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November 28, 2017
Awesome Gift Ideas

giftsNow that Thanksgiving is over, we’re excited to move on to the most wonderful time of the year! We hope you’re in the holiday spirit because we’ll be touching on some fun, festive topics over the next month or so. Today, we’ve compiled some awesome gift guides to help you start your holiday shopping. We’re sharing dozens of must-have gift items for everyone on your list this season! Let us know what you think of these ideas.

  • FOR THE CAMPER:
    • The “outdoorsy” type on your list will love these gifts from REI. Check out the new tents, chairs, accessories, and more: http://ow.ly/nYsG30gRCGj
    • These gift ideas are perfect for your favorite RVers - or get a little something for yourself! These suggestions are too cute to miss: http://ow.ly/BhsO30gRCYl
  • FOR THE TECH LOVER:
    • This gift guide gives you 50 AWESOME ideas for the techie! From toys to watches to accessories, there’s literally something for everyone on this list! http://ow.ly/TIDl30gRDLa
  • FOR THE PET LOVER:
    • The true pet lover considers their pet to be a part of their family. They treat their dog or cat like a child, and we think that’s pretty cool! Here are some awesome gift ideas for the pet lover in your life! http://ow.ly/VF0S30gRDWN
  • FOR THE FOODIE:

    November 17, 2017
    National Family Literacy Month

    National Family Literacy MonthWe spend a lot of time here on our blog talking about light & fun topics like holiday decor, sweet treats, and camping tips! Today, we’re taking a bit of a detour because we think this issue is too important to ignore. Many of us take our ability to read for granted. It’s like being able to breathe or speak - it just happens. Unfortunately, illiteracy is a very serious issue in our country.

    Statistics show that over 30 million adults in America are considered to be illiterate - that’s over 1/8 of the entire adult population that cannot read.

    So, since November is National Family Literacy Month, we are shedding some light on this issue, why it is so important, and what you can do to help, or get help!

    What is family literacy?

    Family literacy programs use a family-focused approach to education, increasing the skills of both the parents and the children; it’s the wonderful idea of parents and their children engaged in learning together! It encourages parents to prioritize their own education so they can be more involved in in their children’s learning and literacy.

    There are three basic components to a family literacy program: adult education (such as reading, writing, GED and ESL programs), parenting education (which helps families participate in their children’s education), and early childhood education (for preschoolers).

    How can you help or get help?

    You can donate to ProLiteracy here to support awareness and advocacy programs. "The National Center for Families Learning’s mission is to address our nation's literacy challenges by engaging all family members in learning, with a primary focus on parents and children living in poverty."

    To help you celebrate National Family Literacy Month, click here to view the National Center for Families Learning’s most-popular educational tools and resources designed to help families, educators, community leaders, and librarians facilitate two-generation learning.

    Sources: http://familieslearning.org https://proliteracy.org http://www.readingrockets.org


    November 10, 2017
    November Decorations

    thanksgiving decorationsBy now, your Halloween decorations are already down. It’s on to the next chapter of the holiday season: Thanksgiving! It’s hard to believe that there are only a couple of months left until 2018. Either way, we’re knee deep in the holiday spirit - and ready to put up some new festive autumn decorations! There are plenty of easy, inexpensive ways that you can decorate your home this month. Who doesn’t love a little DIY project, or two? We’re here to share some of our favorites!

    You can do these on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with the kids, with items you may have around the house or that you can grab from any craft store. It may take more effort than just buying the decorations, but they mean more because you took the time to craft them yourself!

    LEAF GARLAND: This garland can be placed on your mantle, in your kitchen, or on your front porch! Fabric scraps, scissors, and string are all you really need to create this decor! Click here for step-by-step directions.

    TIN PUNCHED VOTIVE CANDLES: This is a fun one, looks very expensive, and can be completely customized! These votives are the perfect centerpiece for your dining table or decor on your mantle! Click here for the step-by-step directions.

    CANDY CORN ART: If you still have Halloween on the brain (we do!), this piece of art is for you! Orange, yellow, and white buttons - along with a few other items - are used to create a gigantic (non-edible) version of one of our favorite Halloween treats! Click here for the step-by-step directions.

    PUMPKIN SPICE CANDLES: Pumpkin spice is a MAJOR reason for the season! Fill your home with this delicious fragrance with these scented candles. Use amber-tinted glass jars to get the full fall effect. Click here for the step-by-step directions.

    Decorating for the holiday season is a foolproof way to get everyone in the spirit! Tell us your favorite fall decor or let us in on which DIY project you plan to try!

    Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess


    November 3, 2017
    World Vegan Month is All November Long!

    vegan monthWorld Vegan Day was on the 1st, but we’re celebrating World Vegan Month all November long! Veganism is becoming more and more popular across generations, but what exactly IS a vegan? What do they eat? Are they constantly hungry because they ‘can’t’ eat much? We’re here to debunk the myths and set the facts straight on this popular diet plan!

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE VEGAN?

    A vegetarian doesn't eat meat or fish, but may allow eggs and dairy in their diet. A vegan takes this practice a step further, cutting out EVERY food that originated from an animal including meat, dairy, eggs, honey, etc. Some vegans extend their practice to exclude products and items that originated from an animal, as well, making it more of an overall lifestyle transformation. This would include leather, wool, fur, cosmetics, toiletries, and more.

    WHY BECOME A VEGAN?

    Animal welfare and environmental concerns are two big reasons to follow a vegan-based diet. A vegan diet can also reduce the risk of certain diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, and certain cancers.

    WHAT CAN A VEGAN EAT?

    Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and grains are all on the OK list. There are also various types of almond-based or soy-based products, such as cheese, meat, and milk, that are vegan-approved. There are tons of foods that vegans can now enjoy!

    FAMOUS VEGANS:

    "It's basically no dairy, no meat, everything is just plant based and just from the ground. I love that I'm eating more greens. It makes you feel so much better." - Jennifer Lopez, Singer/Actress

    According to GLAMOUR Magazine UK, other famous vegans include Brad Pitt, Beyonce, and Ellen DeGeneres. The list goes on and on.

    For more info on the the vegan lifestyle, click here to see PETA’s very helpful infographic!

    We’ll end with this note: People have different interpretations of being a vegetarian or a vegan. Everyone is entitled to follow the diet/lifestyle plan that they are comfortable with. We are just here to give some commonly found information on this specific diet plan.

    Tell us: Are you a vegan? Is this diet plan right for you?




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