This Bar Saves Lives

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Eat a bar. Feed a child. Severe acute malnutrition leads to 2.6 million deaths per year - that's one child every 12 seconds.   To try and help fight this sad crisis, This Bar Saves Lives is stepping up with an "eat a bar, save a life" strategy, that you can easily be a part of. This Bar Saves Lives was recently launched in Sprouts across the country. This healthy snack comes as a choice of 3 delicious, non-GMO snack bars packed with superfoods. Sprouts has brought them to stores to increase awareness of their buy-one, give-one movement.  For each bar you purchase, one life-saving packet of Plumpy'Nut®—a nutrient-rich paste—is donated to a malnourished child across the world. I haven't tried these yet (just learned about them myself), but I look forward to purchasing them at Sprouts for my own family.  We are outdoorsy and on the go a lot, and eat plenty of energy bars because they are typically such easy and healthy nutrition.  I think this is a great concept, and would … [Read more...]

Aventura “Fall in Love With Fall” Giveaway

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Here in Western Colorado, where if you like mild weather but still enjoy the variety of seasons changing, you just can't complain this time of year.  It's absolutely beautiful outside, and we're still having sunny 80 degree days.  But enough already.  Because I'm ready for my favorite, most gorgeous season of the year ... and I'm dying to wear my new Fall Aventura Clothing! As an Aventura Ambassador, I've received a few pieces from their Fall/Winter line that have me quite excited for those temperatures to drop just a touch.  This season they're offering some great items to spruce up your wardrobe, and promise to get you excited about wearing sweaters and tights.  One of my favorite fabrics this season is their amazing thick, soft, stretch corduroy.  Just chose the style that suits you best, from the Whitney Skirt (shown below), Morgan Cords, or Morgan Jacket. I took a stab at Polyvore for the first time, and here's my pick of "The Perfect Colorado Aventura Outfit" for Fall!  I … [Read more...]

“Hello Fresh” Recipe Kit Delivery [Giveaway, Ended 9/23]

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Do you tire of limited takeout options?  Or do you try to cook healthy at home, but struggle with ideas and having all the ingredients on hand? Then you're going to love Hello Fresh!  Hello Fresh is the leading recipe kit delivery service, and as of September 16, 2014 - it's now available in all of the contiguous United States to deliver right to your front door .   "Hello Fresh" Recipe Kit Delivery ~ How It Works Hello Fresh can ship you 3 meals per week, right to your house.   Simply check out the Hello Fresh website to sign up, and you'll be offered the choice of: 2 or 4 servings Veggie box or Classic box Your kit will arrive in about a week to your front door, and will include everything you need:  chilled, fresh vegetables; meats (if Classic box); and all the pre-measured spices, fresh herbs, or flavoring ingredients needed to prepare a fresh, delicious, and healthy meal right at home.  Beautiful, full color recipe cards are included with easy … [Read more...]

Travelon Anti-Theft React Tote [Giveaway, Ended 9/3]

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Nothing beats a great tote bag.  Never leave home without one, that's my motto! Totes can be a busy woman's best friend - providing a roomy, hands free catch all for all that "stuff" you end up grabbing before you go.  I've been using the gorgeous and versatile Travelon Anti-Theft React Tote for the past few weeks now, and would love to tell you a little about this great bag. First, a word about Travelon's fantastic  line of anti-theft bags, since the React Tote falls under this family and as such offers some awesome features you won't get with your average tote bag. Travelon Anti-Theft Bags I've tested a Travelon anti-theft bag as a safe travel bag in the past, and am very impressed with the well thought out features they include. While each style varies slightly, these core anti-theft concepts are incorporated into most of their designs: slash-proof construction cut-proof straps (many can attach to the chair you're sitting in) locking compartments organizer … [Read more...]

The Classic Kelty Women’s Redwing 40

She looks even better than her stock photo, in the wild!

Now that my young son is hiking on his own two feet, it was time for me to scout out a new women's backpack.  The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 is a much loved, classic pack - and with good reason. Kelty has made varying sizes of the basic Redwing for years now.  There are Redwing styles for both men and women, with or without an internal frame, ranging in size from smaller day packs to full backpacking capacity. I've been trying the internal frame Kelty Women's Redwing 40 for a few weeks now, and love it both as a backpack and as an ideal and handy travel bag.  Let me tell you a little about some of the great features I enjoy on this pack. Kelty Women's Redwing 40 Review The Kelty Women's Redwing 40 features shoulder straps and a hip belt contoured especially for women.  It comes in both black and two other attractive color options (personally, I love the Indigo), and weighs in at 2 lbs 14 oz.  This pack has a fabulous capacity, and even when full the excellent suspension … [Read more...]

Be Inspired (and Win!) With Aventura’s #FeelGoodLookGreat Challenge [Giveaway]

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As an Aventura Ambassador, I'd love to fill you in on the fun #FeelGoodLookGreat Challenge they are hosting throughout the month of July.   Find yourself inspired by their creative ideas on enjoying the simple pleasures in life for each week, and even better - join in for a chance to win weekly prizes! My Aventura Clothing is as comfortable as it is cute, and I find myself wearing it for any range of occasions... from work, to playing with my kids on my day off.  I love their casual yet attractive styles that are age appropriate for us foxy moms who still want to look good, but don't even want to try and dress like a teenager. For example, here's a picture of one of my favorite outfits from this season... with Aventura's trademark Arden Capris, the lightweight and pretty Kierra Cardigan, the soft and lovely Penelope Top, and red leather Aventura Belt with awesome metal flower buckle.  And I have to tell you - I get complements every time I wear an Aventura scarf - they just can't … [Read more...]

Colorado Aromatics Natural Skin Care [Giveaway, Ended 7/8]

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Start with all natural, plant-based ingredients grown on a farm in Colorado.  Add in well-studied, fact-based science and a desire to create skin care that  is particularly formulated for the outdoor lifestyle and repairing damage caused by the environment.  And you've got a wonderful natural skin care line of products from Colorado Aromatics. The "farm-to-skin" movement was new to me.  I love Colorado Aromatics' idea of tapping into traditional herbal remedies, and combining them with cosmetic science to achieve healthy, vibrant skin. In part, Dr. Cindy Jones, CEO and Founder of Colorado Aromatics focused on inflammation and oxidation of the skin cells - two key processes that accelerate the aging process.  To help combat these signs of aging and skin damage, especially for those who spend a lot of time outdoors, or live in high altitudes, Dr. Jones has designed a skin care line to utilize herbs which have multiple and complex antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. To … [Read more...]

Ecōths Eco-friendly Mens Clothing [Giveaway, Ended 6/12]

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"I've been hearing over the past 2-3 years people asking, 'Where's your mens version of Aventura?'", explains VP of Marketing and Sales Tom Williamson.  Well, as an Ambassador for Aventura Clothing, I got an early peek at Tom's exciting response to this request.  Welcome the newly launched, eco-friendly mens clothing brand:  Ecōths! This eco-friendly apparel line features clothing that is 100% natural, with a style that features a rugged, outdoor influence and urban vibe. A true cause related brand, Ecōths also gives 3+ meals for each garment they sell.  As of their launch in Spring ’14, they have already donated many thousands of meals  to food banks throughout the US in their sales reps territories.  It's something they are truly dedicated to, wanting it to become part of Ecōths brand signature, with full plans to continue this program in the future. As is true of Aventura pieces, they have really paid attention to the details on the new Ecōths clothing.   My husband has … [Read more...]

Plan Your Trip With The Unofficial Guide to Disney [Giveaway, Ended 6/5]

Hey, hey... cover photo by the talented Tom Bricker

A trip to Disney is kind of a big deal.  Planning it with the assistance of a great guide book, a smart idea.   Disney vacations are investments.  To maximize your fun and enjoyment, doing some research up front will more than pay off. Unofficial Guides to Disney can offer extremely valuable advice to help plan your trip.  They feature topics such as: Selecting your trip dates Learning about Disney economics, and Disney trip packages Receiving guidance on where to stay Deciding on character or theme dining you'd like to experience  (this is a big one at Disney World where you definitely need ADRs, "Advance Dining Reservations") Getting a feel for how best to spend your days, so you minimize time spent waiting in line Discovering which attractions appeal to you and your family most, and what you absolutely don't want to miss ... and much, much more.  Plus, how about just plain building anticipation for that trip?   :) The Unofficial Guide to Disney ~ … [Read more...]

Gear Review: Osprey Tempest Women’s Backpack

Osprey Tempest Womens Backpack in Tourmaline Green

Versatile, extremely lightweight, and the recent recipient of a Backpacker Magazine's award (actually bestowed upon the men's version,  the Osprey Talon) - the Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack is one to love. Now that I'm no longer toting my son in a backpack child carrier on the trails, I decided it was time to try out a new backpack for myself. I'd seen many Osprey packs on the Colorado trails before.  So after my husband showed me the Osprey featured in his magazine, I decided I'd love to try one out.   Osprey Tempest Women's Backpack ~ Features This is a fantastic, extremely comfortable pack.  It comes in various sizes, but this review is of the Osprey Tempest 20.  It's described as a multi-use pack that can be used for either backpacking or hiking.  I've found it to have the perfect capacity for my day hike needs, along with some awesome features. At a glance, here are a few of my favorite Osprey Women's Backpack features: Extremely lightweight and … [Read more...]