Camping in the spectacular Chyulu Hills

Chyulu Hills

The Chyulu Hills have long been on my list. I was inspired months ago after having read a post by The Kenyan Camper, and this weekend we finally made it! We had always been put off by the long drive, but Heidi’s getting older, and we thought with the extra long Easter weekend, it was a good time to give it a try.

Chyulu Hills

The views in the Chyulu Hills are beyond spectacular, and they make the drive totally worth it. We spent the weekend hiking the nearby hills, flying kites, and enjoying sunrises and sunsets. We even organized a big Easter egg hunt for the kids! The beauty of the rolling hills is hard to describe, and even photos don’t do them justice. But here are some of my favorite shots from the weekend, if you’d like to see…

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We set up camp at Satellite campsite, way up in the hills, and we couldn’t get enough of these views. The Chyulus just keep on giving, from sunrise, to sunset – 360 degrees of stunning.

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The hiking around camp was also great. We hiked up to the satellite towers, which gave us a great view of our campsite. It was a misty day, which was great for hiking.

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This is kite flying country – no trees, and plenty of wind! It’s a great spot to see the distant rainstorms, and we were lucky enough to spot a rainbow.

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The Easter bunny made a visit to our campsite, and the kids scrambled around hunting for eggs. It was a pretty charming spot for an Easter egg hunt!

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We also hiked down the valley and up the hill across from camp, and soaked in the magnificent landscapes. Claire is like a mountain goat, and flew up that hill all by herself. I walked slowly up with Heidi, who did the entire hike under her own steam. She’s the strongest 3 year old I know!

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If you want information on the campsite, and details on getting there, please check out this excellent post by The Kenyan Camper. His blog is loaded with travel inspiration! I can’t believe I waited so long to visit the Chyulu Hills. We miss them already, and can’t wait to go back.

Chyulu Hills

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The BEST detangling brush

best detangling brush

I was talking to my hairdresser the other day about detangling the girls’ curls, and she recommended this special detangling brush. At first, I told her I don’t really believe in brushes for curly hair. In my experience, they just turn curls into a giant frizzy bush! She insisted, this brush was different. Continue reading

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Arts and crafts to keep us busy over school break

Arts and Crafts time

Ahhhh, school break has arrived. At first, I will love the lazy mornings – no need to pack backpacks, or to rush around getting everyone ready, or to dash out the door to get to school on time. What a luxury! But after a day or two of having both kids at home all day, we will all start to go stir crazy, and we will need some special activities to keep us all sane. We’ve always bumped up our arts and crafts activities during the school break, and the kids love it. Continue reading

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Me time? 

me time

This week was “hair week” in our house – a monthly event of unbraiding, washing, detangling, moisturizing, and protective styling. Heidi doesn’t love having her hair braided, and a few months back Jesse and I realized that things go much smoother if we remove ourselves from the situation. Lynne, the virtuoso who braids the girls’ hair, is supremely patient and chill. She magically gets Heidi’s head of curls braided, even when Heidi is feeling feisty and uncooperative. Continue reading

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Conversations with our kids that made us laugh

conversations with our kids

Heidi has been cracking us up lately with all the funny things she says! Claire is definitely getting older, and her funnies seem to be few and far between these days, which makes me kind of sad and nostalgic. Here are some good ones our kids have dropped on us over the past few months… Continue reading

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Age-appropriate chores for 5 year olds

Chores for children

Claire “helping” with the dishes at 18 months

We’ve seen Claire go through a big transition in the last year or so. She has become really into helping out around the house! It started with clearing her own plate after a meal. This was part of her daily routine at school – she would take her own dishes, wash them in basins with warm water, and stack them to dry. So we started asking her to clear her plate at home as well, and she was happy to do so! Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Heidi!

Tomorrow my baby is turning three! Heidi is becoming such a big girl, with her long legs, goofy sense of humor, and adventurous spirit. She is full of bravery and spunk, and nothing can hold this girl back! She loves riding her balance bike, reading books, and playing make-believe with her buddy Nia (they do make-believe campsites in the sand pit at school!). Heidi is sweet, funny, and nothing short of amazing! Continue reading

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What’s been keeping me so busy…

Keeping busy

It’s been a busy few weeks in the Wambugu household! It seems all the time I usually spend on the blog has been spent elsewhere these days. Here’s a quick update on what’s been keeping me busy (and away from blogging!). Continue reading

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Taking action: writing postcards to our senators back home

After the Women’s March on Nairobi, I was so full of energy and positivity. It was an incredible feeling! But the week after the march, and the inauguration, my feed was so full news about Trump’s executive orders, lies about illegal voters, a ban on Muslims, and the suspension of the refugee program, it left me with my head spinning. I didn’t even know where to direct my anger. I need to channel my energy. I want be as active as possible in U.S. political discourse, even from afar. Continue reading

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Natural deodorant – guest blogging at Hairpolitan

Do you guys read Hairpolitan Lifestyle? It’s a great online magazine covering natural hair and living, run by some pretty amazing women. Hairpolitan is all about natural hair, natural remedies and beauty products, healthy food, and keeping fit. Continue reading

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