First Camping Trip Wishlist

First Camping Trip Wishlist

With spring right around the corner, and what feels like a bad case of cabin fever from this winter, I’m itching to get out into the woods and set up camp for a weekend. I’ve been planning and waiting for the day that I can take Forrest camping for the first time, but he’s still got awhile before he’ll be ready. At 3 months old, I don’t think my wife, Jessica, would approve. Plus, I want him to remember it to some extent. I just really cannot wait to pack up the Range Rover and head out toward the mountains and set up in camp in one of Jessica and I’s favorite spots, Black Balsam Knob in the Pisgah National Forest. It’s such a great spot, right along the Appalachian Trail and I know Forrest will love it when he is old enough. Until then, I guess I’ll keep making wish lists of all the great stuff out that there we’ll enjoy on our camping  trips once that day arrives. Until then, here is my wish list for our first camping trip with Forrest:

First Camping Trip Wish List

Alfheim 3-8 Person Tent by Nordisk ($1,215) | Curved Handle Hatchet by Husqvarna ($45) | Ratio 45 Sleeping Bag by Mountain Hardwear ($219) | Baby Boys’ Active Quilted Flannel Lined Jacket by Carhartt ( $45) | Waterproof General Purpose Military First Aid Kid by Galaxy Army Navy ($23) | Stainless Steel 16oz Food Jar/Mug by Thermos ($25) | Sub7 Hammock from ENO ($70) | 20 qt Tundra Series Cooler from YETI ($360) | 8oz Campsuds from Campsuds ($10)

First Camping Trip Wish List

Powerhouse Dual Fuel Stove from Coleman ($120) | Buckthorn Wood Slingshot from Kaufmann Mercantile ($28) | Mackinaw Cruiser Jacket by Filson ($340) | Kid Comfort III Child Carrier by Deuter ($299) | Ash Wood & Leather Camp Stool from Kaufmann Mercantile ($169) | Camp Socks by J. Crew ($16.50) | Hurricane Lantern by Feuerhand ($50) | Trekking Slate Folding Knife by Opinel ($19) | Woobie 30 Degree Kids Sleeping Bag from Kelty ($58)

I’d love to hear your thoughts/reviews in the comments on any great camping products you have or have been looking at.

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

photos courtesy of tosan

This new label for pops and tots recently caught my eye on Instagram. At first it was their simple fleece crewneck sweatshirts that simply read “POP” or “TOT” in what resembles the classic collegiate font famously worn by John Balushi in Animal House. Somehow, Tosan pulls it off in a way that just works. I admit that I would probably be pretty hesitant to even consider purchasing a companion outfit for my son and self, even though tons of moms out there sport theirs. But this set is one I would (and will as soon as Forrest is big enough) wear with pride. Plus, I just love what this brand stands for, “Curated goods for the adventure of fatherhood”.

The Tot crewneck ($30) sizes start at 2T and go up to 6T and comes in navy. Both pop and tot versions are super soft, eco-friendly and made in the USA. The Pop crewneck ($65), which comes  in your standard sizes, comes in a heathered navy. Good call on their part for not making them both the same color! Tosan also offers a pop and tot set that is nicely priced at just $75. So, my advice is if you want them, grab them now, before they are all gone!

It will be great watching this brand grow and seeing what they do. They’ve already expanded into some other great and fun products like their Tosan X Salemtown child and adult sized skateboards ($300 for both. $160/$170 individually). And their convertible adventure pack ($250) looks just incredible. It’s looks are amazing and is full of function. Keep an eye out for other goods like carriers, bags, swaddles coming this spring.

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

American-Made Goods For Papas From Tosan

Inspiring + Beautifully Designed Magazines

Inspiring Magazines

Everyone once in awhile, you might find yourself up early making yourself a quality cup of pour over coffee while your little one(s) still sleep. The house is clean, no work to be done just yet and you’d rather spend your time not vegging out in front of the TV. Sure, we all wish we could dive into a great novel, but every once in awhile we just need a quicker does of inspiration. In that case, what’s better than a beautifully designed magazine with interesting, well-writen stories and incredible images and/or downright genius illustrations? Not much, if anything. Disconnecting from your phone, iPad, computer and turning the pages of one of these printed gems might be just what you need from time to time. It doesn’t hurt that they aren’t the kind of publication you’re ashamed to hid, in fact, you might want to leave them out on the coffee table. And you certainly wouldn’t be upset if your kid(s) get ahold of them. Do yourself a favor and check these brilliant, inspiring and beautifully designed magazines!

Another Escape ($15+) – A beautifully designed meditation on creative, sustainable living. The creators launched the magazine as a source of inspiration for like-minded people, celebrating both physical and mental exploration.

Alpine Modern ($15+) – Alpine Modern is a quarterly magazine that explores elevated living, architecture and design in mountain regions around the world. The stories and photography express the emerging design ethos of a more natural minimalism and refined life entwined with the outdoors.

Define ($12+) – Created by fellow parents Amanda Jane and Cree Jones, each issue focusses on a single work and will be defined by a unique group of artists using various mediums. Each issue a simple word and explores it with intentionality.

Smith Journal ($12+) – Smith Journal is a fascinating quarterly publication for guys (and gals). It feels hands-on and provokes a heads-up sensibility. It serves as a guide to all things creative, intriguing, genuine and funny. Beautifully designed and chalk full of stories, people, adventures, interesting conversations and style for the modern day gentleman.

Intern ($14) – A new(ish), bi-annual independent magazine for and by emerging creatives showcasing the best of unpaid talent throughout various creative industries and beginning a debate on these internships and the effects they have.

Wilderness ($18) – This one is currently being read. Have you ever asked yourself why no-one made a mens version of the beloved Darling Magazine that your wife, girlfriend or lady friend is always reading? Many of men have asked, thus the result of Wilderness. Brought to us by the same folks at Darling. Its here to encourage us to be better versions of ourselves, all wrapped in the spirit of adventure.

Cereal ($19.95) – A UK-based quarterly rooted in food, products and people from around the globe. It boasts an incredible minimalist design that showcases breathtaking photography which accompanies niche topics modeled as chapters. It’s purpose is to satisfy the soul. We’ve found that this magazine is enjoyed greatly when cruising at 30,000 in the air.

Collective Quarterly ($20) – From artists to musicians to chefs and to designers. Collective Quarterly is a magazine that encourages readers to discover new corners of the world by exploring a new and offbeat location in each issue by connecting and interviewing the craftspeople of said location.

The Travel Almanac ($18) – A truly genuine and intriguing printed magazine. This Berlin and New York based publication focuses on traveling and temporary habitation, addressing an increasingly mobilized creative community. One of, if not the only, of its kind to speak to such a generation of sophisticated and nomadic of travelers looking for new and exciting adventures.