June 30, 2010

Come Party with a Purpose or Shop at Skirt Sports to Benefit The Women's Wilderness Institute

Party with a Purpose Happy Hour  Thursday, July 1st
There is no cover charge
4-6 pm at the Boulder Chophouse & Tavern
921 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302-5172
(303) 443-1188

Skirt Sports Sales Promotion: 10% of ALL sales on July 1 (24 hours) will be donated to TWWI. No code required.

Door prizes

  •  $100 Skirt Sports Gift Certificate

  • Certificate for one TWWI womens' course of your choice for the 2010 season!

  • Free Entry to The Women's Adventure Event September 12, 2010

  • Free Entry to the ZOOMA 1/2 Mile or 10K held in Colorado Springs July 17 2010

  • Run Like a Mother - A book to entertain and encourage mothers of all levels to fit running into their crowded lives because we know for certain the rewards are oh-so worth it. by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

Can't Make it? Please consider donating online.  What can your donation do?

  • $50 will buy a rock climbing harness to support the girls on our Rock Camp course

  • $100 will provide hearty food to fuel a girl on scholarship during 12 day course

  • $250 will supply equipment necessary for her to reach a new level of self-confidence

  • $1,000 will provide a full-scholarship for a day trip for a girl in need

June 22, 2010

Summer 2010 Playlist

Once again it's summer time and I feel a playlist is always necessary to get me through the work hours when I would rather be outside playing. Some of the songs are cheesy, some classic, and I hope you enjoy them all!

Click to listen

June 14, 2010

Making Dreams Come True

Overall I am a pretty content person. If I died today I can honestly say my regrets would be few. However I still have goals and two of my main goals are to complete an adventure race and to go to surf camp. One of those goals will happen this year! I am excited to report that I will be racing with my team mates Lynn and Mart as Team Cupcake Mafia in the Denver Merrell Oyster Adventure Race.

We will be doing the Full Course which consists of running, biking, and solving various challenges and puzzles to make it from one check point to another. These challenges can vary from mild to wild and I think it's going to be a fun, exhausting, amazing day.

The only thing that makes this event better is that it's a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation. If you're not familiar with the organization you should be. They are responsible for making the dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses who deserve sunshine and rainbows. Check out their website to see examples of their work in action and you will be in awe.

Our team goal is to raise $800 and I hope with the support of our family, friends, and people who support the Make a Wish Foundation we can exceed this goal. As an incentive to donate we will be having a few drawings.

  • For anyone who donates $5 or more by July 31, 2010 you will be entered to win a copy of "The Girl's Guide to Surfing". We will also have a few other items being thrown into the drawing pool to be announced by July 1.

  • Additionally a person or business that donates $50 or more willhave the otpion of their name or url on the back of our team shirts and recognition on my blog and twitter.

  • Any business donating $200 or more would receive their logo on the back of our team shirts and recognition on my blog and twitter.

To donate just click here and select Denver, Team Cupcake Mafia, and Team Member Tali Koziol.

Thank you.

Love Each Day,

June 3, 2010

Luggage Love: Briggs and Riley's BRX Explore Upright

If you're like me you have a lot of packs. Backpacks, day packs, hydration packs, and more. Packs are great for excursions into the wilderness but navigating airports or weekend trips that don't involve camping call for something else. So when I was given the chance to try a bag from Briggs and Riley's new BRX line I jumped at the chance.

With the current state of travel and checked bags costing an additional $25+ each way on most major airlines it seems that carry-on is the way to go. However after carrying my pack from the main terminal to the end of Concourse A at Denver International Airport on a trip a few months ago wheeled luggage seemed like a nice little luxury. So I opted for the BRX Explore Upright 19. The bag is a great size for weekend trips and comes in Amber, Ocean, and Slate. When I got the bag I could tell it was different than traditional luggage.

Since the BRX line is Briggs and Riley's "Adventure" line I wasn't sure what to really expect then I realized it's designed intelligently with great features like you would expect from "Adventure" gear. The first detail I really noticed was the outer slash pocket. So many times you have this pocket on a piece of luggage but you would be lucky to stuff a newspaper in there, they're just not designed to be functional. The pocket on the Explore is generous without being bulky and you can easily fit a magazine, a book, or even a light jacket in it.

In addition, the outer slash pocket there is a full organizer pocket that is lined in bright orange (on the Ocean bag at least). This may seem like a silly detail to love but most items are lined in black or dark grey and it's hard to find items inside. With the bright orange I easily located hair bands, pens, bobby pins, my black wallet, any of it. The pocket is also set-up well with enough interior pockets to hold a laptop and be useful but not so many that you feel overwhelmed by the need to over organize. Other great features on the exterior of the bag include compression straps (it's about time we see this on a wheeled bag) and a strap to attach an additional carry-on or purse, which tucks away in it's own zipper compartment when not in use.

One other item you'll notice on the bag is the exterior handle system and wheels. They're of good quality and feel rugged but light. Even better the exterior handle systems means more usable space in the main interior compartment and if you're bringing along gear the more room the better. The interior features a built-in compression system to help keep gear and clothing in place as well as a roomy lid pocket.

I found the bag to be easy to roll, easy to take corners, and easy to lift when full. Being 5'2" a bag that can be hoisted over my head with ease when full is very important during air travel and storing luggage so this is a major win for me. While the bag works great for someone at my stature I believe someone taller would also find it appealing because the handle system expands to a generous length.

At $260 I believe the bag is priced right. It has a lot of great features and it offers a Lifetime Warranty which is good for manufacturer defects, as well as airline damage and "any reason" damage. Where else are you going to find that? Seriously.