Skeptics might wonder why one would purchase an air fryer? All you will cook is French fries and chicken nuggets! Well let me tell you – I was skeptical when my wife purchased one to try to keep our 3 year old fed (he only eats nuggets and fries) but I am now a full concert. We have used Pinterest to find dozens of interesting air fryer recipes. The list below contains our favorites so far!
Grilled Cheese was an easy, quick and delicious experiment!
Higher quality shoes last longer – do the math – replacing $100 Bostonians every year or so will cost $1000 over a decade where a $400 pair with one or two re-solings will last as long!
Shoes Signal Status – People notice your shoes – would you prefer women notice your shoes for the right or wrong reason? Like it or not – your shoes will signal to anyone paying attention if you are high or low value. This can impact dating, promotions and more!
These two reasons combine to drive you to buy the best shoes you can afford!
What to look for in shoes?
There are two things that general indicate the quality of craftsmanship that goes into a men’s shoe. If you look for these details you can ensure your purchase will stand the test of time.
* High quality shoes will be made of real leather and even have leather soles.
* High quality shoes are stitched (or welted) not glued. I always look for Goodyear Welting a technique prevalent with English shoes.
* Look for lining made from natural materials such as calfskin versus synthetics. This will let your feet breath better which keeps moisture to a minimum thus extending the life of the shoe.
How to care for shoes?
When you decide to shell out $200 or up on a quality shoe you need to commit to the maintenance of your investment. This means the following:
* Rotate your shoes – meaning buy more than one quality pair and give each pair a rest of a day minimum between wear.
* Invest in shoe trees – cedar show trees will help extract moisture from your shoes and maintain their shape. As a rule of thumb your shoes should be on shoe trees when not on your feet!
* Polish Frequently – wipe down your shoes after each wear. Perform a complete polish every month.
* Find a Cobbler – find a trustworthy local shoe repair place. They are often located in business districts and give your shoes a checkup and re-soling as needed.
Brands to Look For
I tend to be loyal to a few brand including:
Johnston & Murphy
Crocket & Jones
Young Professional Mans Shoe Starter Set
This advice can be intimidating for a man just starting out – these shoes are expensive on an entry level salary. I recommend you put together the shoe wardrobe below for around $1200.
Pick up two pairs of Black Oxfords so you can rotate as needed. One can be higher quality than the other.
Johnston & Murphy Oxford
Pick either a burgundy or brown Oxford to pair with your navy suits.
Allen Edmonds Burgundy
Also aim to add a more casual loafer to your starter set so you blend in on casual Friday
I didn’t grow up going camping with the exception of an ill fated, freezing night at Lake Dillon Colorado. However, I have come to appreciate the bonding experience that a night outside creates with our children. You don’t need to travel far to go camping in many state and national parks, at private campgrounds, in the backcountry or even in your own backyard.
Most campsites include a picnic table, a place to park your car and a spot to pitch your tent. Many also have shared bathrooms and running water. As always, check the amenities in advance so you aren’t unprepared. Essentials
Essential Camping List
At a minimum you will need the following items!
Plenty of Food
Hygiene & Medical Essentials
Don’t bring too much as you will have to carry it and it’s fun to thrive using very little.
REI provides this handy, comprehensive list of supplies which is helpful while packing.
Pad/mattress repair kit
Pump for air mattresses
Multi-tool or knife
Daypacks (see our Day Hiking Checklist)
Mallet or hammer (for tent stakes)
Headlamps (with extra batteries)
Flashlights (with extra batteries, bulbs)
Lanterns (with mantles, if needed)
Lantern fuel or batteries
Water filter or treatment tablets
Inflatable boat with paddles and PFDs
Fishing gear (and license)
Clothing & Footwear Packing List
If chilly nights are possible, come prepared.
Long-sleeve shirts (for sun, bugs)
Bandanas or buffs
Boots or shoes suited to terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool)
Insulating jacket or vest
Gloves or mittens
Rainwear (jacket and pants)
Clothesline with clips
In-camp sandals or booties
Select according to personal tastes and needs:
Grill Coleman propane grill
Fuel bottle(s) with fuel funnel
Charcoal (with fire starter)
Firewood sourced near campsite (if allowed, plus saw or axe)
Portable coffee/espresso maker
Hot-cold vacuum bottle
Marshmallow/wiener roasting sticks
Resealable storage bags
Tablecloth and clips (or tape)
Plates, bowls, mixing bowls
Cutting board or cutting surface
Collapsible water container(s)
Portable or standing camp sink
For more options, see our Camp Kitchen Checklist.
Eggs (freeze-dried or fresh)
Meat (fresh and jerky)
Soup mixes/bouillon cubes
Prepared or freeze-dried meals
Milk (powdered or fresh)
Energy food (bars, gels, trail mix)
Fruit (dried and fresh)
Tip: To more easily locate gear, keep similar items in a single duffel.
Alcohol or antiseptic wipes
Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses
First-aid kit (see First-Aid Checklist)
Toothbrush, toiletry kit
Menstrual and urinary products
Shower water bag
Other Items to Bring
Campsite reservation confirmation
Interpretive field guides (flowers, insects)
Star chart/night-sky identifier
Paperbacks/DVDs or e-Books
Notebook and pen/pencil
Sketchpad with art supplies
Radio or music player with headphones
Travel alarm clock
Pet food (with favorite bowl)
Pet toys (such as Chuckit!)
Browse Games and Toys for more ideas.
Rolling ice cream maker
Kick-around foot bag
Geocaching materials (with GPS receivers)
Paddle ball set
Puzzles (crosswords, etc.)