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8 Things To Do Before The Summer Ends

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron TranchemontagneDid you start off this summer with a huge list of summer activities you wanted to complete before the season ends? Summer is almost over, so if you haven’t taken an opportunity to enjoy it yet, make sure you do so soon! Make this summer memorable and fun!

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer by doing some of the following:

1. Hiking

I could be very biased because I’m from New Hampshire and have unlimited access to the breathtaking White Mountains, but I think hiking is a much underrated summer activity. It’s great because it lets you reconnect with nature, it’s very healthy cardio, and often times the destination is worth the trek. One of my favorite summer memories is hiking up to Zealand Falls to see the beautiful views on the summit, and then stopping at the waterfall on the way back for a refreshing swim in the pool below. Its best to go with at least one other person, but anything beyond a group of four can get hectic. Make sure you pack a lunch, snacks, plenty of water, sunscreen, and plenty of bug spray.

2. Camping

This one and hiking almost go hand in hand, and they’re fun for the same reasons. Go camping without an RV, trust me, it’s a whole different experience. You can either drive out to a campsite and park your car at your designated site, or you can venture into the woods with all your gear on your back. I usually go to a state park that allows camping because it is the perfect mix of civilization and wilderness. Bring a tent – of course – and either some inflatable mattresses or foam squares to lay on the ground to make sleeping more comfortable. There will likely be a fire pit and maybe a grill there, but consider bringing your own personal grill and a small tank of propane. Depending on where you go, they may have bathroom facilities, but it’s always best to check ahead of time so you can plan out what you need to bring and what you don’t. Also, check out my last blog about summer camping hacks.

3. Family Reunions

Haven’t seen your cousins, aunts, and uncles in a while? Why not have a family reunion? My family does this every year and in the 40 years that it’s been around, it has become one of the most widely anticipated events of the year in our family. It’s always the first weekend in August and everyone in the extended family is invited for a surf n’ turf cookout complete with lawn games, music, and good company. It’s always good to reconnect with the family members you haven’t seen in a while.

4. Sun Bathing

Yes, it’s not too late to go outside and get a tan. This is an activity with lots of multitasking opportunity. You can read, talk on the phone, take a nap, listen to music, etc. all while laying outside. Just remember to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated if it’s hot!

5. Fairs

Ever been to a fair? They’re pretty fun, right? If you haven’t been to the fair, rest assured, it’s pretty fun. There are lots of fairs that happen at different times in different places, but end of the summer into early fall is usually a fair-filled season. There are games, rides, and often times even a petting zoo! Not to mention all the fair food that is delicious and terrible for you (I highly recommend the deep-fried Oreos). You may even get to see some fireworks while you’re there!

6. Outdoor Entertainment

Does your town have a park? Do they sometimes host concerts, theatre productions, or movies in that park? If they do you should consider going to one! It’s just like going to all that stuff normally, but outside! Often times the movies shown at outdoor venues are indie movies or documentaries that you wouldn’t get to see in a commercial movie theater. Most of the time, the concerts feature relatively unknown bands who aren’t big yet, but might be in 5 years or so and then you’ll get to say, “I saw them play 5 years ago at a park in my town” and everyone will think you’re so trendy and ahead of the curve.

7. Museums

If you can find a museum about something you are genuinely interested in or just want to know more about, then prepare to have a super fun day of learning (yes, that is possible). Typically the exhibits at science museums will feature something mind-blowing and/or interactive. Art museums are less interactive but may have some very awe-inspiring pieces if you’re an art lover. There are also more specific museums dedicated to a certain topic or person. For example, if you are in Virginia you can visit Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, where you can tour the house and the grounds to see what life was like on the property. You’ll see everything and gain more of an appreciation for a little piece of American history.

8. Amusement Parks

Although the lines and the ticket prices can be a hassle, it’s usually a fun day whenever you go to an amusement park. The rides are thrilling, the games are entertaining, and the food is cardboard (so pack your own lunch). I also include zoos and aquariums in this category because often times amusement parks will have their own zoos or aquariums, like Busch Gardens in Florida or the York Wild Kingdom in Maine. And if you think about it, zoos and aquariums are essentially nature-museums operated like a theme park. If you can’t find a theme park within driving distance of you, see option #5.

If all else fails you could always go play in the sprinkler (maybe?). Whatever you do with these last few weeks of summer, have fun and appreciate each day. School will be back in session before you know it!

What is the best thing you’ve done this summer? Share in a comment below!

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Summer Camping Hacks

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron Tranchemontagne

If you’re like me, you went camping with your family when you were a kid. And you loved every second of it. Being from New Hampshire, I kind of had to learn to love the outdoors. There is so much the outdoors can offer, which is a good thing since it can bring you closer to nature and further away from your couch.

For those of you who aren’t like me and have little experience sleeping in a tent and cooking meals over a campfire, turn to this guide for some summer camping hacks to make your transition into the wild a little bit easier. And don’t worry; your couch will still be there for you to crash on after you’ve had your fill of nature.

Foam Floor Tiles

Just because you pitch a tent in a flat area of land does not mean it will be comfortable to sleep on. Tents provide no cushioning between you and the ground. A lot of people like to use air mattresses but those can be bulky, time consuming to inflate, and sometimes expensive. If you want to save money and space in your car, you can buy some foam floor tiles to provide a flat cushion to roll a sleeping bag out on.

The Jug-O-Light

Need a lantern, but don’t want to spend the money? Or maybe if you forget to pack the lantern… Fill up a gallon container with water and attach a headlamp to it with the light facing in. The entire jug should light up by reflecting the light.

Campfire Crescent Rolls

Got a craving for some crescent rolls, but you don’t have a stove because you’re in the middle of nowhere? Don’t worry – you can make crescent rolls on a stick over a fire much like you would with a marshmallow! You can even fill them with marshmallows and chocolate for a delicious and flaky spin on the classic ‘smores.

Portable Hanging Hooks

Get yourself that belt you’ve had since you were 14 but have since outgrown and left hanging in your closet, and put it to some use! Wrap a belt tightly around a tree, insert some hooks, and you’ve got yourself a place to hang wet clothes, pots and pans, or anything else you can think of.

DIY Fire Starters

Let me first start off by saying that fire is not something to play around with by any means. Forgetting how dangerous it can be is how forest fires are often started. But camping just wouldn’t be the same without a toasty, nightly campfire to gather around. Instead of using lighter fluid, consider using an egg carton filled with charcoal briquettes. Simply place the carton under the dry firewood and light both sides; you’ll have a good blaze within minutes. Also, Doritos can be used as a very effective kindling too.

Smoky Bug Repellent

First find some sage. You can either buy it in a grocery store or in a specialty plant store before your trip, or if you’re lucky you might be able to find some near your campsite. Bundle up the sage with some sticks and stick it in your campfire. As it burns, the smoke will deter insects without all those nasty chemicals.

Hopefully these summer camping hacks can make you a pro-camper in no time!

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6 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

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Summer is a wonderful season for a college student. Classes are usually over, there is generally more free time, the daylight hours are longer, what’s not to like about summer? Well… maybe the heat?

If it gets to be too hot, and you’re in need of some cooling relief, try these ideas:

1. Freeze Your Pillow

If you have a larger pillow, this might not work if your freezer is pretty packed, but smaller pillows work perfectly. Cover up your pillow with a plastic bag and then stashed in the freezer for several minutes. Or, there’s always the option of going full-blown infomercial and buying the Chillow. Either way, you will rest-assured have a pillow to help minimize those night sweats!

2. Change Your Sheets

If your bedroom gets stuffy and warm in the evening, the best bet is to go for silk and satin sheets and blankets. They’re smoother and tend to stay cool, unlike cotton and flannel which are better for the winter months since they retain heat. Bonus: silk and satin are better to help prevent split ends and frizzy hair!

3. Neck Wraps And Headbands

If your workplace tends to get pretty warm, or you’re heading out for the day in the heat, try a stylish neck wrap, which you can stash in your freezer before you head out. They’re available for purchase, or you can make your own with this tutorial.

4. Bed Ice Packs

When I was abroad in Georgia, my host mother taught me this trick, which I should’ve figured out long before. Get an ice pack and freeze it so that it’s ready by the time you’re heading to bed. Place it under the sheets at the foot of the bed, or wherever you feel would be most beneficial. I definitely recommend this tip!

5. Take A Cold Shower Before Bed

Most doctors don’t recommend taking a shower with only cold water, so make the water tepid for most of the duration. Turn the temperature to cold for about 15 seconds right before stepping out. This way you’ve got a head start on beating the heat before slipping into bed. Showering before bed is a good idea in general because, especially in the summer, it rinses away all the sweat lingering on your body. And no one wants to crawl into a bed feeling sticky and sweaty!

6. Have Fun With Water!

Invite some friends over, set up a sprinkler or slip n’ slide, and have some fun in the water! Socializing, cooling off, and acting like a kid makes for a great distraction! If you want to have even more fun with it, fill up a lot of water balloons or water guns and play tag! You’ll be having so much fun, you’ll forget how hot it is. For a post-water treat: Popsicles!

Do you have any secrets to staying cool in the summer? Share with us in the comments, or let us know how our suggestions have worked for you!

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5-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Sylwia BaranBookRenter Blogger Biography

After what seems to have been the longest winter yet, it’s time to shed the winter blues and welcome spring with open arms! This is the time when many of us like to do some spring cleaning to have a fresh start to spring.

This spring, really get some cleaning done by taking our 5 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Day 1 – Clean Out Your Closet

It’s time to clean, organize, and get rid of all that old stuff in all of your closet(s). Put away the winter wear, pull out your spring wear, and donate all the clothes that you know you will never wear again. Let your friends help and take their pick of anything they want to keep. Another good idea is to sell any unwanted items through websites and apps like Poshmark.

Day 2 – Filter Your Social Media And Email

We spend so much time on online that it’s important to take time to clean out old emails (especially junk/spam) and our social media pages. Go through your Facebook, Instagram, and all other social media profiles and filter out whatever and whoever you wish to remove. After a while, a lot of stuff can just continue to build up without even realizing it.

Day 3 – Clean Up Your Schedule

As the days get warmer and longer, we begin to have a lot more to do and not enough time to do it all. Go through your schedule and organize your plans and due-dates. If you don’t have a planner, now is the time to put one together. This will help you to keep you organized and will actually help to alleviate any tension by not having to stress about remembering certain things.

Day 4 – Detox Your Body

Nothing will make you feel fresher than a nice detox to get rid of all the toxins in your body. You can start slow or plunge right into it with a hard core 7-day detox that will leave you feeling great. Be sure to do some research before starting any new regimen.

Day 5 – Find Your Inner Peace

The most important of all of these is to de-clutter your mind. Days 1-4 should help to achieve this a little bit easier, but the key is to do things to help you relax and rejuvenate your inner peace. A few good ideas would be to take a long walk, a relaxing bath, or even take a day or two without any electronic gadgets! The last idea might sound stressful, but you’d be surprised how peaceful life can be without the constant interruptions we get on a daily basis. It’s good to remember to make time to let go of all the stresses and the millions of things that run through your head in a day and simply free your mind. Without a clear head, your life will always seem cluttered.

Good luck and happy cleaning! If you are up for our 5-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge, let us know and if you successfully complete it, share your experience with us!

Leave any other spring cleaning tips you may have in a comment below!

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6 Style Trends This Spring

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Spring is finally here, and with it comes a new wardrobe! Guys and girls, check out these spring style trends to be sure you are looking and feeling your best this season.

For The Gals:

1. Shirt Dresses

This style is already being seen on the runaway, as well as celebrity street style. I personally love that this is trending because they are comfy, and you can dress them up or down! They come in so many different colors, but when thinking spring – think bright! Add extra flare with a belt!

2. Florals

Florals are definitely popping up this spring – whether it’s a flowery blouse, a button up, a skirt, a crop top, or skinny jeans… However you wear it, you’ll sure to be following the trends this season. Keep in mind – the brighter, the better.

3. Plaid/Checkered Print

Tons of celebrities are stepping out in plaid, especially checkered print tops. Even flannel crops and button ups are great pieces to showcase that plaid. It’s a great trend this season, but it is also so casual it will look effortless!

For The Guys:

1. Bermuda Shorts

They’re back and they’re everywhere already! During fashion week, there were several designers who had their models show off stylish Bermuda shorts! Stay within pastels and light colors this spring, and you’ll be sure to catch some eyes!

2. Khaki Suits

I absolutely love this. Whether it’s for work, date night, or a beautiful spring wedding, you’ll look extremely dapper in a Khaki suit this year.

3. Washed Out Jeans

This season, the lighter the better! You will emit a “chilling at the beach” vibe and you’ll be rocking comfortable pants throughout the day!

Hopefully these top styles will give you a jumpstart on your spring attire! To get more inspiration and ideas, I definitely suggest scrolling around Pinterest. But beware of the Pinterest addiction!

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