Topquilt Review: Making camping more comfortable

Since I moved out to B.C. I have been enjoying the great outdoors. I mean with the mountains and the ocean, how could you not want to be outside. Along with my new found love of exploring, has come a passion for camping. Before moving out west, I had never camped in my life and so I will admit it was hard at first. Learning how to pitch a tent, eating food out of a bag, going to the bathroom outside, packing light, and finding the right equipment.

One of the hardest parts was finding the right sleeping gear that would make the experience comfortable and enjoyable, but that was also easy and light to carry. I am a 29 year old female who is still relatively new to camping and hiking. The thought of carrying a heavy bag up the mountain petrified me. So I reached out to some experienced hikers, and some had recommended gear from Outdoor Vitals. I was pretty impressed with their selection, and decided to give their topquilt sleeping back a try.

After doing a bit of research, I found out that the founder of the company had one goal in mind, to lighten his pack and stay comfortable while in the backcountry. I trusted this brand right away because it came from someone that understood what camping is like and has experienced the difficulties of camping first hand. I knew this product was coming from someone who really understood camping and was excited to give it a try.

About Topquilt 

This weekend, I took it on my first camping trip to Bowen Island and I really did love this sleeping bag. The three best features for me was the fact that it was super light but also durable, it was waterproof and comfortable, and that it could be used for multi purposes.

Extra lightweight  

What I learned was hat this sleeping bag was actually originally designed as as hammock with an under quilt to cut the weight. It was extremely light and didn’t make my bag extra heavy. I was able to carry it up the mountain with ease and didn’t really have to stop for any breaks. It was also very compatible and easy to pack in my backpack.

 

Feels like a down

The second part that I loved was that it was really comfortable. As someone who definitely enjoys my down comforter at home, I had found it tough in the past to get a good night sleep while camping. From the noises of nature, to sleeping on the ground. What I loved about this sleeping bag, was despite it being really light weight, it is a pretty thick to sleep in. The company uses exclusive LoftTek imitation down that acts like an insulation. This is lighter and more compressible, but is still able to insulate even when wet because of the synthetic insulation. No matter what the weather is outside, stay warm, dry, and comfortable even when you are in the middle of the forest.

Since the camping trip, I have found so many other uses for the Topquilt sleeping bag. I take it with me to relax on the beach, for outdoor concerts and festivals, and for cottage weekends. It is so much more than just a sleeping bag for camping trips.

Your personal discount code

Now for the best part, if you use my Outdoor Vital code, you can get 10% off your order of a TopQuilt sleeping bag today. Just head over to their website and use the code “MIAWGORDON” at checkout and make your camping experience so much more enjoyable.

Get outside and enjoy the summer in comfort with the Topquilt sleeping bag. I know that mine will be getting plenty of use camping around beautiful B.C. over the next few months. I cannot wait to see what else there is to see, explore, discover in my new home.

Happy traveling my friends,

xo

Mia

Tips for Traveling on a Budget

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

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Ever since I was a little girl, I had the chance to travel with my parents as my dad took pictures around the world. As a teenager I traveled the world playing tennis tournaments. As an adult I travel the world both for work as a sports reporter, and for personal pleasure, as an adventure seeker. There is something so special when you have a chance to learn about cultures, see the beauty in a country, hear the stories of the locals. Traveling is my drug of choice as they say, but alas it can also be a very expensive drug. From flights, to hotels, to food, to activities it adds up. On top of that, as a freelancer when I am traveling I am not earning any money. If you are like me and love travel but also love having some money in the bank then you might find this blog useful. I wanted to share with you some of my tips on saving money when traveling.

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1. Keep an eye on flight deals 

A friend of mine who is a flight attendant once told me to always try and book your flight either late Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. In my experience, it has been a little cheaper during this time. Another idea is a lot of google searches will offer flight fare watcher and will update you if prices go down.

Along with booking dates, is airport locations. Living in Canada, it can sometimes be expensive to fly, so I will always check flights out of Seattle. I have found that doing so can save me about $200 a flight. Do your research because sometimes nearby airports may have a deal.

2. Travel on off-days

 Recently I was booking a trip to Arizona with some girlfriends. I was thinking of going from Friday to Sunday, but I couldn’t find a flight less than $500. Insane, I know. So I decide to search from Thursday to Saturday and boom, I found a flight for $250. I know that sometimes your schedule isn’t that flexible, but if it is this is one way to save.

3. Travel during the off-season

Sure, some places like the Caribbean have a hurricane season and you probably don’t want to travel then. But if you head to Europe in the winter, or south in the spring and summer everything is cheaper. From flights to hotels you are bound to find a deal and trust me, off-season traveling has its advantages. Sure the weather might not be as desirable, but a lot of the tourist attractions will be less crowded and easier to visit.

4. Reach out to Tourism Companies 

No one knows a city and their deals better than the tourism company of that city. Before traveling, let them help you plan your trip. Ask to see if there are any events going on while you are there and see if there are any discount codes for tickets etc. When we were in London, there was a tourism pass you could get that allows you to visit several attractions for a cheaper cost. I would never have known about it if I didn’t reach out to the tourism company first.

5. Book hotels through Hotwire 

I have become a huge fan of Hotwire over the last few years. When I was looking for a place to stay in downtown Rome, I used Hotwire. I got an amazing three star hotel right in the city centre for $60 a night. It was a steal. I know it can be a little scary not knowing where you are going to be staying, but they only work with reputable partners and it is kind of fun when your final hotel is revealed.

6. Stay outside of the main city 

When I was visiting London, I couldn’t find accomidation within my budget so I started to search outside of the city centre. I ended up finding a spot in Cambridge that was nearly half the price and it was still really easy to get to downtown. I only recommend going this route if it is a country you feel comfortable and safe in and if they have good public transportation.

7. Talk to the Locals

Visiting the super touristy spots and restaurants can get pricy because they know that they are well, dealing with tourists. Try and speak with the locals to find out where they hang out and eat. Usually places that are less known by tourists are more affordable.

8. Sign up for travel rewards 

From frequent flyer points, to hotel points, to visa points sign up for everything and anything because those points sure do add up. In fact I am heading to memphis this summer for free (thank you Aeroplan)

9. Follow on social media 

Sometimes hotels and airlines will offer deals that they promote on social media. If you are following you won’t miss any of it. The same goes for signing up for newsletters.

10. Have meals included 

When booking a hotel, especially in Europe, a lot of spots will offer breakfast. Try and also see if they have a kitchen area where you can store some food. Saving on your meals will mean more money left over for shopping right?

11. Earn on the go 

Why not go one step further and make money while traveling. On a trip to Thailand I was asked by some friends to pick up some special Thai pants and shirts only available at their markets. I decided to put the filler out on social media that I was traveling to Thailand and if anyone wanted anything. I then brought a separate carry on bag to store all the goods. Thailand is so cheap, that it was easy to make a small profit and have a chance to help out some friends.

Again I know that the dollars can add up and since I no longer earn allowance I have to pay my own bills. But you should never miss out on seeing the world because it is too expensive. Go out, explore, and do it all within your budget.

Happy traveling my friends,

xo

Mia

some of my travel snaps

 

 

Product Love: Lean Joe Bean

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My days are Busy with a capital B. I wake up in the mornings and start editing content, head out for interviews, film on camera segments and then when the day shift ends I head into Sportsnet to host the sports updates on the radio. That is just Monday through Friday. On Saturday’s you can catch me in the hockey arena or lacrosse field where I am hosting the games, interviewing players, and reporter live on the event. As I said, Busy.

Since I don’t really have time for a break during the day, I need to make sure the food I eat is fast, and that there is constantly coffee in my mug to keep me awake for my 9-5 and by that I mean 9-midnight shift.

I found myself spending way too much money on coffee and started looking for products that I can take with me on the run. That is when I came across Lean Joe Bean. Not only is it a great tasting instant coffee that dissolves in hot or cold liquids, but it also improves body composition helping you lose body weight, body fat, and improve energy overall. Could it get any better? A coffee that can keep up and also make me feel less guilty when I have to skip leg day because of a deadline.

Lean Joe Bean is honestly like no other supplement. It has taken seven years to develop this delicious coffee mix that is both safe and effective. What I love most is it is simple and quick to prepare and it really is tasty unlike other instant coffee mixes.

Lean Joe Bean’s secret weapon comes from its unique ingredients which includes dark roast coffee, green coffee bean, addolean, garcinia cambogia, green tea extracts, ginseng extracts and carnitine.

Want to give this delicious and convenient product a go? Well I have a deal for you. You can now try their 30 day supply for 20% off by using the promo code “MIAWGORDON” at checkout. Find out more by visiting their website; https://www.leanjoebean.com/?_ga=2.80928915.502339577.1520631951-533025983.1520631951

Finally a coffee that can be ready on the go for those of us that are always on the go.

Xo

Mia

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Product Love: V4INK

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With tax season, The NLL season, and the NHL season in full force I am the busiest I have been in a long time. Trying to file my taxes while also writing scrips and traveling for games can get exhausting. Since my schedule is none stop, I need to make sure the products that I use can keep up with me.

I always print scripts ahead of time so that I am ready for game time. I want to go over my lines, know my hits, and just have a hard copy in front of me for reference. I also I also always print my tax slips and information. That means I have been using a lot of ink and toner lately and kept running out.  Since I am always on the run, I didn’t have time to also be running to the store to re-stock.

That is when I came across v4ink. instead of constantly running to the store when I was out, I could order online. They make the process so easy by having you answer simple questions so that you know what ink and toner is right for you. Once you know what you need, you create an account and check out. By creating an account with v4ink, it is simple to place and track orders and all of your information will be on file, making it easy to re-order. Oh and another huge plus, shipping is free. You also have a chance to test their products for free to make sure that they are the perfect fit.

What I also loved was the fact this company offers helpful tips like how to deal with a Copier Jam and even ways to save money on office supplies. They are knowledgable and really here to help you get the best bang for your buck.

Deal Alert

Ok but here is the best part, if you are like me and in desperate need of ink and toner this tax season, V4link is here to help. Not only do they make order and shipping hassle free, but this tax season they are helping you save. By using the promo code TAXABLE you will save 10% on all of your  ink and toner orders and purchases. V4ink is making saving simple even if your taxes aren’t.

Make sure to check out their website today for more information; https://dealspotr.com/go/iiodO

I know tax season can be tough but at least printing can be care free.

Happy tax season my friends.