How to Shop the Amazon Black Friday Deals – NEW Watch List!

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How to Shop the Amazon Countdown to Black Friday Deals

~updated November 2015

You may have noticed an up-swing in Amazon LIGHTNING DEALS.  The Amazon BLACK FRIDAY 2015 Deals Week has officially begin.  Let’s hope for some deals on the Top 2015 Holiday Toys.

Amazon BLACK FRIDAY 2015 Deals Preview HERE

Before you start it is important you remember the Holiday Shopping Strategies around BUDGET.  Do not spend money you do not have!  The holidays are about family and being together and not about STUFF.

Also do not stress – the deals go fast.  When I miss one I figure it was not meant to be – there will always be another deal another day.  However here are some tips to help you be as successful as possible.

There will be LIGHTNING DEALS throughout the day in many different categories.

REMEMBER that LIGHTNING deals are only for 1-3 hours and there is limited inventory so sometimes they sell out quickly.

Be on the page ready to click at least 5 minutes before the deal is scheduled to go live.  I will post as many as I can but you may want to bookmark these pages.

Some deals are time sensitive and may not be available for long so make sure to check facebook and twitter for the most up to date information.  Prices can change by the minute.  Be sure to ask for facebook NOTIFICATIONS… or you can also join the Maven of Savin Deals GROUP on facebook.

Where to Find the DEALS

Most lightning deals will be on the main Black Friday Page or the Amazon Lightning Deals page but you can narrow down your search by using the category guide on the left of the page.

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You can choose the categories you are interested in, choose Lightning deals and then you can check off if you just want to see active one, upcoming or all.

Though this makes it easier, I HATE the new format of the deals page.  I much prefer previous years “widget” you would scroll through (which is still available on some of the CATEGORY deal pages below).

Use the new WATCH DEALS Feature

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Luckily Amazon just created a new feature (WHICH I LOVE) that helps with the horrible new format.  You can create your own WATCH LIST.  In the morning you can scroll through all the deals and click on “Watch this deal” to place the ones you want on a WATCH LIST.  That then creates your OWN personal Lightning Deal page!!!

Amazon-Watch-ListSo with a little work at the beginning of the day you can be prepared to jump on your favorite lightning deals throughout the day without worrying about having to scroll thru pages and categories to keep track of them all.  HOW COOL IS THAT?



Screen Shot 2015-11-21 at 10.53.54 AMThe price will be posted as soon as it goes live.  Be sure to ALWAYS join the WAITLIST because there are many people who just click BUY as soon as it goes live and then decide after whether they really want it.  I have seen the waitlist pull from as low as person #100 and higher!  Find out more about the WAITLIST HERE.

Amazon Black Friday Deals by CATEGORY

There are so many deals going on that it can get confusing.  If you are only looking for certain types of items it may be easier to start on the category pages.  NOTE: You cannot add things to your WATCHLIST from these pages, only from the MAIN Lightning Deal page which you can narrow using the category check list on the left.

If you like the old school widgets you can scroll and like to see all OTHER deals in a category use the links below to narrow your search.


Black Friday – BABY and Baby Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday – BOOKS

Black Friday – FASHION including Jewelry & Watches

Black Friday – ELECTRONICS and Electronics Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday – CAMERA, Photo & Video
Black Friday – COMPUTERS & Accessories
Black Friday – LAPTOPS & TABLETS
Black Friday – TV, Video & Audio

Black Friday – GROCERY & GOURMET and Grocery Gift Guide

Black Friday – HOME, KITCHEN & Garden

Black Friday – MOVIES & TV

Black Friday – MUSIC or Digital Music

Black Friday – SPORTS & Fitness

Black Friday – OUTDOORS

Black Friday – TOOLS & Home Improvement and Tool Holiday Gift Guide

Black Friday – TOYS & GAMES or Holiday Toy List

Black Friday – VIDEO GAMES

Of course if you still need gift ideas visit HOLIDAY CENTRAL HERE

BOOKMARK your favorite pages do you can shop quickly each day as the lightning deals POP.  NOTE – some of the category pages do not have the lightning deals on them yet – I would expect them to update by weeks end.

Remember, RELAX, be prepared and do not stress. There is always another deal. always another day.

Check out Maven’s Holiday 2015 Savin’ Guide




Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2015

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Highland Street Foundation: FREE Fun Fridays 2015

Highland Street Foundation is again offering FREE Fun Fridays this summer in Massachusetts starting on June 26th, 2015.  There will be 70 museums and cultural venues open for FREE on Fridays all summer long.  These are perfect to schedule into your STAYCATION plans this summer.

You can see the schedule HERE, but these are the offerings through July.  Click on the date you are interested in to get specific details:

JUNE 26th, 2015


JULY 3th, 2015


JULY 10th, 2015


JULY 17th, 2015


JULY 24th, 2015


JULY 31st, 2015


I will post reminders each week, but mark your calendars now!

Do not forget to check out other Massachusetts Staycation Ideas!

Make Over Your Mornings – 14 Day Online Course!

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TODAY is the launch of Crystal Paine’s brand-new 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course.

Do you have trouble getting started in the morning?  Do you feel overwhelmed and end up getting nothing accomplished?  Do you often wake up feeling behind—before you even get out of bed?  Are you constantly frustrated that it seems like you are so busy, but you have very little to show for all your effort?  Are you worn down and worn out by all the hats you are wearing and balls you are juggling?

Do you wish you could find time to refuel your tank, improve your health, invest more into your family, or even just to slow down and breathe?

This course walks you, step-by-step, through a process that creates a routine that will:

  • Prioritize nourishing your soul before launching your day
  • Streamline your mornings (and your whole day)
  • Create a to-do list that serves (not strangles)
  • Establish accountability
  • Set short- and long-term goals, and SO MUCH MORE!

mym-complete-set-cropEvery day of this course covers a different topic – from streamlining mornings to setting up bedtime routines to goal-setting to creating a task management system, and much more – but the beauty is that it takes only 15 minutes a day to complete! 

The course includes a handbook, a video, and a daily project.

I met Hal Elrod last year and have already started Hal Elrod’s Miracle Morning routine which is awesome!  Research shows successful people are morning people and you can become one too.  I cannot wait to add some of Crystal’s learnings into my morning as well.

7 am to 12 pm ET: Just $7!
12 pm to 5 pm ET: Only $10!
5 pm to 12 am ET: Only $13!
25% Of All Sales From Our Site On Launch Day Go to South Africa!

Head on over to to learn more about the course, and get in on the rock-bottom price for this fabulous course today!

Write it on your Heart…

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Start the New Year and each day on the right foot!

Write it on your HEART that EVERY day is the BEST day in the YEAR.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

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100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

You all LOVED the 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime which included some kids classics, but what about 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime.

The Amazon Book Editors have created a list of 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime that will create loads of adventures & memories for your kids.

It included classics from years gone by, classics in the making, the serious, the silly, the surreal. They chose the books based on the idea of selecting the 100 that cover the years from birth (those first well-worn titles) up to age 12.  

Check out the Amazon Countdown to Black Friday BOOK Deals HERE

I have read so many of these… have you?  BOOKMARK this page and use it as a resource to check off what you have read or to pick out books for GIFTS!  I love to give books as gifts!

Check out the Readers Picks as well – there is a lot of overlap. 

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables by Don Daily
  3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  10. Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter
  11. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  12. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  13. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
  14. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  15. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  17. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  18. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  20. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  21. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  22. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
  23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  24. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  25. Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
  26. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  27. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  29. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  30. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  31. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Talesby Jacob Grimm
  32. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  33. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  34. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  36. Holes by Louis Sachar
  37. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  38. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  39. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  40. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  41. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  42. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  43. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  44. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  45. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  46. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  48. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
  49. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  50. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  51. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  52. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling
  53. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  54. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  55. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  56. Press Here by Hervé Tullet
  57. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  58. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  59. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  60. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  61. The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
  62. The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
  63. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  64. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  65. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
  66. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  67. The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
  68. The Invention of Hugo Cabretby Brian Selznick
  69. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  70. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
  71. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  72. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  73. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  74. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  75. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  76. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  77. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  78. The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright
  79. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  80. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) by Carolyn Keene
  81. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  82. The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
  83. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  84. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  85. The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  86. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  87. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  88. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
  89. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  90. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  91. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  92. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  93. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
  94. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  95. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  96. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  97. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  98. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  99. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  100. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Add these to your kids reading bucket list and reread or read for the first time yourself!

What are your favorites?

If at First you Don’t SUCCEED… QUIT “Trying”

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Turning 29 for the 18th time this past summer (YA – do the math – LOL!)  has made me analyze my life and I have decided I have had enough and I am DONE TRYIN’!


You know the one…

The post about how 40-something is the new 30-something…

How I have learned to not give a crap what others think about me…I will no longer be slave to what others say I should look like, be or enjoy…

How I embrace & accept my MOM body because even though I am no longer thin & perky, each curve and wrinkle shows how STRONG I am and the beautiful family I have created…

How I love my life and would not change a thing…life is short so ENJOY it to the fullest…

How even though my wonderful kids and family complete me, I now have time to focus on bettering myself…

How I am DONE trying to be perfect because I am perfect just the way I am – I am WOMAN, hear me ROAR!!!

Followed by the comments… WHOOP WHOOP!!  AMEN SISTA, PREACH IT..  You know you have left comments like that on all such posts.

No disrespect to the authors – they are beautifully written and full of motivation, positive energy and love.  I too have left the WHOOP WHOOP comment on many of them.

As much as I would love to say I AM there, that is ME, I am well adjusted and HAPPY…who am I kidding?

Logically I KNOW all of these things to be TRUE.

Am I smarter, stronger, more beautiful than I was in my 20’s?  In some ways yes, in other ways no.  I am still figuring out how I got herewhat makes me happytaking the leap and stripping back the layers to figure out who I am when no one is looking – the REAL ME.

That is when I figured it out…


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From a very young age we are taught to “TRY” things and what we do not realize is the word TRY is a politically correct cop-out.

When we use the word TRY we are absolved from following through, completing or being successful at something.

Picky-eater-300x203At the dinner table – and believe me I spent many hours sitting refusing to eat or even TRY my food – we are told to just “try” it and that is all.  That really means… balance a crumb on your tongue, pretend to taste it, followed by a “GROSS… I hate it!  Can I have dessert now?”  Even if we did like it a little, we will never admit it or eat more than the minimum we HAD to.

Using the word TRY means you never COMMIT.

As we get older we say we will TRY to make it, but all that means is you do not need to feel bad if you do not.  You did not say you would, you only said you would try and luckily for us there is no measure to whether you really did.  The definition of TRY itself says “attempt”.

More often than not we also use this when we OVERCOMMIT!  We are afraid or do not know how to say NO so we say we will TRY and then we do not succeed at any of them.  THIS NEEDS TO STOP.  SAY NO when you mean NO and say YES when you mean YES.

Using the word TRY is an excuse NOT to SUCCEED

How many times (especially at New Years) do we hear… I will try to eat healthier, I’m trying to lose weight, I will try to spend less and stay in budget, I will try to go to bed earlier, I will try to watch less TV and read more… and on and on.

Change the way you TALK, the way you THINK.  If you say TRY you are always giving yourself an out.  COMMIT, change your self-talk and say these instead:

I AM eating healthier

I AM losing weight

I AM saving money & following my budget


I will be there

TRY gives you permission to half-ass it.

How often do you find yourself using the word TRY?

So this year as I slowly approach (YES I still have a few more years) half a century, I will no longer TRY.

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I AM the author of MY STORY… I am in control… I am removing the word TRY from my vocabulary.  Use any other word you want but just DO it, BE it, DREAM it, REACH for it!

This is the year I AM!


How to Give your Kitchen a Face-Lift on a Budget

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10 Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Face-lift on a Budget

Are you tired of your old, outdated kitchen but don’t have the money for a total kitchen makeover?

Do you hope and pray that HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers will show up at your door and look for camera crews whenever you enter Lowes or Home Depot?  YES I know they are always on the West Coast, but a girl can dream.

I am looking to make some changes in my kitchen so stay tuned as I will take before and after photos.  My cabinets are a pinkish, white (circa 1990’s) color.  I have found out it is pickled oak or something – but I HATE IT.

While you and I wait to be discovered or win the lottery there are MANY inexpensive things you can do to give your kitchen that much needed face-lift and in some cases a whole new look and feel.


RULE NUMBER ONE IN LIFE or anything – Make the most of what you’ve got!

Assuming your cabinets are still in decent shape, there are many things you can do to make a HUGE change.  Try sanding them down and adding a new color stain to them or paint them for a whole new look. Of course if they are currently painted you will need to buy paint stripper and remove the paint, then sand them down and stain them.  This can be very time consuming but can save you a bundle.

Be creative – add chalkboard paint to a couple doors for quick memo’s, grocery list or menu.  I LOVE chalkboard paint and decals! Even if you are not a DIY’er, do not be afraid to get quotes to have them painted – you never know it may be in your budget.

Did you paint your cabinets – did you go darker or lighter?


If the cabinets are not falling off the wall you can change the look by changing the doors, molding and more.  Replace all the doors (way cheaper than new cabinets) or even REMOVE some doors for an OPEN SHELF look.

Add beadboard around islands or at the end of the cabinets.  Add crown moulding or other details.

How have you modified your cabinets?


You would be amazed the change you will see just by changing the hardware on your cabinets and drawers.  Many home improvement stores typically carry a large variety of kitchen hardware.  Find knobs and pulls that compliment your other decor.  Another good tip, remove old rusted, paint covered hinges and replace then with new shiny ones.


This is a tough one, but you can look for sales on discontinued flooring at home improvement stores and flooring dealers.  Do not forget Craigslist and Freecycle as well.

Sometimes you can get used wood you can just reinstall, sand and finish like new. If new flooring is out of your budget, buy one large, inexpensive area rug or check for carpet remnants to brighten up your kitchen.


Give your walls and ceiling a fresh coat of paint.  Change the color… do not be afraid to be BOLD but make sure you use a good quality semi-gloss paint so you can easily wash your walls when necessary.


There are many new counter materials out there in addition to expensive granite.  Laminate countertops are an inexpensive option and offer a large variety of designs that look like high end granite or soapstone countertops.  Ceramic tile is also a budget friendly option to update the countertops.

BUT if new counters are not an option at all, you can update outdated laminate countertops with a new coat of paint. Simply sand down the top and paint with a paint made specifically made for laminates.  I had no idea you could paint it to look like granite – WOW!


Did you know there is peel & stick wall tiles for around $10/sqft you can use for a back splash.  You could also choose to use wallpaper that imitates the look of tile for another inexpensive choice.

I also love the idea of old tin tiles or even beadboard.  Be sure to check out the clearance section at your local home improvement center and to save even more money and do the installation yourself.


This is one that is haunting me because though I have beautiful vaulted ceilings that I love – I CANNOT SEE A THING in my kitchen. One easy fix is to add some under cabinet lighting that adds a decorative touch as well as extra lighting. They typically come in sets, and are easy to install, and can you can add them under your existing upper cabinets.

Check out funky over the sink lighting fixtures or even a free standing lamp on an island to add some character.


Just like you change the throw pillows, curtains and wall art in your living room, do the same for your kitchen!  Add new dish towels and window curtains for added touches of color.  Look for unique new pictures and artwork for the walls.

Remember that PINTEREST and GOOGLE are your friends.

What cool things have you done to your kitchen? Would love to see it!

20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals from Costco for $150 – recipes, shopping list and more!

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals

Back to School and all the after school activities will be here before you know it.  I know in my family it is tough getting dinner on the table while shuttling kids to and fro.

Erin from $ has come up with some super simple Slow Cooker Freezer Meals to help you put everything together in a snap.  They are all Gluten-FREE as well.  What are your favorite quick weeknight meals?

The plan includes 20 meals (double of 10 different recipes) that should cost about $150 at Costco (prices may vary by region – and I am sure you can do something similar at BJ’s), take under 2 hours to prepare and she even shows you in a step by step video.

  • Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

You can choose to get the recipes and shopping list printable (package 2) for only $1.49 OR get the inclusinve Package 1 that includes

  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos
  • Recipe List & Grocery List included as well!

Click here to view more details

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Kids Bowl FREE 2014

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Kids Bowl FREE is back again this year and I am so excited my local bowling alley is participating.

Every child can get TWO FREE games every day all summer long!  You will have to pay for shoe rental if you do not have your own.  Once you register for the bowling center near you, you will have coupons emailed to you weekly.

In addition you can also upgrade to a Family Pass for $24.95 which will get you 2 games per person for up to 4 adult family members.  That is a great a deal for some inexpensive family fun.

Kids Bowl Free is in 950+ locations in 46 states – plus Canada

This is a wonderful thing to add to your Staycation plans.

Kids Bowl FREE

Disclosure: I post about this every year regardless, but I was given a FREE family pass for my family this year.

Why REI is Heaven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Why REI is Heaven for Outdoor Enthusiasts

REI is one of those stores that have a loyal customer base and top-notch products with an amazing return policy. It is the mecca for hikers, cyclists, kayakers, and just about anyone who loves the outdoors.

REI is Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts and is the perfect place to find just about everything you need.


REI-4-person-tentThe REI 4-person tent is the best tent on the market for a few different reasons. First, you can put it up in less than 10 minutes and is about the easiest tent I have ever put up. Then there is REI’s return policy – they will take back anything and refund or exchange you with no questions asked. Completely awesome!

Here are some other tent options:


Kelty Acadia 4 Tent: You’ll live comfortably in the Acadia 4 tent from Kelty. It boasts large doors, dual vestibules and easy setup.

Mountain-Hardwear-Trango-4-tent Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent: The Mountain Hardwear Trango 4 Tent is designed for winter mountaineering. It’s built strong and engineered to shelter 4 climbers in tough alpine conditions.  AND KUDOS to you if you are tenting in the winter!

What is your favorite tent??  Unless of course you go all rustic and build a “lean to” with sticks and leaves – HA HA!


After you have figured out your shelter for the night, turning to getting the kitchen ready is the next thing that campers always do.  Of course you can cook over an open fire, but there are certainly other things that make it is little easier.

You know I think having a good camp stove is essential!  The Coleman dual InstaStart Grill Stove allows you to boil water and grill at the same time.


Camp Chef Ranger 2-Burner Camp Stove: The Camp Chef Ranger 2-burner camp stove delivers portability and power to make camp cooking fast and easy.

Coleman Signature InstaStart Grill Stove: The propane-powered Coleman Signature InstaStart™ grill stove lets you flame broil a burger while boiling some pasta on your next car-camping adventure.


Don’t forget the mattress pad!   I know you are all saying you LOVE being one with nature and sleeping on the ground.  If you are NUTS like that, then skip over this paragraph – LOL!.

In my opinion this is very much needed to make sleeping on the ground just a little bit more enjoyable. REI has typically over a 100 in stock to choose from and come in all different weights and sizes. Don’t skip on this one piece of camping gear or your back will not be a happy camper!

Therma-Rest Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad: Lighter than its predecessor, this 3-season Therm-a-Rest ProLite sleeping pad is one of the lightest, most compact, self-inflating mattress in the Therm-a-Rest Fast & Light line.


Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad: You don’t have to spend a fortune to sleep well in the great outdoors. The affordable Klymit Insulated Static V Sleeping Pad cushions you from the ground on your backpacking adventures year-round.


REI has a pretty robust outdoor clothing line with items for men, women, and kids for all weather ranges from extreme cold to a very hot afternoon. I love shopping their clearance area!!


REI Mistral Pants -Women’s: The REI Mistral women’s pants are sleek and multipurpose soft shells. Have them on hand for late-autumn hikes when the days turn cool and wet.

REI Kimtah Rain Jacket – Men’sThanks to eVent® fabric technology, the men’s REI Kimtah Jacket helps backpackers stay dry and comfortable when they get caught out in a spring or summer rain squall.

ASICS Thermopolis LT Half-Zip Top – Women’s: A cozy first layer for cold-weather running, the women’s ASICS Thermopolis® LT Half-Zip Top features a zippered mock neck for adjustable warmth through the miles.


Anytime you head out hiking don’t forget about your hydration needs. There are great backpacks that also have external water bladders. If you will be out all day, think about putting water in one bladder and electrolyte drinks in another.

mantraOsprey Manta 20 Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.: The updated Osprey Manta 20 hydration pack combines a well-engineered hydration system with great carrying comfort to keep you hydrated and moving fast during your done-in-a-day adventures.


CamelBak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack – 100 fl. oz.:The comfortable CamelBak Rim Runner 22 Hydration Pack is a capable gear hauler with a big reservoir to keep you hydrated during done-in-a-day adventures.

What are your camping must-haves?

I will continue to look for great deals on these all season long.