Category Archives: None or All of the Above


Coleman North Rim 0 Degree Sleeping Bag

After finding a tent I moved onto researching sleeping bags that would be good as we started camping as a family. I didn’t want to spend money on a sleeping bag that we would feel we needed to upgrade right away. And again I wasn’t looking to spend too much in case these were immediately put to the back of the closet, for when we had overflowing guest, if the first camping trip was a disaster. What I landed on was the Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag. These are great all around sleeping bags. I’m not sure I would use them in the snow, but they are a solid 3-season sleeping bag.
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Expanded Camping Items

Not knowing if this whole camping thing was going to stick we made as few purchases as possible to get me started. Once we knew there would be more camping in our future, we expanded a bit. We still tried to take baby steps in expanding our camping gear. The goal of camping was to save money but with all the gear options out there it could be very easy to spend far more than you ever expected, if you aren’t careful. Below you’ll find what we added to our gear before our next trip; and we have loved every piece!
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Product Review – Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Tent

When I started looking into what we would need to start camping as a family, one thing we desperately needed became obvious – A tent! What I found was a whole lot more than just a tent; I found more categories and types of tents then I had any idea about. The type of tent that I decided was for us (at least starting out) was called a cabin tent. I then narrowed down all the options looking for the right balance of features, quality, and price. In the end I came down to the Coleman Elite WeatherMaster 6 Tent and my thoughts about camping would never be the same!
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Who knew camping could look like this?

Unfortunately we only got one camping trip in as a family last summer before my better half took off for work for several months. Which left me unsure if this is something I would feel comfortable to do without him… something to ponder.

Before I made a call on that I went back to the drawing board to sort out a couple things that didn’t work for me on our first camping trip (since I knew there would be camping trips to follow).
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I don’t camp!

Let’s get a couple things perfectly clear: I don’t camp. I don’t require room service, but I don’t camp. End of discussion.

That’s pretty much been my stance for my adult life, (and no I never camped as a child). Fast forward to coming back from living overseas for 2 years and traveling 50 percent of the time. We now live in southern California, are single income and have a child. So needless to say the weekends in Vegas on two salaries which we enjoyed the last time we lived here were a distant memory. But when my husband found out last April that he might have some time off at the same time our little one was on school break, I thought prefect! Where will we go, because that’s what we had been doing for two years so why would this be any different? Well as it turns out it is different. To start with the cost of living in southern California can’t really compare to the cost of living in a developing nation where a “fast food” meal for a family of 3 would run you $2 and a “sit down” restaurant would run you $20 total.
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Carnival Cruise Lines – Mediterranean Cruise on the Carnival Legend

I knew a Carnival Cruise was likely to be more of a booze cruise than some of the others I’d been on, but since I would be sailing in the Mediterranean instead of the Caribbean I thought there would be a little less ridiculousness. I was right, the group of people we were sailing with were great. Very diverse, not too much of any one age group to get annoying. Beyond that I’m not sure what I was expecting. It was the cheapest cruise we had ever done, and the longest. So to sum it up I can say you get what you pay for; but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
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Norwegian Cruise Lines – Greek Islands

Visiting the Greek Islands had been on the to-do list for years. However, as it turns out, while living in California it wasn’t all that convenient. It was only last summer I finally got to go and the whole trip was beautiful. Everything really does look like the pictures. Here’s what the pictures don’t tell you though- the house wine is as cheap as the water and baklava is Amazing!!! In fact often times there’s no need to order anything but baklava and water.
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