• Crafts,  Knitting

    Yes, I Gave It Away

    About 11 years ago, I saw a pattern for a kid’s knitted sweater that I absolutely loved and wanted to make for my then 5-year-old. I picked the colors, bought all the yarn, and put it along with the needles and pattern in a bag and added it to my “queue.” And there it sat.

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    Geocaching,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Stocking Stuffers for Geocachers: 2020 Edition

    It’s that time of year again – you need to get some stocking stuffers for a geocacher and have no idea what to get! Add to that the complication of shopping during a pandemic, and you’re really in trouble. Fret no more! I’ve compiled a list of 10 fantastic stocking stuffers the geocacher in your life is sure to love! (This post contains affiliate links.) Tactical Stocking 2. Geocacher Face Mask 3. How to Puzzle Cache Book 4. Geocaching Ornament 5. No Touch Opener with Stylus 6. Treasure DVD 7. Geocaching PopSocket 8. Cliff Knowles Mysteries 9. 20th Anniversary Geocoin 10. Geocaching Coloring Book There you go! I hope this…

  • Crafts,  Other Stuff,  Uncategorized

    Craft: Geocaching Map Candles

    I collect maps. Everywhere I go, if I see a free map, I have to take it. And if I see somewhere online to send away for a free map, I do. Most states have a department of tourism that will send you maps and travel guides for their area. I have hundreds of maps and decided it was time to finally do something with them. This is the first of what I hope to be a series of projects to do with paper maps. (contains affiliate links) I like maps and I also like yogurt, especially Oui by Yoplait. It comes in these super cute little glass jars that…

  • Crafts,  Other Stuff

    Craft: Geocaching Inspired Keychains

    Looking for a fun geocaching related craft that’s fun for children and adults? Look no further! I’ll show you how to make these super easy and cute geocaching inspired keychains. They make great gifts or swag for geocaching. (contains affiliate links) Start out with transparent plastic pony beads like these. I used transparent green, orange, turquoise, and yellow. Arrange them in the bottom of a nonstick muffin pan. Nonstick is key – I learned my lesson here and tried to use an old tin mini muffin pan and ruined it! The melted plastic will pop right out of a nonstick pan. I used one like these. Make sure that you…

  • Adventures,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Tools

    Playing Hooky for Hockey (and Geocaching)

    Confession: I played hooky for hockey today. Ok, so it was really a vacation day that I had been planning for the past couple of months. My kiddo was playing with his school band at the local minor league hockey team’s daytime game today. I love watching him play and I kinda like hockey, so I thought it would be fun to go to the game. If you take away one thing from this post, let it be this: Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, ever under any circumstances go to any sporting event on one of the “Get Schooled by Skates” school field trip days. When I tell you…

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    Geocaching,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Perfect Stocking Stuffers for Geocachers

    It’s that time of year again! When we all scratch our heads, peruse the shelves of the local department store, scroll for hours through online stores, and still can’t come up with that perfect stocking stuffer for the special geocacher in our life. Fret no more! Here’s a list of 10 items that every cacher will appreciate.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Wallet Ninja Telescoping Space Pen Bison tubes Fake Rock UV flashlight Camo Duck Tape Pura Vida Bracelet Pocket compass Ultra Fine Point Sharpies Life Straw I know I would love any one of these items in my stocking (hint, hint!). If you’re looking for more of a gift…

  • Basics,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Father’s Day Gifts for Geocachers

    Not sure what to get that special geocaching dad in your life for Father’s Day this year? Last month, I put together a list of Mother’s Day gifts for geocachers. It only seems appropriate that I do the same this month for Father’s Day. Most of the items on the Mother’s Day list would definitely be appropriate and appreciated by your favorite geocaching dad, so be sure to check out that list as well. I’m adding ten more items with a geocaching dad in mind. Any of these would make terrific Father’s Day gifts, or birthday gift, or milestone gift, or just because! (contains affiliate links) 1. Start with a card…

  • Basics,  Geocaching,  Other Stuff,  Products I Love,  Tools

    10 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for Geocachers

    Seriously, at least twice a week I make a comment about how fast time goes. Can you believe next weekend is Mother’s Day already? That means we’re only a few weeks away from this year being half over. How does that happen? Yes, I know, we’ve been busy geocaching (and other stuff). But if you’re like me, that means you don’t yet have a gift for that special geocaching mother in your life. I’ve tried to help you out and put together a list of a few items that will be sure to make her day! She’ll think you put a lot of thought and effort into it, and no…

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    Adventures,  Travel Destinations

    Spring Break at Great Wolf Lodge

    Most people go someplace warm for spring break. Not us! This year, our family chose Minneapolis, Minnesota, where there was still about a foot of snow on the ground in some places! We stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Bloomington, MN, which is just a few blocks from the Mall of America. It may have been cold out, but there was plenty to do inside. And let me tell you, it was the perfect spring break destination with three boys 13 and under.   The Room We arrived at the Great Wolf midday on Saturday. Even though we were there before the official check in time, our room was…