TomTom® Adventurer is the Ultimate GPS Outdoor Watch

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TomTom®.  The opinions and texts are all mine. For those of you who've considered a fitness watch, GPS watch, or any other type of sports tracker, or maybe you're just ready to upgrade your watch tech, and would love to see a product that offers more than ever before, you're going to be very excited to see the new TomTom® Adventurer GPS Outdoor Watch. Just released this fall, the TomTom® Adventurer packs a powerful punch of functionality and convenience.  Plus, it's perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. TomTom® Adventurer as a Fitness Watch I've personally never worn a step tracker or fitness watch of any kind.  But I've always been curious if it would motivate me to be more active in my daily life.  Since I work in an office full time, I spend way too many sedentary hours at the computer, and have become lax about taking some ergonomic breaks and taking a walk. Wearing the TomTom® Adventurer the past two weeks has … [Read more...]

High Sierra Introduces Great Outdoor Apparel

High Sierra has been making outdoor gear and backpacks for some time now, and has built a reputation of quality at a value.  This Spring they've branched out, and they are now offering some great outdoor clothing.  This is an exciting development, as these thoughtfully designed pieces are being sold at reasonable price points.  And from what I've seen, they aren't skimping on quality in the process. The Spring line from High Sierra introduced some awesome new pieces, a couple of which my daughter and I have been trying out these past few weeks.  The items we sampled were made from fantastic fabric, with solid construction and a well designed fit. High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover The  High Sierra Women's Lizze Pullover is to die for.  The fit is spot on, and true to size.  The Lizze envelopes you in a sleek, smooth exterior.  Inside it cuddles you with a fuzzy, cozy interior.  Made from space-dyed stretch fleece, this thick soft fabric is very warm yet it breathes and dries … [Read more...]

Lazer Sport Bike Helmets ~ Kids “Skoot” & Womens “Kiss”

Lazer Sport has been in the business of making bike helmets for 90 years, and describes itself as "the most experienced helmet manufacturer in the world".  Their objective is to to find synergy between design, comfort and technology.  Although they also make eyewear and snow helmets, I was interested in trying out some of their kids bike helmets. I think most parents would agree that it's a good idea to have your kids wear bike helmets when riding.  Keys to the success of pulling this off include finding them a properly fitting helmet that's comfortable... and setting a good example by wearing one yourself! My two kids currently fall in the toddler and gradeschool age ranges.  One of the really cool things about Lazer's kid helmets is their unisize feature.  More on this below, but in essence it means both of my kids are now wearing the Lazer Skoot helmet, which will provide them with protection for years to come.  And I also tested out a similar style, but for women - the Laser … [Read more...]

Native Eyewear “Kodiak” Sunglasses

Native Eyewear offers a nice selection of sunglasses and goggles for your outdoor adventure needs. Featuring a lifetime warranty, and use of impressive technology, they are definitely worth taking a look at when shopping for a quality pair of sunglasses. New in 2013 is the style "Kodiak", which I recently tried out. Native Eyewear Technology I recently read an outdoor blogger's article about her experience attempting to climb a Colorado 14er, still sporting snow cover, on a sunny day... in cheap, gas station sunglasses.  She burned her corneas, and learned a very painful lesson.  Turns out 'cheap' sunglasses can actually do more harm, than good. It really does pay to protect your eyes with quality lenses, and even more so if your adventures will be taking you to higher altitudes. You also want your glasses to stay put, not fog up, and be comfortable for active use.   Here are some of the nice technology features that Native Eyewear includes (with descriptions taken from their … [Read more...]

Outdoor Research Women’s Offline Skort & Tank

New for 2013, Outdoor Research has introduced the Offline Collection, offering performance for a variety of outdoor and indoor activities.   These pieces are intended to be figure-flattering, with "contemporary design lines that ensure easy transition to post-workout relaxation".  I've recently been testing out the Outdoor Research Women's Offline Skort and Tank. Here's what I thought of how they fit and performed. Outdoor Research Women's Offline Skort The Outdoor Research Offline Collection is made of a durable nylon-spandex fabric, that offers comfortable stretch and moisture management.  I found that although this fabric does retain some light wrinkles after being folded, it does NOT stretch out in the slightest when worn - which is impressive, and a great feature. I've been a slow adopter of the "sports skort" craze.  They are currently a hot ticket item, and every active wear brand seems to offer at least one skort style.  At first, I just didn't get it.   I don't … [Read more...]

Ausangate Socks Deliver Alpaca Fiber Benefits [Giveaway, Ended 1/14]

Ausangate Socks offers a variety of high quality, multi purpose sock styles made from Alpacor® Yarn - an awesome blend that includes soft alpaca fiber. Tapping into the natural benefits of Alpaca fiber, known to be lightweight and very soft, Alpacor® Yarn was created utilizing a process which blends this unique fiber with other natural and synthetic fibers in order to generate pretty much the perfect sock. Ausangate Socks - Alpacor® Yarn Benefits Ideal for the outdoor activity enthusiast, Ausangate Socks have a number of benefits.  After wearing them now for a few weeks, I can personally vouche for the truthfulness of the following. Ausangate Socks are: Naturally anti-microbial Breathe well (combined w/the anti-microbial, this helps prevent odor) Moisture wicking - ideal for keeping your feet warm and dry during winter sports. Machine wash and dry-able (unlike other alpaca fiber only socks) Retain their suppleness, sizing, and elasticity well Hollow core of the … [Read more...]

eGifter ~ Columbia Sportswear Special Offer

I've recently discovered eGifter - a "social network gifting" site, which ties in closely with Facebook and offers some fun options for easily sending your friends a gift online.  It reminds me a little of Groupon, but it also can wrap your gift purchase selection up with a customized message to your friend, and then deliver it right to their email address. Some gifts are free, some are gift cards you can purchase from well known retailers - with a side perk thrown in for yourself.  Now that I've tried it out, I can tell you that it all works quite slick. eGifter Social Gifting Site ~ How It Works You'll need a Facebook account and email address to login and purchase on eGifter, as that's how it keeps track of your account.  Once you've purchased something, they'll add it to your "wallet" (which I thought was cute).  After you go to your wallet and "claim" your gift - you'll then receive an email with whatever details you need, such as gift card numbers or coupon codes. You … [Read more...]

Stonewear Designs Olympia Top – My Soft, Reliable Friend

We weren’t always enamored with each other, right from the start.  But now our relationship has grown, our mutual respect and affection deepened and even flourished over time. For whatever reason, when I first tried on my Stonewear Designs Olympia Top it wasn’t what I was expecting.  On me, the top half is fitted (and I’m not overly busty) but the bottom half spread out loosely, almost in a bell shape.  As my other Stonewear fitness tops were … well, more “fitted”, at the bottom – I didn’t know quite what to make of this. And then came the episode of my Olympia Mishap, which I will relate in hope that you can learn from my lapse in judgement.  Thinking I could shrink the lower half into being slightly more fitted, I disregarded the laundry instructions (which call for line drying) and put mine in the dryer. The unfortunate result was that it shrunk in length.  Oops.  Now I’m a tall girl, with a long torso.  So this meant that back slit (which is such a cute design) now hits … [Read more...]

Thinksport & Thinkbaby Healthy Sport Bottles [Giveaway, Ended 9/5]

Be it heading out to play, going on a trip, or just running errands – we tote water with us everywhere we go. And then came the BPA scare.  Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical suspected to disrupt the endocrine system, which was being used for many plastic baby and water bottles. For the first time, we realized we should be cautious about the containers we use to store liquids for our family. Thinksport & Thinkbaby ~ Their Safe Consumer Products Mission Thinksport & thinkbaby employs a team of physicians and scientists to develop safe materials to use for consumers.  They design products to meet three criteria:  Safe – They insist on using safe materials Functional – With plenty of single-walled sports bottles on the market, they strive to improve functionality. Their dual-walled stainless steel offers many additional benefits (hot fill, cold fill, maintains temps for hours, no exterior dripping condensation) Sustainable – Their products must have an extremely … [Read more...]

Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard ~ Protect Yourself & Little Ones on Outdoor Adventures

Don’t you just hate mosquitoes?  I mean, I hate being bit myself plenty.  But I really, really hate when they bite my poor kids!   Babies and toddlers seem to have particularly ugly reactions to bug bites.  But we often feel even more cautious about putting strong chemical bug repellants on their sensitive skin. DEET can be effective, but is strong, nasty stuff that I personally don’t like my toddler and gradeschooler-prone-to-eczema to use.  A quandary, indeed. As a child, we occasionally used Avon's Skin-So-Soft for bug repellant.  Avon has taken this to a whole new level with their Skin So Soft Bug Guard line of products, with the motto, "Tough on bugs - not on you".  I was excited to try them out on my young family.  Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard ~ Line of Products All of Avon's Bug Guard products are DEET-free.  Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents are suitable for the entire family.  Avon’s insect repellents have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and contain … [Read more...]