It is no secret that we are huge proponents of getting outside and being active. That is what this blog is all about….and it is the reason we put so much energy into it. We believe whole-heartedly in the benefits of fresh air, exercise, and trying new things! We want to inspire and be inspired.
Inspiration comes in all forms: challenges from those we love, challenges from those we imitate and admire, and challenges from nature as our bodies learn to move in different ways.
As a family, we tend to like to switch things up a bit with the seasons and on a whim. We are ok with biking in the winter (because we can around here) and Mtn Papa always loves to get a ski in in June just to say he did (again, because we can!)
We also love to challenge each other with new interests….which also tends to result in more gear around here, but we live with the consequences… I taught Mtn Papa how to skate ski, and he taught me all I know about backcountry alpine skiing. We encourage each other to get a run in (or get back into running and hiking after babies) and individually and collaboratively support hikes off the trail, training for fun races and trying new sports.
Keeping things fresh and being supportive between spouses, family members and friends is key to continuing to get outside and remaining active. I, personally, love the backcountry because it is always offering a new perspective, new views, and new challenges (and it is for the opposite reasons that I loathe the treadmill!)
We also look elsewhere ourselves for inspiration. We read blogs, look at pictures, and watch what others are doing while we are outside. We talk to people we run into on the trail and feel like kindred spirits with those of you online who share your own stories (so thank you!) When we were pregnant with J, we had an eagle-eye view for spotting Chariots (and pestered everyone we could asking questions about them!) We’re always looking around for new gear (especially kids’ gear that helps us get out there as a family) and love sharing it here on the blog.
I want to know! What inspires you? What makes you want to get out there and push yourself physically and emotionally and mentally (because we certainly know adventuring with kids requires plenty of mental and emotional challenges too! ;))
This winter I came across yet another company that I want to share with you because I think they are doing wonderful things to inspire people to get outside. Multisport Journeys designs graphics (hand-sketched by owner, Sue Field’s, brother, Jeff Field, and then colored and digitized by Sue herself.) They have a bunch of them ranging from snow sports (skiing, tubing, snowboarding) to ATV sports to yoga and back to summer sports (hiking, kayaking, running, etc.) They take those graphics and offer them on T-shirts, fleeces, hats, mugs, and technical shirts. You can choose one graphic or a few together (three or four) to highlight what you love to do.
MSJ actually uses a burning technique to put their images on fleece so there is no fading. The images on the cotton Ts will fade with washing (just like any image on a shirt) but so far, so good (and we have washed ours at least five times.)
The clothing is quality, the graphics are unique and quality, and the message is clear: GET OUTSIDE AND BE ACTIVE!
What I would love to see improved:
– For the kids’ line, I would really love to see some graphics that showcase kids. I want to see a picture of a kid giving a thumbs up in a Chariot, a kid hooked up to a ski harness learning how to downhill ski with their parents, a kid on a balance bike, a kid backpacking in a pack with their family. Kids doing what kids have to do when they are little (and then wearing the shirts to show it!)
– I love the idea of having technical shirts, but wish they could be something other than white (though understand the lightness of color is necessary for the graphics to show up.)
– I think the fleeces are great, but would love to see them without any writing at all. Just the image to convey the meaning (or use the “Live to…” writing)!
Sue over at MSJ has very generously offered a chance for one of you to win your own custom cotton T-shirt (choice of size and graphics).
To enter to win:
REQUIRED: comment on this post answering the question above in bold (“what inspires you?”)
FOR EXTRA ENTRIES (please comment each time you do one of these things saying you did):
1. Like Tales of a Mountain Mama on Facebook
2. Follow Tales of a Mountain Mama on Twitter
3. Like “Live To” (AKA Multisport Journeys) on Facebook
And for everyone else, Sue is offering a 10% discount (code: talesten) good through the end of March.
Multisport Journeys generously gave P and J their shirts to facilitate this review. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are honesty and genuinely our own!