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I can’t believe the boys are heading back to school in a week or so.  It seems like their summer months completely flew by and we didn’t get as much play time as we would like.  But, as we prep for back to school, I’m reminded to share with you a product that has been essential for my son as a teenager.  Do you have kids that play sports?  If so, a good bag or duffel that can take them from school to sports is important.  Our Kevin finished up his Basketball season a month ago and carried with him a duffel from Lewis N. Clark.  And, as we prep him and the twins for a season of Pop Warner Football, my eldest is ready to take his duffel bag with him.

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When it comes to carrying your sports gear, you really need something that is durable and that can withstand any heavy gear as well as daily use.  Over the years my son has gone through a variety of different bags and usually at season end, he’s retiring one and we need to pick up another for his next sport that starts shortly after.  Kevin has been using the Lewis N. Clark duffel as his daily bag, taking his basketball gear with him and then even took it with him when he was off to camp at the beginning of July.  It’s held up well and still looks like it’s brand new.  For a teenager that tosses his things when he’s on the go – I was amazed that it lasted as well as it did and how great it looks after months of heavy use.

Now that Kevin’s off to football season, this Lewis N. Clark duffel bag will be carrying his football gear – helmet, pads, cleats and extra clothes.  He’s excited to be able to use a bag that he likes through football season because it was so durable it held up all through basketball season and summer camp.  I will definitely come back & update the wear and tear on the duffel bag once it makes it’s way through football season.

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This Lewis N. Clark Duffel Bag retails for $56.49.  It’s dimensions are 18 in. x 36 in. x 18 in. and this duffel fits A LOT of stuff.  My son packed a week’s worth of clothes, towels and gear for summer camp and was able to fit it all inside the bag.  This bag features multiple interior and exterior pockets which make it great for separating items and storage.  It has a padded shoulder strap, which my son LOVES because his gear can often be so heavy, that it really helps and aids in him carrying it.  He did mention that he wished the straps could be adjusted a little more than it current can, because it’s still a little long for him at its shortest length – but it was still doable and able to be used.

You get carry handles with hook and loop fasteners to give you options on carrying your bag and the shoulder strap is detachable in case you want to just use the traditional side grab handles to hold your bag.  The grab handles are padded which make it comfortable to hold.  The inner zippered pocket allows you to also carry your essentials out of site to help with storage but also deter theft since it’s out of sight, out of mind.

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The zippers are heavy duty nylon and have lasted through stuffing this bag and daily use.  But, what I love the most about this is that it has the ability to be folded down into a small square and packed away easily while it’s not in use.  The storage pouch that holds the bag when it’s folded doubles as an inner pocket as well.  The bag is constructed of weatherproof 900D polyester which makes it a great companion for holding your hiking gear or for outdoor activities like rafting down a river or skiiing in the mountains.

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If you are an outdoor lover, enjoy traveling or just want a new duffel bag to have in your life, I highly suggest this one.  If any bag can take the beating my sons dish out to it and still look like it’s brand new – I think it deserves an award all on its own.  This bag is awesome and I know it comes in other sizes as well.  Considering the price point and the quality you are getting, it can’t be beat.  My sons are active boys and keep busy and they need products that can withstand the abuse they will put them through.  After having this bag for 6 months and using it daily, I have noticed how well it has held up and I like it.  I’ll be picking up two more so the twins can each have their own as well.

Have you tried anything from Lewis N. Clark before?  This is one of several different products that we have had the opportunity to try out and have enjoyed it.  You can check out what Lewis N. Clark has to offer on their website: http://lewisnclark.com/

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Disclaimer:  The product mentioned and featured in this post was sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and this is not a sponsored post.

 

 

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The boys and I have been enjoying our summer months together since my husband is usually working on the weekdays.  Come on now, we live on Maui, which has been rated the number 1 Vacation Destination by Conde Nast many years in a row, so we do have a plethora of sites to see and lots of fun to be had.  While we live on the mountain, we experience really hot days so I decided to pack the boys up into the car and take a drive up to Kula to cool down – since the air is much cooler there.  Our journey led us to the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, a place we have visited many times before – but it’s been years since I bought the twins here, so I decided it would be a perfect place to venture.

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The Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm is located on the slopes of Haleakala and overlooks some of the most beautiful views on the South side of the island.  It is a 25-30 minute drive away from the Kahului Airport (the main airport into Maui) and a popular spot for visitors to stop at and have lunch after watching the sunrise at Haleakala or hiking the crater.  At one time, it used to be free to enter the Lavender farm, so I was surprised to see a guard house at the entry (it was not there my last visit a few years ago) and entry for adults is $2.00.  It’s well worth the cost however.  You can bring your own lunch and have a picnic or hike the grounds for a great adventure.  The air is so cool up there, it was a perfect place for the boys and I to getaway to beat the heat.

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There is a little shop that sells tasty delectables featuring the fresh picked lavender, but the boys and I decided that we would just take in the sites and cool down and head home to eat lunch instead.  We walked around the gardens and admired the fragrant lavender as we took in the sites.

It was a short little adventure, but a beautiful day out so I took this opportunity to take some shots of the boys and my eldest son Kevin helped take a few photos of my casual outfit I wore.

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The best part about our little drive and excursion today was that I was able to spend it with the boys.  They go back to school in about 2 1/2 weeks and this summer break flew by too quickly.  The twins are off to 1st Grade and Kevin is off to 7th Grade.  With Football season starting for all three boys August 1st – I know that times like these will be few in between, so I’m glad we made great use out of our Summer break.

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Kimono Cover up – Forever 21 Plus

Ribbed Tank – Old Navy

Linen Shorts with pockets in black – Torrid.com

Flip flops – Guess Jeweled Slip ons

Watch – Invicta Angel

Sunglasses – Maui Jim Maui (style no longer available)

Nail Polish – Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner Trend Matters Collection in Kozy

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My embedded video above also showcases our dinner for that evening… I made my homemade poor man’s rissotto (recipe coming soon) and we watched a beautiful sunset from our porch to end a wonderful day.  If you’re not following me on Snapchat – my code is in my side bar, come and follow me on my daily journey.  What about you, are you enjoying the summer months?  I’m thankful to live in Hawaii and blessed to have a lifestyle where every day is an adventure and a vacation.

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Since my DSLR hasn’t been working, it’s been really nice to find reasons to take my phone out to practice shooting with it… all the images that you see in this post were taken with my Samsung Note 4.

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Disclaimer:  Everything mentioned or featured was purchased with my own money.  Affiliate links may be posted through out.

I have always been known to have the travel bug!  From the young age of 7, my little sister and I hopped on the plane by ourselves each vacation break to visit our grandmother on another island and till this day, traveling has been something I loved to do.  I have been to all the major Hawaiian Islands and have traveled across the United States from the West to the East Coast, visiting landmarks and attractions I had only dreamed of as a child.  Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, I believe that any journey a person takes in life are moments to cherish and that is why family fun during the summer is so important to me.

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Now that my children are much older, traveling abroad or getting on a plane is not as feasible as it once was.  Paying for five seats on a plane instead of three (now the the twins are pass the two year old mark) is a hefty cost, so we haven’t traveled off island as a family in a few years and stay-cations have been musts for family fun.  Since we live in Hawaii, paradise is our backyard and the beach our playground, so while we won’t be boarding a plane this summer, I’m sure we’ll find a cute hotel or camp grounds that we can stay and make the best of a great island and destination.  Have you seen the price of airfare lately?  Flying from Hawaii to anywhere (even an island over) is a huge cost and the more children you have, the more you pay so together as a family we plan our special stay-cations that include fun family activities.

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Our last “out of state” trip we took was to Washington D.C. a few years ago.  It was probably a favorite because my husband made sure to take us to places I had only dreamed of seeing when I was a child.  We were there for a special Medal of Honor Ceremony where we got to meet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, but besides that very cool highlight – the trip in general opened my eyes to a very different world from what I was used to living with the island life here on Maui.  While that was 3 years ago, that trip alone cost my husband and I $10,000 to take our family of 5.  It was one I will never forget and neither will our pocket books.

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See my big head there on the right of President Obama
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Oh look, there is my head making an appearance again – right next to First Lady Michelle Obama. teehee!

While my family and I have a long list of places we would like to visit, our wallets definitely do not want to take a huge hit all at once again.  However, Discover can definitely help us for our next adventure.  Discover it Miles® can help with the cost of airfare (which is our biggest expense when traveling for our family of 5).  With no annual fee and a $0 fraud liability guarantee, Discover offers you protection so you are never responsible for unauthorized purchases on your card.  Also, you earn 1.5x the miles for every dollar spent on purchases and those miles never expire.  As an introductory offer, Discover it Miles card members will now receive double the amount of miles they’ve earned at the end of their first year – with no spending cap.  Before you know it, you have earned the mileage you need to put towards your future travel plans.  There are a lot of benefits for using the Discover it Miles Card, so be sure to head on over to the Discover site and check it out for yourself.

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Reward cards like Discover’s are really great for paying small bills or groceries with and then earning the mileage for your next travel plans.  You can easily earn your miles by spending the small amounts on your card, like Gas for example – and then pay it off each month.  It’s an easy way to build your rewards and prep for your next vacation.  While my family and I will be enjoying another fun stay-cation this year, I am excited to earn some mileage for our next one we have planned and we can use our Discover it Miles card for our on-island resort stays and have a little fun while still building up the rewards we need for next year.  Family Fun – here we come!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.