filed under: Miscellaneous on August 17, 2011


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“Welcome to REI.  Can I help you folks?”

We were greeted when we walked in the door.  Pleasantly.

I gotta tell you, it sorta threw me for a loop!  Normally people catch a glance at me desperately trying to wrangle three kids and a baby and roll their eyes or make a bee-line in the opposite direction.

But on this day, we were greeted.

I have never been to an REI store.  I sorta figured they were for the more “athletic” types.

While the store was filled with well toned, well tanned, and perfectly tenacious folks, I didn’t feel out of place.

They actually had stuff that I was really, really interested in knowing more about!

Like “green” products.

Although I wouldn’t classify myself as a “green” mom, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be more educated about all the ways that I can be more responsible.  They actually had an entire section of green stuff!

It was cool.


And kid stuff.

They are kid experts. And that my dear friends, is my love language.

They know how to get kids to exercise.  How to feed kids.  How to keep them properly hydrated. How to dress appropriately in the sun.

And they even how to entertain kids with cardboard shoe horns with their dad tries on seventeen different pairs of hiking sandals.  (totally not making that up)

My kids oohhed and aahhed over their Adventure Journal while “camping” in one of the display tents.

I even found matching shirts and vests for all my kids on sale.  Seriously, the sale racks were off the hook!  (yes, I just said off the hook.  And it felt good, so there.)

There were these adorable pink baby Ugg boots on sale for dirt cheap which I totally would have bought had I not given birth to a boy and it wasn’t 90 degrees here.

Just sayin.


Because the folks at REI are so dang generous, they are going to let me give away a $100 gift card to one of you!!

Since most of you reading my blog are parents, you are going to have to trust me on something.

Your kids will ADORE it.

Bring the whole family and have a blast finding the perfect outdoorsy essentials!

Or you can just get some awesome clothes that will make you happy.


I couldnt agree more.

What outdoor activity do you pledge to do with your family this summer and how would a $100 REI gift card help you get there?

Take the REI Outdoor Pledge and submit a comment to be entered.

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment telling me what outdoor activity you pledge to do with your family.

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

For Example:

I entered to win an @rei giftcard from @manda2177! bit.ly/nijrxs

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older and runs from 8/17 – 9/20/11.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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  • Megan D says:

    Swimming at our cabin!

  • Ruth P. says:

    More camping please! Time to get me a tent.

  • Kelly says:

    I really want to try and get my husband into camping and we’re still missing some key supplies. This would be a great way to get us geared up and ready to go!!

  • Darien says:

    im low on summer clothes! i would love, love, love a couple of pairs of shorts for summer stuff!

  • ss says:

    I need to go biking with the nephew before he gets too cool to do stuff like that.

  • karen M says:

    Bike riding, card would be nice to purchase new bike tires.

  • Kerstin says:

    I need some new Vibrams – I have worn mine out! Or maybe I will let my husband try on sandals so he can walk the dog in the field out back…thanks for the chance!

  • Reesa says:

    I love taking the boys out to go swimming, so I can guarantee that we’ll be continuing to haunt the pool until it gets too cold to do so. It doesn’t hurt that it’s fun embarrassing them by doing solo water aerobics in front of their friends ^_~

  • Jen Marie says:

    I pledge to take the kids on a picnic!

  • Alexis says:

    Hiking! I love love REI, the service is amazing!

  • Christina says:

    I would like to go biking more often before the weather gets yucky.

  • Cortney says:

    I would love to get the kids snow shoes so they could have more fun in the winter.

  • Rachel says:

    I hope to do more hiking (to see the fall foliage) with my family this year.

  • Nicole S. says:

    Winter is coming to Chicago, eventually. I always need more gear!

  • Diana says:

    I pledge to go on more bike rides!

  • Anna M says:

    To walk more

  • Suzanne Shelton says:

    I would love to win the REI gift card, we need a new water filtration/purifier pump and it isn’t in our budget but we really want to go backcountry camping one more time before the snows come

  • Natalie J. Vandenberghe says:

    I pledge to encourage my children to join me as I try walk more regularly.

  • Kellie B says:

    I pledge to go hiking with my husband. A REI gift card would help us purchase supplies.

  • Brittany says:

    Hiking with the fiance and dog in the woods! There’s no greater joy than watching them splash around in woodland streams. 🙂

  • Jillian says:

    I’m going to walk more with my mom outdoors!

  • Stacy says:

    I pledged to go hiking. I would use the gift card for hiking socks and water bottles.

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  • delena says:

    I pledge to get my family back into camping. It’s something we did years ago, but have gotten away from. I know we need new gear, and the GC would help tremendously!!

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