Today’s post is brought to you by Stanley. 

Stanley Gifts for Adventurers - Campfire Chic

During a backpacking trip earlier this year, I tried to make a point of documenting some of the differences between how Alex and I camp…the things we bring, our preferred snacks…the kind of thing that would make for a really cute mini-album now that I think about it!

One thing I noticed for sure is that Alex is really rough on his water bottles. We have some very well-loved bottles that Alex has put through their paces. He’s dropped them from the top of rock formations in the Indian Cove Campground in JTree, they’ve rolled out of the truck and into the street numerous times, and sometimes they bang against poles/railings as they swing from his backpack. Alex is an excellent gear tester when it comes to seeing if things last!

We have an impressive collection of water bottles I picked up at Outdoor Retailer in August but I was a little hesitant to bring them camping with us last weekend because I wasn’t interested in getting big dents or huge scratches in the sides of my beloved bottles.

Luckily, Stanley reached out to me and offered to fuel our adventure with a few items that could take whatever Alex could throw their way. We received a one-hand vacuum mug, adventure flask, and classic pint glass to put through the paces one our weekend escape to Joshua Tree National Park.

Stanleyness Gift Guide - Campfire Chic

Stanley has been a part of my adventures since I was young. My dad had a Stanley vacuum bottle covered in stickers from Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes for as long as I could remember…in fact, my brother and I had to practically force him to upgrade his bottle a few years ago when it was looking a little too used. We replaced it with another Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle and a smaller vacuum set for soup and warm lunches. I’m glad that Stanley is one of those brands that stands the test of time and only improves with age :)

Alex and I filled the adventure flask with the last of our Jameson, brought delicious hot coffee with us on the ride out to JTree in the one-handed vacuum mug, and Amy and I tried a pear hard cider from the classic pint glass (that comes with a bottle opener!).

My favorite item is the one-handed vacuum mug because while I stressed that it was rolling around the back of my car (full of day old coffee) on Monday as I was in stop-and-go traffic on the I-405 freeway, I was beyond thrilled that the top kept things in check! The last time I left a travel mug in my car the tiniest movement would result in a ridiculous leak.

If you’re in the market for gifts that will keep up with the adventurer in your life, these will be great.

  • Get the Adventure Flask for: the peak bagger who deserves some whiskey at the top of a mountain
  • Get the One-Handed Vacuum Mug for: the weekend warrior who wants something to take to work and to the trailhead
  • Get the Classic Pint Glass for: the storyteller who prefers a microbrew around the campfire over whatever is cold and cheap

BONUS: Eddie Baur is offering FREE shipping of Stanley orders over $49. 

This adventure was sponsored by Stanley as a part of the Give the Gift of #Stanleyness campaign. Opinions and stories shared in this post are my own.

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Essential Reading Posts from Campfire Chic - Articles, Blog Posts, and Videos from Around the Web

 

Keeping it short this week.

 

This week’s Essential Reading:

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December Daily 2014 Plan - Campfire Chic

I will be participating in Ali Edwards’ annual December Daily® project again this year.

Yes, in addition to 30 Days of Lists

Last year’s December Daily / 30 Days of Lists album was a lot of fun to put together so I knew I wanted to combine the two challenges again. There is a 3×4 card (that I should probably frame and hang over my nightstand) that will be on the first page of this year’s album that says, “I will not freak out” and that encompasses how I feel about the end of the year. The end of the year is overwhelming for me (and, let’s be honest, most people probably feel the same way). There are these ridiculous self-imposed deadlines, very real deadlines, and (like I mentioned yesterday) my outta-do deadlines. 30 Days of Lists and December Daily fall under the I-FREAKING-LOVE-THIS DEADLINE. 

Even though it is totally insane to start another project when my focus is on finishing a few projects before the end of the year, December Daily is one of my favorite projects. I know DecDaily is something I can finish. There is a simple framework set in place, I do basically the same project every year, and it works.

I like projects that just work.

My Plan for December Daily

Amy and I had many requests from excited 30 Days of Lists September 2014 participants (we call them Listers) to put together another challenge for the holidays and since we love #30Lists (the community is amazing!) and the magic that comes with December we announced on Monday that 30 Days of Lists will have a special December edition this year!

While the December 2014 edition of #30Lists is not holiday-themed, there is certainly room for you to incorporate the lists into your December Daily album, which is exactly what I will be doing. I’ll be using a simple ringed album, 3×4 pocket pages, and the Very Merry embellishment kit from Freckled Fawn. I will be doing 2 page spreads in the album for each day of December. There will be a date card, a Currently List, Instax daily photo (I won’t be following any challenges for this), journaling for the daily photo, my daily list, and a few empty spaces for decorative cards and stuff. I love stuff.

Supplies:

  • 6×8 Snap Album from Simple Stories (in Green)*
  • 3×4 pocket pages for Snap Albums (the album comes with a variety of pocket pages so I ordered extra 3×4 only packs and removed the pages that did not work for this project)*
  • Freckled Fawn Very Merry embellishment kit
  • 3×4 journaling cards, various sources
  • 3×4 “background” and “word” cards, various sources
  • Kraft paper
  • Gold tree ribbon (from my local scrapbook store, similar here)
  • Ultra fine tip Sharpie

I will be sharing my album and some of my foundation pages with the 30 Days of Lists (December 2014) participants before sharing them here.

Are you doing December Daily? What tips do you have for keeping up with the challenge?

*Amazon Affiliate links. Purchases made when click those links support Campfire Chic. 

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30 Days of Lists Returns December 2014 - Campfire Chic

Last year’s December edition of 30 Days of Lists was so much fun (and a super helpful way to keep up with Ali Edwards’ December Daily®!) that Amy and I are bringing back the challenge!

First, I want to thank all the Listers from the September edition of #30Lists who started asking about a December edition before the challenge was even over! We heard your requests and bounced some ideas off of our wonderful ambassadors to come up with an even-easier-to-digest challenge for December.

We’re going to move this challenge from the traditional private blog setup to an email-based challenge…instead of logging onto a private site every day during December, participants will receive an email from us every day during December with the daily list prompt. We’re working on making this challenge as streamlined as possible so it doesn’t feel like a chore during such a busy month of the year.

 Personally, I’m really looking forward to this challenge because it’s one of those projects that keep me calm rather than make me feel frazzled…and that’s super important during this crazy time of the year. While I’m the person who starts listening to Christmas music on November 1st, loves heading out with my mom on Black Friday to get great deals (mostly for the families we “adopt” through our workplaces), and won’t get sick of eating tamales before New Year’s Eve, I get really overwhelmed by my outta-do list. My outta-do list usually includes too many social gathers, too many creative challenges, and lofty ideas of making a million gifts for friends and family by hand. 30 Days of Lists helps me keep things simple

So what do you say, are you ready to start listing?

30Lists Click Here to Register

What is #30Lists? Still not sure if you want to join? Find out more about the challenge (including the format for December) on our website: 30DaysofLists.com

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Modern Whit Clear Stamps for One Little Word - Campfire Chic

I’m slowly plugging away at my One Little Word binder. I put the project aside during the summer because I wasn’t really feeling some of the monthly challenges issued in the class.

Why did I put it back on my desk?

  1. I was reminded that this is my project…my way of documenting how my OLW is helping to shape my year and how it’s inspiring me to not only start and try a bunch of different things but to finish what I start
  2. Whitney from Modern Wit sent me a pack of acrylic stamps that are just too cool to not use!

I decided to officially declare 2013’s OLW section of the binder DONE. Finished. Over. I added a few cards with some quotes about being brave and included another 8.5 x 11 collage because I really enjoy making them.

For my 2014 project, I used some watercolors on plain cardstock to create some fun cards for decorative cards to include in a pocket page. The cards are the short version of a few of past assignments from the One Little Word class. The Adventure Begins  stamps set from Modern Wit helped me decorate the cards without creating a lot of bulk. I plan on using this same binder for my 2015 OLW documentation — I’m thinking of doing my own thing next year and not joining the class* but we’ll see come January.

One Little Word 2015 Art Cards by Campfire Chic

If you’re interested in getting your hands on these stamps, Whitney is giving away a set to one lucky Campfire Chic reader!

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If you get a chance, you should seriously look at the other supplies Whitney has in her Etsy shop — more stamps (like this Foodie one!), kits, paper, and more.

*I highly recommend Ali Edwards’ One Little Word course if you’re new to One Little Word or haven’t quiet found the experience to be very reflective or helpful. Her classes are always a nice break for the other kinds of classes offered only and her approach is so welcoming that it’s hard not to think that you’re working on this project with a close friend.

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Support The Sierra Club While You Shop Teton Sports with Campfire Chic

If you’re planning updating your camping and hiking gear before the end of the year or picking up some pieces for the adventurers in your life, now is a good time to check out Teton Sports.

Not only does Teton Sports have excellent quality for their products but their prices are pretty fantastic considering the competition.

The Giveback Endeavor -The Sierra Club.

The Teton Sports Mountain Adventurers are on a mission to raise money and awareness for different organizations. I am supporting The Sierra Club for the #GivebackEndeavor and I’m thrilled to work with Teton Sports to get awesome products in front of more people while also helping one of my favorite organizations.

About The Sierra Club:

 Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

About the Giveback Endeavor:

Join the Mountain Adventurers in Giving back to the outdoor community. Click on their profile to see what outdoor charity or non-profit they are representing and don’t forget to get their promo code. Each time you checkout from the TETON Sports Store using their promo code you’ll be funding the charity or non-profit they are raising awareness for.

So if you’re in the market for a new backpack, sleeping bag, tent, or other camping or hiking accessories, want to give back, and get a sweet discount, use KamAltar at checkout for 5% off of your order. A portion of each sale made using that code will go straight to The Sierra Club!

 

If you’re looking for ideas on what to get your favorite Adventurer, here are some ideas:

For the day hiker:

  •  TrailRunner 2.0 Hydration Pack: I like bringing this hydration pack on shorter hikes (like 6 miles or less) where I don’t need to bring too many extra things. The outer pocket can fit my phone and two snacks. I wore this during the Teton Sports hike over the summer in Utah and was impressed with how comfortable it is and how many reflective pieces are included on the pack…it’s hard to miss one of these during a night hike!

For the backpacker:

  • ComfortLite™ Pillow: Normally, I stuff a bunch of clothes into my Buff (like Jeff from SoCal Hiker describes here) but now that I’ve used this inflatable pillow, I’m going to rethink my old method! One side of this pillow is microfiber and it’s super comfortable against your cheek as you lay down after a long day in the sun.

For the family:

  • Celsius sleeping bag: I first used this while beach camping over the summer and it’s the most comfortable sleeping bag I’ve used. It doesn’t make annoying swishing noises as you move around at night and has a little extra cushioning to keep drafts out.  I will probably drag this out of my gear stash when it’s extra cold at night this winter (okay, Southern California cold!). Bonus: A portion of every Celsius Junior -7°/+20°F sleeping bag for girls purchased helps the fight against Breast Cancer (it comes in a cute pink plaid design).

For a little extra comfort:

  • Cot Organizer: If you enjoy using a cot while camping (or glamping, in many cases) but get frustrated by the lack of handy storage, the cot organizer is for you!
  • ComfortLite™ Cushion: self-inflating and a mere 6 ounces, this cushion is handy to have around while fishing or sitting in the bleachers.

 

Join Kam in supporting The Sierra Club, when checking out on the TETON Sports store use the promo code KamAltar you’ll get a 5 percent discount off your order and a portion of your purchase will go to fund The Sierra Club as they continually strive to protect the planet.

Teton Sports #GivebackEndeavor

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Last month I wrote about how I was scared about returning to the climbing gym and how I was afraid that my hangups were going to hold me back from excelling/having fun/making friends at the gym.

I want to thank those of you who left comments and messaged me encouraging words and reminders that being nervous is understandable but being afraid would hold me back.

After spending a fantastically long time at the gym early on Saturday afternoon I came home ready to conquer the world. In the past month I went from being winded and tired from a simple 5.8 route* on the shorter walls to getting myself up 5.10b* and attempting 5.10c* routes on the much taller walls (I think the walls are about 50 feet high in some places?). I wasn’t mentally prepared on Saturday and insisted on going climbing to procrastinate/avoid work so I wasn’t expecting much from my workout but I ended up trying my hand at a few different things and even showed Alex up on a new tricky route!

After so many improvements over a short period of time, I’m less scared and more excited about things:

I’m excited to give Alex a run for his money on who can climb the harder routes

I’m excited to work on my endurance and volume by adding some intentional workouts to my evenings in the gym

I’m excited to join in on member events! I entered a T-shirt restyle contents (my tank is in the photo above…the result of procrastinating) and I hope to take part in different clinics and events in the future

I’m excited (and scared, who am I kidding!) to drop into the yoga classes offered at the gym

I’m excited to bring more friends climbing with us each month

I’m hoping to be able to share more improvements in the coming months as I spend more time focused on improving my climbing and having fun. Seriously though, your support on here, via email, and on Twitter and Instagram mean so much to me. Knowing that others are feeling the same nervousness when it comes to trying new things and getting back into the saddle make me feel less silly.

Wearing: Restyled XL shirt c/o Sender One for the contest, Vaasa sports bra c/o Fabletics, Salar leggings c/o Fabletics

*These are descriptions of how difficult it is to scale the wall using different routes. Each route is different and is differentiated by the color of the plastic holds or tape and a card at the start of each route. The numbers are based on the Yosemite Decimal System, which is described really well here. Outdoor climbing routes generally use the same system but are obviously much different than the routes found in a gym environment. If you’re thinking of trying your hand at climbing, be sure to talk to your doctor beforehand, take an introductory class, and exercise caution.

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