Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Travel

Backpacks and Apparel from Sustainable Scandinavian Brands

Conducive to exertion, exploration, and relaxation is a Nordic style built in Europe and made for all weather and lifestyles. We may differ a lot in style from Scandinavia, but we are the same in our love of the outdoors. But in many parts of the US we have many more sunny days to rely on in the year.

So, on the days where the sun is absent and temperatures drop we may want to stay inside and relax or we may be eager to hit our slopes and clothing will be the difference in a long, cold day or an enjoyable one.

Aktiv style- Sustainable Scandinavian Brands

Aktiv style- Sustainable Scandinavian Brands

AktivStyle.com is the website and brands you once could only find in Europe are now available to us here in the USA. The brands Aktiv makes available are sustainable and made for the worst of weather. You will find the jeans to run errands in but stay warm and the backpacks to take hiking to keep things dry. Those sustainable Scandinavian brands we want are now available to us!

Thule has always been a European brand I love especially for the outdoors. I have (and love) the women’s Stir Hiking Backpack 28L by Thule of Sweden I can order from Aktiv. It has pockets in all the right places to easily access my phone, water bottle and more. It only weight 1.61 lbs empty making it lightweight to start. For extreme hikers and climbers, it even easily secures trekking poles or ice axes on loops that stow away when not in use.

Below are the Bjork reDEW8 jeans for women, another of the sustainable Scandinavian brands. For men, the Ravin are a perfect, every-day denim in stunning colors that deliver the style of a straight leg jean with the comfort of a relaxed fit. The Råk is a skinny jean that has so much built in stretch that it feels like you are wearing sweat pants.

For women, the Örn has the stretch of the Råk with a more feminine cut, a true skinny jean. The Bjork is a straight jean with a heavier construction and continued comfort and fit. These jeans, no matter the style are made for comfort above all!

reDEW8 contributes 25% of all profits to projects designed to foster environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Bjork jeans

There is so much at the Aktiv Style website for your outdoor (or indoor) adventures from any corner of the world. But for here in the USA, you get to shop Aktiv! Sending a child off to college and want them to go with quality apparel and gear for all weather conditions? This is your online shop of sustainable Scandinavian brands!

Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

Bleuet First Bras for Girls – Shopping for her first bra

Comment: I received a package from Bleuet for this post. Thank you to Bleuet for partnering with Paenting Healthy

Bleuet First Bras for Girls - Growing Up with Confidence

We all remember the pressures of growing up, experiencing puberty and constantly comparing ourselves to others. Sadly, tweens and teens do that especially as kids hit puberty and experience change sooner than others or later than most. How we talk to our tweens (boys and girls) through puberty is important. If we feel awkward so will they. If we avoid the topic they may get the wrong information elsewhere from others.

Finding tools, advice, books and videos help tremendously. Then there are brands like Bleuet who know how to help us through the ‘firsts’ with our tweens such as their first bra. Bleuet knows that girls bodies are unique. Their apparel should give them both comfort & confidence and they offer sizes for all girls. Now they can feel good in a bra that works with their bodies = confidence!

girls bra

Each bra comes packaged with beautiful colors and extra touches. But it’s in the bra itself and you have to feel it to know its comfort. I immediately wanted one for my adult self. The material of this Bleum Bra for everyday wear is made of 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex and so soft and double-lined for smooth coverage.

organic cotton

For your girls first bra there is the Bleum First Bra. The sizes start at 7/8 up to size 18. When she starts to bud and is looking for self-confidence in her changing body, it’s time for a Bleuet First Bra. 

  • Double-lined for smooth coverage
  • Reversible: two colors in each bra!
  • Adjustable straps for the perfect fit
  • Minimal seams and tag free for comfort
  • Performance, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Ultra-soft and stretches to fit her growing body
buying a first bra

Because we need to get to know and feel confident in our bodies there may be trial and error in finding the best fit for her body so Bleuet offers free returns and exchanges. You will find that they want to stay in this all day. It is minimally stitched and no tags for comfort for that reason.

best first bra

Aside from finding the best bra for your daughter, Bleuet offers Parenting Resources for you both. Their blog, Blueprint is for her also. If you are ready to take her bra shopping, take her to Bluet online and she will love all the organized information and images to guide her into shopping for her first bra and you get that topic help you need.

I also love this book, Love Your Body: A Self Love Book for Girls. We need all the tools we can get to make sure they become confident in their bodies and with the subject of change and growth.

Visit Bleuet.com today!

Brands with a Cause, Healthy Living

Wander Puzzle is making connections with women through their designs

Comment: I was sent a Wander puzzle. Thank you to Wander Puzzle for collaborating with Parenting Healthy

Wander Puzzle is making connections with women through their designs

In today’s world we lack real connections. We yearn for chances to connect, communicate and uplift our moods. There is nothing more uplifting and fulfilling like completing a puzzle and when the design of that puzzle supports women and International female artists that adds an extra special element to a favorite past time.

Wander Puzzle Co. is a new puzzle company dedicated to inspiring women and supporting female artists through multicultural puzzles that promote a sense of space, comfort, and confidence.

Roadtrip puzzle

My Wander puzzle is called Roadtrip. With the virus travel plans were cancelled for spring and summer but we did take our son on an RV coastal road trip and every detail in this artwork is so fun and inspiring. Don’t you just want to grab some good music and a girlfriend and hit the road as you stare at this design? I like to start my puzzles looking for the 4 corners first!

500mpiece puzzle

They are beautifully designed by female artists. During the time of COVID-19, Wander Puzzle Co. chose to give back to support women’s issues as household quarantine sets the stage for many women to be stuck with their abusers under extreme measures of uncertainty and stress. These factors exacerbate gender-based violence. Additionally, they gave back to Feeding America as well as African Social Enterprises. A cause dear to me.

making connections

There are 4 designs and each are 500 pieces. Three for Tea, The Movement, Just Chillin’, and Road Trip are available at wanderpuzzleco.com/shop. They will soon be adding 2 new designs including a 1,000-piece puzzle for the best challenge. Head over and see these amazing designs! Send one off with your student as they leave for school, what a fun project as they connect with their new roomate!