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...]

Ambassador Picks ~ Aventura Best Wardrobe Staples [Discount Code]

Aventura Amassador best warddrobe staples

As an Ambassador for Aventura, the makers of eco-friendly women's clothing, I've been able to try out several pieces from the new Spring/Summer line. One of my favorite things about this season is the infusion of bright and cheery color. When I spent a week in downtown LA for business, I was surprised and saddened by the dreary sea of neutral wardrobe colors.  Sorry, but that's just not me.  Especially during these warm weather months I propose that wearing fun, gorgeous colors both bolsters your mood and sends a message to others that you are full of life, and up for adventure! You really can't go wrong with Aventura Clothing, as their fabrics are all soft and comfortable, the styles versatile, and the designs typically generously cut and flattering.  But if you are looking for some core staple pieces for your wardrobe, which you can use to create outfits for pretty much every occasion - I'd love to share with you some of my favorites. Aventura Clothing ~ Best Warddrobe … [Read more...]

Athletic Gear for Tweens by Dragonwing Girlgear [Giveaway, Ended 5/15]

Dragonwing Girlgear_cami_

With my daughter being more active this year than ever before, how exciting to find some athletic gear made just for tween girls by Dragonwing Girlgear!  She helped wear the goods, and perform this review... so here's what we found after having my 10 year old girl wear this active wear for a month of running and gymnastics.  Dragonwing Girlgear This great company was founded by a soccer mom, who (in her own words): "...wanted girls everywhere to be empowered to play sports with determination and joy—free from distraction and constraint." They feature a basic, high quality line of solid pieces tween girls can use for multiple purposes.   The lineup includes tees, tanks, sports bra, shorts, and full or capri length leggings. My daughter has been enrolled in "Girls On The Run" this Spring, and we recently just ran our first 5k together!  She wore her Dragonwing capris, and they worked really well for running.   These are Dragonwing Girlgear Chill Weight Capri … [Read more...]