You’ll Love the Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket [+ Giveaway]

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...]

Toad&Co Clothing is Hip, Comfortable, & Ideal for Adventure

Not gonna lie. When the brand name changed from “Horny Toad” to “Toad&Co” a few years ago, I thought it was a smart move.  It's one of several refinements I feel this clothing company has undergone, but one thing remains the same.  They’ve made some very cool stuff, for a very long time now.   I think Toad&Co is one of the best travel and outdoor clothing brands out there.  Their quality fabrics are a treat to wear, styles are typically flattering with a nice fit, and their clothes are always very comfortable. In summary, I’m a big fan.  And here are three of the wonderful pieces I’ve tried out, which I recommend for your summer adventures. #1 – Toad&Co Sundowner Fleece Vest Isn’t this awesome?!  It’s so unique, yet makes so much sense.  The thick, luscious fleece of the Sundowner Fleece Vest will make you want to sleep in it.  Bonus, you’ll be the coolest looking chick at the campground. Cozy pockets are a nice touch on this fun piece. The high collar offers … [Read more...]

Top Summer Womens Picks from Royal Robbins

Royal Robbins makes active, versatile clothing for people who enjoy the outdoors and travel.  They’ve got some fabulous technical fabrics, and even some great natural fiber blends that perform beautifully. With comfortable, stylish design and quality construction – it’s one of my favorite clothing brands.  Here are some of my favorite women’s clothing pieces from the summer Royal Robbins collection. Royal Robbins Jammer Short Hold up, you just found your favorite summer shorts.  And I don’t even really like shorts?!  The super comfy waistband, ultra smoothing and flattering fit, and soft yet durable stretchy fabric of the Royal Robbins Jammer Short will win you over instantly.  I love that they wear like a cozy yoga short, yet look classier and more appropriate for any adventure… from hiking to shopping. The fabric is a nylon and spandex blend, with UPF 50+ protection.  It’s an eco-conscious bluesign® Approved fabric, that’s breathable and moves nicely with you when active. … [Read more...]

Save Money & Teach Safety: Tween’s First Smartphone

We’ve reached that stage in life where my oldest child is ready for a smartphone.  We waited as long as possible, putting it off at the thought of paying more each month for THREE smartphone users.  Phone plans are expensive… now we want to add another?  Yikes. My daughter started middle school as a 6th grader this school year.  I was surprised to hear her teachers are literally having students use their smartphones for some interactive assignments in the classroom. Then you add in the benefit of her being able to communicate with us during the day.  So yeah.  Let’s do this. One of her prime interests is being able to take photos with her phone.  But we knew this would also mean my sweet, innocent girl would now have access to social apps and the internet.  So we started with a chat about safety. Equip Your Tween with Smartphone Smarts My daughter is a such good, rule-following kinda girl.  She doesn’t pretend to be, or want to be, a 16 year old yet.  Thankfully, she’s … [Read more...]

Professional Massage Relief at Home ~ MyoBuddy Massager Review

One gander at the almost comical expressions of relief people display when trying the MyoBuddy® Massager, and you'll be dying to give this a try.  At least that's the reaction my husband and I both had when we watched this.  Filmed at what appears to be a trade show booth, it's pretty convincing.   Though professional grade, this nifty handheld massager is a soothing and helpful tool you can own and use right in your own home.  It can assist in boosting workout recovery.  Or simply aid in relieving those painful knots from tension and stress that we so often hold in our shoulders and upper back. Between my husband and I, we work long hours at an office computer job, lift weights, work out, and train for marathons.  Here's our experience - an honest MyoBuddy® Massager Review. MyoBuddy® Massager Review ~ What You Receive When you order a MyoBuddy® Massager Pro, it arrives in a compact box.  This is not a flimsy, lightweight tool. It's nice quality, quite powerful, … [Read more...]

Must-Have KÜHL® Women’s Pants and Jacket

At KÜHL®, their passion is to get outdoors and have fun. Representative of their cool logo and mantras such as “Mountain Grown” and "Born in the Mountains"... having an outdoor lifestyle is expected of each contributor at the KÜHL® company. The result is this brand offers innovative styles, exclusive fabrics, and thoughtful features you’re going to love. Swing through any outdoor retailer for a glimpse of KÜHL® styles, and you'll quickly see why they’re so popular. Their clothes are distinctive, technical, hip, and of high quality. So what are some classic, core pieces to consider when shopping for KÜHL®? I been trying out two of their best-selling women’s styles: Splash Roll Up Pant and Spyfire Jacket, and have some insight to share on the fabric, fit, and features. KÜHL® Splash Roll Up Pant With so many enticing options, it can be challenging to decide on which pair of Kuhl Womens Pants to try.  I’m a tall, curvy girl and I can highly recommend the KÜHL® Splash Roll … [Read more...]

Papa Murphy’s Law Brings Calm to my Hectic Week

I work a full time job, have two young kids, and adore pursing my blogging hobby.  My schedule does allow me to have Fridays off of work. It’s my blissful catch-up day!  As a mini-celebration of the weekend’s arrival, we eat pizza every Friday night.  Our absolute favorite choice is Papa Murphy’s take and bake pizza. Papa Murphy’s Law:  The exact opposite of Murphy’s Law!  When life serves you chaos, Papa Murphy’s Law of Delicious is your solution.  An easy food option made from fresh, quality ingredients allows peace to reign at dinnertime. Sure, I could cook dinner on Friday night.  But by the end of our hectic week, and my finally having a chance to tidy up the house… I love just custom ordering a fresh pizza for my family. No mess.  No fuss.  Super fresh ingredients.  Everyone gets exactly what they want.  A calm, relaxing Friday night together at home!  Papa Murphy’s Law works like a dream for us. Gourmet Pizza for the Parents, Mini Murph® for the Kids Once we learned … [Read more...]

Why You’ll Love Dromedaris Kara Boot

Mid-height boots are hugely popular, but finding just the right pair can be a challenge.  Comfort is at the top of my list, followed by my penchant for rich looking leather. I'd heard great things about Dromedaris, known for their high quality leather boots made in Portugal.  The pair I happily chose to review is one of their original, most famous styles:  the Dromedaris Kara Boot. Dromedaris ~ Creative & Comfortable If you are unfamiliar with them, Dromedaris is a premium leather boot, shoe, and sandal maker. Dromedaris features such creative and funky styles, prints, and colors that if you'd planned on buying a neutral pair (which they do offer)... you're going to have a hard time sticking to your guns.  Whimsy is the order of the day with many of their new patterns including embroidered flowers and denim patches with lace overlays.   Their 3D Technology results in a soft cushioned insole, and serves as the foundation of their women’s collections.  This … [Read more...]

PrAna Offers Sustainable Gifts for Adventure Lovers

PrAna is one of my favorite versatile, adventure-ready brands. Not just for yogis, their fun offerings work just as well for travel and hiking, as a day at the office. It's the type of clothing I love to invest in, as they are quality made and eco-friendly. If you're looking for a gift that can brag sustainability, be sure to shop the mens and womens styles at prAna.  Their use of fabrics such as organic cotton, recycled wool, and recycled polyester make for a purchase you can feel good about. Just a note about this brand's sizing.  It's my one small frustration with them... I find their items run small.  With very few exceptions, I'm always happiest when I size up one size in prAna. PrAna Stacia Sweater I'm not a big sweater wearer, even though I think they look classy.  So the prAna Stacia Sweater was a surprising hit with me, and I've been amazed how often I wear it.  The front design is delicate, and the longer tail in back adds a flattering detail to the design. The … [Read more...]

OluKai Malie ~ Soft, Gorgeous Boot with Hawaiian Vibes

OluKai is known for "bringing the Aloha vibe along with them wherever they are in the world".  This Hawaii shoe brand originally started out with beachy, warm weather styles.  Their focus was on comfort and quality, with a touch of that laid back tiki-inspired flair. Now they’ve brilliantly expanded with a premium leather boot line.  They've used their same signature footbed that's gained them a dedicated following, and nicely transitioned it into some new fall/winter season styles. Some of the new styles totally exude that Hawaiian flair, and if I were able to wear heels, my first choice would have been this beauty…   Isn’t the whip stitching detail fantastic?  So unique and classy. But alas, I’ve always wanted a pair of classic chelsea boots to wear roaming around Europe one day.  I knew I'd want a pair that was fabulously comfortable, and the OluKai Malie got rave reviews for comfort. So that was my pick, and here’s what I found after wearing a pair for a … [Read more...]