Kick Start Your Year With The Ultimate Carry-On & Workout Bag

Haiku Bags has become one of my absolute favorite brands for making well designed, high quality, outdoorsy stylish bags.  Their line is perfect for an active lifestyle, equipping you on your day's adventures whether they take you to the office, traveling, or exploring the outdoors.  I love the plentiful storage and organization pockets, multiple carrying strap options, and thoughtful design features. Their use of CyclePET® fabric, made from 100% recycled clear beverage bottles, makes them an eco-friendly choice.  Each season brings new embroidered design accents and colors, each with the unique Haiku flair. I've been using the Haiku Passage Duffle for a few weeks now, and it's one of absolute favorites.  This is a fantastic multi-purpose bag that is beautiful, durable, and works equally well for travel or the gym. Haiku Passage Duffle Features At-A-Glance The Haiku Passage Duffle currently comes in either black or cactus.   Here are some of it's core features: CyclePET® … [Read more...]

prAna Sustainable Gift Guide

PrAna is a men and women's clothing line, that aims to equip you for fitness, travel, and adventure.  That about covers all the good stuff!  In addition to quality craftsmanship and attractive designs, they pride themselves on their sustainability. What does that mean exactly? Well, this concept appeals to me so I gave it some serious thought.  I've concluded that to me, "sustainability" (as it applies to clothing) means when we, as consumers: Blend old garments with new. Purchase quality pieces that will last. Select timeless, versatile styles that can serve many purposes and won't soon be outdated. Consider the materials used in making of clothing - choosing recycled, eco-friendly fabrics. What does sustainability mean to prAna? prAna's Sustainable Clothing prAna's clothing aligns nicely with all the sustainability concepts I outlined above.  I love that they use fabrics like organic cotton, recycled wool, and recycled polyester. "By using materials and … [Read more...]

Ella’s Wool Keeps Outdoor Kids Warmer

When a mom from Norway gives you a tip on how they keep their kids warm in winter, so they can still have fun playing outside - you listen.  Because you know she knows what she's talking about.  That's why I was so intrigued with the story behind Ella's Wool.  Founder Vibeke K Johansen wanted to share this solution with all parents, so their children can play outside year-round and stay warm, too. That solution is wool.  The most natural, warm, soft and reliable thing you can dress your kid in when it’s cold.  A single, thin layer of super soft merino wool under your kids’ clothes can make all the difference.   Ella's Wool offers a quality line of onsies, undershirts, long johns and more for young children. Ella's Wool Tubes An exciting new addition to the Ella's Wool lineup is a type of soft pants called Tubes.  Tubes are thick, unisex wool rib-knit pants that come in a nice size-adaptable design.  Becca told me that every child in Norway has at least two pairs of Tubes.  … [Read more...]

Ecoths Gift Guide & Instagram Giveaway [Ended 12/8]

  As an Aventura Ambassador, a couple of years ago I was excited to see the development of their new men's line:  Ecoths.   This great looking mens collection offers the perfect complement to the outdoorsy chic woman dressed in Aventura.  The garments my husband has tried have all been very soft (many of the shirts of 100% organic cotton), comfortable, and include design details that set them apart from any other brands he's worn. Based on the same eco-friendly principles as Aventura, I appreciate that Ecoths also has a unique socially conscious initiative to fight hunger.  For every Ecoths piece purchased, they donate 3 meals. In just their first year of business 2014, they donated over 48,000 meals throughout the US to food banks in their sales reps territories. The best part is, Ecoths is now available for online sale directly from the AventuraClothing.com site... which makes viewing and shopping for these awesome styles easier than ever.  So if you are looking … [Read more...]

The Merrell Jacket She’ll Love

For years, Merrell has been my go-to maker of awesome hiking boots.  They know outdoorsmen and their adventure needs well, and definitely build a quality, comfortable boot.  Now they've also branched out to offer a clothing line.  I was recently able to try out the gorgeous Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket, and have been enjoying its use in higher altitudes where we've found early snow. If you're looking for a great gift for that outdoor lover in your life (maybe even for yourself?)... this is a Merrell Jacket she'll love. Merrell Silversun Featherless Puffer Jacket The Silversun Featherless Puffer jacket is made from 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation - 600g fill power.  This technology mimics or surpasses the performance of natural down in fill power, loft and performance when wet, and certainly seems to deliver as a down alternative.  It kept me cozy warm when I recently tried it out on a sledding adventure.  The temperature that day was in the 30's.  The jacket was … [Read more...]

Veyo Mittyz Easy On, Stay On Gloves for Little Ones [Giveaway, Ended 11/30]

Veyo Kids took a fantastic concept, and designed an easy way to keep your little ones' hands warm this winter season.  They encourage families to #GetOutAndPlay, and in order to do that during the winter months, when there's all that FUN SNOW to play in... first you have to dress to stay warm.  Ideal for little ones age 6 months to 4 years, Veyo Mittyz are the perfect glove for children. No more "You HAVE to wear mittens" arguments. No more tears over icy cold fingers.  No more incredibly frustrating sessions of trying to wiggle tiny fingers into tiny gloves or mittens.  Veyo Mittzy come in fun designs your child will want to wear. And you'll love how easy they slip on. There's no thumb hole, but they still provide a paw like shape that gives kids mobility to grab things. Like that sled rope! I appreciated that Veyo Mittzy are nice and long, which completely covers the wrist area that often leaves an exposed gap at the cuff.  Doesn't happen with the mittzy.  They extend half … [Read more...]

Quick Relief for Sick Kids [Giveaway, Ended 11/23]

With the changing of seasons to cooler temperatures, often comes flu bugs.  I like having an arsenal on hand, just in case I need some relief for sick kids.   Recently I was sent some sample of non-medicated soothing relief for fevers, and think it's a pretty slick idea.  BeKOOOL makes soft gel sheets you can apply to a hot little forehead, for cooling relief that lasts up to 8 hours. Tapping into my Old School tricks, I like to give my kids a cool washcloth for their forehead when they are sick.  They do find it very relieving, but of course the washcloth is wet and doesn't stay in place long on a tossing child. BeKOOOL non-messy sheets will stay with them, and seem like a great alternative.  It's ok to use them in addition to medicine, and a packet of 2 sheets is easy to pack and take along when you travel.  I definitely plan to try them out the next time anyone in my household is sick. BeKOOOL Relief for Sick Kids ~ Giveaway Pack BeKOOL offered to send one of my winning … [Read more...]

Muscle Recovery & Relief With RAD Massage Tools

Got pain from working out, training for an upcoming runDisney race, or just sitting at your boring computer all day?  (Those last 2 were me.)  Then you are going to be as happy as I was to discover RAD massage tools for recovery and muscle relief.  These well designed, compact products help you work on those trouble spots by applying pressure and massage. When Dan from RAD Roller stumbled across my blog and read about my efforts to train for my first half marathon, he emailed me to tell me about RAD.  I've now been trying the RAD Roller and RAD Rod for a few weeks, and am sold on their effectiveness.  They are also affordable and high quality, and I'm excited to share these tools with my readers. RAD massage tools can help massage sore muscles, reduce tightness, and relieve pain in your lower back, neck, hips, legs, and even knees.   RAD’s focus is on achieving full-body mobility through both trigger point and larger muscle relief. RAD Massage Tools ~ RAD Roller The RAD … [Read more...]

Happy Legs by VIM & VIGR [Giveaway, Ended 10/30]

If you haven't tried compression socks since your last pregnancy... it's time to get them another shot, girlfriend!  And a great place to start when looking for some compression socks with cute designs and excellent quality is VIM & VIGR. Benefits of Compression Socks Compression socks and leg sleeves are taking the fitness world by storm lately, and with good reason.  Billed as a running recovery tool, some people choose to wear them during long runs... others, afterwards.  The key is that they increase circulation, which helps get the blood flowing in your feet and lower legs and aids in disbursement of that post-exercise lactic acid in your muscles.  This is a much lovelier alternative than having lactic acid build up and incapacitate you from walking normally the next day after a solid run. Are the Benefits of Compression Socks scientific?  No idea.  I'm not a scientist.  But in my personal experience I find the sensation of compression very soothing to my feet and calves, … [Read more...]

Firmoo Online Optical Store [Giveaway, Ended 10/20]

Firmoo is a popular online eyeglasses store, offering mail order of prescription glasses at prices much lower than you will typically pay in person, at an optical shop.  They have a great selection of frames, their eyeglasses and prescription lenses are of very nice quality, and ordering can be easy with just a few tips under your belt. I've been very happy with ordering from Firmoo in the past, and feel comfortable recommending that my readers give them a try... primarily because it's a real money saver.   If you'd like to check out my previous reviews to hear more about my experience, you can read about my first timer impression of shopping on Firmoo's website, and my best tips for ordering eyeglasses online. Firmoo Glasses ~ Frame Options Check out the Firmoo online optical store to see all the trendy styles available.  Browsing the site is fun and easy.  You can search for frames based on color, material, or style. Here were some of my favorites when I took a peek … [Read more...]