Camping Buckets

To finish off her summer vacation, Pep and a friend are going on their first Primitive Camping trip which involves a canoe and a river.  Rather than a hiking backpack,  camp recommended two five gallon buckets to store gear in.

Five gallon buckets are cheaper than a decent hiking backpack so off to home depot I went to grab two 5 gallon Homer Buckets.  The buckets were $2.97 a piece but then you have to buy the lids – so it was a little over $10 for both.

We then came home and decided they needed some color so out came the duct tape.  In hindsight, we should have used a darker duct tape because of the orange, but at least she will definitely know which two buckets are hers.   We normally put a cushion on them, but skipped it for now.  If they survive the trip, we will make seat cushions for them after she comes home.



Tactical LED Pen by Survival Hax


My daughter loves the outdoors – if she’s not camping,  she’s trekking through the woods on a “mission” or she is drilling or running obstacles courses.  As she gets older, most of these events she is doing on her own, sans mom. So when this Tactical LED Pen by Survial Hax was in the mailbox, she was pretty excited. I was excited too.

The pen arrived in a manila padded envelope and inside was this box. The box was in good condition and the pen was in a fitted cut-out tray which held the pen. It was great they added a thumb-hole to remove the pen.

It is a multi-function tool.  Pep asked for a “multi-tool” for Christmas last year so this adds to her collection of devices that serve more than one task.   On the top is your flashlight and firestarter which comes-on with a slight twist to the left.  There is also a replaceable battery.  We opted not to practice the fire-starting right now – but I am sure she will be “testing” that portion out in the future.

The bottom end has your glass breaker and your self defense tool.  This pen is sturdy and has weight behind it so even my daughter would be able to break glass if need be.  The pen is revealed by unscrewing the bottom end with the glass breaker. The pen also writes nicely once you get used to the heavier weight.  The pen ink is also refillable.



The design is clean and simple.   It’s a great device for camping, emergencies, hurricane season and even to toss in your bag.  Check out my review on you tube and pick yours up at Amazon today!


Girl Scouts

Shopping Bag- Sit-Upons

I spent a few days trying to decide if I wanted to do camp buckets or sit-upons for our girls for their first camping trip.  Pep had made her first sit-upon as a Daisy with a table cloth, duct tape and newspaper stuffing but I wanted to try to do something a little different.

While we were in Joann’s,  Pep saw these really cute reusable shopping bags at check out.  These were more rectangular than square but she loved the pattern (it had an owl on it) and of course a handle/strap.  So she picked up a couple different patterned bags and we trucked to the back of the store to get a huge piece of craft foam and then corresponding duct tape which in this case was yellow.

I had a few girls over for another activity, so we decided to see how hard and how long it would take to stuff them.   We rough measured the craft foam based on the bag and then doubled it to make it 2 inches thick.  After cutting the craft foam with some help, the girls worked on getting the foam inside the bag.   We folded the sides and bottom in to make a nice square sides and bottom and then went heavy on the duct tape.  We did the stop last and I would say they came out pretty nicely.

Pep has had hers going on four years now – and they are still holding on.   Later we made them with the whole group at camp in all shapes and sizes.