Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain

For Those Looking to Take Adventure to the Next Level

Snowboarding Woodward Copper LogoCopper Mountain Resort in Colorado, just over an hour from Denver, is already known for great skiing and snowboarding and now they have even more to offer. They are home to one of the Woodward centers that specializes in pushing the limits of what you thought you were capable of. Woodward Copper is a year-round skiing and snowboarding facility with an nearly 20,000 ft indoor space for physical activity. All levels of experience are welcome, and by the time you are done even just with the introduction you will have tried things you might not believe.

Woodward Copper at Copper Mountain ColoradoYou maybe familiar with Woodward as a company, they offer classes and camps in action sports (skateboarding, bikes, parkour), gymnastics and cheer, snow (skiing, snowboarding), and the digital arts. There are locations across the US and one in particular for those embracing winter sports, Woodward Copper and the Woodward Barn at Copper Mountain.

With classes and camps both outside on the mountain and inside at their training facility Woodward Copper has options for all adventure lovers. It starts with their introduction at the Barn. When you enter the building the first startling thing you might notice is all the bodies ten feet up in the air either flying off ramps with skateboards into foam pits or bouncing on Olympic-grade trampolines. Scooter riders cruise around while kids and grownups of all ages take part in supervised activities. My first thought was, huh, I am going to be doing some of that…

Woodward Activity Center at Copper Mountain ColoradoI came in with a little bit of experience rolling around, but mostly a yoga practitioner, where your feet don’t leave the ground much, and this is definitely a place where people fly. By the end of the night we were bouncing off the trampolines into the foam pit. If you bring your ski or snowboard boots experiencing their indoor training to work up to jumps and tricks is also on the list for the Intro session. From there the sky is the limit and just how brave you want to be.

Their teachers are great and super encouraging. The goal of all their work is progression, but not in a pushy or pressured way. The atmosphere is very cool and relaxed which I definitely enjoyed. The Woodward Barn is a great opportunity to spend some energy burning time indoors if the weather is super cold and you don’t want to spend the whole day on the slopes, or take one of the Woodward classes outdoors and get into the on snow application of the skills you learned at the Barn.

Skiing Copper Mountain with WoodwardKids will love the experience and can go solo or you can make this a family activity and all get involved.  They have private lessons in snowboard, ski, skate, scooter, BMX, mountain bike, trampoline and tumbling if you have an area or skill you would like to improve on. In the end, don’t be intimidated, just get yourself out to Woodward Copper the next time you are visiting Copper Mountain Resort for some safe fun that will push you to the next level.

PS. Wear tight socks… Mine kept getting sucked off in the foam pit and I was not the only one fishing for loose footwear. Read Have Sippy Will Travel’s full feature on Copper Mountain HERE.

Find out more on the Woodward site – Campwoodward.com or at the Copper Mountain site – Coppercolorado.com

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TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS HOSTS 5K FUNDRAISER

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On SaturdayApril 14, 2018, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) will host its 6th Annual Run For It 5k at the David R. Schechter Center in Satellite Beach, FL. The Run For It 5k started in 2013 as a chance to reach the local community and share a message of hope and help in a new way. Since then, TWLOHA has witnessed hundreds of people running for health, recovery, or in memory of a loved one. Additionally, the Run For It 5k has evolved from several hundred people in Satellite Beach, Florida, to thousands running in all 50 states, and over 10 different countries across the globe.
“I am always in awe of the dedication and passion so many bring to the Run For It 5k every year, from rallying people to create a team to fundraising for hope and help. Whether you’re participating for the first time or the sixth time, we invite you to move for something that matters.” said Elizabeth Wilder, Race Director and TWLOHA staff member.
This year’s local event will offer a delicious pancake breakfast for all registered runners served by Backwater, Downtown Melbourne’s hottest restaurant! TWLOHA will also be presenting awards, supplying family-friendly activities, and offering dozens of raffle prizes to all registered participants as well.
To register for the Run For It 5k, sign up online at RunForIt5k.com.
Individual registration costs $27 ($32 on race day). For teams (four runners or more), registration costs $24 per individual-team registration will be unavailable on race day. Children 11 years and under are $17 ($22 on race day). Pancake breakfast is included for all registered runners but meals can be purchased for $5 by friends and family.
For more information about the Run For It 5k, or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteer, please contact [email protected].
About TWLOHA

TWLOHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA has donated more than $2 million directly into treatment and recovery and responded to more than 200,000 messages from people in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit twloha.com.

Run For It 5k Details
●TWLOHA is hosting its 6th Annual Run For It 5k fundraiser on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the David R. Schechter Center in Satellite Beach, FL.
● Race begins at 8:00 a.m.
● There is a virtual component to the race, which means people can participate in their own communities.
● Early registration costs $27 for individuals and ends April 13. After, registration is $32. Team registration costs $24 per runner on or before April 13. There must be a minimum of four runners per team. Team sign-up is not available on race day.
●  Maintaining physical health is integral to maintaining positive mental health.
●  TWLOHA is a nonprofit that presents hope and finds help for people struggling with mental illnesses.

Ways to involve your family in your exercise routine

As parents, we all intrinsically know how important daily exercise is. After all, for many of us, we’ve been hearing about exercise’s importance for nearly all of our lives. Despite knowing how important it is, many parents will admit that their daily exercise routine is the first thing to fall to the wayside when life gets busy, tough, and challenging, and as parents, we can all relate that life is rarely not tough.

Isn’t that wild? We all know how important exercise is to our health, but at the end of the day, we’d rather do things for our families and homes than do something positive for our health and livelihood. It often isn’t until we have a major health scare or emergency that we get our acts together and try to reverse years, if not decades, of neglected health.

Probably the singular reason that more parents cite than any other, regarding why they don’t regularly participate in an exercise routine more days than not, is time. We all have the same number of hours available to us in any given day — 24 — yet many of us can’t seem to manage to “find the time” to exercise, even when we know it can make a huge difference for our health.

What’s a parent to do, then?

My solution, I think, is the best one I’ve encountered and one that will benefit everyone in your family, not just you.

What is it, you may be wondering? It’s simple, really: exercise with your family. Involve your partner and children in your exercise routine more often than not. Doing so will not only confer health benefits for you, but it’ll also do the same for the rest of your family, and exercise — in whatever manifestation it takes — can be an excellent way to secure some quality time with your family.

Below, I’ll describe in more detail some additional guidelines that can help you involve your family in your exercise routine. Really, it’s a win-win solution, if you think about it: not only will you finally be able to actually take care of yourself and your own health, but you’ll still be spending quality time with your family and, in the process, model for them positive and healthy behaviors that they can later emulate.

Some tips to involve your family in your exercise routine include the following:

Keep it simple. When you’re exercising with your family, don’t overthink it. In fact, don’t even think of it as exercise, per se. Instead, think of it as “play.” Think back to your own childhood and all the games you used to play with your friends or on the playground at school. Easy, pick-up games like basketball, soccer, tag, or simply playing on the monkey bars or climbing on the playground equipment can be a great workout. Your kids will love that you’re actually playing with them and aren’t simply scrolling mindlessly on your phone, and as an added bonus, you’ll be doing something positive for your health.

Teach your kids something new. Depending on the ages of your children, you may be able to teach them a new game or sport and involve them more in your exercise routine. For example, if your children are old enough to ride bikes, with or without training wheels, you may find that you have a companion for some leisurely bike rides! Similarly, if your children like to go on walks, consider taking them to an area forest preserve or park to go on a nature hike. Again, you don’t have to worry about going fast or traveling far, particularly if your children are little, but if they are old enough and sufficiently mature to handle a challenge, you may want to consider teaching them something new — like learning how to ride a bike or go roller-skating, for example — that can be a great catalyst for parent-family “playtime.”

Train for an event together. There are plenty of kids’ triathlons and running races out there, and it can be a lot of fun to train alongside your child for the same event: the child for the youth event and yourself for the adult version. While there are differing opinions on the appropriate age that children should be before completing such arduous events like 10ks or half marathons, most physicians would agree that children can benefit tremendously — physically, emotionally, and psychologically — from participating in a youth-focused event. Come race day, you will be each other’s loudest and most ardent cheerleaders, just as you were in the weeks and days leading up to the event. It can be an amazing way to bond with your child.

Do something accessible at home, like yoga. Finally, depending on the age of your children, many parents enjoy doing at-home yoga routines with their kids. There are tons of yoga options available for free online, and many of them are catered to families, children, or even pregnant women. The nice thing, of course, with doing something at home is that it will take very little time or energy to prepare in advance, and provided you have a reliable internet connection, you and your family can do it whenever you want — even if it’s late at night and everyone’s in their underwear.

What’s most important to remember when it comes to involving your family in your exercise routine is being patient and being flexible. Things can change in an instant, and sometimes, as parents, we have to go with the flow and adapt. It’s certainly important for your health to develop an exercise routine that you can complete more days than not, but sometimes, even with your best-laid plans and best of intentions, life will intervene and preclude you from hitting your workout goal for the day. That’s ok. Don’t get down on yourself if you can’t do everything that you’d like to in any given day, and hope for the best for the next day. Ultimately, do what’s best for your family and for you, and in time, I’m confident that you’ll be able to develop a routine — and put systems in place — that will allow you to better address your health needs.

AUTHOR’S BIO: JANE GRATES

Hiker and a sports enthusiast. Performing at the sweet spot between beauty and intellectual purity to craft delightful brand experiences. I sometimes make random things with friends.

Ski Mountain High in California

Just outside LA you can hit the slopes!


A short drive from the major cities in Southern California, Mountain High Ski Resort is a must visit this winter. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or looking to go down the hill by sled this is the place. My visit was a pleasure from start to finish. The drive is pleasant, the food is tasty, and the winter sports are where it’s at.

Me in my Mountain High Yeti mask!

If you didn’t know January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. So I figured I would take on the challenge at Mountain High. Skiing is totally new to me and I could not have picked a better destination to get started. Everyone raved about their ski instructors and I agree. Mountain High has a top notch ski school, their instructors are certified PSIA and AASI, use the latest equipment, and boast some of the highest success rates in the country with lessons for all skill levels.

If you are an expert already there is plenty to keep you busy. Mountain High is broken into three resorts, East, West, and North. Each is packed full of great runs and when the weather gifts SoCal with snow we are ready to rock. There are 290 acres of skiable terrain, The trail breakdown is 25% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 35% Advanced to keep everyone racing along. With a maximum elevation of 8,200 feet keep hydrated and don’t be surprised if you get winded more easily. Hydration is key.

Mountain High’s North Pole Tubing Park offers some family fun for everyone no lessons required! They have ten lanes of high speed sledding with a magic carpet to get you back up to the top of the hill! All the fun and none of the awkward climb with your tube to suck up your energy. The Park is only open on weekends and holidays weather permitting so make sure you check online.

NORTH POLE TUBING PARK PHOTOGRAPHER: MOUNTAIN HIGHYou can read up on all of the ski and weather reports before you go, and you should! The drive is not terribly windy, but you might need chains on your tires at certain times. Or you can take advantage of my favorite feature, the Rally Bus. Go from one of the central pick-up points in LA or Orange County and avoid the drive all together! If you are a local who has never dealt with icy road conditions keep that option in mind.

Find out about all the Mountain High adventures on their website mthigh.com

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Mountain High Ski Resort
24510 State Highway 2,
Wrightwood, CA 92397

 

 

5 tips to getting your kids active after school

As challenging as it might be, it is advisable and encouraging to get kids outdoors and engage them in physical activities, different from the routine hours they spend behind desks when in school. After school activities should be able to keep the kids active and nourish a talent that they might have rather than have them spend too much time watching television or playing video games.

Finding the different ways in which you can actively get your kids moving and physically active can be hard. Here are a few tips that can help you for a start.

1. Outdoor exercises and activities

Outdoor activities and games like swinging and climbing around are a great way for your kids to let out the stiffness of sitting in class the entire day. Aside from that, once exhausted from the jumping and climbing, they will be able to sleep better which is a plus.

If possible, create some time to exercise together with your kids. You can do a sport either in the evenings or during weekends like riding a bike trail or going for swimming which will not only keep them active but bring you closer as a family.

2. Assist them with their homework

Giving your kids, your time and participation in tackling some of the hardest homework that they might have been given at school can be motivating. Even if the homework is hard, your patience and the interest to assist them makes it easier and also gives you more time to spend quality time together.

It can be fun to be more creative, for example, you can make up a few rhymes, sentences or songs with words that might be part of the homework so that they are easy to grasp. Use the books allocated and more from the bookstore and frequently read to your kid. This will not only improve their reading culture, but also help them with diction and communication.

3. Join a group

There are various groups that your kids can join and learn something new or nurture a talent that they might already have like acting, singing, and dancing. Groups also help them build their confidence. The physical movement in the activities involved will keep your kids active.

AuditionsHQ.com is a great place to join for those looking for Disney Channel Auditions and Casting Calls. They have a list of auditions for the Disney channel with new opportunities for your kid to be on Disney shows and movies as well as a chance to be a part of other Disney projects like theme parks, cruises, commercial voice-overs and more.

4. Help with meal preparation

Kids can be involved in meal preparation and cooking. This keeps them entertained and busy as well as helps them learn some few things. Find fun recipes and let them help you out with activities like preparing the table and setting the cutlery.

5. Gardening

If you have a garden, this might be a great opportunity to let your kids have fun and at the same time develop independence through the use of adult tools like spades used in gardening. Outdoor exploration teaches your kids to be creative, developing their abilities more.

Find more ways that enable your kids to not only be active after school, but also develop their other abilities and character.

 

Couples Massage at Elements Massage in Irvine Ca.

You have heard about a couples massage. The topic comes up around the Holidays and Valentines as a great gift idea, which it is! There is no reason though to wait for a special occasion to enjoy this bonding experience. A couples massage can be a regular occurrence that helps you relax, enjoy each others company, and feel closer. Because there is nothing better than sharing the blissed out feeling you have leaving a great massage with your partner.

Elements Massage is an excellent choice to embrace the couples massage. They have a room specifically for side by side massages which is intimate without being claustrophobic. A relaxing, airy space for you to enjoy you choice of massage, which is customizable for each person. You can choose from Swedish Massage, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Prenatal, and Aromatherapy.

I enjoyed the Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. This massage incorporates thermal therapy and salt therapies through the stones enhancing the experience. My partner chose the Deep Tissue Massage to deal with shoulder issues, a therapeutic massage to really go deep and help get him back in balance. The whole process was perfect. Lovely setting, the staff was delightful, and the massages exactly what each of us was looking for.

The Himalayan Salt Stone Massage had a lovely light heat, more warming than what you might think of with a Hot Stone massage. This process can sometimes increase blood circulation and reduce inflammation. I certainly felt better afterwards! I did not realize how tweaky my back was until after the massage began. The therapeutic massage did wonders for my partner. He left the table feeling stretched, relaxed, and ready to go home and cuddle! Be prepared to have something already cooked at home or to get some food, because all you are going to want to do after is curl up and enjoy the post massage bliss.

Elements Massage in Irvine is a beautiful location. Definitely a perfect place to stop and relax. You can find an Elements Massage near you on their website Elementsmassage.com A couples massage is a wonderful treat for both of you to enjoy together.

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MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool Gear

The MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool towel is a great way to beat the heat for your family, children, and those friends you work out with. The EnduraCool towel is just what you are looking for with the temperatures rising when working or playing outside with your children.

The instant cooling technology is activated when you wet the towel and wring it out and snapping it to chill the fabrics surface temperature by up to 30 degrees. The user of the towel simply places the towel around his or her neck, forehead, or the desired area for instant relief from the heat.

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The mission of Mission Athletecare is “ We believe greatness is always in reach. But you’ve got to dig deep, you’ve got to harness your heat. That’s why we build innovative thermoregulation technology into the fabric of all our products. We do it because when you control temperature, you unlock performance.”

The MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool towels come in a variety of colors and styles to fit everyone’s unique personality and style. These EndureCool towels are perfect for your sports stars or dancing ballerinas; or maybe for dad while he is mowing the yard or mom when she is jogging. Wherever the sweat, EnduraCool towels will be there to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable.

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As you can see, it stays in place pretty well- even when soaked and in the wind (which is saying something).

Not only do MISSION EnduraCool Towels have cooling towels but they also have an entire line of EnduraCool Instant Cooling Gear and Accessories to keep you, your family, and friends cool, dry, comfortable.The line includes a full range of instant cooling Tops, Bottoms, Skull Hats & Caps, Headbands, and much much more all designed to keep you cool and enhance your performance and recovery.

You will want to get your MISSION Athletecare’s EnduraCool towel and other accessories today; if not for you then that one loved one who loves to run and work out so this would make the perfect gift for them.

BOB Duallie Infant Car Seat Adapter

Disclosure- We received the below in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own. For more information, see “I Disclose”.

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Being the mom of 3 children with two children 4 and over means that you are definitely a mom on the go. This wonderful carseat adapter has been a lifesaver for this momma on the go.

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About BOB:

In 1994, Roger Malinowski, a bicycle industry maven, met Phillip Novotny, an airline mechanic, in the California town of San Luis Obispo. Phillip had turned a decrepit beach cruiser bike into a versatile, lightweight, single track bike trailer. He called it the YAK and was rolling them out of a machine shop on a small scale. Roger knew a great idea when he saw one and together, they took Phillip’s invention and built a booming business.

BOB was originally named Beast of Burden, but was eventually shortened to BOB.

BOB was first a great bike trailer that was completely amazing. However, Roger and Phillip soon began to start families of their own. They were inspired to design and build a superior jogging stroller that would be held to the same high standards as their trailers. The initial result was the BOB Sport Utility Stroller, complete with aptented suspension system, tough polymer wheels, easy-fold frame, a reclining, padded seat and several other features no one had ever put on a stroller before. They truly “wanted the best of a bunch of worlds”, said Roger. “A lightweight, high-quality stroller that you could still take running, hiking, or off-road and also fold up easily and compactly. The fact we could put all of these elements in one stroller is what really attracted people to it.”

Shortly after this stroller hit the market people started asking about a two-seat stroller, which led to the introduction of the Duallie in 2001.

Many changes have happened over the years which has left BOB one of the top strollers on the market in our country today.

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About Carseat Adapter:

You can now transform your BOB Duallie Stroller into the perfect travel system with the BOB Duallie Infant Car Seat Adapter. This accessory allows you to easily connect compatible Britax and BOB Infant Car Seats with BOB Duallie Jogging Strollers. It also features a snack tray for your second child.

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This is compatible with Britax and BOB Infant Car Seats featuring the Click & Go adapter system.

Easy to install or remove from the stroller, and it even folds with the stroller.

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My Thoughts:

YAY! I was so incredibly excited for this awesome product. I love my BOB stroller and am so happy to be able to use my new carseat with it so that we can be out and about whenever we want and my daughter can be in one of her favorite spaces in the world (Snuggled in that comfy carseat). It was incredibly easy for me to install it within minutes of receiving it. I love how secure it is and I know that my child is strapped in safely. I know that I am going to get a great deal of use out of this amazing product!

 

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Purchase:

If you are interested in purchasing this awesome product so that you can be out and about and on the go like us, head on over to the website and get it ordered today for whatever carseat that you have.