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7 Camping Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy

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Over stressed, over stimulated, longing for that simpler time, or just looking to relax. Camping is part of our shared history, a time when family was more important than the minutiae of modern living. When camping, there are several activities the entire family can enjoy and bond during. We’ve highlighted 7 in this article.

1. Hiking

Depending on where you are camping, there could be some great hikes in the area to go on with your family. Hikes can range from all-day, 10 mile, uphill excursions to ones that are a couple miles round-trip. Before signing up for an extreme hike that may require everyone to be in tip-top physical condition, talk with your family to see how everyone is feeling.

2. Going for a Walk

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.– Henry David Thoreau

Maybe the best activity you can enjoy is a simple walk with no real destination. While not as extreme as a hike, walks are great for the entire family. Get into nature and experience it with one another. Walk into the woods and see what there is to see. Find interesting landmarks and enjoy the peace of nature. If you have young kids (or are pushing around a stroller), this is a great alternative to hiking.

3. Stargazing

If you lived in a city your whole life; getting out away from all the light pollution can change your perspective on life. Seeing the Milky Way cloud on a crisp clear night miles away from any artificial light source is awe inspiring.

If your kids have never had a chance to stargaze before, this is a perfect opportunity to teach them about something new. Be sure to download a stargazing app or buy a star map so you can look for all the constellations!

4. Hunting and Fishing

If you have the areas to hunt or fish near your campsite, living off the land can be one of the greatest experiences. Even if you have ethical concerns, many campsites are located near shooting ranges for rifles, shotguns, or archery that you can use to safely shoot at.

Learning and honing a skill is a great way to pass the time in nature and bond with your family. Additionally, if your kids have never hunted or fished before, this is a great time to teach them how to safely use guns and fishing equipment.

5. Cooking Over the Campfire

Sitting around roaring fire after a day of hiking and fishing is a great way to share stories and enjoy the company of others. Using a fire to cook a meal is a fun way to save money and make delicious food. Throwing potatoes, meat, and vegetables into a tinfoil container and finding just the right spot to slowly cook your meal is mouth watering fun.

For a fun and classic campfire treat, roast some marshmallows and see who can build the most epic smore. When doing this, be sure to find sticks or metal prongs that are long enough so your kids are not too close to the fire.

6. Snipe Hunts

If you have kids or a new camper in the group,snipe hunting is a tradition and a lot of fun. To give a quick break down of what snipe hunting is, it’s where you send your kids (or newcomers) out on an adventure to try to capture a snipe (which is an imaginary animal you make up). Here’s how you can do it:

  • Gather your family around and tell them all about this “snipe” animal that exists where you are camping. The goal is to get them excited and give them instructions for catching the snipe.
  • Provide them with flashlights and a large bag to capture the snipe.
  • Give them pots and pans to bang on to attract the animal.
  • Lead the family out into a clearing a little way from camp and start calling for the snipe

Once you’re done having a good laugh on your own, you can clue in the rest of your family about the practical joke and can all laugh about it together.

7. Campsite Games

Throwing a football or passing a soccer ball is a fun exercise while waiting for the fish to bite or the fire to cook food. If you have a tree nearby, hang up a dart board and play a round of darts. Consider bringing decks of cards and teaching your kids new card games at the picnic table.

Camp chores, getting lost in the woods, and every family has their own version of a campfire game. Often times, the games you make up in the moment are the best ones. The most important activities you can do while camping with your family is just be together and share the experience.

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A Toast to a Sparkling Fourth of July

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Fourth of July is just around the corner. Get ready to get your red, white and rosé on with these excellent selections. Your holiday will simply sparkle with these spectacular sip selections.

For a perfect start to your holiday luncheon and to kick off the holiday in a refreshing way try Mingle Mocktails Sparkling Raspberry Rosé.

This is a sparkling rosé in a pretty can option suitable for anyone whether you drink alcohol or not. We adore the bright bubbles that fizz out delicious notes of raspberry. Crisp and dry, it hits your senses perfectly and lingers with just a hint of sweetness on an end note. It is a wonderful drink to have as you start to talk to guests arriving for a wonderful day of holiday festivities.

For a sophisticated sip that will make you blush with wonderful joy try Minuty Prestige Rosé.

Minuty Prestige wines have been showcasing the terroirs of Provence for over 25 years. Subtle finesse comes with this crystal-clear cuvée with a delicate nose. This cuvée was born over 25 years ago out of Jean-Etienne and François Matton’s desire to offer a wide audience of Provence rosé lovers a wine combining aromatic expression and lightness on the palate with a thorough mastery of Provence’s terroirs.

We adore this breathtaking selection that delicately hits your senses with a smooth balance that bears a hint of bright reflection to add to your day. A perfect choice for the sun set before the fireworks.

For the perfect drink to have with the holiday bbq and when the fireworks pop in the sky try Cloudy Bay 2023 Sauvignon Blanc.

The color reflects perfectly with the fireworks illuminating over you as you sip on this gorgeous wine that speaks to you in grand voice with notes of juicy citrus.  Your pairing with your festive meal will be matched by the capricious and grateful attitude for all the party guests that surround you. We love the way it helps you see the night in a whole new beautiful way.

Here is to your own magical Fourth of July holiday with these incredible sips.

 

Cover art by Alondra Olivas on Unsplash

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Registration is Open for Solstice in Times Square 2024

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga returns on Thursday, June 20, 2024 with our 22nd annual event! Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are invited to join us for one of the free yoga classes taking place throughout the day on the Broadway pedestrian plazas, finding calm once again within the chaos of life in New York City.

Go to Broadway and West 46th Street, where experienced yogis and first-timers alike are welcome to join us in-person for one of seven classes throughout the day.

All Solstice classes are free but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually by livestreaming any or all of the seven classes. All classes will stream on TSQ.org/Solstice via YouTube and on Facebook. There is no need to register for the event if you are not joining us in person.

Solstice in Times Square is an accessible event for people with disabilities. Please submit your accessibility accommodations by June 13, 2024 when you register for the event.

There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on site for all classes this year, provided by Inclusive Communication Services. The live stream will also have ASL interpretation all day and real time captions (with the option to turn off the captions).

For further information, please email info@tsq.org.

To register for a class, click here. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click “CHECKOUT.” Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Times Square Alliance (timessquarealliance@buytickets.at) with your ticket. For contactless check-in, please have your ticket ready to scan on your smart device or printed out on the day of the event.

For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TSQ.org/Solstice.

Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.

Class Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Class, Instructed by Richa Dhekne, Presented by Consulate General of India, New York

Class Description: Join Richa on an inspiring journey through the sacred limbs of yoga, where asana, pranayama, and meditation beautifully intertwine.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Richa Dhekne is a 500-hour Yoga instructor and Breath Meditation teacher with over two decades of experience as a volunteer and faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation. As a young college graduate, Richa embraced a transformative opportunity to live at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. There, she contributed to Rural Development Programs and the International Association of Human Values, empowering women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency and mental wellness. Richa’s journey brought her to New York, where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Professionally, she excels as the VP of Finance and Operations at skincare company Ahava. Balancing her career with her dedication to teaching, Richa continues to inspire and guide individuals through yoga and meditation, nurturing both youth and adults.

9:30am – 10:30am Class, Instructed by Cealia Brannan, Presented by Gaiam

Class Description: As we welcome the summer solstice, balance the heat of a cadenced vinyasa flow with fluid sequences that bring coolness, like water, through balancing and circular sequence transitions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Cealia Brannan is a dedicated yogi whose journey with yoga began around 8 years ago when it serendipitously landed in her lap. With a commitment to making yoga enjoyable and approachable for all, Cealia’s focus has been on blending fun, accessibility, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Cealia thrives on pushing the boundaries of traditional yoga by crafting imaginative and innovative sequences that keep her students engaged and inspired. Currently, she shares her expertise and passion for yoga with students worldwide through online teaching. Specializing in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Cealia brings a unique blend of grace and strength to her classes. Additionally, her expertise extends to mobility work, further enriching the yoga experience for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Class, Instructed by Tracye Warfield

Class Description: Vinyasa Flow – “Let’s Flow.” The practice of Vinyasa yoga allows transitions between standing, seated, supine and prone postures, guided by mindful breath. The practice is a moving meditation that creates strength, grounding, balance, expansion, and your own, unique flow in your body and mind. Perfect for all levels.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: “New York is home and a yoga flow is life.” Since 2010 Tracye Warfield has been sharing her experienced yoga practice in Vinyasa, Hatha, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation internationally as a wellness and life design consultant with her company bytracye. During her travels throughout the globe, she has developed and implemented innovative and impactful programs for various organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and wellness studios. She is passionate about creating inspired change – mind, body, and spirit – and empowering others to live their most abundant, healthy, and happy lives.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Lara Heimann

Class Description: Celebrate the summer solstice in a way that makes you feel fully “LYT” up! This class will be nourishing and challenging to activate the senses and spirit, so you are reminded of your resilience. This is a yoga practice for longevity, weaving creative mobility drills and functional movement into yoga poses that you know and love.

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Instructor Bio: Lara Heimann, an international yoga pioneer and Physical Therapist, revolutionizes the modern practice of yoga through her LYT Method®. With over 30 years of expertise, Lara integrates neuroscience and habit formation into her method, which is practiced by thousands worldwide in over 50 countries. Her comprehensive movement approach blends physical therapy techniques, yoga, functional movement, stress reduction, strength training, and mobility exercises, offering essential tools for modern lifestyles, taught online, in workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Class, Instructed by Susan Hu

Class Description: Join Susan for a feel-good, rhythmic vinyasa flow to move with mindful breath and tap into the joy of the heart. The class will end with the most nourishing yoga nidra for deep rejuvenation and spiritual inspiration.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: A master of mindful breath and rhythmic movement with a focus on the connection to the Self, Susan is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, and founder of an RYS® 200 based in NYC. As the senior lead teacher at the Bhakti Center, she offers dynamic yet nourishing yoga classes and trainings including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative as well as meditation and yoga nidra. Deeply rooted in her spiritual practice, Susan guides students on an empowering and healing journey, invoking a sense of joy and love in every class.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Sri Dharma Mittra

Class Description: This sequence of yoga poses for all level practitioners will move the spine in all directions and leave you feeling recharged and energized.

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Instructor Bio: Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. He is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, Yoga Wisdom and the LOAY Teachers’ Manual, and a number of video series have been created over the last 20 years to help share his method of yoga.

7:300m – 8:30pm Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart

Class Description: Douglass’ yoga class will be a slow flow, breath-oriented class designed to develop from the modified version of certain poses to their fuller expressions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Yoga in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. Douglass, in collaboration with Times Square Alliance, received Gold Distinction in the Shorty Awards for their Summer Solstice Video during the Covid 19 pandemic. He has received the Community Service Award for volunteering yoga classes at the LBGTQ Community Center. Douglass teaches at the Ishta Yoga Center, including the Teachers Training. He teaches yoga at Om City Yoga and currently leads meditation and the PPOW Gallery.

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Broadway & West 46th Street, 10036

 

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Summertime—don’t let the livin’ get too easy! Part I

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So tempting, isn’t it, to while away the summer in a cozy hammock or beach chair.  But then by Labor Day you have nothing to show for all that valuable time.  Here are a few suggestions that you might find enticing:

Be a Pioneer!

Or at least take a ride on one!  The 1885 Schooner Pioneer leaves from the South Street Seaport and a sunset ride around lower Manhattan is not to be missed.  https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org

Or Be a Reader!

There are many lists of what you should/could be reading, but I’d rather recommend authors you’ll be grateful to get to know.

NYC-based Amor Towles has a new book out Table for Two, a collection of short stories, the final of which is a prequel to his first novel.  Each of his four books is a complete joy, leaving one with a most satisfying experience.  If you plan to travel, his middle books are perfect companions.

A NYC transplant from Virginia, the brilliant Tom Wolfe wrote many long, and worthwhile, novels. But for a rather jaundiced peek inside the NYC art world, try his uncharacteristically short yet powerfully revealed The Painted Word. You’ll never see museums in the same light again.

Transsexuality is a topic that can be difficult to understand. Jan Morris, who wrote many books as James Morris, tells a tale of transition in Conundrum, a brief book detailing his motivation in a way that was intelligent and easy to understand.

If you’ve ever wondered about what it takes to produce a musical, composer Douglas J. Cohen reveals all the travails and joys of the experience in How To Survive a Killer Musical, about what it took to produce his musicalization of No Way to Treat a Lady.  It’s a must-read for anyone seriously interested in theatre.

Fill a Day with Fun and Games and Music

Many remember when it was known as “Needle Park”, but Bryant Park is now approaching amusement park status. A quick check of their website reveals a cornucopia of events to please every palate. Movie nights, concerts, theater and games galore are offered—all for free! A recent visit provided a relaxing respite of ragtime in the middle of an afternoon provided by Terry Waldo and his band.

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A Toast to Your Health – Refreshing and Healthy Summer Beverages

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Summer is sizzling and we looking to cool off in a healthy and refreshing way. These are our favorite ways to feel healthy and well this season. Glow up and enjoy!

fairlife Nutrition Plan

fairlife Nutrition Plan is designed for on-the go and packed with delicious nutrition to elevate your wellness routine. The 30g of protein per bottle give you the nutritious boost you need and the drinks is available in delicious vanilla and chocolate offerings.

Core Power

Core Power is a wonderful ready-to-drink protein shakes provide high-quality protein, electrolytes, and nutrients that fight post-workout fatigue and work to repair, rebuild and maintain muscle to help you power to your next workout.

Costa Iced Coffee Lattes

Costa Iced Coffee Lattes are perfectly crafted for your busy day.  A convenient, on-the-go format showcases three delicious flavors of Mocha, Caramel and Signature Blend. Each features real cane sugar, dairy milk and 85mg of caffeine from 100% Arabica beans. The fabulous blend are each 150 calories or less, and up to 40% less sugar than most other brands on the market. You will get your perfect summer kick out of this delightful drink.

PWR LIFT

PWR LIFT​ is an incredibly delicious electrolyte-rich flavored protein water drink, infused with 10g whey protein and B vitamins to help give your body the recovery, strength and hydration it needs with ​no sugar.  Available in four delicious, fruit-forward flavors, Berry Strawberry, Lemon Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Orange Mango, PWR LIFT was built to help you refuel the right way.

Cover art by Pablo de la Fuente on Unsplash

 

 

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Jennifer Lopez Makes Summer Epic with Delola

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Delola has officially made ready-to-enjoy cocktails sips for the best summer ever!

Founded by Jennifer Lopez, the expansion of THE HOUSE OF DELOLA showcases a new Light Margarita Cocktail that will blow you away. Every sip in this collection sparkles with delicious joy!

Delola’s master mixologist, Lynnette Marrero, collaborated with Jennifer to craft the new Light Margarita, alongside the three original expressions, Vodka-based Bella Berry Cocktail, Tequila-based Paloma Rosa Cocktail, and Amaro-based L’Orange Spritz.

Delola Light Margarita is a lower in calorie twist on the classic Margarita cocktail, crafted with premium tequila and triple citrus. Delola as an easy, natural, lower calorie option for those who enjoy full-flavored cocktails. Delola Light Margarita is only 125 calories per serving and was recently awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the San Francisco Ready To Drink Competition.

“By introducing Delola to the world, we wanted to provide world-class cocktails without all of the calories and effort. The Delola Light Margarita is fresh and delicious with premium tequila and triple citrus notes. I think it’s the perfect ready-to-enjoy version of the most popular cocktail,” stated Lopez.

 

“The launch of Delola Light Margarita follows all the positive feedback we’ve received for our three initial cocktails. People today are more aware of the quality and ingredients in their drinks, and the fact that we’ve crafted mixology-level cocktails using natural ingredients is clearly resonating with consumers,” Lynnette reflected.

Delola Light Margarita is sold in a uniquely embossed glass bottle and will be available in 750ml  and 375ml sizes. Like all Delola Cocktails, is available in grocery and fine wine and spirit retailers, restaurants, and hotels nationally.

For more info on how to make you summer sparkle visit HERE.

 

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