Glamptastic Outdoorsy Kids Halloween Costumes

Halloweekend 2022 is coming up and I’m out of costume ideas. Luckily, Pinterest is a photo gold-mine of spooky content. Mommy bloggers and holiday enthusiasts alike have shared some of their most creative children’s outfits online. There was a surprising amount of homemade inspiration including how-to sew DIY instructions. It’s giving Waldorf school and we’re loving it. Keeping in the theme of nature, outdoors, and wilderness, here are some of our favorite kids costumes.

SNAIL GIRL

MUSHROOM TOADSTOOL

FLOWER POWER

MERI MERI TREE CAPE(from Target)

GARDEN GNOME

FAIRY WINGS

TRICKSY HOBBIT

RAINY DAY

SCOUT FROM “UP”

STORM CLOUD

Exploring Outside.io: The First Outdoor & Active Lifestyle NFT Marketplace

In 2022, it seems like every company is taking a stab at creating a series of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). Even celebs like Bella Hadid came out with an NFT project made in her image this past year. If you’re new to the world of blockchain and web3, these digital products can seem intimidating or even ominous. Technological advances have the potential to go too far and subtract from humanity. For example, algorithms show us content for our demographic. This means we could get stuck in an echo chamber of only hearing from people with the same opinions and background as us. Even Sci-fi movies show our job duties being replaced by AI’s. It can feel like we’re being taken advantage by social media and Big Tech.

Outside.io, The First Outdoor & Active Lifestyle NFT Marketplace, is part of Outerverse, a company making the initiative to create an NFT experience that actually benefits its patrons. They’re working on building a curated marketplace and creator platform on an energy efficient blockchain. They plan on releasing between 10-20 nature-themed series (with around 1,000 NFTs for purchase in each series) per year created in collaboration with recognizable outdoor brands and creators. Simply put, there will be between 10 and 20 images published and 1,000 times each image can be purchased. You’ll need to buy the Outerverse Passport to access their content. They plan on launching an Outside coin. Until then, you can buy the Passport with Solana (SOL), a cryptocurrency that got popular during the pandemic.

"Welcome to Outside.io, an outdoor community on a mission to promote wellness, diversity, and sustainability in the outdoors. Join us as we build the world’s first NFT marketplace dedicated to the outdoors. We’re minting with world-renowned athletes, brands, and non-profits. And everything’s designed for less screen time and more outside time. Join now for first access to all the drops in our marketplace, as well as the upcoming Outside coin."

Partnering with nonprofit organizations, Outside.io will dedicate a percentage of their profits to both Sustainability and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Cryptocurrency is notoriously bad for the environment, so Outside.io has committed to being carbon-neutral. Their mission is to “Get Everyone Outside.” Check out their site to learn more about getting free gear, experiencing once-in-a-lifetime real world experience with athletes, joining community events, and more IRL.

4 Poems We Love (Fall 2022)

Calling all poets! We’ve worked with musicians and photographers at our GlampLyfe campsite in Ohio. Submit your poetry to us on Facebook or Instagram. We’d love to feature it on our blog. Let us know if you would be interested in reading a newsletter or magazine of visitor and local photo and poetry submissions. If you’d like to read more poems we’ve curated, check out the Summer 2022 article. We’ve tried to preserve the styles and formatting of each work.


Autumn, Joan Mitchell (1935)

The rusty leaves crunch and crackle,
Blue haze hangs from the dimmed sky,
The fields are matted with sun-tanned stalks —
Wind rushes by.

The last red berries hang from the thorn-tree,
The last red leaves fall to the ground.
Bleakness, through the trees and bushes,
Comes without sound.


Red, Cheryl Savageau (2006)

In his new poem
the red autumn woods
are a metaphor
for leftist martyrs
We are traveling east through a maple forest
that blazes the hillsides on both sides of this winding
back-country road  Look at the trees I want to tell him
Listen  The trees have their own stories to tell
like the story of fire deep within the heart  They too
have been martrys in the long war against the land, a nation
cut down, children denied
A hundred years ago these hills were bare of trees
the stone walls that wind through them
the illusion of ownership  Now the hills are red with maples
My heart is leaping out to meet them, my eyes
cannot be full enough  Though acid falls from the clouds
maples have gathered on the hillsides
in every direction  See how they celebrate
They are wearing their brightest dresses
Come sisters, let me dance with you
I offer you a song
Let me paint
it red with 
passion 
You are
all the women

I have ever loved


And Now It’s September, Barbara Crooker (2020)

and the garden diminishes: cucumber leaves rumpled
and rusty, zucchini felled by borers, tomatoes sparse
on the vines. But out in the perennial beds, there’s one last
blast of color: ignitions of goldenrod, flamboyant
asters, spiraling mums, all those flashy spikes waving
in the wind, conducting summer’s final notes.
The ornamental grasses have gone to seed, haloed
in the last light. Nights grow chilly, but the days
are still warm; I wear the sun like a shawl on my neck
and arms. Hundreds of blackbirds ribbon in, settle
in the trees, so many black leaves, then, just as suddenly,
they’re gone. This is autumn’s great Departure Gate,
and everyone, boarding passes in hand, waits
patiently in a long, long line.


Between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, Today, Emily Jungmin Yoon (2018)

I read a Korean poem
with the line “Today you are the youngest
you will ever be.” Today I am the oldest
I have been. Today we drink
buckwheat tea. Today I have heat
in my apartment. Today I think
about the word chada in Korean.
It means cold. It means to be filled with.
It means to kick. To wear. Today we’re worn.
Today you wear the cold. Your chilled skin.
My heart kicks on my skin. Someone said
winter has broken his windows. The heat inside
and the cold outside sent lightning across glass.
Today my heart wears you like curtains. Today
it fills with you. The window in my room
is full of leaves ready to fall. Chada, you say. It’s tea.
We drink. It is cold outside.

Patagonia Founder Donates Company to Fight Climate Change

Last month, Yvon Chouinard, Patagonia founder, left the $3 billion company to fight climate change. He split the company into a climate-focused trust and nonprofit organizations. The manner in which he created these entities blocks future stakeholders from changing the company back or diverting this goal. All profits that are not reinvested into the business will be donated to the trust. In an effort to “reimagine capitalism”, he explained:

“While we’re doing our best to address the environmental crisis, it’s not enough. We needed to find a way to put more money into fighting the crisis while keeping the company’s values intact. One option was to sell Patagonia and donate all the money. But we couldn’t be sure a new owner would maintain our values or keep our team of people around the world employed.

Another path was to take the company public. What a disaster that would have been. Even public companies with good intentions are under too much pressure to create short-term gain at the expense of long-term vitality and responsibility.

Truth be told, there were no good options available. So, we created our own.”

What other companies, if any, do you think will do this? Do you think this was a good idea or was there a better way to go about it? Do the tax benefits of 501 c3 organizations make this a more selfish option than it seems? Leave a comment on our Instagram and engage in the conversation!

Outdoor Apparel Brands with a Purpose

1. Plasticana

The first time I saw Plasticana Hemp Wellies, I spent a full five minutes holding them up to the light, trying to figure out what they were made of. These gorgeous and sustainable hemp shoes are only available for sale via retailer. Sizes and stock are very limited so this is a good investment for both you and the planet.

2. Arc’teryx ReGear

With the Arc’teryx ReGear program, you can trade in or purchase used outdoor clothing and gear at a discount. By sending these clothes back to the company for a gift card, you’re keeping them out of a landfill and doing the planet a favor. The company will repair, re-outfit, and restock the item online. Their FAQ explains the process further.

3. Parks Project

“Leave it better than you found it” is the motto of the Parks Project. This volunteer project works to preserve public land and partnered with the National Parks Dept. in 2016. Since then they’ve also collaborated with National Geographic and REI to donate over $2 million to wildlife restoration and keeping the parks clean.

4. Birkenstocks

Birkenstocks are “ugly for a reason“. They’re made of natural materials like cork, jute, wool felt, copper, and brass. They’re also made to protect our feet. Personally, I’ve never considered my feet healthy or unhealthy. Birkenstock aims to make shoes that keep your feet healthy by designing with orthopedics in mind.

Our 5 Favorite TedTalks about the Great Outdoors

1. Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it by Emma Marris

“How do you define “nature?” If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won’t have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris. She urges us to consider a new definition of nature — one that includes not only pristine wilderness but also the untended patches of plants growing in urban spaces — and encourages us to bring our children out to touch and tinker with it, so that one day they might love and protect it.”

2. What are Animals Thinking and Feeling? by Carl Safina

“What’s going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they’re thinking and feeling? Carl Safina thinks we can. Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, he weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us.”

3. The Secret of the Bat Genome by Emma Teeling

“In Western society, bats are often characterized as creepy, even evil. Zoologist Emma Teeling encourages us to rethink common attitudes toward bats, whose unique and fascinating biology gives us insight into our own genetic makeup.”

4. What Ants Teach Us About the Brain, Cancer, and the Internet by Deborah Gordon

“Ecologist Deborah Gordon studies ants wherever she can find them — in the desert, in the tropics, in her kitchen … In this fascinating talk, she explains her obsession with insects most of us would happily swat away without a second thought. She argues that ant life provides a useful model for learning about many other topics, including disease, technology and the human brain.”

5. How to Grow a Forest in You Backyard by Shubhendu Sharma

“Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.”

Nature Photography Tips

Nature Photography Tips

On our social media (@glamplyfe everywhere), you’ll see we emphasize photography. We’ve found that featuring photos of our Ohio campsite online draws in a lot of new guests who live outside of the area. While “word of mouth” and good reviews are important, photography and videography convinces the aesthetically inclined. We’re always looking for new pictures from past visits to GlampLyfe! We especially want to see your pets and loved ones. In order to get the best photos, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top nature photography tips from Masterclass (which also includes gear suggestions) and American Forest.

  • Pay special attention to the light: Google “Golden Hour” and your state if you’re not sure of when this is.
  • Plan accordingly: Rain boots? Sunglasses? Come prepared for the weather.
  • Use the rule of thirds: This means separating your shot into three equal parts and lining up your subject matter symmetrically.
  • Patience is key: It only takes one shutter to get the perfect shot.
  • Get creative: Try playing with different heights and angles.
  • Study nature: What time of year do turtles hatch? What time of day does the crow fly over the river?
  • Always be respectful of the natural world: Please clean up behind yourself and don’t alter/destroy any natural habitats.
  • You don’t need a fancy Nikon or Canon to shoot: Phone cameras have great range these days. You can adjust your phone settings or use editing Apps after.
  • Don’t give up: Smooth seas don’t make for skillful sailors.
  • Have fun!

4 Poems We Love (Summer 2022)

4 Poems We Love (Summer 2022)

We’ve said it before and will say it again – we love creative people. Getting the opportunity to see our visitors photos and videos when they come to Glamplyfe is one of the best parts of working here. If you’re a writer, photographer, dancer, actor, or generally creative, please reach out about collaborating. Creating meditative moments by disconnecting from technology is easier to do in nature. A good book should be included in every packing list. We rounded up four of our favorite poems that elicit the summery feeling of roasting marshmallows around the campfire at Glamplyfe.


Zulick, Ian. “Ohio”

Torn cotton clouds
Lit like lanterns by bolts of
Sunlight, their wispy wicks
Burn hot and high over muddy rivers
And black asphalt mirrors

Factory fumes like Marlboro reds
Trail fiery and forgotten into the
Forest’s knotted, dirty hair
Where they fall asleep in
A warm bed of clay-choked soil.
A redtail circles the dull
Brown of unshorn fields, waiting
For rabbits to emerge and
Sweep them away like
A late April chill-
The sort that lifts your head
From the low window of a car
And lets you forget the snow
Even as the white of the sunlit clouds
Makes you remember it

As they stroll idly through the sky
Seeming to touch your flesh with the breeze


Blaydes, Colleen Olivia. “Summer”

a summer’s dance
a summer’s kiss
a summer’s romance
a summer’s true bliss
a summer’s light
a summer’s love
a summer’s night
a summer’s turtledove
a summer’s beginning
a summer’s ending
a summer’s destiny
a summer let free


Parker, Dorothy. “August”

When my eyes are weeds,
And my lips are petals, spinning
Down the wind that has beginning
Where the crumpled beeches start
In a fringe of salty reeds;
When my arms are elder-bushes,
And the rangy lilac pushes
Upward, upward through my heart;

Summer, do your worst!
Light your tinsel moon, and call on
Your performing stars to fall on
Headlong through your paper sky;
Nevermore shall I be cursed
By a flushed and amorous slattern,
With her dusty laces’ pattern
Trailing, as she straggles by.


Janca, Tom. “Camping Spot”

I like to camp along the creek,
high up the mountain, next to the peak.
Big green trees are all around
and little waterfalls make their sound.
Always a cool breeze,
that sings through the trees.
Big white clouds float across the sky.
Sometimes they grow so high,
they rain and shower.
But! Not more then an hour.
It’s okey when the sun goes down.
I’ve got a campfire to sit around.
Then late at night when the screech owl
sings.
I crawl in bed, and have sweet dreams.


Best Things to Do in Cambridge, Ohio (Guernsey County)

Best Things to Do in Cambridge, Ohio (Guernsey County)

Since Glamplyfe moved to Cambridge, we’ve had the treat of experiencing a lot of the great things Guernsey County has to offer. We took a poll on our Instagram to see which hotspots you wanted to see included in this list and integrated your suggestions. If you live in Pittsburgh or Columbus, Cambridge is close enough to be a natural day trip. We especially recommend bringing the antique-lover in your life because you will definitely drive home with treasures. Did I need to buy a vintage Super 8 camera at Black Cat Vintage? Maybe. Did I need to fill my pockets with saltwater toffee at McKenna’s Market? Also, maybe. Either way, we’re sharing a handful of our faves. If you’re in nearby Zanesville and Muskingum County, check out Zen Life and Travel’s article. If you’re driving in from Columbus, stop at Free Society Boutique for Y2K accessories and trendy clothes.

For the Flower Child:

Three Blooms Flower Farm

Phone: (740) 260-3392

Address: Available at Urban Twigs – 5843 Glenn Hwy, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the History Buff:

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

Phone: (740) 432-4245

Address: 136 S 9th St, Cambridge, OH 43725

For Date Night:

Georgetown Vineyard & Tavern on the Hill

Phone: (740) 435-3222

Address: 62920 Georgetown Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Influencer:

Glamplyfe

Phone: (740) 801-0054

Address: 12110 Happydale Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Designer:

Homemade Happiness & Co.

Phone: (740) 995-8318

Address: 723 Wheeling Ave, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Foodie:

The Bear’s Den Steakhouse

Phone: (740) 432-5285

Address: 13320 E Pike Rd, Cambridge, OH 43725

For the Antique Lover:

Alley Cat Antiques

Phone: (740) 421-9077
Address: 118 S 7th St, Cambridge, OH 43725

Our Summer Mixtapes on Spotify (June, July, & August)

Our Summer Mixtapes on Spotify (June, July, & August)

Check out our June, July, and August Summer Mixtapes on Spotify. They feature some of the musicians we’ve had the pleasure of working with like The Quiet Celebrations and Juan Wauters. If you or someone you know has songs available on Spotify, please reach out! If you are in the Cambridge, Ohio area, or passing by on tour, we would love to collaborate for our Bonfire Concert Series!