The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

Veyo Mittyz Easy On, Stay On Gloves for Little Ones [Giveaway]

Veyo Kids took a fantastic concept, and designed an easy way to keep your little ones' hands warm this winter season.  They encourage families to #GetOutAndPlay, and in order to do that during the winter months, when there's all that FUN SNOW to play in... first you have to dress to stay warm.  Ideal for little ones age 6 months to 4 years, Veyo Mittyz are the perfect glove for children. No more "You HAVE to wear mittens" arguments. No more tears over icy cold fingers.  No more incredibly frustrating sessions of trying to wiggle tiny fingers into tiny gloves or mittens.  Veyo Mittzy come in fun designs your child will want to wear. And you'll love how easy they slip on. There's no thumb hole, but they still provide a paw like shape that gives kids mobility to grab things. Like that sled rope! I appreciated that Veyo Mittzy are nice and long, which completely covers the wrist area that often leaves an exposed gap at the cuff.  Doesn't happen with the mittzy.  They extend half … [Read more...]

Quick Relief for Sick Kids [Giveaway]

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...]

Fall Haiku Bags & Discount Code!

Haiku Bags are totally up this outdoorsy chic girl's alley. I love the practical styles, trendy nature-inspired designs, well thought out details, and eco-friendly materials used in construction.  They offer an awesome range of shapes and sizes. I've been privileged to review a few of their styles, and have personally purchased even more.  These great bags fit in perfectly with my lifestyle! I own (and adore) everything from a small sized wallet/clutch that I bring to work in my backpack every  day, to a giant catch-all tote that I use for camping and on most of our outdoor family adventure days. The Fall Haiku Bags are now available, and feature some gorgeous fresh colors.  Each season they offer a new print fabric, and the bluish gray and berry hued "River Floral" print for this Fall is lovely.  Here are some of my favorite Haiku Bags this season. Be sure to grab the great discount code at the end of the post! Haiku Bags ~ To Go Convertible Bag I'd seen previous … [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...]

Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites & Discount Code

Because I'm an Aventura Ambassador, you may have heard me talk about this eco-friendly brand, or seen some photos I've posted of myself in their outdoorsy chic styles.  Aventura is a small, family owned clothing brand that use green initiatives in their business practices.  I love the fabrics they use, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and modal (my favorite - so soft!).  I have become a loyal fan of their quality and fabulously cute clothes. Being an Ambassador allows me to select three outfits from the Fall 2015 season.  Then I proceed to order a bunch more on my own.  Because I'm addicted.  But that's another story.  Suffice it to say, I get a nice overview of the entire line and am happy to share my Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites with you. Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites ~ Ambassador Picks Let's start with a great jacket.  There are many foxy options to choose from this season on Aventura's site, but I think the one with the most character and distinct design … [Read more...]

Nutcase Helmets ~ “I Love My Brain”

In the past I had read good things about Nutcase Helmets, including their slick and easy "magnet closing" clasp.  Peruse the website and you'll quickly detect a creative and funky vibe, via their atypical and fun helmet designs.  And last but not least, because we concur with their motto.... "I love my brain"... we were quick to jump on board with a gear review! Nutcase Helmets for Kids Nutcase has a great line for the wee ones called Little Nutty.  I absolute adore some of their styles in this line.  But be sure to check their sizing guidelines. My just-turned-5 year old son was outside the top measurement for Little Nutty, and got bumped up to the regular, full sized biking Nutcase Helmets.    (Which was too bad, cause just look at that adorable dinosaur one!  Oh well... he has a big head for his BIG BRAIN.  We've come to terms with it.) In our experience as parents of kids who love all-things-wheeled... there are two crucial elements to getting them to wear a protective … [Read more...]

One Week of Adventure in prAna #7DayStretch + Discount Code

A few years ago, I purchased my very first pair of what I call "outdoorsy" pants, made from durable fabric with some stretch to it.  They were made by prAna.  The comfort factor blew my mind, and they warmly welcomed me to my new "Life Beyond Jeans".  I was hooked.   Now prAna pants are better than ever. I was recently approached to try out a #7DayStretch test in some prAna pants, and quickly accepted the challenge.  Excited to see they come in three length options, I selected a tall pair of Women's Halle Pants. My mission:  To sport my new prAna Halle pants for 7 days straight, testing out the fit, fabric, and wear. Unfortunately for me, I can't really go play outside for a week straight. But fortunately for me, prAna Halle pants look great and work for just about anything you plan to do during your day. Are you ready?  Here we gooooo.....!  (Plus there's a prAna discount code for Colorado Mountain Mom readers at the end.) One Week of Adventure in prAna Halle Pants … [Read more...]