Made of Mountains

Made of Mountains is an awesome Montana clothing company (that also does some BEAUTIFUL jewelry!). What caught my eye was their childrens clothing, that I can’t wait to buy a ton of for my little nephews! Read on to discover more about them, AND learn about their charitable donations to Glacier Park!

1. Shop basics
    We are located in beautiful Northwest Montana- near the shores of Flathead Lake and a short drive away from Glacier National Park! You can find our Retail Store and Production Facility in Bigfork, MT – 7571 MT Hwy 35
      We also sell online at

www.madeofmountains.com

    Our social media handle on Facebook and Instagram is @madeofmtns
      You can also find us in over 50 retail locations across the country –

https://madeofmountains.com/pages/stockists

2. What is your personal favorite & why?

I love our accessories and in particular the Big Sky Love necklace, Pine Silhouette Earrings and Mountain Home necklace. We began as a handmade jewelry line and the brand has evolved to include apparel, home goods, hats, etc. BUT the jewelry is where it all began. I used to handsaw and create every single piece that left my studio. Now we produce thousands of pieces each year!

3. Tell us about your donations to the Glacier Park Conservancy, & why you do it!

We donate 5% of our retail sales to the Glacier Park Conservancy. GNP serves as an inspiration for our line and we love giving back to this place that is so special to our community – and to our nation. I personally moved to the area over 12 years ago to work at Glacier Park for the summer. It is what first drew me to Montana and the place that I now call home. So it truly is personal for me!

4. What is your favorite Montana adventure?

 My family and I love spending time in Glacier National Park and in particular floating the North Fork of the Flathead River. There is something about that wilderness that reinvigorates me. We camp there multiple times a year and consider it a very special place.

5. Your kids clothing is so cute! What is your daughters favorite outfit?

Oh it changes with every season! Right now my daughter, a WILD child who serves as the inspiration for the kid’s clothing line, is really in to hiking and camping and all things outdoors. We love the Hiking Buddy and Camp Host tees!

 

Gone Glamping!

Okay, it’s week 6 of field camp and I’m so excited because we get to go CAMPING!! I’m trying something new this trip. Usually I rough it, just a tent and a sleeping bag, but this time I decided to **Treat Myself** and make this a glamping (Glamorous Camping) trip! Hey, if I’m going to be stuck in school 6 days a week for 9 hours a day in the middle of nowhere you bet I deserve it!

My budget for my glamping trip is $100, and all items must either A) be able to be used camping again, B) been needed or wanting anyway, or C) have a household use, which also means we have to be willing to move it!

Luckily, I’m camping on a field trip for school, so the school supplied the food and even a nice grill! PS- Of course I forgot to take pictures while I was camping, so I re-created it when I set my tent up to dry because it RAINED THE WHOLE TIME.

However- check out my DIY On-A-Budget Glamping!

Outside of the tent:

On the outside of the tent I had a camp chair, a bar-b-que, and a Goal Zero (affiliate), all of which I already owned. Hey, we are glamping, yes that solar panel was necessary! I also made a tent sign using a blank metal sign from Walmart, which everyone LOVED!

I also had a LOT of lights! Wrapped around my tent poles I had fairy lights (affiliate), and on either side of the door zipper on the rain fly I had those $1 solar lights from Walmart!

Total cost for outside: $20

Inside the Rain Fly:

So my rain fly basically acts as a front porch for my tent, which is awesome! Some tents don’t have this luxury. Like I said, inside the rain fly I wrapped fairy lights around the tent poles! I also set up a fun door mat ($5.99 from Walmart). I have never camped with a mat, and it was the best! From now on, a mat is a must for all camping! It was so nice to have somewhere to put my shoes! The tote that I packed all my stuff in acted as a makeshift table! To pretty it up a bit I just put a fun beach towel over it! It not only acted as waterproof storage, but acted as a nice place to make a cup of tea!

Total cost for porch: $5.99

Inside the Tent:

This is the MOST important part of the Glamping experience! First you’ll need an air mattress (affiliate). No rocks up the back for you princess! You also can’t just sleep in a sleeping bag. That is camping, and we are glamping! It was super nice weather so I just had a small blanket from home! Pillows are also a must, the more the better! I brought two satin pillow cases (affiliate), then used heat transfer vinyl to make my Happy Camper pillow! I also bought a gear organizer (affiliate), which I usually hang up outside to help dry my clothes!

Total cost for inside: $25.91

Other Touches I Had:

In glamping, it’s all about the little comforts. My #1 comfort was, of course, a tea pot (affiliate)! I also took my Loose Leaf Tea Organizer and my favorite teas and matcha from Copper City Tea. Of course, a favorite book can go a long ways too! We were in a BEAUTIFUL part of the country with amazing geology, so of course I had my roadside geology book! Coby also lent me his tablet, so when it was raining we were able to sit in the tent and watch movies! It was a ton of fun!

TOTAL COST OF DIY GLAMPING: $51.90, under budget! 

Other Touches to Consider:

  • Gorgeous camp cups (affiliate)- I LOVE these!! So pretty!
  • Shatterproof Drink ware (affiliate)- Because wine glasses are breakable guys!
  • Chandelier with battery operated candles (affiliate)- Seriously, you deserve it!
  • Eye masks (affiliate)- When you stay up around the campfire all night, it’s not fun when the sun comes up at 5 am!
  • Slipper socks (affiliate)- Warm feet are essential when camping, trust me.

 

Finally- FOOD!!

Check out these links to see some of my favorite glamping recipes! These bloggers are so creative!

Champagne Tastes

Brit.Co1

Brit.Co2

Camping Sangria

Breakfast Burritos – Campfire Style

PS- Thanks to my mom who let me borrow a lot of fancy camping stuff!

What are your favorite camping tips and tricks? I’d love to hear them! Or even better, share some pics on my Facebook page!

This post contains affiliate links, but is not sponsored. All products linked to are based on my own purchases and opinions. 

 

 

 

Pack your Pikles- Winter Sports Edition

I know you have all been there. Out on the slopes, shredding some gnarly pow, when all of a sudden, LEG CRAMP!!! You have no pain killers, no money to buy some pain killers from the handy little store, NOTHING! Luckily, I’ve solved your Winter Sports problems in a single Pikle! From goggles to fogging up on a ride, or just finding a safe and secure (and waterproof!) place to store all your stuff! Skiing, Snowboarding, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, ice fishing, winter camping, etc., this pikle will have you covered!

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Whats in this Pikle (Featured: Dill Pikle in Lime Circles)

  • Tissues
  • In A Pikle First Aid Kit (Bandaids, Sting Relief pads, burn gel, triple antibiotic ointment)
  • Money (Cash for snacks, credit card for ticket)
  • Business Cards (You never know who you’re going to meet!)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Pill Box (with pain killers and allergy medicine)
  • Pikle Pen and Notepad
  • Lens Cleaning Wipes
  • Lotion Samples
  • Chap Stick
  • Hand Sanitizer

Don’t want to carry this stuff in your Pikle? Here are some more options!

  • Face Balm (like chap stick for your face, for those windy days!)
  • Swiss Army Knife (you never know!)
  • Matches
  • Mirror/Floss Combo
  • Ski/Board wax
  • Anti-Fog wipes
  • (for your goggles/sunglasses)
  • Mountain Map
  • Phone
  • Headphones
  • Snacks
  • Water infusers (Like Crystal Light, or Mio)

I hope you enjoyed our FIRST Pack Your Pikle post! What do you think of our Winter Sports Pikle? What would YOU put in a Winter pikle? I’d love to see your comments below!

No comments? Well, pack up your Pikle and go shred some pow! Be sure to post pictures on my Facebook Page for the “Pikles in Action” album! Be sure to “subscribe” to my YouTube channel too, so you don’t miss any videos!