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Meredith Fife

South Sound homeowner, 3 boys, one dog, longtime runner and Fresh Chalk team member.
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Black Diamond Trekking Poles
Trekking Poles
I'm not a huge fan of trekking poles, but when I do need them, these are my favorite. I like the fliplock features which makes adjustments quick and easy when you are on the move. I also like the variety of tips and cages that you can quickly change with the elements, especially in winter when you go from snow to pavement. The handles have a great gripping function that work for both myself and for my kids. It's nice that it feels universal for all of us. Great product and solid choice.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
I really like my Bose Soundsport Headphones. The battery lasts about 6 hours which is great since we now live in a world where headphones are needed for work, school, and exercise. I also love that I no longer deal with headphone tangles, which seemed to be a constant problem. The sound quality is great and I appreciate the fact that I can tune out the chaos around me...sometimes they are are a little too good at cancelling out the noise around me. I wish they came with more replacement parts ear pieces. I seem to loose them frequently, but I think that's a personal problem, rather than an everyone issue.
Breville Panini Press and Grill
Panini Maker
I got this for Christmas about 5 years ago and it is still a great appliance. My kids can make their own sandwiches with it and feel like they have made something special. We have loved it.
Brigenius Rechargable Hand Warmer
Hand Warmer
My husband put this hand warmer in my stocking last year. I thought it seemed a bit ridiculous at the time, but I quickly changed my mind. I loved having it for long walks to and from the train stations and it was great to have in our cold office in January. It's a great little gift.
Brookstone Heated Throw
Electric Blanket
My home office desk sits next to a window and when the wind starts to blow outside, I get really cold. My solution, this heated blanket. The four different heat settings help me stay cozy and warm all day long.
CHI Ceramic Flat Iron
Hair Straightener
I have been through A LOT of hair straighteners in my life and none have compared to my Chi. I love this thing. I have had it for 5 years and it has never failed me. I have fine-textured curly hair that is prone to static and frizz (especially while living in the PNW) and this straighter is a life saver. I don't know that I can ever change brands! I'm hooked!
Cosmo 300 Headlamp
I won this headlamp in a drawing and it has been one of my favorite camping items. I use it for everything! My kids use it for slumber parties and neighborhood night games. It's easy to work and has a long battery life that seems to never run out. It's also extremely light and easy to carry on backpacking trips as well. I know it has strobe feature for nightime bikers or runners, however I have yet to use this.
Cuisinart Easy Clean Slow Juicer
I really like this juicer. It doesn't do well with leafy greens but it can handle everything else. It says it can do nut milks but I haven't tried them yet. I also appreciate that it is easy to assemble and even easier to clean (unlike their food processor). Great juicer!
Defunkify Laundry Detergent
Laundry Detergent
This detergent is a game changer. I bought this product based on a recommendation on Fresh Chalk and it's truly great. I bought both the Lavender spray and the detergent. The spray is great too and has a subtle smell that lasts for around 48 hours. The detergent really removes odors instead of just masking the smell. I am really impressed.
Duck's Back Rain Cover
Rain Cover
This is a great tool to have on hand when backpacking. It keeps the rain off your back and helps you avoid getting the contents of their pack saturated with rain. The stuff sack is attached to the rain cover so you never wonder which pocket you ended up stashing it in.
Girl Meets Dirt
I love this brand. The Balsamic Pear flavor is one of my favorites and goes great with crackers and cream cheese. They make great gifts.
Goodr Sunglasses
I love these sunglasses. They are light and great for hiking and running without any bounce. I am on my third pair because at $25 a pair you can afford three pairs.
My husband received one in his stocking and I can already see we need about 10 more of these. Thank goodness Costco is getting ready to stock them, I'm going to need them in bulk!
Icebreaker Merino Leggings
Base Layers
I love this brand. I have the base layer and without sounding too dramatic, they saved my life. They pull moisture away from your body and keep you warm no matter the elements. I can't say enough good things about this brand.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
Backpacking Stove
I love our Jetboil! We take it on every backpacking trip and it's always a lifesaver. It boils everything so fast and when you are cold it's nice to know you don't have to wait more than a minute for hot water.
Kelty Cosmic 20 Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Bag
We bought two of these bags for our kids. It's a lightweight bag that weighs 2lbs 10 oz and can be used up to 20 degree (F). My kids really like them and never complain about being cold. I think it is advertised as down but I think it's only 80% down. Nevertheless, it's still a great summertime bag for kids.
Khala Beeswax Sandwich Wraps
Beeswax Wraps
La Roche Posay Active Vitamin C 10% Wrinkle Cream
I use Active Vitamin C 10% Wrinkle Cream from La Roche Posay and I'm happy with the results.
I've been using Libby for quite a few years and it's my favorite. I love being able to find nearly any book and have the audible version within 6 weeks. I use it on my long runs and I am always amazed how easily I can tune out the world with a good book playing the background.
Little Hotties Footwear, Glove, and Helmet Dryer
Boot Dryer
My kids walk to school and since we live in the PNW, their shoes get wet-- a lot. I decided to buy this to combat mildew and smell. It worked great. The kids know to come home and put their shoes on it if they want dry shoes for the next day. We have also used it for gloves and hats on snowy days, but mostly just for the shoes.
Mountain Hardwear Ozonic Rain Shell
Women's Coats & Jackets
I bought this jacket in preparation for a rainy backpacking trip and it totally delivered. I stayed dry in 24 hours of serious wind and rain. Of course like all rain jackets, it allowed some moisture inside the jacket, but I was prepared with wool clothing underneath and I kept dry for the entire day. The pockets are deep and everything I kept inside them stayed dry as well. My only small complaint is that when the jacket is fully zipped-up the mouth piece would rub on my chin. In wet weather that can be a bit uncomfortable, but that was just a minor issue. I highly recommend this jacket for anyone looking for something to keep them dry for long hours in the rain.
Nalanda Balance Board
Balance Board
We bought this for our kids to play with during quarantine. We had a lot of fun with balance contests and made-up challenges (like eating Oreos and milk while balancing) with our kids. Great for kids 6 and up!
Nemo Fillo Camping Pillow
Camping Pillow
I'm a little bit of a princess when it comes pillows and camping. I feel like this pillow is a perfect solution. I fill it 3/4 the way up and it works great--I wake up with no neck pain and it seems to keep any moisture from spreading if it gets wet. The Velvet is also keeps you face and next nice and warm.
Nerdy Nuts Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter
I finally tried the chocolate caramel pretzel flavor and wasn't disappointed. My kids ended up finding it and eating most of it, so I need to hide it better. They make so many great flavors that I want to try but they sell out fast, so be ready to pounce!
Nikon Monarch 5 Waterproof Binoculars
I got these binoculars for my birthday and I think they are the best bang for you buck. They weigh less than two pounds and are great for day hikes and backpacking trips. They have a great resolution and work well for spotting goats high up on ridgelines.
North Drinkware Mt. Rainier Pint
We love these glasses! They really are something special and we have given them to all of our out of state family members to remind them of the time they have spent in the PNW with us. The company also makes a Mt. Hood, St. Helen, Teton, Half Dome, and Colorado glass. They make terrific gifts for any occasion.
Noxgear Tracer360 Visibility Vest
Running Gear
I wanted something reflective to keep me safe on my runs in the early morning hours. This vest is great. It has several different settings with color choices and there is no mistaking when someone is coming down the road. I feel a lot safer with it on.
Prana Heavenly Robe
Yes, I got a robe for Christmas. It has actually been one of my favorite things to wear. The light jersey knit is so soft and the half sleeves make it great to throw on at any time of day.
Proactive Skin Care
Acne Care
This has been great for my son. He has struggled with acne and this seemed to do the trick (when he remembers to use it). Great product but on the pricey side.
RexBeti Stainless Steel Meat Injector
Meat Injector
We were really happy with this purchase. We smoke a lot of meat and this was a great purchase to help some of the prep. The needle is sharp so be careful!
Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration
Backpacking Water Filter
This filter is small and lightweight and great for backpacking trips. It works great on on most water bottles and makes filling up water so much easier. The filter can get a bit clogged but just flush it out under the kitchen sink and it's good to go. It's a great choice.
Sea to Summit Thermolite Sleeping Bag Liner
Sleeping Bag
This is a great way to avoid buying a new expensive sleeping bag. With this liner you can make your bag extra warm. It takes up hardly any room in your bag and easy to carry around. It is thin, but I did feel like it worked well for me on some of those cold wet nights in the Cascades.
Spike Ball
Outdoor Game
My kids love this game. We love to take it to the beach where they can slide and dive for the ball. Great fun for the whole family.
Stashers Reusable Food Storage
Silicone Reusable Bags
This is great for small snacks. I like to take it on hikes and fill it with trail mix or grapes. It washes and dries easily and it's great for the environment. What's not to love?
This is my go-to for last minute birthday gifts. It sends an email directly to the receiver and they can pick out what types of treats they would like to receive. I love it! It's just so easy to use!
Sushi Go
This was a great game for both kids and adults. The directions were a little difficult to understand but, once we started playing it fell into place. Great mix of strategy and luck!
The Original Moon Lamp
I ordered this lamp for my son based on Shauna's recommendation. I purchased the moon but I was shipped the earth one by mistake. We end up really liking it, so we kept it. My son uses it nightly to fall asleep with. The blue setting is very calming and currently our favorite setting.
Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend
This seasoning is great on avocado toast or just a bagel and cream cheese. I like to eat it in the afternoon because it satisfies that salty craving that sneaks up on me . A family favorite!
Trader Joe's Peppermint Jojos
These are a huge problem in my house during the holidays. We buy about 7 or 8 boxes and then hide them from the kids. I usually eat the most.
Traeger Grill
I know that I am way late to the Traeger craze, but we love ours! I bought our grill right before Covid hit for my husband's birthday and it was a game changer. We grilled and smoked meat all during quarantine and we were so happy with it's results. The electronic start ignition is great and there is plenty of room for extra vegetables and meat. It's also super simple to clean. We also kind of love the wood pellet smell. It makes us crave whatever is cooking all day. I recommend purchasing a cover for it immediately. The weather elements can make it dirty quite quickly, just be prepared. Worth every penny!
Ultimate Direction Fastpack
Hiking Backpacks
I've had this bag for about 5 years and I still love it. It has a pocket for everything and a large main well for bulkier items like jackets and binoculars. It's really a great bag and I haven't found one that I like better.
Yoga Toes
Foot Health
I'm a long-time runner and my feet are starting to get worn down. Someone suggested that I try these out to help strengthen the muscles in my toes and to help with some bunion soreness. I actually can't believe the difference. I wear them for 15-30 minutes after my runs. They were sore the first couple of times I tried them, but after a couple of days my feet feel pretty good. I think they might actually work...stay tuned.


Absolute Heating and Cooling
Very helpful and easy to work with. Competitive pricing as well.
All-Pro Carpet Cleaning & Dyeing
Carpet Cleaner
Rob is really responsive and gives you a quote upfront. Easy person to do business with.
B Natural Music
Musical Instruments
Matt is great and super helpful. He didn't have anything for our son and recommended we buy online, but I was impressed how helpful and great he was to work with.
Computer Shack
Computer Repair
Can accurately diagnose problems with your computer, great help.
Henry Art Gallery
Art Gallery
This is more like a museum than a typical art gallery that sells prints. The gallery hosts contemporary artists and is well known internationally for its research. It really is a great place to spend an afternoon.
Kamp Construction (Remodeling)
Kamp Construction is great for large projects and small projects, like getting siding fixed after pesky birds have put holes in them.
Local Yokels
They had me at Seawolf bread! This is great CSA option that supports local farmers. The vegetables are seasonal and beautiful. We also tried some of their meats and local condiments (sauerkraut and hummus) and they were great as well. Great variety and with lots of options. I think peach salsa is in my future. *Sidenote, try the scones!!!
McLendon Hardware
Hardware Store
We love this place--they have everything! The employees are so enthusiastic and excited to help you. We get all our grilling, gardening and hardware supplies here.
Modern Pest Control
They are great at responding and are always available.
Their card stock is thick and heavy, which is great for business cards. They also have a quick turn around time. I will use them again for sure!
Northwest Tree Surgeons
Tree Service
These guys were amazing! We had a couple of high risk trees next to our house that needed to be removed. The team was not only fast, but efficient. Our whole neighborhood came out to watch these guys work because they were so good at what they do.
Parker Eco Pest Control
PCC Market
I love that they carry local vendors!
They can help with your large marketing projects or your small "cheer" banners. If they can't help, they will help you find someone who can.

Special Occasions

A la Mode Pies
They make a fantastic Mexican Chocolate Pie. They also offer pie baking classes!
Bakery Nouveau
They have the best chocolate croissants. This is by far my favorite pastry in all of Seattle.
Cassandra Hamilton
Cassandra is not only a great photographer but a great community member. She often volunteers her talents at school activities and gives parents wonderful pictures of their kids.
Corina Bakery
Great place for specialty cakes! I ordered a birthday cake for my son and not only was it adorable, it was delicious. I like that they don't use an excessive amount of frosting like other bakeries. They also have other pastries and desserts for purchase. I need to go back and sample one of everything.
Enumclaw Ski and Mountain Sports
Recreational Activities
They are willing to help with anything and very flexible with rentals and returns. Great customer care.
Farm 12
This is a great place for lunch. Plenty of outdoor seating for everyone and the food was amazing. The restaurant provides jobs that help low-income mothers enter the workforce so it's for a great cause. Amazing wedding venue as well.
Legendary Doughnuts
Donut Shop
We live about a mile from this place and it is a danger to the waistline. We love their variety of doughnuts. Our out-of-town family members always request a trip to Legendary when they visit.
Sea Wolf (Wallingford)
The cheese pretzel rolls are amazing. A great location with a great atmosphere.
Simply Seattle
They make really comfortable kids masks with fun designs. What kid doesn't need a Seattle Sonics mask?
The Secret Garden Tea Room





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