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June, 10, 2016

Mountain Air…

best-baby-jogging-stroller utah-mountains-hiking-lakes orbit-baby-stroller-review pp1 orbit-baby-stroller-jogger orbit-baby-stroller utah-mom-activities pp3Top: Lulu Lemon | Pants: Lulu Lemon | Shoes: Nike | Hat: J. Crew | Glasses: Ray-Ban | Earrings: Nordstrom

Our home is minutes from the mouth of the canyon and we’ve always loved going up there during the summers to play in the beautiful mountains we have here in Utah. When Dash was a puppy we would take him on walks around the trails and let him chase the ducks in the water and now it’s his favorite place to go! There’s a certain spot on the drive up where Dash figures out where we’re going, from that moment on he can hardly contain his excitement. It’s so peaceful up there and the best part is there’s no service anywhere so it’s become the perfect escape for Drew and I to take our little family to unplug and spend time with each other.

On Saturday we made PB&J’s, and loaded up Isla and Dasher boy to spend a sunny afternoon in the fresh mountain air. Since I’m pregnant my daily exercise consists of walking (not very exciting, I know). We walked on the trail for about a mile before I got too tired and had to sit down. After our little ‘workout’ we sat by the lake and watched Dash chase his tennis balls into the water. Since becoming a mom, trying to find time to go to the gym is almost impossible now so the only workout I get these days are when it involves Isla and Dash. I’m grateful for days like last Saturday that I could get out of the house and get some walking in. I take my O2 jogging stroller, when we go on walks/jogs up the canyon and Drew uses it almost every day after work. He’s actually been training for a half marathon that’s this Saturday! A few times a week after work he takes Isla in the O2 jogging stroller and Dash runs along side. Every single time Drew gets back from his run, Isla is sound asleep! It’s his favorite way to put her down for a nap these days and it totally works! 

One thing I wanted to point out about the stroller that makes it my favorite is that the seat can either face towards you or away from you. Sometimes Isla wants to be able to see me or Drew and she’ll cry until we flip it around so she can see us. It makes it fun that we can talk to her while we’re on our walks without having to walk around to the front or get her out.

You can see my last post/review on the everyday Orbit stroller here!

xo, Rach

  1. Jessica Rose says:

    Beautiful images…..I have to say as a Brit, we really don’t get the American love for peanut butter and jelly (jam we we say over here!) together at all!

  2. Sophie says:

    Lovely pictures! You look gorgeous. Sophie x

  3. Caitlin says:

    Such a beautiful little family <3 love your workout top!
    xo, Caitlin

  4. Rach says:

    Going out onto the fresh air must be really nice! You guys are lucky that the mountains are so close to home. It sounds like it was a lovely & successful Saturday.

  5. What a beautiful place for photos! Love your workout look.

  6. What a beautiful landscape… <3

    Vanessa |

  7. Vici says:

    Super cute and great jogger. I have always wondered about your fitness routine. I am NOT bless with good genes and you and your sisters all have great slim figures. So, what is your family secret or is it great genes?

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      Hi Vici!! Honestly working out is big part of it for my sisters and I! Eating healthy and attending the gym regularly (when not pregnant) or doing like active things is something thats really important to me!

      xo, Rach

  8. Brooke says:

    Cute workout gear! I’m on the hunt for a new pair of tennis shoes : )

    Brooke du jour

  9. Those views are breathtakingly beautiful! Such a gorgeous place to live!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  10. These views are breathtaking, so cool you get to call them your backyard. I’m sure Isla and Dasher love it there. Have a wonderful weekend.
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  11. sasa says:

    Looking great:P

    Shall We Sasa

  12. Sharan says:

    Wow Utah is so beautiful! Love your workout look.


  13. Tasha Juli says:

    Love that workout tank! I’ve been looking for one like that.
    Tasha Juli

  14. Utah is seriously so beautiful!! How awesome that you live minutes away from this place! I would be there all the time!!

    xo Bryn

  15. Lauren says:

    Such beautiful scenery <3 Any walk would be exciting in such a scenic area!! Love your athletic wear!

  16. Jamie says:

    That’s so cute how Dash figures it out! Our chocolate lab did the same thing when she realized we were going to doggy daycare where she got to play with other dogs all day. Looks like a gorgeous place to unwind!


  17. Natali says:

    Great jogging gear! Lovely photos. :)

  18. Kari Knell says:

    Where is this place exactly? Please share! And which canyon? American Fork canyon?? But really, it’s a must see the next time I’m in Utah county!

  19. Amanda says:

    Love that stroller! Beautiful backdrop as well :)

  20. Raina says:

    That’s so awesome you live by such a beautiful place to hike! I love that stroller too! <3

    xo Raina

  21. Hayley Larue says:

    What a beautiful lake! Also love watching little Isla grow! <3

  22. ashley morales says:

    What are you using to tie little Isla’s hair up in a pony? On the lookout for something to put up my LO’s hair but am scared to use those little rubber elastics!

    • Rachel Parcell says:

      Hi Ashley!! I use the little elastics but they are for babies and not like adult ones. They are great!!

      xo, Rach

  23. You look so adorable!! Love that you have this little getaway so close to your house for time with your sweet family!


  24. Collette says:

    Rachel I am wondering what lake this is in American Fork canyon. I don’t recognize its it and go up there often. I keep thinking silver lake but I don’t remember grassy areas.

  25. Maya says:

    Love this!! I can practically smell that mountain air! And the glittering water is so breathtaking.

    My husband and I went on a camping trip for Memorial day weekend and I felt similarly about being in nature and out of cell phone service– so rejuvenating!!

    Xx Maya from Maya Unmarketed

  26. Ericka Gonzales says:

    Hi Rachel!

    I love your pictures! You have the absolute sweetest family. Family time with a picnic at a park or in the mountains is my favorite :) Totally off topic but I was wondering if you have any tips that helped with your morning sickness? Did you have it again with your baby boy? I had HORRIBLE morning sickness with both my daughters, they have a big age gap and my older daughter is pretty independent so that really helped when I was pretty much bed ridden while pregnant with my second baby girl. But we don’t want to have another big age gap which means having a toddler while going through the morning sickness again and honestly that scares me. I would love to here any advise from one mommmy to another. Love you blog, clothing line, and your style♡

    With love,

  27. Sunnyside says:

    You make me wanna move to Utah :)

  28. Rachel says:

    This stroller looks amazing! I recently just researched and researched to find a good double stroller since I just had my second kiddo and it also lets me adjust the seats different directions which I think is awesome. This stroller looks excellent! :)

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  29. Paige says:

    This is so pretty!!! We just moved to Utah and have been dying to take our two pups to a lake so they can swim and play. Would you mind sharing where this is???

  30. Channing says:

    Those views are to die for!!!

  31. Megan VanStone says:

    Have you always had the jogger style or do you also have the normal base? I was looking at this because we have the G2 (at least thats what i think it is. We have had ours for 4 years so its a older version.) Can it become a double stroller? We now have a second baby also and I need to be able to fit both of them in the jogger for runs. I was not sure if the jogger could be turned into a double with the Helix attachment. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Love those smiles. How precious and what a cute pup!

    hugs, Christina

    Christina l Fashion & Frills

  33. LIFEEOFGIRLS says:

    So beautiful pictures and place, I hope very good memories for you :)

  34. Emma says:

    You should write a post about blogging tips! I love your blog and your new clothing line is beautiful. I would love to read some of your tips you have learned since you started blogging.

  35. Hillary says:

    Wow you live in a gorgeous place!!

  36. Sylvia says:

    Beautiful mama, beautiful baby, beautiful day! You are so blessed! xoxo

  37. Meg says:

    that stroller is so cool, and your outfit is great

  38. Sophie says:

    That sporty outfit is just perfect for hot days like these <3

    xoxo, Lastestbag – Best Bags For Women 2016

Rach Parcell

In September of 2011 I created Pink Peonies as a place to document the things I loved. Since then, it has become a creative outlet where I share my personal style though daily outfits, beauty tips, home style and much more!

Ever since I was a little girl I've dreamed of creating my own line. After countless hours of working towards that dream, I've finally launched my first collection!

It's full of classic, feminine and romantic pieces that you'll keep in your closet for years to come and wear over and over again!