JollyBod – Colorado “natural” skincare review

Full disclosure: I have not been financially compensated to check out this product or promotion. I was sent product to check out and agreed to help out because it is Colorado made, natural, and recommended since it is possibly very aligned with my consumer ethos.

I am doing a giveaway of my favorite JollyBod product that I was sent to test. Check out my instagram post to enter there. Here is my FULL, long, inclusive review of what I was sent. Visit their page to order and look at their discount code to treat yourself or get something for that someone special for Valentine’s Day. They are also doing a nice #jollycupid contest right now about your ideal date to win a fabulous prize. Now to the product line…

Why did I put “natural” in the title? That word is SO HARD to define and regulate in the cosmetics industry. In the case of JollyBod they even use the term “natural fragrances” in their ingredient listings and for those that are not aware when you see “fragrances” you should run with everything that is not regulated in the US. With what I have seen with this line of products I am impressed with what they are trying to package so not fretting. You can communicate with them for full disclosure.

What you do know is that they are petroleum-free (which is also something great for your body and not common with most conventional products) and they are handcrafted in Colorado.

You will see some ingredient listings like tocopherols and look up then realize it is a vitamin E derivative, etc. As a lovely gift or treat for an adult I am fine with what is listed here. My husband is a bit more skeptical but he can have severe eczema so seeing the alcohols are a no-go for him. But as for me I can use everything I was sent with no concern for drying or other health complications. As it is my favorite product is super clean with the ingredient list and extremely moisturizing. YES for dealing with Colorado climate.

And in this time of political, seasonal, and general life silliness I am loving the Body Calming Salt Scrub with lavender and rosemary. I even used a touch on my lips. The lavender was not overpowering and it left me smooth with that scent lightly on my body.

JollyBod produc

All the scents were delightful but some were not for me. Simply personal preference but the ones I like I am really loving.

Head over to my instagram page and enter there for your chance to win a salt scrub. Head over to JollyBod to order some product (and use the discount code JOLLYCUPID). Follow them on their social profiles, as a young company they are reaching out to their customers a good deal there with promotions.

Take care and remember to treat yo’self!


Title Nine #T9FitFest – Colorado and beyond + giveaway

I was contacted by Title Nine recently to attend a media event ahead of the FitFest about to take place in the Front Range of Colorado for the next three weeks. RSVP for the #T9FitFest my friends – no matter your athletic range.

Denver area #T9FitFest is April 15-16
Denver area #T9FitFest is April 15-16

My first thought was to trash the email because I do not feel like a very worthy athlete right now. I have not been able to be active with the foot still slowly recovering and I have put on a lot of weight with this lengthy process and still breastfeeding. It would have been easy to been busy that night and let this opportunity pass.

Title Nine Fit Fest

Then I thought about it. I have known about Title Nine since it started while I was in junior high – I have known the company to be about empowerment and I would have been a fool not to attend because I felt put off by my physical state. Women of all kinds of shape and activity levels NEED good bras fitted for our bodies.  As I slowly get back to activity Thelma and Louise need to be caged.

My BRAVANGELIST, Cari, at the Cherry Creek store set me up in a fitting room, measured me, then picked out four bras for me to try on. The bras ranged from the work-to-workout variety, something that resembled a lobster bib on my short torso, a bra that I already own, and eventually the five-barbel beauty that I settled on – their Marvel Bra. The barbell-rating system has been a mainstay of Title Nine with 1 barbell being the least amount of support and 5 barbells standing for maximum control on their scale.

Kia and the Marvel Bra

During my bounce test nothing moved as I hopped around on a bounce ball then moved side to side with a hula hoop. Ha! As if I would share those pictures at this time.

The Marvel Bra
The Marvel Bra I ended up choosing.


Here are the dates and times of the FitFest as it travels through Colorado. Contact your store location to RSVP for a time slot with your own bravangelist. This is a great opportunity as the events will have an expanded bra selection beyond the huge bra wall regularly at each location AND you will receive a professional bra fitting with encouraging women who support active communities in our area.

April 8-9, 10am-8 pm
Title Nine Boulder 1801 Pearl Street Boulder

April 15-16, 10am-9 pm
Title Nine Cherry Creek 160 Steele Street Denver

April 22-23, 10am-8 pm
Title Nine Colorado Springs 210 N. Tejon Street Colorado Springs

Now for the fun – Title Nine has been darling enough to extend the courtesy of a Fit Fest appointment to one of my readers that will include a bra for you to take home.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my notification email or I will have to choose someone else due to the time sensitivity of this event. Good luck!!!

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Also my friend’s Monika, Kait, and Heather are also hosting this giveaway so head to their sites to increase your chances.

Disclosure – I was not financially compensated for this post. I was provided a bra but opinions are my own. And I really have been a Title Nine fan since they opened.

YO GABBA GABBA 2014 Tour #Denver Giveaway

YO! Want to get your family and/or friends together because you like to DANCE?!? This Saturday Denver – Yo Gabba Gabba Live! comes to the Paramount Theater and we have FOUR TICKETS to giveaway.

yo gabba gabba tour


Now I have to admit that the biggest Gabba fan in our home is my husband. Actually at the last tour date we went to we brought a singleton friend who is into national and local music scenes. She had a blast. It seems like a lot of adults we know have a keen understanding of how awesome the music is at these shows.


We will be bringing our two boys this time though. I was still pregnant with our second during the last scheduled tour date but he is kind of a rager at live shows so this will be perfect for his 19-month old sensibilities.  Well that I can see him getting silly when Biz Markie takes the stage.

Tickets are still available at Altitude Tickets for the 1:30 and 4:30 shows for this Saturday 15 November. Or you can win a pair here though the form below.  A winner will be drawn Thursday night at midnight and must respond by noon on Friday or another winner will be drawn.  Good luck!!  See you at the show. MUSIC IS AWESOME!

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FTC Disclosure: My family and I are being comped tickets to attend the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway. No other compensation is being exchanged for this post. All opinions are my own.


The Color Run *discount + giveaway

The Color Run KaleidoscopeTour is coming!!! Use COLOR5OFF to save $5 on registration or instead be very economical and hope the fate gods shine on you and a friend with the giveaway for entries I am hosting.

If you run is it organized or something you do on your own? If it is organized is it competitive with timing or simply for the sake of fun? If you are thinking about starting to run shouldn’t it be fun? Yes, there are organized runs that are now FUN!  In fact there are a lot of fun runs these days but the original is The Color Run.

The Color Run

That picture above really does capture what the event is like.  The Color Run is known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet for a reason.  Volunteers man color stations and color bomb runners who are celebrating their health, happiness, and individuality throughout the race.  You start the race wearing white and leave doused in whatever hues you had the good sense to dance around in.  

With the explosion of fun runs The Color Run has been busy adding cities to its lineup for the 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour.  In Colorado we have three alone but they are spread out everywhere.   Since it is January and you are either killing or killed the healthy living resolutions or goals you made why not add this to your list or achievable milestones?  Take $5 off your registration with the code COLOR5OFF.

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And just because I know folks want to do this race with friends I have agreed to give away a pair of entries.  There is a caveat that the winner can only select from cities that have not sold out registration – so far Hershey, PA is the only sell out but that can change at any moment.  Get your registration ASAP and use COLOR5OFF to save some cash.

For those of you still wanting to play with the fate gods use the Rafflecopter form to enter and good luck.  Winner will be selected a week from today (24 January) and will have until Monday 27 January to reply or they will forfeit their prize to another entrant.

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FTC Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post or promotion.  I took the option of a pair of entries to giveaway instead of using them myself.

The Color Run *discount + giveaway

There was a time when races required you wear clothes, put on your timing chip, hit the starting line, and go. There was music if you were lucky. However the race landscaped has changed a lot with the inclusion of “fun” runs where you do not even worry about time anymore to make them more inclusive. You have one race to really thank for that and it is coming to Denver on August 3rd, The Color Run.

There really are only two rules here: Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color!

Bodhi Bear readers are offered a $5 registration discount using the code COLORDENVER. If you register with a team of four or more you save an additional $5 so you can save $10 off your individual registration going that route. If you are not local you also can use a $5 discount code for your race with COLOR5OFF.

The Color Run

These races are a lot of fun. The dyes are set in cornstarch and they go everywhere the color packs are released. Hitting each color station every kilometer gives you a chance to twirl and get covered. Some cover their eyes, some their mouths, some just go for it. And going with friends only adds to the action.

color run

I am doing a giveaway for you and a friend to enter this race. You have until Monday 5 PM MST to enter and a winner will be drawn that night.
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Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I was offered two race entries and am giving them to readers. All opinions are my own.

Camping with wAckY AppLE *review + giveaway

Local (to Colorado). Organic. Philanthropic. Delicious.

This is my best summary of the products Wacky Apple sent me to try out recently and why I admire this company. They are a family-owned, family-operated apple orchard out towards the Western Slope of Colorado. They went into the manufacturing of simple apple products three years ago in response to the need for healthy snacks in our schools. The products are good, like real good. I do not buy much processed foods but was eager when approached by them with the summer coming up and some things about their company that fell in line with my values.

They tugged at my heart-strings with their involvement with the Food Bank of the Rockies by donating about $14K in product. If you read this blog then you know I have massive love for FBR and there is a need for healthy donations like this.

They do not add sugar to their products but use fruit that they produce.

They recommend reusing containers. One of their recommendations is to use them to start seeds for gardening which is a great activity to do with kids.

The products arrived and I decided my husband begged me to make some cookies with the apple sauce ahead of our camping trip to Mesa Verde National Park over Memorial Day weekend.

Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies with Wacky Apple Applesauce
Peanut Butter and Tahini Cookies with Wacky Apple Applesauce

We also took the Fun Pack with us (the same kind of Fun Pack you can win).

Wacky Apple Snack Pack with juice, sauce, and fruit leather
Wacky Apple Snack Pack with juice, sauce, and fruit leather

Mesa Verde for a few days was awesome with the cliff dwellings and family times outside.

Spruce House cliff dwelling with my guys
Spruce House cliff dwelling with my guys
Toddler Hiking Petroglyph Loop
Toddler Hiking Petroglyph Loop

There were even bears and lions in our campground (tradition of putting kids into warm costumes for chilly CO nights when camping that I started with our first son)

bear cub infant in the a.m. (do not fret about his safety, he is was in a moses basket both nights separate from our sleeping bags)

lion toddler in the a.m.
lion toddler in the a.m.

In between our meals and activity we snacked like crazy – the Wacky Apple came in handy

Wacky Apple Fruit Leather

Wacky Apple Applesauce


The trip was obviously good.  Both boys did great.  I was glad we had the Wacky Apple Snacks because they were really good and an easy source of calories.  The apple sauces were tasty and I appreciate that there is no refined sugar added.  In the juices, leather, and sauce you could actually taste apples.  With so few ingredients all you have to rely on is quality.  I can see our family buying from this company for road trips and camping to make life easy in the future.  The cookies also came out well and were useful on the trails.  I can see having some of the apple sauce on hand in the pantry for cooking and not needing to open up large quantities of sauce for baking.

In my area Wacky Apple is available in King Soopers, Sprouts, and Whole Foods.  However if you would like to win a Fun Pack like the one I have depicted in the picture at our campsite enter and follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below.


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Disclaimer: Opinons expressed here are my own. I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a Fun Pack to sample.