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10 Valuable Life Lessons Kids Learn From Camping



There’s no doubt that children love camping, they enjoy the natural breeze, open spaces and wild experiences as well as the other fun activities. We’re sure your children also love to camp out into wide-open wilderness and relish the natural beauty. However, as much as it’s an adventurous venture, camping can also help your child learn numerous valuable lessons. 

In all probability, children learn extra new things with face-to-face interactions and lived experiences than they do in classrooms. This experiential learning has been declining rapidly since the past few decades in schools and other educational institutions. They primarily focus on teaching curriculum and bookish knowledge rather than actual practical understanding. But this is where your role comes in. 

Now it becomes your responsibility to teach your children the most extravagant lessons which they’ll remember and embrace for the rest of their lives. And you can do that by spending more time with your children. One of the ways to accomplish that is through camping trips. Either you can plan a family camp out or allow your child to go for a sleepaway camp organised by their school. For planning your own trip, you can check out this article for the best tents for your family. Now, whatever the case may be, we’re here to help you educate your child about these 10 valuable lessons that they can learn from camping. 

  1. Value Of Family 

Camping is simply the best activity to rejuvenate your family bonding and build stronger ties with your family members. When kids are away from their routine school life, you’re away from work and other errands, you’d have all the time in the world for each other. This will teach your kids how important family ties are, that you’d always be there for them no matter what. 

You’d feel more connected with your children when you’re away from all the extra burden of work, and who knows maybe your child will love that random joke. And maybe they’ll learn about your fun side and enjoy your company more, that’s a definite bonus. 

  • Planning & Goal Setting 

While planning for any trip, you’d definitely encounter questions like- where to go? what to pack? Which road to take? And many more similar questions. You should include your children in these planning and decision-making. This will ensure that they’re aware of the fact that their opinions matter. 

All this planning will also teach them the importance of making a schedule and setting goals for yourself. For example, being on time, being able to organise their schedules and work, etc. 

  • Appreciation For Nature 

While you’re camping out in the wilderness, it’s highly possible that you’d first-hand experience the true wonders of nature. And these definitely can’t be experienced through books, stories and reading other people’s accounts. 

This is a great opportunity to educate your child and make them understand the true attraction of natural habitat. Make them aware about the kind of animals you run into, the smells you encounter, the fishes you catch and other wilderness. This will ensure that your children know what it’s like to firsthand experience and appreciate the natural habitat in all its glory. 

  • Environnement Conservation & Protection 

The increasing threat to our environment and wildlife due to technological advancement and modern innovations is a point of concern for all of us. And the next generation would be very affected by present day scenarios. So it’s best to prepare them for what they should do to protect the environment. And what better way than a camping trip? 

It’s always a good idea to mention the ways in which children can help to keep the surroundings clean, green and safe. Make them understand the importance of planting trees, helping with picking up the trash and making the campsite habitual for others. This is also a good time to discuss the things you can improve as a family, like conserving unnecessary electricity, saving water, etc. 

  • Independence & Endurance Skills 

Doubtlessly, the older generation knew some of the basic things like cooking over an open fire, catching a fish and similar activities. But the newer modern kids aren’t aware about any such skills. And camping is a great way to make them learn these. 

Some of the other basic survival skills that they can learn while camping include first aid and fire safety. You can make them do some of the work themselves, like helping in pitching the tent, keeping their food safe from animals, cleaning the ground area, or even helping with cleaning the water and making it safe to drink. These tasks will teach them the importance of being able to work on their own and learn survival skills for demanding situations. 

  • Importance Of Hard Work & Team Work 

As aforementioned activities state, you can make your child learn the true value of working for a goal. When they’re expected to complete a task as basic as pitching a tent, cleaning after meals or catching a fish, they’d learn to work hard for achieving that goal. To make sure they understand it, make them help you with every chore you’re working on and wherever possible. 

And while you’re at it, some of these activities are better achieved in a group, when your child can’t finish a job or is struggling with anything, you can always help them. This will help them learn the importance of working in a group, the community feeling and make your family’s bonding stronger. Make sure you talk your ways through and help them understand that it’s easier to complete a task in a team.

  • Confidence To Face Fears 

Camping out would definitely include other activities like hiking, swimming, fishing, bungee jumping among others. And this might be the first time that your child does all these things. All of these activities would require your child to come out of their comfort zone and face their fears.

On the other hand, It can become quite intimidating for young children to camp out in the wild, with few talks of bears and other wild animals, especially during nights when they hear multiple sounds. Your work here is to reassure your child that everything and everyone is safe and they’re fine. This will teach them to face their fears and not get bogged down by any hardships and hiccups. 

  • Gratitude & Simple Living Standards 

Lying down in their comfy beds and the cozyness of your house, your child might start to take these little things for granted. Sometimes, they forget how lucky they are to have gotten everything they’ve desired and wished for. And it can also happen with adults as well. 

So when you camp out and go some days without all the luxuries and amenities, you’d understand the true value of them. When you go back home, you should talk to your children and make them understand the importance of having all luxurious items. This will teach them to be thankful and obligated towards everything and not desire irrelevant things. 

  • Problem Solving & Analytical Abilities 

It’s a high possibility that some or other thing would go wrong even after being completely prepared. It tends to happen when we’re away from our routine and comfort. Maybe you forgot to pack utensils, or it started raining or maybe you didn’t think ahead for something. During these times, it’s a great idea to involve your child in deciding what to do and to find a solution for the issue at hand. 

You might be surprised to know all the clever, imaginative and innovative ideas they can come up with. Since children have much more capability of suggesting original and inventive ideas, they can actually help in solving problems. This will surely help them for future endeavors whenever they’re in the middle of any crisis. 

  1.  Modesty & Humbleness 

Another similar theme to being grateful and showing gratitude towards their lives, children also need to understand the importance of being humble, modest and respectful. When out in the wide open forests, surrounded with big and small animals, your child would realize that they aren’t the only species on this planet. 

Maybe they were thinking about buying a new iPad, maybe they wanted that ice cream, but looking at the vastness and beauty of nature, they might forget all that material happiness. Looking at the big struggles of people trying to conserve the environment, keeping the wildlife intact would make them realise how small their problems are. This will teach them the true value of being empathetic, humble and thoughtful towards others. 

So now you know there’s more to camping than just enjoyment and adventure. Yes, those are the primary factors and reasons, to make you feel relaxed and enjoy nature away from the hassle of city life. But it can also turn into the greatest learning experience of your child’s life. Therefore, keep these points in mind whenever you go camping next and let your child learn these greatest of life lessons. 

Author Bio: 

Res Marty is an excellent advisor and guide for camping and hiking. He loves to challenge himself and travel to most difficult destinations. During his innumerable trips, he’d learnt many new skills and love to share them with the world through his blogs.


Countdown to Christmas Day Our Holiday Gift Guide: A Portable Campfire



17 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. For anyone who loves to sit back and relax near the campfire but doesn’t have the space or wherewithal to build one, gift them this nifty little thing for Christmas. A Portable Campfire $35.99. This candle-like “campfire” has 3 to 5 hours of burn time and is sleek enough to bring the campfire wherever — be it the beach, the backyard, terrace or anywhere else!

Do I feel a smores treat coming on?

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Happy Chanukah Day 3: Food For Thought



A Chanukah menu includes potato pancakes, fried, of course, in lots of oil. Sweet cream cheese rugelach. Strawberry-jam-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot), covered in powdered sugar. Fried apple fritters. Cheese-filled doughnuts fried in oil and dipped in honey and Cheese blintzes. Chanukah food traditions have their origins in the first years that the holiday was celebrated, and are meant to remembrances of certain miracles associated with the reason for Chanukah. 

The first is the miracle of oil. One day’s supply of oil lasted for eight days. Mystically, both the menorah and the oil used to light it are associated with Chochmah, and the war between the Greeks and the Jews.

The word shemen, Hebrew for oil, contains the same letters as shemoneh, eight, the number of days that the miracle of the oil lasted. 

The dairy is to honor a young woman named Yehudis. During the war against the Greeks, she fed a Greek General salty cheeses so that he would become extremely thirsty and brought him wine to drink. He fell asleep, she killed him. The Greek army fell into disarray and fled. Thus the dairy in the meals.

Gluten Free Latkes

Be sure to use high-heat oil, which will help keep things from burning. Pay attention to the temperature of the oil—keep it between 325° and 350° F—

Makes 24 latkes

Frying time: 6 to 8 minutes

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • ½ cup superfine brown rice flour
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 ounces safflower or other high-heat vegetable oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 170° F or your preferred keep-warm setting. Line a baking sheet with layers of paper towels.
  2. Peel the potatoes. Using a grater attachment, grate all the potatoes and onion together. Alternate, if grating by hand, coarsely grate half of the mixture and finely grate the other half, then combine the two mixtures in a large bowl.
  3. Line a colander with a clean dish towel. Place the potato mixture in the lined colander. Squeeze to get the liquid out. It will be messy, but keep going or the latkes will be greasy and not as light.
  4. Place the potato mixture in the bowl and add the flour, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Fill a skillet with ¼ inch of oil. Heat the oil until a tiny bit of the mixture sizzles when dropped in. Maintain an oil level that is ¼ inch deep with a temperature of 325° to 350° F at all times.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake, flatten to 4 inches in diameter, and fry over medium heat until nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.
  7. Place the finished latkes on the paper towel–lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven to keep warm while finishing up the other latkes.
  8. Serve the latkes warm, topped with applesauce and/or sour cream.

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Countdown to Christmas Day: Map The Song Of Your Life



17 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

How unique is this Spiral Song Lyric with Night Sky Map Clock.

Looking for a way to capture a meaningful day and text in one beautiful design? Grab a Personalized Star Map for you on a clock. Have questions about this design or how to personalize it for you or a gift? Message, as customer happiness is their #1 goal.

You give the company The Artist, Song Title or enter lyrics, a quote, names, address (for night sky) and the date and a spiral print will be printed showing the star map, alignment of the stars and constellations from your special day. Personally I think it is an amazing gift at $53.97 .

Free proofs are provided as well as quick edits to make sure you love your design before it’s printed. 

To personalize your night sky spiral print, click here. 

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Head To The The Algonquin Hotel For Some Holiday Cheer



As we head into the holiday season, The Algonquin Hotel’s December event lineup is open to both hotel guests and New York City locals. The hotel will spread holiday cheer with a variety of festive performances, cocktails, and experiences including:

  • Cocoa and Carols Happy Hour: Daily, 5-8PM, Every evening this December, all are invited to enjoy Specialty Cocoa while Christmas carols chime at the Blue Bar. Drinks will include Mexican Hot Chocolate spiked with mezcal
  • KT Sullivan Cabaret:  December 5th, 12th and 19th, Sullivan will perform her iconic Christmas Cabaret. As noted by The New York Times, Sullivan is a thrilling Off-Broadway performer with over eight published albums
  • Rocco Dellaneve’s Rat Pack Christmas: December 7th, 14th and 21st, Rocco Dellaneve will perform iconic songs from the Rat Pack Christmas album with special inclusions of Santa with Sinatra, Rocco of the Snow, Rudolph and the Rat pack
  • The Serafina’s and Broadway Vocalists: December 8th, 15th and 22nd, enjoy the high kicking – precision line dancing Christmas tradition around The Algonquin tree. The Serafina’s will be available for pictures and autographs from 6pm to 7pm, followed by special Broadway vocalists

A portion of proceeds from all events will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Beyond the December events, The Algonquin Hotel is located in a prime position nestled in the heart of Times Square and Fifth Avenue, making it the perfect launchpad for a New York City holiday experience. The hotel is a historical jewel that emphasizes the importance of making unique, storied experiences. Since its opening in 1902, The Algonquin Hotel is famous for its timeless style and desire to honor the literary and cultural elite. The distinguished Round Table Restaurant and Blue Bar offer tasteful dining inclusions and curated cocktails that are sure to excite everyone.

Photo credit: The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection


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Celebrate Hanukkah With Manhattan’s Favorites



The Festival of Lights, starts today Thursday, December 7th and goes through Friday, December 15th. From classic Jewish foods to fan-favorite chocolates, there are many options to celebrate Hanukkah in New York City.

New York’s iconic Li-Lac Chocolates, celebrating its 100th Anniversary has been enjoyed by generations of locals and tourists alike. Manhattan’s oldest chocolate house, Li-Lac, has remained true to its tradition maintaining the same single-minded focus on product quality. Its confections are handmade daily in its Brooklyn Factory using many of the original techniques and equipment from 1923.

Li-Lac Chocolates makes for the perfect Hanukkah gift for friends and family. They have a broad selection of specialty molds and gifts, now offering more than 120 items making it one of the largest selections of gourmet chocolates in the world.

All of its chocolates are certified Kosher and gluten-free.

A few gift options for Hanukkah include:

  • Dreidel Filled with Gelt
  • 20 pc. Chanukah Chocolate Gift Box
  • Chest of Gelt
  • Menorah Pop

The full list of Hannukah chocolates may be viewed here.

To learn more about Li-Lac Chocolates rich history, you may view a comprehensive press release here.

Store locations: Industry City/Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, Bleeker Street, Chelsea Market, Hudson Yards and Grand Central Market.

Ships: via FedEx in the United States and Canada.


The popular Upper East Side Jewish Delicatessen PJ Bernstein will be rolling out a special Hanukkah menu, available for catering, delivery, takeout as well as dining in.

One of the last remaining of its kind, PJ Bernstein has been a staple in its neighborhood since opening its doors on the northeast corner of 70th St. and 3rd Ave. Serving the classics since 1965, it continues to be a hotspot for locals and celebrities, attracting the likes of Mayor Ed Koch, Liza Minelli, 2 James Bonds in Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, and Cuba Gooding Jr., to name a few.

Highlights of their Hanukkah menu include the following, but are not limited to:

  • A Special Prix Fixe Menu with a Mixed Green Salad, Matzoh Ball Soup, Brisket with Mini Latkes, Kasha Varnishka, Gravy, Apple Sauce, and a Mini Danish.


  • Famous Potato Latkes, a holiday favorite
  • Baked Knishes


  • Smoked Sturgeon
  • White Fish Salad
  • Roasted Chicken


  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Egg Barley


  • Chocolate Rugelach
  • Challah Bread

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