Outdoor Gear Review: Mishmi Takin Jacket ~ Women’s Virunga

While hiking in his native Himalayas, Kapil realized his high-end boots and jacket were not performing.  So he founded Mishmi Takin, a company that designs ventilation-focused boots and shells with fabrics that vent immediately and outperform in both tropical and temperate climates.  It's a unique brand with a lot to offer. Although it's ideal for wet, humid hiking conditions… would one of these hard shell jackets also work for Colorado snow skiing?  Aren't we all about our gear multi-tasking?!  Well, I recently tested a Mishmi Takin jacket on the winter slopes of Crested Butte: the Women’s Virunga.  Read on to hear how this impressive jacket performed, and why you should consider adding one to your outdoor gear lineup. Mishmi Takin Jacket – Hard Shell Women’s Virunga The Mishmi Takin Virunga is a year-round, high quality and highly versatile piece.  Named after the equator straddling Virunga National Park in Congo, Central Africa, ‘Virunga’ jacket is optimized for maximum … [Read more...]

Easy & Gorgeous Skin and Cosmetic Line for Women Over 40!

I saw this ad on Facebook the other day and was instantly enthralled. She looked immediately familiar.  That radiant, breathtaking, white haired, middle-aged model I had seen in numerous advertising photos.  Come to find out, Cindy Joseph started modeling late in life.   And now she has an awesome line of pro-age skin care and cosmetics especially for “older” women… BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. I’ve used it now for one month.  And I will never go back! The 90’s Called… They Want Their Makeup Back My makeup routine has been the same for years.  (And years.)  I don’t give it much thought, as I typically only apply cosmetics on the days when I’m going to the office.  Other than that, I prefer the easier natural look. But I’m not as young as I used to be.  I just don’t look the same, and my skin doesn’t feel the same.  You know where you get to that place in life, where you realize you should probably do something different (fashion/style/beauty wise)… but you aren’t exactly sure … [Read more...]

Pure Integrity Candles Add Cozy to Your Home [Giveaway, Ended 11/8]

It’s that time of year, when there’s a chill in the air. We get out our sweaters and boots.  Start spending a bit more time inside our cozy homes.  And hot cocoa, throw blanket, movie watching lounging begins!  Plus, I’ve recently re-discovered my love of burning a great candle. Candles add such a cozy ambiance to your home.  They add to your décor, but also serve an enjoyable purpose.  And when specialty Fall scents become available – like Pumpkin Spice and Apple – all the better!  Allow me to introduce you to some pretty fabulous, natural soy candles I’ve been using:  Pure Integrity Candles. Pure Integrity Candles ~ Review Pure Integrity Candles is a family-owned and operated business.  They were developed by parents who wanted to create a toxic-free candle that burned clean. Pure Integrity candles are 100% made in the USA using cotton wicks, natural soy wax and healthy fragrances.   The are not only clean-burning, but are highly scented candles.  But not overpoweringly … [Read more...]

Capturing Colorado Family Adventures

One of the things I love about living in Colorado, is that we do have four seasons. The variety keeps things interesting, and allows for different types of outdoor play different times of the year. And Fall means hiking and biking! No bugs.  Perfect temps for athletic endeavors. Gorgeous scenery of gold, orange, and red colored leaves.  It all makes for an ideal time to get the family outdoors for some adventuring. Capturing Your Family Adventure Memories I'm pretty good about taking pictures on our family recreates in the great outdoors.  I love looking back on past memories of the fun times we've had camping, fishing, and exploring.  This makes and preserves memories for us, as much as when we take a full-on vacation somewhere! Plus then I can share photos and video from our outdoor endeavors.  It keeps my family and friends up to date on the fun we've been having, which they love to see. And I'd like to think it also inspires other to want to go play outside, … [Read more...]

Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman

Ahhh... when those Fall temperatures start to drop enough for me to get out my scarves and boots, I am one happy camper!  My favorite Colorado season brings with it breathtaking golden Aspen trees contrasting the evergreens, and ideal weather for outdoor adventures. It's also the perfect time to review your clothing and gear, and check out the new Fall lines from your favorite outdoor brands. Adding just a few key pieces that catch your fancy can breathe new life and functionality into your wardrobe.  I've been doing my research and a bit of sample testing, and here's the best of the best:  Must-Have Fall Gear for the Outdoor Woman. Womens Outdoor Gear for Fall Here's a quick overview of my awesome Fall women's outdoor gear picks - including info on sizing, fabric, best use, and where to find them.   Sunday Afternoons ~ Northwest Trucker Cap, $28 Sunday Afternoons focuses on one thing:  making hats.  And they're really good at it!  My tween daughter … [Read more...]

You’ll Love the Ecuadane Everywhere Blanket [+ Giveaway, Ended 6/28]

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.  I've now tried it myself... here's my honest MyoBuddy Massager review. October 2017 UPDATE:  My husband recently took a physically demanding job, and now uses the MyoBuddy Massager DAILY.  He's commented several times how well it works, reduces his pain, and is a lifesaver!   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 … [Read more...]