Traveling Mamas

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  • I’m always on the lookout for great travel and fashion finds. I do my best to find clothing that is both practical and stylish, so that I can look and feel great while traveling. One item that is essential to any travel wardrobe is a nice pair of jeans. After all, jeans are versatile and can be worn in casual situations or dressed up for a night on the town. One cool company, Joe’s Jeans, wanted me to travel like a rock star, so they sent me a pair to test out.

    joes jeans in bransonJeans are a must-have item in the Southern US, where I live. I normally wear petite (short and fluffy) and reviewed a pair of Provocateur/Blanche Joe’s Jeans. When the jeans came in, they were still a little long, but I had them hemmed. I was hesitant about the jeans at first because I just don’t spend that much on jeans. I spoke to a few of my neighbor gals and found out that they think of good jeans as an investment in yourself. The retail price of $178 made me a little skeptical, but after sliding these jeans over my hips and wearing them, now I understand why someone would pay a little more for a great pair of jeans. They are soft, comfortable, and I have to say that I felt like a hot mama with these on my big ole behind.

    These jeans are made for REAL women and even come in styles for men and children, too. I was so confident in myself with these jeans on that I stopped a parade in Branso, MO to get my picture taken with these Blues Brothers look alikes. Rock Star, indeed!

    Don’t tell my husband, but I liked Joe’s Jeans so much that I purchased another pair in a different style!

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  • tugoThis would be a really good product to have if I wasn’t already a fan of my backpack. If I end up bringing another bag, I suck up the fee and check it because I refuse to torture myself by navigating an airport loaded down. However, I did test this item out by attaching it to my rolling bag and walking around the house and down the driveway with it. My neighbors may think I’m a bit strange, but I didn’t spill a drop of my Community Coffee.

    Company Description: The tugo is a cup holder that keeps your drink suspended between the upright handles of your rolling bag. Its unique design keeps your cup level to prevent sloshing. Easily attached and removed, tugo collapses to fit in any pocket of your carry-on luggage.

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  • gogirl_prodshot3_hpA few months ago a friend sent me a link to an Australian commercial hawking a similar product. It helps gals stand up to pee. I’m a country girl and have no qualms with squatting behind a bush, but I do know that I always wonder if something is going to bite my behind. Maybe I should try this product out, strange as it seems. I’m thinking it is a popular item because the company was out of samples each time I came across their reps at Blogher09.

    Company Description: Simply put, GoGirl is the way to stand up to crowded, disgusting, distant or non-existent bathrooms.  It’s a female urination device (sometimes called a FUD) that allows you to urinate while standing up. It’s neat. It’s discreet. It’s hygienic.

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  • poopourriPoo-Pourri – I noticed this product in gift shops around where I live and had to giggle and point it out to my shopping companions. The concept is actually pretty smart, even if people won’t admit to buying it. My husband was kind enough to try this product out and says it should be available at his office, for some of his coworkers. Why use Febreeze when you’ve got Poo-Pourri? Plus, it is quite funny to say the product name. Live in a dorm? Have a IBS? Sharing a hotel room with people or have to make a pit stop at the airport? Do those around you a favor, get some Poo-Pourri!

    Company Product Description: Spray the Loo before No. 2 and no one will ever have a clue! Stop embarrassing odor with our patent pending bathroom freshener. Our natural essential oils create a film on the surface of the water, trapping odor at it’s source. A Fresh Blend of Natural Essential Oils leave Only the Sweetest Scent Behind! This Sweet Bouquet of Mandarin, Bergamot and Orange Enhanced by Hints of Peach and Berries is a Perfect Gift For Tween to College Age Girls!

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  • country-walkerA while back I was gathering review items for a “snow virgin” story, and along came a pair of waterproof GORE-TEX® hiking boots. Fortunately, I had a camping trip in the works (since the boots weren’t insulated), so I tried out the pair of New Balance GORE-TEX® Country Walker Boots. These are my thoughts about the product:

    Quality: Definitely a quality product that seems as if it will last a few years. The leather upper keeps this boot sturdy. This GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort boot keeps feet dry and protected by being durably waterproof and breathable. Rubber sole for traction and Abzorb® technology in the heel and forefoot helps to soak up the shock, while the Rollbar® minimizes rear-foot movement for enhanced stability on anything.

    Environment/Use: The GORE-TEX® boots tested will work well for those with outdoor lifestyles and day/trail hiking. I would not suggest taking it in cold climates due to the fact that there is no insulation in this product. However, being that this is a GORE-TEX® product, it is guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable.

    Price: The MSRP is $139US. The last time I purchased a pair of hiking shoes, I spent right at $100US. That was also a few years ago and they were New Balance. If I were in the market to purchase a pair of hiking boots, I would have a strong affinity to purchase a pair of New Balance GORE-TEX® Country Walker Boots, not only for the waterproof material, but for the comfort of the boot, as well. The last pair I purchased took me up a few mountains, but it these have a bit more of an ankle support.

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