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Children’s Outdoor Gear- Oakiwear Review

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Clothing

We took a hike on a chilly autumn day last week, but something was different…. Our children didn’t stay on the dirt path- they wandered through the bushes, down the creeks, and stomped in puddles. Although we take nature hikes quite often, they enjoyed this one more than any other.

Were they cold? Nope. Were they wet? Nope.

Outdoor Clothing Explorer Gear for Kids Review

They had clothing that was made for exploring the outdoors. It was well-made, warm, and waterproof! We have never seen our three year-old daughter enjoy getting muddy and tromping through water and weeds before, especially in the crisp fall air! Normally she will cry because her clothes get wet, or a thorn catches her pants. The hiking experience we went on that day changed the way our children feel about nature. They were able to explore and enjoy it while still being dry and comfortable, and that’s why we love our Oakiwear!

Kids Outdoor Clothing Oakiwear

Sue from Oakiwear believes,

“if we truly wish to get kids active again, we need to provide them with the right gear at an affordable price to open the door to new possibilities in outdoor exploration.”

This children’s outdoor gear did exactly that. They went off the path and explored the world, and loved every minute of it.

Oakiwear Outdoor Kids Gear Review

Here’s a little more about the particular gear we were wearing:

We were given the opportunity to try Oakiwear’s Children’s Neoprene Rain/Snow Boots, Trail Pants, and Trail Fleece Lined Jackets. I tend to avoid doing product reviews, however this company is one that our family loves for several reasons…

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear


The quality of Oakiwear outdoor gear is comparable, and possibly even better than well-known outdoor clothing brands. The material their products are made out of are warm and can endure just about anything without tearing.

The Rain/Snow Boots were fantastic. We have yet to find similar neoprene boots made of this quality for the price that Oakiwear offers them. They are warm, waterproof, and comfy!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear


One thing that definitely makes Oakiwear different from other outdoor clothing companies, is that it’s sizing starts all the way down at 2T! Most of their clothing is adjustable around the wrists and ankles, so you can also purchase them a little big, and adjust them as they grow. That means you can get a couple of years of wear out of one piece of their outdoor gear.

Oakiwear Review Children's Outdoor Gear


The price of Oakiwear products is unbelievably reasonable for the quality product you receive. Their waterproof trail pants are currently only $32.99, and they are AMAZING. Since they are adjustable at the ankles, and have a stretchy neoprene waste, I’m fairly certain my children will get at least three years of use out of them. If you divide $32.99 by three years, it ends up being right around $11 per year. THAT is beyond worth it for our children to be able to enjoy the outdoors without a care!

Oakiwear Children's Outdoor Gear Review

We love our Oakiwear because it gives our children a chance to enjoy exploring the outdoors  comfortably. Many may not realize how important outdoor play and exploration is for young children. Get your babies comfy and warm and encourage them to explore. You will see something new in them. You will start hearing questions and excitement coming from them. It is truly wonderful. It’s worth it. I promise.

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oakiewear childrens outdoor gear



Better Batter Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Review {Plus a Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting Recipe}

If you’ve ever tried a store-bought gluten free product, then you are probably familiar with the fact that many taste NOTHING like the real thing. Many gluten free baked goods and breads are hard, crunchy, and crumbly all at the same time.

My husband suffers from several autoimmune disorders, and although he does not have celiac disease, many of his health issues began to diminish once he stopped eating gluten and dairy. When we discovered the connection we were so excited, but I didn’t realize what a hard transition it would be for our family! Nothing seemed to taste the same and my husband would just crave that fluffy goodness.

Because of this, we have spent ridiculous amounts of money purchasing gluten free products, only to throw them away because they were basically inedible. After starting this journey, our family has found a few products and companies that we love. I’d like to share one of them with you today….

Better Batter Gluten Free Flour is a company that in my opinion has mastered allergy-free baked goods and flours! Our family was given the opportunity to sample their Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix and wow! I was definitely impressed.

I knew that this wasn’t just your normal cake mix, because during the mixing process, the batter almost doubled in size and became so smooth and fluffy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix Raspberry Frosting

With easy to follow instructions and simple ingredients, I was able to whip up a batch of cupcakes and have them out of the oven and ready to try in about 25 minutes. Their recipe boxes also contain vegan alternatives so that you can have an awesome treat that is completely allergy free.

Gluten Free Cupcakes Mix Raspberry Frosting

We have had several friends with food intolerances recommend this company to us, and now I understand why. These cupcakes were so moist, fluffy, and even better than most regular boxed cake mixes from the store.

Gluten Free Cupcake Cake Dairy Free Frosting

I really enjoyed the fact that you could clearly taste the chocolate, but the cake itself was not overly sweet. Something I have noticed about many gluten free baked deserts, is that some companies pour in tons of sugar to give it more flavor and disguise the weird texture and taste. Better Batter Flour adds just the right amount of sweetness, and the texture was perfect. I topped these cupcakes with my Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting, and they were delicious.

Gluten Free Cupcake and Dairy Free Raspberry Frosting

Better Batter also offers gluten and allergen free baking flour, seasoned flour, brownie mix, pancake mix, corn-free powdered sugar, and biscuit mix. Their Flour Mix can be purchased in several sizes up to 25lb bags! And best of all, it can be used in normal recipes cup for cup!

And of Course, Miss E. gave it a big thumbs up!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Allergen Free Vegan Cupcake and Raspberry Frosting

I was given this product in exchange for review, however all ideas and opinions are my own.

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