10 secret tips to an awesome life

There’s an awakening inside many of us that’s coming to understand that the secret to happiness is knowing yourself, treating yourself to recreation, our connections with everyone and feeding our body and minds with health. Late last night I discovered some excellent tips to sustain an awesome life and below I’ve abbreviated my favorites in a reshare post for your healthy education.

Tips for having an awesome life

1) Walk

Treat yourself with a short 10-30 minute walk each day and do your best to sustain a smile which really does make you feel so good.

2) Sit Quietly

Take 10 minutes each day to sit (facing the sun if you can) and just be, your mind does not have to be silent but find a quiet place to enjoy these 10 minutes of nothingness, your mind, body and soul with thank you.

3) Eat & Drink

Enjoy a snack of whole almonds, pumpkin seeds, blueberries and eat more organic spinach greens. Drink lots of water and try green tea.

4) Love

Make an effort to make someone smile each day. Tell a joke, give a hug, let your friend know you appreciate them or send a smile to someone random and see if they smile back.

5) Live Now

This is the most difficult for me. Let go of the past, live in the moment/present, don’t have expectations of people and know that we are all unique and special.

6) Lighten Up

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Remember that many people will not take you seriously, so don’t stress too much on how people feel about you – many will forget what you just said 30 seconds later and will just go on their way.

7) Everything is Temporary

When something bad happens, ask yourself “is this going to make a bit of difference next year, how about five years down the road?” If you are in a good or bad place in life, remember it is all going to change eventually.

8) Keep Them Close

When you are not feeling well, hurt or in need of help, your friends and family will take care of you. Make a point to keep close friends and nurture this family relationships as well by communicating with those you love. These people love you too and who better to share your pain with? Our family and true friends will be there for us when we need help so be sure to reach out, go for that beer regularly, set that dinner or coffee date and enjoy the relationships in our lives.

9) You Are Blesses

If you have food to eat, a bed to sleep in, clothes to wear and a roof over your head, note that you are lucky. There are hundreds of millions of people now on this planet who do NOT have basic sustenance – be thankful for these things you do have.

10) Be Unique

My best advice for friends, family, my kids and loved ones is to remember that we are all unique. Don’t be ashamed of who you are if you are different. It’s our uniqueness that makes us all so special and our differences are beautiful. How you feel about yourself projects upon how you become so know that you are a loving being filled with positive light (even if it’s deep inside there somewhere.)

One Last Note on Feelings

Be ok with having emotions and expressing yourself in a positive way but to stay clear of showing this through shame, guilt, blame or hateful words. Anger is also an emotion but it’s how we output this to each other. Try explaining: the emotion you feel, the actions the other person is having which you see as a problem and suggesting positive change for a mutual outcome.

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The Badlands National Monument in South Dakota

The best family adventures in the Black Hills South Dakota

Our trusty family vacation Bound for South Dakota with my 3 boys and mom, we opted to drive on this family vacation as we were camping ⛺️ and the drive from Wisconsin to the Black Hills, SD is only 12 hours (with the exception of our numerous stops for bathrooms, gasoline, coffee, sightseeing and food!) Our vehicle was a 4X4 SUV (seats 7) loaded with our possessions including a waterproof fabric car top carrier and a small trailor with more of our vacation gear (bedding, camping stove, food, chairs, etc.)

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The first day of our family travel adventure we drove out of Wisconsin through southern Minnesota to Sioux City, SD where we enjoyed accommodations at the Dakota Lodge hotel. We capped the night on the water slide and swimming at our hotel and then I put the boys down to sleep and walked to the Crooked Pint Ale House which had 18 local craft brews on tap. The Dakota Lodge of Sioux City, South Dakota, was excellent and the Crooked Pint has a full menu of not-so pub grub, healthy food too.

On our second day of our family vacation, we were greeted by a huge statue “DIGNITY of Earth and Sky” at a rest stop in Chamberlain, SD off I-90 westbound.

After a few more hours of driving, which included Ollie using his Lonely Planet Kids foldout map to follow along as we crossed US States, we made our way West to The Badlands, Rapid City, SD and Custer State Park where we had our campsite and cabin reserved for 8 days at Game Lodge Campground, with the best campsite in the whole State Park.

Ollie with our Lonely Planet Kids travel books

We’re happy to partner with Lonely Planet Kids (Amazon link FYI) to feature a handful of our favorite travel books for the kids (and kidults) on our South Dakota vacation.

On Friday, our first day at Custer State Park, we drove the Wildlife trail which wound around to Mount Rushmore. It was fun but tiring with lots of walking but magnificent.

 

After Mount Rushmore, we traveled down the highway to Keystone, SD where we road an Alpine slide and had ice cream.

We had planned to visit Bear Country USA near Rapid City, South Dakota but unfortunately our truck broke down and so we made arrangements for a tow to a local mechanic; a taxi to pickup a car rental which we drove back to our campsite at Custer State Park.

On Saturday we bummed around the campsite, played in the creek at our site and then drove the Needles Highway to Silven Lake where we hiked and swam and Keller, my oldest son, jumped off tall rocks into the water.

 

We were there all day and everyone got lots of sun, so we took the fast route back to camp and made grilled cheeses sandwiches and crashed out early as we had to get up early for our tour of the Big Thunder gold mine in Keystone, SD.

Much of South Dakota was originally set aside for the home of the Lokata’s but when Custer’s crew came to map out the area for the US government records, gold was discovered. This news spread and hundreds of mining camps were illegally setup, too many for The US Army to kick out. So mining was made legal and to this day, South Dakota has some very unique laws which exist including, you can be shot for claim jumping, aka found exploring a mine.

Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone, SD was one of the favorite destinations on our South Dakota vacation as it combined fun, mystery, excitement, participation from those of us on the gold mine tour, lots of history from our tour guide who is a local and we ended our tour with panning for gold! The panning was a small extra admittance fee but was the highlight after our amazing goldmine tour from Liz at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

We also tried panning for gold and everyone found some gold too after a few lessons from our tour guide Liz and another friendly employee at Big Thunder good mine. We also enjoyed lunch and takeout, camping, from the Big Thunder gold mine Restaurant.

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After the gold mine, we enjoyed a driving tour of a zoo like space called Bear Country USA which included wildlife from the area for viewing.

Monday, I hooked up to WiFi at the Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort where I worked very early in the morning. I love the public WiFi; front porch with panoramic mountain vistas; restaurant and bar and gift shop at the Lodge which was originally build by US President Collidge morning in 1918 and was his Summer White House as well as US President Eisenhaur in the 1950’s.

We also visited Wind Cave National Park and drive back on a NPS gravel road where we drove through a Hurd of Buffalo while connecting with the Wildlife Loop Rd.

Other stops in the Black Hills that we checked which I recommend include the Black Hills Institute in Hill City, SD and the rodeo in Mitchell, SD. We’ve decided there is too much to do in the short 10 days that we’re here and I’d love to come back! Our family favorites included: our campsite and the lodge at the Game Lodge campground in Custer Hills State Park; the drive to Mount Rushmore, the panning for gold at Big Thunder good mine and the tour their and the Badlands!

Travel as a family with Lonely Planet Kids

We’re headed to South Dakota this week for our big family vacation where we’ll camp at Custer State Park for two weeks! I’m so happy to have some fun activities and books for the kids to enjoy while we road trip leaving from Wisconsin on a two day family travel adventure.

I’ve partnered up with Lonely Planet and my boys and my Mom and I will be using the Lonely Planet Kids books. There’s something special about driving for many hours while having fun books with activities to connect with each other as a family while having fun! Oh how I do love to drive!

I’ve included some introduction photos and a vid’ with my youngest son including some of the Lonely Planet Kids books which we’ll enjoy on the road as we head to and from South Dakota this month.

Check out the kids foldout maps, sticker books and other fun books by Lonely Planet Kids at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kids/books/

Look for our Lonely Planet Books giveaway next month when we return!

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10 Awesome Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2018 #GIVEAWAY

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. Finally, we can get outdoors, spend time in the sun, enjoy a Sunday with mom and take an afternoon walk with friends or family. My favorite Spring Holiday has always been Mother’s Day. Maybe it’s because my mom is so special and I love her so much! This year for Mother’s Day, I’m attending Allgauer’s Mother’s Day Brunch with my mom, my sister and my 3 boys. This “award winning Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch” features “over 100 decadent items ranging from unlimited Bubbly Champagne and Mimosas, Oysters on the Half-Shell…Dozens of Fresh Salads, Hand Carved Meats…Kid’s Buffet and a Never-Ending Dessert Buffet including Baked Alaska!” I love good food and I love spending time with with my mom so this is going to be amazing.

I am happy this year to celebrate our moms by sharing with you this awesome list of gift ideas of my favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas which I hope you find useful and fun!

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Now on to the our curated list of 10 awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas for this year, 2018. These gift ideas are all selected by me with: product info; price; purchase link and; social links for each product. I’d love for you to show your support to these manufacturers by visiting and following. I hope you enjoy these awesome Mother’s Day gift ideas which I know would make great gifts to give your mom.

1. Lonely Planet Travel Coloring Book – $10


Coloring isn’t just healthy for kids, everyone can enjoy the therapeutic process of using your imagination, being creative and fulfillment of bringing pages to life artistically. This fun travel product for adults by Lonely Planet is a great Mother’s Day gift for all moms! New and exciting news has been shared with us too that Lonely Planet has also launched Lonely Planet Kids where we can discover a whole new world of creative travel adventures. This Ultimate Travel Coloring Books is also available at the Lonely Planet Shop and their Amazon store as well!

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2. Soap Rock – $10.99

Make sure to wash your hands before you eat! This beautiful soap rock will adorn any sink or shower with hints of lavendar, chamomile and more. t.s. pink makers of SoapRocks® soap bars, manufacture fine soap in the form and color of rocks and gems. They make a wonderful looking gift for mom.

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3. Katie Burns Music – $7-15


Katie Burns Music is the perfect gift idea for mom as her angelic songs take you away to a beautiful place with your ears. Most of her albums are available as digital downloads, streaming, CD and some on record/album/vinyl. The Katie Burns You’ll find your way album is my favorite, have a listen.

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4. Wine glasses that are fun! From TargetStemless Wine Glasses – $6.29/ea

Entertain mom with wine and the fun messages that come with these stemless happy hour glasses!

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Share this perfect mother’s day gift which can be used for everyday fix-it needs, to bring a decorative touch to gift wrapping or to bring life to old wares. Our favorite patterns are Buffalo Plaid and Vintage Floral Duct Tape!

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6. Essential Oil Diffuser – $16.95

This is a great purchase for mom as it brings a great scent to a home and can be calming. I like this oil diffuser as it stops automagically when the water runs out and has multiple settings and modes.

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7. Love Necklace – $19.99

This beautiful sterling necklace will grab your moms heart and show her that you love her in a way with this jewelry.

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8. Woodsnap – Prices Vary

Sustainable wood prints.
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9. Seed Savers Exchange gifts for Mom!Flour Sack Towels – $8.95/ea

These hand or dish towels from Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, IA are perfect for mom’s kitchen available in Apple, Bean, Carrot, Country Gentleman and Tomato print varieties and sold separately.

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10. Your Undivided Attention

This mother’s day give your mom the gift of time and show her your love by being with her, even if for a short visit to listen to your mom and spend quality time just being together.

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Last minute Easter basket gift guide round-up

Easter is a great time for finally enjoying the sunshine and spending time with family right?! In this post, I’m including a roundup of last-minute Easter gift guides by other blogs. Check these out as you make last minute Easter basket gift choices.

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Whiffer Sniffers make a great Easter basket gift!
Thank you for reading!

-Matt

10 Best Valentine’s Day gifts to give to a friend

When I was in elementary school, every Valentine’s Day my class would exchange greeting cards and now that I’m all grown up (sort of) I always love giving Valentine’s gifts to those I am close to like friends and family. With the simplicity of online shopping, Valentine’s Day gift giving has never been so easy and so I am happy to present you with my 10 best Valentine’s Day gifts that are perfect to give to a BFF, BAE or close friend. This list is not intended for men or women, him or her but for all! Below each product, you’ll see some manufacturer’s socials too.
 

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1. Hard Cover Journal

This notebook is perfect for writing, taking down thoughts and come with a 70 sheets for your friend to jot down their ideas. Available for Amazon Prime members for $16.

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2. One Line A Day Memory Book

That’s right. This journal leaves you with just enough space to make a one line entry for each day. There’s 365 daily entry spaces in this book x5 to make five years worth of one-liner entries. Pretty cool gift idea for a friend and available for Amazon Prime members for $11.

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3. Prince – Purple Rain Record

Prince was a one-of-a-kind artist and there will never be another like him. Vinyl is where it’s at from a music listening experience and if you know your friend has a record player, this amazing album is a must-have for any audiophiles collection! Available for $29 in Vinyl format from Amazon.

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4. Portable Charcoal Grill

Everyone likes to grill out right? This amazing portable BBQ grill folds up tight for easy storage and can accommodate cooking for a party of two! It’s small and convenient and locks for easy transport! Available from Amazon for $67 and a perfect gift for the BFF or best buddy in your life!

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5. Echo Dot

This second generation Echo Dot by Amazon featuring Alexa is a must-have for the tech-savvy household. My 6-year-old’s favorite request for Alexa is to make her fart! But seriously, the Echo Dot is an entry point to using Alexa to control so many things for example Alexa will help you with: making a phone call, ordering items on Amazon, chat with you when you are lonely or want to look up information, plays music from Amazon Music or many other music streaming services (Pandora is my fav’) and so much more! Listed at $39 on Amazon, this item is a perfect gift for a friend.


6. Canvas Travel Bag

This rugged backpack doubles as a carry-on and has tons of storage for the on the go friend. Perfect for backpacking, work, traveling, hiking, camping, school or other on-the-go needs. Plus it just looks classy and somewhat old school and for $37 on Amazon, it’s time to gear up!


7. Scented Candle

Send this large candle to a friend who will love filling their home with the scent of balsam fir. This candle may ship from Amazon but it is made in Maine, USA and is high quality and will last a long time too. Available for Amazon Prime members for just $19.

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8. Essential Oil Diffuser

I have this very diffuser and it’s such a joy to use. I can fill it and once it’s empty its auto-shutoff feature kicks in. Use this diffuser with or without the LED lights too, which we love. This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the friend in your life and for $15 on Amazon with fast shipping for Prime members, it’s quite the deal.


9. Mini-Espresso Maker

This self-contained miniature espresso maker is small and versatile and with no plugs needed, makes the pefect travel companion fort the espresso aficionado in your life! Grab this hand operated wonder as a Valentine’s day gift for a friend or loved one for just $49 on Amazon.

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10. Quality Time

The best gift to give to a friend is your time. Be present. Show up, listen, say hello and spent time with those you love.


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6 last minute holiday gifts for kids and kidults + Giveaway

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My three boys, who are now 5; 9 and; 13, and I are often given opportunities to test family products and toys and games. Below are some last minute gift ideas that we’ve recently enjoyed which I think will be a hit with the kids or kidult in your life.

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Funtastic DIY Robot Kits by The Young Scientists Club

I’ve been given a chance to document a fun new STREAM science kits where we assembled our own robots! (STREAM stands for science technology, robots, engineering, art and math.)

The Young Scientists Club has four new DIY robot kits called Funtastic Robots. Each of the four kits include a robot with light detection; a robot with infrared detection (like your TV clicker/remote); a robot that avoids obstacles and; a metal detecting robot kit. Read more and shop for their four DIY robot kits.

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I loved working together to assemble these robot kits and found the green robot, Hurdle, to be the funnest in action. I secretly love that these DIY Robot kits required that I spend time with my boys and was a great lesson in using communication, teamwork and helping each other. Find these on Amazon or on The Young Scientists Club website for $29.99.

Who’s The Dude by Identity Games USA

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Who’s the Dude is a new party game for teens and kidults ages 16+ where you play charades with a blow up dude who looks like your harry uncle but much cooler with sunglasses, The Dude is Great! Available on Amazon for $24.99 and find The Dude game at retail stores nationwide including Target, Walmart and ToysRus locations. Check out Identity Games videos about Who’s the Dude on their new YouTube channel too!

Tanzky Men’s Leather Dress Belt

I was provided a very nice men’s leather belt by the Tanzky brand in exchange for my opinion. The Tanzky dress belt is very unique and required some assembly too! I unpacked the contents of the belt box which shipped from Amazon and inside were instructions to cut the belt then I fixed the belt strap to the buckle using the supplied instruction steps.

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Once I completed the easy assembly of the belt, I found it to be my favorite belt in my closet. The Tanzky men’s leather belt uses a unique ratchet instead of typical belt holes, when you put it on. It looks very stylish and at around $15, the Tansky belt makes a perfect gift for the Kidult in your life. Plus, it’s available in 29 styles!


Top Trumps Card Games

Top Trumps makes educational playing cards which we play with our kids often. Intended for players ages 6+, the Top Trumps card game decks are for 2-6 players and playing a round of this fun game takes about 15 minutes to complete. Have a look at the Top Trumps decks at https://www.toptrumps.us/All-Packs-s/120.htm Make sure to enter our giveaway for 2 Top Trump card games (and a DIY Robot kit) below.

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For info on to play the game, look on the back of each Top Trumps deck set for instructions or if you look on the how to play section of the website it makes it pretty easy and I know you’ll see that this is the most simple card game which is one of the reasons we love playing it at home with the boys so much! Simple = FUN!


MAX TRAXXX Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop Set

The Tracer Racers RC Infinity Loop Set by Skullduggery is an addictive, glow-in-the-dark racing set featuring two high speed R/C cars with undercarriage lights which produce tracing light streaks as these speeders fly around the looped tracks. The R/C cars have multiple speeds and are rechargeable too. Price is $119 is for ages 6+.

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Tactical Backpacks

I’ve been shopping for quite some time now for the perfect travel backpack which is both functional with lots of storage while not being bulky; giving me ample compartments for tucking away and carrying my belongings. The Outlaw Sling backpack is my favorite as it also looks the most stylish too!


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How to get high-speed data in the USA or International broadband Internet while traveling? Skyroam!

Using the Internet while on the road can be a headache for travelers, especially those of us who need to work remote while traveling. Our last BIG family vacation was to New Mexico from our home State of Wisconsin and finding the best option for high-speed Internet was a daunting task which I needed a solution for working while traveling from State to State. As we planned our family vacation from Wisconsin to New Mexico (insert screams of excitement from atop the SKI APACHE ZIP LINE!) a GREAT solution I discovered for how to get broadband, high-speed data for work, while we were physically driving or in a remote location with no wifi connection was Skyroam?

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Before stumbling upon Skyroam, I first looked at my mobile provider/carrier, US Cellular prepaid service (similar to post-paid plan but no paper bill in the mail each month) which turns out, when I roam with my current plan, data is capped for my monthly billing cycle at 450 megs of 4G LTE data and then they throttle down speeds to 2G, ugh. This would not work as I needed a solution which had more daily bandwidth!!

I am so thankful for Skyroam and it provided my whole family with high-speed Internet in the truck while traveling or while at the hotel with slow Internet! This excellent service provides up to 500 megs of 4G LTE data daily for as low as $8 per day and you have the choice of renting the Skyroam hotspot device or you purchase the device outright. All you have to do is sign up is visit the Skyroam.com website and enter your travel details and they ship the device directly to you in time for your travel trip.

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Genius and strange holiday gifts for sale on Amazon

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With the holidays comes the task of filling your loved ones stockings with cute little gifts and finding that perfect special something for your loved one. Below I’ve taken time to sift through Amazon to find the most absurd, silly, useless, weird, strange and yet genius holiday gift ideas for you to use as gift ideas or to add to your holiday wish list. I’ve also take time to add all of these products to a wish list on Amazon for your shopping simplicity. On each (well most) weird or genius gift idea below, I’ve attempted to include the social media for each manufacturer to plug their hard work so please click through and like your favorites.

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Genius or Absurd Camping Gifts

The first group of absurd amazon gifts are for those who love to go camping.

Full Body Sleeping Bag

Who needs to get out bed when you have this! Don’t worry about the logistics of spending all day outdoors in your sleeping bag, especially when the weather goes sour! This KingCamp full body sleeping bag is made in China and is sold on Amazon for $69-$89.

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Solar Powered Sun Hat

This seems like it would be a good idea but so often when you wear a big hat to keep the sun off you, the hat is hot to wear anyway. The silliness or genius aspect of this hat is that it includes a little solar powered fan to cool you down. Find this Amazon Prime item for only $49.99! Visit the social networks for this Kool Breeze Solar Hat below.

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Propane Coffeemaker

Who needs a campfire or camp stove to brew up the morning Joe when you can have this genius contraption from Coleman! That’s right, plug in your portable mini-propane tank and start the morning right with this “QuickPot” Propane Coffeemaker! A must have for the coffee-lover on your holiday shopping list. Available from Amazon for only around $65 and with Prime shipping too boot!

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Bunk Bed Cot

This portable bunk bed is a genius camping item I have been waiting to find my whole life! Finally I can sleep with my partner on top or below of me just about anywhere! Plus this double bed cot folds into a couch! Just what I need inside my tent. Available from Amazon Prime for around $350, you too can grab one of these fully collapsible bunk bed cots!

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Genius or Strange Gifts for Home

Cookin’ with Coolio

Don’t judge, Coolio knows his way around the kitchen and now you can buy his recipes in this fun book, “Cookin’ with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price”. The prices of this book vary depending on which version you buy: $1.99 (Kindle); $9.86 (Paperback) and; $28.99 (Spiral bound). Buy this unique book on Amazon.

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Giant Bean Bag Chair

The Comfy Sacks 8 foot memory foam bean bag chair falls under the amazingly unique gift category. I really like the idea of having a GIANT bean bag chair but look out for the $620 price tag for this super comfy looking bean bag. Available for Prime members, grab this genius gift item on Amazon.

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Bacon Duct Tape

This bacon pattern duct tap by Duck Brand is a one of a kind must have item for the bacon lover in your family. Available for Amazon Prime members and selling for $6.79, this household gift item is perfect for decorating or fixing items that you want to embellish with a fantastic bacon print pattern. Check out other fun items from this seller on the Duck Brand social links below.

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Dream Big and head to Aspen Square Condominium Hotel

Our family has big dreams of family vacations like traveling to Montréal in Canada, Washington State in the PNW and heading back to Colorado for a stay in the Rocky Mountains!

This post contains sponsored links from Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, all opinions are my own.

One of the great locations I’ve been looking into is Aspen Square Condominium Hotel, located in downtown Aspen, Colorado. I’ve included a few photos of this cozy, beautiful local below for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Aspen Square gets really great customer reviews on travel website like Orbitz.com, Expedia.com and TripAdvisor.com and reading many of these, I am sold. Fireplaces, fully-equipped kitchens, heated pools, hot tubs, 24 hr. check-in, free wifi and so much more to enjoy! What a great place to stay which includes everything you could ask for in a hotel/condo in the mountains in Colorado.

Here’s what Aspen Square has to offer about their “signature full-service condominium hotel”:

Aspen Square’s warmly welcoming personality, ideal location across from the base of Aspen Mountain, and full hotel-style services and amenities combine to make our property a great choice for a memorable vacation year round.

Booking a stay at Aspen Square during the off peak winter season has many advantages for a frugal traveler.
* Early and late season rates can be as much as 50% lower than high season, for the same room type
* More rooms are available in the lower seasons, so even hard to book rooms like our one-bedrooms or three-bedrooms are more likely to be open for booking.
* Guests receive the same outstanding services and amenities as the high season guest
* Smaller crowds translates to shorter lift lines, easier access to restaurant and event tickets
* Pre-holiday stays allow guests to enjoy the festive ambiance without the crowds and costs associated with holiday rates and costs in town
* End of season snow is sometimes the best of the entire winter season, with longer ski days in late March and early April

I highly recommend booking your family destination or ski vacation at Aspen Square Condo/Hotel in cozy Aspen, CO. Check out Aspen Square’s special deals for booking where to save big on seasonal and pre-holiday savings and learn more about Aspen Square’s lift ticket sales and gear rentals for your snowy fun too!

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  • For reservations at Aspen Square: www.aspensquarehotel.com or 866-285-7876 or reservations@aspensquarehotel.com