The chill has descended upon many of us in the northern areas of the world, and with it the snow is falling in great sheets of white crystal, and so it’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays. But the holiday season have turned into a nightmare. Did that last sentence catch you off guard? Well, it’s true. When many families must save all year to afford a gift giving extravaganza or choose going in debt for much of the new year to be able to pull off Christmas, then the holiday is becoming more stressful than it should. Big business and marketing companies have a heyday making people think that it’s all about the gifts…
Subscription services have become a popular style of commerce since online shopping has taken off, and now there’s even meat of the month, beer clubs, record of the month subscriptions and the list goes on. I’ve worked with a few of these services and there is something fun that comes with a mystery package that comes every month. You look forward to it every month and when the package comes, you rip it open before anything else in your mail.
Wohven has accomplished the status as one of the leading monthly subscription t-shirt services, because they specialize in dynamic, minimalist shirt designs that are unique each month, and are typically designed with nature and trees, or elements like water and fire, and animals like buffalo or something as simple as a feather. Each month a different artist showcases their work through Wohven’s many services, where they also offer creative boxers and socks, too.
Finding Belonging in Nature, Yet Respecting Her Enough to Come Prepared: featuring the Striker by Winkler Knives
When nature calls, you must go. That sums up my life in six short words. I grew up living on a lake, far from the mountains, and not near enough to forests that had yet to be spoiled by man, yet something was never quite right. I always felt like I was searching for a place to belong. I did the 9 to 5, I owned my own business and had done well for myself early on, yet I had never found happiness. Always searching. Then I began to travel, I toured the cities in lands from where my ancestors had come from, and yet, something in me craved for more, desired something real. It wasn’t until I encountered the unspoiled forests and mountains of Colorado and Wyoming for me to feel a deep connection and a power, and belonging like nowhere else prior.
The football craze is real in the United States, as many regions around the country eat, breathe, and sleep college football, and while the professional teams of the NFL garner plenty of excitement, the craziest fans are college football fans. Blame it on local pride or Alumni status, the truth is that what makes Americans go wild is the dynamics of student athletes competing and striving their hardest to make a play. In the NFL, it’s widely commented that the athlete’s don’t play with the same fire and inspiration, since they’re paid millions of dollars to be there, something changes in them, but in college athletics, it’s that underdog story that lights the fire of fandom all across the 50 states.
After months of frying under the summer sun, I am pleased to report that autumn and winter travel are in full swing. I know, most people like to hibernate through the colder months, but me, I enjoy the peace and solitude of exploring natural places. Personally, there’s nothing better than the forest, and one of my favorite times to wander and frolic in the wild wood is just as the leaves change color and begin to fall. When you’re surrounded by a blanket of yellow, red, orange and brown, with what almost appears like falling embers all around, there’s nothing that can spoil such an awe-inspiring experience. For as far as you can see, the forest is aflame with beauty, mystique, and I am filled with a feeling of peace and belonging like no other.
In today’s world, you can order just about anything and it’ll come straight to your door, no matter if it’s from across the state, country, or even across the world. This may be a perk that many of us take for granted, but it wasn’t long ago that having fresh meat sent through the mail would have been considered insanity. But not now, not today, because some companies have fine-tuned the experience for its customers and can now send packages with dry ice through the mail, across the country, and it still be cold and safe to consume. It’s pretty amazing.
I recently partnered with ButcherBox to test and review one of their monthly boxes, and so here’s my honest thoughts about their service. I signed up for their Beef and Pork box, which included bacon, 85/15 grass-fed ground beef, NY strip, top sirloin steaks, pork chops and baby back ribs. At first, I was a bit skeptical about shipping all of that through the mail. In fact, my first box came and all of the dry ice had melted and the meat was no longer cold to the touch. I was instructed to throw out the box and was assured that this does indeed happen, but typically less than 1% of the time. Customer service was on top of it immediately, sending out a new box right away which arrived a few days later. It was sad to waste what looked like some damn good eats, but the second box was a success.
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