Must-See New Haiku Bag Designs for Fall

Coming to you from the hip Northwestern US, Haiku Bags are a must have for any outdoor adventuring gal.  I love their use of durable recycled materials, fun decorative details, and meticulous attention to bag design.  Once you’ve used an organized, adorable Haiku Bag… you’ll never go back! Here are some of my absolute favorites, two of which are completely new styles this Fall: The Haiku Renaissance (Mama!) New for Fall 2016, what an incredible multi-use bag this is!  Have you ever thought to yourself, “I just need a nice sized, catch-all bag with lots of organization, that I can use for anything my day brings”?  Then you’ll be thrilled to discover the Haiku Renaissance Mama. This hobo shaped, generous sized bag could be used for: Work tote - there’s a padded laptop sleeve Workout bag - tuckaway strap holds yoga mat or jacket Diaper bag - "Mama" diaper changing kit available Plus each end has an external drink holder pocket (Woo hoo!  Nicely done, … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Bag for Your Disney Trip

We have accumulated quite a selection of luggage around our house.  Larger checked bag size, carry-on size, "tween" size, and little tykes size.  We've got your soft sides, and your hard sides.  There are pros and cons to each, of course.  But when your big family vacation each year typically means heading to Disney World, it's hard to beat the fun and excitement of using the ultimate bag for your Disney trip:  hardside spinner bags from the American Tourister Disney Collection. American Tourister Disney Collection The first thing I loved about the American Tourister Disney Collection is the classic Minnie and Mickey designs.  Perhaps you're a discreet Disney fan?  One who loves the idea of having a bag with distinct markings, that you can easily identify and grab off of the airport baggage claim belt.  Subtlely celebrating your #DisneySide, without drawing too much attention to yourself. If that's how you roll, I think this is the perfect American Tourister Disney bag for … [Read more...]

Katina Bags Has a Lifestyle Carry Solution For You [Giveaway, Ended 4/5]

Bags are a serious weakness of mine.  A bit of an organization freak, I never tire of exploring various options to carry along everything I need for the day.  Katina Bags had me hooked as soon as I took a look at their lovely website.  Their inspirational approach combines a beautiful tote bag, with coordinating organizational bags.  Katina Bags offers on the go organization, to help you "keep your life together without sacrificing style".  Sound too good to be true?  Read on, and decide for yourself... For the past few weeks, I've been using this gorgeous Katina Bags Lifestyle Carry Solution.  I'm excited to tell you about these, since it's a mom-idea, mom-owned company out of Colorado.  They are high quality and hand crafted, made with careful thought put into this smart design. Katina Bags Lifestyle Carry Solutions You can purchase from Katina Bags the individual tote bags, and various sizes of organizer components.  But to fully experience all the great benefits, you … [Read more...]

Fall Haiku Bags & Discount Code!

Haiku Bags are totally up this outdoorsy chic girl's alley. I love the practical styles, trendy nature-inspired designs, well thought out details, and eco-friendly materials used in construction.  They offer an awesome range of shapes and sizes. I've been privileged to review a few of their styles, and have personally purchased even more.  These great bags fit in perfectly with my lifestyle! I own (and adore) everything from a small sized wallet/clutch that I bring to work in my backpack every  day, to a giant catch-all tote that I use for camping and on most of our outdoor family adventure days. The Fall Haiku Bags are now available, and feature some gorgeous fresh colors.  Each season they offer a new print fabric, and the bluish gray and berry hued "River Floral" print for this Fall is lovely.  Here are some of my favorite Haiku Bags this season. Be sure to grab the great discount code at the end of the post! Haiku Bags ~ To Go Convertible Bag I'd seen previous … [Read more...]

Haiku Bags Spring 2015 Line ~ the Stride [Giveaway, Ended 4/2]

The Spring 2015 line from Haiku Bags is now available, with some great new designs being offered, and new fun colors!  If you aren't familiar with this brand, Haiku uses recycled material fabric to make cute bags with lots of convenient and well-designed features.  They find poetic inspiration for their designs from the beauty of natural landscapes, made to support your active life. Haiku Bags are durable, and their signature style is a combination of using high-performing fabrics, well-placed straps and pockets, detailed embroidery, and bold, energetic color.  New for Spring 2015 is the Haiku Bags Stride, which I've been using for a few weeks now.  Here's a little about it's features, and why you'll love this great little bag. Haiku Bags Stride The Haiku Bags Stride is an exciting addition to the Haiku lineup.  For all those times when you need a wallet... but also a few more vital items along, too!  Although the Stride's got a sleek profile, it has a pleasantly surprising … [Read more...]

Travel Packing Makeover by Travelon [Giveaway, Ended 10/27]

Being a savvy, hassle-free traveler these days means being organized, and traveling light. The bad news is, that can be very challenging. The good news is, there are many great travel organization products out there that can help a great deal - including those offered by Travelon. This month I've teamed up with Travelon to identify some of their best selling travel accessories, toiletry bags, and organizers to help give you a travel packing makeover, so you can start packing smarter. Travelon Travel Accessories, Toiletry Bags, and Organizers Let's start with your accessories.  Have a tendency to pack way too much jewelry?  Or have a hard time finding those small pieces in your suitcase?  Try out the compact, organized solution offered by this cute Folding Jewelry Organizer.  It has plenty of zippered compartments, clear vinyl to see contents, a snap down ring strap, and even a place to hook your earrings.   (Which I thought was kind of silly at first, but I tried it on my last … [Read more...]

Travelon Anti-Theft React Tote [Giveaway, Ended 9/3]

Nothing beats a great tote bag.  Never leave home without one, that's my motto! Totes can be a busy woman's best friend - providing a roomy, hands free catch all for all that "stuff" you end up grabbing before you go.  I've been using the gorgeous and versatile Travelon Anti-Theft React Tote for the past few weeks now, and would love to tell you a little about this great bag. First, a word about Travelon's fantastic  line of anti-theft bags, since the React Tote falls under this family and as such offers some awesome features you won't get with your average tote bag. Travelon Anti-Theft Bags I've tested a Travelon anti-theft bag as a safe travel bag in the past, and am very impressed with the well thought out features they include. While each style varies slightly, these core anti-theft concepts are incorporated into most of their designs: slash-proof construction cut-proof straps (many can attach to the chair you're sitting in) locking compartments organizer … [Read more...]

The Classic Kelty Women’s Redwing 40

Now that my young son is hiking on his own two feet, it was time for me to scout out a new women's backpack.  The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 is a much loved, classic pack - and with good reason. Kelty has made varying sizes of the basic Redwing for years now.  There are Redwing styles for both men and women, with or without an internal frame, ranging in size from smaller day packs to full backpacking capacity. I've been trying the internal frame Kelty Women's Redwing 40 for a few weeks now, and love it both as a backpack and as an ideal and handy travel bag.  Let me tell you a little about some of the great features I enjoy on this pack. Kelty Women's Redwing 40 Review The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 features shoulder straps and a hip belt contoured especially for women.  It comes in both black and two other attractive color options (personally, I love the Indigo), and weighs in at 2 lbs 14 oz.  This pack has a fabulous capacity, and even when full the excellent suspension … [Read more...]

Gear Review: Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack

Versatile, extremely lightweight, and the recent recipient of a Backpacker Magazine's award (actually bestowed upon the men's version,  the Osprey Talon) - the Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack is one to love. Now that I'm no longer toting my son in a backpack child carrier on the trails, I decided it was time to try out a new backpack for myself. I'd seen many Osprey packs on the Colorado trails before.  So after my husband showed me the Osprey featured in his magazine, I decided I'd love to try one out.   Osprey Tempest ~ Features This is a fantastic, extremely comfortable pack.  It comes in various sizes, but this review is of the Osprey Tempest 20.  It's described as a multi-use pack that can be used for either backpacking or hiking.  I've found it to have the perfect capacity for my day hike needs, along with some awesome features. At a glance, here are a few of my favorite Osprey Women's Backpack features: Extremely lightweight and comfortable … [Read more...]

Haiku Bucket Bag ~ Outdoorsy Meets Chic

If you are new to Haiku bags, you are in for a treat.  This is one of those discoveries which will quickly work its way into your heart.  Outdoorsy truly meets chic in the Haiku Bucket Bag. Since the onset of motherhood, and as part of our fairly active Colorado lifestyle, I bring quite a few practical items along with me when I leave home.  Ok, sometimes I use a backpack. So I'm just not a small, shiny, "Glam" purse kinda gal (those never look right with my trail shoes?)  Haiku bags have caught my eye on more than one occasion, offering a fantastic option which combines practical with exceptionally artsy and chic. But don't be fooled by me describing them as "outdoorsy", or a great travel bag (which they also are).  Haiku bags are not plain utilitarian styles, made of boring backpack-type fabric.  You'll instantly notice their winning combination of interesting and practical designs, along with fun patterns and colors which make them stand out from the crowd. I was very … [Read more...]