Athletic Gear for Tweens by Dragonwing Girlgear [Giveaway, Ended 5/15]

With my daughter being more active this year than ever before, how exciting to find some athletic gear made just for tween girls by Dragonwing Girlgear!  She helped wear the goods, and perform this review... so here's what we found after having my 10 year old girl wear this active wear for a month of running and gymnastics.  Dragonwing Girlgear This great company was founded by a soccer mom, who (in her own words): "...wanted girls everywhere to be empowered to play sports with determination and joy—free from distraction and constraint." They feature a basic, high quality line of solid pieces tween girls can use for multiple purposes.   The lineup includes tees, tanks, sports bra, shorts, and full or capri length leggings. My daughter has been enrolled in "Girls On The Run" this Spring, and we recently just ran our first 5k together!  She wore her Dragonwing capris, and they worked really well for running.   These are Dragonwing Girlgear Chill Weight Capri … [Read more...]

Win a Basket of CLIF Kid Nutritional Snacks [Giveaway, Ended 3/20]

CLIF Kid wants to help you hop, skip, and jump into Spring!  My family is a fan of the ease, flavor and healthy content of CLIF Kid nutritional snacks. Both Zbar and Zbar Protein offer kids chocolaty, organic whole grain goodness.  Zfruit is 100% real fruit twisted into a fun rope shape—the perfect tangy and chewy alternative to jelly beans.  And Zfruit & Veggie has organic ingredients, which includes sneaky fiber and vegetables kids will never even have to know about! CLIF Kid Nutritional Snacks Here's a look at some of the CLIF Kid Nutritional Snacks for Spring: CLIF Kid Zbar Protein Chocolate Chip Ideal for lunchboxes, after-school or post-practice snacks, Zbar Protein contributes to kids’ daily intake of protein (5g), which is important for growth. And, made with organic whole grains, Zbar Protein offers necessary nutrients that are essential for growing kids but are often lacking in their diets – it is an excellent source of calcium and a good source of fiber, … [Read more...]

This Bar Saves Lives

Eat a bar. Feed a child. Severe acute malnutrition leads to 2.6 million deaths per year - that's one child every 12 seconds.   To try and help fight this sad crisis, This Bar Saves Lives is stepping up with an "eat a bar, save a life" strategy, that you can easily be a part of. This Bar Saves Lives was recently launched in Sprouts across the country. This healthy snack comes as a choice of 3 delicious, non-GMO snack bars packed with superfoods. Sprouts has brought them to stores to increase awareness of their buy-one, give-one movement.  For each bar you purchase, one life-saving packet of Plumpy'Nut®—a nutrient-rich paste—is donated to a malnourished child across the world. I haven't tried these yet (just learned about them myself), but I look forward to purchasing them at Sprouts for my own family.  We are outdoorsy and on the go a lot, and eat plenty of energy bars because they are typically such easy and healthy nutrition.  I think this is a great concept, and would … [Read more...]

Lug Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag [Giveaway, Ended 3/7]

Anyone who appreciates well designed, quality travel gear (and a cheery rainbow of colors!) will appreciate Lug, one of my favorite travel accessory and bag brands. Not only do they make fantastically organized, well thought out and extremely useful products for your travel adventures... they clearly use them themselves.  Because they're always spot on.  Take the Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag, for instance. I recently went on a quest to replace my bulky, disorganized gym bag.  I'm so done with the ugly mammoth duffel.  So I started Googling "women's gym bag" to see what alternatives were out there.  When my search turned up Lug's Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag, I knew I'd hit pay dirt. What?  What??  Lug makes a gym bag?  Booo-yaaah! I've reviewed some Lug travel items before and was highly impressed.  (In fact, I still use and enjoy both of those pieces.)    Here's how my experience using the Lug Cartwheel Bag at the gym has gone, over the past few weeks.  I think you're … [Read more...]

Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag

Frustrated with my cumbersome, bulky gym duffel bag... I went on a quest to replace it with something more helpful, cute, and appropriate.  Take a look at the Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag I've been trying out for the past few weeks.  I love it's size and features, and think you will, too. Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag ~ Price & Features. Well designed for the specific purpose of toting a woman's things to and from the gym, I was excited to see the size and check out the utility factor of the Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag. First, the reasonable price.  I've shopped around online a fair bit for gym bags lately.  At $60, I feel Gaiam's "Everything Fits Gym Bag" is a comparatively well-priced gym bag option. Here's what Gaiam has to say about this bag: "This eco-chic bag keeps you organized. Its roomy interior features a zippered pocket, an elastic pocket, and a key tether. A vented outside compartment can hold shoes, wet clothes or towel. It also includes an easy-reach … [Read more...]

Stay Grounded with Earthing Shoes from Juil

Do you find the experience of walking barefoot in the sand or grass peaceful and calming?   Juil, the Wisconsin based makers of high quality shoes, have spring-boarded their entire product line off of this concept.  They offer a line of "earthing" inspired footwear, said to allow your feet to tap into and absorb Earth’s energy from the ground.  Before you scoff at this notion, consider the science behind it. Grounded with Earthing Shoes ~ The Science Behind It Walking barefoot is obviously not always possible, fashionable, or appropriate.  Juil shoes incorporate use of copper conductors located through the toes and heel of the shoes, also called “Exclusive Energy Flow Technology” connectors.  The thought behind this design is that these dots act as a conduit, connecting you to the Earth. Here's how Juil describes how their footwear works: “Our sandals make you feel better. They cleanse your body of stress and toxins, letting you live a healthier, balanced life. They’re not … [Read more...]

Nike Free 5.0 iD ~ Kids Use Own Designs to #FreeYourMoves

Have you heard about Nike's current #FreeYourMoves campaign, inspiring kids to be active? Initiated last summer with the thought of promoting lots of healthy active play during summer break, it's something worth striving for year round. And with Nike Free 5.0 iD, kids can literally design their own athletic shoes to help them #FreeYourMoves. After wearing a pair of Nike Free 5.0 iDs for a few days, I knew my 8 year old daughter found them really comfortable.  But I asked her if they felt any different from "regular" tennis shoes?  Here is her reply: "Yes!  They are so comfy, and it almost feels like you are barefoot.  But not really.  I can run alot faster, because I can 'feel' when I'm wearing other tennis shoes... but I can't really feel these on my feet when I'm playing." More on this awesome, flexible design below.  But first let's get to the most fun aspect of Nike Free iD 5.0 - your kids get to design their very own pair online. Nike Free 5.0 iD ~ Design Your Own … [Read more...]

Variety of Energy Snack Choices from Clif Bar

Most on-the-go families are fans of the energy bar.  Whether it's fuel for our hike, or just fuel for my kids while running errands, we typically have an assortment of energy bars stocked in both the vehicles and mom's purse, at all times.  And Clif Bars are a definite favorite at our house. Clif Bar recently sent me an assortment of flavors and types to try.  First let me say the standard Clif Bar is a hiking and pre-workout staple for me, and are always found in my backpack and gym bag.   They come in fantastic flavor  options, deliver great energy, and I love the square-ish size and chewy texture.  Most people are familiar with these, and beyond this lil' shout out, I'm not going to feature them in this particular post. Our Clif Bar samples included a surprising and delightful variety, so allow me to tell you about the 3 Best in Class (in my opinion) here... Clif Kid Z-Bar I started with this one, because it's already an established staple for us, and we purchase them … [Read more...]

Join Me As a Stonewear Designs Ambassador!

Throughout the past year, you have likely heard me talk about the Colorado based women's active wear company, Stonewear Designs.  Or maybe you've seen me posting pictures of myself wearing some of their pieces from the 2012-13 line. It's been a wonderful experience serving as a Stonewear Designs Ambassador,  and I'm excited to pass along to you that the search is now underway for another group of active women to join the ranks and become Ambassador for the 2013-14 season! What Does Being an Ambassador Involve? From their website:  "As a Stonewear Designs Ambassador you will promote Stonewear Designs through social media posts, blog updates, and personal product reviews.  As well, you will support them at your local events and provide them with videos and pictures showing your busy active lifestyle while wearing Stonewear Designs. In return for your support, they will promote you as a sponsored ambassador and provide you with $1,500 in athletic wear for all your upcoming … [Read more...]

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen ~ What You Should Know About Your Sunscreen

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is a Colorado manufacturer of broad spectrum sunscreen, lip balm, and bulk sunscreen.  They focus on skin cancer prevention, and believe that early protection and prevention is the key.  Since I've been down the not-so-fun skin cancer path before, I wholeheartedly agree with this approach. And I'm always interested in finding new quality sunscreen options to protect myself and my family.  Especially this time of year, when it becomes more crucial because we all head outside to play! The Rocky Mountain Sunscreen mission?   "...to provide the highest quality sun protection products available, in easy-to-use, convenient packaging. Through education and marketing, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen is advancing skin protection for the purpose of helping people maintain healthy skin throughout their life." What You Should Know About Your Sunscreen Did you know there are 3 different types of sunscreen formulas: Wax-Based (most sunscreens), Film-Based, and Bonding-Based … [Read more...]