Thursday, July 30, 2015

Announcing our Tinggly Ambassadorship!

Hey all. Wanted to take some time to talk to you about a sweet partnership that the Toews have with a company called Tinggly. A while back, we were chosen to be Ambassadors for this brand, & we are pretty excited!

What is Tinggly?
Tinggly is a great new way of giving special gifts to the adventurer in your life. Tinggly offers various experience packages in locations all over the world. Check out their experiences map to get an idea of what we’re talking about. There are hundreds of different experiences to choose from. Expereinces like: snowshoeing in Norway, a historic Chicago kayaking tour, and bungee jumping at Victoria Falls inZimbabwe. Instead of giving a gift you are unsure if the recipient will enjoy and that lacks originality, Tinggly gives you the opportunity to send a gift that is personalized, fun, and flexible enough that the recipient will be sure to find something they love.

How does it work?

Why do we like Tinggly?
Thrilling experiences: Let us continue to list these cool opportunities: White Water Rafting in Colorado, Rock Climbing in Ireland, and Exploring a Volcano in Hawaii. What don’t they offer? We haven’t found an answer yet.

Anywhere in the world: Experiences are available in 80+ countries around the globe. You can find something close by home, or plan an international trip around your gift.

One price, hundreds of experiences: When you purchase one Gift Essentials package, the recipient can choose one of the hundreds of Tinggly experiences! This seriously takes all the pressure off of picking the “perfect gift.”

Two years to decide: Recipients get 2 years to choose the experience of their dreams. Timing is flexible, so there is limited stress when planning the adventure.

What is our role as Tinggly Ambassadors?
  • Testing experiences worldwide (including ones in Zimbabwe)
  • Writing reviews and articles on our blogs or via the TingglyJournal
  • Creating / sharing content on our social networks
  • Providing insights and feedback on local adventures
  • Recommending unique experiences (We’ve been trying to get Tinggly to come to the Black Hills!)

What does this mean for us in Zimbabwe?
It means that when we get a break from ministry at Karanda Hospital, we can try out the experiences offered at Victoria Falls. Right now there are three opportunities offered:

We are excited about this opportunity & we’ll let you know about our adventures. 

Which Tinggly experience would you like to try? Leave your answer in the comments below
Note: Toews Adventure is being sponsored by Tinggly as part of their Ambassadorship Program. In return for trying Tinggly experiences, we write reviews & articles about our adventure. All content and views are our own. All images are provided by Tinggly.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today is the day. 

Today we leave the Black Hills & head to Zimbabwe.

We have been waiting.

But God has finally blessed us with our work visas. (Thank you!)

We will be in Zimbabwe for one year serving at Karanda Mission Hospital. Erin will be a nurse and Kameron will make support videos and tell stories that need to be heard. This has been in the works since December 2013. Since then we have been to Romania, Tennessee, Savannah, and San Diego. And now we are ready!

Please be praying for us & keep in touch.
We will continue to update this blog. We will be on Facebook. We will post pictures on Instagram

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I lived in a suitcase for the month of June.

Kameron & I moved out of my sister’s house during the last week of May. We had been living there for five months as we have beenwaiting for our work visas so we can volunteer at a mission hospital in Zimbabwe. Even though we did not have our visas yet, we decided we had imposed on my sister & her family long enough, plus we had a house-sitting gig, and then we volunteered at camp for a few weeks. --- Like I was saying, we packed up all of our things, we sold some, we stored some, we through away some junk. Things we didn’t think we’d need for the next couple weeks, we packed up in suitcases & marked “Ready for Zim.” But the clothes we’d need before we took off we packed in one suitcase each. We thought we’d live off those close for one week, maybe longer. The first week of July has come & gone, and we are still living out of those suitcases. (Thought before our road trip to Cali this week, we condensed into smaller “carry-on” suitcases)

I thought it would be fun to share a picture of the clothes & random possessions that I have lived off of for more than a month. Some items I did not use (marked with *). Some items used once & could have done without. Some items I used all the time (marked in bold). Some clothes I never wore, some I wanted to wear more than once per week. I definitely need to go through these bags and weed stuff out. I also need to go through the clothes I have in suitcases at my parents’ house & simplify.

Here's What I Packed
4 pairs of pants
3 shorts
3 dresses/skirts
3 sweatshirts
3 cardigans
1 rain jacket
1 jacket/coat *
9 t-shirts
7-tank tops (I wear as undershirts)
6 pairs of socks *
7 pairs of undies
1 swimsuit
4 scarves
Toms shoes *
Devotional book - “Jesus Calling”
3 notebooks for different purposes
Deck of cards *
Ear plugs & blindfold/eye cover
Essential oils
Diffuser for essential oils
Microphone for podcast
Solar charger*
Washi tape
Sharpie pens
Water bottle
Big suitcase

It is amazing to see what I have lived off of for more than a month. Crazy how all that fit into a suitcase and a backpack! This has taught me that I need to simplify, simplify, simplify! Why do I have so many things?! (Plus we have boxes & boxes in storage…)

What items do you use everyday? Are there any items that you have not used for a month or more? Share your answer in the comments below.

P.S. Mose of my adventure gear can be found at Sierra Trading Post.
& another P.S. Affiliate links throughout

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

AdventureLust - 02 "The 5 C's of Adventure"

Sometimes we have adventure without thinking about why we love them so much. The other day I sat down to figure out our favorite aspects of travel and adventure. I came up with five: crave, culture, care, challenge, and celebrate. It's only a coincidence that they all start with the letter "c" - (ok, maybe I had to get creative to make my original answer work in such a clever pattern).  Someday I may write in detail about what these five characteristics really mean, but for today I am sharing them orally through the podcast.

You can listen to the pilot episode by pressing play on the player above.
If you like what you hear, PLEASE subscribe to the AdventureLust podcast on iTunes.
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Please let us know if there are any issues that should be resolved, we're still troubleshooting & experimenting with this podcast thing.

Starfish on the beaches of the Carribean? I spent 10 days in the Dominican Republic. 
Click here for more information on our mission trip to Zimbabwe.
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Do agree or disagree with any of my 5 characteristics? Do you have any to add to the list? Leave a comment below. Thank you for listening. Have an adventure-worthy week. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Roadtrip to SoCal

Thursday morning the Toews + Chadwick (E’s little brother) hit the open road! We’ve been dreaming of a vacation, seeing some family & friends & supporters, and sitting of the beaches of San Diego. We were told that our work visas will take about two more weeks to processes, so why not? After the trip, be on the lookout for some posts with beautiful pics & content from places along the coast.

Check out pictures from our adventure on Instagram. @erinetoews & @kamtoews.

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