Colorado Road Trip with Travel Ready prAna

Eleven years in, and the thrill of living in the state of Colorado has not worn off for me.  One of my absolute favorite Colorado road trips is east / west over the Rocky Mountains.  If you haven't traveled this stretch of I-70, you need to add it to your bucket road trip list. Colorado Road Trip This is a frequent Colorado road trip route for my family, whenever we head to Denver for the weekend.  Love the scenery along Colorado's I-70, as it dodges and weaves along the Colorado River in many places. The views obviously change with the seasons, both varying and beautiful.  My husband probably thinks I'm crazy, taking pictures with my phone on the journey.  Every. Single. Time. Favorite rest area?  Grizzly Creek, just a few miles east of Glenwood Springs.  It offers hiking trails and an easy stroll down to take in the Colorado River.  Simply lovely, and an excellent place to take a short break and stretch your legs.  And take some more pictures.  Every.  Single. … [Read more...]

“Pulses” ~ 11 Foods That are Cheap, Delicious, & Good for You

Aside from checking my heart rate, talk of "Pulses" was completely new to me.  But once I had a quick lesson on this low fat, high-protein, affordable, good for the environment food... I was instantly a [renewed] fan! Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family, which grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Pulses Food List The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recognizes 11 types, check out this pulses food list: dry beans dry broad beans dry peas chickpeas cow peas pigeon peas lentils Bambara beans vetches lupins pulses nes ("not elsewhere specified") Ok, honestly I've only heard of about 5 of those.  How sad.   They are healthy, nutritious and easy to cook with.   They are a key ingredient in traditional cooking around the world and are used in soup, stew, falafel, hummus, curry, dal, tacos and more. Here are 4 reasons why you (and I) should care about pulses. 4 Reasons … [Read more...]

What To Bring On A Motorcycle Trip

With summer fast approaching, now is the time to hit the road and explore the world on the back of your bike. However, trekking across the country (or state) is a bit different than your average commute or weekend getaway, so you need to make sure that you’re prepared. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of discount motorcycle gear that you can buy before you head out so that you are ready for anything. Travel Gear When you’re out on the road for hours at a time and riding for thousands of miles, your clothes tend to get a little funky, and not in a good way. To avoid ruining your favorite gear, look for some cheap helmets and jackets that can keep you protected while not being so sentimental that you regret bringing them along. If you’ve ever ruined a jacket or helmet out on the road, you’ll know how much this can benefit you. Tool Kit Things happen while you’re out riding, so you have to be prepared for anything. Whether it’s fixing beat-up motorcycle parts or replacing something that … [Read more...]

Expert Thoughts on Dealing with Loss

The following article was contributed by Christensen & Hymas and Lorii Hubbard Counseling After losing someone you may be wondering how you are going to adjust to your altered life. It’s not easy but fortunately, there are others who have experienced what you might be feeling. Additionally, there are professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping people who are struggling with the loss of a loved one. Dealing with Loss We reached out to Lorii Hubbard, a grief counselor and asked her to share her most helpful thoughts on how someone can cope with death. This blog post contains some of her suggestions. Include Your Loved One in Your Everyday Life This can mean a lot of different things including talking about favorite memories with others, talking to a picture of your loved one about everyday things or writing a letter to them thanking them for the place they hold in your heart. Plan Meaningful Memorial Activities These can include planting flowers or trees in … [Read more...]

Professional Massage Relief at Home ~ MyoBuddy Massager Review

One gander at the almost comical expressions of relief people display when trying the MyoBuddy® Massager, and you'll be dying to give this a try.  At least that's the reaction my husband and I both had when we watched this.  Filmed at what appears to be a trade show booth, it's pretty convincing.   Though professional grade, this nifty handheld massager is a soothing and helpful tool you can own and use right in your own home.  It can assist in boosting workout recovery.  Or simply aid in relieving those painful knots from tension and stress that we so often hold in our shoulders and upper back. Between my husband and I, we work long hours at an office computer job, lift weights, work out, and train for marathons.  Here's our experience - an honest MyoBuddy® Massager Review. MyoBuddy® Massager Review ~ What You Receive When you order a MyoBuddy® Massager Pro, it arrives in a compact box.  This is not a flimsy, lightweight tool. It's nice quality, quite powerful, … [Read more...]

Colorado Summer Fun with FREE Elitch Garden Concerts 2017 + Season Pass Perks

The school year is winding down, and it’s time to start plugging in some “don’t miss” fun events into your Colorado summer fun calendar.  Check out this upcoming music roster and incorporate some of the Elitch Gardens Concerts for 2017, and consider the perks of being a season passholder. There is no additional charge to attend the music concerts, they are free with park admission.  Plus, Elitch Gardens offers an excellent season pass deal of only $69.99 (more on this below), which will have you covered for lots of summer excitement. Located in the heart of Denver, when my family visited Elitch Gardens for the first time we had a blast.   My kids were ages 4 and 10 at the time, and both had fun.  These were our favorite Elitch Gardens Experiences we consider must-dos. We’d love to return some time and check out the water park area.  And planning our visit during one of these Elitch Gardens Concerts for 2017 seems like an awesome idea we may have to try. Elitch Gardens … [Read more...]

Must-Have KÜHL® Women’s Pants and Jacket

At KÜHL®, their passion is to get outdoors and have fun. Representative of their cool logo and mantras such as “Mountain Grown” and "Born in the Mountains"... having an outdoor lifestyle is expected of each contributor at the KÜHL® company. The result is this brand offers innovative styles, exclusive fabrics, and thoughtful features you’re going to love. Swing through any outdoor retailer for a glimpse of KÜHL® styles, and you'll quickly see why they’re so popular. Their clothes are distinctive, technical, hip, and of high quality. So what are some classic, core pieces to consider when shopping for KÜHL®? I been trying out two of their best-selling women’s styles: Splash Roll Up Pant and Spyfire Jacket, and have some insight to share on the fabric, fit, and features. KÜHL® Splash Roll Up Pant With so many enticing options, it can be challenging to decide on which pair of Kuhl Womens Pants to try.  I’m a tall, curvy girl and I can highly recommend the KÜHL® Splash Roll … [Read more...]

Disney Wordless Wednesday ~ 4 Things I Always Take Pictures Of

Hooray for Disney Wordless Wednesday!  With only 27 sleeps left on my family's countdown to our next Disney World vacation, I enjoyed looking through photos for this week's theme.  Here are the four most common things I always take pictures of. # 1 - The Castle and Fireworks I don't want to talk about Wishes going away.  *sob* At least we'll get to see it one last time. #2 - Family Photo Entering Magic Kingdom A classic.  It's no small feat to pull this off, either... as my family's always vibrating with excitement to get inside Magic Kingdom and start our day of fun! #3 - Disney Food, Particularly Mickey Waffles A blogger's annoying habit.  "DON'T EAT THAT YET!!!"  :) #4 - My kids with Mickey I wish I had used some consistent pose/character/location for photos with my kids on our trips through the years, like I've seen some parents do.  Oh, well... shots like this still make me happy. It doesn't matter where we find Mickey, seeing him is always a highlight! … [Read more...]

5 Perfect Spring Day Ideas to Get Kids Outside

The biting cold starts to leave the air, and the feeling of warm sun on your face almost leaves you giddy.  If you live anywhere with distinct seasons, the arrival of Spring weather is an exciting change.  My family and I always feel inspired to open those windows… and even better, get outside and play! Winter sports may be winding to a close, but there is so much fun to be had in Spring.  You don't need expensive or technical gear in order to do so.  If you need some motivation or inspiration, here are 5 free ideas to get kids outside this Spring.  Plus, some information on the upcoming fun and exciting Kids to Parks™ Day! #5 - Color Scavenger Hunt There are so many fabulous ideas on Pinterest for kids nature hunts!  Here are two of my absolute favorites. Color Scavenger Hunt – I really love this one for its beauty and simplicity.  No time for printables?  Grab a piece of paper and markers to make a quick chart for your kids.  Then send them out to look for what nature has … [Read more...]

Goodbye Camper… Sold to an Ex-Con

About three years ago, we bought our first camper.  A 1979 Winnebago bumper pull, the only year Winnebago made a trailer style camper.  Built extremely stout.  After a little cosmetic TLC inside, it was a delightful starter camper.  We’ve made some awesome memories with it. Overall, it was just exciting and fun to own a camper… and we were grateful to have found such a cheap one.  But alas, it suffered two critical problems. Waaaay too heavy to be pulled by our Tahoe. The sleeping arrangements left much to be desired. Every time we pulled that sucker up to our local Grand Mesa, with an elevation of 10,800 feet, my husband would look at me and just shake his head.  “We’ve GOT to stop pulling this heavy camper with the Tahoe.” And every time he’d wake up cranky the next morning after a restless night spent trying to fit his 6 foot frame on one of the two restrictive sleeping spots, “I’m NOT going to sleep another night in that camper.” Osh no!  But I love … [Read more...]