friday favorites

friday favorites

friday favorites
last minute gifts for campers

last minute gifts for campers

Last Minute Gifts for Campers

The perfect gift for the campers who love to bring their kitchen outside and need help with the clean up.

Kelty Camp Chair
The chair that’s missing something and for a good reason. Clearly this chair is missing its legs which makes it ideal for setting up in a tent. Essential for that much needed back support while you’re reading a book by headlamp.

Compact gear is every camper’s best friend. This super compact, super absorbent camp towel is a necessity for every damp camper out there.

Another compact little guy to save room in the toiletry bag. The TOOB tooth brush is a toothbrush and toothpaste all in one, it also comes with a cover for the brush. It’s something they can leave in their camping bag so they never forget those super important teeth cleaning essentials again.

A top rated book perfect for that camper who already has all the latest and greatest gear. Full of tips and tricks, they are sure to learn something they never knew about camping before.
midweek musings 8/27

midweek musings 8/27

Thomas Lefebvre

                                                                                                                       photo by: Thomas Lefebvre

Bears are pretty great, huh? Did you know that there are black bears with white fur?

Outdoor photography is easily my favorite genre of photography (you’re super surprised, right?) and this guy is one of my favorites. Kevin Russ is extremely talented and always on the move, but has a beautiful collection on the Pacific Northwest. (He can also be followed on Instagram here.)

Raise your hand if you’re ready for fall (I currently have both of my hands in the air). Now, what are some things you think of when you think fall? Beautiful orange and yellow leaves, sweaters, crisp breeze in the air, turkey handprint art, maybe the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks… The Pumpkin Spice Latte seems to be one of those “you either love it or hate it” kind of fall staples. I personally love them, and whenever I feel the first 60 to even 70 degree day of fall (remember people I’m still in Southern Louisiana) I rush to a Starbucks for my Autumnal fix. Well, if you’ve ever wondered what went behind this, in my opinion, ingenious creation read this article.

This Labor day weekend Joshua and I have decided to brave the Alabama wilderness for a trip to the state’s highest point. At it’s highest point, Cheaha State Park has an elevation of approximately 2,407 feet with a pretty view of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. We’re pretty excited, so stay tuned for a write up on the trip. What are you doing with your Labor Day weekend? 

And now a funny joke: What do you call a wet bear? A drizzly bear. (You’re welcome.) 

happy birthday

happy birthday


photo credit

Did you know that August 25th is the National Park Service’s birthday? This year the NPS is 98! With just over 400 parks, like the beautiful Yosemite pictured above, the National Park Service is responsible for caring for these precious American gems that we all love to explore. My husband and I have only been able to visit a few of these beautiful places, but certainly have many on our bucket list. What parks have you visited? What’s on your bucket list?

It’s super important that we help maintain these parks we love to visit along with the NPS. There are tons of ways to help, too, from volunteering your time, donating, or simply observing “pack it in pack it out” and picking up other trash you see on your hikes (this should be observed regardless of where you are; national park or small neighborhood park). Maintenance of the parks is crucial for future enjoyment.

So in honor of the National Park Service’s birthday, get out there and explore a park and help keep these amazing places here for generations to come.

midweek musings 8/7

midweek musings 8/7


photo by: Olivia Henry
photo by: Olivia Henry

Is it hot where you are? It is here, and I have had a childlike craving for popsicles! (I would also like to imagine that the above picture was taken on a cool breezy shore) Here are 10 homemade popsicle recipes to try. Comment below and let me know which one you picked.

Did you know our four-legged family members have a carbon footprint too? Obviously it’s not as heavy as ours can get, but here are some tips for reducing their carbon “paw prints” if you will (I know, I know, bad joke. Sorry, I couldn’t resist).

We have been dying to go on vacation for a while now. Whenever we finally have the time we’ll go to one of these gorgeous places. All 29 are in the U.S. too. Have you ever been to any?

So while you are visiting one of the above places you should make a couple picnic sandwiches to take for you and a loved one.

Finally, want to smile?

Keep having a great week!

sparkling hibiscus lemonade

sparkling hibiscus lemonade

It gets unfortunately hot down here in southern Louisiana. One way I enjoy beating the heat is by mixing my own sodas.


“How?” you may ask. It’s quite simple, really; I take ginger ale and typically mix it with a fun juice, tea, or lemonade. Recently, I came across a deliciously tasty Hibiscus Lemonade by Bissap Breeze. I found it was missing something though…bubbles. So I decided to pair it with an equally delicious beverage — ginger ale — to get those bubbles I was so desperately searching for. The end result? A very sweet, very bubbly concoction that cooled me off beautifully.

So how do you make this Sparkling Hibiscus Lemonade?

  • 4-6 oz ginger ale (about half a can)
  • 2-3 oz of Bissap Breeze Hibiscus Lemonade

Makes 1 serving. It’s that easy. Enjoy!



Do you have a fun refreshing drink to help beat the summer heat? Tell me about it below!