Saturday, October 31, 2015

Leather Wrap Bracelets #Giveaway

Leather wrap bracelets seem to have outdoor enthusiast written all over them. That is why we sell them on our blog. We also carry sterling silver jewelry for those who want to take it up a notch. My favorite is our Take A Hike Necklace. It's how I feel most days.

Check out our products page to see our jewelry for the outdoor enthusiast. 

We hope to add more to our page, including sterling silver bracelets and necklaces for the avid runner.

We want our readers to have a chance to win one each of our leather wrap bracelets so we're giving away all four styles to two lucky readers. Check out the four bracelets and enter for your chance to win all four. Want to order gifts for the holidays? All orders over $12.00 placed between now and Dec. 1, 2015 will receive the Tree of Life (bottom left corner) free with their order. All orders must be placed through Paypal.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

#Alisten PowerPort 6 Charging Hub Review

Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
I have so many devices that need charging everyday and it's a hassle to plug them into different outlets. I also travel a fair amount and when I do, it's usually with my spouse and children. Between all of us, we usually have at least 6-7 devices that need to be charged at the end of the day. Hotels rarely have enough plugs to charge every device and I usually need to charge my devices all at the same time. This power port solves the problem. It only needs to be plugged into one outlet and can charge 5 of my devices at the same time or lets me share with family members.

The Alisten PowerPort 6 has 5 USB plugs and one USB-C plug for newer devices which is perfect for when I travel with family. It's enough for all of us to charge our cell phones at the same time and even leaves an extra plug for a GPS watch or fitness tracking device. The pros of being able to charge so many devices at the same time outweigh the only con I could find. The only con is that the plastic feels a little cheap. However, I've not had any problems with it breaking or even scratching and I've already taken it on a trip. It's definitely one of the handier travel accessories I have and one I take with me every time. However, it's also useful at home and something I use everyday.
Rating ★★★★★

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Protect Life First Aid Kit Review #firstaidkit

Disclosure: Item received at a discount in exchange for an honest review.

With my active, outdoor loving family, I'm always going through first aid supplies. With scraped knees and elbows from mountain bike falls to blisters from hiking with the wrong types of shoes, someone always has some sore in need of attention. I've been on the lookout for a first aid kit I can fit in my day pack for scrapes and cuts.

The Protect Life First Aid Kit has almost everything I need to take care of those unexpected emergencies. In fact, I was surprised at how many things I didn't think of putting in a first aid kit but are in this one.

The first aid kit contains the following:

                      Alcohol Prep Pads                Antiseptic Towellettes
                      Abdominal Pad                     Bandages
                      Small Scissors                      Whistle
                      Compass                               Emergency Poncho
                      Cotton Swabs                       Blister Pad
                      Vinyl Gloves                        Tape
                      Conforming Bandage           Nightstick
                      Triangular Bandage              Cold Compress
                      Emergency Blanket              Sterile Gauze Pad
                      Resuscitation Device            Tweezers

The first aid kit does not contain any medications which is not surprising as most do not carry them. I did add ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and rehydration tablets to the kit.

What I like about the kit is it is lightweight so I can take it hiking or mountain biking in my pack. I also like the carry case. It opens up into two compartments and has clear vinyl so I can easily find what I'm looking for without pulling everything out. The two things I didn't like were the plastic tweezers and the zipper. The tweezers feel a little flimsy so I'm planning on replacing them with a lightweight metal pair. Also, I've had problems with the zipper getting stuck at the end. Otherwise, I'm happy to recommend the first aid kit to my readers.
Rating ★★★★☆

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Lower Calf Creek Falls: Hiking in Utah at Grand Staircase National Monument

Lower Calf Creek Falls lies in the heart of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in south, central Utah. For those traveling to the area, the hike is definitely worth the stop. I have always wanted to check out the beauty of the Grand-Staircase Monument. The hike to the falls was one of the highlights of my trip.
The trail is located along scenic highway 12 adjacent to the Calf Creek Campground. A $2.00 entry fee per vehicle applies when parking in the parking lot. However, there is a small amount of parking along the road outside of the fee area. The trail gets crowded on weekends and holidays. The developed trail is well marked on the road from the parking area before reaching the river.

The trail starts with a small climb on packed sand and continues along a relatively easy path. The trail is rated moderate mostly because of some more difficult sandy areas. However, children as young as five or six could handle the trail with rests along the way. I saw many families hiking the to the falls. 

Beautiful views of sandstone monoliths and cliffs abound. Also, because the trail follows Calf Creek much of the way, some nice oases provide relief from the heat. The area is a desert and gets very hot in the summer so it is imperative to pack water. We hiked the trail in the fall which was the perfect time of year - not too hot.
The last part of the trail is well shaded and leads to the 126 ft. falls. Here you'll also find a nice pool perfect for a splash or swim. The trail is just under 6 miles round trip. About a mile and a half up on the east wall, there are pictographs and Fremont granaries but we missed them the day we hiked.

Because the trail is relatively flat with just a few short hills, it makes for great trail running and can be completed in under two hours. However, for those hiking with children, allow 3-4 hours.

Trail Location: The trail is located on Hwy 12 about 11 miles south of Boulder or 15 miles east of Escalante at the Calf Creek Campground.
Coming up to Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Mueller Park to Elephant Rock: Hiking/Trail Running in Utah

Elephant Rock Mueller Park
It's easy to see why Mueller Park in Bountiful, Utah is a favorite for trail runners. From it's easy access from a neighborhood to a steady climb, the trail offers a clear wide path for trail runners, hikers and even mountain bikers.

The trail starts at a shaded footbridge over Mill Creek just across from the guard shack. Parking is available at the trail head before the footbridge and also along the neighborhood streets if the parking lot is full.

The trail is wide enough for passing, making mountain biking and trail running easier. The trail has steady climbs through switchbacks shaded by tall pines and fir trees. Just under a mile, the trail opens up where you might get a glimpse of Big Rock or Elephant Rock as the locals call it. It is the white rock in the middle of the green sea of conifers. Be sure to  watch for openings for views of the valley as well. The trail winds around until it opens up to patches of scrub oak. I love that it doesn't stay open and exposed to the sun.

 At about 2.7 miles, the trail crosses over a few footbridges in a wet area. Just about a half mile from the series of bridges is the turn off to the left for Elephant Rock (Big Rock). It is easy to miss if not paying attention.

At 3.48 miles is a nice bench to sit and enjoy the view at Elephant Rock (Big Rock). For a nice 7 mile run or hike, this is the turn around point. The elevation gain from the bottom to this point is only a little over 1000 feet from 5230 feet to 6255 feet. For hiking, the recommended time is about three to four hours but for trail running, it can easily be done in two hours or less. It is rated moderate but is easier than many of the moderate hikes near the Salt Lake Valley. So put on your hiking or trail running shoes and enjoy a morning. Want to take your hiking buddy? Get our your leash because dogs are allowed on the trail.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Rainbow Light Power Sours Multivitamin Gummies REVIEW

  • I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
Children aren't the only ones who have trouble swallowing pills. Adults often do too. I especially hate the big vitamin pills since they  get caught at the back of my throat. I've been looking for a good multivitamin for my children and one that I can sneak as well. Rainbow Light’s Power Sours® Multivitamin Gummies  are a vitamin supplement my son will take everyday without arguing that he doesn't like them.
The natural cane sugar gives the supplement a sweet taste and the fruit flavor gives it that sour tang. My son loves them. In fact, I worry that he might get carried away and think they are candy. I'm afraid he won't stop at the one package a day allowance. I have to hide them to make sure this doesn't happen.

What I like about the Power Sours® Gummies is that they are formulated with clinically researched key nutrients and have an extra boost of vitamin C which all support optimal growth.

I also like that they are free of additives and preservatives. They include four flavors, strawberry, pineapple, raspberry, and lemon. To be honest, I couldn't tell that much difference between the flavors. Also, they do have that "vitamin" taste which I think is a good thing to keep the kids from eating too many. The Rainbow Light Gummies retail for $17.99 which is a little higher than some vitamin supplements but worth it to have a product that children will take everyday. Also, the individual packets are really convenient, especially when traveling.

 I like the fact that Rainbow Light also makes a gummy product for adults. It makes it easy for me too.

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Product Rating ★★★★★

Monday, October 12, 2015

AYL SoundFit Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review. 

It's not very often that a review product becomes such a hot commodity in my home that I can't keep it in my hands long enough to review it. The AYL SoundFit Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker quickly became such a commodity. The moment my teenage son set eyes on it, he was sure it was made just for him and immediately staked his claim. It was all I could do just to "borrow" it long enough to try it. Since he has used it much more than I have, I'm combining our reviews.

I am amazed at the clear sound that comes out of this speaker. For the price of $29.95, I have to admit I wasn't expecting it to have such an awesome sound. My son said the same thing and in his exact words, "the bass on this thing kicks butt." The bass really shines on this speaker.

While the speaker is listed as waterproof, that doesn't mean it can be 100% immersed in water. What it does mean is that we can use it bike riding, camping, and hiking and not have to worry about getting it wet in a rain storm. I haven't tried it in the shower, but I have had it wet from the rain and it still works fine afterword.

The speaker is lightweight and portable. The durable strap makes it easy to hook a carabiner to it so we can take it practically anywhere. My son loves to take it one his backpack is "hammocking" with  out with his friends. I also plan to use it soon for a family funeral to play soft background music during part of the gathering.
The speaker is easy to charge and to set up with any Bluetooth enabled device. My son uses it with his Samsung phone. The charge also lasts quite a while. We've found it easily lasts 10 hours on one charge. It also has a good range. The listing says it has a range of 33 feet with which is in line with what we've experienced.

The only problem I have with the speaker is that I might never get it back. I'll be taking that one up with my son.

Rating ★★★★★

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Block Island Organics Revitalizing Night Cream Product Review

**Disclosure: Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.**

Living in a dry environment and spending a lot of time in the sun wrecks havoc on my skin. Add the effects of natural aging and my skin needs additional moisture several times a day. I worry about using products with added chemicals. However, I don't have to worry about  with the Block Island Organics Revitalizing Night Cream. Made with organic ingredients like cocoa butter, avocado, and aloe vera, I can feel confident I'm not exposing my skin to anything harmful.

I've been using the revitalizing night cream for two weeks and I love it. It only takes a little dab on each of my cheeks to cover my entire face. I also use it on my neck area. It does a great job of keeping my face moisturized all night and into the next morning. I like how well the cream absorbs into my skin without a greasy feel. I have dry skin so I can't comment on how well it works for oily skin.

I sometimes have sensitivities to perfumes and dyes. The night cream is free from those. I prefer products with no scent so this is ideal for me.

I highly recommend Block Island Organics to my readers because healthy skin is part of the big picture of a healthy life.

Product Rating ★★★★★

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Great Hikes in Big Cottonwood Canyon Utah: Mill D to Desolation Lake

 I love Mill D North Fork Trail, especially for trail running. With an elevation change of only 1900-2500 feet in a little over 3.5 miles, the trail is not too steep to keep a brisk pace. It's also well marked and easy to follow.

The trail passes through aspens and pines as well as the occasional meadow. The trail is rated 5 which is a moderate rating. However, a beginner could handle the trail but may not be able to make it all the way to the lake. There are ample resting spots along the way for those who like to stop. The trail forks at about 1.7 miles to Dog Lake or Desolation Lake. Follow the sign on the right to Desolation Lake.

Though the trail is rocky in some spots, the majority of it is smooth enough to run. I hiked most of the way up and jogged down which means I did the trail in a lot less time than the suggested four hours. A good pair of trail running shoes works well for those who want to run it.

This trail is also popular with mountain bikers and makes for some great biking.

The abundance of aspens means hiking in the fall will give you a beautiful array of colors to enjoy along the way and at the lake. Also, because it is well marked and located close to the city, you will encounter other people and is especially busy on the weekends.

Keep in mind that all trails in Big Cottonwood Canyon are considered watershed which means NO DOGS. You will get a ticket if you try to bring one along.
Getting There

From I-15 take I-215 North to 6200 So. exit. Turn left off the exit and stay right onto Wasatch Blvd. Turn left on Big Cottonwood Canyon (at the intersection with the light) and head about 8.6 miles up the canyon. The trail head is on the north side of the street and parking is available at the trail head.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hydration Pack by CaaZ GeaR Product Review

Disclosure: Product received at no charge in exchange for an honest review.

I do a lot of hiking and just started doing some trail running. I also participate in cycling and mountain biking. I like having a universal hydration pack that I can use for all of my sporting activities. The CaaZ GeaR Hydtration Pack is perfect for my needs. The fabric on the arm straps is breathable and lightweight so they are comfortable even for trail running. The ripstop nylon on the pack is also lightweight and waterproof so I don't have to worry about my phone getting ruined in the rain. The bag size is compact but big enough to hold my phone and/or camera as well as a few snacks or lunch. Multi-pockets let me keep my keys in a separate area.

The hydration pack has adjustable straps so it can fit children, teens, and adults. I can pull them tight for trail running to prevent bouncing. As for durability, the pack holds up to all of my outdoor activities.

Hiking and trail running with my pack.
Best of all, the pack comes with a 1.5 lite BPA free bladder. The bladder has an awesome pull tab bite valve with a cover. I'm constantly getting my bite valve dirty so I love the cover. I have a lot of different brand bladders and I love the bite valve on this pack the best. My spouse has a higher end bag that I will admit is more comfortable for trail running, it was also way more expensive. For the price, the CaaZ GeaR pack is a solid alternative for those not wanting to spend a lot. It's rare to find a good pack under $30 that comes with the bladder.

The only word of caution about this bag is to make sure the threads are even when closing up the bladder as I had mine leak. It isn't a problem if you make sure you close it tight.

Rating ★★★★