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...]

All Natural ASPIRE Sports Drinks [Giveaway, Ended 6/5]

Tired of giving your kids (or yourself) unhealthy drinks full of high fructose sugar?  So were the two hockey dads from Minnesota who created ASPIRE all natural sports drinks.   In an effort to improve the health and performance of athletes, they set out to innovate a better alternative. Other prevalent sports drinks often contain large amounts of sugar, salt, artificial dyes and flavors, preservatives, oils, and other unhealthy ingredients.  Oftentimes during strenuous activity, your body does need more than water.  ASPIRE offers a healthy alternative.  Their mission: “to create a natural sports drink that is better for your health, better for your performance, and better tasting.” All Natural ASPIRE Sports Drinks   With only 35 calories and 8g of sugar in a 12oz bottle, ASPIRE is sweetened with pure cane sugar, monk fruit and stevia leaf. My family tried out an assortment of all 5 available ASPIRE flavors, and the first thing I liked was the relatively smaller … [Read more...]