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Summertime is around the corner. I am excited to take out our boat pretty soon! I am also kind of excited to go camping. We usually go for Memorial day weekend. One of the things I don't like when we go camping, or out on the boat is that the ice in our coolers always melts fast. I hate warm drinks on hot, sunny days!
This year, I am making sure that we take along our new Chill Systems Chiller. The Chiller is a handy drink holder that keeps drinks icy cold without ice! All I have to do is freeze it in my freezer at home, and it will keep my beverages cold for up to 24 hours!
“Hard core cold pack for your adventures”
There's nothing I hate more than warm drinks on a hot day. With The Chiller, I simply freeze it the night before going camping. I then place it into my cooler to transport it on my camping trip, or out for a day on the boat. It holds 3 cans or bottles, or one large wine bottle. My drinks are kept perfectly chilled and icy cold.
Springtime is the perfect time of the year to start planning your camping adventures. My family is going next month. We always camp in a beautiful campground in Bend. Although I enjoy camping with my family, there are some things about the outdoors that I do not like. One thing I cannot stand is when the wind gets to blowing and all of the smoke and ash blows into my face. The smoke burns my eyes and sometimes a spark will land in my hair, which freaks me out. Thankfully, I have found the perfect solution, and it is called the The Block by Wind Warrior.
The wise adventurers behind Wind Warrior have created The Block which will help any outdoor-lover withstand the weather, no matter how harsh it might get. This product would make for a great feature about must-have items when planning a camping, hunting, fishing or outdoor sports trip.
Changing the Outdoors, One Wind Warrior at a Time
Durable and wind-breaking to protect your campsite, The Block by Wind Warrior allows the cost-conscious outdoor adventurer to endure any and all of the elements. Wind Warrior Block is versatile and portable and it increases privacy when you’re outdoors. The Block can be set up in a matter of minutes, in nearly any environment. The Block is made of light materials, yet is durable enough to withstand sustained winds of up to 35 mph. This staple will last season after season of repeated use in any weather Mother Nature offers.
Best of all, it’s so easy to put together that a child can do it! Wind Warrior does not need any fasteners or tools. You won’t have to rummage for parts before set up. All of the adjustable mechanisms are built right into the frame. Wind Warrior is also expandable: You can join several 10-foot sections together to create a larger area of protection for you and your friends.
- Provides privacy
- Endures the elements
- Withstands 35mph sustained winds
- No extra pieces
- No fasteners or tools necessary
- Each Block protects a 10-foot section
- Expandable by joining with multiple Block’s
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Made in the USA
- Outdoor Sporting Events
- Construction Sites
- Family Picnics
- Backyard Privacy (next to a deck or patio)
- Or anywhere else you need portable wind or privacy
The warranty gives customers confidence that this can last throughout years of use. This new class of outdoor product will give you one less thing to worry about so you can thoroughly enjoy all that nature has to offer. You won’t find another product with this level of portable wind protection and privacy.
The owners of Wind Warrior, LLC, Greg Loos and Ben Kaufman are dedicated to creating new and innovative devices for sportsmen, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts. Both Greg and Ben have owned companies in a variety of industries, but their heart belongs outdoors. They are avid outdoorsmen and committed family men Johnson Creek, WI. They want to make activities more comfortable and feasible even when the weather turns harsh. Greg designed the Wind Warrior Block because he needed a product exactly like this during his many days on hunting and fishing trips, camping excursions and outdoor sports.
Greg and Ben are proud to say they are, “changing the outdoors, one Wind Warrior at a time.”
My thoughts: I received a Wind Warrior to review. I have not had the chance to set it up yet, but I already know that it will definitely come in handy when we go camping next month. I cannot wait to try it out to help shield me from the wayward smoke and ash, as well as a privacy screen for me to hide behind to go to the bathroom. Yes, I pee outside sometimes when we are camping.)
I also plan on taking my Wind Warrior to the beach, because it will protect me from the wind blowing sand all over me, plus I will be able to use it to shade me from the sun. I am beginning to think that that the Wind Warrior is going to be my best friend this coming summer.
I also think that The Wind Warrior would be the perfect Father's Day gift for the outdoor enthusiast Dad in your life.
For more information, go to: http://www.windwarrior.com/
Disclaimer: Product received. All opinions are my own.
I am happy. I am excited and I am having a blast. Why, might you ask? Because I am HOME ALONE while my husband took thwe kids on our annual camping trip without me. This is the first time in 17 years that I have 'opted out' of going. You see, camping, to me is a nightmare. I dread it every year like one would dread getting the measles. I do not cook outdoors. I do not enjoy sleeping in tents. I do have another option of sleeping in the fifth wheel with my in-laws, but they SNORE as loud as thunder, so no thank you. I enjoyed this day shopping with my mother and my sister-in-law, Kenzie. Yesterday my mother and I went to the mall. This is heavenly to me due to the fact that I have not had any sort of time to do anything like this for five years.....since my son Braxton was born. I love my little dude, but it is pure hell taking him ANYWHERE, even to church. It is tremendously relieving to know that as I type this, little Mr. B is in his element with his daddy, siblings, cousins and grandparents roasting marshmallows and tossing rocks into the lake. My older kiddos are probably not having the best time in the world, only because the girls wish they could take a nice hot shower, but my oldest son is pretty happy, I'm assuming, because he brought along his girlfriend, Cassidy and I am certain they are making beautiful music together singing by the campfire. (Yes, they actually sing together:)
Every Memorial Day weekend, my family goes camping at a nice campground at Wikaiup Resevoir, southwest of Bend, Oregon. I am really not that much of a camping gal, but I do it for my kids. Good thing my husband was raised camping and is an Eagle Scout, so he knows what he is doing. His parents always set up their fifth wheel and we use a tent. It didn't rain much, but wasn't sunny either. The fish were not biting at all this year, but there was something different about the whole trip My husband's father was diagnosed with oral cancer last month. Although the doctors feel it was caught early, you just never really know what the outcome is going to be. My father in law is only 65, just retired a few months ago. He will face surgery in two weeks to have his jawbone removed and replaced by his femoral bone in his leg. It will be a major surgery. What is extra scary is that a high school friend of mine just passed away last Sunday of the same cancer. So we never know if this was one of the last camping trips my father in law will be able to enjoy. We took many pictures. Our campsite this year was right on the lake.
My little Braxton enjoyed running around on the lakeshore getting dirty as could be, throwing sticks and Ponderosa pine cones into the water for our dog, Banner to go fetch.
Myelie, age 12 enjoyed making forts, Kendallyn who is 14 was busy texting boys and Jonathan, my eldest, age 16 enjoyed chatting up his new girlfriend wherever his cell phone could get reception. I should have made my kids leave their cells behind, but I remember being a teenager. Sure, there were no cell phones, but I know where my mind was when I was a teenager.
Jonathan played guitar for the group (17 people in all) at the campfire. They were not campfire songs, but everyone was entertained by his amazing talent.
I'd Love to be able to say that I had a 'good time after all' camping, but sadly, no, I did not. I do not think I will ever enjoy being swarmed by bugs (I guess they were gnats so at least they didn't bite), but they were so very thick I couldn't breath. I think my lungs need to be scraped out because they are probably coated in thick blackish green varmints. I did sustain a bright red mosquito bite or two, too.
The nights were colder than Antarctica and I spent them (in the tent) trying to keep my two year old warm in the sleeping bag, so I didn't hardly sleep at all, keeping my kiddo covered up, yet breathing.
I was freaking out because I am a 'wuss' when it comes to insects of any kind, so with every ant or spider I'd see, I'd throw a tizzy fit. I cannot help it, I wasn't raised camping at all. I can't stand being dirty and by day five, I had run completely out of any of my own clothing, due to chasing Braxton into the lake and getting my few pairs of jeans caked with the red clay mud which was an entirely different story in itself...... AND....I had to endure the entire three hour trip home in my underwear, wrapped in a blanket. No clothing left to change into for the ride home. I was covered in filth and had whiskery legs......ewwwwwwwwwwww!
(Good thing my hubby was the driver....and I peed in a cup instead of getting out of the car at rest stops and reavealing my underwear...........when I had to go......peeing all over the seat, because I cannot aim that well into a McDonald's beverage cup........grrrrrr.)
My period had begun on day two and I bled heavily through everything. (Ever since Braxton was born, I have not kept track of my menstrual cycle, although it always is pretty regular, coming around the 21st each month, but alas, I was unprepared.)
I had even ended up running out of diapers and clothes for Braxton, too. He kept on running to the lake (I mean, who could blame him....he's only two and was fascinated throwing rocks into the water.)
The problem was, he kept getting soaked, and then tearing off all of his clothing and throwing them onto the lakeshore. Each time he did that and I, trying to be the good, patient loving mommy, would then have to carry him kicking, screaming, cussing and naked back up to the camp site. I should by all means be as muscular now as a body builder, because Braxton gets to be mighty heavy, especially stiffening up and trying to head butt me as I took him back to get him cleaned up.
(Braxton would get bored throwing rocks into the water and aim for nearby boats....that is why the 'fun' had to stop.....unless I wanted lawsuits.)
So, besides chasing Braxton all day, (which is all a part of Mommyhood, I know........but I had NO help, due to my husband fishing and riding quads all day.)
I love Braxton, but it all felt like work, and I could have done that at home (without the bugs.)
One last thought.....has anyone ever heard of a dog...........(a four year old black lab to be precise) going 'crap' only in the water? How very embarrassing.......every time we took our dog to the lake for a swim, he'd go out about ten feet from shore and empty his bowels.....and I'm talking some serious dumps.......every few yards all the way down the shore. It was very, very obvious to any onlookers what ol' Banner the dog was 'up to.'
I really didn't feel like the water was very clean and I didn't even want to put my toe in it for fear of a huge yellow dog turd floating up at me.
My husband and older kids would go swimming and I just shuddered at the thought of it. The water up there in the mountains was otherwise crystal clear and the fishing was good.....so the guys 'said.' I only saw a few.
This was very hard..............indeed.........I need a VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!