Quick Relief for Sick Kids [Giveaway, Ended 11/23]

With the changing of seasons to cooler temperatures, often comes flu bugs.  I like having an arsenal on hand, just in case I need some relief for sick kids.   Recently I was sent some sample of non-medicated soothing relief for fevers, and think it's a pretty slick idea.  BeKOOOL makes soft gel sheets you can apply to a hot little forehead, for cooling relief that lasts up to 8 hours. Tapping into my Old School tricks, I like to give my kids a cool washcloth for their forehead when they are sick.  They do find it very relieving, but of course the washcloth is wet and doesn't stay in place long on a tossing child. BeKOOOL non-messy sheets will stay with them, and seem like a great alternative.  It's ok to use them in addition to medicine, and a packet of 2 sheets is easy to pack and take along when you travel.  I definitely plan to try them out the next time anyone in my household is sick. BeKOOOL Relief for Sick Kids ~ Giveaway Pack BeKOOL offered to send one of my winning … [Read more...]

Muscle Recovery & Relief With RAD Massage Tools

Got pain from working out, training for an upcoming runDisney race, or just sitting at your boring computer all day?  (Those last 2 were me.)  Then you are going to be as happy as I was to discover RAD massage tools for recovery and muscle relief.  These well designed, compact products help you work on those trouble spots by applying pressure and massage. When Dan from RAD Roller stumbled across my blog and read about my efforts to train for my first half marathon, he emailed me to tell me about RAD.  I've now been trying the RAD Roller and RAD Rod for a few weeks, and am sold on their effectiveness.  They are also affordable and high quality, and I'm excited to share these tools with my readers. RAD massage tools can help massage sore muscles, reduce tightness, and relieve pain in your lower back, neck, hips, legs, and even knees.   RAD’s focus is on achieving full-body mobility through both trigger point and larger muscle relief. RAD Massage Tools ~ RAD Roller The RAD … [Read more...]

Happy Legs by VIM & VIGR [Giveaway, Ended 10/30]

If you haven't tried compression socks since your last pregnancy... it's time to get them another shot, girlfriend!  And a great place to start when looking for some compression socks with cute designs and excellent quality is VIM & VIGR. Benefits of Compression Socks Compression socks and leg sleeves are taking the fitness world by storm lately, and with good reason.  Billed as a running recovery tool, some people choose to wear them during long runs... others, afterwards.  The key is that they increase circulation, which helps get the blood flowing in your feet and lower legs and aids in disbursement of that post-exercise lactic acid in your muscles.  This is a much lovelier alternative than having lactic acid build up and incapacitate you from walking normally the next day after a solid run. Are the Benefits of Compression Socks scientific?  No idea.  I'm not a scientist.  But in my personal experience I find the sensation of compression very soothing to my feet and calves, … [Read more...]

Firmoo Online Optical Store [Giveaway, Ended 10/20]

Firmoo is a popular online eyeglasses store, offering mail order of prescription glasses at prices much lower than you will typically pay in person, at an optical shop.  They have a great selection of frames, their eyeglasses and prescription lenses are of very nice quality, and ordering can be easy with just a few tips under your belt. I've been very happy with ordering from Firmoo in the past, and feel comfortable recommending that my readers give them a try... primarily because it's a real money saver.   If you'd like to check out my previous reviews to hear more about my experience, you can read about my first timer impression of shopping on Firmoo's website, and my best tips for ordering eyeglasses online. Firmoo Glasses ~ Frame Options Check out the Firmoo online optical store to see all the trendy styles available.  Browsing the site is fun and easy.  You can search for frames based on color, material, or style. Here were some of my favorites when I took a peek … [Read more...]

Finding the Perfect Sports Bra

A good sports bra is a core fitness routine staple, and fairly vital piece of gear.  So how does a girl go about finding the perfect sports bra? Start by deciding what features you prefer, and are looking for in the ultimate sports bra. Do you want soft & supple fabric, or more firm and supportive? What style of straps do you prefer - traditional over-the-shoulder for a crossover daytime bra, or a racerback style? To underwire... or not to underwire.  That is the question. Are you on the prudish end of the modesty scale, and want some serious nipple-proof padding? (Ahem! *raises hand*) Will you be wearing your sports bra for Warrior Pose... or a Warrior Half Marathon?  (or both?) Some bras wick better than others... how sweaty do you get? Do you want 'em squashed down together, compression style... or do you want some separation and definition, more like a daytime bra? Personally, even though I often wear a fitness top with a built-in bra, I still end up … [Read more...]

Back To School With ZBar Protein [Giveaway, Ended 8/12]

  Here in Western Colorado, the kids have already headed back to school.  You read that right, the first week of August.  (Disgusting! Don't even get me started...that's a whole other topic. )  At the top of my "Hooo-boy, here we go" Mom Angst List is this:  Trying to pack healthy lunches, in a hurry, each morning for my daughter to take to school. That's one of the reasons why I dearly love Clif Kid ZBars.  My kids devour them, they are quick and easy snacks to throw in a lunchbox, and the ZBar Protein bars contain even higher levels of protein to keep them fuller, longer. And in a stroke of genius (you polled a bunch of kids, didn't you Clif??), all three flavors of ZBar Protein contain CHOCOLATE - Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Mint, and Peanut Butter Chocolate. They think they're getting a treat.  Meanwhile, you're sneaking into their diet: 5g of Protein 3g Fiber Organic Whole Grains No high fructose corn syrup, synthetic preservatives or artificial … [Read more...]

2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup

We're just about to wrap up July, and in my humble opinion the local Colorado kids here are heading back to school waaaay too early.   This summer my family was more determined than ever to get out and camp, bike, and hike as much as possible.  Personally, I've got A LOT of warm weather play and quality mountain time left in me for this season! One of the perks of being an outdoor blogger is getting to try all sorts of gadgets, technical clothing, and gear.  Sometimes it doesn't live up to the hype, or the price tag.  But other times I find quality items that we end up using time and again, which to me truly seem worth the investment. So without further ado... I present to you the Best-of-the-Best that I've found for outdoor adventuring this year:  My 2015 Outdoor Gear Essentials Roundup. Pelican 20QT Elite Cooler Pelican coolers have a reputation for being virtually indestructible.  Although we didn't personally try loosely strapping ours to the back of an ATV, then … [Read more...]

Power Through the Outdoors: Tips from Kevin Jorgeson

My family loves to head out and go camping at every opportunity. We make an effort to be screen free during these times, to try and maximize our enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors.  But there's still some crucial outdoor gear we never leave home without, and  many of it requires batteries. Headlamps, lanterns, flashlights, and walkie talkies... all go-to items.  These need long lasting battery life both for safety reasons, and to enable you to power through your outdoor adventures even longer. Although I'm not a rock climber, I wanted to share these cool tips from Kevin Jorgeson.  Kevin is a climbing and outdoors expert, most notably known for his record-breaking free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.  He enjoys outdoor adventuring at night, and Duracell makes the only batteries he trusts for his long climbs. And be sure to check out the awesome giveaway of some outdoor gear at the end! Power Through the Outdoors: Tips from Kevin Jorgeson Outdoor climbing can … [Read more...]

Kids Can Record Their #GreatestSummerEver

This summer, VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam can help your kids record their #GreatestSummerEver!  The easy to use, durable design allows children to take the Kidizoom right along with them on adventures - capturing their memories with photos and videos on the go. Whether it's a hike through the woods, using the included mount for your Kidizoom to capture a video of your bike ride, or just taking it along on a trek to the zoo... kids love having a camera of their own on these adventures. My kids have been having a blast trying out the Kidizoom.  While my 10 year old has put in more time actually using it, my 4 year old also enjoy taking photos with it, and it was easy enough for him to figure out. Before I even realized it was a feature, my daughter had discovered the games and was playing them in the car on our recent road trip to Denver.  It also didn't take long for them to discover how to utilize the built in frames feature.   We found the design to be … [Read more...]

Have a Family #MyDisconnectDay

Even if you don't have close access to some majestic National Park... most of us can make an opportunity to slow down once in awhile, and enjoy spending some time in the Great Outdoors. Doing so as a family can help you reconnect with each other, make some quality memories together, and typically costs next to nothing.  We flat out spend too much time staring at screens (all four members of my family are guilty of this... down to the 4 year old borrowing daddy's iPad), instead of talking, playing, and laughing together.  That's why I immediately loved Cabela's new #MyDisconnectDay campaign. What is #MyDisconnectDay? According to Cabela's, a Disconnect Day is: "One day to put down your devices and reconnect with the great outdoors, your family and your friends." Watch this awesome, quick video that captures the essence of #MyDisconnectDay... and I think you'll fall in love with the idea, too: And if that wasn't enough to get you to join in on a #MyDisconnectDay of your … [Read more...]