4th of July Camping Trip with Duraflame

Hi guys!

This past week we gathered up our swimsuits and shorts and headed north to seek solace from the sweltering Summer sun. Luckily, the mountains always provide some relief! To celebrate the 4th, we pitched our tent near the lake, and spent the evening enjoying our cozy campfire (built entirely with Duraflame® Campfire Roasting logs!), lighting sparklers, and eating one too many s'mores. 

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This was our first time making a campfire entirely consisting of Duraflame® logs. And to be honest, this was probably the easiest fire I've ever started! Each bundle comes with four logs, and are made from 100% renewable resources, including real wood charcoal. We started our fire with just a couple logs, and piled on a few extra as the night went on. And they LAST (we're talking up to two hours of burn time)! After our initial build, the few extra we added kept our fire burning high and toasty. One thing that really struck me was how fast we were able to get hot coals - perfect for roasting marshmallows! 

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A few other awesome things to note with these roasting logs is how efficient they were in creating that perfect, toasty campfire. Even better? No trees are cut down to produce them! Duraflame® Campfire Roasting Logs light faster and burn more completely than firewood, producing about 60% less particulate emissions than a comparable wood fire!  These statistics definitely make me re-think my use of traditional wood fires, and I know I'll for sure be packing these up for next month's trip out west!  

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xo

J.

This post is in partnership with Duraflame®.

Woolrich Road Trip : Oregon to Alaska

Hi guys! 

As promised, sharing more from my big road trip from Oregon to Alaska! I was so excited to bring one of my favorite Northeast brands, Woolrich, along for the ride again. Even though it was Spring time, we knew we'd still be hitting colder temps and SNOW up north in the mountains. I made sure to pack appropriately, and included a roundup of my favorite flannels for the journey. 

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In Washington and BC, we bundled up in classic Buffalo plaid flannels. My tried and true favorites are the Women's Pemberton Boyfriend Tunics (you guys may recognize them from some of my past adventures). They've been my go-to style since Fall, I seriously just can't give them up! They're made of a lightweight cotton, but still provided enough warmth to keep the morning chill at bay. 

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As on every road trip, I can't leave home without one of my Woolrich wool blankets. From the plane or car, to nights by the campfire, they're one of my travel must haves! This time around, I brought along the Seven Springs 100% Soft Wool blanket in the classic Buffalo Plaid. I love the weight and size of this one, perfect for snuggling up or keeping on the end of your bed in the colder months.

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Once we crossed the BC border into the Yukon, we could definitely feel the shift toward cooler temperatures. From here, it was time to break out the heavier flannels, like the Alaskan Wool Shirt (appropriate, as that was our final destination!). I have a couple colors in the Women's version, and love how warm these shirts are. The Men's version feels a bit heavier than mine, but still make for a great layer (or even a shirt jacket for warmer nights). 

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Once we crossed that final hurdle into Alaska, we had A LOT of snow to play in! Even though it was almost June, this place definitely runs on its own timetable when it comes to the seasons. I was so happy to have my trusty Arctic Parka with me, and got to put it to good use on the last leg of this trip! The cold weather is definitely no match for this one. Tons of pockets, water-resistant, and super warm, I can not sing enough praises for this parka.

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From start to finish, this was such a breathtaking experience. And with three weeks on the road, I was so happy to have some cozy pieces to wrap myself up in! Will be sharing a few more snaps from this trip soon! Stay tuned. 

xo

J.

This post is in partnership with Woolrich

Summer in the Green Mountain State

Happy *Official* Summer, guys!

Jumping around here a bit, to share some photos closer to home (I'll get back to blog posts from my Alaskan road trip soon, I promise!). This past month, I had the pleasure to journey to our neighboring state of Vermont not once, but two times! As odd as it sounds, I never spent much time in the Green Mountain state before this. It was always just the state I drove through to get to New Hampshire or Maine. I have to admit, I've truly been missing out on some of the best the Northeast has to offer by doing this. I've definitely fallen in love with the countryside and mountains here! 

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At the beginning of the month, V and I were invited to spend a weekend at the Vermont Cabin, owned by Jenny McClary and Allie Leepson. The two have done such an incredible job renovating this mountain home! Located in Southern Vermont's ski area, this place exuded après ski level cozy. 

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Can not recommend this cabin enough! If you're a part-time (or full-time) city dweller like us, this is the perfect place to hit "reset". The drive through the country-side to get here is almost reward enough! The cabin is on Airbnb, and can be booked here

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A couple weeks after our little cabin escape, I was invited to join Hippeas at nearby Stratton Mountain to attend Wanderlust Festival. As I mentioned earlier, I really haven't paid enough attention to this state in the past, and that was such a huge mistake! Having only ever skied on Stratton as a kiddo, I've never experienced the mountain without its blanket of snow. It's a whole other world of green forests and fields upon fields of wildflowers! I was so blown away by the beauty of this place. And to attend a festival that literally submerges you in these natural surroundings while practicing yoga & meditation was just icing on the cake. This was without a doubt the most relaxing "work" weekend I've experienced in quite some time. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that we were supplied with tons of yummy (and healthy!) Hippeas snacks to keep us going. :)

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Hope you all have a safe + happy holiday week!

xo

J.