Stock Your Gym Bag With THIS… it Helps!

The following is a sponsored conversation, in partnership with Mom It Forward and Body Armor.  All opinions are my own. Aaahhh… dragging yourself out in the winter cold temps to head to the gym. Anyone else struggle with this? My fitness focus has shifted in recent years, so that it's not so much worrying about weight.  At this point in my life, I workout for my overall health.  It’s a solid investment in yourself! I know this in my head.  But that doesn’t always translate to getting my lazy butt in gear. That being the case, I’m always looking for help an motivation to go get that exercise in!  Am I right, girlfriend?  One thing that I have found really helpful is having a cute gym bag I love... all packed and ready to go. Discover you forgot something you "need"?  Deal breaker. Too groggy to even pack your gear for that early morning workout?  Deal breaker. So take 5 minutes and pack that gym bag, so it’s ready to go! Pack Your Gym Bag Essentials Here’s … [Read more...]

Pure Integrity Candles Add Cozy to Your Home [Giveaway, Ended 11/8]

It’s that time of year, when there’s a chill in the air. We get out our sweaters and boots.  Start spending a bit more time inside our cozy homes.  And hot cocoa, throw blanket, movie watching lounging begins!  Plus, I’ve recently re-discovered my love of burning a great candle. Candles add such a cozy ambiance to your home.  They add to your décor, but also serve an enjoyable purpose.  And when specialty Fall scents become available – like Pumpkin Spice and Apple – all the better!  Allow me to introduce you to some pretty fabulous, natural soy candles I’ve been using:  Pure Integrity Candles. Pure Integrity Candles ~ Review Pure Integrity Candles is a family-owned and operated business.  They were developed by parents who wanted to create a toxic-free candle that burned clean. Pure Integrity candles are 100% made in the USA using cotton wicks, natural soy wax and healthy fragrances.   The are not only clean-burning, but are highly scented candles.  But not overpoweringly … [Read more...]

Print Vacation Memories on a Gorgeous Photo Canvas [Giveaway, Ended 7/20]

I have a newly budding passion.  After returning from our recent Florida vacation, I had some wonderful photos I wanted to display in my home.  I have tried this once before (and loved it), so I knew I wanted to order a nice, large print on canvas.  It turned out AMAZING! If you haven’t tried this, I encourage you to do so.  You can select any photo file to have printed on a canvas, then wrapped around a wood frame.  Canvas Factory has great prices, and produces the nicest quality canvas prints I’ve seen. This option is more unique, and honestly less expensive, than ordering a large photo print and purchasing a traditional photo frame to house it. Canvas Factory - Ordering Experience The Canvas Factory site is easy to use.  They have some awesome, artistic ideas and layouts for you to chose from.  I’d love to try the split canvas print (one photo, spread across 3 panels) or canvas wall display (multiple photo panels to display together). After uploading your photo, you can … [Read more...]

You’ll Love the Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket [+ Giveaway, Ended 6/28]

Ecuadane came about as the result of three well-traveled sisters deciding to share some of their favorite products they’ve discovered from across the globe.  The name Ecuadane was formed by combining the names of two countries: Ecuador and Denmark – home countries of their parents. Their flagship product is the Everywhere Blanket. It’s versatile, high quality, an down right gorgeous.  I love finding places to obtain such unique items online. Hand Woven in Ecuador One look at the gorgeous designs available on the Ecuadane site, and I was hooked.  I’ll warn you, it was *not* easy to choose just one!  So many lovely designs and vibrant colors in these Inca inspired patterns. The Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket is made in Ecuador, woven by Otavaleños from a blend of alpaca and synthetic materials.  The tag says “wool”, which represents the alpaca fiber content. It’s soft and a little bit furry.  Maintenance instructions explain that brushing it occasionally will keep an … [Read more...]

5 Perfect Spring Day Ideas to Get Kids Outside

The biting cold starts to leave the air, and the feeling of warm sun on your face almost leaves you giddy.  If you live anywhere with distinct seasons, the arrival of Spring weather is an exciting change.  My family and I always feel inspired to open those windows… and even better, get outside and play! Winter sports may be winding to a close, but there is so much fun to be had in Spring.  You don't need expensive or technical gear in order to do so.  If you need some motivation or inspiration, here are 5 free ideas to get kids outside this Spring.  Plus, some information on the upcoming fun and exciting Kids to Parks™ Day! #5 - Color Scavenger Hunt There are so many fabulous ideas on Pinterest for kids nature hunts!  Here are two of my absolute favorites. Color Scavenger Hunt – I really love this one for its beauty and simplicity.  No time for printables?  Grab a piece of paper and markers to make a quick chart for your kids.  Then send them out to look for what nature has … [Read more...]

Have You Dreamt of Enchanting Iceland? [Trip Giveaway]

Iceland... enchanting land of wild ponies, steaming outdoor thermal pools, and stunning views of Aurora Borealis.  This destination has gained notoriety in recent years as a fabulous travel destination.  Being a nature and outdoors lover, Iceland is squarely on my Bucket List. So when my friends over at Outdoor Families Magazine recently announced this awesome giveaway, I wanted to be sure my readers knew about it.  In celebration of their 3rd year anniversary, Outdoor Families Magazines has worked with Travel East to offer this exciting Iceland trip giveaway! Family Adventure Iceland Trip Giveaway You can enter HERE for a chance to win the Enchanting Iceland Land and Sea Family Adventure Vacation Giveaway.  This opportunity is for you and your family to explore all the great unknown treasures the "land of fire and ice" has to offer! The Grand Prize Winner will receive the following: 3-night Stay for 3 at Hotel Bláfell in Breiðdaslvík Kistufell – 3-4 hour Super Jeep … [Read more...]

Sqord Helps Families Play Together, Win Together [Giveaway, Ended 11/25]

I’m excited to introduce you to Sqord, a family fitness platform that makes healthy, active play more fun for kids by allowing them to compete and earn points for everyday activities.   Sqord wrist bands are an accelerometer worn to record your activity level, and provide a visual reminder to encourage movement. One part social community, one part fitness tracker, one part game.  The brand’s first product:  the Sqord Pod and Game App that encourages kids to get out and play with others - building camaraderie and friendship through exercise-related activities. How does it work?  The Sqord Activity Pod tracks movement in the real world and converts it into Sqord Activity Points that kids can use in the Sqord App. Available for Android and Apple, the Sqord game app enables players to wirelessly sync and upload their points, and increases engagement and interest from kids by adding an element of friendly competition. The more Sqord Activity Points they earn, the more and … [Read more...]

Ecōths Mens Clothing Offers Urban Rugged Styles

One of the perks for my husband, of being married to an Aventura Clothing Ambassador, is getting to try out some pieces from their mens line:  Ecōths.  This eco-friendly apparel features comfortable styles and natural fabrics like organic cotton. I love Ecōths for the look... dubbed "urban rugged" on their website, this is a mens clothing brand that will have your outdoor guy looking his best.  And the best part is, he will want to wear the Ecōths mens clothing you selected for him, because it's so comfortable. Crafted with special design details and an earthy color palette, this small but quality line is sure to have a style that will work for camping, a family BBQ, dinner and a movie date, or your next vacation. This season they've added some awesome new features: A Coolmax® polyester / organic cotton blend that makes their awesome button down shirts even awesomer.   The unique moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant properties for summer adventures. The Handy … [Read more...]

Safe Non-Drug Allergy Relief from NasalGuard [Giveaway, Ended 5/25]

Allergies can make you feel miserable.  Living in a dry desert climate, and a valley known for fruit orchards, it's become a regular challenge for every member in my household.  Throw in itchy eyes from the cat, and we are always open to ideas for allergy relief!   I've tried all three major allergy drugs, with limited success. So when NasalGuard introduced their allergy blocking gel product to me, I was hopeful.  The thought of a non-drug product with no side effects, that even my kids could use safely for allergy relief, was almost too good to be true. NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK ~ Strategy & Use Hayfever symptoms aren't pleasant, but the sore, dry, itchy, red eyes is probably the allergy agony that I hate the most.  The strategy behind NasalGuard makes sense to me, and left me thinking it just may do the trick. If allergens that your body is reacting to never make it into your nasal passage... your body won't react with those nasty histamines.  That's the concept being … [Read more...]

Womens Spring Fashion Finds From Cavender’s [Giveaway]

Cavender’s is a family owned and operated retail brand that carries a large selection of well-known western brands based in Tyler, Texas.  In more than 70 stores nationwide, they offer traditional and modern-style hats, boots, clothing and home décor. When recently approached by a representative from Cavender's to try something from their fashion collection, my initial reaction was "I'm not sure if this is my style?"  But it didn't take long browsing through their online selection of gorgeous boots, trendy and fun jewelry, foxy cowgirl jeans, and fun Western style fashions to pick out an outfit that I loved. I came to realize that Western style is a close relative to what I call my "Mountain Mom" style, and I think you'll agree Cavender's has some fantastic Spring Fashion Finds.  Here are a few of my favorites... Spring Fashion Finds ~ Cavender's Womens Tops   Cavender's has a colorful and unique selection of womens tops.  Fringe, lace, embroidery, and peasant tops … [Read more...]