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Off Grid Adventure: Elaine & Kaleb-South Island, New Zealand

As we’re dwindling down in our National Park Week Festivities this week, there are a few fun extras we wanted wanted to share with you. We wanted to highlight not only the weddings in national parks, but the couples that valued going off grid and into nature… so when we saw this video shared on Elaine’s (of KEJ Productions) FB this week, we knew it needed to be shared! However this a few bazillion miles away from an American National Park, we bent the rules for this share, because …. Just look at this glorious natural EARTH wonderfulness! Do you not agree!? BSB asked Elaine one question: Why? Why was this trip across the globe and off-grid so important to her marriage!? Here was her reply: Processed with VSCO with m5 preset ‘Oh gosh. I think so many people live through life wishing they could do a or b. Since Kaleb and I got married we decided we weren’t just going to “wish” but “do”. So we aggressively saved the money and traveled to New Zealand, and it was worth every sacrifice. We were in NZ for almost a month and for 17 days we lived in a motorhome – being off the grid was the most refreshing thing we’ve ever done. It was a true vacation and definitely revealed what we value most and what we do not. We didn’t miss a single thing except our family and cat. Lol. When we got home, we minimalised our possessions immediately.’ Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset IMG_4938Processed with VSCO with m5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset Videography/Photography: KEJ Productions | Motorhome Rental Company: Wilderness Motorhomes NZ

5 Reasons You Should Skip Black Friday Shopping

Did you know more people die by shopping on Black Friday than by shark attacks each year (according to the Black Friday Death Count)? One of the most materialist days of the year we have decided to compile a list of reasons you should skip the chaos of Black Friday and enjoy your Post-Turkey Day hangover in peace. 5 Reasons You Should Skip Black Friday Shopping: 1. Naps are underrated (and you need one… today.)  Self care, is the best way to care for others. When we step back and give ourselves grace for rest and relaxation, we are more equipped to love others fully charged! __Elizabeth_Cryan_Photography_5417ecryanphotography1191 Photo Elizabeth Cryan Photography   2. Volunteer  Here are a few areas in most need during the holidays for you to check out, in your own hometowns: Homeless Shelters Food Banks Half Way/Transitional Home Rehab Clinics Suicide Hotline Children’s Homes Children’s Hospitals Veteran’s Hospitals Nursing Homes Retiremenent Centers Check out Volunteer Match for more opportunities in your local areas. 15078987_10154810469092764_4851930905209630218_n 3. Create a Holiday/Christmas Presence List, with your family.  My wonderful friend Ida and her mister, of A Kind Place and The Lakeland Pallet Company, recently posted her family’s annual Thanksgiving tradition and we just think it is brilliant in so many ways! What would you have on your Presence List? 15128998_10210123560779001_8580122557645556741_o   4. If you do buy something today…. Consider The Buyerarchy of Needs, By Sarah L.  Instead of aimlessly purchasing things to wrap this holiday season, consider ways to show your love with what you have: experiences, crafts, or if you are going to buy something make sure it is ethical, sustainable, eco-friendly, locally owned, or fair trade. Better to invest in people that are getting paid a fair wage and impacting the environment and humanity positively, then shopping that dollar bin. Visit our BSB Marketplace to check out some of our amazing social enterprise brands! ct-3rdparty-holiday-fashion-books-sarah-lazarovic-20141118 My husband and I have close friends that we celebrate the holidays with annually and we started a tradition where we issue a Gift Giving Challenge that changes from year to year. In the past we’ve only bought gifts from either Pawn Shops, Flea Markets, Craig’s List, Yard Sales and this year is my favorite one so far…. We can only find gifts that are FREE. These presents are easily my favorite gifts of the year, because they are incredibly creatively sought out. I’ve scored a whole set of California Raisin, a Macaulay Culkin drawstring Home Alone doll and a myriad of other treasures. It has completely changed the purpose and fun in celebrating the holidays with them!   5. Gift a stranger, behind you in the drive thru line.  There is no better feeling than rolling up to the drive thru window and being told that the person in front of you purchased your coffee, meal, etc.. Be a part of making someone else’s day a little less burdensome and treat them with a little act of kindness they never expected! _8vc3dybqgc-maria-vernigora     And with that, we wish you all a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON! Don’t forget to #BeIntentional !