prAna: Sustainable Clothing for Life’s Adventures + Coupon Code

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This chaotic world of ours can sometimes leave us feeling powerless–like nothing we do makes a difference.  But that’s not true; the choices you make matter.  Maybe you carpool to work, turn off your lights when you’re not using them, or eat locally-produced food.  It might not seem like a big deal to do these things, but even small actions can have lasting effects on the planet.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens quote from Margaret Mead
While many of us are already taking simple steps toward reducing our environmental footprint, there’s one area we often forget to address:  clothing.  We all wear it (I hope!), but we don’t always think about the enormous impact our fashion choices can make.  Take conventional (non-organic) cotton for example.  For a long time now, I’ve made it a point to buy clothing made of natural materials instead of man-made.  As a result, I’ve got a lot of cotton in my closet, and I was feeling pretty good about it.  Little did I know how much more complicated the situation really is.

Did you know that many MILLIONS of pounds of pesticides are used on cotton crops in the US every year?  Or how about that it takes 11,000 liters of water to make a single pair of jeans?  I was floored by both of those stats, and they’ve definitely made me think twice about my wardrobe.

 

Thankfully, companies like prAna are making it easier to be a conscious consumer. Sustainability is at the heart of every decision they make, from the materials they use to how they package their products. Take a look at their web site, and you’ll find fabric options like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and hemp.  When you open your package, you’ll find that their tags are all made of 100% post consumer recycled paper, they use soy-based inks, and as part of their polybag reduction initiative, they tie the clothing with raffia fiber.  As if that weren’t enough, they were one of the first companies to offer Fair Trade Certified products.  Yeah.  They rock.

prAna

Not only are they committed to sustainable and ethical business practices, but they make some darn cute clothing–and it’s not all yoga pants.  Whether you’re looking for clothes for work, hanging out, or your next adventure, prAna has it covered.  Since it’s Fall, and that’s my favorite time to be out and about exploring the forests and mountains of NJ, I went with something that I thought would be perfect for hiking, and I’m absolutely thrilled with my choice.

prAna Aya Sweater

With the Aya Sweater, prAna has managed to create a wool top that doesn’t make me want to remove it the second it touches my skin.  The recycled wool blend is surprisingly not itchy, and I think the button detail on the sleeves is just adorable.  I love to feel warm and cozy, so this sweater is just the ticket for me.  I only wish they offered this (and other tops) in petite sizes, because the sleeves are a bit long for my short arms.

Their water-repellent, relaxed-fit  Halle Pants are exactly what I needed for our hiking trips.  They’re flexible and very easy to move around in, but they never get more baggy or lose their shape as the day goes on.  The pockets are sort of small, so they don’t add any unflattering bulk to the pants, and they have an additional zip stash pocket hidden on the right leg for larger items like your ID and keys.

prAna Halle Pants Zip Pocket

The zip pocket is definitely handy, but I love the roll up legs even more. [Read more…]


The Ultimate in Halloween Fun & a New VR Arena at iPlay America!

It’s Halloween all month long at iPlay America in Freehold, NJ!

iPlay America - Halloween

My kids always look forward to a trip to iPlay, but a visit in October is an extra treat.   All the normal rides and games are available for them to enjoy, but the whole park is trimmed in the most spooktacular Halloween decor, and a number of Halloween-themed activities await them.  You won’t be surprised when I tell you which activity they wanted to do first.

iPlay America - Trick or Treat Trail

Did someone say candy?  My kids remembered the Trick or Treat Trail from last year, so upon entering the building, they made a mad dash for the first candy-filled cauldron they could find.  There are six stations located throughout the park, and each one has a cauldron loaded with Halloween candy–and it’s the good stuff.  Complete the whole trail, and you can enter to win and iPlay America Birthday Party!  The Trick or Treat Trail is open on Sundays from 12-4.  Five dollars gets you a trick or treat bag, a map, plenty of candy, and whole lot of fun.

Next up was a visit to the iPlay Pumpkin Patch. [Read more…]


Field Station: Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs After Dark

If you thought dinosaurs were intimidating by daylight, just wait until you see them at night!  On Friday and Saturday nights in October, Field Station: Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ is hosting Dinosaurs After Dark, where you are invited to see their 32 life-sized dinosaurs after hours–when things are at their spookiest.  Armed with a mini flashlight and a dauntless attitude, visitors explore the darkened trails in search of a missing T-Rex.

Field Station: Dinosaurs

You’ll hunt in a small group led by a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, and you’ll soon find that there’s more out there than just a Tyrannosaurs Rex.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - Dinosaurs After Dark - Dilophosaurus

Surprises lurk around every corner, but don’t worry–your guide will not only protect you from these ferocious beasts, he’ll tell you everything you might want to know about them.

Field Station: Dinosaurs - Raptor Maze

It wasn’t long before my kids were brave enough to do a little hunting on their own.  They were excited to go through the raptor maze and race against each other to be the first to find all three hidden raptors.  My daughter won!

There were a few other stops on the trail designed to help us prepare for an encounter with the rogue T-Rex.  We began with a lesson on how T-Rex’s senses of sight, smell, and hearing affected his nighttime hunting.  Then, the Director of Security and Safety showed us how to defend ourselves the same way dinosaurs like the Ankylosaurus did all those years ago.  The kids had their own senses put to some tests, used their tails to defeat inflatable dinosaurs, and there were even dinosaur-shaped water guns involved.  This opportunity to be actively involved in the instruction made it so much fun for them, and now they feel like dinosaur experts.  It was a good thing too, because before we knew it, our new skills came in handy.

Field Station: Dinsoaurs - T-Rex

We found the T-Rex!  No worries though.  Thanks to the Field Station: Dinosaurs experts, we were more than ready to handle a confrontation with the mighty dinosaur.

You might think that’s where the fun would end, but you’d be wrong. [Read more…]


Who’s Faster than a Speeding Waistband? Captain Underpants in His First Epic Movie!

Maybe you’ve heard:  Captain Underpants has a movie. Tra-la-laaa!

Captain Underpants Tra-la-laaa!

Ordinarily, I’m not one for potty humor, but if you’ve ready any of the Captain Underpants books, you’ll understand why I make an exception.  The character is charming and hilarious, and if there were ever a time we could use some laughs, it’s now.

Professor Poopypants

In Captain Underpants:  The First Epic Movie, you’ll watch as two prankster elementary school students, Harold and George, transform their grumpy principal into a dim-witted but loveable superhero.  The boys and Captain Underpants must band together to fight a new teacher, Professor Poopypants, who intends to rid the world of laughter.  It’s a fun, toilet-filled adventure that will crack up the whole family.

Captain Underpants

Faithful Captain Underpants readers will be delighted to know that this movie stays true to the books in both its animation and story.  The content covers parts of multiple books, and it’s every bit as wacky as you’d expect.  New to the world of Captain Underpants? Trust me when I tell you that the humor will have you rolling and the characters will draw you in–even if you’ve never cracked open one of the books.

I bet you can’t wait to watch it yourself now, right?  Well, I’ve got good news for you.  Captain Underpants:  The First Epic Movie is currently available on Digital HD, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K.

Captain Underpants Hero Edition

When you become a proud owner of the Captain Underpants Hero Edition, not only will you have access to your favorite tighty-whitey-clad superhero whenever you want, but you’ll get more than 30 minutes of action-packed special features: [Read more…]


Mongoose Launches Exclusive Scooter Line at Target

I know I often talk about trying to make sure my family and I get outside during the Summer (with appropriate sun protection, of course), and we do try: we hit the shady trails, visit a spray park or two, and play in our backyard frequently. But inevitably, one day we all look at the weather report and then look at each other and then look at the listings for our movie theater. It just gets too hot, and we want some major air conditioning.

Though we do love Summer for a while, it’s not our true love. That title goes unequivocally to Fall. In the Fall, you’ll have trouble finding us indoors. Instead, you’ll find us outside walking, hiking, biking, and scootering. Yes, scootering! I’m not talking about driving Vespa scooters around town (as much as I dream of doing that) – I’m talking about riding some super fun scooters from Mongoose.

Mongoose Scooters

I bet you’re already familiar with the name Mongoose from their popular line of bicycles (you may even own some of them), but they have a line of quality, durable scooters that my family has been enjoying frequently during this change to cooler weather. They’re made for ages 8 and older, some conveniently fold up for compact storage and transport, and they come in a variety of colors and models.

We received the Force 3.0 Folding and Stance Pro Freestyle models for review, and we love them both!

Mongoose Force 3.0 Scooter

The Force 3.0 Folding Scooter folds up into a nice and tidy little shape that makes it easy to store them in places as small as school lockers or under bus seats. This model has a kickstand, which helps to protect the frame from damage when not in use. The deck (where you stand) is made from alloy and features full coverage grips to make sure your little one’s shoes won’t slip and slide. Thanks to steel brakes and 142mm wheels, the 3.0 offers a smooth ride with no slipping.  You can adjust the height to three different points, and this scooter accommodates rides up to 220 lbs.

Mongoose Stance Pro Freestyle Scooter

Our Stance Pro Freestyle Scooter is even more lightweight and features an extended deck for more standing room. It also has front and rear alloy pegs, which gives it a performance suitable for a pro-style skate park. Due to the more advanced design, this one doesn’t fold, but it’s still small and easy to toss into the trunk of your car. This one also supports children 8 and older and up to 220 lbs.  You won’t find a kickstand here though–it would get in the way of all the fancy tricks you’re going to do.

Mongoose Scooters

These scooters have given my kids hours of enjoyment, and they’re constantly looking for reasons to go outside and ride them. Even I have taken a few (or more) turns riding them! They’re fun all around, and I’m so glad we got them at the beginning of Fall so we can enjoy them all season.  I love that the scooters keep the kids active, and it turns out that they’re a pretty good incentive to get them to finish their homework quickly too.  They can’t wait to get outside and “scoot” around the block!

If you’d like to learn more, check out Mongoose.com or run down to your local Target to try them out in person. Don’t forget to follow Mongoose on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all new products and specials!