(Photo via Glamping Holiday)
Now is the time that tons of people head off to the woods in droves to pitch tents and sleep out under the stars. I will not be one of those people because bugs being a centimeter from my face while I sleep? No thank you! But for all you campers out there with nerves of steel, here are some books that'll help aid you on your adventures, or at least help you kick back and relax. —Katie
Camping & Survival
I've flipped through this book and, no joke, it has literally everything you could ever need for when you're camping. First aid for everything, how to chop down trees, how to like, not die. It's legit. And awesome.
Backpacker Magazine's Outdoor Knots
For you serious mountaineers out there.
For the serious mountaineers out there who are also really concerned with being cute. (There are SO many cute ideas in this book. Like, sure, you don't need a pennant banner on the front of your tent, but don't you want one now?)
If you have a special vacation spot you always like to go, then this is the book for you. The pages have checklists and fill-in-the-blank areas so you can fill out your favorite spots and pass it on to a friend.
Hell yeah you are gonna be hungry after you scale that mothafuckin' mountain to pitch your tent!
Spooky Campfire Stories
If you're into scaring yourself shitless while you're miles away from civilization, then this is the book for you! Me, I'll be hiding under my sleeping bag, crying.
Summer is slowly creeping up, so we had all better get our act together and stock up on some fun shit for the outdoors. Unless you're like, someone who doesn't go outside, I guess. But everyone fun should start thinking about the great parties they're going to have with their friends. With all the awesome pool toys and party gear available nowadays, it'll be impossible to have a bad time. —Katie
If the reviews are to be believed, then this pretzel float will make all your guests fight one another to the death for it. It is that awesome.
Giant Ring-Toss Pool Game
Pool games are the best! Especially ones that don't require you to fight over the single pair of goggles you have so that you can dive 8 feet to the bottom of the pool to pick up a plastic weighted stick.
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide To Serious Fun
If you're having trouble thinking of fun things to do in the outdoors and sunshine (are you a vampire?), then this book can help give you some ideas. It even teaches you how to yarn bomb.
Super Pretzel Soft Pretzel Maker
If your friends aren't impressed by your pretzel pool toy (or if you don't have a pool), then they'll most certainly be impressed by your very own muthafuckin' homemade pretzels!
Corn Hole Pool Game
Corn hole (corn holing?) is the best, and the ability to do it in a cool pool on a hot day is even better.
Inflatable Boxing Glove
There is nothing more fun than safely and supervisedly punching your BFF in the face.
Joust Pool Game
Is this the best $30 you'll ever spend? Absolutely.
Lucille Bluth, matriarch of the eternally wacky Bluth family, is a prime example of what you shouldn't do as a parent. Whether she's guzzling vodka, or telling her children how much she doesn't care for GOB, she's always doing exactly the wrong thing. Which makes her a whole lot of fun. Let's take a look at some of Lucille's (probable) must-haves. —Katie
6oz. Fun Flask
Would it kill her to let some vodka go bad?
"I mean, it's one banana, Michael. What could it cost? $10?"
Sometimes all you need in the morning is a vodka rocks... and a piece of toast.
Love: Fries By Love Food Editors
Even though Lucille's system isn't used to curly fries, I have a feeling she could learn to love them if she tried.
Star Wars Print Tee
"Here's some money. Go see a star war."
KeepCup To-Go Cup
A cup with a lid, because if she wanted something your thumb touched, she'd eat the inside of your ear.
Hippies Always Welcome Poster
Okay, except cross out the "always" part because we all know Oscar is the only hippie Lucille would touch with a 10-foot pole.
Ah, the things that you can find on the internet. The latest incredible and totally necessary thing I came across is the Camp Daybed, created by London based product designer Stephanie Hornig. A sleeping bag with legs? Yes. So much yes. How great would this be in your apartment if you're short on space? Plus, when you're done sleeping in it, it can also be your couch. I think we all need one of these. View more of Stephanie Hornig's innovative product designs here. (via Frankie Magazine) —Maddie
Is winter ever going to end? This is seriously the worst. Sadly, spring break for old people doesn't exist, so if you're out of college, you don't even get to go party in Panama City, FL, with all the other crazy younguns. Thankfully sites like Airbnb exist, so even if you're stuck sitting at a desk this spring break, you can browse through thousands of awesome locations. If you're lucky enough to have a spring break, you should totes book a night on the private Fiji island. And then send me pictures so I can seethe with jealousy.—Katie
Captain Cook, Hawaii
Nanuku Levu Island, Fiji
San Jose, Costa Rica
Aguas Zarcas, Costa Rica
North Goa, India
Bingin Beach, Indonesia
One of my favorite Etsy shops is Black Oak Vintage. Run by the amazing Christine, it has an incredible assortment of carefully curated vintage items. She's constantly getting new things, so make sure you keep checking back!—Katie
I know you're really attached to those Ninja Turtle sheets of yours, but if you want to be an adult, you've gotta get rid of them. Even if you're in college, you have no excuses. Your bed can make or break your entire room, and I hate to be the one to tell you this, but Turtle sheets from 1987 are definitely a don't.—Katie
Kaleidoscope Patchwork Quilt
Quilts look awesome and last forever. Plus, they still tie into the whole, "I'm a cool pot-smokin' freshman-in-college" look if that's what you're going for.
Plum & Bow Bird Blossom Duvet Cover
Classy, yet trendy enough to make you feel like you're not sleeping in your grandma's guest room.
Floral Watercolor Duvet Cover
This one is actually kind of grandma's guest room, but if your grandma were super cool and had great taste.
Plum & Bow Distressed Damask Duvet Cover
Black and white makes it super easy to match up with the blacklight Led Zeppelin posters on your wall.
Kaleidoscope Patchwork Quilt
Again, quilts are seriously awesome.
Magical Thinking Vine Flourish Duvet Cover
Think about all the fun times you'll have with this duvet. Like eating pizza on it.
Albert The French Bulldog Pillow
Don't worry, having a grown-up bed isn't all bad.
Okay so, normally cleaning is the worst thing in the entire world and I never want to touch cleaning supplies because GROSS, and all the chemical smells make your eyes water, but if you haven't tried Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day line of cleaning products, then you've seriously been missing out. They make me almost enjoy cleaning because the smells are so delicious, especially the geranium scent. I wish there were some way for me to pump the smell from my computer to yours, but you'll just have to trust me and run out to the nearest Target to try it. The brand's been around a while, but they're constantly adding new scents to the collection, especially limited ones during the holidays. My opinion on cleaning products is probably the most worthless opinion in the world, but you can at least trust me when I tell you that this shit smells bomb.—Katie
Our friends New Friends (Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski) make super awesome weavings, housewares, jewelry and all things textile. They made this video for the Scion Motivate contest. 'Like' it and help them win!
Sometimes life just sucks, but it always gets better.
In the spirit of getting it together, let's take a look at some things that can help your apartment start looking more like a real human's house instead of the home of disorganized wolverines. Who knows, maybe you'll get inspired.—Katie
Best Made Co. and Pendleton came together to produce small batch of camp blankets complete with leather carrying sling for portaging between home and camp. If itchy wool isn't your thing then you'll be happy to hear that the blanket is woven with some cotton for a soft feel. More details at Best Made. -Bob
T Magazine takes a look into the Mission district home of San Francisco artist Barry McGee. The vibe of McGee's home is pleasantly warm and not over-decorated. It's always interesting to me to see how an artist treats their dwelling. Check out some more details in the feature here. -Bob
I've got a soft spot for nicely woven blankets and tapestries and anyone who's been to my home probably already knows that. I found these on the website of Joinery, a boutique located in Williamsburg at 263 South 1st Street. Hop on over to their blog to see what other kinds of woven goods they're carrying as well as men's and women's items. -Bob
The Museum of Useful Things is a store that delivers exactly what it says: a bunch of useful and well designed tools and objects that help organize, carry, measure, and do other useful tasks. The Tube Wringer would be a pretty amazing way to dispense every last bit of tooth paste. -Bob
Young Alexander is a duo of Baltimore artists Na Kim and Dierdre Shea who produce a variety of colorful hand painted ceramics. Check out their shop and keep up with them and their projects on their blog. Photographs by Cris Moris.
The newest installation at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in Los Angeles is a home-themed pop up shop, featuring furnishings from Urban Outfitters usually available online only. The shop, entitled Home is Where the _______ is is open from 12pm to 8pm daily. Don't be afraid to find inspiration in here for places like your office, or even for dorm room! - Maddie