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Sleigh the Holiday Game with Basic Invite

Unless you’re one of those grinches who waits until the day of Christmas to realize how awesome the holidays are… who doesn’t love sleighing the holiday game? It’s fun to soak up the season and show your spirit! Getting the cutest wrapping paper and ribbons, decorating the prettiest tree, hanging lights, and eating all things peppermint are just a few ways to sleigh the holiday game.

This year, creating epic custom holiday cards is also on that list because we have the ultimate online stationery company to assist. Basic Invite is a digital stationery design company with the best holiday cards and hundreds of completely customizable online Christmas cards and they have gifted us with some of their most helpful tips to creating the perfect Christmas card online.

What Are You Celebrating

You name it, Basic Invite’s got it. From holiday cards and Christmas cards, to Hanukkah and New Years whatever you are celebrating Basic Invite has a card for that which makes it easy to sleigh any occasion.

Choose Your Colors

Colors are a huge part of why Basic Invite is such a unique company and an equally huge part of sleighing the holiday game! Even as early as Halloween, color schemes find their way into almost everything because there is a color pattern for every holiday. So, if you want to be on top of your game decorating your cards with the right colors is step one.

For Thanksgiving and all of your other fall harvest celebrations, earthy tones like brown, green, and yellow are often used alongside red and orange. And when it comes to Christmas the options are endless! Goodbye are the days where red and green are the only two acceptable Christmas colors. Now, you can make any color work whether it’s blue, silver, gold, or even bright funky versions of the standard holiday colors. Thankfully Basic Invite has over 180 custom colors to choose from so no matter what you can pick the colors that work for you!

Don’t Forget Foil

Foil is essential when it comes to holiday greeting cards and Christmas cards. Basic Invite offers three foil colors: gold, silver, and rose gold. Each color comes in flat or raised foil and all of them will add an elegance and festive touch to your holiday cards.

Gold and rose gold are perfect for Thanksgiving invitations and silver and gold pair perfectly with every Christmas card design. Anyone who receives a foil card is going to instantly swoon and immediately ask you where you got it! Never forget the foil!

Envelopes & Address Printing

Pairing your cards with the perfect envelope is super important. The envelope is the first thing that people will see when they open their mail and it’s the detail that will bring your look together and create a cohesive and finished product. Classic white is always a solid choice, but choosing an envelope liner or a metallic lined envelope will take your look one step further. Colorful envelopes are another great idea because your card will be sure to stand out from the start! Choose from 40 different colored peel and seal envelopes and always opt for address printing.

Sleighing the holiday game is much easier than it may sound and kicking things off with a holiday card is the perfect way to get into the spirit for the rest of the season! Head over to Basic Invite and customize yours today! Shop from hundreds of designs and use coupon code HOLI30 for 30% off your 2017 holiday cards.

The Eating Hacks: Family Vacations

Traveling is fun but difficult, especially for families. While you’re planning those scenic outings, museum trips, and hotel stays, you sometimes forget to pay attention to nutrition. Forgetting to drink water or eat foods with the right vitamins can actually make your jet lag worse. A tired, dehydrated family isn’t exactly the fun group of people you want to be on vacation with, so figure out some strategies for staying fed and healthy while away from home.

Road trips can be especially difficult. Your options for eating on the road can be dismal when all you pass on the highway are fast-food restaurants and gas stations. To keep from snacking on candy, bring a cooler filled with goodies like hummus, vegetable sticks, and PB&J sandwiches. If you have to eat at the gas station, buy items like dried fruit or nut mixes instead of candy bars and donuts. Once you get to your hotel room, your strategy for health is simple: get a room with a kitchen and do some of your own healthy cooking!

Eating and drinking in foreign countries can cause GI issues. To prevent diarrhea, brush your teeth with bottled water. To keep from getting heartburn thanks to unfamiliar cuisines, don’t eat large meals. Instead, try new foods in snack quantities and don’t eat a lot before going to bed, since that can make reflux worse. Learn more about staying healthy while traveling from Health IQ. The Eating Hacks: Family Vacations quiz is full of great tips!

About Health IQ

HealthIQ’s mission is to improve the health of the world. In pursuit of this mission, they’ve created over 2,000 quizzes and worked with innovative insurance companies to create financial rewards for health conscious people. To date, Health IQ has helped thousand triathletes, vegans, runners, and other health conscious people secure billions in life insurance coverage, and they hope to expand to other financial rewards in the near future.

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Why Vacation In Utah?

Out of all the very many USA and world tourist destinations, one of the most surprisingly satisfying are the Utah vacations. People are always thinking about places like California, Nevada, and Florida when it comes to US tourism, but the truth is that, for the distingushed traveller, Utah offers so much more that you might not have thought about.

Here are some of the reasons we think that you should focus on Utah as a potential domestic vacation destination.

Ease Of Travel:

Utah is actually so accessible from just about anywhere else in the USA. There are direct flights in from the majority of the US’s bigger airports, and even if you wind up having to change planes, the layover is usually very short, as are both flights. It’s very possible to, say, eat breakfast at home and be eating a timely lunch in your Utah spot.

Amenities:

Utah’s tourism scene is very mature and knows how to cater to you. From ski-in bars and restaurants sporting some of the best locavore gastronomy, to 7300+ hectares of some of the worlds best skiing on Park City mountain, to 5 incredible natural parks packed with some of the best scenery human eyes have ever seen and topping if off with the creature comforts to make you experience it all in the best of style, Utah delivers on every level.

Please don’t think that Utah is only for skiers either. Utah is a 12 months a year delight for people who like all sorts of activities and all sorts of weather. Summer time just means that instead of skiing the focus shifts to rock climing, hiking, and spelunking. As a matter of fact, it could be said that Utah is not properly experienced until it has been experienced both in the warm and cold weather!

Activities:

We haven’t even yet mentioned the tons of other activities available in Utah. These include but are not limited to:

-Mountain biking, considered by many to be the world’s best.

-Scenic driving, this is practically free, and an incredibly good option. You get mountains, forest, and desert right next to each other.

-White-water rafting, also considered to be among the world’s best spots for this pastime.

-Tons of landmarks to see, including the Bonneville Salt Flats, the San Rafael Swell, Lake Powell,and Monument Valley (since Monument Valley is on Navajo land, a guide is required).

Camping:

Any camping enthusiast who hasn’t yet done Utah is really missing out on something. Once again, you have your choice of time of year and climate, and of many amazing scenarios to catch the clearest night skies you will ever see. Utah is a very camping-friendly state, with tons of campgrounds chock full of amenities, and very affordable camping fees. Whether you like to pitch a tipi or roll in in your luxury RV, Utah is just made for you to camp out in it!

Sundance Film Festivals:

This may be a newer film festival compared to other famous ones, but that doesn’t mean it’s not established or mature. Any film lover needs to go here and experience this incredible vibe. One if its unique features are the Q&A sessions after watching the films, with the director and often one or more of the main cast members present. If you love film at all, please do yourself the favor and go to this.

It’s Clean And Safe:

Utah is clean party because the population is not very dense at all and has tons of unspoiled lands. But its also clean because the people take things like being clean very seriously. It’s also very safe for the same reason.

Let’s be honest, many US tourist destinations are fun and wild and have great gastronomy and nightlife and many other amenities, but you have to watch your back at every step of the way and can never just let your hair down. It’s not even necessary to name names, because they are many, and we all know which ones they are.

In Utah, it’s just about as safe as any human environment gets. Nobody is going to clone your credit card, nobody is going to pickpocket or bother you in any way. It’s just stress-free vacationing, the way it should be.

Utah is More Diverse Than You Think:

Utah is also a very tolerant place. Despite its reputation as a bastion of social conservatism, the fact is that the local population are very tolerant of diversity in creeds and cultures. For example, one of the world’s biggest Hindu festivals actually takes place each year in salt lake city, with foreigners and locals, Hindus and people of other religions participating happily.

In fact the attitude that you are welcome to express yourself as long as it doesn’t interfere with public safety or cause a danger is very much alive in Utah. We would even go so far as to say that public perception of Utah is based largely on misunderstanding born out of fear and mistrust.

At any rate, all you have to do is go for yourself and see for yourself that things are not as they appear in the news. Which is something we hope people who read this article will seriously consider doing in the near future. We hope that you have your Utah experience to tell everybody about very soon so others will hear about how underrated and in many ways incredible this state is.

How to Find the Cheapest Camp Sites (and a Few Other Money-Saving Tips)

People are drawn to the full-time RV lifestyle for different reasons. Many of the younger generations on the road today are there because they want to get back to a simple way of living. Others want to travel full-time. Still, even more people do it because it’s much more affordable than a traditional “sticks and bricks” lifestyle. For most RVers, it’s a combination of the three. No matter the reason, everyone could use a little extra cash on the road, right?

Campgrounds tend to be a runaway expense. At the end of a long day of driving, the last thing you want to do is search around for a cheap campsite. So, what do you do? You pull over at the nearest one and let your wallet take the hit. If you do this too often, it’s going to start impacting your budget – significantly. So, we’ve put together this article to help you find affordable campsites before you call it a day.

A Quick Note About Finding Cheap RVs

We know that a lot of our followers are people who are exploring the full-time lifestyle and might be in the early stages of planning. You might want to know what life is really like in an RV before you commit, or maybe RVing is a dream of yours that you hope to achieve someday. It’s a big commitment, both financially and mentally, so it’s important that you try it out before you make the leap.

For this reason, renting an RV through a peer-to-peer site like RVshare is an excellent starting point. It’s also a good option if you want to test different types and models of RV before you buy one. Either way, you’ll find some of the most affordable rental rates around. Plus, you’ll get to work directly with the owner of the RV, which is great if you have lots of questions or want to hear their RV stories.

Cheap Campgrounds – You Know They Exist, but How Do You Find Them?

Affordable campgrounds are getting fewer and farther between these days (thanks, inflation!). If you’re new to the RV life, finding a nearby campground for an affordable rate might seem like a hassle or even an impossibility. Luckily, there are still a few remaining strongholds for cheap camping in the U.S.:

  • Depending on location, some National Parks and State Parks still offer low rates for dispersed camping sites. Of course, popular parks and those in high-traffic locations are going to cost more. It might be worth it to you, though, if you want to wake up to beautiful views in one of the country’s most cherished places. On average, you can expect camping costs to range from $10 per night to $40 per night, depending on location. Allstays is a database of more than 29,000 campgrounds throughout the United States, including National and State Parks.
  • Boondocking is a wonderful way to camp cheaply or even for free! Technically, you could pull over just about anywhere and stay for the night for free, but that’s not exactly the safest way to go about it. Instead, look for places where boondocking is common, or places that are designated for boondockers. Boondockers Welcome is a website with a map of hosted drycamping spots throughout the U.S. and Canada. You’ll need to pay a fee to join, but at $25 for the year, it pays for itself in just one night of camping!
  • You can also find free or cheap camping on public lands throughout the country. These areas are owned by entities like the Bureau of Land Management and the Fish and Fish and Wildlife Management, which vary by state. The geniuses over at Technomadia made an app that includes a map and contact information for public lands in the United States. Once you find a spot, you’ll need to call the agency that owns it to find out fees, rules, and other pertinent information.
  • Finally, you might want to consider signing up for a discounted camping service, like Passport America or Good Sam Club. You’ll get discounts on qualifying campsites – in some cases, up to 50% off the normal rate! Good Sam Club offers additional perks, like discounts on gas and camping gear.

A Few More Tips for Saving Money While Camping

There are a lot of fluctuating expenses that come with living in (or renting) an RV. It seems like no matter how much you plan your budget; something will always pop up that you didn’t anticipate. Therefore, it’s important to leave some extra wiggle room in your budget. By following these tips, you might be able to free up some extra funds:

  • The second biggest expense aside from campgrounds is gas! Now, while you can’t do much about the cumulative cost of gas, you can save a few pennies here and there by going to the cheapest gas stations. GasBuddy helps you find the lowest gas prices in any given area – just enter your location and viola!
  • Another way to cut back on gas costs is by planning your route using an app like Roadtrippers. It’ll show you the best routes to your destination, along with some interesting places to stop on the way. It also estimates mileage and gas costs so you can make sure you stay on track.
  • Food, of course, is another major expense when you’re on the road. People find that they tend to eat how they would at home, whether you like to dine out a lot or cook at home. Keep in mind that cooking meals yourself and prepping food ahead of time can save you money on food, electricity, and propane. So, you might want to check out these camper-friendly meal ideas.

Stop Spending and Start Traveling!

Saving money is important to every family, whether you live in an RV or a house. And while living in an RV can cut costs of living almost in half, it too can get expensive if you don’t plan out your budget correctly. Hopefully, we’ve given you a strong foundation of resources to help you find cheap campsites and save money while traveling. If we’ve missed any hot tips or ideas, please share them in the comments!