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...]

The Ultimate Outdoor Woman Gift Guide

It's been another year of trying out all kinds of outdoor, travel, and fashion gear for the Colorado Mountain Mom site.  I'm an outdoor gal with a wide range of tastes, but at our core we all love some of the same basic things. Here are a few of my absolute favorites I've found for this season.  There's a nice range of prices, so hopefully this may help you find the perfect gift for that outdoor gal in your life! Ultimate "Outdoor Woman" Gift Guide Sunday Afternoons ~ Shasta Trapper Hat, $48 I knew they made great sun hats, but didn’t realize the awesome variety in styles that Sunday Afternoon designs.  This company knows hats, and I feel you’ll not find a better fitting, more comfortable option for your head. I'm loving the cute yet practical Shasta Trapper Hat, new this season.  Furry warmth of the fold down flaps will keep your neck and ears cozy, while a handy brim shades the eyes.  Perfect for winter adventures! Native Eyewear ~ Penrose Sunglasses, … [Read more...]

Summer Beach Essentials Roundup 2016

I know what you're thinking.  Why is the "mountain mom" writing a gear review for beach products?  Well, first off... I know a good outdoor gear product when I see one.  And many of these awesome eco-friendly, lightweight, and easy-to-pack items work just as fabulously for an adventure in the woods, as a day at the beach. And although we live in Colorado, almost every family vacation we take involves heading to a coast for some ocean time.  We recently returned from a road trip to California, where we were able to enjoy multiple beaches along the Pacific Ocean.  Before we left, I packed a few summer beach essentials to take with us. So here you go.  Check out these clever products, perfect for your next day at the beach (or mountains!). Matador Pocket Blanket The Pocket Blanket is perfect for comfortable seating while watching the sunset at the beach —no more bulky blankets. Ultra compact made of lightweight, revolutionary parachute material Water- and … [Read more...]

Healthy On-The-Go Snacks 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...]