Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I’m Audrey. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest at a little place my family likes to call Westview where family, travel, and DIY rules. I currently spend my days navigating life as a mom of three growing kiddos and as a daughter to my amazing, aging parents. I’m PNW born and raised, addicted to coffee, and am a connoisseur of good food (I heart sushi), wine, and beer. I love to share what I’ve learned growing up surrounded by my extended family, how that how encouraged my love of travel, and inspired me to embrace the world of DIY!
What I Do
After working in the fire service specializing in injury prevention and teaching early childhood education as a college professor, I’m putting all that information to good use as a mom! I love to share what I’ve learned over more than 15 years as a safety specialist and educator to help keep kids and families safe, happy, and healthy. And as my parents are enjoying their retirement, I’m reminding them of ways to keep safe, plan for the future, and document our family history. I’m happy to share tips on keeping kids and families safe, injury prevention, estate planning, and overall healthy family ideas.
Travel and fun activities were few and far between for my grandparents who grew up on homesteads in the west during the great depression. As adults, they were committed to raising their children (and subsequently grandchildren and great-grandchildren) with an appreciation for travel and recreational activities – and higher education. Because of them, I grew up traveling with my parents and have continued that practice with my children. I truly believe that one of the best gifts you can give your children is the gift of travel so that they can experience the world outside of their normal day-to-day lives. Over the past nine years, I’ve learned a lot of tips for making both domestic and international travel with kids safe, successful, and less stressful. Whether you’re traveling by boat, plane, train, or car, I’ve been there, and I have some thoughts on the matter…
Food and Drinks
Well, you’ve got to eat…and enjoy a good drink! In our family, the extended version, we always have a plethora of food and a variety of dietary needs to accommodate: traditional, gluten free, vegan, and kid-friendly. I’m certainly not a chef and I don’t spend all day in the kitchen, so I try to find make-ahead, simple ingredient, easy prep, healthy meals. And I’m not one to make a separate meal just for the kids, so I attempt to make them healthy food interspersed with their standbys…you know, the chicken strips and mac n’ cheese they think they need to live on! I also love to explore the viticulture (wine!) and hops (beer) produced in our region. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a good meal…or after a long day.
My family was king of DIY and “reclaimed” wood long before it became a trend. My parents, aunts/uncles, and grandparents came up with a crazy, brilliant plan to create a shared living property so that everyone could more easily enjoy life. But turning a former apple orchard into that dream has been a hands-on process over many years. Most of the structures we have are built with reclaimed wood from old apple warehouses, farm structures, and fences. I’ve learned to appreciate how to build something from scraps and create a beautiful space. I love working on projects around the house and creating unique pieces. I’m currently updating and adding some character to my builder grade home and taking on DIY projects that anyone can do with minimal tools and skills necessary!
You’re at the Right Place
Here at Westview Roots, I share lots of tips to keep you and your family safe, healthy, travel-ready, and DIY inspired! Here is an overview of what you can find:
- Exploring the Pacific Northwest- Hiking, day trips, events and activities, enjoying all the PNW has to offer (skiing, biking, wine tasting…) and finding hidden gems in our region
- Early Child Development Information and tips on engaging babies, toddlers, and kids with fun, teachable activities
- Car Seat Safety Tips- Car seats really shouldn’t be so confusing to install, but they are! I’ll help you break down all the information so you can actually understand it and get your child’s car seat installed properly
- Babyproofing your home and travel destinations- Tips for parents and grandparents on keeping kids safe at home and while traveling
- Aging Parents- As our parents are enjoying their retirement years, it’s becoming apparent there are steps to take to ensure their continued safety, financial security, estate planning, and family enjoyment
- Mother Runners and other family fitness inspiration- Find easy ways to get out running with your kids in tow and incorporate fitness into your everyday life
- Food- Yes, we eat! My littlest is already preparing to eat us out of house and home at just 16 months! And my 6 year old is basically on a food protest. Add in gluten free and vegan dietary restrictions and we have assembled a whole smorgasbord of meals ideas
- Happy Hour- When you grow up in a region with a prosperous winemaking industry, and in a state that produces over 75 percent of the total United States hop crop, Happy Hour is always an option! Find fun ideas for wine tasting, craft brew pours, travel, and events related to all things grapes and hops
- Traveling with kids- Yes, do it! Just follow some easy tips to help you prepare and manage traveling with kids. Your children will thank you some day
- Travelling without kids- Yes, definitely do it! After traveling with kids, you’ll be amazed at how calm, quiet and enjoyable kid-free travel can be! But we often neglect this little opportunity
- Do-It-Yourself Projects- You can tackle tons of DIY projects around your home with just a few tools and a little guidance. Read on for ideas on easy ways to turn your blah house into a warm and inviting home
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