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 and trust!
This is a little off-season as we head into fall around here (though it is predicted to be in the 80s this weekend….WHAT?!?!), but I wanted to at least give you a little introduction to Rowdywares and then we’ll touch on it more in the spring.
They believe kids shouldn’t be left behind and so have made some fantastic triathlon gear, cycling wear and mountain biking clothes all just for KIDS. And I don’t think I have ever seen my kids so excited for clothing. Ever.
The jerseys and biking shorts are just like miniature adult pieces and are built well, have just the right amount of padding and pockets and make them FEEL like serious bikers.
While we haven’t had the opportunity to do much bike racing (it’s limited in the Yellowstone area for sure), kids like to go FAST and we like to go long. We can’t wait to put them to good use this spring for some longer rides we have planned.
And maybe this is a little backwards, but it makes ME want to help them have an opportunity to do a triathlon even more (again, hard to find around here, but totally doable). Because this (photo taken from the Rowdywares site):
Their XS fits kids ages 4-6 and they go up to an XL (size 13-14) and they really are affordable for long-lasting gear.
Check out their site, leave them some love (and let them know we sent you), and check back in the spring!
Rowdywares generously provided us some biking gear to check out. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.
Ladies, this one is for you. Men, if you’re reading, listen up for the sanity and well-being of your significant other!
Personally, I think a good bra is the number one thing to invest in for successful active pursuits. A poor-fitting bra really can mean the difference between being able to give your all and having to hold back. While it doesn’t happen SUPER often, there have been times when I’ve forgotten my sports bra and literally could not workout – it’s like forgetting your good shoes.
I also happen to have been a fan of Title Nine for years and years now – if only I had the money to purchase my complete wardrobe there….for now I’ll mostly stick to the bras and keep dreaming otherwise. I have become very partial to Moving Comfort (which Title Nine carries many styles of), but easily get confused when I am trying to find one that works. Throw in kids and pregnancy and nursing and still trying to stay active and I’m almost a lost cause.
Bring in Title Nine’s Bra Genie. It quickly asks some questions, plugs them in to their system and then lets you know which bras they would recommend for you. Need more help? T9’s “bravangelists” which can help you with an even more specific fit in-store, via phone or via live chat. Easy peasy!
These are the questions that you are asked on the Bra Genie system (and really helps narrow things down):
What size bra do you wear now that fits the best?
How much support do you need?
What kind of support do you like (compression vs. separation)
How much wicking do you need?
How do you feel about wires?
What’s your modesty level (AKA “headlights”)?
After doing the Bra Genie, I ended up calling and talking to one of their “bravangelists” – they really do know their stuff. AND they helped me find a bra that would work, even in the first few months of pregnancy. I intend to stay active and support becomes even more essential as time goes on.
Surprise, surprise, we finally narrowed it down to the Moving Comfort “7 Wonders Bra”. It’s a full on “trap” keeping everything locked down, with a little padding for modesty. I also went with the print…just because it’s more fun that way. Image below courtesy of Title Nine.
Here’s my quick run-down of the 7 Wonders~
Size range: 32c- 40dd
3 prints (and various solid colors available too)
5 barbell rating (so most support)
$60 cost <– an investment in a bra you plan on wearing a lot for many years!
Rough roads biking
Hot or cold weather (because wicking is important in both)
What I like:
The best support I’ve ever had
Adjustable shoulder straps that come off completely so I COULD nurse in it (see image below)
Super great pattern
Wicks very well and stays comfortable
Good coverage – no cleavage issues
What I am not so crazy about:
The biggest downside? It’s a beast to get on. And I knew that when I got it, but decided to go for support more than convenience. BUT, if you’re changing in a locker room or something – it takes some serious dancing to get into. It has to go over your head and THEN you can fasten the 4 clasps in the back. You have to be a little flexible….
It’s comfortable, but not a bra you’re going to wear all day long (I KNOW I am not the only one who does that sometimes….) You wear it for the support and comfort while being active – but I’m always ready to change when I am done sweating.
A couple snippets about Title Nine..and bras..
They have great customer service
You can return anything you need to within a year
Their catalogs are oh so inspiring – to get out and move AND wear cute clothes…
When it comes to sports bras, most women don’t wear the right size because they can’t find the right size. This is where the women of Title Nine come in. They’ve tested thousands of bras and found just the right ones to support our workouts and our curves, whether you’re a 32AA or a 40EEE. No woman left behind.
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I’m so thrilled Title Nine wants to help one of YOU get in the perfect bra too! One lucky winner will either get an in-store fitting or a phone conversation to help them choose the best bra.
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The society we live in screams the fact that kids are an inconvenience. Again and again and again. It’s not just in the media, but in the every day decisions we make as families. Even in the adventure world – anything that tends to slow us down is limited or passed on (to daycare, to a friend, etc.) We’re slowly spinning in a “Me, Me, Me” world, and it’s really hard to break out of that. It’s about accomplishments and successes and checking off the “list of life”. It’s so easy, thanks to social media, to see what others are doing and want a part of it. The grass is always greener. Always.
Often when are in Yellowstone, we talk with people who left their kids at home because they didn’t think they could hack it. They (the adults) were planning to unplug too much, hike too far, spend too much time in the car, travel too long, etc. While I am 100% for taking some kid-free time, I strongly believe that it’s what you do WITH your family that makes the lifelong advances in happiness. Of course traveling without kids is easier, but I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t wish they would have brought their kids after all.
Based on the changing weather and how I felt the day afterwards, this will most likely be our last long hike/summit as a family of 5. God-willing, Baby #4 will be joining us in early March.
Yes, we planned the baby. Yes, we are very excited. And no – we won’t be slowing down much (at least not any more than we did with the other 3 as newborns and throughout pregnancy).
While I’ve heard much more harsh reactions, I’ve gotten plenty of, “WOW! You sure will be busy!”
Yes, we certainly will. But, we actually already ARE. And adding another baby to the mix isn’t going to change a whole lot as far as that is concerned.
And really – there isn’t any other sort of “busy” I would rather be. My kids make me a better person. They force me to become more selfless, more loving (in the truest form of the word), more contemplative about my life. They challenge me (oh do they challenge me!), they make me laugh, they make me feel as though I am living for something worth while. They make me crazy, realize how far I need to grow in patience, and want a day off. But, I really and truly know I wasn’t half the woman I am today 10 years ago. My life is richer, my love is deeper.
To be quite honest, this pregnancy is kicking my butt. Coupled with the fact that my husband had a very busy wild land fire season, and therefore I was solo parenting most of the summer, I am completely worn out. So, I’m also working hard to simplify. To cut out what I don’t need, to keep my family in my focus and not be swayed by all these “great opportunities”. Those opportunities will continue to happen intermittently throughout my life – I won’t get the time back with my family.
I’ve whined a lot. So, I am working on being grateful. For this baby, for this opportunity, for the love that continues to grow.
I’m not one of those people that pukes the whole nine months, but I’ve certainly not felt myself. I’m not motivated, I don’t hardly want to go outside, and I’m trying to cut myself a lot of slack. I don’t feel well and have been working hard to distract myself from that as well as I can. This too is a season of life…and an opportunity to grow.
In the coming months, you’ll see plenty of posts like we’ve been doing for years now. You’ll also see some pregnancy-specific ones. Sometimes when I am NOT pregnant, I forget how I truly feel when I am. Maybe that’s why I keep on having kids….ah the gift of mommy memory loss!
And yes, as a family, we will be continuing to get out as much as we can. But, I am listening to my body and being very intentional about our time (which sometimes means I am very intentional about just taking a nap and letting my kids watch T.V. for 30 minutes).
We’re keeping it real here, folks. This is real life, real challenges, real realities, and a real journey. We’re thankful for good thoughts and prayers and that you’re joining through all these seasons of life!
Cheers to families of ALL sizes…and many more adventures to come!
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