O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday (one day early). Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season.
First of all, Babiators is offering a 30% discount to all of my readers. Use code MountainMama30off on the Babiators site.
Kid sunglasses – ah the endless quest to keep those eyes safely covered AND not spend big bucks on glasses they aren’t going to just break or lose anyway. We discovered Babiators at the Outdoor Retailer show and were impressed as to how much serious abuse you (or your kids) could inflict on them without any repercussions. They can be bent, stepped on, and thrown across the room.
They also claim they won’t stretch out, which we agree is true in our 2 months of use. We’ll update this review if that changes at all.
The classic Babiators (for ages 0-7) are only $20 which is reasonable to pay for kids sunglasses. They also have a polarized option for $45 and their Aces style (for kids aged 7-14) for $30.
We also purchased their Submariners swim goggles which are a dream for babies in the pool.
One gripe we have about them is that they tend to fall off the kids’ noses just a bit. This drives my kids crazy when they are running or biking. Babiators assures me their Ready to Fly! Accessory Pack would help tremendously (basically kroakies for the glasses). We’ll let you know when we have a chance to try that option!
My favorite thing about the company? They have a lost/broken guarantee for the first year. Should you lose or break your Babiators product within one year of purchase, they’ll send you a replacement — free. Just register for your Lost & Found Guarantee within 30 days of purchase, and you’re all set.
Anyone use Babiators? We’d love to hear your feedback too!
Babiators generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here.
This Alaska girl is such a wimp when it comes to heat, but 90s are enough to push me into an irritable state (just ask my kids). And we don’t even have humidity. AND it cools off here at night (there’s perks to living at a higher elevation.)
Don’t get me wrong – I love the fact that the doors can be left open and the windows too. I love that my kids can run around barefoot and I don’t have to wrestle them into snowsuits. I love that our outside time tally is hours and hours a day.
But, I’m hot. They’re hot. And it’s making us all a little grumpy.
I’m realizing that I am actually having a harder time being motivated to stay outside when it’s hot than when it’s super cold in the dead of winter. I always say you can add clothes in the winter; you can only strip down so much in the summer. Those layers and layers of snow gear isn’t looking so bad right now.
I guess this is why I live (and always will) in a place with 4 seasons. Just when you can’t bear the cold/heat anymore, that magic switcharoo happens and you can complain about something else for a while.
But, I’m really not here to complain. Much. I just thought I would share our simple tips for getting out anyway when you’d rather just sit in front of the fan.
WATER. Water, water, water. Drink it, jump in it, boat it, swim in it, splash it, spray it…you get the idea!
Get out early. Be out the door by 8 am and get a couple hours under your belt before the sun gets really intense.
Head for the hills…or mountains. The higher elevation drops temperature drastically. Take advantage.
Keep eating. Even when you don’t feel like it (often the heat makes people lose their appetite). Your body needs fuel to keep cool too.
Wear UPF rated clothing that keeps you cool. It protects from sunburn, you don’t have to worry about reapplying sunscreen and you can wet it down to keep you cool as you hike or play. My kids wear the same two shirts on a daily basis. And no one cares.
Protect your eyes too – wear sunglasses and encourage even kids to wear them from a very young age. Be persistent and keep offering them, even for the kids that throw them off.
Freeze fruit, yogurt, chocolate, granola bars, etc. and eat them cold.
Go for the shade – don’t plan an exposed hike in the middle of the day in the middle of the summer.
Don’t forget your Kisser! Your lips can burn too – use SPF lip balm and avoid a painful after-adventure mouth.
Act like a kid. Have a water fight and win some points for the adults.
Now if we could only get rid of the bugs…..
Fall – I’ve got my eyes on you!
Finally, I just have to share a little plug for this boat for kids we fell in love with. So much in fact that we came home and the boys pooled like two years of birthday money together to purchase their own. And they won’t stop stalking the mail man.
The Lifetime Kayak for kids (6 feet long, 130 pound weight limit) gives kids some independence on the water as they learn to navigate and maneuver. P is 4 and 30 pounds and he had no issues with it. Our friend is double his size and also had no issues with it. It’s simple, but built for a lifetime (ha! get it??) and super fun. And it comes with a paddle.
If you end up purchasing one, we’d love if you would click through this affiliate link. No cost to you and it gives back to us just a little. Watch the prices too – they have been jumping around a bit even the last couple of days.
When we came up with the idea for this crazy #Hike2015 event we had no idea what kind of response we’d see. But, can I just tell you that we’re impressed, motivated and inspired? Your photos and stories are simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
It’s not getting any easier to select winners! So, if you didn’t win this week (or even if you did) please keep on participating. We have a lot more prizes to give away.
And, anyone who participates in 5 or more challenges will have their name thrown in the hat to win a $110 gift card to get yourself some new Chacos on their site. I know we have a ton of Chaco fans out there. We will announce that winner at the very end of week 9. So keep those entries coming!!!
$20.00 off a pair of Dirty Girl Gaiters goes to Angie Hicks Scasta for hiking even when the trail mysteriously ended.
(1) Pair of mens hiking socks from Ausangate goes to @crazzyseal21 because her husband ended up in the mud on her hike over the weekend and we think he deserves a new pair of socks!
A pair of Switch Sunglasses goes to Angie Seibold Sonnenberg to fight off the bright Texas sun.
Beeline case for your iPhone goes to Denise Michele Powers for getting that baby out there.
Nalgene water bottle goes to @kidsclutterchaos for getting the family out there on a 100-degree day (Amelia and I are sweating just thinking about this).
A t-shirt from All Peak goes to Theresa Silverya for climbing 3,500 feet in just 2 miles.
Thank you all for participating. If you’ve won a giveaway item we’ll message you soon with shipping information.
This week your challenge is to hike to someplace beautiful and snap a scenic selfie! That’s right we want to see the beauty where you hike and your beautiful faces! Then be sure to share your photo and your experience with us. We’re looking to be inspired by your photos and your stories.
Just remember to make this an official entry you need to tag @mtnmamatales & @hikelikeawoman and use the #hike2015 so we can track all of our entries. Be sure to jump to our Hike2015 page for all the rules.
NOTE: If in doubt, post your Facebook photos on OUR walls – then if your profile is private, we won’t miss it! If you don’t see us liking or commenting on your photo, we haven’t seen it.
This week you have a chance to win one of the following prizes:
O.F.F. = Outdoor Fashion Friday. Our (almost) weekly segment featuring our favorite styles for the season. Everything I share are pieces that can be worn all day long and stand up to the “use and abuse” of serious adventures. As a family, we appreciate clothing that is worth our hard-earned money. It’s what we wear […]
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