First Snow

boots by L.L. Bean - ribbon laces by Dr. Martens - socks by L.L. Bean
A couple days ago it snowed the first non-flurry snow here! Is it the "first snow?" if it was snowing here back in the spring? Whatever, I'm counting this as the first snow of the 2016-2017 winter season. I was actually dreading the first snow, but it's hard to hate something so pretty. Plus, Theo absolutely loves the snow, he goes berserk, and it's hilarious. I can hardly get any shoveling done when he's around because he tries to eat all the snow I scoop up.

I figured that a snow day was a good time to play around with my new camera a bit, so I did just that and threw together a quick video to give you a glimpse of this snowy situation. I highly recommend watching in HD, of course.

My 'ol trusty-dusty Canon Rebel camera doesn't have video capabilities, so now that I have one that does I'm hoping to incorporate videos into this blog somewhat often. Be sure to subscribe to my channel!

What's your favorite season? Let me know in the comments!

Music Monday: Modern Christmas Classics

When Spencer and I started dating, it was around Christmastime-- and my definition of "Christmastime" is late September to January 5th-- anyway, he mentioned that he didn't like classic Christmas songs. That seemed so strange to me, it still does, but I try to cool it with the Tony Bennett and Bing Crosby when he's around. If you're looking to get into the Christmas spirit, today is your lucky day.

For this Music Monday, I have made an hour-long playlist of newer Christmas music in case you or someone in your life doesn't care for the classics. I hope you enjoy it!

Do you like the classics or newer songs? Both? 

Gifts for the Outdoorsy Types

We all have a little Leslie Knope in us, don't we? Whether it's the sugar-crazy Leslie, incredibly organized Leslie, or the park-loving Leslie. I personally identify with the park-loving Leslie, so for this gift guide I'm focusing on gifts for those who adore the outdoors. Whether the outdoorsy person you're shopping for is more of an trail adventurer or backyard explorer, hopefully this list will help you out a little bit.

Here's 10 things for your outdoor-lover: 

1. The Antarctic Book of Cooking and Cleaning: A Polar Journey, $27.19- This book is composed of journal entries, recipes, photos, and more from the first civilian environmental cleanup expedition in Antarctica. Sounds pretty fascinating to me!

2. Rivers of America Map Poster Print, $45- This would be a great addition to someone's maybe the wall in my living room.

3L.L. Bean Katahdin Pom Hat, $29.95- You didn't expect me to compile a list like this and exclude L.L. Bean, did you? I'm not one for wearing big company logos, but I'd make an exception for this hat inspired by L.L. Bean's old logo, featuring Mount Katahdin.

4. Annual National Park or State Park passes, price varies- Spencer and I got an annual pass to Acadia National park for only $50 then his parents gave him a Maine state park pass for his birthday, so we're pretty set with parks. For only $80, you can get a pass that admits you to over 2,000 federal recreation sites around the country. That's insane!

5. VSSL First Aid Kit$66.50- I love this first aid kit because, unlike so many others, it isn't in a huge bulky box and still comes with a great amount of supplies. Plus a flashlight!

6BioLite NanoGrid, $79- For those who don't want to be completely off the grid. This can charge 3 smart phones or provide light for 72 hours.

7. Sir/Madam National Parks Canvas Picnic Tote & Blanket, $76- This cute and informational tote folds out to act as a picnic blanket, then folds back up to carry your stuff home.

8Natural Forest Floor Wall Clock, $39.50- Yet another (really cool looking) way to bring the outside in.

9Sun Printing Kit, $28- For the artsy-outdoorsy types! Use this paper, the sun, and water to create beautiful works of art.

Leave It Better tank, Harrington Sure Big Sur tee

10. Parks Project tees, prices vary- I love me some Parks Project tees. I have this one and it is so comfortable and great quality. They have so many great designs for so many parks. Plus, the Parks Project does a lot to help our parks.

Which item is your favorite? Which Leslie are you? Tell me in the comments!

7 Ways to Do Black Friday

Thankfully, more and more retailers are starting to make big statements about not opening for early shopping on Thanksgiving night. Unfortunately many retailers aren't there yet and many people have to go to work after they eat Thanksgiving dinner. Black Friday still means long lines, early openings, and people generally acting kinda crazy and rude. I mean, how do we go from a day of gratitude to a day of "I'll punch someone to get a slightly discounted toy for my kid" so quickly?! Instead of feeding into that, I like to stay home and decorate for Christmas, though I already did that this year, and spend time with my loved ones.

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Here's some things to do this Friday instead:
  1. Instead of Black Friday shopping, take part in Buy Nothing Day. How do you participate? Simple: buy nothing on Black Friday. 
  2. If you do shop, shop at locally owned stores. It's a great and easy way to give back to your neighbors and your community. Etsy even has an option to find local events or locally-based stores. Which brings me to...
  3. Support a small online shop, like ones on Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, Storenvy, etc. There are so many amazing creators on those sites with great products to choose from.
  4. Donate to charity, even if it's just a couple dollars. This year, with certain upcoming events, I'm making it a point to donate to environmental, pro-immigrant, LGBTQ, and women's health organizations. 
  5. Donate to a GoFundMe or similar. I see GoFundMe pages floating around Twitter and Facebook all the time, usually for someone's crushing medical expenses or surgery for a pet. Even if you don't know the person who needs help, it would mean so much to them to receive a small donation from you. 
  6. Support your favorite creator. Many YouTubers, bloggers, etc. have Patreon accounts or some other way to just give them a little tip, whether it be one-time or recurring. You could also buy an album from a band you love, whether they're on iTunes or Bandcamp. If you really love what a certain person is making and you have the means to support them, consider throwing a dollar or two their way. If you can't donate, simply "like" their Facebook page or share their content. 
  7. Take some time to think. Sure, I love getting presents and I love covering my house in sparkly decorations but when it comes down to it, the holiday season needs to be about the warm fuzzy feelings above everything else. Humans produce insane amounts of garbage, spend ridiculous amounts of money, and generally go a little bonkers this time of year. Take some time for yourself to relax, reflect on what Christmas means to you or what you would like it to mean, and figure out ways to do Christmas better. 

How do you spend Black Friday?