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ABEO H20 Waterproof Sandal found at The Walking Company

Friday May 25, 2012 at 8:08 AM | 0 Comments

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ABEO waterproof sandal travel gear review; all-purpose adventure sandals

In northern California, we tend to expect summer weather year-round. Californians have been known to push the weather envelope when it comes to fashion. You’ll notice  a lot of Californians wear shorts and sandals winter, spring, summer and fall. If it’s cold outside, we add a sweater or sweatshirt to our layers and continue our day, preferably wearing shorts and sandals.

ABEO – ultimate, all-purpose adventure sandals

There’s nothing I love more than a comfortable pair of sandals. And being the active adventure type, I prefer waterproof sandals with a closed toe. The ABEO H20 sandal has got it all; a great sandal for water activities, the waterproof leather uppers give good coverage of the foot, while the cap toe protects feet from those unexpected bumps in the road, or rapids along the river. I learned about the importance of closed toe sandals while on a down hill mountain bike ride. Let’s just say I don’t ride mountain bike trails without closed toes shoes any longer, and my days of being a foot model have come and gone.

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ABEO travel gear review; closed toe sandals for the active traveler

The insole provides a custom, 3-D fit footbed, while the channeled rubber outsole offers grip and traction for river walk hops and scrambling up slippery slopes.  For those who prefer a custom fit sandal without the custom-made price, the elastic lace up vamp gives a snug fit and the heel strap is adjustable. If you wear these sandals on the airplane or in the car and you take them off, your seatmates will appreciate the Aegis microbe shield that helps eliminate odor, staining and overall deterioration of the sandal.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow The Walking Company  on Twitter  and like them on  Facebook.

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ABEO sandals from The Walking Company, a travel gear review

The Walking Company has shoes for every foot. They guarantee the best price and the company offers free returns at any store. Priced at $119.95, the ABEO H20 sandals doesn’t take up much room in a suitcase. If you live in a sunny climate, or are headed to a warm weather location, wear the ABEO sandals on the plane. They are easy to slip on and off going through airport security and with the Aegis microbe shield, your feet won’t stink when you take off your sandals. Now who doesn’t love that?

The ABEO Denver H20 Sandal review written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. The Walking Company supplied me with this travel gear for review.

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Sanuk Standard Checked Out Sidewalk Surfers Travel Gear Review

Friday May 11, 2012 at 8:08 AM | 0 Comments

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Sanuk Standard Checked Out Sidewalk Surfers – Travel Gear Review

Stylish sandals for surfers and slackers

Should I feel guilty that I’m attracted to Sanuk shoes sandals? Afterall, I’m not a buffed and toned surfer. I’m a travel writer. I believe that comfort trumps fashion in footwear. But there is such a thing as fashionable AND comfortable footwear and I have found it in Sanuk Sidewalk Surfers.

You may want to call these Sidewalk Surfers “shoes,” but don’t. The folks at Sanuk want you to know that “These ARE NOT shoes.” (They’re sandals.)

Sanuk’s colorful canvas palette

The Sidewalk Surfers feature really flexible and lightweight “Vulc-Lite” construction with a canvas sock liner of AEGIS antimicrobial additive to combat odor and foot fungus.

If you prefer your footwear to be vegan and vegetarian, these sidewalk surfers qualify. I like them because they are crazy comfortable. They may be worn with shorts or long pants and the woven checker pattern is cool. The company offers all sorts of colorful patterns to choose from in the women’s line. What else would you expect from this hip Southern California-based company?

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Sanuk’s Checked Out Sidewalk Surfers are great at the pool or the beach – read the review

Sanuk goes social

You may follow Sanuk on Twitter @SanukFootwear and follow Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter, too.

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Pack your Sanuk footwear. The Standard Checked Out Sidewalk Surfers pack flat and don’t take up much room. Better yet, wear them on the airplane. They slip on and off easily going through airport security.

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California.Sanuk supplied me with these Standard Checked Out Sidewalk Surfers for review. Suggested retail $60.

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Great balls of fire:Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs

Friday May 4, 2012 at 6:06 AM | 2 Comments

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Evan and Kendall Brown ready to toast marshmallows in the backyard

The smell of smoke on the beach. The taste of sweet, gooey marshmallow, combined with melted chocolate and the crunch of crisp graham crackers make the s’more the quintessential treat at the beach or on camping trips.

We recreated this summertime classic in our backyard last night. True – we were not at the beach, with pounding waves competing for attention, along with the snap, crackle of the campfire. We were experiencing a family moment that didn’t require any time in the car, pre-planning check list or moans from the teenagers.

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Watching the fire - waiting for s'mores

We had cracked open two small Duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs. Set them, criss-cross, in the Weber BBQ and lite a match. Next to the fire stood two teenagers, a dad – who specializes in building roaring campfires where ever he wanders –  and a Labrador Retriever, ever hopeful for dropped crumbs.

Duraflame is about to unveil one of the biggest innovations in the company’s history since the creation of the firelog: duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs.

The company sent us a couple of logs, along with a s’mores kit, to test drive the new product.  I’m happy to report that the logs went out in a blaze of glory. Perhaps that’s because they came with their own happy pack of sugar deliciousness, but the teenagers bonded with their parents for a few precious moments over open flames in the backyard and no one got hurt. What more could a mother ask for?

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Roasting marshmallows in the backyard

Duraflame Campfire Tips:

Unlike a traditional wood burning fire, don’t wait for the embers to die down before you start roasting your marshmallows (or you’ll be waiting for about 45 minutes). These Duraflame logs deliver a consistent flame, great for no fuss fires. Sidle up next to the fire pit or bbq and start roasting as soon as the fire ignites.

This firelog was designed specifically for campfire roasting. It is formulated with real wood charcoal and tested for safe cooking so no need to worry about food safety.

Don’t forget your roasting sticks; marshmallows, chocolate bars and graham crackers. Our kids set the bbq rack half way across the grill so they could melt their chocolate and warm their graham crackers by the heat of the fire, while roasting marshmallows at the same time.

What are your favorite campfire memories?

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The four-log bundle is available for a suggested retail price of $5.99

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Duraflame supplied me with these duraflame Campfire Roasting Logs.