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Wallaroo!

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  • November 27, 2017
Wallaroo Hat review joan matsui travel writer
Wallaroo Hat review joan matsui travel writer
I received compliments galore when I wore my hat to a recent National Park Service birthday celebration at the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton Pennsylvania.

An Australian Secret

 

Brimming with Sun Protection

What more can I say about my Wallaroo hat but I love you?

 

Never before have I worn a hat that has solicited so many compliments. Total strangers took notice the day I wore it to a train excursion in my hometown. I’m smitten with my Wallaroo “Victoria” style.

Wallaroo founders, Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore, gave birth to the Wallaroo Hat Company in 1999 with their idea to bring the Australian secret of sun protection to the United States. Their broad-brimmed hats are both practical and trendy.

The soft texture, versatile pattern, and comfortable fit make this hat the ideal travel companion and a welcome addition to my wardrobe. An inconspicuous ribbon that tucks under the brim allows you to adjust the fit so you won’t need to hang onto your hat at the beach or on a windy day.

Victoria adapts to a variety of activities from fly fishing to an afternoon stroll on the beach. While I was on a travel assignment in August, I pulled my hat out of a beach bag that was full of towels, electronics, and a change of clothes. There was not a wrinkle or bump and my Wallaroo was ready to wear.

In 2013, Wallaroo Hat Company joined the Certified B Corporation and more than 2,100 globally recognized companies that have invested significant time and effort to meet the stringent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corp members use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Our mission is to help eliminate the threat of skin cancer through information and prevention. The fight against skin cancer is one that concerns everybody, everywhere. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, over the past three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. ~Carter and Shore (via Wallaroohats.com)

From the moment you place a Wallaroo hat on your head, you’ll know why Carter and Shore’s business has thrived for 18 years.

Buy a Wallaroo Hat on Amazon.

See the full catalog at Wallaroo’s catalog at wallaroohats.com.


DISCLOSURE:

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase but at no additional cost to you. I have experience with all of these companies and by linking to their product or a party that sells their products, I recommend the product based on their helpful and useful nature, and definitely not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

 

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Hydrate in Style

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  • September 18, 2017
Product Review Joan Matsui Travel Writer

Green’s Your Colour Inc.

Triple Insulated Bottle

Designed and Tested in Canada
Product Review Joan Matsui Travel Writer
Green’s Your Colour Inc.

With countless water bottles on the market that promise to keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, how do you narrow down the selections?

Green’s Your Colour Inc. is “tastefully” number one on my list. Whatever beverage you choose to fill this outstanding vessel comes out at the perfect temperature with absolutely no aftertaste.

I have two bottles I carry along with me while fly fishing. One dedicated to hot liquids and the alternate is filled with chilled water or tea. The 17-oz./500 ML “Jammin’ Jade” insulated bottle is my all-time favorite. In fact, after I purchase a second bottle, I’ll ditch my old orange one and drink exclusively from a “Green’s Your Colour Inc.” bottles.

Jammin’ Jade keeps cold for 36 hours and hot for eight hours, although I’ve had mine beside me indoors and outdoors and my coffee was hot for at least 10 to 12 hours. The bottle is 18/8 stainless steel, BPA and Phthalate free, leak and sweat proof, with no plastic inner liner and non-leaching.

But best of all (in my opinion), the tea and ice strainers that are included with each bottle, are IDEAL for transporting your favorite herbal drink or ice cold water. One strainer is designed to keep the drinking spout free of ice or fruit and the second is used as a tea infuser to strain your tea leaves, herbal blends, and tea bags.

Green’s Your Colour Inc. can be used for coffee, tea, water, juice, pop, soup, and yes, alcohol. (Maybe a Margarita or Egg Nog, depending on your preference.)

Looking for herbal beverage suggestions? Try Tazo Herbal Tea  or Bigelow Herbal Teas.

Be sure to check out deals and order information at greensyourcolour.com.

 

 

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Say “Hello” to Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent

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  • August 20, 2017
Joan Mead-Matsui Travel Product Review

Say “Goodbye” to bugs

 

Protect your family from annoying pests

Joan Mead-Matsui Travel Product Review

 

Babytime Mighty Shield by Episencial is a natural, mostly organic and plant-based bug repellent that’s enriched with Brazilian Propolis and Flax and Aloe. The pleasant smell of the active ingredients Castor, Linseed, Cedar, Lemongrass, and Rosemary oils make this product a welcome addition to my summertime arsenal.

Nothing takes the fun out of the outdoors like a pinch or sting and itch of an insect bite and the inflammation that can linger for days. On several of this summer’s hottest, most humid days and nights, I applied the lotion to my arms and legs before heading out to fly fish or walk with my family. Mighty Shield kept the bugs away, even after several hours of activities.

Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent Review
Protect your delicate skin with Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent, a product I’ve recently sampled.

While some of the widely used over-the-counter repellents can irritate sensitive skin, Babytime is perfect for anyone who, like me, has delicate skin. Mighty Shield has a pleasant scent and is formulated to keep skin bug free. The plant-based ingredients did NOT leave an oily residue and they deliver all-natural anti-antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe irritated skin from previous bug bites.

Buy Babytime Mighty Shield Bug Repellent.

Be sure to visit www.episencial.com to learn more about Mighty Shield and Episencial’s full line of baby-safe, animal-friendly, and GREEN products.

DISCLOSURE:

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase but at no additional cost to you. I have experience with all of these companies and by linking to their product or a party that sells their products, I recommend the product based on their helpful and useful nature, and definitely not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

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AhhSoles: the traditional flip-flop has evolved

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  • July 1, 2017
AhhSoles flip flops evolved

“AhhSoles” 

Treat your feet to an exhilarating massage

My pair of “Pink Ripple” AhhSoles

When my feet ache, I am cranky.

 

“Woo hoo” was my initial reaction when I slipped on a pair of AhhSoles. I’m not sure if the samples arrived on a day when I had been on my feet all day, but the textures on the beds of the flip-flops were a welcome relief for my traumatized feet.

AhhSoles: Evolution of the traditional flip-flop
Photo courtesy of AhhSoles.com

When your feet need soothing…

 

Women, in particular, probably have at least one pair of heels in their closets that qualify as a foot enemy. You probably know the styles I’m referring to that wage war on our toes, soles, and heels. If you’re looking to comfort and rejuvenate your feet, AhhSoles live up to the company’s slogan, “Offensively Comfortable.” They’re also therapeutic.

Better yet, they’re available in colors and styles that should be worn in public. AhhSoles are a redesign of the traditional flip-flop and available in “The Blue Coral,” “The Green Coral,” “The Green Ripple,” “Pink Ripple” and “The Sea Grass.” Each of the rubber wild foot-bed textures offers a distinctive feel and I love the comfort and style so much, I wear AhhSoles as an accessory with shorts and breezy summer dresses. The Blue Coral reminds me of walking barefoot on a cool turf field and the texture in Pink Ripple’s bed is invigorating and rejuvenating.

Arthur Grymes is the man behind AhhSoles. After playing a round of 36-holes of golf, Grymes returned home with weary feet. A “phenomenal tingling sensation of brand new funky textured bath mat underfoot” was the model for AhhSoles, according to Grymes.

The fabric strap is also a welcome departure from the material used in other flip-flops that can leave painful blisters between your toes.

AhhSoles are $30 and available in men’s and women’s sizes. They also come with a 100% money-back guarantee.

You can buy a pair (or two) at https://ahhsoles.com.

 

 

 

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