Must-See New Haiku Bag Designs for Fall

Coming to you from the hip Northwestern US, Haiku Bags are a must have for any outdoor adventuring gal.  I love their use of durable recycled materials, fun decorative details, and meticulous attention to bag design.  Once you’ve used an organized, adorable Haiku Bag… you’ll never go back! Here are some of my absolute favorites, two of which are completely new styles this Fall: The Haiku Renaissance (Mama!) New for Fall 2016, what an incredible multi-use bag this is!  Have you ever thought to yourself, “I just need a nice sized, catch-all bag with lots of organization, that I can use for anything my day brings”?  Then you’ll be thrilled to discover the Haiku Renaissance Mama. This hobo shaped, generous sized bag could be used for: Work tote - there’s a padded laptop sleeve Workout bag - tuckaway strap holds yoga mat or jacket Diaper bag - "Mama" diaper changing kit available Plus each end has an external drink holder pocket (Woo hoo!  Nicely done, … [Read more...]

The Versatile Mari Convertible Sweater by Allison Izu

Allison Izu is a designer from Hawaii, who has started a women's line of comfortable, stylish clothing.  Each of these pieces is 100% made in Hawaii, and are ideal for travel.  While a small collection, the tops and bottoms are easily interchangeable and come in versatile styles. Always in search of the perfect travel wrap, I was happy to get to try out a  Mari Convertible Sweater. Allison Izu Travel Clothing You'll notice on their website that the Allison Izu line is ideally designed for women that are 5'6" in height or less.   At 5'10", I wasn't sure whether the Mari would work for me?  It definitely does, and I experienced no sleeve or body shortness. The first thing I liked about this line, is that the pieces have interesting style elements.  Yet they are not so Uber-Urban that they're just a little too outlandish to fit in with my wardrobe.   Lots of flattering draping. I'm all about comfort, and love the casual yet classy look. The colors and any patterns are fairly … [Read more...]

Order Gorgeous Glasses That Fit With Coastal’s MyFit Tool

Ordering prescription eyeglasses online is easier than ever before.  Being a life long glasses wearer, I've tried this a few times myself and was recently impressed with my Coastal experience. Coastal is the largest online eyewear retailer, featuring gorgeous designer styles that will instantly catch your eye.  With over 1,500 styles to choose from, selecting your favorite would be nearly impossible.  That's where the MyFit tool comes in handy, which will also help ensure you order a pair of frames that will fit you comfortably. Coastal Eyewear ~ Huge Selection, Boutique Feel When you first arrive on the Coastal Eyewear page, you'll notice the classy boutique feel.  One option is to browse their attractive selection by gender and general shape.  Or you may prefer to shop by brand, material, or even color. I found myself cutting right to the chase, and letting the MyFit Tool help you find a frame with the ideal fit.   I was shocked at the results. Get the Perfect Fit With … [Read more...]

Gear Girl Review ~ Tamrac® HooDoo 18 Camera Backpack

You adventure into some amazing outdoor places, and having a real camera along (not just your phone) to take photos is highly desirable.  But do you want to risk tossing it in your backpack with your other hiking gear, to get scratched or damaged?  That dilemma is solved with the comfortable and practical Tamrac® HooDoo 18 Camera Backpack. Tamrac® HooDoo 18 Camera Backpack Review The Tamrac® HooDoo 18 is a specialized camera backpack, which contains a handy, top loading padded compartment to safely store and easily retrieve your camera.  This protected compartment is large enough to also hold a lens and some other accessories, yet a good depth so that the contents are still easily viewed and retrieved. "But I need a real backpack, for real hiking" you say?  Read on... you'll get that, too. Features: This is a legitimate backpack, with all the comfort features you'd want while taking a decent hike.  In addition to the padded camera compartment, This small-to-medium sized pack … [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...]

How to Take Breathtaking Photos With the Panasonic Lumix ZS60

Photography is one of those things that I truly love, that I wish I were better at, and that I wish I had more time to pursue.   Capturing your travels and everyday life adventures helps you savor and relive those memories later on.  And as a blogger, I feel like having beautiful photos can do so much to complement the written word. Sadly, I've had neither the time, nor the budget, to formally "get into" photography. Happily, there's the new Panasonic Lumix ZS60! After receiving one of these amazing little point-and-shoot cameras at my recent TravelingMoms Disney Retreat, I've had the opportunity to try it out in a few settings.  I'm blown away by the breathtaking photos this little camera takes. Impressive Features of the Panasonic Lumix ZS60 Just released this March 2016, the new Panasonic Lumix ZS60 is a powerful little camera.  All in a compact, easy to take with you device, you get features like: 30x Ultra-zoom 4K Ultra HD video recording, you'll never miss … [Read more...]

Aventura Clothing Spring Line ~ Great Looks from Beach to Mountains [Discount Code]

The temperatures are finally getting warmer, and it's time to take a look at your wardrobe for any upcoming Summer adventures!  As an Ambassador of Aventura Clothing, I've been able to try out some fantastic pieces from their Spring/Summer line.   I absolutely love the looks they've offered this season, and wanted to share what I feel is the "best of the best" here with you. Aventura Clothing is a boutique, high quality line that offers a great fashion option for real women who don't want to dress like a teenager, but still like to look stylish and on-trend.  Much of their clothing is made from eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, bio-based modal, and rayon from bamboo. Part of what I love about Aventura Clothing is how comfortable it is.  It runs true to size, but is typically has a generous cut (bless their hearts!)  I love that the fabrics are so soft, and styles so flattering.  Whether it's work, play, or travel... I find myself wearing it almost every … [Read more...]

NasalGuard® Allergy Blocking Gel Will Give You All The Relief You Need This Allergy Season

It’s that time of year again. Instead of anticipating warmer weather and fun spring break adventures, millions of Americans are dreading allergy season. Cold and flu like symptoms, scratchy throats and itchy eyes will plague people for months. Tired of living like this? Relief and freedom from crippling airborne allergies is finally here.     NasalGuard® Allergy Blocking Gel Relief   NasalGuard Allergy Blocking gel is a safe, non-drug alternative to traditional over the counter allergy medications. Instead of taking pills, NasalGuard provides an easy topical solution to alleviate allergy symptoms. It protects from common airborne allergens such as pollen, dust and pet dander. People who travel frequently for work or leisure are often plagued even more severely by allergy symptoms since they’re encountering a variety of allergens as they touch down in different places. NasalGuard is convenient to carry and the perfect on-the-go solution for anyone who … [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...]

National Geographic Debuts New National Park Guides for Centennial [Giveaway, Ended 4/24]

Hot off the presses, some exciting new guides from National Geographic!  In honor of this year's National Parks Centennial Celebration, they've just released some brand new park guides.  These gorgeous, informative travel guides will help you and your family plan your vacation to any National Park that catches your fancy.   They are perfect for both planning a visit to a park or just exploring them from home, and even include an awesome kids edition. National Parks Week is coming up soon... on April 16-24, 2016!  Keep in mind, this year there are many National Parks free entry dates to take advantage of.  It's a perfect time to #FindYourPark and enjoy these unique and breathtaking natural areas, preserved because they are this country's most majestic treasures. Good news... I've a full set of these wonderful National Geographic Guides to give away!  Here's the scoop on each.  Be sure to enter at the article end. Guide to National Parks of the United States   First … [Read more...]