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How To Dutch Braid

A while ago I shared with you all how to french braid, my favorite simple braid at the time is the dutch braid. It is very similar to the french braid but reverse! I feel like it is actually easier than the french braid, but that is just how my hands move. So here I am today to show you how to dutch braid! Like last time I will have steps with pictures. Enjoy! Read more

EMS® Women’s Feather Pack Jacket Review

A few weeks ago I ordered an EMS® Women’s Feather Pack Jacket and have been using it since. Since I live in a cold climate, I have been getting great use out of it and so far I love it! Before I purchased it I noticed that there is only one review online and it’s for the men’s model; so here is my review and experience with the product. Hope you enjoy! Read more

What I Pack For Environmental Sleepover Camp

For the past three years, I have been going to a DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) sleep-away camp. It is (so far) my absolute favorite camp I have ever been to because I love the outdoors and the environment. I always learn new exciting things when I am there and I love to return every year. (Click here to see my past blogposts about this camp.)This summer of 2016 I will be returning into the program as a volunteer! I am super excited and am already starting to pack when I have 4 weeks before i go xD. I personally love lists and I decided to make a blogpost for those people who do not like them. Here is my list that I have made up over 3 years for what I find the best to take to environmental camp. Please keep in mind that my list is applied to one week of camp. Enjoy!

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My Six Hour Layover in Oslo, Norway

On our way to visit family in Eastern Europe, we had six hours between flights to explore Oslo, Norway. We only had about two hours in the city, but in that time we were able to see many things. What a great alternative that was to sitting in the airport for hours. We summarized our visit in pictures below of specific places we got to visit around this very sweet Scandinavian city. Read more

How To French Braid Hair; Step by Step Tutorial with Pictures

Only two years ago, I did not know how to do any complicated braids and for that matter, I did not even know how to french braid! I started watching videos on YouTube and I slowly picked up tips from all sorts of different videos. After about a month of practicing, I finally perfected it. I then decided a few months later that I wanted to make my own blog post and pull together a how to french braid your hair tutorial for those who are just getting started. I hope it helps you!  Read more

My Experience at Camp DeBruce Sleepover Camp

UPDATE: I went to Camp DeBruce for three yeas. This post is about my experiences in 2012 and I added my 2015 update below it.

Introduction to Camp DeBruce

The first week of July, I went to Camp DeBruce, a DEC environmental camp where I learned about animals, habitats, ecology and the environment. We slept in cabins every night for a week, only one night did we not sleep in our cabins. At this camp we are not permitted to have electronics other than a camera. This is common at many environmental camps because you get most out of the camp if you disconnect from the world and connect with nature and people while you are there. I know this may sound a bit crazy to some people like it did to me at first, but it is so worth it. The camp would definitely not be the same if there was the distraction of electronics. It is very nice to just leave everything behind and disconnect from the world for a bit :)

The Messy Cabins At Camp DeBruce

When we all got to Camp DeBruce on our first day, we put all of our things outside of our cabins and it made a real big mess!

The Overnight

That was when we had the overnight. On the overnight we hiked through the woods to a place where we set up our tents and slept there for the night. Read more

Lake Placid ISI Championships Competition 2015

In January 2015 I had an Ice Skating Institute (ISI) competition in Lake Placid, NY. I competed in Light Entertainment Silver, and Interpretive Silver.

There were over 400 skaters representing 19 skating clubs from six states.

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Hiking in Mills Norrie and Ogden & Ruth Livingston Mills State Parks, Hudson Valley, NY

In the autumn my family and I decided to do a series of hikes in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. We went to Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park (also called Mills Norrie State Park) on our first visit and then on our second visit we hiked in Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills State Park. The White Trail is 4 miles there and back, from the marina to the Staatsburg Mansion. Both times I took videos and vlog my whole experience. Those videos are embedded in this post below and you can also see them on YouTube. We did these two hikes in two half days, but you can easily do them both in a day.

Map of Mills Norrie State Park

We will be hiking the White Trail.

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Hiking Up Mount Beacon

In May of 2014 I went hiking at Mt. Beacon, in Dutchess County, NY with my family. Mount Beacon got its name after the beacon fires used at the summit by the Continental Army as warning signals during the Revolutionary War. Then in the 1920s there was a popular casino and hotel at the top of the mountain, which burned down in a fire.

Trail head with information for the hike.

Mt Beacon trail head information station.

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Hiking at Shaupeneak Ridge – White and Purple Trails to the Waterfall

The everlasting snow was finally melting away when on a nice March Sunday I went hiking at Shaupeneak Ridge Cooperative Recreation Area with Fresh Air Parent and a group of friends. Shaupeneak Ridge is a 790 acre recreational area in the Town of Esopus in eastern Ulster County, New York. It offers more than seven miles of easy to moderate hiking trails with several overlooks and beautiful scenery. At the end of the Purple Trail there is a cascading waterfall that was halfway frozen when we hiked to it. The Red Trail has a nice overlook over the Hudson River.There is Luisa Pond at the top of the ridge with an easy trail that loops around the pond. The Green Trail is a mountain biking trail.

Shaupeneak Ridge trail guide map at the start of the White Trail.

Shaupeneak Ridge trail guide map.

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