16 Essential Items for Your Day Hiking Gear List

Prime hiking season has arrived!  Not yet in the overnight backpacker game, my husband and I typically only tackle day hiking with kids.  It’s one of our favorite pastimes, and the best part is… it’s free!  There are definitely a few items that I’ve learned to always bring along when hiking in the mountains. This month I was participating in a sponsored campaign for BODYARMOR LYTE, and my husband and I both have really been enjoying this sports drink after hiking.  It got me thinking about my core go-to hiking list.  Those baseline things I always take in my backpack, no matter what. Day Hiking Gear List – 16 Essential Items As a result of this outdoorsy soul searching, I’ve gathered together my day hiking gear list.  I literally store these items in my backpack at all times, so they are ready to go whenever we want to take a hike.  That way I don’t have to worry about forgetting anything I may need. The beauty is most of these items are small, light weight, and don't cost … [Read more...]

My runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Dory Approach “Just Keep Running…”

I've been running for about two months now, since I registered for my very first runDisney race... the Princess Half Marathon.  Woo hooo!  Not gonna lie, progress feels slow.  In my younger days, whenever I would pick up running it seemed I'd experience a breakthrough after about 2-3 weeks.  This time round, no lightning breakthroughs.  (*shakes head slowly, in mild disgust*) This will also be my first half marathon, and I really do have pretty high hopes, thanks to Jeff Galloway. I've been following his run-walk-run method, and it works likka champ!  I'm amazed how spot on his running time charts are, which I would have thought would vary greatly person-to-person.  But sure enough, when I use the 1:1 ratio (run 1 minute, walk 1 minute)... I'm averaging a 13 minute mile.  Just like Jeff said I would.  Pretty cool. runDisney Princess Half Marathon Training ~ Jeff Galloway's Run Walk Run I really love this.  If you haven't seen it - check it out.  It's been making running pain free … [Read more...]

Stonewear Designs Slit Crop Pant – The One I’ve Been Searching For

I own three types of capris, for three different purposes.  Does that sound like you? I have some capris which I usually wear for workouts, typical sporting apparel type crop pants.  I then own several pair of capri pants which I wear to work, since they are my favorite piece of clothing during the warm months.  Plus I have numerous, raggedy but comfy lounging pant capris that I put on almost the second I arrive home for the day. That is until Stonewear Designs recently sent me a pair of their signature, customer favorite Stonewear Slit Crop Pant.  And now I only need one style of pants - for everything!  Because these are amazing. From the day they came in the mail, they became the bottoms I wanted to put on every single morning.   If they were in the wash, I was left standing in my closet, forlornly examining all the not-Stonewear options, having a little Pity Party for myself and wishing I had more Stonewear capris and pants on my shelf. The Stonewear Slit Crop Pant As … [Read more...]