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Back To SchoolWhether you are excited or not, it’s that time of year again. A new school year is beginning.  Being prepared for a new semester is very important. You want to make sure you have everything you need so the transition from beach towels and bathing suits to books and calculators goes smoothly. These are my top 5 things that help me make the transition back to books and schedules a little bit less painful. Planner Okay, so as I embark on a new year, the first thing I buy is a planner. Planners help me stayed organized so when teachers bombard me with assignments and things I will need for class; I can make sure I have what I need to keep the transition back to the real world as easy as possible. Planners aren’t just good for the beginning of the year though, they help me stayed focused and organized throughout the entire year. It’s also a great way to look at the semester and find the best weekends for outdoor adventures.   Backpack The ENO Rothbury backpack was designed to make everyday life easier with its padded laptop sleeve, durable build and its many easy access storage compartments....
Freebies, Freebies, and more Freebies You’d be surprised to find out how much your taxpayer’s dollar gets you. Many national parks provide free amenities such as snowshoe rentals, guided hikes, and even boat rides free of charge! The day trip entrance fee is usually $15 a person or $30 a car, but the National Park Service is kind enough to host entrance fee-FREE days. In 2016 this includes 4/16-4/24 (National Park Week), 8/25-8/28 (National Park Birthday Week), 9/24 (National Public Lands Day), and 11/11 (Veterans Day).   Plan Your Route in Advance- Apps are your best friend If you are going to hit multiple National Parks/destinations, be sure to whip out mapquest planner to see what the most efficient route is. With these long rides the cost of gas makes quite the difference (if you are anywhere near as broke as I am). The app “Gas Buddy” allows you to compare gas price along the way. Other useful apps include “SitorSquat” check out the state of the bathrooms, and “iExit” which shows which amenities are available at each exit.   Be Sure You’ll Get Your ZZzzzz’s If I had a nickel for every time I didn’t think I needed a...
Positivity and Perspective Growing up, my dad used to tell me ‘…train your brain to think positive thoughts instead of negative ones.’  Of course, being a teenager, I would let his advice go in one ear and right out the other! Guess what? It was actually a good suggestion. There is more than one way to view any situation you encounter.  It is vital as you enter each one, to challenge yourself to search for the positive. Your attitude is the most important aspect of your life; since it shapes all that you encounter. “Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.” –Cheryl Strayed   Meaningful Relationships Into the Wild, is a true story about a young man who gave up everything to go into the woods, alone. He strove to understand life’s meaning and redefine the true meaning of friendships and relationships. Christopher McCandless had it all, in terms of success in today’s world. He had two loving parents, a degree from Emory University and lots of money.  Unfortunately, for some reason his life was missing something. He took a venture into...
I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely in love with road trips. However, it is definitely a recently found love; I honestly used to hate them. I discovered the beautiful and whimsical potential they hold and now I want to share my newly found love with all of you. Here are a few tips I’ve picked up, that’ll make your road trip one for the books. First, you need a deadline. Laying out a rough time map allows you to enjoy your entire trip by avoiding the stress of getting to places on time or wondering when to turn around to head back home. This is very important when it comes to planning in advance and spontaneity along the way. If you have a final destination, you’ll need to know the the latest time you would be willing to arrive there. If you do not have a final destination and are simply driving, you still need to be aware of when you want to return home. This is key to a great road trip. Second, even though planing when you want to arrive at your destination and get back home is quite important, a road trip still needs spontaneity....
Choosing the Right grill Depending on how serious about your food and how much space you have to transport your grill, selecting the right one can be an arduous task. What I look for in a grill is quality and simplicity of use and cleans up easily. Some tailgaters go the extra mile and use charcoal while some just use a propane tank. By using propane, you have an easy clean up process and obtaining and transporting the propane is very easy as well. Gas Grill vs. Charcoal The debate on what is better has been going on for quite a while and it comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for ease of cleanup and temperature control, you can’t go wrong with using a gas grill. Some grilling fanatics say the taste is different depending on what you use and by using a charcoal grille you can utilize the smoke and flavor from the charcoal to infuse your food with! Serious Eats did an article on this you can read more about the “great debate”! Other elements that determine pricing: Size of the grill (how many burners it has) Portability Temperature/Flame control Material (How it is built)...
The way we take pictures has obviously changed drastically over the past 10 years. Mobile photography is huge, and now there are gadgets available to enhance your phone’s capabilities. The growth of mobile photography can be attributed to bounds in technology which now allow high quality photos to be taken with such a small device. Combining this new tech with the device you always have with you makes catching great moments, that much easier. From lenses that snap onto your phone, cases with lenses attached, and stick on lenses, there are a lot of options for you to enhance, already impressive . Each option provides a chance for you to improve your photos and videos and help you stand out from the rest! Below are options that may fit your photography needs (Please be aware some cases and lenses fit certain generations of the iPhone. Please check the technical specs before purchasing): 1. Moment Lenses and/or Case Link Here I recently backed their latest Kickstarter campaign and will be receiving their new case/lens combo package. I am eager to receive it but have seen some great photos come from the beta versions. Also, they already have a line of lenses that let you attach them to your iPhone...

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