It was such a beautiful weekend to get out there and enjoy nature.

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Aside from enjoying the weather, it was lovely to spend the day with my Jersey boys.

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How did you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend?

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Hiking with Kids this Summer: Skunk Hollow Park – Radnor Township

So we are definitely in the crazy phase of endless boxes BUT we managed to take some time this weekend to explore our new neighborhood and have some fun. Saturday we snuck out and took the boys to see Toy Story 4 – which was awesome. And today we decided to explore some of the local parks – specifically Skunk Hollow in Radnor Township.

Living in the city, we did love the occasional Wissahickon trail hike {or bike!} And it had been forever since we did a little hiking with the boys. I did a little research and stumbled upon Skunk Hollow – which is also part of The Willows trail – and maybe another one or two – it’s a massive park area with hiking along a great creek. I found out it can be a great little play area for kids, so I packed our bags and off we went.

I think the hike was about 2.5 miles or so – which can be a lot for a 3 and 5 year old, especially with some points straight up and down – but we took our time and enjoyed the walk. It took us about 2 hours round trip – with lots of stops for water play along the way.

If you have kiddos – I have to tell you that this little creek is a slice of heaven! It’s clear, flowing water that’s perfect for them to splash around in. We packed some boats along with us and B & G loved seeing them boat go through the rapids.

The hiking path follows the creek so we were able to stop and go many times along the way for the kiddos to play in the water. The trail was also nice and shady which was a great break from the sun.

We crossed a few bridges and really enjoyed following along the stream. I was blown away by how nice of a hike and how great of a path it was. Now anyone who comes to visit, I’m totally going to be taking them + their kiddos on this adventure!

Hiking necessities:

Teva Universal Slides / New Shades – G Star Raw GS661S

I am obsessed with my leather slides, they are so comfortable and amazing to just wash off any mud or muck. And my new sunglasses were so fun to bring along on this trip – so comfortable to wear and I love the look of them!

It was a beautiful day to be outside like this and it was the perfect break from unpacking and all the boxes. We are loving our new neighborhood and suburb life so much – I can’t wait to explore more in the coming weeks!

Now if you are a Philadelphia suburb reader – I’d love to know – What other hiking trails should we hit up? I’m making a list, so let me know!

TevaSphere Giveaway

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Look what the mailman brought me!

I love surprises – especially surprises I get to share!

Jackson is IntriguedTeva Gift Pack

The lovely folks at Teva recently contact me – they just launched their new TevaSphere collection and I am one of the lucky ones that gets to try it out first. I was sent an official TeveSphere kit, which contained lots of exciting goodies:

Prize Pack from Teva

Seriously, this is one of the most exciting packages I’ve gotten in a long time! I was so excited when I opened the box. I was pumped about all the goodies – I’m dying to make an awesome video for you with the GoPro – but I really couldn’t wait to try out the new shoes!

The TeveSphere collection features a modular pod-based arch support system and a spherical heel. This provides the stability and support mordern outdoor athletes need while delivering the natural biomechanics and lightness of the minimalist footwear movement.

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There are four different models available in the TevaSphere collection – the Speed, Trail eVent, Trail, and the Trail Mid eVent –  all of which feature different outdoor cross-trainer performance benefits.

I got to check out the TevaSphere Trail eVent – which features an eVent breathable waterproof membrane, sturdy design and toe bumper for added protection. These shoes are made to improve your stride, reduce impact and promote stability on unpredictable terrain.

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These shoes are different from any other pair I own, in a really cool way. I love the fact that they give you the lightweight, minimalistic feel in a running shoe but without sacrificing stability. I received these shoes last week and was able to take them on a few runs – on Kelly Drive & along Wissahickon Creek – and they really felt great – very stable & light & easy to run in.

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The lovely folks at Teva are offering up a pair of TevaSphere shoes to one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader – if you want to try out a pair of these brand new trail/road running shoes yourself, enter to win below.

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Enter here to win:

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Giveaway ends Saturday, May 25 – Winner will be contacted via email.

I was NOT compensated for this post, just sent the TevaSphere kit to test out for myself.



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