Packing a Checklist for Your Next African Safari

The following article was contributed by one of this blog's collaborators. One of the more underrated and underappreciated skills of the experienced traveller, proper packing can make or break any trip. To those who spend a lot of time on the road, packing is an area in which we take particular pride, and it can be one of the more crucial elements of special excursions. Each destination, climate and locale may require its own clothing and other items.  This is especially important if the excursion takes you a good distance from civilization.   An African safari is the perfect example of this. A safari is not like an American road trip, a Caribbean resort or a European city, and the items you bring should accordingly reflect the difference. Africa is rugged and unforgiving, but it can also be one of the most memorable and exciting journeys of a lifetime for those who come prepared. If you have been on safari before, you may be well aware of these facts. But … [Read more...]

Stock Your Gym Bag With THIS… it Helps!

The following is a sponsored conversation, in partnership with Mom It Forward and Body Armor.  All opinions are my own. Aaahhh… dragging yourself out in the winter cold temps to head to the gym. Anyone else struggle with this? My fitness focus has shifted in recent years, so that it's not so much worrying about weight.  At this point in my life, I workout for my overall health.  It’s a solid investment in yourself! I know this in my head.  But that doesn’t always translate to getting my lazy butt in gear. That being the case, I’m always looking for help an motivation to go get that exercise in!  Am I right, girlfriend?  One thing that I have found really helpful is having a cute gym bag I love... all packed and ready to go. Discover you forgot something you "need"?  Deal breaker. Too groggy to even pack your gear for that early morning workout?  Deal breaker. So take 5 minutes and pack that gym bag, so it’s ready to go! Pack Your Gym Bag Essentials Here’s … [Read more...]

Outdoor Gear Review: Mishmi Takin Jacket ~ Women’s Virunga

While hiking in his native Himalayas, Kapil realized his high-end boots and jacket were not performing.  So he founded Mishmi Takin, a company that designs ventilation-focused boots and shells with fabrics that vent immediately and outperform in both tropical and temperate climates.  It's a unique brand with a lot to offer. Although it's ideal for wet, humid hiking conditions… would one of these hard shell jackets also work for Colorado snow skiing?  Aren't we all about our gear multi-tasking?!  Well, I recently tested a Mishmi Takin jacket on the winter slopes of Crested Butte: the Women’s Virunga.  Read on to hear how this impressive jacket performed, and why you should consider adding one to your outdoor gear lineup. Mishmi Takin Jacket – Hard Shell Women’s Virunga The Mishmi Takin Virunga is a year-round, high quality and highly versatile piece.  Named after the equator straddling Virunga National Park in Congo, Central Africa, ‘Virunga’ jacket is optimized for maximum … [Read more...]

5 Big Reasons Colorado’s Crested Butte is AWESOME for Learning to Ski

Hidden in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is a fabulous ski destination, Crested Butte.  With long, fabulous runs, combined with lower prices and crowds - this is a mountain worth checking out for your next family's ski trip.   Crested Butte is such an ideal place for beginners to learn to ski.  This is the stage my kids are in, and we've accomplished super fun strides on this mountain. Last weekend we had an early season ski trip to Crested Butte.  The first day, our kids were in such a small ski school group, they were practically private lessons.  As a result, by our second day on the slopes, everything clicked into place.  We had such a wonderful time! After working on our kids learning to ski for a few years now, that Sunday turned out to be what I'd classify as my favorite day of skiing EVER! And Crested Butte has officially become our favorite place to ski in Colorado.  Here's some of the reasons why. #5 - More Affordable Than Other Colorado Ski Resorts The sad … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Staking Your Property Lines

The following is a guest author's contribution, from one of this blog's partners. Owning your own property is a wonderful feeling but there are many things which can damage or ruin the experience. This is why you may need to consider staking your property lines. You will need to use a licensed surveyor who will conduct a survey and put survey markers at every corner of your property. You will then be able to draw lines from marker to marker which will show the exact boundary of your property. Of course, you may wonder why it is so important to stake your property lines: Visible Border Property markers allow you to identify exactly where your property ends which can be very helpful if you are intending to erect fences or even plant a hedge on your border. In fact knowing your border is also useful if you are intending to build any sort of structure in your yard. You will need to comply with local regulations and these are likely to include guidelines regarding how … [Read more...]

Easy & Gorgeous Skin and Cosmetic Line for Women Over 40!

I saw this ad on Facebook the other day and was instantly enthralled. She looked immediately familiar.  That radiant, breathtaking, white haired, middle-aged model I had seen in numerous advertising photos.  Come to find out, Cindy Joseph started modeling late in life.   And now she has an awesome line of pro-age skin care and cosmetics especially for “older” women… BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. I’ve used it now for one month.  And I will never go back! The 90’s Called… They Want Their Makeup Back My makeup routine has been the same for years.  (And years.)  I don’t give it much thought, as I typically only apply cosmetics on the days when I’m going to the office.  Other than that, I prefer the easier natural look. But I’m not as young as I used to be.  I just don’t look the same, and my skin doesn’t feel the same.  You know where you get to that place in life, where you realize you should probably do something different (fashion/style/beauty wise)… but you aren’t exactly sure … [Read more...]

Making Exercise Your Self-Care “Me” Time

Have you heard the latest craze going around the MomiSphere about “Self Care”?  Self care. Huh.  Sounds.... selfish.  And who the heck has time for self care, anyways?  With all the other demands on our time?  Plus all those other things we’re supposed to be doing, which are also important, like getting regular exercise?  And then there's the precious, regenerative yet oh-so-elusive "Me" time. What if we rolled it all into a ball:  Self care, "Me" time, and the need for exercise?  I’ll be honest, I really struggle with fitness motivation these days.  So I've been thinking maybe this is a fresh perspective that can help me. Could this put a more positive spin on getting my rear in gear? Finding Fitness Motivation I’ve always been a reasonably active person, who enjoyed staying in shape.  I do believe keeping yourself fit allows you to enjoy life more.  So when your friends invite you on a long hike, it's totally doable.  When your kids want to go on a bike ride, you've got no … [Read more...]

Top 5 Experiences at Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Allow me to tell you a little bit about Colorado’s loveliest zoo!  Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is truly unique, with one exhibit in particular that will knock your socks off, and possibly change your life.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a gem that has been brilliantly nestled along a mountain side, near Colorado Springs. Trails to view the animals slowly wind up the mountain, switchback style.  Foliage and trees are prevalent, and while some exhibits (like the monkey house) feel a little dated… most of the habitats are excellent. We visited on a cool, rainy November day.  Which I highly recommend!  The animals were active, and the crowds were very low.  One of the things I love about going to a zoo, is that each visit is unique.  Here are what we feel were the Top 5 Experiences at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. #5 Rocky Mountain Wild… Moose, Mountain Lions, & Bears! Especially given the natural Colorado Rocky Mountain surroundings, I loved the Rocky … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Choose the Best Furnace Repair Company

The following article was written and contributed by one of this blog's partners. No matter how good your furnace is, there's bound to be the occasional issue. Parts break down and other problems arise, and that's when you need to have the right furnace repair company. There are plenty of repair companies available, but you want one that will provide high-quality results. The last thing you want is to hire spend time and money with one furnace repair company, only to have the job done incorrectly. Here are five tips on the qualities you should look for in your furnace repair company. #1 - Tools To repair your furnace properly, any repairman will need the right tools, which is why a good Denver furnace repair company will send its employees out with sizable toolsets. Ask if you can see the repairman's toolset. If they don't want to show you or they have only a small selection of tools, they likely won't be prepared for certain jobs. This means they'll either handle it … [Read more...]

2 Simple Plumbing Fixes That You Should Know About

The following was contributed by a blog partner. Plumbing and electricity are two areas where many people are not confident with doing the work themselves. This is understandable. While electrics can cause injury or even death, leaking pipes can rapidly ruin your home and cause a range of health issues. This is why it is important to have the number for an emergency plumber to hand; they can effectively save your home. You can learn more about your local plumber and the services they offer. It is worth learning these two simple fixes; they could be just what you need while waiting for your plumber to arrive: 1. The Running Toilet A running toilet is annoying; it can also be expensive as every bit of water will increase your water bill. It is actually very simple to deal with the running toilet. The cause is usually a stop valve or the floater switch. You can usually tell it is this by jiggling the handle on your cistern and the water will stop running. The water … [Read more...]