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Ditch the Tie: It’s Dad’s Time to Fly!

 
Ditch the Tie: It’s Dad’s Time to Fly!

by Amy Lignor

 

For those of you out there in this world who are lucky enough to still be able to hug Dad each and every day, it is that time of the year again when Dad’s “special day” comes into play.

LIFESTYLE (C1)I was one of the luckiest in the world when it came to having the perfect Dad. He was also one of those amazing men who loved it when his kids “made” him something – arts and crafts wise – that he could put up on his desk and look at. He always said it made him smile. He was also the ‘best of the best’ and deserved so much more than we could ever give. I’m sure there were tons of things he wanted, yet never asked for. As far as he was concerned, his kids’ love was enough. Well…just in case you are sitting in your room right now thinking about that sports loving father you have; that hunter, that fisher, that crossword-puzzle genius or even that tech-savvy man who loves playing with all these digital toys, here are just a few fantastic picks out there that would still make the man who already has everything smile even wider.

 

Start with that hunter or fisher Dad. The one who loves to go out on the water or into the woods and get that “catch” of the day or bag that twelve-pointer. If these are the hobbies Dad loves, Filson offers a fly fishing rod case this year that is absolutely stunning. A heavyweight twill, brown leather case, with an interior that includes a padded separator for a rod, reels, and various accessories (and, yes, that can mean a couple of well-deserved beers). This would be a stunning thing for him to have at his side.

 

In addition, the outdoor man would also love the Opinel N°09 Oyster pocket knife. This is one of those luxury European items with a wood handle that not all men get to carry in their pockets, that’s for sure.

 

And for those Dads who love to take walks outdoors, whether hunting the elk or netting the bass, the new bottle by S’well gives Dad the perfect container to carry both cold drinks, as well as the best coffee possible along with him for whatever the day’s excursion may be.

 

But what about the food? He has coffee, he has a nice bag, but what about that perfect breakfast sandwich? And, no, I don’t mean the one you pick up at a fast-food chain that’s been pre-frozen for who knows how many hours. Hamilton Beach offers a great breakfast sandwich maker for your best pal and most-looked-up-to man in the world. And this is one easy item to use. Ham, egg, cheese, bacon and more – whatever he wants to throw on it, he can. For less than $25.00, Dad can eat well while relaxing on his outdoor escape.

 

He doesn’t like the Great Outdoors? He’s more into tech stuff, you say? Not a problem. Remember the time when headphones were huge, then all the companies out there raced to make the tinniest earbuds in the world that you could barely see? Well, headphones have gone back to the “big” leagues with HiFiMan HE400S. These he can take anywhere. Planar-magnetic drivers allow that audio to be crystal-clear, and can even plug directly into his beloved Smartphone. Will he look a bit like an eighties nerd? Sure. But who cares? Brue Springsteen never sounded better.

 

And the biggest tech savvy item that has its own commercials every five minutes and has reached the #1 notch on all holiday lists comes in the form of the Amazon Echo. A wireless speaker system, Dad can ask for any of his music to be played, ask to tune into the news, and even control appliances that are compatible to the Amazon Echo. Now if we could only find a way to change that voice. Lets’ face it, there are men all over the world who like being ‘butch’ and would rather hear Jack Bauer of ‘24’ introduce the news than that Barbie-like Alexa. (Mom’s would, too, by the way, but for a whole different reason.) Logitech is also one of those companies that made an Alexa compatible item for the sports-obsessed Dad. The Logitech Harmony Elite remote control allows him to control that TV with all the favorite sports games going on, as well as control the thermostat in the house, gaming, lights and more.

 

Lastly, for those who have a father who literally always says nothing but his children’s love is necessary to make him happy, there are very cool subscriptions you can opt for, like the Birchbox Man Subscription Box. From only $20 per month, Dad will receive products that he can test each and every month in all different areas – from tools to seasonal gifts. He’ll have a ball and even, perhaps, stumble across a brand new item never before seen that he simply can’t live without.

 

But no matter what “gift” you choose to give, always remember that the hug, the kiss, and the “I love you, Dad. Thank you so much for everything you do,” will always be the best and most perfect gift Dad can receive. And from one girl who had the ‘best of the best’ by her side for many years, but not nearly enough, make sure that gift is given every single day!

 

Original Source:  Baret News

Eat Well While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

 

Eat Well While Enjoying the Great Outdoors

 

The Great Outdoors is a stunning place to hike, explore, and commune with nature. It is also a haven where you can stop, take a breath, and inhale everything Mother Nature has to offer. However, the one thing many do not understand is that they can also ‘inhale’ come extremely good food, if only they had the right information and tips when it came to planning and preparing food for their backpacking trip. Even the backpacking fan knows that, other than water and some extremely comfortable shoes, food is something you have to have. It is a piece of the outdoor “gear” that must be taken into consideration before venturing outside, because your body needs that fuel to keep going in order to enjoy each and every step of your journey.

It is a fact that you can eat far more than oatmeal and granola bars out there. When it comes to nourishment, pack those food items that weigh the least but deliver the most calories. The market for these particular foods is growing each and every day, by the way. From pre-prepared soups (which are great for their water content) to freeze-dried and powdered foods that actually taste good and add minimal weight to your pack, stores like Whole Foods and others provide choices you never even imagined.

 

As you think about your outdoor menu, think about dumping the original container and cutting meals down into serving-size amounts that you can carry in sealable bags. Less bulk and less trash will be had.

 

If you take those fresh fruit and veggies along, make sure to eat those first to get rid of the weight as soon as possible.

 

Not to mention, always remember to pack just enough food to get you through your planned trip, plus an extra cold meal or two in case you run out of fuel. Packing too much can hurt the body.

 

Then comes the backpacking stove. “Stove” is a difficult word to deal with when thinking about what you need to carry. But a backpacking stove is perfect for those who want to enjoy a little flavor with their scenery.

 

The best method to use when cooking dried foods with your backpacking stove, is called boil-soak cooking. Not only is it extremely efficient for the backpacker, but it also allows you to conserve both fuel and water.

 

When using the boil-soak method, set up your backpacking stove on level ground in a location that’s insulated from the wind. Add the required amount of water to your cooking pot and light your stove. After putting the lid on the pot, bring the water to a rolling boil, then turn off the stove and insulate (a fleece jacket or pot cozy can be used) around the cooking pot to retain as much heat as possible. Leave it alone to rest at least 10 minutes (or as instructed on the meal pack). After that, simply lift the lid, stir in those beloved herbs and spices to make it taste absolutely delicious, and enjoy!

 

This method always prepares food the same way: with the lid on tight, the steam is absorbed into the food to help it cook, rather than dissipate away into the atmosphere. From soups to stews to pasta, you can practice before heading out on the trail and end up becoming a super backpacking chef.

 

There is also, of course, no-cooking backpacking for those who do not wish to carry the stove, or for those who have run out of fuel and the crackers and granola bars are long gone. Again, with the outdoor industry growing, there are more than a few dry foods on the market that supply a hearty meal for the backpacker. All you have to do is soak the food in cold water and enjoy. From rolled oats to couscous, there are definitely choices.

 

As far as snack foods are concerned, everything from pretzels to some hard sausages and cheeses will keep for several days on that exciting hike. In addition, peanut butter is a great backpacking supply. Just take it out of the jar, put it in a baggie, cut one corner off so you can squeeze the peanut butter on your bread, and then re-store in another baggie. And never forget breakfast, while on your hike. If you need extra warmth, make sure to take along a few flow-through coffee and tea bags, instant coffee packets or hot chocolate to really enjoy that sunrise.

 

Just make sure that your stomach never has to pay for your great day. When heading out on that trail, be safe, have fun, and learn that you can definitely have great meals while also having a great time.

Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Residing with Mother Nature

Residing with Mother Nature

 ~ ZZ Troutski

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Finding a place to dwell is not exactly the easiest of all projects to complete during your lifetime. Some prefer the small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else at the local coffee shop; others prefer the bustling streets and always having something to do and someplace to go whenever they want. But what the outdoor enthusiast needs to remember is that they still can have one or the other without giving up Mother Nature at its absolute finest.

 

Hiking, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, hunting – there are a list of things for people to do when it comes to the Great Outdoors. But instead of just picking a favorite spot for only vacation time, people are now searching for that one place where they can have everything they want whenever they want it.

 

There is such a thing as paradise on earth when it comes to nature. There are cities and small towns across the map that can offer hunters, anglers, bikers, etc., the ability to be part of the sport they love on the weekends, while still not sacrificing anything else. Major metropolitan areas are out there, and some are even right alongside the small, hidden lakefront villages that people are craving.

 

Say you wish to ski when the snow begins to fall; go out to surf the waves when the sun is high in the sky; and hike or camp at whim. This paradise does exist and is called, Portland, Oregon. The Cascades are right there for the skier; the Columbia River Gorge, as well as the coast offer the waves; and the city, itself, offers the diversity necessary for finding a good job, an affordable house, and having adventures in and out of the city.

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a famous town in a way because of the celebrities who now hail from there. However, by only mentioning the Grand Teton National Park; Snow King, where the skiers can have a ball; and hiking through the most beautiful ranges available in the U.S., these alone make this city even more amazing to live in. And when it comes to hunting; with the moose, elk and deer, hunting seasons are brilliant.

 

If the east coast is what calls out to you, there is actually a healthy city in the United States – Burlington, Vermont. Exercise seems to be why this is such a healthy area, which is no surprise considering that biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, and more are available near the city. Which means you can be one with the Great Outdoors for a whole lot longer seeing as that health of both people and the surrounding habitats are thriving.

 

Now…staying in Vermont but opting out of the city, you can live in the stunning, Brattleboro. This is the definition of a mountainside town with farmer’s markets and art festivals, and antiquing that can not be done anywhere else. This is the small, cultural hometown of your dreams that you only have to share with approximately 12,000 other people.

 

The State of Arizona offers the same sort of thing for you city-lookers or small-town folk. Flagstaff is one of those in-between worlds. People choose this particular area because of the fact that it literally sits amidst the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. A city is found there with lots of fun, but the hiking and biking also are there for the weekend getaway.

 

Just a short hop and a skip away is Sedona. The green pine is left behind as you literally stare in wonder at the red-rock formations. This is the smaller type of area that is all about instilling energy, with their spas and artisans.

 

A small desert town, Sedona is huge on heart. Its approximately 10,000 residents love the hiking and biking, and then enjoy all the massage and spa treatments they want. Talk about a small town that you would never want to leave!

 

So no matter what state you choose, there will always be that vibrant city and that out-of-the-way small town to choose from. Just pick which one you want…and head for home!

 

 www.SportsmansLifestyle.com

 

The Combo of Great Outdoors & Great Baseball!

The Combo of Great Outdoors & Great Baseball!

 ~ ZZ Troutski

The baseball season has once again begun. People are heading to the stands with their sons and daughters; purchasing rubber hot dogs to enjoy while watching the ‘coolest of cool’ slide, hit, strike out, and create home runs out of the blue. The eyes of children grow wider – Marlins_First_Pitch_at_Marlins_Park,_April_4,_2012_especially those owned by the kids who dream of one day being a professional baseball player in action. And baseball also brings along a way to rest and relax in the Great Outdoors.

 

Now is the time to get out of the living room on a Saturday afternoon. Now is the time to brush off that layer of polar vortex ice and snow that has rained down for longer than you want to remember (in fact, you probably feel a lot like the Abominable Snowman’s twin right about now…) And now is the time to go back to that grandstand and attempt to catch a fly ball, as you think back on the historical moments that happened in the stadium you may, right now, be sitting in.

 

As with everything in this world – from sports, to religion, to politics, etcetera – baseball has had its ‘hits’. A-Rod seems to be the one most talked about at the moment, but teams and their owners want nothing more than to bring everyone back to the ball game. They know that the NFL has outdone them in the past couple of decades, making pro football ‘America’s Game’ instead of what it was always meant to be. So it was not a huge surprise that MLB has ramped up the energy this season by signing on and creating advertising campaigns that will remind everyone out there that baseball is what the real ‘love’ is when it comes to American sports.

 

BBDO New York is a big-name advertising agency that is responsible for some of the most memorable campaigns ever created for brands and much-beloved companies. And they are taking that emotion this season by using ‘love’ to bring fans back!

 

Most have seen the beginnings of this campaign. “For the love of baseball” came about on opening day as the men took the field, waving to their fans and spitting their chew on the diamond. And from here on out, that love of baseball will consistently and constantly be seen and heard about by the fans. Commercial after commercial, ad after ad, will resurrect the big names and the ultimate unforgettable moments that baseball brought to the United States since its inception.

 

Brand new players who are definitely on the path to become future big-name stars will be shown. BBDO will make sure that each and every one of us who never missed a baseball game, but turned away for the gridiron a while back, comes back to the game in order to bring back memories we loved as children, and place new memories into the minds of this generation.

 

As we all know, BBDO and MLB certainly understands and will utilize fully the social media world. After all, most of our children (as well as parents) are consistently and constantly heading to Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo – you name it – and the

‘love’ of baseball will be appearing on it all! The biggest supporter of sports – Budweiser – will also be part of these huge initiatives to get people back outdoors and into the stands. They are always the brand in the top-ten (usually #1), for sports commercials that express the heart, mind and soul of the American.

 

Is there a moment during the 2014 season that we will remember for the rest of our lives? Will BBDO create the next Budweiser commercial that talks about our veteran’s coming home, or has their stunning, signature horses kneeling, showing the strength that is owned by the U.S. of A.? It’s certainly possible.

 

The passion for baseball may have waned a bit, but the memories, the all-stars, Babe Ruth, the criminal activities, the brilliance of hearing who ‘WON THE PENNANT’ screamed across the globe – this is a sport that can claim a rich and exciting history that will always make it the elite.

 

So get outside and enjoy the best afternoon you’ve had in a very long time!