Clothe Your Hip, Outdoorsy Guy in Ecōths [Giveaway, Ended 6/26]

Ecoths Marlon Shirt

As an Aventura Ambassador, last year I was introduced to their new sister company brand for men: Ecōths.  This eco-friendly apparel line features natural fabrics, most of primarily {extremely soft!} organic cotton. Ecoths Clothing for Men The Ecōths style to me is a great combination of outdoorsy and stylish, yet casual, so guys who aren't crazy about dressing up still enjoy wearing it.  And they look really good when they do! My husband now has two button down Ecōths shirts.  Both are very soft, and look amazing on him.  He really likes wearing them, and they are his go-to shirts whenever we do something "special".  ;) Ecōths also participates in an important social initiative with their motto "Join the fight against hunger.  Be the change."  For each garment they sell, they donate 3 meals. In their first year of business 2014, they donated over 48,000 meals throughout the US to food banks in their sales reps territories. Ecōths offers tees, henleys, and polo shirts in … [Read more...]

All Natural ASPIRE Sports Drinks [Giveaway, Ended 6/5]

ASPIRE Natural Sports Drinks 5 flavors

Tired of giving your kids (or yourself) unhealthy drinks full of high fructose sugar?  So were the two hockey dads from Minnesota who created ASPIRE all natural sports drinks.   In an effort to improve the health and performance of athletes, they set out to innovate a better alternative. Other prevalent sports drinks often contain large amounts of sugar, salt, artificial dyes and flavors, preservatives, oils, and other unhealthy ingredients.  Oftentimes during strenuous activity, your body does need more than water.  ASPIRE offers a healthy alternative.  Their mission: “to create a natural sports drink that is better for your health, better for your performance, and better tasting.” All Natural ASPIRE Sports Drinks   With only 35 calories and 8g of sugar in a 12oz bottle, ASPIRE is sweetened with pure cane sugar, monk fruit and stevia leaf. My family tried out an assortment of all 5 available ASPIRE flavors, and the first thing I liked was the relatively smaller … [Read more...]

Jane Iredale Makeup & Denver’s AOB Med Spa [Giveaway, Ended 5/29]

AOB Med Spa line of Jane Iredale Makeup

The past few weeks I've had the pleasure of trying out a lovely brand that was previously new to me:  Jane Iredale makeup.  Available at Denver's AOB Med Spa or online, this is a natural, healthy makeup line designed not only to enhance your beauty but also nourish your skin. jane iredale is also called "The Skin Care Makeup", as founder Jane was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.   Using the jane iredale makeup line offers benefits such as: Won't block pores Virtually no allergy risk Broad-spectrum UVB and UVA protection – up to SPF 30 Anti-inflammatory, can calm and soothe irritated skin Complete coverage for skin conditions I don't wear a lot of makeup, and don't like spending a lot of time during my morning routine to get ready.  At a minimum, I do like my skin to feel and look good, smooth, and even-toned.  This gets to be more of a challenge with age, but I think jane iredale does a great job of … [Read more...]

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

Dragonwing Girlgear_cami_

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...]

SPF Protection for Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Image courtesy of Sura Nualpradid at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As we head into some glorious, longer, sunny days... the month of May is dedicated to Skin Cancer Awareness. It's the perfect time of year to give thought to this topic that is ever increasing in importance.  And it's the time to make sure your family is ready to have safe fun this summer - with SPF protection from sun hats, sunscreen, and SPF clothing. Did you know that more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined?  It's been described as a "lifestyle disease", affecting people of all ages.   One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. The good news is, because skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, it is also highly preventable.   SPF Clothing All clothing is not created equal, when it comes to sun protection.  It's the same concept as sun screen, which have varying SPF levels of protection. Well, the same holds true of that tee shirt you think is keeping harmful rays off of you while … [Read more...]

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

Haiku Bags Stride in Canyon

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...]

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

CLIF Kid ZFruit Basket Giveaway

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...]

World Vision Gift Ideas & Balinese Necklace [Giveaway, Ended 12/10]

World Vision Gift -Animals

If you aren't familiar with them, World Vision offers a fantastic concept in gift giving. Featuring more than 250 items which are available either online or from their print catalog, each purchase you make will help improve the quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Browsing their catalog is heart warming, full of beaming, smiling faces hoping for a chance to go to school, have clean water become available nearby, or to welcome a new goat to the family! Yes, those are real things you can purchase through World Vision, and donate to a family or child in need. Here's a cool example. For $35, you can donate 5 ducks to a hungry family in the Phillipines! They'll benefit from hundreds of large, protein-rich eggs all year long. Extra duck eggs and hatched ducklings can be sold to buy medicine or help send a child to school. A duck also offers valuable down-feathers, famous for their thermal insulation and padding — great for use … [Read more...]

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

Travelon Packing Campaign Makeover Prize Package

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...]

Healthy Skin Lifestyle With Skin Authority [Giveaway, Ended 10/15]

Skin Authority line

Between being conscious of my aging, and my history of having facial skin cancer, I take skin care and protection fairly seriously.  I'm a firm believer that having a good skin care regimen definitely pays off in a "more-youthful-than-your-real-age" appearance (who doesn't want that?!)  And please tell me that by now you are all using sun protection on your face!  So, so important and easy to do. Had I ever had a personal skin coach before?  No, no I had not.  Enter the healthy skin lifestyle offered by Skin Authority - which includes your own personal skin coaching session for free.  This complimentary skin consultation can help determine which products would work best for you to address your skin concerns.  They can even incorporate some of your existing skin care products into your routine, if that is your preference. Skin Authority is a skin care line commonly chosen by beauty experts, celebrities, and the media which has a track record for visible skin care performance and … [Read more...]