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Get Hauling...5.11® Tactec Plate Carrier CrossFit® Edition

Part 2: Van Life Essentials-Staying Fit the minimalist way
Crossfit enthused-or power walk helper-weighted vests (plate carriers) are handy and lightweight, great additions for at home or living' the van life-fitness equipment- you can hang on a hook-or shove under a car seat.
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Top Pick: 5.11® Tactec Plate Carrier CF 18-Crossfit® edition $229


VAN LIFE - GLAMPFIRE ESSENTIALS

Older generations' VW mini-bus adventures, Airstreams' upscale digs... and collegiate low budget New Zealand travels-in camper rentals...all lend some retro flavor for today's millennial plus (ers) who NOW demand tricked out vans  - that rival functional RVs---as THE vehicle of choice.
Bonus- smaller parking spaces!
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What gets packed -and what gets built in - are all multi-tasking -well made, durable objects making life on the road -a desirable way to go.


Part One:
Aluminum Portable Products-by YETI, PK GRILLS







SPICED Up-Subtle to Bold Best Bets

SPICE ISLANDS COOK-OUT -A  CULINARY  CLASS
Tastebuds Kitchen, a spacious (very-by NYC standards)-restaurant worthy event space/school- was SRO packed---by the cooking inclined last week.

SUBSTANTIAL SNACKS: MINI MEALS

Sit-down 3 meals daily-gives way to more bite times of smaller eats. Life on the go doesn't mean less nutritious though...whether fresh or frozen, meal worthy snacks are substantial and healthy clean now. Convenient too.
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THE easiest substantial snack for a sit-down moment=a pairing of locally sourced- fresh baked bread+cheese-typical of our daily meal enjoyed while traveling abroad on a budget. Cheese loving nations in Europe---started it all...but now terrific options worldwide, just about-either with dairy based cheese or tasty regional dips like hummus (both protein loaded).


Probiotics: Skin/Hair Help

The beauty + haircare brands with nutraceuticals-aka supplements- acknowledges 'you are what you eat.' Inside and out-skin deep, plus.

One trending area-pre and probiotics...the former to nourish the latter.
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For topical applications...there's enough scientific evidence that  helpful ingredients providing microbiota solutions for many skin concerns -from oily-acne to dry-sensitive conditions, work.

Easy FAST though- get natural benefits of probiotics-from a make it yourself masque.

Mix up  USDA Organic yogurt (2 tbsps-'fattier' the better)-blessed w/ cell renewing lactic acid +active cultures---with pure honey (a natural sterilizing healer-like Wedderspoon Manuka Honey-1 tbsp)---and apply on for about ten minutes, before washing off.

Insta-brightner that works for most skin types.

Hair wise- for a moisturizing-cleansing masque-for locks- double the aforementioned ingredients-and add tbsps of coconut oil (olive, safflower, sunflower seed or sea buckthorn oil…

KIDS' (do) ROCK

Some new products for the sub adult-set-are the same quality-or even better than what's available for parental units.
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Spring/Summer screams for outdoor activities...and impressively-Keen, Nina Footwear, KidPik and Priority Bicycles all deliver. Top Picks: function/fashion footwear-and the coolest hand built bicycle for cruising...


BOA DIALS SPECIALIZED S-7 WORKS

Eye candy, convenience and speed-three attributes in supply -for the new Specialized S-7 Works cycling shoes-tricked out with the only available here (for now) BOA S-3 Snap dials.

No popping out/pushing in those life guaranteed dials for on/off access of these super lightweight, stiffest-FACT Powerline™ carbon plate that maximizes power transfer...with no stretch zone  in key areas, Form Fit last-roomy toe box, 3 bolt cleat pattern that handles all road pedals and heel cradling-coddling for fit.

Color options including a flashy (Peter) Sagan limited edition black cycling shoe with gold Boa dials $425.

Microbial Diversity AKA Gut Health

PART 1
Trendy-or reality...the importance of healthy (natural)  human bacteria-living life in GI tracts or on the biggest organ-the skin- has people re-thinking what they eat or slather on.

In turn - hundreds (thousands) of products/supplements aiming to ameliorate microbiota deficiencies-have flooded the consumer market.

One solution-duh-so easy and natural-embrace the different ethnic cuisines that already serve up foods loaded with a variety of LIVE probiotics-meaning fermented foods with live organisms (seriously there loads of ideas-a Google search yielded 400,000 results in.03 seconds).

 Yogurts-kefir, cheeses, non-heated sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, tempeh,  kombucha, natto...are some probiotics loaded home runs-granted-maybe are spicy or tangy acquired tastes.
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Another healthy eating trend-for proper gut functions-is to 'feed' the aforementioned acquired probiotic bacteria...with prebiotics-which is just getting a lot of attention-as auto spell-check still turns t…

FUNCTIONAL-FANCY SANDALS

Sorry snow---these are going on our feet ANYWAY!!! It's time-when sun shines past 7PM.

Top Picks-comfort, functional-fancy footwear ready for springtime strolls (and pedicures).
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Patio Party-Game On (Part 3)

Snow melting celebrations-outdoor products by L.L.Bean and Thermacell get the game on (and make great house gifts too).
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Backyard minutes spent swatting away mosquitos&no see'ums = hours spent indoors. SOLUTION...Thermacell has several easy to use-no spray-refillable solutions that invisibly keep those bugs as bay. DEET free, no open flame (like candles)...