Shopping for a camping day off? Basic Overview of 4 Man Tents

In terms of the ultimate spacious camping experience very little provides more room for a family than 4 man tents.  Since the level of comfort required when “roughing it” is somewhat subjective to personal needs, sizing and pricing out particular four-man tents should be based on personal tastes.  Four-man tents generally are not recommended for backpacking as their increased size equates to increased weight.  But even this can be compensated for if other hiking gear is evenly distributed among the group.

 

Without question, one of the most common issues to address with 4 man tents, or any tent in general is whether or not the tent is easy to set up.  Nothing is more frustrating than laying out a tent and having to work it like a puzzle.  The sooner the tent is up, the sooner the rest of the evening can be enjoyed.  A similar issue to be considered when selecting the right 4 man tent is the durability of the different parts of the tent, be it the poles, the stakes, the rainfly or the seams.  Look into whether a 4 man tent is offered with a store warranty or a manufacturer warranty.

 

Another factor to consider before buying is the actual dimensions of the tent.  A full-sized person taller than 6-foot will need a tent with some considerable length.  Even in this case, a 78-inch length or width will only provide 6 inches of clearance, and for some, this can be a tight squeeze.  Also, consider whether or not the tent will accommodate any camping gear.  A 4 man tent can quickly shrink to a 3 man tent with gear.  Other features to consider are whether the tent has one door or two, or whether or not the tent is a 3-season tent or 4-season.  These are also features that can influence the overall price of a 4 man tent.

 

While the average 4 man tent can weigh in excess of 10 pounds, there are some models of 4 man tents that are considered ultra-light and weigh around 6-7 pounds apiece, making these tents more ideal to take backpacking.  Prices vary wildly on 4 person tents depending on the brand, online or retail, and time of year.  Online vendors can occasionally provide a competitive edge by offering deals on free shipping; direct from the manufacturer ordering can sometimes provide a better deal by eliminating the retail markup, and the internet is full of user reviews on virtually any brand and model of 4 man tents common in the market.  Use all of these resources to find the right 4 man tent for you and your family and happy camping.

 

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Going camping – what should I buy?

If you are going camping or caravanning, it is important to make sure that you have everything that you will need with you, as if you forget anything, it can be hard to locate a replacement item in a rural or remote area.

 

What you go for depends on your personality and preference.  If camping sounds a bit too much like roughing it, but you’re looking for low-budget, domestic holidays, you might consider investing in a caravan. It could serve you and your family for many years of happy holidaying! You can visit Park Resorts to check out the latest in caravan sales.

 

But if you definitely want to head out into the wilds under a bit of tarpaulin, here is a handy checklist to look over before you depart. While not everyone’s camping requirements will be the same, it will nonetheless give you an idea of the items you are likely to need.

 

It is very important to make sure that you have everything that you need to assemble your sleeping quarters, as if not, you may be in for a rough night! Obviously, you will need all the elements of your tent, including the pegs (and a mallet to hammer them in with), guy ropes, the groundsheet, the flysheet, and your sleeping bags or blankets. Other things that you might want to take include an air bed or a roll mat for lying on, and some pillows for extra comfort.

 

If you are planning to cook food while you are camping, you will need a number of different items. These can include some kind of cooker or barbeque kit, fuel to burn in it such as bottled gas or charcoal, and a lighter or matches. Also, you will need such things as pots, pans, cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, and cooking utensils. Don’t forget tin openers, bottle openers, and corkscrews if you are taking food or drink that need to be opened with devices such as these. You may also need some food storage containers, bin bags, foil, kitchen roll and/or napkins, scourers, dishcloths, a washing-up bowl, and some washing-up liquid. Finally, don’t forget the food and drink!

 

It is important to make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit with you that will enable you to cope with most minor ailments and some major ones. Your first aid kit should include sun cream, insect repellents, antiseptic, antihistamines, pain relief medicine such as paracetamol, plasters, and bandages. You should also take some personal hygiene products with you, such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet roll, sanitary towels, wet wipes, deodorant, and towels. Also, you should make sure you bring a torch, batteries, and at least one mobile phone. Happy camping!

 

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Gift Suggestions for Your Significant Others

Because most of us are men and those we love have absolutely NO idea what to buy us for the Holidays, we need to give them some suggestions. We all want to look our best at all times- whether we’re just beginning our business careers or are captains of industry.  

Here are some BAD ideas:

  1.     Suits-a man should always choose his own suit, and learn to do so with the advice of his tailor or style consultant. A suit is arguably the most important tool in a man’s business arsenal and a significant investment in his future. I’m not a misogynist but this is man’s work.
  2.     Flannel Shirts- how many men out there need another flannel shirt?
  3.     Ties- the volume of men braving horrendous return lines the Day after Christmas speaks toward this. Let us choose our own ties!

In contrast, below are some gifts that would be welcome additions to our wardrobes:

  1.     Navy Blazer- simply the Gold Standard of the well-dressed man. Every man should have at least one in his wardrobe. I recommend two-a a lighter weight for warmer weather and a wool or wool/cashmere blend for the winter. The navy blazer can be dressed up or down and is appropriate for all but the most formal business situations.
  2.     Tweed Blazer- another traditional favorite for the winter months in cooler climates. Gray is best because it matches more items in your wardrobe. This blazer is a great complement to the navy blazer. What well-dressed man would settle for only one option?
  3.     Charcoal Flannel Trousers- a building block of any successful man’s winter wardrobe. If you already have one pair, perhaps pleated, another pair in flat front is still a great gift. You can never have enough gray flannel trousers.
  1.     Cotton Khaki Slacks. One can never have enough of these either. Currently, no pleats are the rage, may we suggest:
  2.     Pocket Squares are the new tie. Many men now work in a corporate casual environment. Stand out from the crowd. Instead of wearing the standard company-issued polo shirt and Dockers, try your tweed coat or navy blazer, charcoal or navy slacks, and a subtle matching pocket square.
  3.       Loafers are another classic addition to a man’s wardrobe. Loafers are for dressing down and corporate casual environments. Brown matches more ensembles and should be purchased over black. NEVER wear loafers with a suit; leather soles are best, and tassels look silly. A suede slip-on is a timelessly elegant fashion statement. A man can never have enough quality pairs of shoes in his closet.
  1.     Understated sweaters are the final suggestion for an addition to a well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Black, gray, or ivory are great colors to have. Polos work well for everyone:

If you have the neck for it, mocks are another option:

Consult your tailor or style consultant to see which is best for you.

Now you have some suggestions for the loved ones in your life who think you have everything. While we should all pause and give thanks for our many blessings during this Holiday season, who really has everything?

Visit Quatty Wot to find plenty of possible gifts to give to your significant others.

Shopping for shoes? Flat Shoe Myths

lat shoes don’t get nearly as much attention as heels do. They just don’t seem quite as exciting.

But just because flats aren’t necessarily flashy, doesn’t mean they’re frumpy.

Or does it?

I’m going to address five of the most common misconceptions about flat shoes for women, and tell you why these assumed facts are nothing more than age-old myths.

 1) Flats are More Comfortable Than Heels

A lot of people mistakenly believe that flat shoes are always more comfortable than high heels. This is false.

In addition to the fact that some heeled shoes are actually quite comfortable, some flats simply are not. Quite frankly, some of them are downright torturous.

If you find flats uncomfortable, you may want to check out this list of possible causes and solutions.

2) Flat Shoes are Frumpy and Unattractive

While it’s true that many high heeled shoes are undeniably sexy, that doesn’t automatically make flats unattractive.

Sure, some flats are frumpy all on their own. But, there are lots of stylish, sophisticated, and yes, even sexy flats out there. You just have to look for them. And once you find a pair that is chic, be sure to wear them with the right outfits.

Because no matter how posh a pair of suede loafers may look on the shelf, they’re going to look downright awful with a skirt or dress.

3) Flat Shoes Don’t Look Dressy

Don’t mistake “dressy” for “wearing dresses.” Because, while it’s true that you probably won’t find a pair of flats that will work with your favorite cocktail dress, there are plenty of other ways to dress up.

Nice pants, suits, maxi skirts, and even some shorter dresses look amazing with flat shoes. You just need to choose the right style for your outfit.

For example, pointy-toed flats usually look a bit more dressy than styles with rounded toes. If you’re planning to wear a short, summery evening dress, then you may want to consider a pair of delicate thong sandals. Flat tall boots look great with maxi skirts; and evening pants or suits are perfectly matched to classic or smoking-styled loafers.

4) Flat Shoes Are Good for Your Feet

Wearing high heels excessively, or for extended periods of time, is not good for our feet — or for the rest of our bodies. That’s a well-established fact.

But, bad shoes are bad shoes, no matter how high or low their heels are. So, if you wear a pair of ill-fitting, unsupportive, or otherwise unsuitable flats, you can still cause severe damage to your feet.

To avoid pain and problems, you should be measured by a professional to find your proper shoe size and width, and follow all the basic rules for trying on shoes. Once you’ve found a few pairs that are comfortable, consider rotating them instead of wearing one pair every day.

5) Flat Shoes Aren’t as Sexy as Heels

Of course, sexy is in the eye of the beholder, but I promise you that not everyone thinks high heels are sexy. In fact, several people have told me that they find them to be more of a turn-off than anything else.

And, if flats were never considered sexy, how would you explain all the people who are turned on by women athletes that they’ve only seen in cross-trainers?

Granted, few people would probably classify bulky, orthopedic shoes as “hot.” But then again, most people wouldn’t think a woman wobbling on 6″ heels with hoof-like platform soles was oozing sex appeal either.

If you’re not going for the sporty look, shop for really nice streamlined, delicate, funky, or feminine styles — whatever works with your own personal style.

Trust me, if you pull together a nice collection of clothing and shoes that represents who you really are, then you’re perfect partner will find it… well, perfect.

6) Flat Shoes are Old-Fashioned

What is really old-fashioned is thinking that age has anything to do with our sense of style.

A young woman shouldn’t feel pressured to wear heels any more than a healthy, able-bodied 70-year old should be forced to wear orthopedic flats.

Wear the best of what suits you, and you’ll never go wrong. See more fashion tips here at Quatty Wot.

 

Using Online Auction Sites to Save Money on a Bridal Gown

Brides can save money by buying a wedding gown on popular internet auction site eBay, or other sites. A variety of new, used, trendy, and classic dresses are available.

According to the popular wedding planning site The Knot, the average wedding costs about $27,800. Most wedding budgets allow about 10% of the total budget for attire, including the wedding gown. For the average wedding, this means that attire costs $2,780. Engaged couples looking to save money can cut down a lot by spending less on attire. A great option for brides is to look on internet auction websites, such as eBay.com, for inexpensive wedding gowns. A variety is available, from new, to custom made, to gently used.

Bridal Salon Samples

Many dresses available on eBay or other auction sites are samples from a bridal salon. Salons will usually have one dress of the popular styles available in their showroom. This is so brides can try on the dress or at least see it in person. This is called a sample. Since the dress will only be in one size, brides who don’t fit in it can at least hold it up in front of them, or try it on but cinch it up in the back. If the bride likes the dress, she then orders a brand new one through the bridal salon.

Since samples are only relevant while the dresses are being produced by the designer. Once seasons change, the samples are no longer necessary. Before the internet, salons would sometimes hold sample sales and sell the dresses for a fraction of the cost. Now, many salons sell them on internet auction sites. Brides can get a dress in great shape, that might not have ever been tried on, or only tried on a couple of times. Sometimes dresses will have slight flaws, but most reputable salons disclose them. Most people attending a wedding won’t even notice if a dress is from a previous season.

Custom Made Bridal Gowns

Brides can also find custom made wedding dresses on web auctions. These dresses are often made in China, where silk is inexpensive. These dresses will sometimes be knock-offs of designer dresses, but brides have a lot of creative control in making the dress unique. Brides do need to be careful about purchasing a dress this way because they often have little recourse when there are payment or delivery issues with another country. They shouldn’t wait until the last minute to purchase the dress, in case anything goes wrong.

Used Wedding Dresses

Many women try to sell their used dresses on eBay. Potential buyers should be aware that listings may describe a dress as being “only worn a couple of hours” but a lot of damage could be done in a short time. Couples often take wedding photos outside where it could be dirty, and they could get food or drinks on their dress, or even step on a hem or rip a button. Also, pre-worn dresses have also been altered and might not fit true to size. Brides also tend to price their already worn gowns pretty high, to try to recoup their costs. Used gowns can be a great deal, but make sure to read the description closely and request measurements and pictures of any damage.

Bridal gowns can range in price from under $100 for a simple white dress that’s not specifically a “wedding dress,” to tens of thousands of dollars for a top designer dress. Brides have many options, including buying a dress from a web auction, in order to save money on a dress.

Toddler Clothing Bargains

Finding Stylish & Affordable Toddler Clothes

Be creative and resourceful when dressing toddler boys and toddler girls with the latest toddler clothing – without breaking the bank.

It can be a challenge buying the latest outfits for your growing toddler boy or girl. Busy toddlers need a lot of clothes for a variety of activities. Growing toddlers quickly outgrow clothing sizes and keeping up with a stylish wardrobe can be quite expensive.

Ideas for Buying Affordable Toddler Clothes

Here are some ideas for affordable toddler clothes that will save money and help stay ahead of the next clothing size.

  • Shop for toddler clothes off-season. The biggest way to save with affordable toddler clothing is shopping at the end of a season. Most stores offer clearance sales on seasonal clothes mid-season. Buying ahead for next year’s season will save big bucks. The challenge may be determining the size one year ahead. Try estimating the size based on the child’s average growth pattern (i.e. running one size ahead based on age). Estimating a larger size is most likely safer than estimating the smaller size.
  • Shop ahead of the season. Shopping for clothing ahead of a season is also a smart idea for affordable toddler clothes. Many stores offer a “pre-season” sale with attractive discounts several months before a season starts. It may be hard to think about bathing suits in March, but it may be cheaper than buying them in June. Buying toddler clothes ahead of the season will also provide for the best selection.
  • Invest in toddler clothing for multiple seasons. Consider clothing that can be used for more than one season. Summer dresses for toddler girls can be worn in the spring or fall with tights and a sweater. Buy jackets for toddler boys that are slightly larger in the fall so they can be worn again in the spring. Extending the life of toddler clothing is both easy and practical.
  • Shop at resale or consignment shops. Benefit from the new trend of buying children’s clothing at resale or consignment shops at reduced prices. These types of stores will likely have the latest styles and name brands for affordable toddler clothes. Look for a good resale or consignment shop that has strict policies on clothing condition.
  • Organize a toddler clothing swap. Sharing clothing with friends and family is the best way to save money on toddler clothing. Start by organizing a gathering of friends or family with children of a variety of ages for both boys and girls. Everyone attending must bring clothing to swap. To make the clothing swap fair for everyone, make sure that there is roughly an equal number of boys and girls. It is also a nice gesture for the parent with the youngest child to bring or purchase clothing for the oldest child. A clothing swap is a fun way to feel good about sharing toddler clothes with family and friends.

Stylish Toddler Clothes

With a little creative planning, it can be easy to save money on your toddler’s clothes without sacrificing style. There is no need to choose price over style. For everyday shopping, many large discount chains (such as Kohls, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Target) offer a very fashionable toddler girl and boy styles at affordable prices. Many of these less expensive styles are also more practical for the busy life of a toddler.

Order Flowers Online for Special Occasions

Get Flowers Delivered Fast Using the Internet

An online flower shop is a great way to send flowers quickly and cheaply. Buying flowers online is convenient and makes ordering floral arrangements simple and easy.

Whether there is a special occasion, a holiday, or just for no reason at all, giving flowers is the perfect way to show someone special how much they mean. Whether convenience, cost, or speed of delivery is a concern, online flower shops offer everything one needs to order flowers today.

Order Flowers Online for Convenience

What could be easier than ordering the perfect bouquet of flowers with a few clicks of the mouse? To find the best and most reputable online flower shop, find one that mainly does online business. This is an indication the company is focused primarily on the convenience the Internet offers to the online consumer.

To send flowers online it only takes a few minutes. A quick look through a company’s online catalogue and find the perfect floral gift is all that it takes. Once selected, some financial information is collected and the perfect floral gift is on its way in a matter of minutes.

Buy Flowers Online for Cheap Flower Delivery

The ability to quickly compare prices from multiple online flower shops makes finding a cheap flower delivery option simple. There is no reason to pay the extreme prices that many flower stores charge. Online flower shops know the customer can compare prices with numerous companies in a matter of minutes online. The best companies work hard to provide their customers with the quality flower but a cheap price that includes delivery.

Find the Best Flowers Delivered Fast

Most online flower shops offer delivery within 12 hours from when the order is placed. This includes same day delivery flowers when the order is placed quickly enough. To avoid a delay, give specific instructions to the online flower shop so there are no questions about the order, which could result in a delay.

Online Flower Shops are the Best Way to Give Flowers

Traditional flower shops cannot compete with the convenience and ability to order flowers online. Online flower shops allow the consumer to quickly send the best floral arrangement to a loved one without ever leaving home or even making a phone call to the local florist.

Online flower shops allow a customer the ability to give a beautiful floral arrangement at the last second. In addition, many companies also offer a way to order and send flowers internationally. The online florists offer few limitations, regardless of location.

When looking for the perfect gift, no matter what the occasion, the fast and convenient option of buying flowers online cannot be beaten. Many online florists offer excellent prices and even same day delivery for the flowers.