Must-Have Gear for Summer Picnics

Are you planning a picnic this summer? Picnics are a great idea for getting outside and experiencing the summer months among nature. Maybe you are having a family-fun picnic or something a bit more private for you and a loved one. Either way, you’ll be glad you have these picnic essentials for that next adventure at eating outdoors.

WIRES Bottle Carrier

Looking to bring a lot of bottles with you on your picnic travels? Instead of struggling to carry all those bottles, and especially for those that are glass, you can easily store and carry them in the WIRES Bottle Carrier. This handy case can hold up to 6 bottles, so whether it is water, wine, soda, or alcohol, you can load this carrier up and head outside.

Inset Salad Servers

For those healthier cuisine options on your picnic menu, serve them up in style with the Inset Salad Servers. What is really unique about this set is that the fork half can actually fit into the spoon part, making traveling with them even better.

Wine Cooler

Keep those wine bottles nice and chilly as you enjoy your picnicking with the Wine Cooler. This insulated collar will wrap around your bottles and keep the cool in and the warm out so you’ll have a nice chilled glass of wine to pour when the time is right.

Picnic Basket Kit

For the ultimate in picnic luxury, you have to check out this Picnic Basket Kit. You’ll have practically everything you could ask for when it comes to a picnic for four. Included are 4 sets of silverware, 4 dinner plates, 4 wine glasses, 4 napkins, 2 salt & pepper shakers, and 1 bottle opener. There is enough space inside this roomy basket to fit all your picnic goodies as well, so just grab your blanket and you’ll be all set.

Portable Picnic Table 

For those who would prefer the picnic without the eating on the ground part, you’ll love this Portable Picnic Table. Now you’ll have a place to eat with you anywhere you go. It is durable yet light enough to be carried with you to your picnic site and will unfold easily so you can start eating quicker. Say goodbye to sitting on the dirty ground and hello to a new way to enjoy your picnic time anytime.

Picnic Umbrella

For those sunnier days when you wish to picnic without getting burnt beneath the blistering summer sun, you’ll be glad you have the Picnic Umbrella. Besides the sun, nothing will ruin a picnic faster than the rain. Never fear getting rained out again with this durable cover that will protect you from the sun and weather. Portable and easy to set up, you’ll have plenty of room underneath this spacious umbrella to fit the entire family on your next picnic outing.

Euro is Down! Europe Travel This Summer

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If you were waiting for your big Euro Trip, this summer may be the time for you to start planning a visit!

The United States’ economy is currently in a better shape than the European economy, and we do not yet know how long this will last. This means you should take advantage of the opportunity now as no one knows how long this good fortune will last. The Euro has been its lowest since 2006, which means that those using the U.S Dollar will be saving much more than even just last year.

How does this apply for you if you are planning a trip?

The money you will be saving on necessities such as airplane tickets, hotels, and food can be spent on enticing accessories like tickets to museums and souvenirs.

Here are three European cities that will inspire you to start looking for plane tickets to Europe today.

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Copenhagen, Denmark

Not only is this a cheap city to fly into from major airports in New York and Chicago, Copenhagen is also a world-class European city with plenty to offer the tourist. Whether you are interested in the royal history or its fine sense of design, Copenhagen is the perfect city to visit. Noted to be one of the more expensive cities, now is an excellent time to take advantage of visiting.

Not as over-travelled as Amsterdam but still offering equally attractive activities and sights, Copenhagen may be the perfect answer for your European holiday.

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona, Spain

As one of Europe’s more popular cities, Barcelona is full of exciting architecture, food, and nightlife. According to Orbitz, hotel rates compared from 2014 and 2015 in Barcelona are down, meaning now is an excellent time to be traveling to Barcelona.

Whether you are a Picasso or Gaudi fan, or want to watch a football match, Barcelona is bursting with exciting activities for all interests.

Paris France

Paris, France

A must-see for any Eurotrip, not only are airplane tickets flying to Paris an average of 10% cheaper than before, so are hotel rates. There is no better time to book your tickets than now!

As a cosmopolitan capital of the world, Paris hardly needs any more explanation of why you need to visit. From art and culture to fashion, food and design, a trip to Paris can be exactly the inspiration you need.

What are your plans for this summer? Have you been to Europe before? Share in the comments below!

Celebrating Bike Month in May

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Did you know that May is the official celebration of “Bike Month”? If you are located near cities that focus on bike transportation, you may already have plans to celebrate Bike Week. Even if you have never heard of this, perhaps  this is motivation you need to start riding your bike.

There are so many benefits to biking and May is an excellent time to start exercising as the weather is just perfect to being outside. There are countless reasons why you might decide to switch to riding a bike, and if you are not yet convinced, here are some of the top reasons people choose to ride their bikes as their main means of transportation or just around their neighborhood.

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Health

While many people will ride bikes as an intensive sport, even riding your bike a short time each day can be a good workout. Instead of driving to the gym to workout, you can kill two birds with one stone, by riding your bike to work.

Make sure if you are riding for a longer time that you are prepared with water and the right attire. Some water bottles that are sustainable and you can continue to reuse are the Classic Glass Water Bottle and the CAPSULE Water Carafe . Even though the Classic Glass Water Bottle is completely made of glass, it has a silicon jacket that makes it perfect for maintaining the water temperature and for it not to slide out of your hands.

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Environment

In the United States, our cities are built around the concept of the car, but this is slowly starting to change. Riding a bike is better for our environment as it allows for less traffic and less use of a car, which multiplied over brings pollution to our cities. It really is up to each individual to make  a change, and by riding your bike, you are helping the air around us stay clean.

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Saves Money

Biking saves money in countless ways. Not only is the initial investment of a bike much cheaper than a car, you will not have to worry about gas or parking prices. Many companies also offer incentives to employees who commute to work by bike. Ask your employer if they are participating in the Bicycle Commuter Benefit. If not, it may be up to you to bring awareness to your company to encourage others to ride bikes.

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Enjoyment

Many people will simply ride bikes for enjoyment. There is something about riding a bike that makes you feel like a child again, with the wind blowing in your face. Perhaps it is because when we are active, we not only increase our productivity and energy, we also feel happier. This is because exercise releases dopamine, a chemical that works to bring feelings of pleasure and happiness, into our brain.

Do you have a bike? Are you riding it to work? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Getting Ready for Memorial Weekend!

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Memorial Weekend is coming up at the end of the month and is always something to look forward to with the extra day of the weekend. Even though historically it is meant to commemorate the men and women who died in military service for the United States, it is also seen as the official start of summer.

The essence of Memorial Weekend is to appreciate what those who are in the service do for the United States, and to spend time with family and friends. If you are like most people, you have probably already planned a family gathering, going out of town, or a picnic at the local park. It is also the start of when it is “officially” (according to the fashion conscious) acceptable to wear white clothing.

Here are some items to prepare you to have the best Memorial Day!

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Aluminum Travel Set

If you are taking the weekend and are planning to travel far by plane, this aluminum travel set might be the perfect thing to get. The bottles are according to TSA carry-on standard, and include two pump bottles, one spray bottle, and one twist-top bottle to fit anything from shampoo to lotion.

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WIRES Bottle Carrier

This is the perfect thing to bring on a family trip to the beach or park for a picnic. It is important to always stay hydrated, especially as the weather warms up, and this will make it quite easy to do so. It is made of stainless steel and is perfect as you can keep using it for the rest of the summer.

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Double Wall Ice Bucket 

Whether you decide to host a Memorial Day party in your home or go out and celebrate the nice weather, this Double Wall Ice Bucket will keep your ice cool for a long time no matter if you are inside or outside. You can also conveniently use it as a cooler to chill your champagne, wine, or any other beverage simply by flipping the lid. It also comes with a matching stainless steel ice scoop that fits right into the attached holder so that getting ice will never be a challenge again.

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Inset Salad Servers

These cleverly designed salad servers are perfect for a Memorial day party. They easily can fit in your bags for an outdoor picnic, and will match perfectly with any dining room table. They are also a great conversation starter and will give your guests a laugh.

Do you have any plans this Memorial Weekend? Let us know what you are doing in the comments below!