Aventura Clothing Fall Favorites & Discount Code

Aventura Fall Favorites

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”

Nutcase Helmets biking in Fruita

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

7DayStretch Challenga prAna Halle Pants

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...]

Urban Adventure in the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson

Last week I attended a media launch event in Minneapolis, hosted by Hyundai to show off the all new 2016 Hyundai Tucson.  I fell in love with this sporty-yet-gorgeous CUV model, and can totally see it fitting in nicely with a "live in a city, but love playing in the outdoors" lifestyle. So what's a CUV?  It'a s Crossover Utility Vehicle, and it's taking the car industry by storm.  This class of vehicle hits the sweet spot between an SUV and a mid-sized sedan.  While a CUV is slightly smaller than an SUV, you still sit up higher, have off road capabilities, and it has fuel economy close to a mid-sized car.  That's a trifecta, people!  This market is growing so rapidly, that 1 in 3 vehicles now sold in the US are CUVs. While the Tucson has been around since  2004, Hyundai has recently poured a bunch of fantastic changes into this all new 2016 - including: Extra safety features (more on this below...) Impressive technology (including Blue Link, with remote start and cabin … [Read more...]

Healthy On-The-Go Snacks Roundup!

Healthy on the go Snack Roundup

Yeeehawww!  It's time for a snack roundup!  I know many of my readers live active, busy family lives and like myself are always on the lookout for healthy on-the-go snacks.  This past few weeks I've conducted a roundup of some great options, and am ready to pass along these tasty, healthy ingredient product ideas to you. Healthy, On-The-Go Snacks Roundup Sometimes we get in a food rut around my house, so it's been nice to have some new snacking choices available.  For me and my family, I prefer things with no preservatives, low sugar, and protein to keep hunger away longer.  If it's nutrient rich and helps fill a food group quota for the day, even better. What sounds good to you? NOKA Superfood NOKA Superfood pouches are made from awesome, organic ingredients like fruits, veggies, and superfoods.  Each pouch is 110 calories, and does not need to be refrigerated.  They have some interesting flavor combinations available, such as blueberry beet and mango coconut.  Their goal … [Read more...]

Kids Can Record Their #GreatestSummerEver

VTech KidiZoom Action Cam used by kids at the zoo.

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...]

What You’ll Love About Airelle Skin Care

airelle skin care product line

I've been doing a few skin care reviews lately, and have tested out some pretty fabulous products.  So the bar is set fairly high for me at this point, and I'm hard to impress.  Yet Airelle Skin Care has impressed me. Airelle Skin Care Airelle's goal was to create the best natural anti-aging skin care products on the market.  As I'm sure you realize, this is a very hot product market these days... everyone (myself included) wants to slow down aging, and have their skin look its best. Because environmental damage is a leading cause of skin damage and collagen breakdown, the founders of Airelle targeted trying to develop a product line that protects that collagen.    It's taken a global effort coordinating the expertise of dermatology experts, cosmetic chemists, and formulators to come up with the final result. So... lots of smart people that know a lot about skin came up with the Airelle skincare line for you. A key ingredient they've developed and patented is BERRIMATRIX®: … [Read more...]

Clothe Your Hip, Outdoorsy Guy in Ecōths [Giveaway, Ended 6/26]

Ecoths Marlon Shirt

As an Aventura Ambassador, last year I was introduced to their new sister company brand for men: Ecōths.  This eco-friendly apparel line features natural fabrics, most of primarily {extremely soft!} organic cotton. Ecoths Clothing for Men The Ecōths style to me is a great combination of outdoorsy and stylish, yet casual, so guys who aren't crazy about dressing up still enjoy wearing it.  And they look really good when they do! My husband now has two button down Ecōths shirts.  Both are very soft, and look amazing on him.  He really likes wearing them, and they are his go-to shirts whenever we do something "special".  ;) Ecōths also participates in an important social initiative with their motto "Join the fight against hunger.  Be the change."  For each garment they sell, they donate 3 meals. In their first year of business 2014, they donated over 48,000 meals throughout the US to food banks in their sales reps territories. Ecōths offers tees, henleys, and polo shirts in … [Read more...]

HEX Performance Cleans and Protects Gear & Apparel

HEX Perforformance for athletic gear and apparel

Whether your active endeavors take place in the forest, in a gym, or out with a ball in the field.... say hello to fresh-smelling gear and apparel.  HEX Performance is an innovative detergent, formulated especially for high tech fabrics.   It's the first-ever system designed specifically to clean and protect today’s high performance fabrics and athletic gear. This is great news for any athletes, fitness or outdoor enthusiasts who invest in quality performance clothing.  You pay a lot for technical moisture wicking apparel, and you want it to continue to perform for a long time. Using HEX is a great way to make sure that it does. HEX Performance ~ Cleans Smells can build up in gear and athletic/active wear clothing that doesn’t come out, no matter how many times you try and wash it.   The problem is that sweat, dirt, oil, bacteria, mildew, and other pollutants contribute to odor that gets trapped in our gear and clothing. To address this, HEX scientists have created a new … [Read more...]

Jane Iredale Makeup & Denver’s AOB Med Spa [Giveaway, Ended 5/29]

AOB Med Spa line of Jane Iredale Makeup

The past few weeks I've had the pleasure of trying out a lovely brand that was previously new to me:  Jane Iredale makeup.  Available at Denver's AOB Med Spa or online, this is a natural, healthy makeup line designed not only to enhance your beauty but also nourish your skin. jane iredale is also called "The Skin Care Makeup", as founder Jane was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.   Using the jane iredale makeup line offers benefits such as: Won't block pores Virtually no allergy risk Broad-spectrum UVB and UVA protection – up to SPF 30 Anti-inflammatory, can calm and soothe irritated skin Complete coverage for skin conditions I don't wear a lot of makeup, and don't like spending a lot of time during my morning routine to get ready.  At a minimum, I do like my skin to feel and look good, smooth, and even-toned.  This gets to be more of a challenge with age, but I think jane iredale does a great job of … [Read more...]