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...]

Kids Gear: Julbo Kids Sunglasses

In my search for some quality kids sunglasses, I wanted to find: a "better than normal" fit use of good lenses, and the ability to stand up to some wear and tear Throughout this quest, the name Julbo popped up repeatedly.  Julbo Kids Sunglasses receive consistently excellent reviews for their children's specialty line, and for good reason. Every parent with kids who play outside has likely experienced this problem.  You want your child to wear sunglasses when in the sun, to protect their eyes.  You buy a cheap pair at the grocery store.  They're cute.  But your child just won't keep them on.  (Or they break after a couple of rough-n-rowdy use play sessions.)  And frankly, the cheap lens probably aren't blocking out all the UVA rays anyways... which is kindof the whole point. We recently tried out two different styles, for two different ages:  a 2 year old, and an 8 year old.  Here's what we thought of Julbo Kids Sunglasses. Julbo Kids Sunglasses Julbo Kids … [Read more...]