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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I'm back with another installment of #warmerweekend! I know, I know... I'm a little late for this week - but I'm excited to share these lovely photos with you!
A couple weekends ago my husband and I headed out to Saugatuck, MI to enjoy what we thought might be one of the last warm-ish days of Autumn. Not only was it gorgeous and warm, it was also not super crowded so we were able to do a lot of site seeing and not have to contend with lines or waiting. Win win.
Saugatuck is gorgeous, and could have also doubled as one of our Day Trip features. It's amazing that there are so many lovely places so close to home, you just have to go find them.
So what about you guys? Were are you guys enjoying the last weekends of warm weather?
Until Next Time,
Margeaux + The Warmer Team
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Every occupation holds aspects to it that tend to stray from the glamorous.
For a Ski Patrol officer, one day you could be mingling with families on the slope of a local resort and the next you may be working to uncover a hiker that was caught in an unexpected avalanche.
Working in the shipping industry could find you shipping out a birthday gift to a grandson or granddaughter and the following day could find you shouldering the task on shipping a load of exotic fish to a wealthy entrepreneur.
No matter the line of work, when you have been trusted to fulfill a task involving a temperature-sensitive setting, you want to be sure that the accessories you have to assist you are as dependable as you are.
The Grabber 24+ Hour Ultra Warmer has been living up to the power behind its name for years.
The clean, dry and odorless material is both non-toxic and non-flammable making it a fantastic addition to either a drawn out emergency rescue operation in the mountains, or simply looking to ship a load of sensitive medical supplies to a third world country.
Heating up to a dependable 124 degrees (149 degrees maximum), our individually wrapped maximum duration warmers have been supplying customers for years with a solution to maintain the needed temperature for shipping anything from medical accessories, tropical plants and also variations of tropical fish.
From assisting with rescue efforts around the world to ensuring that "Nemo" will arrive safety to your nephew for his birthday, the Ultra Warmer is sure to go above and beyond earning its keep while in your possession.
Why not pick up a box and see for yourself?
Until Next Time,
The Warmer Team
Monday, October 27, 2014
For the record, I am not a fan of being cold.
Yes, I have made the choice to stay in Michigan winter after winter, so I am not privy to the option of complaining about the cold weather, when I could just as quickly hop in my car and secure a condo in West Palm Beach.
Mother Nature finds joy in countering the beauty of the seasons with a slightly extended (let's be honest, its really long.) winter, here in Michigan.
It comes every year, despite our refusal to acknowledge it.
On Sunday, my schedule required me to take an early drive out to the city of Caledonia for some early morning activities. I will be the first to readily admit that I am not a morning person, but once I'm up, I find the morning drives quite peaceful, especially with most of the area still sleeping.
Sunday morning turned out to be especially beautiful.
While many locations in northern Michigan have already seen frost and yes, even snow, West Michigan hasn't received the colder bursts of weather just yet.
I woke up Sunday morning to a dreamy layer of frost coating the grass in my front yard.
The sun was just beginning to tip the horizon and hadn't had the chance to bear down on the glittering artwork.
Upon arriving at my destination, I found this whimsical sight awaiting me.
This is a favorite time of year for me.
That happy medium where the leaves are hitting their most radiant colors and we get just that tease of the chill in the air.
I am slowly beginning to bring the sweaters and turtlenecks out from their places of hiding and starting to get use out of my boots. So many delightful activities to get bundled up for including football, soccer and bonfires!
My visit to witness the storied rivalry between the Men's Soccer programs at Hope College and Calvin College fit the bill, bringing a chill in the air, making me very thankful for my layers and the warmers that I had tossed in my bag.
The skyline with the brightly colored leaves along the outskirts of the Van Andel Soccer Stadium at the Hope College Campus made for a truly beautiful evening.
Have you gotten out to experience any of the sights of the autumn season yet?
No matter where you might be located, there is beauty that you will only find this time of year.
We would love to hear all about your adventures. Share them with us!
Until Next Time,
Emily + The Warmer Team
Monday, October 20, 2014
I just want to get it out there that I love summer.
When you live in a state that, if surrounded by any more lakes would be its own island, you learn to have an appreciation for the fresh water beaches from all sides.
While the summer sun is a rare and treasured thing here in the Mitten, I have to say that autumn in Michigan is one of my very favorite times of the year.
October boasts some of the richest and most creative color schemes you will find anywhere and is known for bringing in spectators to partake in just one of the many attractions that Michigan has to offer.
This past weekend, I made the trek north to the house I grew up in the western point of Montcalm County. My parents still reside there, while my siblings and I have mostly made our way south towards the thriving metropolis of Grand Rapids.
My oldest sister's birthday was the latest reason for the family to gather and we couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather.
October in Michigan can swing one way or the other and not in a leisurely manner. Mother Nature seems to get a bit particular this time of year and anyone who has lived in the state long enough knows to keep every possible weather necessity within reach in their vehicle.
Following dinner, my Mom, sisters and myself, along with several nieces and nephews ventured out for a walk and as always, the trees did not disappoint.
We encourage you to take a little walk out your door to see what autumn is doing on your side of the tracks. We're sure you won't be disappointed.
Until Next Time,
+ The Warmer Team
Friday, October 17, 2014
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Utah? Most Americans would probably answer 1. Mormons and 2. Great Salt Lake (maybe skiing or the Olympics for 3rd?).
I’ve lived in Utah for most of my adult life and the interesting thing is until 2011 I had never been to see the Great Salt Lake. I had driven by it, but not stopped to take a look and certainly hadn't swam in it. I would bet 80-90% of Utahns are like I was and had never set foot near the Great Salt Lake. This is funny because daily buses of Chinese tourists come up to take a look at it.
Why don’t people go to the Great Salt Lake? Well, the long and short of it is- it smells.
One blog said:
“Yea, I was going to say, who would want to stink like the Great Salt Lake!??! You can smell it as you start to drive near it. My daughter went on a field trip there, and her shoes stank for at least a week. A co-worker once went out there and her shoes stank up the whole office afterwards.”
Sounds pretty unpleasant right? WRONG!
I was in the ‘who swims in GSL?’ camp most my life, but in 2011 I discovered open water swimming and my life has never been the same. As great as pool swimming can be (I love any kind of water) there is something special about being out in nature where the water is unpredictable and full of surprises.
And no body of water is more unpredictable than the Great Salt Lake. It’s a totally unique and exhilarating experience.
You step in the water and your skin prickles. My friend calls it going for a quick pickle. Every pore in your body reacts and burns (people think it is like the ocean and it is not at all). It’s a wild experience but to me that is part of the fun of it.
There are so few times in life we can do something special and when I swim the GSL I can honestly say I’m 1 of only a handful of dedicated swimmers who have that same experience each year. That’s pretty cool! Plus, it really is beautiful.
The older I get the harder it is to be genuinely surprised by anything and each time I swim in the Great Salt Lake (or any open water) it feels new and unexpected.
Every year on the first Saturday of June my swim club Salt Lake Open Water (SLOW) sponsors a 1 mile swim in the Great Salt Lake and it is tough in every way. But it is also exhilarating. I have done it 3 times and each time goes down as one of the best days of my life.
To challenge and conquer nature is an experience every human being should have.
1. Make sure to go early in the summer (May and June) because later there are too many spiders and bugs.
2. Always go with friends when open water swimming and wear a safe swimmer so you are visible to boaters.
3. Keep a swim to an easy return level because conditions can change rapidly at the GSL (windstorms can come on and I’ve been in 6 foot swells without warning)
4. You will have brine shrimp (only living organism in the lake) on your body and suit but it washes right off. (There is a hose to rinse off in. Rest comes off in the shower. No big deal)
5. Contact SLOW on facebook and find out when swimmers are going and join in. There are members of the Wasatch Front Polar Bear Club who swim GSL year-round!
6. Have great goggles. I usually tuck an extra pair into my suit because you do not want to have goggle problems at GSL
7. Drink lots of liquids before and after because that salt will dehydrate you fast
8. Where possible have a kayaker accompany your group giving water, checking safety etc
9. Count your strokes. This has helped me so much with open water. The shoreline can feel like a mirage but when you focus on 20 more strokes, 50 more strokes, you will get there. I promise!
10. Sighting can be helpful but GSL is tricky since nothing grows around it that’s why best to go with group.
11. Smell does not last for weeks. Take a hot shower and launder your clothes in hot water and you’ll be fine
12. Oddly the smell is much worse just outside the lake than when you are swimming in it. I don’t know if you just don’t notice it but it really is a non-issue in the water.
13. Wouldn’t recommend shaving anywhere right before going in the GSL. It will burn!
I’m probably not making it sound like very much fun but swimming in the Great Salt Lake is an adventure. It’s something you can gather with friends and take on together. It’s a beautiful part of my home state and I recommend everyone give it a shot, smell and all.
Open water swimming also teaches me about life every time I am in the water. The shoreline can feel so far off but if I push through and don’t give up I will prevail. That’s one of many lessons I’ve gotten from the sport over the years.
Oh and you do float which is kind of cool!
Here I am getting interviewed after my 2013 race, which was incredibly difficult for me to finish but I did it! (Zoom ahead to the 3 minute mark for the interview)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
There are few things in life that can steal your comfort more than cold toes.
Whether it comes from walking through a puddle while wearing the incorrect puddle jumping footwear, dealing with that little clump of snow that managed to make its way down into your sock or if you’re simply forced to deal with the latest round of biting chill in the air, courtesy of Mother Nature.
It’s simple. No one likes cold toes.
We enjoy keeping our little phalanges nice and toasty as much as the next guy and in our mission to save the comfort of countless pairs of feet, we have found that our Grabber 6+ Hour Adhesive Toe Warmers couldn't fit the bill more perfectly.
The thin, comfortable unique rounded toe design and adhesive backing insure that this portable source of heat that packs a punch will maintain its place for as long as you need them.
The product is specifically designed to function in low oxygen shoes and boots, allowing you to embark on that adventurous hike that you've been dreaming of for so long!
No matter if you are going for a hike, planting yourself in your tree stand or just positioning yourself as a spectator at our son’s homecoming football game, you want to be sure that you don’t have to deal with the nonsense of uncomfortably cold feet.
So, as you get ready to jump in the car for your next cold weather excursion, toss a few pair of Grabber 6+ Hour Adhesive Toe Warmers into your hunting bag or glove compartment to serve as the perfect accessory for a truly enjoyable time in the great outdoors.
At the end of the day, you want warm feet and we’re right there with you.
Grab a pair of our Toe Warmers and just watch to see what a comfortable experience awaits you.