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Are you looking for an overnight hiking bag? A multi-day trek is at the top of my list for outdoor recreation. I love the challenge it brings as well as the absolutely stunning backcountry views it provides. The Gregory DEVA 70L helps me do it.

Gregory Deva 70L Backpack
Gregory Deva 70L Backpack on the Northville Placid Trail, ADK

My Significant other and I purchased new backpacking bags in an attempt to find extra comfort and better packing ability. After some research, we decided on Gregory Packs and what a great decision it was! Our packs have proven to be durable, comfortable, and able to carry everything we need for an extended overnight trip in the great outdoors.

Is Gregory a Good Backpack Brand?

Gregory packs are noted for their innovative design. Their obsession with quality, comfort, and durability does not go unnoticed. Founded by a boy scout with a love for outdoor design, Wayne Gregory, created a backpack company that was the first to build backpacks in different frame, harness, and waist belt sizes. Gregory is the first (and still only) pack manufacturer to develop a waist belt system that adjusts to fit different hip angles, instantly improving load transfer. They also developed the center-locking bar tack, a stitch that ends and locks off on the center of a seam instead of the side for increased strength at major stress points. All of these innovative design ideas help Gregory stand up to its well-known standard of durability. Taking suggestions from customers and implementing them has to be what this rugged outdoors company does best.

Gregory Deva 70L Specs

I went with the Women’s Small Deva 70 liter pack in Egyptian Blue. My significant other went with the Male equivalent, the Baltoro, but only 65 liters. I prefer having a few more as far as liters are concerned because, as a woman especially, I tend to have to carry a few more items. 

Gregory Deva 70L in the Wild

Here are my specs:

  • Height: 5’9” 
  • Weight: 165ish lbs
  • Build: Athletic
  • Waist: 31”

Deva 70 Size Small specs: 

Fits Torso16”-18” / 40.6 – 45.7cm
Fits Hips/Waist27″ – 47″ / 68.5 – 119.4cm
Weight4.61lbs / 2.09kg
Volume60L / 3661cu in
Rain Cover Weight0.21lbs / 95g
Sidekick Weight0.29lbs / 132g
Max Carry Weight50lbs / 23kg
Packed Dimensions28″ x 12″ x 12.5″ / 7.1cm x 30.5cm x 31.8cm

Choosing what size to order was tough because in no other way am I ever considered a ‘small’, however, I am very happy that a small is what I went with after completing the necessary measurements and kind of falling between a small and medium – it fits perfectly!

Gregory Deva 70L Design and Material 

This pack is specifically designed for women. It is an internal frame back with top, U-zip, and bottom compartment access. There are 9 external compartments to organize everything you need for your weekend just right. The external material of the pack is 100% Nylon while the frame is made of aluminum. The lining of the pack is 135D High-Density Embossed Polyester while the bottom is made of 630D High-Density Nylon for extra holding power.  

Some of my favorite design features include the front U-zip which opens the backpack up from the front similar to a suitcase; the pack is a top-loader with a bottom sleeping bag compartment that also allows access to the main compartment through a removable divider. You can access and organize your gear much more easily with the front U-zip. Another favorite is the WeatherShield Hip Belt pocket, which protects your valuables although my new cell phone is too big for it. And finally, the integrated, color-matched rainfly has its own compartment that allows you to easily carry it with you and utilize it when necessary. This is huge when you’re in the backcountry!

Gregory Deva 70 Features

  • Response A3 Suspension with Auto Angle Adjust (A3) hip belts and shoulder harnesses rotate to your unique body geometry for a custom fit.
  • Women’s Specific 3D Air hip belts and harness designed with Gregory’s pre-curved technology and multi-density LifeSpan EVA foam construction to eliminate hot spots and relieve pressure in sensitive areas.
  • Wishbone aluminum frame with anti-barreling cross-stay provides structure for the Response A3 system and delivers weight to the ComfortGrip lumbar pad with removable LumbarTune pad to customize fit.
  • Matrix breathable back panel with layered, multi-density foam for the right balance of support, airflow, and cushioning.
  • Full body U-zip main opening on front of the bag for easy unloading when you get to camp.
  • Custom fitted rain cover included – stows in a quick-access zippered pocket on the underside of the top lid.
  • Removable hydration sleeve converts into fast and light SideKick Daypack with shoulder harnesses and accessory pocket. These are color matched to your pack.
  • H20 resistant WeatherShield hipbelt pocket with YKK AquaGuard® zipper for quick access to you phone or camera.
  • Sunglass QuickStow system on shoulder harness for quick, secure and scratch-free access to your shades.
  • SideWinder bottle holster for one-handed on-the-go water bottle access – tucks away when not in use.
  • Stretch mesh side stash pocket large enough for a second water bottle, trekking poles, sandals, snacks, etc.
  • Dual front zippered organization pockets with heavy-duty stretch mesh stash pocket.
  • Double barrel top lid design with dual zippered pockets and a flexible center divider for larger items.
  • Zippered bottom sleeping bag compartment with removable divider.
  • Dual adjustable attachment loops and upper shock locks for trekking poles or ice axes.
  • Custom comfort-grip molded zipper pulls.
  • Four top pocket attachment points for solar or accessory attachment, plus dual lower attachment points.

Should you Buy the Gregory Deva 70L?

I’ve brought this pack on a multitude of trips. Most recently, I attempted the 136-mile thru-hike of the Northville Placid Trail. The bag packed beautifully and made for breezy camp pitching. I was unable to complete my hike, but not to any fault of my bag! My knee simply would not cooperate and I had to bail on the trail on day 5 at mile 83.

This pack has serviced me in a number of multi-day Adirondack backcountry overnights as well as an overnight trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. I haven’t had a single moment where I wished I was wearing something else.

If you’re looking for a pack meant for city travel, I suggest the Standard Luggage Carry-On Backpack. I love this backpack for airplane travel and am able to fit enough inside for a week’s worth of travel; if you’re a real deal backpacker/traveler and aspire to travel for weeks on end – this is hands down the backpack for you!

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Stay at home orders and social distancing can be tough for everybody, but it’s especially hard on your kids! Every learner is different, and it is so important -now more than ever- that students are provided the best opportunity to learn. By designing and providing your student(s) an at-home distance learning schedule for them to follow, you’re only improving their productivity and therefore their success rate. This article will provide you with a few questions you should be asking while creating your child’s digital learning schedule.

The Perfect Distance Learning Schedule
Download this PDF to help you organize!

What Time Does Your Student Tend to Wake Up?

Are they an early riser or do they like to sleep in? Although your child might be forced to get up early to go to school, being in the physical building can play a huge role in their productivity. If they naturally tend to sleep in, let them wake up a little later and start their schedule then. If they are, in fact, an early riser then maybe they can start their school day a tad earlier.  

How Does Your Student’s Daily Routine Normally Go? And Can We Mirror This In Their Distance Learning Schedule?

It’s nice to have flexibility now that we’re home, but generally, a routine of some sort is created because it is what helps us feel our best. For example, when I used to go to work every day at the school building I had a set schedule; I woke up early, went to the school to workout, showered and got ready for the day in my office, and ate breakfast as I welcomed students at the door. I’ve been allowing myself to sleep in at home, however, I’m still working out and showering to start my school day. I first check in to my e-mail and student work while eating breakfast… it’s what helps me feel ready for my day.

With this being said, try to keep them on a regular sleep schedule during the school week. This will definitely help to keep their normal school-day schedule as regular as possible. This will only help to increase your students during the ‘school day’.

When Does Your Student Have Live Lessons or Meetings?

Does your child have a specific time they must be present for a google meet or zoom lesson? If this is the case – put these times into their schedule first and fill the rest around it. If your student has simply been provided work to complete on their own, switch up when they work on each class throughout the week.

How Long Should My Student be Working Each Day?

Younger students will inevitably be doing less work per day than students in older grades. This is another reason why a distance learning schedule is so important – it will really help us stay on track with the times our students should be completing work. The school district that I work for has suggested these time frames for our kiddos.  Follow this guideline to make sure your student isn’t under or overworking themselves.

Digital Learning Working Time by Kaitlyn Fortier

What Time Does Your Student Become Hungry?

All school-aged children should eat breakfast and lunch at some point in their school day. Make sure this is on their schedule so it doesn’t get overlooked. Properly fueling your body means properly fueling your brain! Snacks are also encouraged throughout the school day and beyond. Keep a healthy snack or two at their working space so they can fuel themselves without having to even get up. Some of my favorite healthy snacks to munch on while grading/creating lessons are clementines, carrots and hummus, and protein/granola bars. It’s important your student isn’t running on empty or lacking nutrients.

When Does Your Student Become Antsy?

The schedule might change with time and experience. If your student is losing focus around the same time every day, add a brain break in there. You can tie a special area project in at this time if it’s something they enjoy. For example, if your kiddo loves art then schedule this as their art time. They’ll be taking a break from academic work they might be less interested in but they will still be getting work done. If that’s not working take a break from working entirely; take 30-45 minutes to go outside and get some fresh air if possible or do whatever it is that will help your child be more successful in their next half of the day.

Does Your State Require Physical Education?

Physical activity is key. There are so many amazing benefits of Physical Education – exercise releases endorphins which help an individual to feel good. In this time of social distancing, good feelings are hard to come by. With that being said, you should try and go above and beyond the required Phys Ed time or activity when possible. Work physical activity into the schedule, a 15-minute walk/jog here, 20 minutes of Zumba there, maybe a little yoga, or team sports if that’s a possibility at your house.

I don’t say this just because I am a Phys Ed teacher, I say this because I am hyperaware of the benefits of moving on young brains and bodies. Your student should be receiving 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous Physical Activity a day – more on that can be found on my teacher YouTube channel where I also share secondary-level appropriate workouts and playlists. Another great way to get outside and active would be to find a nearby local or National Park that’s open and explore!

Does Your Student Miss Their Social Interactions?

Schedule face time chats with their friends during lunch, or to work together on similar work. This will definitely boost morale and help your student to feel a sense of normalcy – if they were at school they would be talking to friends while completing work and eating lunch anyways. Do you live near some friends? Maybe you can go for a socially distanced walk, or play ball with clean hands from a distance. These little things can make a massive difference. 

If your student is missing a particular teacher, reach out to them. I’ve contacted students whom I know are struggling with social distancing to offer up google meet times. 10 minutes of catching up, face to face, albeit digital, can go a really long way. Your child’s educators would love to help! I know my school counselor and social worker have been hosting short google meets for groups of friends to catch up and chat about their social distancing experience in their presence; reach out to someone and ask for guidance!

Is Your District Doing Any Fun Community Building?

I know my district is doing different themes each day/week and calling them spirit weeks. Families can send in their photos to be shared on our district pages. This gives the kiddos something to look forward to each day – make time in their schedule to be creative in whatever topic their school has chosen for the day/week.

One of my favorite mama’s to follow on Instagram had an AWESOME space-themed day!

If their district isn’t on this train, create a theme for the week in your home! It will be fun for all. You could do a Disney themed week, intergalactic, international, or anything else you can think of. Watch a movie that falls into the theme on one night, try and cook a meal or treat that matches the theme on another, or create a craft, whatever you do, make some fun out it! It’ll be a welcome fun distraction for all parties.

Is Your Student An Athlete Who’s Missing Their Spring Season?

This is tough. I am a teacher and a coach and I’m missing my athletes hard right now… I can’t even fathom what they’re feeling missing an entire season of their High School Athletic career. If this is true for your student, be sure to schedule time in their day to dedicate to their craft. Whether they play a sport, an instrument, maybe they’re a member of the drama club or had a big technology competition coming. Make time for those things each day. If not for anything else, it will help them realize that you feel for them.

This time can include practice. I’ve been sending my runners (I coach Track and Field) workouts – some of which can be found on my YouTube channel linked above. The coaches have held google meets so everyone could see and talk with one another. Other teams in my district have created fun video compilations of each athlete completing a skill from their sport. The possibilities are truly endless and can really boost morale!

Nothing can replace their missed seasons… I miss my athletes!

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel during digital learning. Chances are, your child’s teacher is doing the legwork and they’re simply hoping for your support. Create a distance learning schedule for your student and do your best to stick to it. If you’re looking for resources, I’ve included a chart that might help you out.

Perfect Distance Learning Schedule Resources

LEVELSUBJECTHYPERLINK
K-12Phys EdDarebee
K-12Virtual Field TripsGoogle Expeditions
K-12ELANewsela
K-12ELAReadworks
K-12MusicChrome Music Lab
K-12MusicClassics For Kids
PrimaryTechnology Code
PrimaryPhys EdCosmic Yoga
PrimaryPhys EdGo Noodle
PrimaryMathMath Blaster
PrimaryMathZap Zap
Primary ScienceScience Kids
PrimarySocial StudiesPBS Kids
PrimaryAll SubjectsMr. Nussbaum
SecondayPhys EdYoga with Adriene
SecondaryPhys EdLive Love Party Zumba
SecondaryMathKahn Academy
SecondaryScienceScience Bob
SecondarySocial StudiesNational Geographic
SecondaryWorld LanguageDuolingo
K-12All SubjectsKahoot
Resources compiled from some of the best educators I know!

April is Earth Month! The big themes around this time of year are to reduce, to reuse, and to recycle. In that order precisely. To keep our Mother Earth glistening we have to reduce our waste. A zero-waste life isn’t for most people, so for what we can’t reduce, we must learn to reuse or recycle. Here are 25 money saving sustainability hacks everyone can use.

Money saving sustainabilit hacks help you and the planet!

The best way to reduce is to simply refuse extra ‘things’. Unfortunately, this is a privilege that many people don’t have. However, you can still practice sustainability without privilege, and here are some easy money-saving sustainability hacks for you to try. If you’re not too worried about the sustainability part but still want to save money, check out this post on saving/making money for travel.

Go Virtual/Digital Paperless

1. Find Money Saving Sustainability in Paying Bills and Storing Paperwork Digitally

Forget paper copies and put everything online. Use Google Drive to store any and all information you might need – you don’t have to worry about your computer crashing or running out of storage space either. Even my Medical Information and copays get sorted into a file on my computer. True money saving sustainability can be found in not paying the postage fees for these companies.

 I receive all of my bills via e-mail and sort them into folders. I even have a folder for travel plans and documents that houses confirmation numbers, schedule changes, etc., a folder for online shopping receipts, and more all in my e-mail. It makes it very easy to find what you need when you need it and it never goes away.

2. All Entertainment Can Be Accessed with Wifi

You can even go digital in the world of entertainment. Books can now be stored and read on kindles, you can watch movies and television shows without owning a DVD or a VHS, and there is a slew of ‘board game’ and other family activities that simply require an electronic device. I understand the feeling of a good paperback, or playing an actual board game – I own quite a few of both – but maybe select your absolute favorites to own and keep the rest digital. If you must read hard copies, get yoself a library card and share share that’s fair.

Food and Other Kitchen Sustainability Hacks

3. Reusable Shopping Bags are Your Friend

Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags! Single-use plastics are awful for the environment. As a result, New York has finally adopted a plastic bag law. So save yourself some money on plastic/paper one time bags at checkout and remember your reusables. You’ll also be keeping one-use plastic out of our landfills and oceans. I also like to bring cloth shopping bags to department stores and farmers market to reduce my need for a single-use bag.


P.S. Keep a few in the car for those impromptu trips.

4. Bring on the Reusable Tupperware, Zip Lock Baggies, and Water Bottles

Reusable containers all the way! To heck with single-use containers. I love my lock and locks for leftovers, and my Hydroflask is my go-to reusable water bottle. Lock and locks are also amazing for packing lunch alongside a reusable velcro bags for a side snacky. Reusable water bottles, tumblers, and mugs are all the rage while also helping our earth, try them out sometime!

5. Buying Food in Bulk is a Low Key Money Saving Sustainability Hack

Try buying your food in bulk and even in reusable containers if possible. This reduces the amount of packaging and therefore the waste. A lot of whole food stores will allow you to buy dry items such as oatmeal, farro, and rice with your own containers from home. I love this idea! It’s definitely what’s best for our earth when it comes to purchasing groceries.

6. How Can I Reuse my Food Scraps?

There are a few sanitary ways you can reuse your food. I like to put veggie scraps in a plastic baggie to make broth at a later date after a few weeks of cooking have added up. If you have pets, feed them food scraps that are safe for them in their bowl instead of throwing them out. My final solution for your unused food includes composting; there are quite a few ways to approach this solution though so make sure you do your research.

 

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Healing Scrap stock! I’m sure plenty of you guys out there are doing this already, but for those of you that aren’t, this is a great way to make use of vege bits or bone scraps. 🍲 Save up all of those veggie scraps, including carrot tops, onion & garlic skins & bone scraps (if you choose) & pop them in a container in the freezer. I have one marked “stock” & we add scraps as we go. When it’s full, add to a slow cooker along with roughly 2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar, a bay leaf or 2 & a handful of pepper corns & cook for at least 24 hrs. 🍲 Strain off the scraps & compost (vege only) & bottle the precious stock in old glass jars, leaving an inch of headroom & freeze. 🍲 No more packaging or waste & it costs you nothing but a little time. 🍲 Makes a great base for a healing broth, which is really nourishing for warding off those seasonal change sniffles. 🍲 #useallthescraps #zerowaste #vegetablestock #zerowastehome #homemadestock #broth #healingwithfood #bonebroth #wanderlightly #plasticfree #protectwhatyoulove #lifewithoutplastic #zerowastecollective #ecofriendlyliving #LovePlanet #organic #wastefreeplanet #choosetoreuse #lesswaste #ecoliving #plasticfreejourney #lowimpactmovement #earthfriendly #noplasticplease

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7. Lessen Your Food Waste All Together

A real bit of money saving sustainability includes planning your meals and eating your leftovers, it’s really that simple. Plan plan plan for the week and eat all your leftovers! There is nothing I like more than making a big dinner so I have leftovers for work the next day. It makes me look forward to lunch even more than I already do. 

8. Meal Delivery Services are Life Saving

Order a meal service! You’ll quickly decrease the amount of food waste you create. Everything you need comes pre-portioned for cooking. A lot of these companies also strive to be sustainable in their packaging as well. No longer are the days of buying produce and forgetting you have it until you smell it from the back of the crisp drawer. This is an absolute lifesaver for a busy couple/family; my boyfriend and I are both teachers who coach after school all year long – it makes eating healthy dinners thoughtless.

9. Why Does Eating Lower on the Food Chain Make a Difference?

Significant resources are needed to produce animal products for food compared to plant-based foods. Red meat, in particular, has a very high carbon footprint. Switching to an animal-free, vegan diet is a powerful way to help protect our environment. While this remains a somewhat controversial topic, it is generally accepted that meat and dairy consumption needs to decline in order to feed both the growing global population as well as reduce global emissions. 


If going completely Vegan isn’t for you that’s OKAY! My household isn’t either but what we do try and eat 3 or so vegan meals a week. Purple Carrot is one of our favorite, easy ways to eat delicious, plant-based meals without much hassle or creativity at all. That meal service I just talked about that is a lifesaver for us? Yeah, Purple Carrot all the way!

Conscious Clothing and Textile Sustainability Hacks

10. Be Sustainable in Your Purchasing

First and foremost, purchase well-made clothes from a sustainable brand. Next, wear those clothes until they fall apart. Choose pieces that are true to YOU; if you have your own style, nothing you wear goes out of style. A majority of the world’s waste comes from textiles. We need to do better. Spending more money on sustainable textiles is the ultimate money saving sustainability hack in that the piece will last you much longer and you won’t have to spend more money on a new piece!

11. Sell Unwanted Clothing for True Money Saving Sustainability

Before you toss your clothes in the trash, try selling them first! You can try selling your unwanted items at a local consignment shop or online through apps like Poshmark or Mercari. These are also great places to buy second hand, lightly worn clothing; providing a home for some else’s old clothes is simply the right thing to do. Clothes that are in good shape but can’t be sold should be donated before being thrown away.

If you join Poshmark or Mercari using the link above, you’ll save $10 on your first purchase!

12. Clothing Rental Services are All the Rage

Need a gown that you’ll only wear once? Need the perfect interview outfit that you’ll never wear again? Maybe your style is just always changing and you don’t know what you want to wear. Try renting your clothes. This is an amazing way to stay fresh and trendy without wasting textiles. Many companies allow you to purchase your favorite pieces for a discounted price at the end of your rental – once you’ve worn something a few times you should have a good idea of if you NEED it or if it was just fun for a little while.

For everyday wear, American Eagle’s Style Drop is a great option. If you’re looking for something very fancy rent the runway might be a better fit for you. There are a lot of different companies! Renting your clothes is a sneaky money saving sustainability hack that most people don’t think – stay up to date with the latest styles without spending the extra cash and creating the extra waste,.

13. Green Cleaning in Your Home

Wash your clothing in cold water and then hang them to dry. Whether this is on an outdoor clothesline or a folding drying rack in your house. It saves precious energy and it’s better for your clothes.

I also stumbled across Grove Collaborative which provides a one-stop-shop with awesome deals on green and sustainable cleaning supplies! I’ve absolutely loved this subscription. I never have to worry if I’ll run out fo toilet bowl cleaner or dish soap. Will I desperately need a new sponge but not have the time to run out and buy one? The answer is no… because Grove ship cleaning products to my home on a schedule of my choosing and it’s such a beautiful thing.

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Household Money Saving Sustainability Hacks

14. Reuse Gift Bags, Tissue Paper, and Packaging

Don’t only reuse these items but STRIVE to only use these things. I save the boxes, wrapping paper, bubble wrap from packages I receive for when I need to mail or gift something to someone else. Of course, this works for receiving gifts as well; save the bag and wrapping paper that housed your gift and pass it on. There’s no need to create more waster (and it saves you money). 

15. Reuse your Plastic Baggies

Reuse newspaper bags, plastic shopping bags, bread baggies, etc. for any purpose you can think of. I know we use any plastic shopping bags we wind up with for our kitty litter, car garbage bags, hiking trash baggies, packing shoes in our luggage for vacation, and more. It doesn’t make the plastic bag situation much better but at least the bag is being used multiple times before finding its place in the garbage. 

16. Take Time to Unplug and Turn Off

Something I was awful at as a kid and still struggle with is turning lights off. I spent a lot of time home ‘alone’ (Nana lives in our basement apartment!) as a kid and watched too much Criminal Minds; I liked my lights on. However, this did create a bad habit. Try your best to turn lights off and unplug items when you’re not using them. 

17. Take a Chance on Solar Energy for Serious Money Saving Sustainability

This option is becoming more accessible with each and every year. Definitely an awesome way to utilize a renewable energy source. Great for the planet and will pay for itself and then some over time.

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Follow @engineering.tech for more — SOFT Rockers (FAST), from Professor.Sheila Kennedy, James Bayless, Kaitlyn Bogenschutz, Wardah Inam, Jungmin Nam, Shevy Rockcastle, Phil Seaton, Matt Trimble, Adnon Zolij @mitarchitecture – – are smart, clean energy charging stations disguised as outdoor rocking lounge furniture. Unlike conventional ‘hard’ urban infrastructure, it leverages its environment in a dynamic manner by using the human power of balance to create an interactive 1.5 axis 35 watt solar tracking system. Soft power electronics designed for this project charge the 12 ampere-hour battery and store solar energy harvested during the day. Put your body weight in play with an interactive, real time energy harvesting feedback loop that senses how you orient the rocker to the sun. Charge or run any USB device from speakers to cell phones and bring your friends to enjoy cool lighting loops at night for social gatherings. – – The leaf-like loop form of the SOFT rockers explores how standard softwood panels can be mass-customized to adapt their form to the latitude and sun angle of any site using parametric design software and automated fabrication with a lightweight Kuka robotic arm. The project advances digital kerfing methods developed by Christoph Schindler with wood joining techniques which enable softwood panels to be formed into a continuous undulating wood surface. The interdisciplinary SOFT Rocker project for MIT’s FAST 150 event, led by Professor Sheila Kennedy and Jungmin Nam of KVA Matx in Boston, combines hi-tech and low-tech design strategies: it produces electricity but engages the body and works like furniture “by hand”; it mixes sun tracking and social dynamics; it is a site specific object and a flexible form family of ‘soft’ wood construction. . . Follow us ⬇️⬇️ @usatechnology @usatechnology . . Via @letsdesigndaily #mit #solar #human #social #letsdesigndaily #solarenergy #solarpanels #design #solarpower

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18. Switch to LED Lights

 LED light bulbs are more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs, but because they are so efficient, they will save you money over their lives. LEDs can also last as much as 20 times longer than an incandescent bulb and 3 times longer than a CFL. All of the lights in our home are LED and my school -which is undergoing a serious project right now- has switched all of our lights to LEDs as well.

19. Wrap Your Water Heater

For just a few dollars, you can wrap your water heater in a heat blanket. These few dollars will save you some serious cash while also reducing carbon emissions. This is a money saving sustainability hack if I’ve ever seen one!

20. Buy Efficient Appliances

 When you plan to purchase new appliances, look for ENERGY STAR qualified products. But don’t just settle for the certification—pick the model that uses the least amount of energy possible. Using less energy not only helps out the environment, but it helps out your pocket.

21. Seal Up Those Drafts

 Use caulking for leaky windows and get a door sweep to keep the heat in your house and CO2 out of the atmosphere. This will also save you money heating each month; you can also vacuum seal your windows (behind blind and curtains) for the winter for some serious draft sealing.

Easy Lifestyle Sustainability Hacks

22. Ladies, you Have to Go With a Diva Cup

Ladies Only here… This item has been a saving grace to my menstrual cycle. It has saved me so much money on purchasing tampons and it so simple to use. And obviously, if I’m not purchasing tampons they’re also not taking up space in our landfills.

A money saving sustainability hack all women should look into!
A money saving sustainability hack all women should look into!

23. Grow Yourself a Green Thumb Ya’ll

With urbanization on the rise, more forests are being destroyed. With fewer plants to process carbon dioxide into oxygen, maintaining an urban garden (or at least loving on some indoor and outdoor plants) is one of the best ways to replenish the world’s rapidly dwindling plant population. You can go with flowers, cactuses, and other decorative houseplants, or you can grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs for bonus points on the eco-friendliness scale.

Growing your own herbs and fruits provides sneaky money saving sustainability! There’s nothing better than the smell of herbs on your windowsill either. My absolute favorite site to order my indoor plants from is the sill! I belong to their low light subscription and LOVE it.

24. Exercise Can Save the Planet

Can you walk there? Ride a bike? Skateboard? If this isn’t an option, try ride sharing or public transportation. This is truly one of the major money saving sustainability hacks that we must master.

25. Borrowing Doesn’t Have to be Reserved for Kids at Recess

Need something for a single project or only temporarily? Borrow it from a friend or family member. If it isn’t something you will get regular use out of, don’t waste the purchase. It will likely end up in the trash or collecting dust after you spend money on it. 


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The truth is, you don’t have to do any earth-shattering, awesome deeds to make a difference. Even the smallest choice has a real impact. Good choices, when added up, can ripple out to create a significantly better world. The better we keep our world, the happier she is and the more adventures she will allow us to go on. And if it’s an adventure you’re looking for, check out these true beauties of mother nature.

Catamaran to Saona Island

In this post, you will learn the 7 questions to ask before booking your Saona Island Tour. Every tour isn’t created equally and if you’re leaving your gorgeous resort, you want it to be the best day of your trip. With these simple 7 questions, you will figure out which Saona Island tour is best for you! 

7 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE BOOKING YOUR SAONA ISLAND TOUR

A day trip to Saona Island is one of the most popular excursions the Dominican Republic has to offer. La Saona is part of the Cotubanamá National Park and lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. The island is known for its mangroves, coral reefs, and palm-fringed beaches. Movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Blue Lagoon, have filmed scenes here because of its pristine condition.

1. What Beach on Saona Island are We Going to?

There are a lot of beaches on Saona Island and although they all provide pristine white sand and turquoise waters, some are better than others. The least popular and therefore most untouched is Canto De La Playa. This beach is an absolute beauty on the southeast tip of the island; its location makes it one of the least visited beaches of Saona Island.  Other popular beaches include Playa de Gato, Saona Beach, and Palmera Turistica. The beaches are all made of crisp, white sand, however, our water was full of rough rocks and sharp shells. I would definitely suggest water shoes – I cut my foot on a rock while we were wading and have acquired a new scar.  

The beautiful beaches of Saona Island
The Crowded, Yet Gorgeous, Beaches of Saona Island

2. How Are We Getting to Saona Island?

Catamaran, Speed Boat, or Sailboat, which will it be? This is important because a catamaran ride takes 2 hours, whereas a speedboat takes a mere 40 minutes. On our tour, we took the catamaran out. We sang, danced, and drank the whole ride to the island. On the way back we took a speedboat first to the natural pools, then all the way back to port Bayahibe. By this point, we were ready to be done with the day so having a shorter ride back was quite nice.


3. Where are we Stopping Along the Way?

Some tours offer stops on the way to or from the port. Almost all tours stop at the natural swimming pool – shallow water in the middle of the ocean where you might even see starfish. Do not touch the wildlife. Some tours even stop at Mano Juan. This small village is the only inhabited part of Saona Island and it’s full of culture! 


4. How Long will we be on Saona Island?

You don’t want to spend the majority of your trip in transit. You want to be soaking up the sun and soaking in the turquoise waters of the beach. We spent about 2 hours on the island, and realistically, I could have used more time for sure. We spent at least 45 minutes of this time in the water, and the rest of the time eating lunch and laying in the sunshine. 


5. What’s Included in the Open Bar?

Chances are you’re leaving an all-inclusive resort to head out on this excursion. It’s important to realize that the beverages you’ve grown to love will no longer be available. Our open bar included rum and coke or sprite; at one point they even ran out of sprite. 

The Turquoise Waters of Saona Island
Taking in These Gorgeous Turquoise Waters

6. What Kind of Food is at the Buffet on Saona Island?

Our buffet consisted of BBQ chicken and fish with sides. Pasta and sauce (strange), rice, veggies, and pineapple were included in our sides. The BBQ fish was delicious but it had the skin and bones which I know would throw some people off. The chicken was so dry that it was tough to eat. Our serving sizes were also very small -while we watched the individuals who work for the tour company take heaping spoonfuls- and when we went back up for seconds everything was shut down. This was a bummer and left us a little hungry for the remainder of our afternoon. Luckily, we remembered our snacks. 


7. How Many People Will Be On My Saona Island Tour?

Our tour had at least 35-40 people on it. This made for a cramped catamaran ride and an even more cramped speed boat ride. It made it very difficult for our tour guide to communicate with us because he was shouting at such a large group. I felt like we missed out on any interesting facts or history regarding the island. This large group also made us feel like we were being herded on and off of all the transportation. A small, more intimate tour, would definitely be worth a higher price. 

We LOVED Our Catamaran Ride to Saona Island
We LOVED Our Catamaran Ride to Saona Island… mostly

If you’re looking to enjoy a few excursions during your time in the Dominican Republic, you might want to check out my post on 9 easy ways to make extra money for travel. The more extra cash you can scrounge up, the more fun you can have during your trip!

Lounging on Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Lounging on Saona Island, Dominican Republic

A few extra dollars can go a long way in planning an adventure of any kind! In this post, I will share with you 9 easy ways to make extra money for travel. By utilizing a few of these strategies, you can save for extra vacation spending money. If you’re looking for inexpensive travel ideas, I have a few for you at the bottom of this post!

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Aside from having an amazing career as a teacher, and in return, making decent enough money to enjoy the freedom of traveling every so often, there are also a few other ways that I make/save money. This extra cash might go towards my spending money, the gear I need, or travel expenses for any given trip! Here I will share with you my favorite ways to save and make a few extra dollars throughout the year! 

1. Credit Cards Offer Great Benefits

Earning Skymiles and Flight Benefits

I currently use a Delta American Express Card for almost every single purchase I make throughout the year and just pay it off at the end of each month. Earning miles on EVERY purchase and double miles on Delta purchases means lots of flight opportunities! There are also Card Benefits that change throughout the year; for example, I received $20 back on my card after making my first $50 Etsy purchase with the card; there are deals for Park ‘N Fly, Hilton Hotel, Meal Service, and more. There are no foreign transaction fees to use your card abroad and I get to check my first bag free when I fly Delta which is INCREDIBLY helpful when adventure traveling with camping gear! I also benefit from Car rental Loss and Damage Insurance, Purchase Protection and Travel Accident Insurance.

If you use this link, you can earn extra miles as a friend referral! By applying for a Delta AMEX card through the link provided, you will earn 50,000 bonus miles after you spend $2,000 or more in purchases with their new card within the first three months of Membership. If you make a Delta purchase in the first three months, you will earn a $50.00 statement credit as well. Earn an additional 10,000 bonus miles after making an additional $1,000 in purchases within 6 months of membership. This is not a free card, however, the miles never expire and if you’re someone who flies frequently, the cost of the card pays for itself in checked luggage alone each year! If you do open up an account with Delta AMEX using the above link, I earn 10,000 miles upon your approval so thank you for helping me earn miles towards my flights!

Cashback on Purchases and Other Perks

Many cards also offer cashback options that can be built up and used towards future purchases. I am currently looking into an REI Mastercard; multiple times throughout the year they offer $100 REI gift card once a purchase is made with the approved card and 5% cashback at REI and 1% cashback on everyday purchases. A great bonus is that REI will donate $0.10 per REI Mastercard purchase transaction to the National Forest Foundation. As an outdoor enthusiast, this card would benefit me in multiple ways! Find a card that works best for you and utilize it.


2. Start Using Coupon Apps to Save or Earn Some Money Back on your Purchases

If You’re Not Using Ibotta When You Shop, You’re Throwing Away Money

IBotta is an app that I use religiously. Every single time I go food shopping I check to see what items might have a discount; to date (about four years), I’ve earned $893.68. The way this app works is that you find offers based on what store you will be shopping with. I most frequently shop at Walmart but have used the app at Target, Hannaford, and CVS. There are different categories for saving as well: Grocery, Mobile Shopping, Pharmacy, Clothing, Restaurants & Bars, Travel and more. You add the discount to ‘My Offers’ and once you have completed your purchase you will scan the receipts in the ‘Redeem’ tab and your account will be credited. When it is time for you to withdraw your cash you can add it to your PayPal or Venmo account or you can put it on a gift card such as Amazon, Applebees, Nike, Old, Navy, Uber, etc… Check out my beginners guide to ibotta for even more information.

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Many Stores Have Money Saving Opportunities

Using specific store apps such as Savings Catcher at Walmart and Cartwheel at Target can often double your savings (when using both). Savings Catcher is used after all purchases have been made and check local establishments for lower prices. If a lower price is found, you are awarded the difference. Cartwheel is similar to ibotta in that you have to search for your savings. Something I like to do with Cartwheel, at Target, is to shop like normal and then use the scanner in the app to scan the items in my cart to see if there is a discount on any items. Cartwheel provides you with the discount right there at the register, meanwhile, Savings Catcher adds up your savings for you in an account for you to later use as a Walmart Gift Card; My Lifetime Rewards Earned equals $71.79.

Similar Apps include Coupon Sherpa, Krazy Coupon Lady, and Checkout 51. See which ones work best for you while allowing you to make extra money.


3. Sell Lightly Used Items into Consignment

Selling via Poshmark

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Poshmark has been one of the best discoveries for this clothing lover! It allows me to sell all of my old clothing online. I have earned well over $1300 dollars through the app selling my old, but still in good condition, clothing items. Everything from shoes, to jackets to bathing suits and denim have sold! Once an item is sold, a USPS priority mail label is sent to your email. From here you print it, slap it on a priority mailbox with the item inside and the product is off on its way! Once the buyer accepts the package, your earnings are released to you. When you’re ready to withdraw your earnings you can have Poshmark direct deposit it to your bank account or write you a check. The app is free to sign up but you can also find great deals to purchase as well. I have found amazing deals on Gymshark Workout Apparel, Slazenger Golf Skorts, and other cute styles for more than half off! Sign up with code KT4TA to save $5.00 on your first purchase.

Buying and Selling Through the Mercari App

Mercari is another app I recently started using to cross-list my items. If you sign up through this link, you’ll receive $10 off your first purchase! I find that when I list them in both apps I’m more likely to sell and therefore, allowing myself to make extra money for my travels. Don’t forget that you can also purchase through these apps. I have found amazing, expensive pieces in great condition for a fraction of the markup price. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with Balance Athletica as an activewear line and their pieces are not only expensive, but they sell out quickly. I’ve built up quite a collection with the help of these two apps for a fraction of the cost.

Sell in Person As Well!

There are also options to find local stores that purchase lightly used items to resell at second-hand prices. For example, in my area, there is a store called Plato’s Closet (chain) that purchases second hand trendy, young styles for resale. Once Upon A Child is our local (chain) consignment shop that purchases lightly used baby/child clothing, toys, equipment, etc. for resale! I’ve made nearly $500 over the years in selling old styles to shops like this as well! I often use these funds to turn around and purchase newer apparel and equipment for my trips. 


4. Become A Brand Ambassador to Make Extra Money for your Travels

Become an ambassador for a brand you use and truly believe in. This often comes with a discount on their items and a percentage of sales tracked back to your link and/or code. For example, I am currently a DAZEY LADY, or in other words an Ambassador for Dazey LA. This company is a female-owned, designed and ran slow, sustainable fashion brand. I love what the company stands for AND the beautiful pieces that come with it. Anyone who shops using the code FORTIER will receive 10% off and I will receive 10% commission on their sale.

You can have an affiliate link for just about anything! I also have an affiliate link for the supplement company I love and use, but I know people who make bank off of their Amazon, CBD company, and makeup brands. If there’s a product you love, use daily, and share with your friends and family look into getting yourself an affiliate link. If it isn’t blatantly obvious on their webpage, reach out and see if you can make it happen.

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Affiliate links are a great way to earn a little extra money and support the businesses you love.


5. Get A Part-time Job

This next suggestion is not something I do personally, however, I know a few people who drive for Uber or Lyft. Work your own hours and make a couple hundred extra dollars a week/month depending on your availability. If this specific side hustle isn’t right up your alley, you can look just about anywhere!

Is there a store you love? A spot you find yourself shopping at frequently? Try getting a seasonal or part-time job here to not only earn extra money but enjoy some added benefits and discounts. For example, if you love the outdoors, getting a job at REI, Bass Pro, or Dick’s Sporting Goods will earn you some extra cash flow and give you a discount on the items you might need for your adventures!


6. Are You Getting the Best Price?

Join PARIBUS, a program that scans your emails for recent purchases from participating retailers and provides you with a refund of the difference if there is a price drop on an item you’ve purchased. Stores they monitor include Amazon, Macy’s, Old Navy, Target, Walmart, REI and more!  

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7. Try Some Pet or Babysitting

While I was studying for my master’s degree I used Care.com to find a wonderful family to babysit for a few times a week. I got to spend my mornings with three cute little kiddos and made a few extra bucks to put me through school. When I started my teaching job I found a few pet sitting and babysitting gigs for some extra cash. It was nice to be able to pick and choose my hours based on how busy my teaching and coaching schedule was. All the money I made babysitting became extra money for me to push into my savings and vacation accounts.


8. Get Crafty Ya’ll!

Are you crafty? Create an Etsy shop for your craft! Whether you make dream catchers, jewelry, knit goods, or wooden flowers, whatever it may be, this is a great way to make some extra cash!

You don’t need to be on Etsy either. I know people who sell their crafty skills via Instagram and Facebook as well. They’ll make an example item and post it asking for orders from any friends that are interested. Use your talents to your advantage! My art teacher creates the most beautiful invitations and has a side business making -mostly wedding- invitations. Take your skillset and make extra money doing something you love!


9. Round-Up Your Change Programs

Enroll in a program that rounds the change from your purchases up and places it in an account for you. For example, Acorns is a site that invests your spare change to help your bank account grow. There are even multiple accounts that you can invest in. Chime is another online banking community that helps you save with the round-up tool. Your spare change might not seem like much, but it will definitely add up over the course of a couple of months.


You can travel more frequently if you can spend less money on each trip. A great way to explore new places on a budget is to visit our National Parks. I’ve traveled for weeks on end exploring Utah’s National Parks without spending over $1,500 – flight included. So if you know where to look, you can make any adventure a reality. Use these 9 easy ways to make extra money for travel and start planning today.

This luxury resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic is for adults only and is the ideal spot for soaking up some sun. Relax in the spectacular bay and pamper yourself with superior services. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisine at a number of different restaurants, explore the vibrant culture of the region, or choose between a round of golf or a spa treatment. This Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville review will cover everything you need to know to decide is this is the best resort for your stay!

Bahia Principe Luxury Resort

Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville’s Easy
Check-In Process

Check-in was simple enough. Upon arrival at the main entrance, we were carted over to the Adults Only lobby where we shared our information with the front desk, received a wrist band, and headed over to lunch while we waited until 3:00 PM check-in. Unlike other resorts, we were not pampered with welcome drinks and snacks, but we had a drink with lunch!

Bahia Principe Bouganville Room Balcony
Absolutely Loved the Balcony of our Rooms

Bahia Principe Bouganville Rooms

A very handsome butler brought us to our beautiful room. We had a gorgeous King Size 4 poster bed that opened up to a seating area and table before leading out to the balcony. The bathroom was spacious, with a standing shower and a jacuzzi tub. The toilet was separated from the core of the room by a frosted glass door. We enjoyed this because it allowed us to be in and out of the bathroom even if someone was using the toilet! My favorite thing about the room was its energy efficiency. You need a room key in order to use any of the electricity within the room; once you open the balcony door, the air conditioning turns off. I know that this obviously helps cut the hotels’ utility costs, but I also love what it means for the environment.

  • Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville Room Photos

The Bahia Principe Bouganville Pool Situation

There are three pools here on the Adult Only side of the resort. The pool furthest from the ocean is known as the peaceful pool. We did not spend ANY time here. We hung out at the Party pool by the ocean! Between the swim-up bar and the entertainment crew, we had a blast all day long. Generally, we were at the pool from about 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Next to the pool is a wading pool and bar.

Bahia Principe Bouganville Daytime Entertainment

The entertainment staff at Bahia Principe Bouganville works tirelessly to get you involved and having fun! Water aerobics is a popular activity for men and women of all ages; we preferred to participate from the swim-up bar with a cocktail, but it was super fun. They also hosted a number of poolside games -think ring toss- and the funniest “sexiest girl competition”. You can take poolside dancing lessons and enjoy a freshly prepared poolside lunch inspired by Dominican cuisine.

Tropical Bahia Principe Bouganville Beach

The beach is beautiful and full of tropical foliage. This makes it less than ideal for laying out all day as the sun is behind the beach, over the resort for the majority of the day. It is, however, absolute perfection in the later afternoon into the sunset. The perfect glow!  The beach is full of chairs and palapas which makes finding a spot to relax quite simple. The beach is a bit of a cove so there are no waves, and the swimming area is fairly small. 

With that being said, Bahia owns a massive strip of beach here. If you walk south along the shoreline you’ll find yourself on a pretty neat bit of a rocky cliff edge. It’s very quiet and peaceful out here and perfect for sunset. Out here you’re on Bech Club stomping grounds where there aren’t very many people. Bring shows because it is rocky! 

Girls Trip!

Dining at the Bahia Principe Bouganville

Upon our arrival, we scheduled our dinners for the week. Unfortunately, the only time slots available were fro 8:30 PM and later which kind of sucked. This prevented us from enjoying the evening entertainment and it was just a really late time to eat. There were a few restaurants that we were unable to schedule a reservation at as well which was a bummer.

Breakfast

A breakfast buffet is one of my all-time favorite things. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I love food so… buffets are phenomenal. They had EVERYTHING you could think of. MY favorite two areas: 1. eggs cooked to order station where you could also have an omelet, and 2. a crepe station with jams, Nutella, peanut butter, and nuts. They also had endless bread, fruit, cereal, hot breakfast items, and some specialty items! I fell in love with their breakfast churros and their donuts. 

Lunch

We always ate lunch at the buffet net to the pool. The selection here was a little bit smaller but it’s an open-air style building right next to the pool and the beach. Every day there was a fajita and nacho station alongside a number of other hot meal items. There was also a salad bar and a dessert bar.

Dinner

The dinner buffet had many options, although we only ate here twice. I was a big fan of all the seafood they had available. There are a number of restaurants that you can make reservations for. You can also order room service at any time of day with a limited nighttime menu.

LOS CORRALES RODIZIO RESTAURANT

Traditional Brazilian grilled meat served tableside. After you take a seat, you head up to make your salad first. Once you sit back down you have a card that is red on one side and green on the other. When the green side is up, that means you want people to stop by your table with what they have to offer. They’ll give you fresh cuts of meat, bread, potatoes, vegetables, and more! When you flip your card to red, that means you’re all set and ready for dessert.

ORIENTAL TAKARA RESTAURANT

This Asian Fusion restaurant was my absolute favorite. It will redefine your definition of delicious oriental cuisine as you try traditional Asian flavors mixed with new bold spices unlike you have ever experienced before.

DON PABLO GOURMET RESTAURANT

Din Pablo offers exquisite gourmet cuisine. Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner as you listen to the beautiful music of the tableside musicians while enjoying delicious handcrafted gourmet dishes. You must order the crepes for dessert if you have any ounce of a sweet tooth. Please dress appropriately here; men must wear pants.

Nightlife at Bahia Principe Bouganville

We were unable to attend a lot of the nightlife entertainment due to our dinner reservations. Every night there was something exciting going on on both sides of the resort. If you didn’t mind being on the family side, there were magicians, beach parties, and circus acts. We were really looking forward to the silent disco night, however, it was conducted differently than we had experienced in the past. A silent disco can be extremely fun, we caught the tail end of this one and definitely preferred our previous Silent Disco experiences.

Bahia Principe Daily Entertainment Program
The Bahia Principe Daily Entertainment Program

The Discoteca was a sketchy looking building that played club-style music until 2:00 AM. The first night we walked in here we had a shot and immediately left; our shot tasted like rubbing alcohol. A few nights later we got our buzz on beforehand and then went to the Discoteca to do a little dancing. We DID have some fun on this night but overall, the Discoteca was a less than ideal experience. 

The Nightlife at Bahia Principe Bouganville Resort

Bahia Principe Bouganville’s Fitness Center

I’m going to be very honest here, the gym was bare minimum. There was one treadmill that was working and one stationary bike. A few resistance machines and some free weights were available as well. The space was small and not conducive to more than 4 or 5 people working out at a time. Getting there early, around 5:30-6:00 AM ensured enough space to complete your workout but it certainly wasn’t easy. 

Check-Out at Bahia Principe Bouganville

The Check-Out process at Bahia Principe Bouganville was super quick and painless. It took less than 5 minutes for the whole process to be completed. We were then carted to the main entrance for our transfer to the airport. The only negative part about checking out was that we had to leave!

Bahia Principe Bouganville provides laughter for all girls

Should we Stay at the Bahia Principe Bouganville?

Bahia Principe Bouganville is an absolutely wonderful getaway for a group of girlfriends. If you’re heading here on your next trip, please don’t forget these 21 Must-Have Items For An All-Inclusive Resort. It’s easy to remember your swimsuit and your sunblock, but you often forget to bring simple first aid supplies, a cordless speaker, and other awesome items.