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What To Wear While Hiking In Cold Weather

November 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

hiking path

I have never minded walking. Over recent years it’s become harder and harder for me to do. I’ve never walked as a form of sport or fitness or hobby, so I really don’t know what people that do wear. Sam shared some tips on what to wear when hiking that I thought sounded sensible. I’m sharing them with you with permission.

Perfect Summer Walking Apparel on a Cold Day

Hiking in cold weather doesn’t have to mean wearing the thickest, bulkiest clothing to keep warm. It’s still possible to wear summery apparel on cold days if hikers choose their walking clothes carefully. Learning to successfully layer garments is one key to looking great while walking in cold weather, but also staying warm and cozy. Here are a few simple to tips on choosing the right sportswear that’ll keep you comfortable during a cold weather.

Cold Weather Walking Gear

Of course, the apparel that you will wear depends on the intensity of your exercise. Walkers hitting the moorland, mountains or hills are well advised to source walking apparel from appropriate outdoor retailers. Anybody walking locally available routes or out for the day exploring new surroundings can still look fantastic, no matter how cold the weather.

Apply Layers

Wear three layers of breathable apparel. Make sure that each piece is chosen carefully. The base layer should be breathable to create warm air around the body. Avoid cotton as a base layer as it soaks up moisture, so at times of exertion during the day sweating causes the cotton layer to become wet and clammy. Bright T-shirts and pieces made from acrylic or polyester are good choices for a summery base layer when spending cold day’s hiking. The second layer is aimed at keeping the hiker warm through the day. Stylish sweaters in natural wool are a great choice as they trap all the body heat.


Lower body and legs will stay warm, cozy and dry if you will choose a thick pair of colored tights or leggings, and pair it up with a stylish long skirt and comfortable boots. Adding woolen socks will protect you against blisters or other foot injuries and also ensure feet remain warm and dry throughout the day.

This basic outfit gives an elegant appearance, while ensuring the walking clothes are suitable for the day’s activities and keep the wearer warm.

Jacket or Coat

The final third layer of clothing is an essential on any winter’s day outing and should consist of a good quality jacket or coat which adds waterproof protection if weather conditions deteriorate. The first two layers of clothing should provide enough warmth and can be accessorized with appropriate scarves, gloves or mittens to a stylish effect, while the coat is an essential which can be carried in a rucksack until required.

What tips can you share?

Mary’s Gone Crackers Snacks Are Smart Not Crazy – With Gluten-free Dip Recipes

November 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


When middle grandson started school, calls from the school nurse came more frequent than not. ordered to take him home, we complied. Strange how by the time we arrived go get him, he seemed fine. Nevertheless we took him to his pediatrician who, upon examination. cleared him to return to school where he became physically ill again and again. That’s when we demanded the doctor order tests. Final diagnosis when all the screenings came in–inherited autoimmune celiac.

This disease is the body’s reaction to the gluten found in common staple grains like wheat, barley, and rye. It causes the body not to absorb carbohydrates properly. There is no cure for it, only treatment, specifically a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Most adults fail to follow prescribed diets even when motivated because dieting is hard. It is even harder for an afflicted child. Kids just want to be like everyone else. Watching classmates and playmates eat normal things tempts them and sets them up to fail. Regular cereals, pastas, baked goods, and snack products are verboten. It broke my heart to see CJ not being able to enjoy trick or treats like other kids. Halloween is supposed to be fun.

Enter Mary Waldner, founder of Mary’s Gone Crackers. Diagnosed with celiac disease twenty years ago at 43, she baked creatively making her recipes from things she could tolerate–brown rice, quinoa, and seeds. Today her crackers, pretzels, and cookies are made in a dedicated organic, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free facility. What’s more they are delicious and crispy, pure and nourishing. All ingredients are organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, whole grain, vegan, and kosher. Knowing how much CJ loves sweets, I put a box Mary’s Gone Crackers Chocolate Chip Cookies aside for him.  I know he enjoyed them as the pictures show.

Testing. 1-2-3 testing.


I can’t believe he ate every last crumb.


If the big smile on his face isn’t a tell, certainly his “More,” upon finishing the box is.


Endorsement: I keep Mary’s Gone Crackers in my pantry cabinets because my grandson can feel good after eating them. Plus there are so many different varieties that he doesn’t get tired of eating the same old, same old…. You can catch me eating his stash. Why? Mary’s Gone Crackers is real whole food baked good and healthy. Plus if it is good for his tummy then it has to be good for mine.

Here are two dip recipes, courtesy Mary’s Gone Crackers. Both the crackers and the pretzels would be great with either!

Gluten-free Romesco Dip

Gluten Free Romesco


  • 1 cup blanched almonds, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup roasted red bell peppers, patted dry
  • 1/2 cup green, pitted olives, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 5 Tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. In a food processor, combine the almonds, garlic, smoked paprika, and cayenne; pulse until coarsely chopped, about 15 to 20 times.

2. Add the roasted bell peppers, olives, lemon juice and vinegar.

3. While the machine is running, add the olive oil in a thin stream through the feed tube and process to a coarse puree.

4. Season the sauce with the salt and black pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning.

This recipe was created to be enjoyed with Mary’s Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels, but also is delicious with any of Mary’s Gone Crackers gluten free crackers or pretzels.

chutney recipe

Green Chutney Dip


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 3 small, fresh hot chilies (such as jalapeño or serrano), stemmed and seeded
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt to taste


1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor.

2. Blend until smooth.

3. If consistency is too thick, add more water.

This recipe was created to be enjoyed with Mary’s Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels, but is also great with any Mary’s Gone Crackers pretzels or crackers.

Mary’s Gone Crackers is easy to find. Just go online to www.marysgonecrackers.com/store-locator to find a retailer local to you. Prices may vary but average is around $4.99 per box. You can learn more on the Mary’s Gone Crackers website. You can also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.

Cluck ‘n Moo Burgers Review

November 8, 2014 at 5:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.


Hubby’s health dictates controlling his diet meaning calories, fats, salts. His physician’s dictate, “Cut the beef,” cut him deep. Then a dietitian recommended mixing half ground beef and half ground turkey. Problem is hubby does not like turkey. So finding Cluck ‘n Moo burgers–half-chicken (50%) and half-beef (50%–means kitchen help me no longer suffers his groans and moans.

Cluck ‘n Moo burgers are made from antibiotic free, hormone free chickens and grass-fed cows. they are a gluten free mix with 34% fewer calories, 52% less fat, and 57% less saturated fat than regular all beef burgers. Even grilled fully cooked to an internal temperature of 165 not medium rare, they taste like hamburger with big differences:
#1 They are all natural.
#2 they contain no artificial ingredients.
#3 They contain no preservatives.


Lean mean fat-reducing grilling machine out, garlic, onions and mushrooms steaming, tomatoes cut, condiments and pickles on the table, time to enjoy. Hubby, now on his second burger, thinks Cluck ‘n Moo Grass Fed Beef & Chicken Burgers beats fast food. I agree with him. Not only are cluck ‘n Moo delicious, juicy, and guilt-free healthy, and economical, they can be built my way, his way, your way unlike most chain restaurant offerings.


Cluck ‘N Moo would also make for a healthier version of chili, just use it instead of beef!

You can learn more about Cluck ‘N Moo at www.clucknmoo.net, where you’ll also find a handy store locator. You’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Review Of Blue Orange Games Spot It! and Niya

November 7, 2014 at 7:00 am

The product featured in this post was provided free of cost to me. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

I am not much into electronic gaming. It is not that I frown on flicking-finger games. Rather it is that I enjoy human dynamics. Enjoying cards and games with people is my style. I especially enjoy playing games with my grandchildren. Recently I came upon Spot It! Alphabet Disney Frozen perfect for little ones 3+.


Spot It! is a card game for two to eight players. Its decorated tin holds 55 round cards covered with both alphabet and Frozen graphics. Only one match between cards is possible. Whoever finds it and spots it first wins the card. Mini-games that one can also play play include Twins, The Tower, and The Well. Depending on the game, whoever wins or gets rid of all the cards wins the game.


My Thoughts:
I appreciate most good road games–simple directions, compact size, quick playing time. Blue Orange has come up with a great toy that will travel well when it is not played at home. Spot It! allows children to learn their ABC’s as well as focusing, paying attention, and learning how to win and lose while socializing. It’s fun. 3 year old AL loves this game. One thing I noticed though is the difference in sizes between the same pictures confused him.


Blue Orange also makes games for ages 8-adult. Bruno Cathala’s elegant two-player Niya is a strategy game set in the Garden of Conspiracy in the Imperial Gardens of Japan. Players replace double sided garden tiles with clan tokens with an element common to the previous tile. Goal is position a row, square, or blockade to win.Playing time averages 20 minutes. Niya can be purchased in toy stores, game stores, and on line. Its SMRP is $13.99.


You can learn more about Blue Orange Games by visiting www.blueorangegames.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Friday Flicks

November 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

Friday Flicks

I like advance notice so I can plan my viewing habits ahead. How about you? Knowing what is upcoming in television, DVD/Blu-ray, and movies makes it easier. Here’s some entertainment news that I think may be of interest.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON – Teaser Trailer and Poster now available!!!

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Here’s a special look inside the film that recently appeared on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D..

Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.



Recently, during a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.

The next two films to be released by Marvel are AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and ANT-MAN on July 17, 2015. Marvel revealed the dates and titles of nine additional films through 2019, including upcoming Captain America, Thor, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy installments, along with films featuring Black Panther – who, Feige announced, will be played by Chadwick Boseman – Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans.

The announced films are as follows:

· 7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
· 11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
· 5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
· 7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
· 11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
· 11/2/18 – INHUMANS

Ten films have already been released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2008’s IRON MAN. All 10 films opened at #1 domestically and have collectively grossed over $7.1 billion globally.

Two of these films, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and IRON MAN 3, set records as the #1 and #2 domestic openings of all time with $207.4 million and $174.1 million respectively. MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS went on to become the third biggest film of all time worldwide, while Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 ranks as the sixth biggest film ever. They are the two highest grossing Super Hero films of all time.

Earlier this year, Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, which broke the April opening domestic record with $95 million, earned $714 million worldwide and is the #5 film of 2014. Most recently, Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY crossed $757 million globally after opening with a domestic August record of $94.3 million and setting an October debut record in China, where it has now grossed nearly $90 million. It’s the #1 film of the year domestically and the #3 film worldwide.

For full coverage of the event, visit marvel.com.