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tips on viewing local wildflowers

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If you love to see nature in bloom, now is the time to head outside. After a very wet winter this year, Southern California is busting at the seams with lush greenery and wildflowers. I’ve never seen our local desert quite so colorful in the decade we’ve lived here! While the blooms started popping in March, the wildflowers are holding on strong. Now the trees, shrubs and ocotillo are also blooming and I’m just in love – my sinuses might be suffering, but I’m still in love!  If you’re looking to venture into the outdoors and see the blooms, check out my tips below! I’m also sharing a plant-based probiotic you can pick up at your local Walmart. Hover over the image below to shop for Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend.


California is infamous for its fields of golden poppies. These rolling hills covered in California Poppies are worth the hype 100%. They are worth the crowds, the far away parking and any hike to get a better view. They truly are breathtaking and unique. If we ever move away from California, I will definitely miss these little orange, cup-shaped jewels.

If you find yourself in the desert right now, you are in luck. After all the record-breaking rain we’ve gotten this year, the desert is fully dressed with brightly colored flowers. I love to see these gorgeous blooms in unexpected environments like the harsh desert. I mean, how gorgeous is this?

head towards the sun

Wildflowers love sunshine so when you head out on your wildflower expedition, choose a sunny time of day. Look for trails that are in sunny, south-facing areas. Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat!

research areas online

Before you go on a wildflower goose chase, check online for known areas of wildflowers. A quick Google search or Instagram hashtag can help reveal the popular spots along with the best kept secrets. You can also find out important information ahead of time like parking, crowd level and hours.

consider the time of year

Different areas (climates) will bloom at different times of year. While some areas peak March-April, other areas will be fullest May-June. Do a little research on your local area (or the area you’re traveling to) to figure out when the best time to view the flowers is. Elevation is a factor but as a general rule, March-April in the southern sates, May-June in the northern.

bring a field guide

While the main draw to viewing wildflowers is to photograph them, it’s also a great chance to get to know your local flora names. Look for a wildflower field guide for your area so you can identify what you’re looking at – if only for a well-informed Instagram caption.

feel your best

It’s always important to feel great before you head outdoors. Who knows how far you will need to hike and climb to get to the prettiest field of flowers. You’ll need plenty of energy and a healthy, peak-functioning body to adventure, not to mention a vitamin-filled breakfast and plenty of water.

Here in our house, we try to keep everything as natural (and as vegan) as we can. I’ve always been a nutrition nut, a person who is always researching what foods, herbs and supplements our family should be consuming. Probiotics have long been a supplement I’ve taken, especially as of late when I started having chronic issues with my bladder. The right probiotic makes a huge difference for me and what I take now is Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend, which I pick up at Walmart. Grab this $2.00 off coupon here!

Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend harnesses the power of nature by fermenting organic botanicals in their true form. It contains 3 types of beneficial probiotics that naturally support a healthy digestive system. Probiotics help keep your digestive system running smoothly by supplementing the good bacteria. An unhappy digestive system will definitely keep you off the trails so adding a probiotic supplement to your daily routine is smart! This clinically studied bacteria naturally helps* to fortify your digestive system, promote and support a healthy digestive system and maintain digestive balance.

It’s really important to know what is in your supplements, especially if you are vegan. The #1 doctor recommended Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend is vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free and contains no synthetic fillers or artificial flavors/ingredients. Learn more about Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend here!  Find Align Probiotic Whole Food Blend at your local Walmart in the Personal Care section with other vitamins and supplements.


*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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