Travel Packing Makeover by Travelon [Giveaway]

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]

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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...]

Aventura “Fall in Love With Fall” Giveaway

Aventura Valencia Sweater

Here in Western Colorado, where if you like mild weather but still enjoy the variety of seasons changing, you just can't complain this time of year.  It's absolutely beautiful outside, and we're still having sunny 80 degree days.  But enough already.  Because I'm ready for my favorite, most gorgeous season of the year ... and I'm dying to wear my new Fall Aventura Clothing! As an Aventura Ambassador, I've received a few pieces from their Fall/Winter line that have me quite excited for those temperatures to drop just a touch.  This season they're offering some great items to spruce up your wardrobe, and promise to get you excited about wearing sweaters and tights.  One of my favorite fabrics this season is their amazing thick, soft, stretch corduroy.  Just chose the style that suits you best, from the Whitney Skirt (shown below), Morgan Cords, or Morgan Jacket. I took a stab at Polyvore for the first time, and here's my pick of "The Perfect Colorado Aventura Outfit" for Fall!  I … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Colorado ActionPass™ ~ Hot Deals on Outdoor Fun for 2014

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The Colorado ActionPass™ is back for its second year and is better than ever, with additional participants this season and hot deals on outdoor fun throughout Colorado. This awesome program received much acclaim from outdoor enthusiasts last summer, and helped contribute to more affordable outdoor adventure and fun. As a result, for 2014 even more providers have ponied up to offer some great deals... and this time all offers are Buy One Get One Free!  Make Colorado your very own playground, and take advantage of this great money saver. Colorado ActionPass Offer ~ Where Do I Get It? This program is easy to use, free of charge (with gas purchase), and offers a great option for families to tap into additional play here in Colorado - for less money. Shell has your pass to summer fun.  All you have to do is buy a minimum of 8 gallons of fuel  at a participating Shell station, and  you will receive a Colorado ActionPass™ voucher good for a BUY 1 GET ONE FREE ACTIVITY at any one … [Read more...]

Colorado Aromatics Natural Skin Care [Giveaway, Ended 7/8]

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Start with all natural, plant-based ingredients grown on a farm in Colorado.  Add in well-studied, fact-based science and a desire to create skin care that  is particularly formulated for the outdoor lifestyle and repairing damage caused by the environment.  And you've got a wonderful natural skin care line of products from Colorado Aromatics. The "farm-to-skin" movement was new to me.  I love Colorado Aromatics' idea of tapping into traditional herbal remedies, and combining them with cosmetic science to achieve healthy, vibrant skin. In part, Dr. Cindy Jones, CEO and Founder of Colorado Aromatics focused on inflammation and oxidation of the skin cells - two key processes that accelerate the aging process.  To help combat these signs of aging and skin damage, especially for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, or live in high altitudes, Dr. Jones has designed a skin care line to utilize herbs which have multiple and complex antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. To … [Read more...]

Ecōths Eco-friendly Mens Clothing [Giveaway, Ended 6/12]

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"I've been hearing over the past 2-3 years people asking, 'Where's your mens version of Aventura?'", explains VP of Marketing and Sales Tom Williamson.  Well, as an Ambassador for Aventura Clothing, I got an early peek at Tom's exciting response to this request.  Welcome the newly launched, eco-friendly mens clothing brand:  Ecōths! This eco-friendly apparel line features clothing that is 100% natural, with a style that features a rugged, outdoor influence and urban vibe. A true cause related brand, Ecōths also gives 3+ meals for each garment they sell.  As of their launch in Spring ’14, they have already donated many thousands of meals  to food banks throughout the US in their sales reps territories.  It's something they are truly dedicated to, wanting it to become part of Ecōths brand signature, with full plans to continue this program in the future. As is true of Aventura pieces, they have really paid attention to the details on the new Ecōths clothing.   My husband has … [Read more...]

Plan Your Trip With The Unofficial Guide to Disney [Giveaway, Ended 6/5]

Hey, hey... cover photo by the talented Tom Bricker

A trip to Disney is kind of a big deal.  Planning it with the assistance of a great guide book, a smart idea.   Disney vacations are investments.  To maximize your fun and enjoyment, doing some research up front will more than pay off. Unofficial Guides to Disney can offer extremely valuable advice to help plan your trip.  They feature topics such as: Selecting your trip dates Learning about Disney economics, and Disney trip packages Receiving guidance on where to stay Deciding on character or theme dining you'd like to experience  (this is a big one at Disney World where you definitely need ADRs, "Advance Dining Reservations") Getting a feel for how best to spend your days, so you minimize time spent waiting in line Discovering which attractions appeal to you and your family most, and what you absolutely don't want to miss ... and much, much more.  Plus, how about just plain building anticipation for that trip?   :) The Unofficial Guide to Disney ~ … [Read more...]

Duluth Trading Company Dry On The Fly Pants [$50 Giveaway, Ended 4/15]

Duluth Trading Company Dry on the Fly convertible to capri

I've been receiving catalogs for awhile now from Duluth Trading Company, and I instantly loved two things about them:  They use real women as models.  And these real women wear Duluth Trading Company apparel while doing REAL work! We're talking about an impressive display of female dairy farmers, loggers, ranchers, and carpenters.  And it appears that the durable Duluth Trading Company clothing does a great job of keeping up with the rigors of their daily tasks.  Although I *wish* I were that tough and capable, alas my time is spent more in the categories of office work and outdoor recreation.  So as a better fit for my lifestyle, they sent me a pair of Duluth Trading Company Dry On the Fly pants to try out. Duluth Trading Company's DuluthFlex Dry On the Fly Convertible Pants Duluth Trading Company DuluthFlex Dry On the Fly Convertible Pants (whew!  That's quite a name!) come in 6 great color choices, and are made from a light yet mid-weight, wicking nylon/elastane fabric.  This … [Read more...]

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

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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...]