You’ll Love the Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket [+ Giveaway]

Ecuadane came about as the result of three well-traveled sisters deciding to share some of their favorite products they’ve discovered from across the globe.  The name Ecuadane was formed by combining the names of two countries: Ecuador and Denmark – home countries of their parents. Their flagship product is the Everywhere Blanket. It’s versatile, high quality, an down right gorgeous.  I love finding places to obtain such unique items online. Hand Woven in Ecuador One look at the gorgeous designs available on the Ecuadane site, and I was hooked.  I’ll warn you, it was *not* easy to choose just one!  So many lovely designs and vibrant colors in these Inca inspired patterns. The Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket is made in Ecuador, woven by Otavaleños from a blend of alpaca and synthetic materials.  The tag says “wool”, which represents the alpaca fiber content. It’s soft and a little bit furry.  Maintenance instructions explain that brushing it occasionally will keep an … [Read more...]

Family Stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Little Mermaid Room

Is Art of Animation Resort the best choice for your Disney World Resort money?  Here's all the fun details of a stay at in the Little Mermaid Rooms. From the Awesome Cars and Finding Nemo pools, to the drawings and character design you'll find throughout this resort, it's a family Disney Vacation delight. Room Photos, the Food Court, and Disney Transportation... plus how far is it to Magic Kingdom from the Art of Animation Value Resort?  I'm a pretty strong advocate for always staying at a Disney World Resort.  Between that and being a Value Resort fan, I was very excited when the newest addition Art of Animation opened in 2012.   This whimsical, incredibly family-friendly resort has four Disney movie themed areas.  Three of them consist of family suites:  Cars, Finding Nemo, and The Lion King.  Although these rooms look spacious and awesome, alas - for my family of four, a suite is unnecessary.  And with a nightly suite rate that is comparable to staying at a Disney … [Read more...]

Toad&Co Clothing is Hip, Comfortable, & Ideal for Adventure

Not gonna lie. When the brand name changed from “Horny Toad” to “Toad&Co” a few years ago, I thought it was a smart move.  It's one of several refinements I feel this clothing company has undergone, but one thing remains the same.  They’ve made some very cool stuff, for a very long time now.   I think Toad&Co is one of the best travel and outdoor clothing brands out there.  Their quality fabrics are a treat to wear, styles are typically flattering with a nice fit, and their clothes are always very comfortable. In summary, I’m a big fan.  And here are three of the wonderful pieces I’ve tried out, which I recommend for your summer adventures. #1 – Toad&Co Sundowner Fleece Vest Isn’t this awesome?!  It’s so unique, yet makes so much sense.  The thick, luscious fleece of the Sundowner Fleece Vest will make you want to sleep in it.  Bonus, you’ll be the coolest looking chick at the campground. Cozy pockets are a nice touch on this fun piece. The high collar offers … [Read more...]

Essential Gear for Workout Maniacs

5 Things to Not Forget when Hitting the Gym Nothing gives you the natural high of successfully completing a full workout session. Your body is flush with endorphins, your muscles are tired and you are ready to relax with a cold beverage and some good friends. Everything is right with the world.  You feel good. Of course, that only works when everything goes right with your workout. Although there are many  things you can’t control, nothing ruins a workout faster than forgetting something before you start. For me, hitting the gym without my iPod blasting out motivational music will send my workout into misery quickly. It goes from being a high-energy romp through exercises and runs into a dull slog around the track or on the machines. Time passes incredibly slowly, and I can’t wait to get done and get out of there. Forgetting any of the following things makes my workout routine a drag. I follow it, but I don’t want to be there. I want to get done and hit the showers … [Read more...]

FREE Summer Reading & Activity Program ~ Bug Camp

As a parent of two school aged children, I confess I don't worry too much about "stopping the summer slide".  In Western Colorado, their summers off from school are precious and short.  They need a break. But I have already noticed the antsy boredom.  And the too-much-screen time.  So when I heard of Cricket Media's free summer reading and activity program, I immediately checked out the site.  They've got a great calendar set up, with something new to check each day.  So far I'm seeing downloadable activities that inspire reading and getting outside to explore with a nature bingo hunt.  Very cool! This *just* started, so now's a great time to get started and check it out! Free Summer Reading Program ~ Bug Camp 2017 Cricket Media invites families everywhere to discover a world of adventure and learning with BUG CAMP 2017!  This free summer reading program launches June 5th. Created with engaging content from Cricket Media's award-winning magazines for children and teens, … [Read more...]

Why You Should Have Your House Checked for Pests

I'll apologize in advance for the creepy photos! This post was submitted to me by a partner of this blog, and it's an important topic for any home owner to consider.  Here's why it's a good idea to have your home inspected for pests on a regular basis, and what to expect when a pest control professionals visits your home. Why having your home inspected for pests is a good idea You want to look after your home, and to make sure it's a safe place to live. This is why it's a good idea to make sure it remains a pest free environment. Pests like termites can do a lot of damage to your property before you even realize they are there. Hiring a pest control expert to inspect your property on a regular basis can help prevent unwanted damage and cost. In this article we are going to look at the damage that can be caused by pests such as termites. We are also going to explain the benefits of pest control inspections and consider how often you should have them carried out. Damage … [Read more...]

16 Essential Items for Your Day Hiking Gear List

Prime hiking season has arrived!  Not yet in the overnight backpacker game, my husband and I typically only tackle day hiking with kids.  It’s one of our favorite pastimes, and the best part is… it’s free!  There are definitely a few items that I’ve learned to always bring along when hiking in the mountains. This month I was participating in a sponsored campaign for BODYARMOR LYTE, and my husband and I both have really been enjoying this sports drink after hiking.  It got me thinking about my core go-to hiking list.  Those baseline things I always take in my backpack, no matter what. Day Hiking Gear List – 16 Essential Items As a result of this outdoorsy soul searching, I’ve gathered together my day hiking gear list.  I literally store these items in my backpack at all times, so they are ready to go whenever we want to take a hike.  That way I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything I may need. The beauty is most of these items are small, light weight, and don't cost … [Read more...]

Colorado’s Elitch Gardens Opens this Weekend!

Hooray for summertime!  My kids had their last day of school yesterday, the gorgeous sun is shining bright today, and we are ready to have some FUN!  Heads up to Denver - Elitch Gardens opens this weekend, and they are kicking things off with a *BANG*... as in, fireworks! Check out the opening weekend details.  And for a peek at my don't miss Elitch Gardens recommendations, check out my post Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens. Elitch Gardens Opening Schedule Dive head first into summer at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park this weekend as they celebrate Memorial Day. Guests can make a splash in Island Kingdom Water Park on its opening day this Saturday.  Also enjoy two new live daily shows, and a spectacular fireworks display. “Summer officially kicks off when we open the water park for the season,” says Karl Traeger, Marketing Director. “With activities fit for everyone, Elitch Gardens is the place to be for families this Memorial Day Weekend.” The water park boasts … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Nurture & Protect Your Skin This Summer

May being Melanoma Awareness Month is always a timely reminder, as we head into the lovely summer months!  I adore sunny summer days, and lots of playing outside.  But skin cancer is a real threat, and it's a topic that hits close to home for me.  My husband and I both have had run-ins with skin cancer, and it’s not fun.  And as most people know, it’s usually preventable. Add in the fact that sun can dry you out and prematurely age you likka prune... and it's definitely worth taking a look at a few ideas to nurture and protect your skin this time of year! 4 Ways to Nurture & Protect Your Skin At this stage in my life, I have many reasons to take good care of my skin.  Being outdoors in the sunshine is one of my favorite things, so avoiding the sun is not an option.  I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks to nurture your skin, protect yourself against skin cancer, and promote anti-aging as much as possible. Protect it.  Baby it.  It's the only skin you've got! # 1 Use a Sport … [Read more...]

PSA: That Time I Almost Hit a Middle-Schooler With My Car

Stunned.  That's how I still feel.  Last week when driving my middle school aged daughter to school... I almost hit one of her classmates who was crossing the street.  And  I've been stewing over the frightening "rule loophole" this fell into, ever since. Aside from almost hurting a child with my car, the other reason it was so scary was that neither of us technically did anything wrong. I was at the stoplight, needing to turn right.  She was waiting at the same stoplight, waiting for the pedestrian light to turn green so she could cross.  I'm typically a super cautious driver, but my daughter was almost late for school. The light was red.  I decide to go ahead and turn right.  A perfectly legal move, right? Half way through my turn, the light turns green. The pedestrian sign turns green. And that little girl... only a few feet away from my car, but completely fixated on that pedestrian signal... steps right off the curb into my pathway.  I *almost* hit her.  It was … [Read more...]