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Why You Should Be Interested In These 10 Best Lake House Summer Camp Themes

Our world is a bit topsy turvy at the moment. It is a disappointment to both kids and their parents that summer camps are probably not going to be running this summer. And while this is a sad state of affairs, it is also a great time to teach the kids about resilience and making the best of whatever situation you find yourself in. 

This includes putting on a summer camp of your own at your lake house. Here are some of our suggestions for creating memories with the kiddos this summer. 

Nature Camp

The perfect time to explore nature is in the summer! Summer at the lake house is like sprinkles on ice cream.  Start in your backyard. Getting to know the area right under your feet will give the kids greater respect and understanding of their home and greater pride and sense of protection for those creatures with whom they share space. If you want to capture one of the creatures for observation, bring along a jar with holes poked in the lid. 

Remember to keep your fellow critters for just a short time before releasing them back from whence they came. Keep a log of the bugs and other interesting bits of nature along with where they were located. 

Each day, start in a different direction to go on a nature walk:

Take with you:

  • Notebook

  • Pen or pencil and/or colored pencils

  • Bird book (optional)

Directions:

  • Try to see how many different trees, bugs, or birds that you can find.

  • Keep a list of what you see and where you see it.

  • Draw pictures of what you see

If you can’t identify what you see, or if you have questions that you don’t know the answer to, write those down. Look the answers up online and add it to your nature notebook. 

Picture Stones Camp

This is a good practice to inspire creativity. Find stones around your lake house that would be conducive to painting a small object on. We are talking about the size of a quarter or less. Gather as many as you can find. If you run out in the process, you can go out gathering again. 

Clean the stones and make sure that they are dry before you start painting. Divide the stones among the participants and have each person paint whatever object they choose on a stone. It could be an umbrella, a dog, a car, a cloud, a train, or anything at all. Use your imagination to create your set of stones. Each child will also have a pouch or bag or even a plastic storage container with their name on it in which to store their stones. 

Once the rocks are painted and are dry, each child will need to tell a story with their picture stones. They can lay their stones out one at a time, telling the story as they go along to correspond with the picture they have painted on their rock. Try mixing the stones up all together and have each child tell a story from the mixture of stones. 

As the adult, you can have painted your own set of picture stones that teach a lesson. You could also use the picture stones to tell the story of your family tree or how you met their mom. The stories and the picture stones will help to create a lasting memory. Spray them with a sealer once they are completely dry to make the pictures on the rocks last.

 Outdoor Camping Camp

This camp is a lot of fun and can be a great learning experience. You can make it as straightforward or as involved as you desire. Create an outdoor camping experience at your lake house by setting up a campsite in your yard. Involve the kids in the preparation by making a list of all of the items you will need to "rough it" in the out of doors. 

Make it a rule that only the items on the list can be brought, and if anything is forgotten, it has to be gone without. Get together all of your gear, including food items, and make it a rule that indoors is off-limits. (except for bathroom breaks). Everything else has to be done with the implements that you have, and it has to be done at your campsite. 

Put together easy recipes that can be cooked over a campfire or require no cooking. You can make it a learning experience by involving the kids from the beginning. Plan out your meals. Make a grocery list. Be ready to sleep out of doors no matter the weather (unless it is dangerous, like lightning). Kids will love sleeping in a  hammock-like this one that includes a mosquito net to keep the bugs out. Depending on the age of the kids, make them responsible for creating the list of supplies. Include some learning processes for them. 

You could create the rule that once at the campsite, any item that was forgotten has to be done without. The item could be included the next day, but only by being swapped for a thing you already have. It helps kids to problem solve. There are all kinds of lessons that you could include in your summer camping experience at your lake house. 

Pirate Camp

You have water, and you have a boat, why not have a pirate camp? With a little planning on your part, you could create a camp where the memories last a long time! You could make your costumes, and each child could choose their pirate name. While you are engaging in making costumes, you could include some of the histories of the most famous pirates. 

What was there world like back then? What was life at sea like? What kind of hardships did these rouges face, and you could have discussions of what would have made these men choose that type of lifestyle. Beforehand you could set up a scavenger hunt, complete with map and buried treasure, as in Treasure Island style. 

Leaving clues that lead from one point to another, use your imagination as to where to place the clues. Tether a clue to a buoy that you reach by boat and another in a tree. Ensure plenty of "gold" and "jewels" in the treasure chest, which is the end goal of the hunt.

Game Camp

Kids love games, and a camp based on games is sure to be a hit. Devise new ways to play old favorites. The lake house is the ideal spot for playing games. For example, use cardboard as tiles for an outdoor version of scrabble. Write letters on each piece of cardboard and set up your "board" out on the lawn. Twister is another game that lends itself to the yard. 

Make yourself a template by cutting a large circle out of the center of the cardboard and spray paint with various reds, yellows, blues, and green circles on the lawn. A game that would work well inside is hallway maze. Use string, duct tape or yarn, and create a labyrinth down a hallway, stringing your material from one side of the hall to the other in an intricate manner. The objective is to get through the maze without dislodging the material from the wall. Kids are always up for games like volleyball, lawn darts, and hide and seek. 

Ask the kids to participate by coming up with versions of old favorites or even entirely new games. Incorporate the best ideas in upcoming game camps. 

Olympics Camp

This camp might not look exactly like a gold level competition, but it will be fun. Set up some obstacle courses outside and have a series of challenges. Use some of the water noodles that you have at the lake house and make rings out of them by taping the ends together. Suspend those rings from your deck or patio, and the kids try to get a balloon to sail through the ring. 

Play tug of war in the waist-deep water. You could have a complete triathlon using a first round of biking, obstacle course, and water challenge. Kids love anything that keeps them active and moving. Whatever you decide to set up as challenges will keep them happy and entertained.

Bicycle Camp

Life at the lake house is laid back and conducive to a slower pace. Bicycles fit right into life at a slower pace. Incorporate mini trips into your days at the lake as a form of bike camp. Set out on a mystery destination, or do a type of scavenger hunt ride. Set out clues beforehand that will take you from one point to another. Decorate your bikes in a different theme for each day that you ride. 

Take along a picnic lunch and stop along the way to eat it. This would be an excellent time for the kids to learn about the "Laufmaschine” invented by Karl von Sauerbronn in 1817. Laufmaschine means running machine and was an alternative to riding horses. 

Theater Camp

Kids are creative and have wonderful, wild imaginations. Put all of the drama to use at a theater camp at your lake house. Ask the kids to construct a story, one that they collaborate and write themselves. The end goal is to present this story in the form of a play. They will need to keep this end goal in mind as they are writing their story. 

Once the story has been written, and the final version is satisfactory to all, it will be time for the real work to begin. The kids will need to pull together costumes and backdrops for their play using items that are already at the lake house. The stage will need to be set up, and props gathered. Practicing the play will entail a run through or two before opening night. 

Be sure to have tickets for admission and popcorn on hand for the audience members!

Water Camp

It would be amiss for life on the lake not to include a water camp. There are a variety of water games that can be played in the shallows, like volleyball. Onshore, water games are also popular. Get some buckets and sponges at the dollar store, and use them in a game to see who can fill up their bucket using the sponge to fill the bucket with lake water first. Add some ice cubes to that water and marbles to the bottom of the bucket and have the kids see who can fish the marbles out of the icy water the fastest. 

You can also get Alka seltzer type tablets at the dollar store, along with squirt guns. Fill up the guns and have a “reloading” station outside. Put a tablet of Alka seltzer on a string and give one to each of the kids to hang around their neck. Then, on your mark, get set, go!  Each person gets to run around and squirt each other. As the tablet dissolves, that person is out. The one with most of their tablet left is the winner. Use the same buckets that you got at the dollar store and have the kids lay down on their backs in a circle. 

Kids will need to have their shoes on.  With their legs up in the air, have the kids touch their feet together, making a kind of table. Put the bucket on their feet. In the bucket place, any number of things...some water, some deshelled eggs, slime or any other thighs that would feel gross like pudding or rubber worms. The goal is for each kid to slip off one of their shoes while the others keep the bucket steady. Besides these games, there is tubing, swimming, boating, and fishing that can be incorporated into the water camp at the lake house.

I Need A Break Camp

Being your camp counselor can be exhausting! With our list of suggestions, you could use some or parts of the ideas, and you can also look for a bit of help from another avenue. Daily STEAMwork videos from the new National Children's Museum in Washington D.C. are another option to keep the kiddos entertained and learning at the same time. The National Children's Museum now has more than 60 videos on the museum website that will endeavor to inspire the kids with science, technology, arts, math, and engineering. 

There is also a list on the website of materials needed for each video. This summer, there will also be one-day virtual summer camps. Tuesdays will be a day of science. Thursdays will be about making child-size structures with materials that are everyday objects. If you choose to participate, you will receive supply kits in advance of each session. 

In Conclusion

You will be able to give your kids a camp type experience at your lake house and create some life-long memories at the same time. The time spent together will be a bonding experience that you may never have again. 

Although the circumstances are not ones that we would ever want to repeat, it is an opportune time to teach your kids about how you get through life with imagination and ingenuity.  You will also be giving them life lessons that will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

7 Best Closet Concepts for Your Lake House

Living at the lake house is a beautiful place to be. Often you have others that come and spend a day or so with you enjoying the time on the water. The last thing you want to do at the lake house is to be looking for misplaced items or continually sorting through packed closets. 

Clutter and disorganization should be forbidden at your lake house, as it just detracts from your reason for being there in the first place.We have seven of the best closet concepts to use to keep on top of organizing necessary items, but you don't want to waste time keeping track of them.

ONE:

Make good use of the entryway to your lake house. Frequently, items will be brought into the main part of the house simply because there is no storage near the front door. They get sat down in the first clear spot in the house and add to the clutter. Then when you need the item again, you have to sift through piles to find it. 

Set up some stations in the foyer so that these often-used items have a home. An umbrella stand for umbrellas and walking sticks will keep those items handy. Cubes that are stacked become storage units that hold shoes and prevent them from being a tripping hazard. Hooks on the walls will be perfect for hats and coats. They can be hung up immediately upon entering the lake house and retrieved on the way out again. There is no more throwing them over the back of furniture or in piles on a bed.

Here are instructions to Create a Sleek and Simple Coat Rack and Hat Rack.

TWO:

Drawers in a closet are a handy concept. If the room is on the smaller side, drawers in the closet create a place for clothing. Home improvement stores will have drawer units that can be put together and added to your closet space. Or, you could put a small dresser in the closet and free up floor space at the same time. You could find an inexpensive set at a garage sale or thrift store, or you already have one. 

The clothes rod will still hang above, and the dresser below will provide storage for folded items.

THREE:

Having clothes dividers in your closet saves time spent hunting for particular items. You may have a variety of clothes at the lake house, some for each of the seasons or various occasions. Maybe the closet is shared with others, or you have one closet that several children use. You can print out clothes dividers on heavy-duty cardstock. 

To ensure their sturdiness, you can laminate them. Looking much like a hotel "Do Not Disturb" doorknob hanger, you can print a person's name on each divider. You could print any category that you need, like spring clothes or boating outfits. Using these dividers in closets makes it easy to stay organized, and you will know where items belong. Kids can find their belongings, and there will not be the usual hunt for articles of clothing that get lost in the shuffle. 

This is especially handy if you have clothing you leave at the lake house, you will not have to hunt for them upon your return.

FOUR:

A great way to keep your accessories easy to find is to hang them up. It is easy to add a simple chair rail to the inside of a closet or along a wall. It would only need to be about two inches wide and whatever length you choose. Place the rail at a height that is convenient for adding items and getting them down again. 

Add simple hooks to the chair rail, and use those hooks for various things. Perfect for belts, hats, and scarfs, it will keep those items from being misplaced and always accessible. The hooks will also be ideal for jewelry. Necklaces, chains, and bracelets will be at the ready. Hanging these items will keep them from becoming a tangled mess on top of a dresser. 

Your time at the lake should be spent relaxing, and a rail with hooks makes organizing easy.

FIVE:

If you have pants that take up a lot of room in the closet, you can either purchase sliding pants rack or make one of your own. Storing your pants this way gives you better access to them. Instead of fumbling through lots of hangers, slide the unit out, and it is then easy to see all your pants and to choose which pair you want. It also makes it a simple proposition to hang pants back up. Anything that makes keeping clothes under control is a big plus, as it gives you more time to spend on the water!

If you decide you would like to make your own, here are the instructions for a  Sliding Pants Rack.

SIX:

Closet door storage. You might not have thought about the back of the closet door as storage, but it can be! There are a variety of items for storage, like those that hang over the door. Those can be made from different materials like vinyl or coated wire. You could also build your own Closet Door Built-In Storage that you could customize for your needs. 

The back of the closet door could hold board games and puzzles. It could also hold extra towels for the guests that visit your lake house. It could store sheets and other items, like toiletries, that your guests can keep at the ready when they are there.

Whatever way you choose to use it, closet door storage can provide the extra space you need to keep items under control.

SEVEN:

At the lake house, you want to spend your time on the deck, in the hammock, or on the water. You don't want to be spending your time trying to find the missing shoe, swimsuit, or hoodie. If you have a couple of kids, the chances of losing needed items increase exponentially. One of the ways around this is to make sure that there is a place for everything. This Closet Organizer from One Sheet of Plywood gives you the perfect closet organizer for people who might be sharing the same room at the lake house. 

It has the area nicely divided so that there is space for hanging items and for storing folded items. As we said, it will give kids a place for everything, and all you need to do is get them to put it there. Unfortunately, we don’t have instructions for that!

In Conclusion

The first suggestion for getting and staying organized and keeping the closets at your lake house clutter-free is to have an empty box that remains in the same spot in the garage or by the front door. Every time you run across an item that you don't use, place it in the box to be donated once the box is full. There is no reason to keep something that takes up space and adds to clutter. Once the box is full, replace it with another empty box and donate the full one.

The only way that any organizational system works is if you use it. You can have all the coolest containers, systems, and closet organizers, but if you don't use them, they won't work to free up your time. Only have the items at the lake house that you need and use. If you brought something out that you thought you would use but find that you don’t, get rid of it. 

There are thrift stores in practically every town that will accept donations or have a donation box conveniently located. Time at the lake house is precious and special. Using some of the closet organizing tips listed above will help you have more free time while you are there!

What I Learned from Using Nautical Antiques for my Lake House

I love my lake house! It is my favorite place on earth. When I am there, I feel as if a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I am free to relax and truly live my life.

Being by the water is immediately refreshing, and the rhythm of the water draws me. It is soothing and compelling and seems to call to me in some age-old manner.

This love of the water is shared by many. Our species has felt this pull of water and sea from time immemorial. From the early days we carved out canoes to take us across the water.

We have gotten our dinners from the water, made our livings on the water, and built our homes near its shores.

The magnetism that draws me to the shore each morning to stand and stare is the same fascination that leads me to bring that nautical theme indoors.

My love of the water gives me the desire to surround myself with all things nautical. You could find sea or water-related items anywhere, it is the antiques that speak to me with their superior knowledge.

We have attempted to conquer the sea for our purposes, but that will never be a reality. The water is its own master and an entity that only allows us tenuous passage.

The objects that were used in an attempt to safely navigate the 70% of earth that is covered in water. It hold a particular interest for me. They show a bit of the struggle to adapt and also the love of being on the water.

I have learned so much of our early attempts at navigation and of the hardships of those who chose a life at sea.

Nautical Antiques:

MAPS

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One of my favorite nautical antiques is hanging over the fireplace at my lake house. And it is a replica map from the 1800s of Puget Sound.

Puget Sound is a fascinating inlet of the Pacific Ocean that is located along the northwestern coast of the state of Washington. It is a complex estuarine system of interconnected waterways and basins.

Studying the map reminds me that although we can try to corral and divert its flow, water will always make its way.

There are several nautical antiques shops in my area, and as the area is near lakes. I can often find nautical artifacts to decorate my lake house. 

I tend to prefer pieces that show their previous life in the wear and tear on their surface. It reminds me that these were once useful items that had a function and purpose. 

At times, someone’s life might have depended on them to perform as they were intended.  

OARS

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In my bedroom, I am fortunate to have a large window that looks out to the lake. At night when the lights are on, I wanted a curtain to draw across the window. While in one of the local shops, I saw propped in a corner an oar from a longboat.

It came to mind that the oar, being long and slender, would make the perfect rod for a curtain in my bedroom. And it has!

Each time I draw the curtain across at night, I think about those sailors whose hands had pulled the oar through the water to propel the boat toward land. 

What strength that would have taken with everyone working in unison to propel a boat, up to 75 feet in length, through turbulent waters! The dugout, an ancestor of the longboat, brought the Vikings on piratical raids and conveyed Leif Eriksson to America. 

Now, resting from its labors, the oar still overlooks the water and is a reminder of those who depended on this elementary tool to carry them to safety.

GLASS FLOATS

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Nowadays, with advancements in technology, there are fish finders and GPS’s that show the way to favored fishing spots, where in the past a buoy would mark the spot. 

Buoys (or floats) have been used on the water for a variety of purposes. I have several nautical antique floats made from blown glass in a variety of colors; green, blue, amber, and rarest of all, a cranberry hue. 

The ones that I have as decorative items in my lake house still have the original netting around them. These buoys, referred to as glass floats, were first produced in Norway around 1840 and were either oblong or bubble-shaped. Used by fishermen on their nets and to mark fishing spots, they come in a variety of sizes, depending on the size of the net. 

When Japan, because of its sizable deep-sea fishing industry,  started making glass floats in the 1940s, they were primarily green in color. This was because they used recycled sake bottles to make the floats. I have taken the smaller of these floats and hung them in windows where they catch the light and reflect it into the room. 

The largest nautical antiques that I have is about 20 inches across, which sits in a large basket and has pride of place on the coffee table in the living room.

Besides being a beautiful object, it is another reminder of our connection to the water and the role the seas have played in providing food for those onshore.

ALARM BELLS

Nautical Antiques

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Hanging in the entryway of my lake house is a beautiful gift from a close friend. It is a vintage manual trip alarm bell that had been used on a ship. 

Used in the days before electrical power on boats, this beautiful brass alarm would work by pulling on the rod attached to the bell. That meant that the alarm could be sounded in emergencies.

Today, the bell pulling is a pleasant and welcome sound, as it announces family and friends who have arrived at the lake house. 

In the days when this bell was used on a ship, it would have heralded a far less welcome event. I have found myself upon hearing the bell today, wondering what other happenings the bell signaled. It could not have been a comforting sound for those who were aboard a ship, with no land in sight. 

Did it signal a coming storm, poor visibility, or a life-threatening fire on board? The bell was also used to mark the end of a watch that was usually four hours long. 

The bell was struck once at the end of the first half-hour of the watch. Twice after the second hour until eight bells had been struck at the end of the shift. The phrase “eight bells and all’s well” refers to completing a watch without incident. 

When the bell alarm is sounded at my lake house it is the sound that, indeed, with family and friends arriving, all is well.

BLOCK AND TACKLE PULLEYS

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In the kitchen at my lake house, I have an antique wooden block pulley sitting on the table. I use it as a trivet for hot dishes like my cast iron skillet or a steaming kettle of boiling water.

This pulley, part of a block and tackle, shows its life on its face. While the rope would go around the groove carved into the side of the pulley. The accompanying rope harness would ride across the front of the pulley and often had a hook on the end that would be used as a tether. 

As the ship would toss or sway on the waves, the rope would rub across the pulley’s face. 

My particular pulley shows the wear of innumerable waves carved into its face. It is a testament to years on the water in good and bad weather and years of performing its function. Again, I wonder about the stories this nautical artifact could tell! 

It is somehow comforting to me that it continues to be useful and is still near the water where it has spent its life in service to the sailors who both loved and feared their time on the water.

IN CONCLUSION

I have learned a lot about the life that sailors led years ago by researching the stories behind the nautical antiques that I have purchased for my lake house. Each object, and the stories behind them, have made me appreciate those who came before. 

It is with awe that I have contemplated the challenges they faced and the strength and courage that life on the water would have demanded. 

Despite all of the struggles and dangers, the water has an undeniable draw that can be satisfied in no other way than being on or near it. 

I have written about just a few of the antique nautical items at my lake house. Each one has an exciting story to tell about a life far different from my peaceful existence near the water. 

I will continue to invite the nautical antiques into my home to reside and share their stories.

Indoor Activities for Extroverts Who Are Lake Living

Extroverts revel in social situations and even deliberately pursue as such because being around people gives them a sense of fulfillment.

Some of the most common traits of an extrovert:

  • Plenty and diverse interests
  • Talking is the primary medium in communicating
  • Enjoys being at the center of attention
  • Impulsive tendencies
  • Flourishes in group works
  • Too much time spent alone leads to reclusiveness
  • Scopes for others and outside sources for ideas and inspiration
  • Comfortable in relaying of thoughts and feelings

It is a nightmare for almost if not all, extroverted people to be put in isolation for whatever reason.  For those who thrive in the company of other human beings, being in seclusion can be tormenting. But if one has to stay home for long periods, it might be intimidating to think of indoor activities for extroverts. So we want to help out by loading you a list of sure-fire ways you can keep your sanity in check. 

Indoor Activities For Extroverts

1. Virtual Interactions

From simple hellos to dinner dates. You can learn (or relearn) spending hours on the phone, not really talking about anything in particular; it is comforting to have a chat with someone we care for. When you are stuck at home, you can ditch the pajamas, shower, and prepare a meal before hosting a dinner meeting with your friends. You can agree upon the theme of the night to make it more exciting. Perfect when you are distanced from your coworkers while you’re vacationing on a lake house.

It isn’t quite the same, of course, but having someone to talk to and a face to look at that is not your own should ward off hysteria for at least a few more days. 

2. Learn New skills

Learning a new skill is one way to keep you stimulated, plus it doesn’t take a lot of time to learn. It may take years to master a new skill, but two to three weeks can be enough for you to grasp the basics and get yourself started. Make the most of your stay by the lake and try some of the following:

  • Foreign Language

Studying and becoming fluent in a new language will significantly increase your value, and you will find a whole new array of opportunities available. You can access a lot of language learning online, and some of them are for free.

  • Musical Instruments

Various websites provide an extensive catalog of free videos in hopes of teaching amateurs how to play musical instruments, and some even feature professional musicians.

  • Coding

As per the Skills Shortage List in many countries, you’ll find that IT personnel,  programmers, and web developers are always on that list. As humans continue to advance technologically, coding is one of those skills that can only become more in demand, and you might want to get aboard.

3. Pending tasks

Everyone has at least one pending task that has been shelved for a long time. From a personal website, a half-finished knitted scarf or a painting lounging unfinished in the corner of your studio.  These are just some of the projects that we often place on the backseat and give way to more pressing matters.

4. Virtual Tours

When cabin fever strikes and you’re far from the city, take heart because there are museums who offer virtual tours of their works, which can be freely accessed for a certain period. You can check out Google Art and Culture, and visit more than 500 museums all over the world. 

5. Indoor Work out

Nature will truly encourage you to get your health back on track. Your city gym might be far but a few mobile applications offer free ready-made workouts that work on specific muscle groups and use ordinary objects that can be found lying around the lake house to perform the movements. Among the options are the Home Training, Nike Training Club, and 8Fit all free and available for Android and iPhone. 

6. Cook your extrovert heart out

Sites such as Allrecipes, Yummly, and FoodNetwork provide thousands of recipes that home cooks can reproduce and even intensify. Cooking videos and text tutorials, enlisting ingredients, and step by step procedure. Take full advantage of the fresh catch of the day form the lake.

7. Get your green-thumb into working

Indoor gardening can be a great way to make yourself productively pass the time. Plants are great companions and have been known to ease anxieties. As an extrovert, staying home might be extra challenging and might cause unnecessary stress. Growing indoor plants can provide a sense of serenity, and if you choose to grow herbal plants, you can get fresh produce as an extra reward.

8. Meditate

Meditation allows you to train your mind into focus and rear your thoughts. It gives you a new and deeper appreciation of quietness. The more you linger in meditation, the more receptive and patient you become. This might not be the most popular indoor activity for extroverts, but we’re sure that this will provide massive benefits on both your mental and spiritual health.

9. Host a Netflix Party

In an attempt to bridge the gap between friends, relatives, even lovers, Netflix offers simultaneous streaming of TV shows and movies on your desktop. All you have to do is invite your friends and make sure they are signed up for Netflix. Everyone in the invited group can pause, play, fast forward, and rewind the movies to ensure that all of you are on the same time frame. To make it closer to reality, a side chat bar lets you and your friends discuss and react to what’s going on in the movie. It’s like having the gang in the same room. Here’s a simple guide to your Netflix Party;

**Make sure that everyone’s logged in on their computers and ready to download the Netflix Party extension. 

1. Open your Google Chrome browser and visit netflixparty.com.

2. Click Get Netflix Party for free.

3. After you’re redirected, download the extension. Click Add to Chrome.

4. A pop-up box will open, then select Add Extension

5. A grey NP icon will appear on your browser toolbar. 

10. Try Listening to Podcasts and even launching your very own.

TV might get too old when you spend too much time on it, you might want to try listening to podcasts as an alternative. With great diversity on subjects such as technology, education, politics, sports, science, humor, celebrities, and a whole lot more. 

But it is also known that one notable trait of an extrovert is talking… a lot. If listening is not enough for you, you can try starting a podcast from the comfort of your home. It will allow you to release stored up knowledge on certain topics that can be helpful for others. While keeping your mind off being indoors, since hosting a podcast requires a lot of planning, research, and preparations. 

At the end of the day, indoor activities for extroverts are not supposed to just keep you busy but rather productive. Make the most of the time you spend alone. We are hoping that these indoor activities for extroverts can somehow alleviate the sorrow of being alone and help bring out a better and happier you.

Make Your Stay-At-Home Experience Worthwhile: Create Your Own DIY Kayak Cart

You have some time on your hands and are wondering what constructive things you could do with that time. 

One of the projects that you could tackle is to construct a do-it-yourself kayak cart to move your kayak on. It is simple, inexpensive and easy to do.

It is a project that is pretty straightforward. Watching this Homemade PVC Kayak Cart video on YouTube made me anxious to get back on the water with my kayak!

With this handy cart, I will be ready when the time comes!

Not all of the components are glued together on this cart. That makes it easy to disassemble for storing. 

If you so choose, you can glue the entire cart together if disassembly is not a factor for you. 

The dimensions used in this project are also a general guideline. You may need to adjust the dimensions according to the size of your kayak. 

List of Supplies for DIY Kayak Cart

Gather the materials that you will need for the project. You will need:

(2) 10″ Wheels with 5/8″ bore:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000J6A4S8/?…

(1) 5/8″ Threaded Rod cut to 26″

(1) 5/8″ Nut & Washer kit 

This kit includes (4) Hex nuts, (4) lock washers, (4) flat washers all ⅝”

(7) 1″ Tee Fittings

(1) 1″ x 10ft PVC pipe

(3) 1″ PVC caps

(1) Large Kids Pool Noodle

(1) PVC Cement & Primer

(optional) Bondo Rubberized Undercoating Spray Can

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TOOLS USED

drill with 5/8″ drill bit

ratcheting pvc cutter

hacksaw (fine teeth for metal)

tape measure

DIY Kayak Cart

Once you have all of your items assembled, set up an area to work in, either in your basement, garage or outside.

You will be painting and using glue, so make sure that the area has good ventilation.

Here is the step-by-step process for creating your own kayak cart.

STEP ONE:

Paint first or last?

Before you cut the pvc pipe, decide if you want to paint it before or after you cut the pieces you need, and before or after the cart is assembled. 

The advantage of painting it beforehand is that you will not have a lot of small pieces to paint, and you will not have to protect the tires from the paint once the cart is assembled.

The disadvantage is that once painted, you will have a hard time seeing any measurement making that you make on the pipe. It might also make the parts a bit harder to slip into each other if a coating of paint is on the inside of the pipe. 

In the video, the painting was the last step in the process. That may have been so that the viewer could see the measurements on the pvc, so use your own judgement as to whether you want to paint before or after the cart is assembled. 

If you decide to paint beforehand, induce the T joints and end caps in the process.  Let the pieces dry thoroughly before proceeding. 

STEP TWO:

Cut the PVC

The handle for the kayak cart can be either 20” or 24” long. This handle also acts as a stand for the cart. 

Know that when the kayak is on the cart, this handle is not what is used to maneuver the cart.

Instead, you will wrap a strap around the kayak, sinch it tight and use the strap to maneuver the kayak.

Start by using the ratcheting pvc cutter to cut the PVC pipe into the appropriate size pieces. 

You will need:

  • One piece that is 20” or 24” long
  • One piece that is 10” long
  • Two pieces that are 3” long
  • Two pieces that are 4.5” long
  • Two pieces that are 1.75’ long
  • Four pieces that are 8” long

STEP THREE:

Drill ⅝” holes in two of the end caps. 

These are the caps that the threaded rod will go through to connect to the tires. 

STEP FOUR:

Cut the Rod

This is the type of threaded rod that was used:

Using the hacksaw and a blade designed for cutting metal, cut the rod to the length of 26”.

STEP FIVE:

Assemble the pieces

Once all the pieces are cut into the appropriate lengths, assemble the cart. You will be gluing it together, but it is a good idea to assemble the pieces first to make sure that it all aligns.

Put the pieces lightly in place so that they are easy to remove once you are satisfied with the design and are ready to glue it all together. 

STEP SIX:

Get ready to glue

You will be gluing the pieces together as you go along. 

When using these products, you apply the primer first then apply the cement. Again, you can cement all of the pieces together, or just some of the pieces so that you can take it apart for storage. 

DIY Kayak Cart

In the video, they choose not to glue the entire cart together. They wanted to be able to disassemble the cart for easier storage. The orange dots are the areas that they choose

 not to glue. 

STEP SEVEN:

Put together the axle assembly

Take the threaded rod and start on one end by putting on the pvc pieces. 

Put the first T fitting in the middle of the rod. Next, on either side of the T fitting, put a 4.5” pvc piece and place into the T fitting. Two more T fittings on either side will come next, and place the end of the 4.5” into the T.  

On both sides, place the small 1.75” pvc pieces. They will be the go between for the T fitting and the end caps. As mentioned, the end caps come next.

STEP EIGHT:

Tighten the hex nuts

Place, on either side, the hex nut, the locking washer and the flat washer. The tire will come next, then a flat washer, the locking washer and lastly the hex nut. 

DIY Kayak Cart

The above kit is what was used for the wheels and axel. If you do not use a kit, as mentioned in the parts list, you will need (4) each of ⅝ “ hex nuts, lock washers and flat washers. 

You will put the threaded rod through the tire, and use one set (hex nut, locking washer, flat washer) on each side of each tire. 

Put the flat washer on the threaded rod and move it to the tire, then put the locking washer on and then the hex nut goes on last. 

On the inside of the tire you want the same order. The flat washer will be touching the tire and the locking washer will be between the flat washer and the hex nut.  

Make sure to tighten the assembly down tight.

STEP NINE:

Finish pvc assembly

Work up from the axle assembly to the bunks. 

Fit the T fittings with the two 4” pvc pieces. Place two more T fittings one top of the two 4” pvc pieces and put a 10” section of pvc in between the two T fittings, as shown in the picture above.

In the top of the two T fittings, place the 3” pieces and top them with another set of T fittings.

DIY Kayak Cart

The four 8” pvc pieces go into the T fittings and form the bunk for the kayak. 

STEP TEN:

Paint or touch up

 If you did not paint the pvc pipe first, T fittings and end caps, now is the time to paint your cart.

The Bondo rubberized undercoating will help protect against salt spray, rust and corrosion. 

Before painting, cover the tires and the hardware, the hex nuts and washers. Paint the cart and let it dry thoroughly. 

STEP ELEVEN:

Add the noodles

The four bunks (8” pieces of pvc) will get the pool noodle covering. They will pad the bunks and cushion your kayak. 

Cut the pool noodles with the hacksaw to the length needed to cover the bunks. After making sure the paint is dry, slip the noodles into the bunks.

STEP TWELVE:

Enjoy your DIY Kayacart!

DIY Kayak Cart

Kayak Cart

12 Design Solutions To Make Your Lake House Feel More Relaxing

Your lake house is the place you go to unwind and enjoy life on the water. It only makes sense to have your lake house reflect that calming vibe. If you are looking for your lake house design solutions to help your house feel more relaxing, we have compiled a list of 12 ideas to get you started!

Lake House Design Solutions:

1. Lake House Colors

When choosing colors that will compliment your lake house and help create a relaxing atmosphere, there are four colors that will suit that purpose well.

Blues are good colors to use in your design solutions at the lake house. Studies show that people relax more around blue colors. 

Blues are often used in places like hospitals, doctor offices and large companies because those colors have been found to have a calming effect.

Greens are another great color to make your lake house design feel more relaxing. Green has been seen to relate to balance and harmony, and is often associated with the color of spring and of renewal. 

Browns, both light and dark hues, are earth colors that make great accents. Brown is also a calming color, like blue is, and is said to give a sense of security. 

White will give your lake house that light and airy feel, and will go with any blues, greens or browns that you pair it with. 

White is always clean and crisp looking, and will reflect any outdoor light to give the indoors a bright and breezy feel. 

2. Wall Art Design

The walls of your lake house are the perfect place to express your personality, thoughts while at the same time create a relaxing ambiance. 

Consider items that will fit in with your surroundings, such as fishing nets strung in the corners of a room, or a set of oars or paddles criss-crossed on the wall of a bedroom. 

Wooden carvings of fish or boats will also be in keeping with the lake house design theme and look great over a mantleplace. You might want to consider wooden signs that have favorite sayings or quotes. 

They can run the gamut from cheeky to profound. “What Happens At the Lake is Laughed About All Year Long” is one sign that is sure to be agreed with by your friends. 

You might choose Henry David Thoreau’s quote “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eyes looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature” to inspire introspection. 

Choose decor for your walls that fit the setting and compliment the peaceful, relaxed nature of a lake house.

3. Windows

Lake House Design Window

Use your windows as focal points; they can be optimum design solutions at your lake house. 

You will want to have a view of the spectacular water, which can be relaxing, but you will also want your privacy. 

Depending on the size of your windows, you could use wooden shutters on them. They would let the light in, but obstruct the view from the outside in. 

Another design solution would be to install privacy film on the windows instead of traditional window coverings. 

The privacy film would give you an unobstructed view of the water and preserve your privacy at the same time. 

4. Floors

Lake House Design

It is inevitable that the floors at your lake house will be exposed to water; it is the nature of the beast at a lake house. 

Depending on what is at your waterfront, you could also have a lot of sand being tracked in. 

It will be important to have durable flooring at your lake house, as you want to relax at your lake house, not spend your time maintaining your floor coverings. 

A great look for a lake house is distressed wood in oak or pine finishes. 

Whitewashed effects, which can be done in various colors, can give your floors a homey, weathered look that has character and helps hide wear and tear. 

Even reclaimed barn wood can give your lake house a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that will be warm and welcoming. 

5. Furniture

Lake House Design Floor

Look for furniture that will work for you and make your lake house feel more relaxing. 

Formal or “stuffy” furniture will seem at odds with the calm and unhurried atmosphere at a lake house. 

Furniture that works for you will be more relaxing for you, too, as you will not have to continually improvise as your needs, or number of guests change. 

A trestle table will be perfect for dining. Imagine having friends over and laying newspaper on the trestle, then tossing a meal of boiled shrimp, crab, potatoes and corn down the center of the paper.  

You can’t get much more of a relaxed dining experience than that! Choose to pair the table with either ladder back chairs, or even better, long benches which will hold more people. 

Wicker furniture will continue the relaxed and comfortable feelings out onto porch and deck areas. Wicker would also be ideal in bedrooms as it is casual and airy furniture.

Wicker is also lightweight and can be easily moved to wherever you need more seating.  

Painted furniture adds a softness to the space it occupies and actually looks better the more “distressed” it becomes. 

Choose furniture with finishes that will withstand a damp towel being flung over the edge of it. 

Prized antiques may not fare so well in an area where the mood is casual and informal. You want to relax with objects around you that can take a bit of well-intentioned knocks.

6. Fabrics

Lake House Design Fabrics

Fabrics used should fit with the function of your lake house. They will also take into consideration if there are children or pets and reflect the needs of all who use the house. 

The lake house is a place of relaxation, not a place where pillows are continually fluffed, but a place where sprawling is encouraged. 

Woven fabrics will hold up longer than printed ones. Higher thread counts and tighter weaves will also give better wear. 

If you pooch is allowed on the furniture then consider a microfiber fabric as these can stand extra wear and tear. 

When considering the pattern on your furniture, the scale of the pattern should be appropriate to the size of the room. 

A large, bold pattern might overpower a small room and be more distracting than tranquil. Find fabrics that are fade resistant, as you will want plenty of light in your lake house.  

Bleached cotton, and tickings in blue, green or brown will fit perfectly in a lake house setting. Try gingham in the kitchen or dining room for a casual feel. 

7. Lighting

Lake House Design

Lighting can be the opportunity to add some fun into the proceedings. If you have even just a medium amount of skill, designing your own creation can be a rewarding activity. 

Old buoys can be turned into a table top lamp or outdoor lighting. In this video, you will see how a lady used salvaged buoys for patio lighting: How to make a lamp from a fishing buoy

Even Martha Stewart knows how to make hanging lights using a rope material: Knotted Hanging Lantern DIY Project – Martha Stewart

In this video, the person used flowers to create an epoxy resin night light. You could use the same idea, but incorporate nautical objects. 

You could use various suspended fishing lures, cat tails, pine cones or sea shells.  Lighting in your lake house should never be harsh; soft yet sufficient, as the lighting needs to be soothing. 

Track lighting will give you illumination in all the places you need without being harsh. Track lighting comes in H, J or L shaped tracks. 

You can also get them in a monorail that you can configure yourself. The track heads can be drop-down pendants, glass shades and many other variations. 

For your outside areas like a patio, porch or by the dock, softly glowing string lights add a soothing ambience and provide  enough light in the evening. 

8. Accents

Accents are the fun part to any decor. They can liven the atmosphere and set the mood for whatever you would like that mood to be. 

If you want your lake house to feel more relaxing, the accents are where you could begin. Nothing too formal, but casual and interesting would suit the purpose. 

Glass bottles in blues and greens that line the kitchen window sill will project soothing colors into the room.

Lobster cages can be transformed into coffee tables, end tables or storage chests for blankets. 

I have seen a small,  old, and no longer serviceable row boat put into service as a shelving unit by standing the boat up on end. 

Shelves were added to the body of the boat. It made for an interesting shelving unit that fit right in with life on the lake. 

Just for fun, take a look at this over-the-top bathroom vanity made of oysters: Golden Dresser for Bathroom of Epoxy and Oysters

9. DIY shell art

Sea shells evoke the water and the waves that bring them to shore. Those shells can be used as ornaments themselves on shelves or in glass jars. 

Turn a large one over and use it as a candle holder or candy dish. A wall hanging or a wind chime for the deck can be made from sea shells. 

Take a look at this video for some ideas for your lake house: DIY Seashell Crafts Beach Decorations Shell Craft Ideas

10. Furniture Placement

Lake House Design

When placing the furniture in your lake house you are going to want to choose design solutions that make your lake house feel more relaxing. 

Furniture that interrupts the flow of traffic or is obtrusive to conversation or lounging will not add to a relaxing atmosphere. 

Try to create lines or conversation areas that point towards the windows, but not necessarily facing the windows. 

Your eye will naturally be drawn to the view, while still being engaged with friends and guests. If possible, do this in other rooms of the house, such as the bedroom. 

Point the foot of the bed toward the window with the best view. Or angle the chair in the room towards the water outside the window. 

If you angle your furniture, you will guide your eye towards the blue, calming water and bring that relaxing vibe inside. 

11. Invite Nature In

When you incorporate nature into your home it tends to have a calming effect on frayed nerves. 

Hanging plants, or having large house plants in containers brings the green from outdoors inside. 

Besides cleaning the air for us, plants evoke the peace and serenity of nature. 

They will complement any decor and depending on the plant, will thrive with minimum attention. 

12. Pillows

Pillows are a perfect option to help bring a relaxing atmosphere to your lake house. 

Oversize pillows can be used for lounging by anyone and they are a special favorite with the younger set. 

Throw a large pillow on the floor and you have additional seating. Ticking materials in blues, browns and greens will go with the lake house design theme. 

Oversize pillows in denim fabric will be a favorite and still be able to stand up to the wear and tear. 

When not in use, pillows can be stacked in a corner, becoming part of the decor, or strewn about the furniture.

CONCLUSION

Your lake house is the place you go to for relaxation and renewal.

There are a variety of design solutions to make a lake house feel more relaxing.

Using a few of the above suggestions will have you looking forward, with even more enthusiasm,to your time on the lake. 

5 Awesome Kids Camp Lake Destinations

We have put together a list of 5 of the most awesome kids camps that are on a lake so that they have the opportunity to have time in the water. After all, summer and water go together.

As circumstances change, be sure to check with the camp directly to confirm dates and sign up instructions for these summer camps. 

1. Falcon Camp, Carrollton, Ohio

 Located in Carrollton, Ohio, Falcon Camp has been in operation since 1959. 

Although it first started as a boys camp, Falcon Camp welcomes both girls and boys to its ACA accredited camp.

Children ages 6 to 16 can join a two, four, six, or even eight-week session. 

If you happen to be a first-time camper aged 6 - 10, there is a special one week program called Young Adventures that helps introduce first-timers to camp life.

In a beautiful lakefront setting, Falcon Camp's motto of "Fun for Now, Skills for Life" is appropriate. Campers choose their schedule every day within a general framework.

While daily activities are separated by gender, there are co-ed events. Every activity has an instructor that runs from beginner to advanced.

There are lots to choose from: Archery, tennis, crafts, riding, sailing, drama, mountain bikes, and riflery. 

Falcon Camp strives for a non-competitive environment in which campers can try something that they have never done before with confidence.

The ratio of 1:4 staff/camper ratio ensures that campers get the attention that they need. 

Visit here: Falcon Camp: Private Summer Camp in Ohio - Best Residential Camp for Kids

2. Camp Manitou, Oakland, Maine

 Manitou is one of the nation's foremost camps. Founded in 1947, the summer camp is held for boys ages 7 to 16.

Camp Manitou prides itself on its experienced staff and excellent facilities. Campers get to choose their own programs. Each program is designed to challenge their minds and develop their skills.

There are plenty of team sports to choose from: baseball, softball, football, roller hockey, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, and European handball.

Individually, campers will not lack in activities as they choose from: climbing, riflery, a ropes course, archery, golf, camping, tennis and track, and field.

The creative side of campers is explored through acting, photography, pottery, animation, radio, videography, and set design. 

Located in the Belgrade Lakes region, there is no lack of water sports.

Swimming, water-skiing, canoeing, wake-boarding, kayaking, sailing, SCUBA, windsurfing, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and fishing is sure to keep campers engaged and busy.

Visit here: A Maine Summer Camp for Boys | The Best Boys Camp in Maine Camp Manitou

3. Camp Vega, Fayette, Maine

Located on Echo Lake, Camp Vega was founded in 1936 and is an all-girls camp named after the brightest star in the summer sky. 

Camp Vega prides themselves on their motto of “the most exciting thing a girl will find at Vega is herself.”

Choice-based, Camp Vega allows the girls to choose what they would like to focus on. 

Campers can pick from tennis, softball, crew, wake-boarding, lacrosse, and figure skating and then design their own schedule for the second half of camp.

There is also hip-hop dance, ballet, jazz, along with horseback riding, windsurfing, sailing, field hockey, gymnastics, jewelry, mountain biking, Zumba, and stained glass.

Campers that come to Vega love the experience, and it shows with their 97% return rate.

 Visit here: Camp Vega All Girls Camp

4. Raquette Lake Boys and Girls Camps, Raquette Lake, New York

Raquette Lake Camps is a group of summer camps located in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.

There is the opportunity to canoe for a 100-mile radius around the camp. The camp is for boys and girls ages 6 to 15 and is a place to build lifelong memories.

Many of the campers return year after year. With over 100 years of camping experience, Raquette Lake Camps have been hosting its Boys only and Girls only camps since 1916.

Their goal is to build strong and lasting friendships while imparting confidence in each camper as they grow into extraordinary adults. 

There is not a lack of activities at either the Raquette Lake Boys camp or the Raquette Lake Girls Camp.  

There are volleyball and basketball courts along with hardball diamonds, a batting cage, and both soccer and lax fields, not to forget the tennis courts.

Water activities include sailboats, kayaks, canoes, wind-surfers, power boats, and also includes Ski Nautique water ski and wake-board boats. 

As if that was not enough activity, Raquette Lake has a gymnasium with balance beams, mini-trampolines, uneven parallel bars, vaulting horses, springboards, mats, a Tumble Trak and a springboard floor.

An arts and crafts center, a theater and social hall, and a jewelry-making studio and ceramics facility give campers the opportunity to explore their creative side.

A three-sided climbing wall, zip lines, and ropes challenge course that includes high and low levels keeps campers the chance to gain confidence in their abilities. 

Visit here: Raquette Lake Camps in New York, Boys & Girls Summer Camps

5. Camp Walt Whitman, Piermont,  New Hampshire

With an impressive 2:1 camper to staff ratio, Camp Walt Whitman fosters a warm and welcoming atmosphere where campers can make lifetime friends and achieve personal growth. 

Founded in 1948, the 300-acre campus is near the beautiful White Mountains and along the shores of Lake Armington. 

The camp was named after poet Walt Whitman because of his poem "I Hear America Singing," which inspired the camp's mission.

The poem describes the working men and women of America each performing their own job and singing their own individual song with pride, but interwoven together to form the great community of America.

The camp runs for seven weeks, as the founders believed that kids could only get a real immersive experience if camp lasted an entire summer. 

There are shorter camps for kids in the first through third grades that might not entirely be ready to be away from parents all summer long.

Camp Walt Whitman has a well rounded of activities. They offer ceramics, woodworking, crafts as well as drama and music programs. 

There are rope courses, weekly hikes, overnight camping, and whitewater rafting.

The campers will participate in six activities each day, with four of them being prescheduled. Two of the activities each day are ones that the campers themselves want to explore.

Lake Armington is the site for the camp, and Walt Whitman is the only camp on its shores. 

Certified Water Safety instructors are on hand both in the lake and in the Olympic size swimming pool.

Campers can learn how to sail, kayak, water-ski, paddleboard, and more. A particular favorite, the water trampoline, Aquaglide Rockit, and Corcl boats add to the fun in the water.

Visit here: Camp Walt Whitman

 

Practice Beforehand

There are many good reasons to send your child to summer camp. Camps help children to experience different and unique things such as archery, riflery, and all of the various water sports.

Summer camps allow kids to expand their horizons with new friends and a completely different atmosphere. 

They are starting with a fresh slate to write their story on. It is in this type of setting that kids can blossom and grow.

You have the ability, at home, to prepare your child for the summer camp to come by staging a few nights under the stars in anticipation of their time away.

Set up a mini campsite in the backyard, or even the living room with an Everest Double Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net

Everest Double Camping Hammock

The Everest Double Camping Hammock with mosquito net is the perfect option to get your child familiar with sleeping in the outdoors. 

It is big and roomy. It is also sturdy and durable so your child will feel safe and secure lying in the hammock.

The mosquito net will keep any unpleasant bugs away, and enhance their experience. Best of all, an adult can use the hammock for their own backyard get-away while the kiddo is off at camp!

It will be a fun exercise that allows you to spend some quality time before they go off on their new adventure. 

Reasons Why Summer Camp Is Good For A Child

In a camp setting, children acquire a new set of skills. 

They learn that they can thrive in an environment that has slightly looser constraints, where personal freedom is partnered with personal responsibility. 

They can gain confidence in their ability to tackle a new experience and learn from it. They also have the time and place to immerse themselves in a particular activity and turn it into a honed skill. 

Kids are encouraged to move outside their comfort zone and try something new in a safe and supported atmosphere where there is not a fear of failure or judgment. 

Instead, their confidence is reinforced by success as they experience and grow proficient in new endeavors. 

Friendships formed at camp often last a lifetime. It is a time of fun and bonding like no other. 

In today's electronic age, we can forget that there is a whole big, beautiful world out there waiting to be explored. 

Summer camps will couple both mental and physical activity. Not the sit in your seat type of learning as in school, but the kind of learning, by doing, that children thrive on and crave.

Summer camps tend to be free of judgment. Rather than situations being a pass or fail, it is the chance to try. That is success in itself. There are no grades involved, no report cards. 

Camps build resilience that comes naturally to kids when they are allowed to try and experiment and test their abilities in a supportive environment. Not least of all, camp is fun. 

It is a time for kids to have the world at their fingertips. 

A time to explore and discover, to play and create. A summer at camp makes more than just memories. It helps a child to learn that they are capable of navigating their way in this world.

The Best Natural Health Guide for Your Lake Living

The lake house is your get-a-way, away from "real" life and all of its stresses, commitments, and the hurried pace.

As your sanctuary, you can kick back and capture your thoughts and take the time to refocus on what is important to you and do some course correction if needed.

While you are unplugging, do yourself a favor and don’t disengage from too far from reality. 

It sometimes feels like when we get away from life's hectic routine, all of our wise decisions also take time off.

That can mean we overindulge, and both eat and drink what we shouldn't, at least not in the same quantities we should. We end up coming back from the lake, feeling sluggish and tired.

Yes, we go to the lake to relax and release some stress. That doesn't mean that we have to completely detach from the practices that keep us healthy.

There is a guy who has a blog called Nerd Fitness. In that blog, he gives his tips for staying healthy while on vacation.

While your lake house might be a place you visit only once in a while,  frequently, or maybe you are lucky enough to live there, his tips will hold true whichever the case may be.

Steve (the aforementioned nerd) has come up with this plan not to get too derailed from healthy living, but still enjoy life at its fullest.

Here are some of Steve’s rules:

  • For every adult beverage consumed, do ten push-ups. 

  • For every unhealthy meal consumed, do 50 bodyweight squats.

  • Every time you have the opportunity, do five pull-ups.

  • Use the stairs and skip any elevators.

  • If it is less than a mile away, walk.

The most important thing is not to be stagnant. Do something.

Steve also suggests that you practice intermittent fasting. Skip one meal of your choice during the day.

If you have an unhealthy meal, make the next meal a healthy one.  If you drink a lot of water before a meal, you will fill up faster, so it is an excellent way to curb your appetite.

He also recommends drinking your carbs. Don't drink AND eat carb-heavy food, choose one or the other. We know which one Steve chose.

Being at the lake it is the perfect place to get in some exercise that is also fun. Moving will help to balance some of the harm that too much inertia can do.

WATER VOLLEYBALL

Get your crew together and indulge in some water volleyball. All you need is about two to three feet of water, a net, and a ball. 

Secure the net with a few tie-downs, or between docks, if you have that kind of setup. The rules for water volleyball are the same as on land.

Each team can only hit the ball three times. And a team can be one or a dozen people, which makes this game great for any size group.

Keep score, or just have a good time trouncing the other side. You don’t need practice or know the best way to hit a ball. You just need the ability to have a good time.

WATER FOOTBALL

With this game, you can make up your own rules. Just throw the ball or set up boundaries. 

As with water volleyball, this game can be played with two people or as many as you have hanging around the lake house.

Keep it laid back, or intensify the proceedings with the rules that you institute. 

WATER DARTS

If you don’t have a set, this game will require you to purchase the board and darts. 

It is an excellent game to have around the lake house for the kids, and you should be able to find one online for less than twenty dollars.

The floating vinyl dartboard has velcro strips. Throw the velcro striped balls to see if you can get a bullseye. This is a good game for the kids as it is safe for even the youngest.

SPONGE TAG

Another game that is fun for both kids and adults is sponge tag. Take some inexpensive sponges and fill a bucket with water, and soak the sponges. 

Designate one player as "it." Signal to start, and the person who is "it" tries to tag other players by throwing the wet sponges.

The last one left without having been hit is the next “it.”

You might not want to do your full-blown regular exercise routines when at the lake, but it is important not to leave it in the rear view mirror, either.

As we had mentioned earlier in the article, Steve had recommended walking to where you are going if it is less than a mile. 

As long as it is safe, and not along busy roads, leave the car in the drive and walk to where you want to go. 

Consider giving a jump rope a try. A pretty inexpensive piece of equipment, a jump rope takes up little storage room and can be whipped out for a ten-minute routine once or twice a day.

Even doing an old fashioned set of jumping jacks will get your heart and blood moving, and it does not have to be an intensive workout. Just some activity that keeps you moving.

Being at the lake and being relaxed can go hand in hand with grazing the entire day. 

However, it is also the time when you have more of an opportunity to prepare purposeful meals rather than eating on the go.

Every lake house should have a grill, no two ways about it. Grilling meat, chicken, or fish will be a healthier option. Vegetables are also excellent on the grill.

We have a couple of recipes and one dessert for you to try the next time you are at the lake house.

The Best Grilled Lemon Chicken

Prep Time: 20 mins

​Cook Time: 15 mins

Marinating Time: 4 hrs

Total Time: 30 mins

Tender and juicy grilled chicken marinated in a delicious lemon sauce. A perfect, easy chicken recipe for a quick dinner or healthy lunch!

Servings: 8 Servings

Calories: 214 cal

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • zest of 2 lemons

  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (zest the lemons before juicing)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

  • 1 whole lemon cut into slices

Instructions

  1. In a large ziploc bag, combine chicken, olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.

  2. Seal the bag and shake it all up until well combined.

  3. Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinate for about 4 hours or overnight. 

  4. Preheat the grill to about 375F to 400F.

  5. Brush grill grates with olive oil.

  6. Remove chicken breasts from marinade and place them on the hot grill; cook without touching it until the chicken breasts start getting some grill marks, about 5 minutes.

Zesty Tilapia

Prep Time: 10 min

​Cook time: 10 min

​Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon your favorite Hot Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest

  • 6 tablespoons plus additional for brushing olive oil

  • 6 (6 oz) tilapia fillet

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place the fish in a large nonmetal dish. Whisk together the 6 tablespoons oil, the orange zest, orange juice, ginger, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste; pour over the fish. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the grill. Brush the fish with additional oil. Grill until fish just flakes when tested with a fork, about 5 minutes per side for each inch of thickness.

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 40 min

​Ingredients

8 oz Mushrooms

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Green Bell Pepper

8 Baby Potatoes

1 Onion (quartered)

1 pkg Pineapple Chunks

1 pkg Cherry Tomatoes

Marinade

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbs Lemon Juice

1 Tbs Dijon Mustard

1 Tbs Maple Syrup

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1/2 tsp Onion Powder

1/2 tsp Basil

1/4 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

1.      Chop all vegetables (and fruit) into equal sized pieces and set aside in a small bowl.

2.      Whisk all marinade ingredients together over low heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until slightly reduced.

3.      Pour marinade over vegetables and cover. Lightly shake to evenly coat all the veggies with the marinade.

4.      If using wooden skewers, soak in cold water while waiting for the grill to heat up and veggies to marinade. (about 30 minutes)

5.      Prepare grill if using and preheat.

6.      Assemble veggies on skewers and grill for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Baste with remaining marinade.

Watermelon Pizza Easy Fruit Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce watermelon slice (cut into wedges)

  • 2 ounces strawberries (sliced)

  • 1 tsp. balsamic glaze

  • 2 tbsp. mascarpone cheese

  • mint leaves (for garnish)

Instructions

Cut your watermelon into 1-inch slices.

Cut the slices into desired wedges. The bigger the watermelon slices, the more slices you can cut them into.

Top with cheese.

Add the sliced strawberries.

Dot with balsamic glaze

Garnish with fresh mint.

IN CONCLUSION

It is easier to get back on track if you have deviated too far from the path. We all want to live our best life, and it is entirely possible when we indulge, but in moderation. 

That type of commitment to our health will allow us many more days at the lake house.

15 Best Towns For Lake Living

Living on the lake is fantastic, but it is not just about the beauty of the location.  Various factors have to be considered, and deciding on this is no easy task. You need to weigh the pros and cons and err on what would be most beneficial for you and your family.

Imagine waking up with the tranquil silence and picturesque beauty lake living can offer. Moreover, the endless recreation possibilities waiting for you. I think these reasons will tip off the scale.

To help you further, here are our 15 favorite lake towns you can choose either for vacation or permanent residency:

15 Favorite Lake Towns:

1. Sandpoint, Idaho

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Sandpoint is a small pristine town beautifully placed on the rim of a North Idaho lake. The immaculate beauty of Lake Pen Oreille –the fifth-largest natural lake in the forty-eight lower states, made Sandpoint an ideal choice for lake living.

In recent years, Sandpoint has gained even more exceptional standing as a resort town by its connection to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Its is a winter ski basin made famous for its quality powder snow.

2. White Lake, North Carolina

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North Carolina is one of the best lake towns that has the clearest, most pristine lake with a natural, white sandy bottom with artesian springs flowing from deep beneath the earth’s surface.

White Lake is located just outside of Elizabethtown, surrounded by resorts, small theme parks, restaurants, boardwalks, and piers.

3. Blairsville, Georgia

Hidden within Blairsville, Georgia is a small town called Lake Nottely, an awe-inspiring 4,000-acre lake with more than half of undeveloped shoreline that is protected by the United States Forest Service.

This gem in North Georgia is much more serene than some other lakes in the state, and that’s precisely what makes it a perfect place for you to realize your lake living dreams.

4. Lakeway, Texas

25 miles out of Austin, a laid back village of Lakeway serenely located in Lake Travis. Packed with the convenience of being situated nearby a Hill Country paradise at Lakeway Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy many water sports or sailing charters. When you start to get adventure cravings, pack a picnic and hit up one of Lake Travis’ lush parks.

5. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

A quick drive from Milwaukee, WI, is the captivating tourist attraction of Lake Geneva. A resort type of city in Southeastern Wisconsin with lakeside shore paths lined with luxurious and ancient mansions.

Equipped with a variety of adventures and activities that will keep you busy and connected to nature all year round.

6. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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Beautifully nestled with winding mountainside streets, Eureka Springs, Arkansas exudes glamour like no other town. With Victorian homes hugging cliff sides, and an entire downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is lined with unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, spas, to art galleries, craft emporiums, and museums.

As Beaver Lake offers the thrill of water sports and fishing, you may immerse yourself in lake living with a wide variety of outdoor activities they can offer.

7. Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina

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Teeming with life including several endemic species, Lake Waccamaw is an idyllic place where one can reside. It is not just a vacation destination but a town that reflects its ecosystem that allows specific species to thrive only there.

This town might be the place that you have been looking for, a place that would foster your individual needs for growth.

8. Oakridge, Oregon

Oregon’s second-largest lake and one of the world’s purest is named Waldo Lake,  just half an hour away from the town of Oakridge, which is a world-renown “The Mountain Biking Capital of the Northwest.”

Encompassed by broad strips of the Willamette National Forest, the lakes, rivers, and waterfalls make the wooded land glimmer in the sun.

9. Greenville, Maine

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Greenville, Maine, is a fitting expedition start-point for Highlands region exploration. Occupying its area is the highest peak, largest lake, and longest river where you can hike.

You can also paddle the rapids and skim across the surface of Moosehead Lake. And be sure not to miss out on Moose sightings or climbing Mount Kineo.

10. Greenwood, South Carolina

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Known as South Carolina’s “Emerald City,” Greenwood is the economic center of its six surrounding counties. This town has an estimated population of 23,222 (2010).

Greenwood can provide you with a friendly, cozy-town setting alongside its progressive economic growth of a city.

11. Vergennes, Vermont

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An extraordinary community located on Otter Creek in Addison County. Burrowed between Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, the City of Burlington and Middlebury College, Vergennes will provide you with deep serenity and peace.

You can stroll through their historic downtown and check their to-die-for restaurants and locally-owned shops. As you sashay through the streets, their architectural structure will transport you back to the 19th century of England.

12. Bellaire, Michigan

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Bellaire can provide Scenic backdrop for water activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, and a lot more summer activities that leaves you excited for fall and driving tours.

Do not be misled with its 1,200 residents who are more than capable of organizing an astounding Annual Rubber Ducky Festival.

13. Frisco, Colorado

Frisco’s Main Street is wadded with unique shops and boutiques, presenting one of a kind shopping experience and lively bars and restaurants. Frisco organizes festivals such as 4th of July celebrations, also recreation events in the likes of Frisco Triathlon, the Run the Rockies Half Marathon, and 10k. Fascinating adventures that will keep you excited all throughout your stay.

14. Versailles, Missouri

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If you desire to experience lake living, a beautiful rural gateway to Lake Ozarks will be a perfect fit for you. Composed of only 2,500 population, and vibrant businesses ranging from bakeries to Royal Theatre, Versailles will not fail to meet your expectations.

15. Wasilla, Alaska

Thanks to Sarah Palin for making Wasilla, Alaska, world renown, we should have known earlier. Nuzzled between two lakes and home to the headquarters of the famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Retaining it’s small-town feel while having one of the most accelerated progress in Alaska. It is one of the best lake towns that can surely provide anyone a sense of serenity and security.

15 Fun Team Building Activities To Do in Salt Lake City

Team Building activities are designed and developed to improve productivity, boost morale, and create motivation. Taking employees out of the office and confined spaces helps break down political and personal barriers, and enables those employees to have some fun. The benefits of team building programs have been shown to add significant value to an organizations' mission and vision. It has led many companies to incorporate team building strategies into their standard training curriculum. 

If you are in need of team building activities in  Salt Lake City, allow us to guide you! You don’t have to settle for something basic – you can up your game with our list of 15 fun, unexpected, and local events.

1. Wild goose chase with The Team Bonding of Salt Lake City, Utah

This is an exciting scavenger hunt activity that will help your team think outside the box, and bond as a group while exploring the city. A fun, timed hunt where you first divide your group into teams and then download the app to access Wild Goose Chase. Your teams will complete challenges by taking photos and videos around the city. Finally, the team who completes the most tasks when the time is up wins!

2. Mystery Escape Room

Mystery Escape Room offers three team building bundles; A full team building bundle, a mini team building bundle, and on site activity events. They are located at The Gateway, in downtown Salt Lake City. Enjoy this fun activity with the whole team brought to you by the winner of 8 Best of State Awards.

3. Enjoy the rush of indoor karting with K1 Speed

K1 Speed developed its team building events to improve employee morale, team connectivity, productivity, and effectiveness. The activities are designed to promote friendly competition and inspire team loyalty. Perfect for groups of 20, they also tailor the race events to best accommodate your group’s size. They start off by welcoming the group with a Track Walk to help drivers get acquainted with the track layout. They then provide three competition challenges for the teams; The Ball Challenge, The Pit Crew Challenge, and last but not least, The Head to Head Racing. If you're looking to add a touch of excitement and thrill to your next team building, K1 Speed will surely not disappoint.

4. Customized scavenger hunt by Xperience Adventure

A custom-designed scavenger hunt, Xperience Adventure will perfectly suit your team's objectives on your desired location. An experience that is branded with your very own logo and hosted on a mobile-friendly website, participants can easily pull it up from their devices as the event rolls out. Along with the package is the briefing documents that you can go through before commencing, and a 24/7 support group that is available leading up to, during, and after the event to ensure high quality and satisfactory experience.

5. Dare to escape the Castle of Chaos

Feel free to choose from one of their intense and interactive storylines for your group.  This encourages unity and camaraderie in your team to find clues, solve riddles, and escape before the time runs out. You can start planning now with your team and check your survival skills while attempting to decipher highly challenging puzzles. 

6. Take on the slopes with Adventure Haus Midway

A quiet, peaceful place to enjoy the slopes Solitude area with its light crowds and miles of untracked snow. They provide beginner, intermediate and advanced terrain, and an entire village inside Solitude complete with lodging options. Geared with all the equipment that your group might need, all you need to bring is a heart ready and pumped for adventure.

7. Let loose and start dart tagging

Dartside Indoor Arena provides the perfect accommodation for your team event in honing their strengths and skills. Encourage the team to get up and move, boost morale, and increase motivation with an hour of team dart tag.

8. Don't miss out on Team Builder Plus

Team Builder Plus presents resources for all of your team building needs. From engaging team activities, intensive group development processes to charitable works. If you have specific team issues that have to be resolved, Team Builder Plus is the right place.

9. Cook with Park City Culinary Institute

One of the most unique events your team could ever try! Just imagine holding your group’s very own Master Chef mystery box. Park City Culinary Institute has established programs that have been designed to spur creativity,  build trust, increase efficiency, and a whole lot more.

10. Get creative with AdVenture Games

SpyGame is one of Adventure Games most popular and successful activities.  The boss is kidnapped, and teams work together to finish tasks while trying to find the mole. To recover their boss, the team must go through tests that will develop their teamwork, strategic planning, time management, and communication. AdVenture Games Inc. also provides other programs that would suit your group's needs.

11. Bobsledding in Utah Olympic Park

Intended for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the Utah Olympic Park is open to the public all year-round and offers a fun variety of summer and winter activities. You and your team can try bobsledding, luge, ski jumping, extreme tubing, ropes courses, rock climbing, and ziplining. 

12. Work your arm with Social Axe Throwing

An old Celtic game, this is an event where real axes are thrown at bullseye targets. You will find this activity exhilarating, and the best part is you do not need to be an expert at it. To ensure your group's safety, your session will include an instructor to guide you on how it’s done. 

13. Explore the beauty of Timpanogos cave

Do you feel like your team needs a bit of exercise and a breath of fresh air? Timpanogos Cave is the perfect spot for you. Put on your hiking shoes and bring enough water, flashlights, and a sense of fun. Cave temperature averages at 45 degrees, so a sweater or light jacket is a must.

14. Let your creative juice flow with Paint Mixer

Creative thinkers have always found ways to revolutionize our world with innovation. Paint Mixer will assist you in fostering creativity within your organization. They provide specialized activities that will suit your team's essentials.

15. Easton Archery Center

Focus is reinforced in Easton Foundations, both individually and corporately. All the equipment you'll be needing is furnished. You really have to zero in on your focus as every shot comes with a fee. Make sure to book your reservation 72 hours in advance because this is a popular center and slots depend on availability. 

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