Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Recommendations]

Recently I have gotten D into watching Game of Thrones. The other day we finished season 1 and he told me that he was down to binging the whole thing. Little did he know that I own all the seasons on DVD. And of course when it was over we ended up talking about the season and what we thought about it overall. He told me that years ago he tried to watch episode 1 but ended up giving up after that because of the huge culture shock in the show. We even had a mini argument about how many people in the first episode were implying incest. He thought there were three characters but there’s only one. For him that was the breaking point las time he watched it and I told him that he was reading into the show too quickly. 

Of course after the second episode was finished he realized what I meant and we kept watching. The show has it ups and downs (like any other show) but really I think it is well produced and has this way of keeping you on the edge of your seat. There’s lots of politics, war, gore, mystery, and myths all in the show itself. I think it keeps the show interesting and I honestly feel like its one of the better shows. 

I know a few people who haven’t jumped on the game of thrones train but I really do think people should give it a chance. Its got a little over everything you need in a show and I really think that its worth owning on DVD. Of course if you’re not into the blood, gore and the mythical then I would say that this show is not for you and to pass up on this all together and if you are into this stuff then I hope you will give it a try. 


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One of the things that comes with a watch is the idea that eventually you are going to have to replace the band that is holding it together. For me the vivoactive has always been a good watch. It filles my needs when it comes to running, biking, swimming, and hiking. Its small, the battery lasts for about a weeks time and on top on top of that it is able to get my stats for when I sleep. For me it was a nice way to keep track of my fitness and health and I am glad that I made the purchase (If you wish to check them out or purchase one click here)

Fast Forwarding to a year and a half later I can say that for the first time I had to replace the watch band. I didn't expect it to break. I was at work and I had started seeing wear and tear on the inside of the band.I thought maybe it would Last for a few more days and then I would order the new band. I was walking towards the ice cream bar and I grabbed my wrist. It was itchy so I twisted the watch a tiny bit and all I heard was this snapping sound. I look down and the watch is in pieces. 

Unsure of what to do and knowing that I wanted to wear it throughout the day I went ahead and took our tape and taped back together the two pieces. That night I went on Amazon and looked at the bands for the vivoactive. I didn't want to order one that was too expensive because I am not only on a budget but I also have my New Zealand trip to save for. So without much consideration I went ahead and purchased a new band in the color dark blue and waited for it to arrive. Within a few days it was at the house and I was able to change the band. 

I will say that it has taken a while for me to get used to. Its only because it is brand new so the band is pretty strange to take on and off. Its comfortable though so I don't have to worry about it itching or anything which is nice. It doesn't pinch and I enjoy the way it feels. They have several other colors so if you are in need of a new watch band that is at a reasonable price then check them out. 

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one of the things I have had for an almost two years is my Garmin watch. At the time I Started to get more into my fitness and I was taking the steps towards keeping track of how I was doing. SO I made the decision to wait for black Friday, and then go and purchase a watch. Now I have never owned a watch for a long period of time. It’s mostly because when I take the watch off it never gets back on my wrist. I forget it exists, or it’s too big or just in general a pain in the butt so I always leave it behind at some point and time. 

So one of the things that I looked for in a watch was it being waterproof. I didn’t want any excuse to have to take it off and I didn’t want to be one of those people who spent $100 or more on a watch and then never use it after the first week. I wanted to make sure that if I was going to purchase something so expensive that it was going to stay on my wrist and that it was going to be able to survive my lifestyle. So I went on Garmin and spent hours looking at all the watches. I read all the things they could do, all the activities they have, and of course how much they can be dunked into the water. 

I came to the conclusion that the vivoactive was the best choice for what I needed and it was the right price for someone who really didn’t want to spend any more than $200. So I waited for black Friday and once it rolled around I bought the vivoactive on Amazon for a really nice price. Ever since then I have never turned back. The watch is a decent size, the strap is comfortable, it lasts almost an entire week on full battery and that’s with me using it for running three times a week. 

I can't begin to tell you how helpful it is with helping my lifestyle. It lets me know my patterns, it helps me keep track of my running and how I am doing, and it tells me how I am sleeping. Not only that but the band lasted almost two years before I had to get a new one and that’s with my constantly wearing it. 

If you want a watch that is durable, reliable, and simplistic then I definitely recommend the vivoactive. 10/10 for me

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One of the things I use on a daily basis is my hydro flask. This thing is absolutely amazing and it really helps with keeping me hydrated. Its a double insulated flask that can keep your drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. Really its quite nice and I enjoy having it with me. A lot of people these days are talking about plastic and how it is affecting our oceans along with the fact that we need to cut back on straws. To some degree I agree to these statements. I’m not 100% on the boat of organics, veganism’s, and etc but there are a few things that I have changed here and there to contribute. 

The hydro flask is something I try to use when I am out and about, at my job or our traveling. Its nice to have around and it reminds me constantly that I need to keep hydrated. Not only that but if you are a person that likes cold water it is super nice because it helps keep the ice around throughout the night. Every once in a while I will wake up in the middle of the night dying from thirst and having my hydro flask next to me, filled with ice water makes all the difference. It instantly puts me back out, makes my dry mouth happy and is refreshing. 

The nice thing about hydro flasks is that you can also get a top that has a straw lid. This way you can cut back on using straws from different places and reduce your plastic usage even more. Every little bit helps and I really am happy that I have this hydro flask. If you are looking for something to keep your beverages hot or super cold I would check it out. Every once in a while they have a sale on Amazon and you can get them at reasonable prices. 

If you wanna check them out click the link here to get yours. I know I love mine and would never go back. 



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I went climbing yesterday at this awesome place called Rock Out. Its a pretty cool place that allows you to do Bouldering. you pay a fee to come in, get climbing shoes, and a chalk bag and after you watch a ten minute video you are released to go and climb for as long as you want. Its the second time I had been at this location and the first time I was there I lasted only a few hours before I had to stop due to my hands severally hurting. I didn't have the calluses to be able to keep going and not only that but I was so nervous that it was hard to concentrate. The height along with trusting myself was really difficult to do at that time. 

This time around we walked in, got the shoes and everything and went straight to the wall. D and I warmed up on the easy routes so that I could get into the climb and get a feel for it. Slowly but surely I started moving down the wall and started getting more confident with the climbing. The more I go and climb the more I am able to do and the more I can trust myself on the wall. It's really quite amazing what you can do when you start to get to know yourself as a climber. You get a feel for your body, for your core, and for your strengths/weaknesses. 


For me personally its a nice change in exercise and not only that but I get used to falling and trusting myself to fall. The height is still a little much for me but as I continue to climb I get more and more used to it. Not only that but I get a chance to know my friend D more and to see how he takes on the challenges of climbing as well as learn from him. There are some challenges that I am not ready for but I can say that I am happily moving slowly but surely up to them. I just need more core work and confidence. 

If you guys live in the Destin area and want to try something new I highly recommend going to Rock Out. They are super awesome, friendly, and they have all different types of climbs that you can do. They have snacks and water there for you to purchase in case if you are there for the long haul. Not only that but if you wanna try something new and give yourself a challenge well...then this is the place. 

Also a little side note to consider. If you have kids and want to have a safe, fun place where you can tire them out then I recommend taking them. When we were there yesterday there were kids of all ages there and it was quite awesome to see these kids take on the wall and really challenge themselves but I also know the parents were happy because the kids were all tuckered out from the actual workout climbing gives. So if you are in the area, have kids, want a challenge or maybe want to have something new in your life go to Rock Out. Its definitely worth it. 

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