5 Unusual Vacation Ideas for 2016

    River raft trips

    If you are one of the 77% of American who find outdoor recreation to be an important part of your livelihood, you are most likely looking for new ways to enjoy your time outside. While vacations are meant to be relaxing, that doesn’t mean they have to be lazy or mundane. Check out these unique vacation ideas to create long-lasting memories with your family:

    Your Backyard: All you need blankets, pillows and a tent (or a makeshift tent) to enjoy everything your backyard has to offer. Since you don’t need additional sleeping accommodations, you can enjoy a brief vacation for no money at all. While it won’t provide you with exciting, never-before-seen scenery, it will allow quality family time away from the digital technology that has overrun our everyday existence. If you’re feeling especia Continue Reading

    Are You Looking for a Magnetic Construction Set for Your Children?

    Magnetic tiles

    It should come as no surprise that adult coloring books and nice sets of colored pencils were some of the favorite Christmas gifts posted this year on social media sites. Scientific articles have recently talked about the therapeutic benefits of sitting and quietly coloring. As other newspaper articles talk about preschool stressing the youngest children out, it might be good to get back to the basics of how children spent their days a few generations ago. Coloring and building with blocks.
    What do you remember doing when you were young? Were you at organized play groups, or were you left to play with your brother and build blocks for hours while your mom was doing laundry in the basement? If you are looking to recapture the unstructured, less stressful time of your youth, maybe it is time that you quit pur Continue Reading

    From Camouflage to Coolers, Here’s What You Need for Your Next Hunting Trip


    These days, more than 38 million Americans go hunting and fishing each year, and rarely do they go by themselves. In fact, 82% of fishing trips involve more than one person, and hunting is often done in groups both for safety and for the sport of it. If you are one of the many people going on such a trip throughout 2016 or beyond, then you’ll need to make sure you have the right supplies for such a venture into the wilderness.

    What should you bring for your next hunting or fishing trip? Here are some essentials you won’t want to forget for one of these outings.

    1. The essentials: From your camouflage coveralls and orange safety vest (or life vest for boating) to your hunting rifle or fishing pole, you should make sure that you’re well-stocked for a successful hunt or productive fishing Continue Reading

    3 Essential Things to Include on Your Next Camping Checklist

    camping checklistJust like before you head to the grocery store, an upcoming camping trip calls for a camping checklist to ensure you have everything necessary to make the most out of your experience. As any seasoned camper knows, nature is quite unforgiving to those who fail to correctly prepare for their camping adventures.

    When you’re skimming through your camping checklist, there are a few essential items you’ll need to have a safe and enjoyable trip. You never quite know what you’re going to get in the great outdoors, and being prepared for anything will ensure that you’re ready to take on whatever comes your way. Here are a few of the most important things that you’ll want to include on your next camping checklist:

    • The basics
       Many rookie campers bring their normal sleeping bag and a backyard tent when they camp, and this is one of the worst mistakes you can make. It’s important to find quality supplies from a reputable sporting goods store that are made to stand up to even the harshest of weather. A basic tool to include in your camping checklist is battery lighting, which is a staple of experienced campers. Battery lighting was the most popular camping purchase during the past year, and wise older campers are largely to thank for that.
    • Adventure clothing
       No matter how cozy your sleeping bag is, you could still end up shivering all through the night if you’re wearing the wrong type of clothes. More specifically, choosing the wrong type of material is what spells inevitable doom for most inexperienced campers. Synthetic fibers are a major no-no in any type of weather as they will make you hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. The best adventure clothing fabrics are natural fibers like cotton and fleece, and you should always remember to bring an insulating layer as well as an outer layer to protect from bitter coldness.
    • Fishing, hunting, and everything in between
       Battery lighting, check. Fleece clothing, check. Where’s the fun part? Every great camping checklist has a wide selection of fun things to bring along that will take your trip to the next level. Join the 38 million Americans who fish and hunt by bringing along some fishing and hunting gear. You can go shopping for guns at a great sporting goods store and practice at the shooting range before you embark on your camping adventure. If you really want to go outside of the box with your camping checklist, invest in kayaking equipment. The American Council on Exercise found that a 125 lb. person will burn about 283 calories per hour while kayaking. It’s fun for the whole family and a tremendous source of exercise.

    Jot down these three quick tips on your next camping checklist and talk to an expert at a sporting goods store to find out what else you can bring to improve your next trip. Camping is always a good time, and bringing the right kind of equipment will make it an experience that you’ll never forget.

    3 Tips for Maintaing Ski Equipment

    Ski equipment

    Skiing can be both a fun trip for the family, as well as an exciting escape from the craziness of everyday life. But to get the most out of it, as well as ensure your safety, it’s important to find the right ski equipment for you and maintain it so it remains reliable and long-lasting.

    The proper ski gear includes a number of different pieces, including everything from the helmet, bindings, ski jackets, and of course the skis themselves. So how do you keep all of this gear strong and reliable? Here are a just a few tips to keep you skiing for many winters to come:

    1. Helmets: This may be the most important piece of ski equipment to maintain. Head injuries can have serious consequences. Ski Helmets can actuall Continue Reading

    3 Important Notes on Hot Tubs and Spas


    The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that those with Type 2 Diabetes can better control their plasma sugar levels and weight if they soak in hot water for about 30 minutes per day, six days each week. Several other studies reported health benefits for others as well, making them a great investment. Read on for our checklist of what to know before purchasing.

    Choosing the Right Option

    When choosing the hot tub or spa for your home, you should take several things into account. The first thing should be how big you want your hot tub to be and how much you’re willing to spend. From there, you need to figure out your options. Once you’ve narrowed it down, you can determine the right choice based on what is needed to make it run. For example, the voltage is usually much higher than a Continue Reading