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Going Glamping?

13 Aug

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Glamping (“glamorous” + “camping”) took off in 2020 during the pandemic and shows no sign of slowing down.  Glamping feeds the need for adventure without giving up modern day luxuries. First decide where you’d like to glamp and plan from there.  Are you looking for a peaceful getaway?  Looking to hike?  Looking for a fun getaway with friends?  You can check out the best places to Glamp in 2021 here.

How does one glamp?  Think camping but comfier.  It can be as simple as a bigger tent and adding string lights to your site or going full out with a fancy kitchen and gourmet food.

Here are a few of our favorite glamping ideas to inspire you!

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A grand entryway with rugs and lighting really elevate your tent.  Add a comfy bed and nightstands and you’re {almost} sleeping in your home away from home.

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We love this simple but elevated fire pit with adirondack chairs, blankets and pillows.

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If you’re really looking to add a touch of home, adding cozy porch chairs, ottomans and fancy lighting is a sure way to add some elegance to your stay.

We love these personalized koozies to add a touch of “glamp” to your favorite soda, beer or sparkling water {we drink sparkling water when we glamp, right?}.  In fact, you can create a whole collection of personalized glamping party supplies from plates to napkins to cups.  Explore all the personalized camping party supplies no matter how you decide to glamp! In addition to personalized camping party supplies, we’re also big fans of clear as crystal (but shatter-resistant) Tritan™ drinkware.

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Not sure if you noticed, but there is one really important element in this room:  The coffee maker!  Create your own coffee station to fuel your mornings before your hike, canoe trip or any adventure you have planned.  If coffee isn’t your thing, create a hydration station with water bottles, tea, etc.

We hope these ideas inspire you for your glamping adventure!  Where will you go?

XO,

Jennifer

Summer Camp is Back

14 May

 

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Summer camp is back!

While Covid-19 is still impacting our everyday lives, we are starting to see things open up with vaccines widely available.  This includes the return of summer camp in many areas.  While summer camp will probably still look a little different, it’s an opportunity for kids to socialize and make lifelong memories.

Here are some great gift ideas to help make their camp experience fun {and personalized!}.

Bag Tags

Personalized Camp Bag Tags

Label all their bags with a personalized camp bag tag.  We absolutely adore this bunks luggage tag that’s perfect for camp and also helps them locate their belongings quickly.

Personalized Notepads

Personalized Camper Gifts

Inspire them to pass notes in their cabin with a personalized camp notepad.  We think the Seriously Starry Night Notepad is adorable and perfect for a girl or boy.  You can add optional envelopes so they can send letters to parents, grandparents and friends.

Beach / Shower Wrap

Camp Clothing

A personalized wrap is great for the beach, the pool and for shower time.  Pick your colors and monogram and it’s easy to spot amongst all the other towels.

Travel Bag

Personalized Camp Travel Bags

Speaking of showers, a personalized travel kit makes is easy to store their toiletries. The personalized gray stripes canvas travel bag features a handle to easily carry and can hold soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and more.

 

Camp Notes

Personalized Camp Stationery

Don’t forget personalized camp stationery so they can write notes home! Let them tell you all about their new friends and new adventures.  Just add a book of stamps so they can easily mail them.

Address Labels

Personalized Camp Address Labels

We love personalized camp address labels because they can be used for so many things!  You can use them for outbound mail and putting on personal items such as water bottles, containers, binoculars, etc.

 

More Ideas

Pinterest Summer Camp

For more personalized ideas on sending your kids to summer camp, explore our camp boutique and check out our Pinterest Summer Camp page for even more inspiration!

XO,

Jennifer

How to Make Camp Letter Writing Easier

22 Apr

Camp NotesCamp is a special time in a young person’s life and if the camper is going to overnight camp, it’s especially nice to exchange letters. Many camps do not allow cell phones during camp, as they are easily lost or ruined, but letter-writing with family and friends is definitely encouraged. For the most part, kids love to receive mail at camp! The exchange of letters each week is an easy and fun way to stay in contact with your child when they are away.

Plan Ahead

Talk to your child before they leave about writing notes and make suggestions on who to write and what they can write about.  To encourage letter writing, let them know that they will also be receiving mail. For some young people, it’s one of the first times they will have an opportunity to experience letter writing or with waiting for the mail to come each day!

To make this easier for the camper, there are special camp note pads with camp themes which will be fun for the camper to use. Notepads that have writing lines make writing easier for the camper to send their thoughts.  There are also some fill-in-the-blanks notepads that can help a camper too.

Setup Envelopes

It’s a good idea for you to pre-address and pre-stamp envelopes, in advance of the child’s departure.  It’s worth talking to the camper before they leave on how to address an envelope and even where to put the stamp.  When you are pre-addressing envelopes, talk to the camper about who they would like to write a note to, such as a special aunt, grandparent and friends at home.  Help them address some envelopes to all those special people before they leave or at least have them watch you do it so they get the general idea.

If you think your camper is old enough to do this task on their own, you can provide them with an address list so the camper can address the envelopes themselves.  Then, you might want to address one envelope for them so they have a format to follow.  Be sure to send a few pens with the camper, some extra stamps, and their note pads (or stationery) and envelopes.

Add Photos, Prompt for Responses

When you write to the child, sometime it’s nice to add in a photo or two from home, such as of their pet or of their family so they have a photograph in their bunk from home.  Getting a touch of something special from home is usually appreciated.

Also, when you send your notes to the camper, ask questions that will engage the camper in a response, such as: What is your favorite activity at camp, how is the food at camp, do you like your bunk mates, and is there anything you need that I can send to you?  You can update them about anything new at home and even tell them how proud of them you are about how they are so grown up.

Heartwarming Letters

If you have ever read letters from campers, you’ll know what I mean when you say they can be sweet, dramatic, and even absolutely hilarious.  From the sad camper who begs to come home and then the next week is as happy as a clam, to hearing about their likes, dislikes and activities, it’s hard to get enough.  These letters can tug at your heart or make you laugh out load – but seeing that envelope from them can almost always make you smile.

Make it fun and easy for the child to write a letter home this summer with a personalized camp note pad and just sit back and wait for many touching moments to make their way into your mailbox!  There are even books that have been published with copies of some of the funniest camp letters sent home. Also, be sure to save these letters because when the kids get older, they will absolutely love reading them.

Best wishes,

Renee