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Until last year, you couldn't really call us outdoors people, we weren't huge fans of all the bugs and humidity, stuff like that... but then came along the birth of our son, Bodhi, and he turned us all into nature lovers. Nature was love at first sight for him, he absolutely loved being outdoors, he always was happiest outside so we found ourselves spending more and more time in nature, and after a few months we were like "ya know, we actually love being outdoors too".

So that's the story of how we became a nature loving family. Now, we spend every chance we get out in the great outdoors, every weekend you can usually find us at state parks, enjoying nature, at the lake or hiking! We're planning a camping trip soon too but haven't done that one yet just because we're a little nervous to camp with a toddler who still wakes up multiple times a night haha.

Hiking has become one of our favorite things, 2 weeks ago we hiked an absolutely beautiful trail, and this past weekend we hiked 3 more beautiful trails. We ended up hiking about 5 or 6 miles altogether over the past weekend and it was awesome! Bella done so well, she is so great at hiking and loves finding treasures along the way, she found some super cool wild grape vines to swing from on our last hike, unfortunately I don't have any photos of that because I decided to forgo ringing my camera on that hike because I wanted to be more in the moment, but some awesome memories she'll have forever for sure! I just put Bodhi in a carrier on my back and he loves it, being able to see everything and stay comfy. We load up a back pack with water (my big 32 ounce hydroflask works perfect for this) lots of snacks (we love protein and granola bars and slim jims too) an extra diaper and wipes and of course a little first aid kit.

One of the most important things to have when hiking (besides water and snacks) are good shoes. We've been eyeing several brands for hiking shoes and ultimately decided to go with Merrell! We have been loving their shoes. I can honestly say that the pair that I chose are some of my most favorite shoes ever, I usually wear sandals everywhere, but if I'm hiking, working out or just want something that covers my foot all of the way, you can always find me wearing these women's Vapor Glove 3 Luna Leather shoes from Merrell. I typically go for neutrals when I get anything new, and aaaalmost chose a neutral in these shoes, but decided to go with this pretty aqua color at the last second (the color is called "wave") and I'm glad I did, they're such a fun pop of color without being too loud and just perfect! They're absolutely one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes I've ever owned, I specially chose this style of shoe because I love being barefoot and the feeling of being barefooted (plus being barefoot and wearing barefoot style shoes have a ton of health benefits), so when I saw that these were barefoot style shoes I knew they were the ones!

Frank chose these men's Moab 2 Waterproof shoes (in bark brown), we love the look of them and he says they're so comfortable! Yay!

For Bodhi, I chose the little kid's Hydro Jr. sandal, they do run narrow so if your little one has wide and fat feet like Bodhi, make sure to choose the wide width and also size up at least a full size (we ended up returning the first pair and sizing up). I love that they can be worn in water and are fast drying and for all the adventures! They're very breathable with is another thing we absolutely love about them! You can find the big kids size here as well.

I'm a sucker for a versatile shoe, something that can be worn hiking, won't get ruined if it gets in water and can be cleaned easily, but most importantly, comfortable and easy for my 6 year old to get on by herself. Which is why I chose the big kid's Hydro Choprock sandal for Bella! She absolutely loves them, puts them on and is ready to do all of the exploring and hiking! I let her choose whatever color she wanted and she chose this super cute navy and turquoise color. She wears them constantly, they're easy on and easy off, breathable, and comfortable! You definitely can't go wrong wit these shoes for your kiddo!

Merrell has so many awesome shoes for the entire family and for every lifestyle, they sell both women's and men's shoes and clothing, shoes for kids and toddlers, shoes for work, shoes for winter, shoes for summer, shoes for adventure and shoes for relaxing! They have something for everyone, plus they are a brand that has a focus on making the earth a better place, using recycled, natural, ethical and sustainable materials and practices in the production of their shoes whenever possible!

Have you been looking for a new pair of shoes? Look no further, grab yourself (and the whole family) a pair over at Merrell!

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