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MainHeadshotHi there – I'm Ashley. I’m a lifestyle blogger with a deep love for mouthwatering food, the great outdoors, furry animals, and traveling. I believe that life’s boundaries should go well beyond the walls of your home or your cubicle. I can usually be found with flour on my clothes while I cook, dirt on my hands from our garden or our latest hike, a story to tell from our latest travel, and paint on our floor from our latest project.

What is Hello Nature all about?

I think the easier answer may be what is Hello Nature not about sometimes. I love so many things and if I can find a way to incorporate them into this blog, I do! Honestly, it's about everything I mentioned above and then some. I love eating and making scrumptious food almost as much as I love spending time outdoors so there's a lot of both of those. I also like to pretend I'm a good homemaker and crafter so I talk about homesteading and DIY projects, too. Then there's our dogs and cat that we treat like our children and my love for capturing every moment I can.

If it's your first time here, or even if you're just looking for some of my reader's favorites, you can start with these posts! For small business owners and bloggers, you might like How to Get a White Background for Your Photos or 25 Mistakes I Made as a New Blogger. If you're trying to go green with your cleaning, check out these Reusable Disinfecting Wipes and this super easy Homemade Water Based Cleaner. Need a little pampering? Try this Banana Avocado & Coconut Oil Hair Mask. Want to know why I can't imagine going back to living in the city? You might like My Journey Into Homesteading, On Giving Up City Living or 9 Pros of Small Town Living.

Want to know what I write about on a regular basis? Here are some of my top categories:

Us - Packer Game
Me and Girls

What else do you do besides blog about your dogs and nature?

While I wish talking about our dogs paid all of our bills, it doesn't. So my husband and I work from home with our own eco-friendly bath + body business. The Gnarly Whale launched in October of 2012, grew to be large enough to support our family financially in 2013, and lead to us moving into a larger home with a shop on our property (in the country) in 2014.

When I'm not working, you can usually find me outdoors during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Kayaking, hiking, reading, grilling out, riding the trails in our UTV, enjoying our fire pit, walking our dogs, gardening, taking photographs – if it can be done outside, I'm all over it.

Otherwise I'm usually found baking my way through the long cold months of Winter. I love cooking and food is something our family (including our pups) has bonded over since I met my husband. I don't dare call myself crafty even though I love to build and make things, but I am a pro-mess maker. I also love to travel and have been to Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Canada and close to half of the states. Some day I hope to make it to all 50 states, but there are SO many places I want to visit.

Cosmo Backyard

Meg Backyard

Sookie Backyard

How can we connect?

One of the reasons I started blogging was to connect with like-minded people so I would absolutely LOVE to connect with you! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Or if you'd like to chat via email, you can email me at [email protected]

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