Cubbies Fleece Tops and Mittens (Giveaway)
Take two friends from Maine. Add small children, cold snow and mittens that fall off.
What do you get? Cubbies, a fleece shirt and zip-on mitten system, created with love by two dads, Andrew Lenz and JT Trinward.
Now take one ski mom who doesn’t have small children anymore. Give her pink and blue Cubbies to review.
What do you get? A terrific giveaway.
First, the review. Cubbies are cute. Cubbies are soft. The polar bear logo is adorable and best of all, the concept is money. It works.
The mitten is a real, snow-worthy mitten with a water-resistant nylon exterior, waterproof rubber palms, Thinsulate insulation and a warm fleece lining. The bottom of the mitten zips inside the shirt sleeves to keep snow out.
Zip the glove to the shirt and pull everything on before heading out. Or dress your child in the shirt for indoor play, and zip on the mittens when you venture into the cold. When you come back in and unbundle, remove the mittens to dry.
As I mentioned, money.
Cubbies are available online in sizes 18M, 2T, 3T and 4T. They come in Polar Pink or Polar Blue. They are made of medium weight fleece and are designed to comfortably fit under a coat.
They are also 20% off as of today and you’ll get free shipping if you use this special Braveskimom.com code: BRAVESM_FS.
Now for the giveaway.
We’re giving away a Polar Blue Cubbie, size 3T and a Polar Pink Cubbie, size 3T.
To enter, leave a comment telling me which Cubbie you’d like to win (and it’s okay if you enter for both!).
One winner will be chosen randomly on February 15, 2016 from all comments received.
Decadent Saint Rocky Mountain Rescue Wine in a Pouch
While I’m a big fan of Munk Pack and NOKA Superfood (Sweet Potato/Goji and Blueberry/Beet are faves) pouches for on-the-go fuel, I was surprised when my husband brought home samples of mulled wine in a pouch from one of his clients.
Crafted by Boulder-based What We Love: The Winery, Decadent Saint Rocky Mountain Rescue mulled wine is available in bottles online (the pouches sold out, but will return!).
A combination of red wine, dark chocolate, decaf coffee, berries, vanilla and spices, it can be diluted 1:1 and heated. Or, mix it with cream and pour over ice for a White Russian.
The pouch makes it easy to carry on any adventure. And here’s a good idea from a friend: Pack the pouch with hand warmers to preheat the wine.
Pouches sold out this season already, but will be back next winter. Bottles are still available. And while you’re checking out the website, take a look at the other Decadent Saints: concentrated White Sangria or Fire and Ice Sangria (also concentrated, good hot or cold). Dilute with sparkling water and enjoy!
eNZees Wool Fights Blisters
Who knew that wool can help protect and heal blisters? I certainly didn’t. And while I haven’t actually gotten any blisters on which to try eNZees Foot Soother wool, I’m taking Jill Schuman’s word for it.
In the midst of a New Zealand trek, Schuman developed hot spots under her big toes. The guides recommended wool, so Schuman wrapped her toes in it, put her socks back on, and kept hiking.
“That night, after eight hours of hiking, I pulled off my sock,” says Schuman. “The wool adhered to the sock like Velcro, but more importantly the pads under my big toes were as soft as baby skin. I was hooked.”
So hooked that Schuman is now importing organic wool and selling eNZees in the U.S. Last weekend, when my son got a couple of hot spots from new hiking boots, he skeptically tried the wool. He, too, was sold.
If you’re prone to blisters (luckily I am not!), find more information and instructions here.
Good Sport Anti-Chafing Sports Cream
This is another product I haven’t really had the chance to use this year, being as my days for long-distance running and biking have been limited.
I am intrigued with it, however, because it’s petroleum free and naturally antiseptic thanks to a secret Kiwi ingredient – manuka oil. Not sure what that is? Me either. So I wiki’d it. It’s oil from the manuka tree.
100% natural, the other ingredients are beeswax and lanolin.
Although not training for any tris at the moment, I have tried Good Sport Cream on my winter-weary hands. I think it helps moisturize and protect fragile weather-beaten skin. It’s also good on tattered heels.
With a pleasant, slightly minty smell, Good Sport Cream leaves a noticeable, but not sticky, protective layer on the skin.
To facilitate these reviews, I received samples of each of the products. All opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sarah and Laura!
More Gear Notes:
- Gear Notes: Colorado Ski Resorts, Periodic Table, StickerKid and StöSnow Ski Pants, January 27, 2-16.
- Gear Notes: S’No Queen, Block Island Organics Sunscreen, Speet Wax, January 11, 2016.
- Gear Notes: Best Maps Ever, Better Goggle Vision and a Couple of Quick Hits, March 11, 2015.
- Gear Notes: Xperio UV Lenses, Ski Dana and Munk Pack, January 30, 2015.
- Gear Notes: Get Some Soul, Save Your Knees and Read Up on the Luxe Ski Life, October 22, 2014.
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