Spring is here and with it comes more outdoor fun and planning ahead for the summer. After a chilly winter, I’m taking every catch I can get to get outside and enjoy the sun on my face and warm breeze through my hair. Other folks, just like us, are few some pretty ingenious ways to get outdoors more often too, be active, eat healthier, or travel with the family. I want to share those things with you. So watch for a “Favorite Things” post like this one every month that will share what I’m loving that will help us do all of those things and more.
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Here are My Favorite Things for the month of April. Disclaimer time first. This blog does contains affiliate links. They help pay for the coffee that keeps us turning out adventures week after week. I’ll only recommend and share products that I use and love myself.
It’s always a good idea to pack an extra bag when you travel. This travel backpack is perfect for city use and light hiking. I have been keeping it in my car and find that I use it quite a bit when I’m with the kids and don’t want to take my big purse on a nature walk or local trail. The backpack stuffs into a small 6” x 8” pouch that is attached to the backpack. So it takes up little space, but when unpacked can carry everything I need for a day out or local hike. It’s made with recycled water bottles and is durable.
Spring is here and so are my allergies. Earlier this year, a good friend was telling me about the benefits of taking Manuka Honey for allergies. These individual servings of Manuka honey are great for on the go. You bend both ends back to break the seal and squeeze the honey out. I’ve been using them instead of sugar in my tea as well as alone to soothe a sore throat.
When I was at Expo West, I saw a lot of new protein packed snacks. I recently got these Chocolate Caramel bars and really like them. The kids can’t get enough of them and with state testing this month, they have been bringing these to school for a mid morning snack. Each bar is packed with 11 grams of protein sourced from pea and brown rice. Vegan and gluten free which are a plus.
This past winter, my skin has been more dry than ever before. Even my husband has dry skin, especially on his hands and elbows. I received natural skin products from Earth’s Care to try out and I really like them. Over the past few months, I have been cleaning up my beauty and skin care products. I’m ditching the harsh chemicals, learning about more natural ingredients and trying them to see what I like. The picture shows you everything Earth’s Care sent to try. The two smaller containers on the left are the Dry & Cracked Skin Balm and Tea Tree Oil Balm. They have been great at relieving dry skin. Both use shea and almond oil. But one uses arnica and the other tea tree oil to moisturize and soothe. There are no parabens or petro products, which I love.
Google Flights – Find great travel deals
This one has been around forever, but I just read about it on a travel deal website, Scotts Cheap Flights. https://scottscheapflights.com . You can watch for great deals on airline tickets. I found a ticket in October from Dallas to Quito, Ecuador for $325 round trip!!! I can’t go during that time, but can you imagine the possibilities?
Airfare Watch Dog – Free Travel Deal Watch Website
Helps watch for travel deals for hotels and airlines. Sign up for free email alerts when you set up your departure city.
Roadtrippers – Free Road Trip Planning Website
As I start to plan our epic summer road trip that will take use through 7 states, and at least 10 National Parks, I found this website that is making this kind of wide scale planning a LOT easier. It’s nothing new, but it’s new to me and best of all it’s FREE. It’s helping me map out our drive, estimates fuel costs, shows possible roadside attractions, places to spend the night in a hotel or camp, dining, recreation, etc. It also shares other travelers stories of their road trip adventures which can help me plan out mine.