17 Things to NOT Forget When You Visit Colorado (In the Summer)

When you visit Colorado or any of the surrounding areas in The Colorado Rockies, do not forget these 17 things.  We had a family reunion early summer in Silverthorne, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  I had visited Colorado during the winter, but I forgot several packing items this summer.  So here are 17 things to NOT forget when visiting Colorado this summer.

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My sandals are old, but these Merrell shoes can get wet and are supportive, perfect for walking around Breckenridge.

Booties or hiking shoes – You will be walking to restaurants or walking down one of the thousands of trails around town so be prepared for mud or dirt.  For hiking near Breckenridge, in Frisco, Colorado, I recommend hiking shoes, a shoe with grip because the trail will be muddy or dry.  If it’s dry, you slip around and do not take as sure of a step with just sneakers or tennis shoes.  I also think Teva sandals or Merrel sandals like the ones I wore would be a good Colorado travel shoe because they have a grip and are such high quality sandals!  I have had mine for 3 years.

I wore my Merrel sandals to kayak in and stand up paddle board around Frisco, Colorado.  These shoes can get wet, dirty and give me support. And I’m very picky about support.  These Merrell sandals have a rubber sole with a leather upper section.  Merrell sandals have an air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock.

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Do not forget a skort for kayaking during the summer in Colorado

I LOVE this skort with built in shorts that is long enough and wicks away wetness from rowing your kayak and getting splashed by the person in the back.  And they have pockets.  When you’re in The Rockies you will do some type of outdoor adventure so having activewear is a must.

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Frisco Marina (Breckenridge exit) kayaks

Fleece – Weather in The Rockies will be warm or hot during the day and cool at night or in the shade so take a fleece or light jacket when you visit.

do-not-forget-thick-lotion-in-coloradoI recommend taking lotion to Colorado for everyday wear (I used a travel tube of Aveeno) and lotion for deep moisture (Gold Bond Diabetics-no idea why they call it Diabetics).  I use these disc containers for my 7 pumps of Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in my liquids bag because it seeps into your dry skin so well.  Since this lotion is very thick, I knew it would not leak or get watery.  But I used Aveeno for a quick application in the morning and took it in its own travel tube.  And you can get the thick Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in your grocer’s lotion aisle.  

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Do not forget a hat when you visit this beautiful area in Colorado.

Sunscreen – the sun in The Rockies is intense.  We hiked in Frisco and were at The Continental Divide near Silverthorne and used it!  The Denver Post says that at high altitudes, those who participate in the outdoor activities get higher doses of ultraviolet rays. If you are going to a Colorado location with mosquitos, I can vouch for Sunsect-made for the military when they would be in sunny areas but need insect repellent as well.  I took this to Costa Rica and highly recommend it.

Pjs that can be cool in the evening but warm when you first get up.  The heat from the day warms your bedroom, and many houses do not have air conditioners because of the pleasant temps.  So we were HOT going to bed but cold by the time we woke up.  Leggings to throw on when you get out of bed will help keep you warm.

Sunglasses – ultraviolet rays above?  Keep those out of your eyes.  Now that I’m 46, my eye doctor insisted on polarized sunglasses for eye cataract protection especially in higher altitudes.

Eye drops – Because the air is so dry in the surrounding areas of Breckenridge I use Systane Preservative Free eye drops.  They come in individual vials, and one vial will last 2-3 days.

Hat – to protect you or your man’s head

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Cell Phone Waterproof Case for kayaking in Colorado

Wiffle ball or soccer or football to play with because of all the parks in Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco, Colorado.

Brush – I forgot my brush.

Swim suit – your rental house will probably have a hot tub.  You will want to get in after a warm day and in the 50 degree nights.

Shoes that can get muddy and u won’t be upset.  It will maybe rain in the afternoon, and some parts, as the snow is melting, will be muddy.  Just beware.

Puzzle – it’s a cool activity you can have out in the main living area…while the fire is going maybe?

Water bottle for hike or just dry mouth while touring around town~

My brother let me use this water bottle holder for hiking and for kayaking in Frisco.  The condensation doesn’t come off, and the holder keeps it insulated while keeping your fingers free.  There is also a thin-line fanny pack type bottle holder that my niece used.  This one is even more hands free for hiking.

Waterproof cell phone holder – because if you do a water sport, there is an emergency phone number to call the marina’s office.  Well we did not take our cell phones because we were kayaking.  If I had taken my waterproof phone holder, I would’ve felt a lot more at ease.

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For water adventures in Colorado, do not forget a waterproof under water disposable camera.

I don’t know if you would want to bring this to Colorado, but when we got in the kayaks, watching our son stand up paddle board, I wish I would have brought a water-proof under water camera – those disposable kinds that you wind up. 

Baggies to keep leftovers when you rent a house and to store snacks for hiking.  We used an empty Doritos bag the first night for leftover chicken.

Thanks for watching, and let me know if there is one more item we should not forget the next time we visit Breckenridge.  Sharing is caring!  Let’s be friends on Instagram.  not-forget-when-visit-colorado-in-summer

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Summer Outfits for Women Over 40

Now that summer is in full swing, I want to share some outfit inspiration for your wardrobe.  I will share my summer outfit pieces I have purchased from Ann Taylor Loft, Nordstrom Rack, Target and more.  

Being over 40 what my body needs in a pair of shorts or in a t-shirt and other tops has changed.  What I shop for as a 46 year old has morphed into a renewed style.  I am still the same 20 and 30 something girl, wanting to express my creativity while paying attention to fit and length now that I’m near 50. 

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Great frayed hem jean for women over 40

On trend this summer is the frayed hem; I do not feel comfortable with long fringe or distressing on my jeans, but I have found a pair from Ann Taylor Loft that I love!  I almost bought the light pink frayed hem capris, but i got the light gray ones with a hint of green.  They are comfortable and fitted.  This Loft Skinny Crop Denim is flattering for women over 40.  The frayed ends are delicate and age appropriate.  These Skinny Cropped capris have a higher mid-rise – they’re not high rise, but they are a nice secure mid-rise fit.   If you have large thighs, I recommend Loft’s Curvy Crop – I’ll show you those in a minute.

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The video shows them much better. Not too much frayed hem, right?

I paired these capris with this Target floral pocket tee with gray cotton at the top.  Get Your Pretty On first debuted this cute top on her blog, and it sold out immediately. Our local Target got these in a few weeks later.  So check yours.  This top skims my stomach and blouses out enough without adding extra bulky look to my over 40 outfit. 

Also paired it with gray Walmart cargo pants and Coach super padded loafer from Amazon.  I also wore my curvy crop denim capris too.  Aah, I love this light colored denim from Loft!  It is a true mid-rise and is roomy without being loose.  I sized down, and they fit great!  In my Spring clothing haul I’ll show you why I love these curvy crops from Loft because when I exercise, the waist doesn’t budge.  Very comfortable for me.  But those Walmart cargo pants, super stretchy.  But wear a belt.

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Such soft, stretchy but does not budge denim capris

This palm frond sleeveless top from Target is beautiful and a classic.  For this outfit I paired it with my coral Loft kick Crop from last year.  Loft capris have a classic style to me.  The fabric is a little stiff, and it would be a perfect work top.  Love the colors of pink and this pattern.  Look at this functional and smart detail under the arm holes!  Love this attention to detail.  You know I always do an under arm check before keeping tops. I took it back because I felt it was too stiff for me near the neck.  I wanted the collar-ish area to fold down more loosely.DSC_0101

This new linen brand from Loft is just an easy, flattering hang of a top for women over 40. This tee is a linen blend so it’s soft and happy and looks like fireworks, but they’re dainty flowers.

Paired this top with navy Nordstrom Rack shorts.  Y’all I bought these shorts in 4 different colors!  The length of these Nordstrom Rack shorts are long without being bermuda length for over 40 and tall.  I wore my turquoise ones to Costa Rica.

White shorts  I paired my white Nordstrom Rack shorts with a cobalt blue v-neck tassel tee by Ralph Lauren in Dillards.  Finding white pants or white shorts for women over 40 has been tricky, but I love these for summer.

Dillard’s has so many feminine, nice tees and tops for women over 40.  This Ivanka Trump Blossom flutter sleeve top is my favorite.  The top does not cling, and the arm holes are secure.  Do you see the detail stitching on my shoulders?  This pattern is found on Amazon too.  This black colored one that is exactly the same.  I made a foundations for over 40 makeup video wearing this top.

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Hunted forever for this one. No snagging, great storage and on Amazon haha.

Here’s a straw bag for this summer.  Do you have this straw beach looking bag yet?  I bought this one off of Amazon; they have a darker one in the same look.  This straw purse holds three bags as well as my cell phone.  And it has a pocket; it does not zip.  But the straw bag does zip!  I love this bag’s storage.  The straps can poke into the bag if you want to use it as a hand strap bag.  Plus, it does not snag on ANYTHING.

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3 bags and my phone stored in here

I bought this kimono spur of the minute from Kohls.  It’s a deep purple with a hint of navy from the Junior Department, but the size small was big enough for me.  I wanted to wear it as a travel outfit, but after my What Not to Wear on an Airplane video I remembered that I’d be tugging at the sleeves if I wore it.  I’m wearing this Kimono with all navy.  These Capri jeans have a tummy control in them and are a bit frayed.  I’d say they’re a little higher than mid-rise.  I would also wear it with my high waisted leggings and black tunic from Amazon.  I can wear it back for a more laid back look or all the way up.  I like that it is boxy and tie dyed.

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Kimono outfit – all navy. LOVE!

I did take my skort  on a vacation.  This women’s active wear by Tek Gear at Kohls is long enough for a skort.  These have hidden shorts and pockets.  The easy wicking fabric helped when I kayaked in The Rockies.  They are not see through.  I’m showing you a turquoise just so you can see the details.  I bought navy.skort-women-active-wear

These very comfortable shoes from Kohls look great with dark denim capris.  They run true to size, and have support for my picky feet.  Wearing navy shoes is tricky because they can not match or look weird.  I absolutely love these!

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I have already worn these for airline travel. Very comfortable shoes!

Other LauriePOP Ideas That POP videos you may find useful:

7 Tips for Your First Time in an Airplane

What’s in My Carryon Backpack

3 Drugstore Foundations for Women Over 40

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7 of the Best Tips to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Flying in an Airplane

In my LauriePOP Ideas video we are going to help you conquer your fear of flying today by giving you the BEST tips.  If you are scared to fly, we can help you not be as anxious on your next airplane ride.

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I eat the whole time we have turbulence.

Many of my friends, including myself get worried when there is turbulence.  Most people are worried a mechanical problem will arise while in the air.  One of my friends has a fear of the plane crashing and her children being motherless.  So while an airplane is in flight, a lot of passengers are freaking out on the inside. My friend Shannon is afraid of not being able to escape-like no way to leave.  She has a fear of heights.  I cannot see the bumps.  I don’t know what turbulence means, I equate being careful with slowing down my car so that I don’t hydroplane.  Airplanes just seem to keep going fast or even faster when there is turbulence.  I think sometimes that the plane will snap in two or that the wings will just pop off.  As irrational as flying fears sound, they are real phobias.  Many passengers do not like being in control.  According to Wikipedia, the fear of flying in an airplane is aviophobia.

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Tip: Gum helps you get out your anxiety while flying.

Our fears propel us into a nosedive of irrational thoughts.  When we lift off of our normal routine, especially when we don’t know the things we SHOULD BE controlling (like I don’t know what a pilot checks or what he missed), it can mean a bumpy ride for our emotions.

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Read a book or magazine so your hands have something to grip.

When we travel, we want to have fun and be relaxed, usually because we’re headed to a vacation spot.  Ya know the saying that ‘Knowledge is Power?’  Knowing what a pilot checks on an airplane may help calm some of your fears of flying. Today we will hear tips from a pilot here in Houston.  These are some of the best tips to overcome your fear of flying based on his training and background knowledge.  I hope these tips help you!

Other LauriePOP Videos You May Like:

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Any other fears you have while flying?

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7 Tips for Your 1st Time Flying

If this is your first flight, you will be very relieved after hearing these seven tips to get you through the airport.  Some passengers have never flown before.  I’m a former teacher AND I’m married to an airline employee, so I have 7 practical tips to help flying in an airplane for the first time be easy!  Some people who do not travel very often can also benefit from these airport tips.  I will get you to the airport, walk you through the security line and get you to your plane on time!

When traveling on an airline, there are TSA packing guidelines, airport tips and airplane tips.  I highly recommend visiting www.TSA.gov for actual rules and guidelines.  They even have their own YouTube channel like myself with very specific questions.  Knowing the 3-1-1 liquids rule when flying will set you up to go through security.  Each container has to be 3.4 oz or less.  So, you cannot bring a 20 oz bottle with two tablespoons of shampoo in it.  They will discard that liquid.  You also have to use a quart size zipping bag.  Anyway, in the top right corner of the main page on TSA.gov you will see What Can I Bring Through Security in my carryon bag for the airplane?  The list of approved liquids for carryon as well as your checked luggage, is alphabetized.  I stopped at the Ns and I was on the 28th page of this liquids list.  What’s crazy is that they have probably seen these items in carry on bags and had to add them to this list.  I have been on probably more than one hundred flights, and I will still forget to take off my belt or I have left a half empty water bottle in my backpack by accident.  I recently found the MyTSA app and can recommend it.

Helpful Tip #2 for flying for the first time: When you arrive at the airport, arrive 2 hours before your flight.  There are lines in ticketing, and there can be huge lines in security.  TSA sometimes has only one agent checking IDs and tix.  I think, “I might have to wait in the ticketing line 30 minutes, and I may have to wait in security line 45 minutes.  Then I want to get a snack and magazine.  That is about 2 hours before my flight boards.”

Helpful Tip #3  if you have never flown before: Airlines have boarding times for you to board the plane.  They stop boarding about 15-20 minutes before the plane will leave.

Have your confirmation number in your hand, your suitcase and your carryon handbag or backpack or duffel or purse.  You do not walk up to the ticket counter in the airport and then look for your confirmation number and ID.  A prepared traveler is going to have those documents ready to pull out so that no one has to wait.  Please know that I’m speaking to you as an adult, but I have to say don’t sometimes.

So now you know what the rules are, let’s learn some frequent traveler tips to go through security.  There are TSA checkpoints in the airport security line.  Before you can even enter the security line, you will have to have your boarding pass out so they know you have a real ticket.  Do not be in a hurry.  Rushing only will stress you out and you will forget important steps.  You are calm cool and prepared because you watched an awesome YouTube video about how to go through the airport the first time.  You will never see the agents or the passengers again.  Now get out Have your shoes ready to take off.  While standing in line, untie them or unzip your boots.  When you get to the actual TSA agent, you will have to show your ID AND your board pass or ticket.  Know ahead of time where you will put those because you are DONE with your documents.  Just put them somewhere quick until you get through security.  I put mine in the zipped pocket of my backpack.  Sometimes I throw them in the outside pocket of my suitcase.  I like to leave it unzipped sometimes so I can throw my liquids bag and documents in there until I have a second to get organized.

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TSA.Gov states that you can bring any sized stick deodorant because it’s not a liquid.  But gel and aerosol deodorant needs to be no larger than 3.4 ounces.

In checked bags, larger liquids can go in your suitcase.  They actually say you don’t have to worry about the liquids rule if you store liquids in checked luggage.  But remember that they may leak in the belly of the airplane.

Safety razors are not permitted, but disposable razors are allowed, even the extra blades can be in your carryon bag.

Baby formula, breast milk, prescription medicine, baby food and JUICE – it says it in their 3-1-1 page – are all allowed on your person.  And it does not have to fit in a quart bag.

My YouTube above is even more thorough so check out the rest of the tips there.  Where are you going this summer?

If you are a nervous flyer, my interview with a pilot may help you overcome your fear of flying. pilot advice fear to fly

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Clothing Haul – Over 40 Women

I’m sharing a clothing haul for other women over 40.  My fashion needs and tastes have changed in my 40s, and retailers are creating clothes with the mature woman in mind.  In this clothing haul, I want you to be inspired.  I want to encourage you to dress for your personality and feel confident with the tops or skirts that you do buy.  Some women over 40 want to feel casual chic and not frumpy.  I will show you tops that show my personality, while hiding certain trouble spots like my tummy. I found a skirt and even a bathing suit that helps me feel confident and casual chic.  I will show you outfit ideas from Ann Taylor Loft, J Crew, Kohls, Ann Taylor, Chico’s and Francesca’s, that will inspire you to celebrate your fashion sense with just a bit of class, just a bit of cuteness.

I am not telling you that you need new clothes to feel confident.  Take these ideas from my clothing haul and make them your own.  For women who like fashion, getting the best deal or finding a sale or a big thrifting score is part of the fun!

As a woman over 40 I should know exactly how to dress for my age and body type.  And yet I keep watching other women’s clothing hauls for inspiration.  Your body parts move around as you age so I think we will need to keep adjusting our fashion.  And that’s okay.  It’s also okay to gain inspiration from other women’s clothing hauls.  We’re not comparing, we are learning new ways to dress more confidently and feel casual chic.

Let’s POP into my spring and summer haul for 2018. 

Ann Taylor
Shell:

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I bought this shell because of how it hides my belly.  Ann Taylor has impeccable style for the woman who wants to flatter the parts of her body that she wants flattered.  I like how it is A-line almost, skimming my waist yet leaving room for more tacos in my tummy if I wear this to a party.

Can we talk about this polka dotted JCrew skirt?  I’m in love, one because of the length, two because it’s on sale for less than $35, and three because it can be dress, fun and casual.  It’s true to size.  Some skirts that zip and clip with the little metal thing cut in on me, but this lined skirt has plenty room in it.

polka dotted skirt

This Ann Taylor dress is so very flattering on; the website makes it look like it hangs.  You’ll have to watch my video to see how pretty it is.  It definitely comes in pretty high.  Very pretty flutter sleeves or bell sleeves and the length of this dress is awesome.  bell sleeve striped dress by ann taylor

Their white denim was not worth the money to me since you could see the pockets through the jeans.  white denim pocket not worth money

Francesca’s: crochet linen sleeveless shell top from Francesca's

I went in Francesca’s for a graphic tee, but I came out with this cute cute crochet shell made out of linen.  It is almost a baby doll top because it starts jutting out at the chest.  I think the ruffles are very flattering.  I can’t wait to pair it with mint and maybe white denim.

Loft: tee from Ann Taylor Loft for women over 40

bar back tee from Ann Taylor LoftLove this tee, but I think I’m going to ask to go up to the Large.  The bar back is super flattering, isn’t it?  Love the fit.  Love the neckline and color.  This top will help elevate a nice pair of shorts and look great with denim capris.

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Hurry, it’s on Final Sale.

Sadly this is on final sale, but if you’re looking for a long dress that doesn’t cling, you can get this one.  I’m in a Large Petite (not sure why I bought it in P).  And it only goes down a bit too far under the arm.

Love this mint color, and I’m jumping up and down that it doesn’t cling!  I’ll wear it with a chunky navy sweater and boots and navy leggings in the winter. 

I highly recommend this parrot tank that is fully lined!  The fit is phenomenal, and the draping is great; I just didn’t need it. 

Love love love this top from Loft below:

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The sleeves are fitted around your arm pit, and the fabric is 100% rayon so it hangs without clinging.  I like the length for wearing it over white denim and tucking it in with some capris.

Curvy skinny crop jeans:  HEAVEN!  You’ll have to watch the video for proof that I can bend all the way down, and they do not budge! denim for over 40 from ann taylor loft

Smooth, lift, fit and flatter…made out of cotton, polyester and elastane

This denim goes so well with the bright sing and summer colors.  I like wearing denim capris on the airplane in the summer because they match most color palettes.  These have a firm stretch to them.  When I bend down, they do not come down in the back, they don’t budge from my waistline.  I tell you, I’m shocked!

Kohls:

tunic for over 40 from kohlsI have been in search of a long tunic I can wear running errands with leggings.  After I found this top, I bought two leggings from Athleta.  I’m so excited!!!  I also bought it in black thinking I could travel in the black one as well.  It’s a thin sweatshirt material and hangs without clinging.

Amazon:

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This Amazon suit I bought on Amazon, but I usually go through so many swim suits that I thought I’d try Amazon.  As embarrassing as it is, I wanted to share my thoughts.  I love it!  It’s a size large, and for reference, I’m 5’8″ and a size 10.  It’s a great one piece swimsuit for me in my mid 40s.

These shoes, y’all!  I love their support in my life ha.

dainty athletic shoe laces

athletic comfortable support from adidas

And I also bought these Adidas Bounce shoes with ribbon laces on Amazon.  They’re now less than $50, and supportive as an athletic shoe, no lie!  But you don’t wear them as an athletic shoe because they’re dainty. 

So many more videos about travel, makeup over 40, and DIY.  POP over to my LauriePOP Ideas That POP Channel and let’s chat!

Here’s me in my studio haha: lauriepop youtube

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The “Un-To-Do List” for Women

I’m sharing how to be less stressed as a woman, mom or business woman.  POP into these ideas by not doing certain things…

I want to relieve your stress so that you feel encouraged by this “un” to-do list for women. I hope these help you not give up.

I heard a talk on setting goals and keeping those goals in episode 13 of Christy Wright’s Business Boutique podcast. She said jokingly that we women needed to make an “un” to-do list. And that concept gave me such relief and relaxed shoulders as I went through the rest of my day.  As a business woman I want to accomplish goals in a timely manner, as a mom I have a to-do list that must get done, and I have a calendar list. Some days I feel guilty because I absolutely cannot achieve certain goals at this time. With her inspiration, I have created an ‘un” to-do list for us women that will help us not feel like a failure if we have not completed our list of goals for this year.

What I Used:
Christy Wright’s Business Boutique

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