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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Microadventure in La Jolla Cove with Campfire Chic

A small amount of cabin fever got Alex and me out of bed before sunrise one morning and we decided to enjoy the beautiful weather at the beach…but not the beach that’s 20 minutes from us, we wanted something different. So we headed south and found ourselves in La Jolla, a cozy coastal town in San Diego. La Jolla is known for expensive homes, great shopping, and beautiful beaches. There are kayak tours that will take you through sea caves, viewing points to see the seals and sea lions playing in the surf, and the rare Great White Shark sighting. You can find a sandy beach to enjoy the surf or explore the rockier tide pools during low tide just steps from your car. Alex wanted to go snorkeling in La Jolla Cove and I wanted to practice using the GoPro underwater so it seemed like the perfect microadventure for us.

Parking in La Jolla Cove - Campfire Chic

We used Alex’s boogie board on the beach immediately south of Seal Rock (map below) which meant keeping an eye on the surf to make sure you’re not too close to a curious seal wanting to cruise the waves with you. The water was very warm and super clear so it was fun to put the GoPro underwater to try and catch a glimpse of one of the seals swimming by. We didn’t end up getting photos of much more than a few schools of tiny fish, a bright orange fish, and plenty of sea grass.

After spending some time on the beach, we moved over to the very-very-very-very crowded cove that is known for snorkeling and Alex strapped the GoPro to his wrist while he swam for a little while. I set the camera up to take a photo every 5 seconds so he wouldn’t have to worry about it. He was more interested in how his new watch tracked his movement in the water.

La Jolla Underwater Photos - Campfire Chic

We ate lunch at a Himalayan/Indian restaurant with an ocean view and walked around the small town adjacent to the ocean. It was interesting to see stores like Kate Spade tucked in between cheesy tourist shops. If you walk around La Jolla, be extra careful while crossing streets because folks get extra frantic about finding parking and sometimes don’t pay attention. I suggest making your way to a paid lot and spending $3 – $10 for frustration free parking rather than battling for a free 2 hour parking spot. There were some life guards on duty where we were down there but be sure to double-check when you visit, be sure to follow posted rules, and use good judgment when walking along cliffs and in the water.


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Will of More Than Just Parks emailed me in October to share the first short film he created with his brother to document the 59 U.S. National Parks. Will and Jim spent a month backpacking and exploring Olympic National Park and what they captured is beautiful…I cannot wait to get back to Olympic NP to see more of the park!

Today, I am interviewing Jim of More Than Just Parks to learn more about the project and to get some tips on shooting video outdoors.

Tips for Shooting Video Outdoors with More Than Just Parks on Campfire Chic

Jim, can you tell me more about your project, More Than Just Parks, and why you decided to make short films of the parks?

My brother and I are, believe it or not, from Georgia, born and raised. We didn’t see a national park until just four years ago, when we took a trip out west to see the Grand Canyon with a few friends. Ever since that trip out west, what seems like ages ago, we have been hooked on the national parks.

More Than Just Parks is an effort to bring all 59 national parks to everyone through stunning visual media. Our goal is to build a greater awareness for the national treasures that reside in our own backyard. My brother and I are media professionals who have had a passion for film since an early age. We have a strong belief in the power of visual imagery, especially where some of the most beautiful places on the planet are concerned – our national parks.

You spent a month in Olympic National Park to create this short film. Why Olympic and how did you plan for such an extensive trip?

It surprises me how little planning went into our trip to Olympic National Park. We had this idea for More Than Just Parks and figured we would go for it while we had some free time. We chose Olympic as our first park in the series after coming across some breathtaking Instagram photos of the park and subsequently reading about it on the NPS website. We then looked at different blog entries covering the park in an effort to find the best spots to film and gain a better understanding of what people loved about it. After that we researched the gear that we needed and booked our flights.

We chose Olympic National Park because of it’s incredibly rich diversity. It’s glacial mountain peaks, lush rain forests, alpine meadows, high-altitude lakes, wild rivers, wilderness coast, and teeming wildlife were all the excuse we needed. Also, we had never been to the pacific northwest and wanted to get out to that part of the country and experience it.

We arrived in Seattle at the end of July and stayed in Olympic until the end of August. We started in the Staircase region and slowly worked all the way around the park ending up back where we began. Having never been to  Washington before, or even the pacific northwest, we were awed by the amount of evergreens and how enormous they were. After the first two weeks of incredible weather, we eventually got our fair share rain. I have to say, being in a rainforest while it’s raining is a very cool experience. It’s amazing how it brings out all of the forest’s natural color. After having spent a month in Olympic National Park you would have thought we would’ve gotten plenty of shots of the stars, but it was actually very difficult to obtain those shots. The reason it was so difficult was because of the near-constant fog and moisture in the air. Our lenses, and the lenses of other photographers we met trying to capture the night sky, kept fogging up! So you may notice that the night sky we managed to capture was mostly in high altitude areas where there is little to no moisture in the air. Being in Olympic for a month was an incredible experience – we met so many wonderful people, saw so many incredible things – it was truly life-changing. I find the expression “you may leave the places you go, but they never leave you” to be very true.

You were able to capture beautiful images from all over the Park. What are three tips you have for shooting video outdoors?

Shooting video outdoors can be really fun. Attempting to capture the wonders you see and bring it to people who may never get a chance to see it for themselves is an amazing and rewarding experience.

  1. My first tip is lighting. We have never run into a more challenging exposure situations than the ones we were presented with in the rain forests of Olympic National Park, especially the Hoh Rainforest. Too many of our shots were unusable because of over-exposed pockets of sunlight that kept creeping through time-lapses. Be weary of these pockets when shooting in forests with dense canopies and keep those exposures low.
  2. My second tip is preparedness. My brother and I were boy scouts and are very familiar with the saying – always be prepared. When you’re filming outdoors in an environment that you can’t control it’s important to always be prepared. You never know when someone is going to trip and fall, or when a piece of equipment is going to get lost/broken, or when the weather might turn, so try to be as prepared as possible – you won’t regret it.
  3. My third tip is to enjoy yourself. Remember why you’re filming in the first place and don’t let the work consume you. It’s very easy sometimes to get caught up in it when something isn’t working or a shot just doesn’t look quite right and forget why you’re out there. Don’t let it happen. Make sure to take in the sights and sounds without looking through a viewfinder, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

You obviously took camera equipment with you to create this film, but what is the 1 piece of gear that goes with you on all of  your adventures?

Great question. I thought about this one and my answer might seem a little lame, but bear with me. It would have to be my iPhone. I say that because of the camera on the iPhone just amazes me. The pictures I’m able to take on it blow me away. I love being able to catalog and capture the places I travel with something as simple as my phone. Check out our Instagram accounts – @morethanjustparks @jimpattiz @willpattiz

It sounds like you have a bit of traveling ahead of you. How can folks connect with you online?

I want to make it very clear to anyone who likes our video or likes what we’re doing – Please, email us! We love hearing from you, it reaffirms everything that we’re doing. It doesn’t matter if you just want to tell us you liked the video or if you want to find a way to get involved – send us an email and we’ll be happy to respond. You can click on our contact link on our website or send an email. Also sign up for email updates on our website, its easy and we won’t spam you because we hate that too. We’ll keep you updated with our latest projects and make sure you’re in the loop on everything More Than Just Parks. Vimeo – Facebook – Instagram - Twitter

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