A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

Facebook Sweepstakes: Enter to Win Soft Science Drift Canvas Loafers

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Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Fall and winter are also popular times to travel and are peak times for cruises and visiting long-distant family members. If you’re planning on getting away this fall/winter, Shopping Blitz wants to help you do so in style and comfort! The Soft Science Drift Canvas Loafer is the ultimate travel shoe, and Shopping Blitz is giving away a FREE pair through our Facebook Sweepstakes.

The sweepstakes is free to enter, and no purchase is necessary. All you have to do is visit our sweepstakes page here, enter your email, like us on Facebook, and share to Facebook and Twitter using the share buttons. It’s that easy! You must be 18 years of age and a U.S. resident to enter the contest, and colors will vary depending on availability.

About Soft Science

Soft Science is a leading footwear brand that provides incredibly comfortable, stylish, supportive and durable shoes at attractive prices. All Soft Science shoes have outsoles and insoles made of Trileon, a patented material developed exclusively for Soft Science. Developed by Scott Seamans, formerly of Crocs, Trileon delivers optimal cushioning, stability, odor resistance and an ultra-lightweight feel.

Official Contest Rules

No purchase necessary.  One valid entry per contestant.

You must be 18 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for this contest. This contest is void where prohibited by law. Valid email address required for entry.

Winners will be notified by email. If a winner is unreachable after seven (7) days, or if that winner is unavailable for prize fulfillment, an alternate winner will be selected. If ShoppingBlitz.com cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Automated voting of any kind is not allowed. Detection of said automated voting will lead to votes being voided.

Only one registered account per voter. If multiple accounts are detected for a single voter, they will be disabled and votes disqualified.

Employees of ShoppingBlitz.com, its respective parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising sponsors and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of each are not eligible.

Contest entrants agree to abide by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decisions of the contest commissioners, which are final on all matters pertaining to the contest.

Entrants further grant to ShoppingBlitz.com the right to use and publish their proper name and state online and in print, or any other media, in connection with the contest.

ShoppingBlitz.com reserves the right to use any and all information related to the Contest, including information on contestants obtained through the contest, for marketing purposes or any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.

Copying or unauthorized use of any copyrighted materials, trademarks or any other intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.

Each winner, by acceptance of the prize, agrees to release all Sponsors, and their parent and subsidiary companies, their officers, directors, employees, agents, shareholders, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising agencies from all liability, claims, or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages, or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, or use of the prize.

Each winner is responsible for all federal, state and local taxes and will be required to complete an IRS form W-9.  Sponsor reserves the right to withhold prizes until completed form W-9 is received.

This contest is not intended for gambling. If it is determined that a contestant is using the contest for gambling purposes they will be disqualified and reported to authorities.

ShoppingBlitz.com reserves the right to change the rules at any time.

This contest is officially sponsored by ShoppingBlitz.com.

 

4 Great Travel Apps to Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

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Today, people can turn to their mobile device for almost anything. From shopping to reading the news to tracking your workout, nowadays there’s an app for everything – even traveling. In fact, when it comes to planning and booking a vacation, an app can be your best friend. There are tons of travel apps out there designed to make planning a vacation and finding the best deals that much easier. To help you plan your next vacation with ease, here are some of our favorite travel apps at Shopping Blitz, the top place to shop for clothes online.

Localeur

If you want to skip the tourist attractions and head to the local scene, then Localeur is the app for you.  Localeur is a community of locals who want to help travelers experience the best places to eat, drink and play. Right now the advice is limited to 14 major U.S. cities, but if you’re traveling to one of its featured destinations it’s definitely worth taking advantage of. Each local has a photo and profile that explains who they are and what their interests are. There are lists about essentially everything, from “My Favorite Brooklyn Dance Floors” to “Miami’s Awesomely Authentic Tanqueria’s”.

TripIt

TripIt lets you be your own travel agent and organize every single detail of your trip, from car rentals to lodging accommodations to restaurants. TripIt caters to every kind of traveler and enables you to have all your travel details in one place. You can create a custom itinerary on your own or forward the email confirmations of your flight, train tickets, rental car and lodging to plans@tripit.com and they’ll create the itinerary for you.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest online travel platform, where millions of travelers from around the world rate hotels, restaurants, bars and attractions on a 5-star ranking system. With these travelers’ rankings, TripAdvisor has created curated lists of the best attractions in every city. On TripAdvisor, you can also search over 200 sites to find and book the best hotel prices and flights.

Airbnb

Airbnb helps you rent unique accommodations from local hosts in over 190 counties. Airbnb has over 1 million listings, with rental options ranging from castles, yurts and watchtowers to apartments, rooms and sofas. The app provides travel accommodations for every budget.

 

Spring Break Essentials

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Your much anticipated Spring Break trip is finally here! Before you embark on your much needed beach vacation, make sure you aren’t leaving any of these Spring Break essentials behind.

Spring Break Essentials for Men

Columbia Silver Ridge Ball II Cap

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Since you’ll be spending hours in the sun, this fitted cap from Columbia is necessary to shield your eyes and protect your scalp from the sun. The hat is extremely comfortable and breathable and features Omni-Shade sun protection. It’s also stain and water repellent, so you can even wear it in the water. This cap is available in a variety of colors, including tan, navy, black, red, and blue.

adidas Originals Toronto Sunglasses

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Guard your eyes from the sun in style with these sunglasses from adidas Originals. Whether your vacation will consist of extreme watersports or relaxing on the beach, or a mix of the two, these sunglasses will deliver the comfort and protection you need. The sunglasses feature flex temples and a soft saddle bridge for added comfort.

Helly Hansen Carlshot Trunk Swim Shorts

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These Helly Hanson swim trunks are a very popular swimwear option for a reason. Their exceptional breathability and comfort, combined with their quick-drying properties, make them a top bathing suit for men. These swim trunks also feature a contrast drawstring, so you can get the perfect, snug fit you need for being out in the water.

Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals

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The Clarks Un.Bryman Sun Sandals are the ideal shoes for beach goers and spring breakers. Available in black or brown, these sandals contain riptake fastenings to give you a secure fit, as well as a loop fastening system so you can easily loosen and tighten them. The mesh panels and perforated leather lining provides extreme breathability, while the long-term cushioning offers unmatched comfort.

Spring Break Essentials for Women

Tommy Bahama Two Tone Crochet Raffia Hat

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You can’t hit the beach without this cute and protective sun hat from Tommy Bahama. This hat will provide shade for your eyes, as well as protect your scalp from the sun’s strong UV rays. The hat features a cotton sweatband to keep your head dry and comfortable all day long.

Roberto Cavalli Eyewear RC671S Metal Sunglasses

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These oversize metal sunglasses from Roberto Cavalli Eyewear feature stylish animal detailing on the temple and the emblematic RC logo in metal. The sunglasses feature gradient tinted lenses, which are tints that start off darker in color at the top of the lens and gradually lighten towards the bottom. Gradient tints are great for fashion and for reading on the beach on the sunniest of days.

Miraclesuit Net Work Mystify Swimsuit

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Be the most stunning woman on the beach in this Miraclesuit swimsuit. Miraclesuit is the #1 slimming swimwear brand, and it makes its swimsuit with Miratex, a material that makes you look 10 pounds lighter. This particular swimsuit from Miraclesuit features sheer mesh sides and a ruched, draped front for a bathing suit that’s sexy and chic.

New Balance Revive Thong Sandals

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The New Balance Revive Thong Sandals deliver the most perfect combination of style and comfort. These sandals feature an ultra-soft footbed, cushioned midsole and durable rubber outsole for everlasting comfort and support. The shoe’s Walking Strike Path outsole technology is designed to help stabilize your foot, making them the best sandals for walking on uneven sand.

Visit ShoppingBlitz.com to shop for clothes, accessories and shoes for Spring Break online.

 

Shopping Blitz Travelogue Series: The Importance of Packing

As a part of the ShoppingBlitz.com marketing team I am a sucker for planning, especially when it comes to travel. The amazing experiences you receive from visiting a place you have never been is unparalleled. Being prepared for such an adventure can make the experience a once in a lifetime event. On a recent trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico I was once again reminded of the importance of packing.

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The first step in any successful trip is intelligent packing. Lists, lists and more lists is the key.

1.  Break down all your anticipated activities into categories and make a list for each.
2. Pack more underwear then you think you will need!
3. If you are going somewhere warm, always pack more than one bathing suit.
4. Think about accessories in terms of outfits, both day and night.
5. Figure out what items you can’t survive without and what you might need in an emergency.
6. Don’t forget to check the weather, research the location and read as many traveler reviews as you can stand!

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The correct luggage is also key.  The bags you choose could mean the difference between misery or ease and heaven knows you don’t need added stress at the airport! Backpacks, cross body purses and a carry-on roller are ideal. As you rush to make your flight or attempt to stow away your bags on the plane, you need light and easy to maneuver pieces. It’s also smart to pack an extra bag for souvenirs or dirty clothes for the trip back. Bonus points if you have a matching set of luggage with numerous compartments!

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Above all go into the experience with an open mind. Life happens despite our best plans and its good to be ready for all the ups and downs. Never forget to pack your sense of adventure and playfulness. This is vacation after all and what better time to step out of your comfort zone and try something entirely new! Luckily for you, ShoppingBlitz.com has all your travel needs in one place. Whew! One less thing to check off that list.

 

 

Finding Bliss in The Heat of Summer

As the dog days of summer leave us all feeling sweaty, cranky and sleepy the Shopping Blitz team is on the hunt for rest and relaxation. Sure we have visions of tropical locales and white sand beaches but unfortunately for now those remain just daydreams. Fortunately though there are plenty of ways to relax without breaking the bank or hopping a flight. One of the easiest and most satisfying ways is the ultimate vacation darling, the hammock. Hammocks have long been associated with summer and days of leisure. Just set one up in the yard, blend up a few frozen drinks and get your bliss on.

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One of our newest brands Grand Trunk understand the needs of weekend warrior better than anyone. The brand has been making quality hammocks and travel accessories for over ten years. They design their products for people who classify themselves as travelers rather than tourists. We all have that sense of adventure, often hidden behind mundane responsibilities, but its always there lurking and waiting. So allow your sense of adventure to see the light of day and create a staycation you will never forget! What better way to start than on July 22nd, National Hammock Day!?

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