What To Do With Unwanted Clothes

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

What To Do With Unwanted Clothes

Today's topic covers the easy part of going through your closet. I mean, the purge is the hard part, right? The process of deciding what to actually get rid of is always so difficult for me. Now, onto the fun part - upcycling or finding a new home! But first, some stats. So, you're clothes are totally recyclable. They can be used for lots of different things - like carpet padding, home insulation, and stuffing for pillows, car seats or toys. However, the EPA reports that 5% of the landfills in the US are thrown-away clothes, and only 15% of...

The Art of Upcycling

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

The Art of Upcycling

You hear it everywhere... Reduce, reuse, recycle. Today, we'll be focusing on the most fun and exciting R (in my opinion) - REUSE! These are a couple of fun DIY projects that you can make with items you may have just lying around. So instead of pitching them into the trash, upcycle them into an awesome craft! Coffee Sleeve Jewelry (Project and photo from Saved by Love Creations) There's no feeling guilty for that daily Starbucks run anymore. Instead of throwing away every single coffee sleeve you get, turn them into all sorts of jewelry. From necklaces to bracelets to...

How to Spot Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

How to Spot Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac

There's nothing worse than the most amazing hike you've ever been on ending with a giant poison ivy rash. Nothing. Worse. So I put my Girl Scout cap back on, and I compiled the ultimate guide to avoiding poisonous plants in the first place. Some quick basics - there's three common plants to watch out for: poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. They all share the same irritant, which is an oily sap called urushiol. Just one nanogram can cause a reaction, and it coats all parts of these plants. So, here's what to look for. Poison Ivy Think,...

6 Camping Desserts That Aren't S'mores

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6 Camping Desserts That Aren't S'mores

I love a good s'more. Chocolate with a gooey marshmallow - it's a classic. But sometimes when I'm camping, I want to change it up. I'm always on the lookout for s'more dessert options, ya know? Here are some of my favorite sweet tooth cures that aren't your classic s'more. 1. Campfire Cones Basically an ice cream sundae without the ice cream. Grab some waffle cones, and fill them with all of the goodies your heart desires. Go classic with chocolate chips and marshmallows, and get creative with strawberries and Nutella and bananas and nuts. Put it all in your...

The Best Hiking Snacks

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

The Best Hiking Snacks

When I'm planning on hiking my way through the weekend, I've got one thing on my mind - SNACKS. Sure, I've packed up all my gear, but I know that if I'm going to make it out on the trails, I'm going to need some darn good food. Here's my go-to list: Granola Granola is truly the hidden gem of all snacks. There are so many mixture options that it never gets boring. I've always got some granola on me, because 1) it's DELICIOUS and 2) it's a pretty good source of protein, fiber and iron. You can go the...

Should I Be Composting?

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

Should I Be Composting?

I know, I know! Composting. The thing you should be doing but you don’t. It seems like such a simple thing but then browns and greens and balance and heat … But, composting can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be.  Some people are going to have a compost bin or pile in the backyard that they monitor regularly and can’t wait to have conversations about with any unsuspecting passerby. Then, there are the individuals that are okay with digging a small hole in their flowerbed and burying their veggie scraps with as little...

7 Outdoor Books to Inspire the Adventurer in You

Posted by AMY GRAVLEE

7 Outdoor Books to Inspire the Adventurer in You

Words have the power to both transport us and inspire us. Readers sometimes get a bad rap for using books as an escape without ever seeking out adventures of their own.  This has never been the case for me. I love reading because it is amongst the pages of wonderful books that I have found some of my most crazy and exciting ideas. Here are some of my favorites. For Kids (Of All Ages) When you are a kid, everything seems possible and plausible. I loved reading (and still do) realistic fiction adventure books. They made me think I too...

Tips For Trying Something New Outside

Posted by KERRI ANNE STEBBINS

Tips For Trying Something New Outside

What have you always wanted to do outdoors? How have you always wanted to push yourself? There's a lot to be unsure of when picking up a new skill or otherwise trying something that stretches your boundaries outside. Not only do you need to learn and practice new skills, but you may also have to push past your own preconceptions of what may be safe and achievable.  I love spending time outside and in the backcountry by myself. In the past decade, I've grown increasingly comfortable with hiking solo in wild places, just as I've picked up other new skills,...

Tips & Tricks for Eating Outside

Posted by KERRI ANNE STEBBINS

Tips & Tricks for Eating Outside

When it comes to eating outside, there’s often an inherent romanticism sitting at the proverbial table. After all, what could be better than a tasty picnic lunch or dinner in a beautiful outdoor space? In reality, though, those FOMO-inducing Instagram photos often omit plenty of messy details that go hand-in-hand with cooking and eating outside. Details like: What’s the best way to pack your meal(s) (and corresponding cooking gear) into the backcountry? How do you keep bugs and critters at bay? Is your cooking setup sustainable and as low impact as it can be? How do you keep cleanup from...

Everything You Need to Know About Campfires

Posted by RYLEE STOULIL

Everything You Need to Know About Campfires

Camping is one of our favorite activities. There's nothing better than sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows with friends and family. But it's super important to know the right way to start and put out a campfire to avoid disaster. Starting a Fire Step 1: Find a good place for it. You'll want to use a fire ring or a grill. If you can't find one of those, make your own ring with rocks. Just make sure that there aren't any low-hanging branches nearby that could easily start on fire. Once your find a good spot, clear away anything that...

Use This Instead of That (Plastic Edition)

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Use This Instead of That (Plastic Edition)

Plastic options seem to be everywhere nowadays - and most of the time, they're the most convenient. But plastic is taking up a huge spot in our landfills (especially, single-use plastic), so it's time to find some alternatives. Reusable Produce Bags Plastic produce bags are one of the many plastic items we use without even thinking about it. But what happens to them right after you unload your fruit into the fridge? They go right in the trash. Instead check out brands, like Eco-Bags, that make reusable options. They come in lots of different materials, and they'll last a long...

Safety Tips for Hiking with Dogs

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Safety Tips for Hiking with Dogs

If you're about to hit the trails and want to take your furry friend with you, there are a lot of safety precautions that need to be taken. These are some guidelines for having the best hike possible with your pup. Gear Always have more water than you think you'll need. Your dog will need to take frequent water breaks, especially if it's hot. Make sure to have something for them to drink out of, like a collapsible bowl, with you too!  Always use a leash. Most trails require this anyway, but even if they don't, we think you should. It's...

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