Currently I’m…

Currently I'm...

Currently I’m typing this during my lunch break because I’m exploding with blog ideas!

Currently I’m eating a tuna sandwich, with pear slices and a bag of Party Mix. I know I should be eating healthier, but I’m just so busy lately I can’t find the time and I’m stressed AF! So I’m eating chips. Which, by the way, is how I gained my “college 50“. Me and stress don’t do so well.

Currently I’m stressing about going back to school. I’m trying to figure out daycare before September and I’m running out of time and I can’t seem to get anything done about it. It’s all a waiting game, and sending in documents, and then sending in new documents because the ones I already sent are no good. Honestly, when I had a child I never considered the stress or cost of daycare, and it sucks. But my little booger-boo is worth it! Obviously.

Currently I’m reading Get Your Sh*t Together, because I just finished Ctrl, Alt; Delete: How I Grew Up and Stayed Sane Online (expect a review soon!). I have a pile of 10+ books sitting on my shelf in order of which ones I want to read first. Get Your Sh*t Together speaks to me though, because I’m always doing a hundred million thousand things, and sometimes I procrastinate because it’s overwhelming and I have anxiety. On the back it clearly says, “Ways to manage anxiety, avoid avoidance, and conquer your fear of failure.” YES PLEASE! (Also a book I read, check out my review here).

Currently I’m preparing for our camping trip! I was so worried we wouldn’t get to go at all this year but my mom came to the rescue! It’s a bit late in the season, but hey, better to camp late in the summer than not at all! And the weather is supposed to be really nice next week.

Currently I’m excited about all of the awesome concerts coming up! I love summer, but I can never justify buying a music festival pass when there’s usually only one band I want to see. So, come fall, bands start playing normal concerts again and now I can go check out some live music.

Currently I’m working on my co-op, as well as my blog, and my freelance writing gigs. I love working from home, but there’s so much going on right now! But I only have until the end of this week until I’m done my co-op, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned! It’s been pretty amazing. I also have to get all of my work done this week before going on vacation next week. It’s a lot to do.

Currently I’m watching Game of Thrones and Desperate Housewives. Which, is a weird combination, but I like having Desperate Housewives on when I’m working, and not listening to music (like my Lazy Days of Summer playlist), because it’s entertaining but not too distracting. And I’ve never actually watched Game of Thrones before! I watched the first episode two days ago and it was okay. I guess. I don’t know. I’m running out of things to watch, because I clearly watch too much TV and have watched all the good shows on Netflix already. Someone send me TV show recommendations.

Currently I’m feeling really stressed out, to be honest! I have a lot going on in life right now and it’s totally overwhelming! I’m juggling my co-op with my work. I’m preparing to go back to school, trying to figure out this damn daycare situation, and dealing with living situation stuff (which I will tell you about later). And on top of that, I decided to go disappear into the woods for four days next week, which makes me crunched for time. I know I need a vacation and I’ll have a hell of a good time! But there’s no WiFi, so, like, I’ll be forced to disconnect… I clearly need to.

Currently my lunch break is over, so now I need to stuff this sandwich in my face and get back to work!

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Camping Trip Essential Checklist

Camping Trip Essential Checklist

I’ve been camping for my entire life!

When I was 18 I took my husband camping to find that he had no idea how to plan a successful camping trip. The only time he had actually been camping was with his grandparents at their trailer.

But I’ve camped a lot growing up, from roughing it in the middle of no where, to staying in a fancy trailer park. Not only do I know how to put up a tent all by myself, but I can actually fit in back in the bag no problem 😉

Yes, camping is my jam! It’s the one thing I look forward to doing all summer! It’s necessary for my mental health!

But camping is a bit of work. You need to know what to bring, or you could find yourself driving into the nearest town every time you realize you don’t have anywhere to sleep, or you forgot a first-aid kit.

And truthfully, I’ve had my own camping mishaps over the years. One year we forgot to bring blankets, in September! Another year my daughter got a fishing hook in the back of neck and we spent the night in the closest ER. And just last year I booked a trailer online, only to learn that it was a scam the day we arrived – with no tent or air mattress. These things happen! But you’re likely to have an easier time if you plan ahead.

So, whenever I go camping I create a list of all the things I know we’ll need. And I follow that list, because if I don’t I risk forgetting the blankets again.

Camping Trip Essential Checklist

Wondering what to bring on your next camping trip? Here’s the list I use:

Camping Checklist

Personal Hygiene

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Face wash and wash clothes
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • First aid kit with band-aids, tweezers, eye drops, hydrogen peroxide, Tylenol and allergy pills
  • Nail clippers
  • Razors
  • Towels (one for swimming, and one for bathing)
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper and tissues
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen and sunburn lotion
  • My prescription pills

Cooking

  • Plates, bowls and mugs
  • Eating utensils: forks, spoons, butter knives and steak knife
  • Cooking utensils: spatula, tongs and marshmallow sticks
  • Propane grill and fire-top grill
  • Pot
  • Cooler
  • Matches and lighters
  • Tin foil
  • Tablecloth
  • Paper towel
  • Dish towels
  • Bucket (for washing dishes)
  • Dish soap
  • Scrub pad
  • Scissors
  • Dog dishes

Gear

  • Tent and pegs
  • Folding lawn chairs
  • Bedding: sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and sheets
  • Air mattress and pump
  • Radio
  • Extension chord
  • Flashlights
  • Garbage bags
  • Tarp
  • Rope
  • Hatchet
  • Dust pan and brush
  • Extra batteries
  • Umbrella
  • Dog bed, leash and bags

Clothes

  • Bathing suit
  • Pajamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Running shoes
  • Sandals
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

Fun stuff

  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Pencil crayons and paper
  • Notepad and pen (journal!)
  • Inflatable pool toys
  • Sand toys
  • Deck of cards
  • Camera
    • Underwater camera for extra fun!

Think it’s too late to go camping? Here are 10 reasons to plan a last minute camping trip before end of summer!


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