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Travel Savvy Tips for Summer!

With summer around the corner, here are some tips from Coolibar and Hotels.com on how to travel smart.

Take advantage of free travel. Free loyalty programs like Hotels.com® Rewards offer complimentary travel simply for signing up. The Hotels.com program rewards members with a free* night after they stay 10.

If you’re planning a road trip, pack the car the night before. This will help to ensure you don’t forget anything the following morning. You will also be able to leave first thing in the morning to help beat traffic going out of town.

Pack appropriately for your destination. Check the weather in advance so you’re prepared, but don’t pack too heavily. If you’re unsure if you will need an item or not, leave it at home. If all else fails, you can purchase most forgotten items once you arrive. Even if the forecast is clear, it’s always a good idea to pack an umbrella or a multipurpose scarf to protect you from the rain and sun.

Ask locals for their recommendations. They are usually happy to steer you in the right direction of a great restaurant, store, or monument to visit.

Prepare for the sun. Whether you’re traveling to the beach or somewhere that may be overcast, you and your family will be exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Pack plenty of sunscreen as many travel destinations increase the prices or don’t sell it at all. To reduce the hassle of applying sunscreen every two hours, cover up with sun protective clothing for any outdoor activity! Don’t forget to protect your eyes too by wearing polarized sunglasses.

Separate your sources of money and bring extra cash. It’s never wise to keep your money all in one place. You also don’t want to find yourself in an unfamiliar place with a credit or debit card that does not work, so it’s always wise to have some cash handy.

ev (2)Prepare your kids. If your kids are not accustomed to traveling, let them know how long it will take to arrive at your destination. Pack snacks and activities to keep them occupied. Be sure you have all the necessary documents for you and your family to travel, such as your passport. Don’t forget to make copies as a backup.

Have fun and make unforgettable memories! Through the month of June, Hotels.com is offering Coolibar fans 10% off using code MOBNEW10. Don’t hesitate and book your vacation today! Coolibar is also donating $1 to the ACS for every order placed at Coolibar.com, up to $25,000. You can help spread the #SkinSmart message with your friends and family, and raise money for a great cause! Please visit www.coolibar.com/skinsmart for shareable tips and information.

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Summer Is Coming: Be #SkinSmart

May is the gateway to summer, and it’s also Skin Cancer Awareness Month. As you spend more time outdoors, it’s important to know how to be SkinSmart. Why you ask? Well, just like drinking lots of water, walking everyday, and eating healthy, it’s smart for you to care about and protect your skin.

You may have seen the U.S. Surgeon General issued a call to action about skin cancer as a major public health threat. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. More people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined, and 3.5 million people are diagnosed each year. That’s shocking, right? Luckily, skin cancer is also preventable. Leading medical organizations and dermatologists urge sun protective clothing as a first line of defense, and Coolibar is proud to be the first brand to receive the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

For the month of May, we are excited to be partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to spread #SkinSmart tips to prevent skin cancer, reduce premature aging, and heighten awareness of sun protective clothing as an easy option. It’s hard to believe many people still don’t know that sun protective clothing exists. Throughout the month of May, Coolibar is also donating $1 to the ACS for every order placed at Coolibar.com, up to $25,000.

You can help spread the #SkinSmart message with your friends and family, and raise money for a great cause! Please visit www.coolibar.com/skinsmart for shareable tips and information.

Here are our top tips to protect your skin and have fun in the sun:

 

  • Teach kids that being safe in the sun is as important as wearing a bike helmet! Limiting sun exposure now helps prevent skin cancer in the future.
  • Make sure to wear lightweight clothing that is tightly woven (t-shirts do NOT block UV rays!), and contains a UV protection factor of 50.
  • Keep sunscreen and a hat in your gym bag, stroller or diaper bag so it’s always accessible when needed.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes BEFORE going out in the sun, and remember to reapply to exposed areas every two hours, and more often after swimming or sweating.
  • Take regular breaks from the sun especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest, and make sure to drink lots of water. Set your phone’s alarm for reminders.
  • Wearing a wide-brim hat provides extra coverage to the neck and shoulders. Every inch of hat brim can lower your lifetime risk of skin cancer by 10%.
  • Wear a swim shirt specifically designed for water activities while at the pool or beach. These provide maximum sun protection, cover a large amount of exposed skin, and dry quickly so they are great for trips.
  • Wear sunglasses. In addition to protecting eyes from UV exposure, another cancer risk, the right sunglasses offer impact protection, and reduce reflection if you are participating in any rigorous activities.
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How to Protect Your Skin From Premature Aging

Protecting your skin from the sun has more benefits than you may think. Not only does it help prevent skin cancer. It’s an important step to prevent premature aging and keep you looking your best.

evJulianne Moore recently announced her secret to flawless skin is sunscreen. She uses it on a daily basis, and you should too. Studies show that regular use of sunscreen protects your skin from photoaging, which results in wrinkles, brown spots, and loss of elasticity. These signs of aging can be prevented, or minimized with the use of sunscreen and sun protective clothing. Some of our favorite sunscreens include AquaSport, CoTZ Plus, Vanicream, Total Block and SolBar  all available on our website!

Sun-protective clothing is a relatively new development in the U.S., while it has been a staple in Australia for several decades. With the U.S. Surgeon General declaring skin cancer an epidemic, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends sun-protective clothing as a first line of defense. It can also minimize aging in sensitive areas such as the décolletage, neck, knees and elbows. With the latest styles for beach, water and outdoor lifestyles, you can look terrific and be protected in fabrics that provide UPF 50+ protection for the life of the garment.

ev (1)Your face, neck and ears may all come to mind when you think of the importance of sun protection, but what about your hands? Unless you wear gloves everyday, your hands receive a considerable amount of sun exposure over time. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of visible skin changes are due to exposure to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 15 or more to protect your hands from sun damage. And don’t forget your nails! They are also susceptible to melanoma. Gloves made with sun-protective fabric are also a good choice for gardening, outdoor chores, and even driving.

ev (2)Another overlooked area is hair. The sun can damage hair, and signs that your hair may be sun damaged include dryness, split ends, loss of strength, and brittle or breakable hair. A great way to protect your hair is to wear a broad-brimmed hat or scarf made from sun-protective fabric, which will also protect your face, ears, and neck. Coolibar has many options for women, men, and children.

No matter your age, it’s always a good time to begin protecting your skin from the sun! You don’t need to invest in multiple anti-aging creams anymore. Using quality sunscreen every day, with sun protective hats and clothing will help you achieve the best possible looking skin.

Welcome back to health, happiness, and fun in the sun!

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Seven Tips for Your Family’s Spring Break

Spring break is not just for college students. It’s a terrific time to get away with your family. Here are some key tips you should know before taking your family on a spring break trip. 

Make your trip educational. Learn about the area you and your family plan to visit. Take time to explore nearby cities, museums, parks, and libraries, which can all offer great opportunities to create a more well rounded trip for little to no cost.

UntitledPrepare to travel. If your kids are not accustomed to traveling on an airplane, or in the car for a long period of time, explain your travel plans to them in advance. Pack plenty of snacks and prepare activities to keep them occupied. You may even need distractions for both your kids and yourself! If you’re traveling by car, be sure to have a full-body inspection prior to your trip. If you’re traveling by plane, consider purchasing travel insurance.178607548

Pack appropriately. Check the weather at your destination, and pack accordingly. Even if the forecast is clear, it’s always a good idea to bring along an umbrella. You can also consult HuffPost Travel for a handy list of things that are most commonly forgotten.

Prepare for the sun. No matter where you’re going, you will need sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30. Neutrogena’s sunscreen line is one of our favorites. To reduce the hassle of reapplying and tears from your little ones, our sun protective clothing is a great option for the whole family. Also, don’t forget sun hats and UV protective eyewear!

3Stick to your healthy routine. You work hard to eat right and get in shape before you travel, don’t blow it when you go. You may allow yourself to have a cheat meal, but don’t let it snowball through the rest of the trip. You can also pack protein-filled snacks, search restaurants in advance, and eat every two to three hours. Find additional healthy-eating tips for travel here.

Protect your home. Let your neighbor know when you will be traveling, and ask them to keep an eye on your home. You can also create the illusion that someone is home by placing lights on a timer. Be sure to lock all windows and doors before your departure, and set your alarm system. Depending on how long you plan to be away, it is also a good idea to either stop your mail delivery, or have a trusted neighbor pick it up.

Don’t break the bank. Before you leave, make a grocery list for your destination. This can help you enjoy your trip, spend less money, and create memorable experiences with your family. However, remember you are on vacation! Consider splurging on at least one fancy meal one day, and some family-fun activities.

Be mindful of your social media activity. Do not post anything about your trip until you return, and establish rules for posting with the whole family. If you can’t resist sharing, turn off location tracking, and don’t use check-ins to let others know where you and your family are.

Have fun and take plenty of family photos! 

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Mobile Apps We Can’t Live Without

Are you on the hunt for the best apps for your mobile device? We asked Coolibar’s employees what apps they can’t live without, and here is what they shared. These apps can help you keep your body and mind healthy with a little bit of fun and organization.

 

MyFitnessPal

We love MyFitnessPal to help track your daily calorie intake and exercise. It has one of the largest food databases, which is especially important if you like to eat out. You can look up restaurant menu items in advance to find those that fit your goals and enable you to stay on track. MyFitness Pal is simple to use and connects with other devices. You can also follow your friends to help keep you accountable. It’s completely free and available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows Phone.

 

Headsup!

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and family, try playing Heads Up! by Ellen Degeneres. Much like the game charades, the app has multiple categories to choose from, such as superstars, animals gone wild, and accents and impressions. This may be the best 99 cents you spend on an app. After each round you can watch the hilarity of your impressions on video from your iPhone or Anroid.

 

Omvana

Take time to meditate each day with Omvana. Meditation can increase happiness, improve sleep habits, decrease stress, and help you to live an overall healthier lifestyle. Omvana offers a variety of meditations ranging from three to 60 minutes, and it includes a music mixer so you can customize your practice. It also connects with the HealthKit app to help you stay calm throughout the day. Omvana will recommend mediations based on your stress level and state of mind. It’s free, but only available for iOS.

 

Suncreen Reapplying

In addition to wearing Coolibar, one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun is the Sunscreen Re-applying Reminder App. Whether you work outdoors, are at the beach, or enjoying a day at the pool, it’s important to apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. This app will help remind you when to reapply sunscreen for free! It’s available for both iOS and Android.

 

Trivia Crack

Think you know your trivia? Think again with Trivia Crack. Spin Willy the Wheel and challenge your friends in six different categories – science, entertainment, art, geography, sports, and history. Whoever wins all six categories first, wins the game. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

 

todoist

Stay organized this year with Todoist by carrying your to-do list with you everywhere! It works on 13 platforms including iOS and Android, and syncs across all your devices so you never lose sight of your tasks. Download the app for free to try it out and upgrade to premium once you’re ready to take your productivity to the next level.

 

runkeeper

Whether you walk for fitness, run, jog or hike, Runkeeper is a great way to track your workouts and your routes, and get the motivation you need to hit your fitness goals. The app has more than 30 million people around the world using it to power their active lives, and it uses GPS technology in your device to track your fitness activity. The app syncs with MyFitnessPal, FitBit, LoseIt and more, and you can also link with friends through Facebook and Twitter.

 

timehop

If you’re feeling nostalgic, download Timehop. It syncs with your phone’s camera roll, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, and Flickr to highlight moments of your life. It’s like celebrating #TBT everyday. Once you view one of your Timehop’s you’ll be addicted. It’s free and available for iOS and Android. We want to see you in your Coolibar of the past, present and future.

Let us know if you have any apps you can’t live without. Share them with us on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Coolibar’s Favorite Gifts to Make Your Holiday Shopping Easier!

Coolibar holiday gift guide

If your idea of a white Christmas means a white sandy beach, you are not alone. Even though the temperatures are dropping, many still try to make it a priority to stay active outdoors. We have handpicked a few of our favorite gifts to help you tackle your list faster than singing “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

 

Nike custom shoes
Photo: Nike, Inc.

For the Runner

If someone on your list loves to pound the pavement, treat them to a unique pair of custom running shoes from NIKEiD. With a wide variety of shoes, styles, and colors to choose from, your recipient can be completely unique. Make running a fun activity for the whole family by spicing up the entire shoe rack.

For the Foodie

Photo: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Photo: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Satisfy your loved one’s sweet tooth with The Original Peppermint Bark by Williams-Sonoma (shown above). Their taste buds will go wild once he or she experiences the rich flavors of dark and white chocolate, peppermint oil, and peppermint bits. You will want to buy your own because your loved one will be tempted not to share.

For HerCoolibar ZnO Cowl Neck

The woman in your life is sure to love our ZnO Cowl Neck Pullover. This best seller is stylish, lightweight, and breathable. It’s available in eight colors and two prints. Whether she is running errands, sipping morning coffee, walking to her next yoga class, or enjoying a cocktail by the pool, the ZnO Cowl Neck Pullover is so versatile you may want to get her two!

For the Sports Enthusiast

Picking the right pair of sunglasses can be daunting. So why not take the guesswork out? In Oakley stores, experts work one-on-one with your gift recipient to build sunglasses with the best performance features for any outdoor activity such as golf, cycling, running, hiking, fishing, hunting, or water sports. There are millions of possible combinations of frames, lenses, ear socks, and icons to create a unique and custom look, and they can even handle prescriptions. Your loved one will not only look stylish but will be protecting their eyes from the sun as well.

For the Person on the Go

Photo: Jon Hart Design, LLC
Photo: Jon Hart Design, LLC

Help your loved one stay organized with a customizable bag. Jon Hart Design creates fashionable yet durable bags for anyone. You can find bags for work, travel, and sports and outdoors. They offer a wide variety of colors, materials, and monogram styles to choose from allowing you to make a one-of-a-kind bag for the special someone in your life.

For Him

Give the man on your list the gift of style and comfort with our timeless UPF 50+ Sport Polo. He will look polished anywhere he goes, whether it’s the gym, office, or a casual dinner. Choose from three vibrant colors that are great for any time of year.

 

Photo: Beats Electronics Inc.
Photo: Beats Electronics Inc.

For the Musicoholic

It’s no fluke that Beats by Dre are the worlds most popular headphones. These headphones are stylish, comfortable, and allow listeners the ability to feel, and not just hear, the music whether indoors or out. The noise-canceling feature will reduce most surrounding noises while playing their favorite tunes. Beats come in a variety of colors to suit their taste, and have a 20-hour rechargeable battery.

Photo: Gallery Leather
Photo: Gallery Leather

For the Writer

A personalized journal from Gallery Leather is the way to go for the person on your list, who loves to stay organized, make lists, or jot down their thoughts. He or she will enjoy writing in their hand-bound Spanish leather journal every day.

 

Coolibar Swim SkortFor Girls

Little girls will stay sun safe and look fashionable in our Girls Swim Skort. The Navy Polka Dot pattern pairs well with our Girl’s Short Sleeve Surf Shirt in Bubblegum Zig Zag, or any shirt of your choice. Busy girls can go from swimming in the ocean to a nearby jungle gym, and then out to lunch in this outfit.

 

For the Outdoor Lover

Encourage your loved ones to stay sun safe year round! Temperatures may be cooler this time of year, but the sun can still damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen should be used as a second line of defense, behind sun protective clothing. Neutrogena is the favorite of dermatologists to provide sun protection for the whole family.

For the DIYer

Make it easy to capture memories by giving your loved one a Shutterfly gift card. He or she will have the opportunity to create a unique and special gift by uploading their favorite photos and choosing from pre-made designs. They can choose from a variety of items such as coffee mugs, calendars, photo books and more.

For BoysCoolibar Island Board Shorts

Our Boy’s Island Board Shorts and Long-sleeve Rash Guard is a must have for families who are planning a tropical winter getaway. This outfit is cool, yet sun safe for boys of all ages. He is sure to love boogie boarding and lounging around the resort in his new Coolibar.

 

For the New Year!

Photo: Fitbit Inc.

Cross that “hard to buy for person” off your list! A Fitbit is a great gift for anyone! Fitbit tracks a variety of health stats including activity, calories burned, heart rate and more. There is a variety of models to choose from designed for everyday, active or performance fitness levels. We love the new Fitbit jewelry from Tory Burch.

 

 

We hope you enjoy some of our favorite gifts this holiday season! Remember to stay sun safe and have fun doing what you love. Consider your shopping done and done!

 

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Official Rules: My Holiday Wish List Pin to Win

Coolibar “My Holiday Wish List” Pin to  Win

OFFICIAL RULES

1. HOW TO ENTER: Beginning on November 17, 2014 –December 8, 2014 (“Promotion Period”), go to coolibar.com/pintowin and follow the prompts. First, you must follow Coolibar on Pinterest. Go to pinterest.com/coolibar and follow us. You must be a member of Pinterest to follow us. Membership to Pinterest is free. After you follow Coolibar on Pinterest, create a ‘My Holiday Wish List’ board. The board must include ‘My Holiday Wish List’ in the name to be eligible to win (“Board”). Your Board must be public and contain a minimum of three (3) Coolibar products and one (1) Contest Image pinned from Coolibar.com/pintowin. You may also pin other items as you wish. Pins of items from other sites do not count towards the minimum pins.

Use of any robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method or more than one entry during the Promotion Period will void all entries and result in disqualification. Only one (1) Board entry per person permitted during the Promotion Period.

Use the prompts at coolibar.com/pintowin to enter your name, email address, mailing address, and a link to your board URL. You must also agree to the terms and conditions of the contest. Entry must be received during the Promotion Period.  No purchase necessary to enter.

At the conclusion of the Promotion Period, you will receive an email to notify you if you won a prize. You may also choose to receive promotional information or a catalog from Coolibar.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open only to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age and older as of November 17, 2014, except for Pinterest and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and members of each of their respective immediate families or persons living in the same household. Void where prohibited. Employees of Coolibar or its affiliated companies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of such persons are not eligible to enter.

3. RANDOM DRAWING: Three winners from all qualified entrants will be selected by Sponsor, via a random computer generated program on or about December 8, 2014. Entrant must be following Coolibar on Pinterest at the time of the drawing to be eligible for the prize. Winners will be notified by e-mail upon selection. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of award notification time/date, another entrant will be chosen at random via a computer generated program. Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received. The return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

4. PRIZE: Three (3) items from the Coolibar.com website will be awarded to each of the three (3) contest winners. Winners will be able to request size and color of prize merchandise. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted by winner. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

5. OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Coolibar is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Coolibar reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest and/or disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry or voting process. No responsibility is assumed for: any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, or software; or failure of any email or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in the contest. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, the prize will be awarded to the owner of the email account, if eligible, not the name on the entry form. Coolibar reserves the right to terminate or modify the contest at any time in the event of any intervention with the promotion beyond Coolibar’s reasonable control.

All decisions involving the contest and these official rules will be made by the sole discretion of Coolibar, which shall be final in all respects. By participating in the contest and/or accepting any Prize that they may win, entrants agree to release Coolibar, its affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in the contest and/or acceptance or use of the prize. All entries will become the property of Coolibar. Entrants authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material, in any media now known or hereafter created, worldwide in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable, without further compensation. Coolibar is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials at Coolibar’s sole discretion, without materially changing the substance and without further obligation or compensation. Although Coolibar will pay for shipping the prize, the prize winner assumes the risk of safe arrival of the prize. Coolibar is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated or misdirected mail or unsafe arrival of the prize.

This contest shall be governed by Minnesota law. By participating in this contest, entrants agree that Minnesota courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this contest and that venue shall be only in Minneapolis, MN. All federal, state and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winner. All contest prize winners will be required to fill out a completed W-9 form and return to Coolibar to receive any cash check prize. Coolibar will report to the IRS by use of 1099 form and/or all federal, state and/or local tax law requirements.

6. WINNERS LIST: For winner’s list, available after December 15, 2014, please write an email to marketinginquiry@coolibar.com with “Request for Winner’s List” in the subject line or mail a postcard or letter to Request for Winner’s List 2401 Edgewood Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55426.

SPONSOR: Coolibar, Inc Minneapolis, MN
This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Pinterest. Coolibar releases Pinterest of all responsibilities associated with this contest.

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What’s Your Ultimate Resort Destination?

Canyon Ranch Tucson - Guest Room

With the launch of our new Resort Collection, we’ve pondered the whole concept of the “resort experience.” Our new collection of colors and prints can help show what we decided. You’ll love the look right away. Once you slip into it, you’ll find it’s also about being comfortable – for wherever you go, whatever you’re doing and whenever you’re doing it.

Traveling to an actual resort is optional, but desirable. In fact, while we were dreaming up our Resort Collection, we dreamed up some of our favorite resort destinations. See if you agree!

Canyon Ranch,Tucson, Arizona

Canyon Ranch Tucson
Courtesy of Canyon Ranch

A unique and original blend of upscale comfort and deep well-being. This place has evolved with the times – once a cattle ranch, then a classic guest ranch, now a fitness spa resort in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Actually, it’s an all-inclusive health resort and luxury spa. That sounds impressive, and it is; Canyon ranch has been a driving force as the entire concept of a “health resort” has taken off.

Suggested look: Ocean Glimmer Antigua Tunic

Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, Vista, California

Cal a Vie Resort
Courtesy of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

For all of its hundreds – yes, hundreds – of spa treatments, fitness activities and mind-body-spirit classes, we can’t help but notice how simple and elemental this California health spa resort is. Particularly impressive is that the resort balances this active and/or meditative experience with a passion for fresh, local cuisine. And just for good measure, there’s golf at the resort’s Vista Valley Country Club.

Suggested look: Banded Fitness Tee with Swim Capris

Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas

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Courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort

Everything you could ask for in a wellness retreat: a lake (in this case, Austin Lake) for Paddle Fit, Aqua Zumba or just a mild boat cruise; the Lakehouse Spa with two pools, steam rooms and a café; luxury guest and garden rooms; five course meals and more. Bonus: all of this is surrounded by the incomparable Texas Hill Country.

Suggested look: ZnO Sun Wrap outfit

 

Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

If you’re thinking about visiting a spa on an island, you’ll find that here. But around it you’ll also discover a world-class resort, and all that that implies: a tiered pool complex including a splash park, a fully-equipped fitness center (think LCD TV screens) and a championship golf course for starters. The resort also provides a variety of ways to explore the island, for you and your whole family.  

Suggested look: Sport Polo with Zip Off Sun Visor

Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico

La Casa Dorada Resort Los Cabos
Courtesy of la Casa Dorada Resort

This is a truly impressive getaway that you’ll have almost as much fun telling people about as you will on the actual trip. A highlight is the saltwater spa – if you can tear yourself away from the pools, the four restaurants, the luxurious accommodations and the best swimmable beach in Cabo. This is for the whole family, too – pets included.

Suggested look: Convertible Swim Shirt outfit

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Coolibar Asks: What Does Yoga Mean to You?

Coolibar - Yoga

We’ve been thinking about yoga a lot lately. We can’t help it. When you’re promoting sun protection, health, happiness and peace of mind, yoga just naturally comes up.

Do you practice yoga? If you do, what does it mean to “practice yoga?”

At one extreme are the hardcore enthusiasts.  You may have heard that yoga can relieve stress, improve digestion, balance the metabolism and strengthen the immune system. These folks will tell you yoga is about cleansing the bioemotional self, toning the endocrinal system, coordinating the musculoskeletal structure, creating a union between our physical and emotional beings.  It decreases cortisol and adrenalin, which co-opt the production of vital hormones! It promotes and balances neurotransmitters, and inverted postures re-balance the pituitary and thyroid glands!

Corresponding to this knowledge is a full range of classes. There’s hot yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga, power yoga, and the list goes on.

Other people, as we’ve read, just like wearing the clothes. This is okay too; we know that not everyone wearing a North Face jacket is an experienced High Alps mountain climber either. And when you’re trying to attain a fully integrated mind and body, total comfort certainly helps.

At Coolibar we think our understanding of yoga is pretty balanced between the neurobiologists and those who just look the part.

“I just needed a form of physical activity that I didn’t dread,” says Heather Olson, Wholesale Operations Manager at Coolibar. She says she’s been practicing yoga for about two years, drawn to it by a background in dance with its balance and flexibility. “It’s a way to get a workout – and have fun.”

Coolibar Yoga
Kelly Johnson in Coolibar Banded Fitness Tee, Active Swim Tights

Kelly Johnson, Coolibar Customer Service Manager, thinks so too. “It’s a slower pace of exercise,” she says. “I’m not the type of person who likes to go to the gym and pump weights and run on the treadmill. I like the mediation aspect, too, to calm my mind, re-center and relax.”

About that last part: yoga can be especially practical if you’re living what we might refer to as a full life.

“I get stressed out easily,” Kelly says. “And I have a five-year-old. So yoga is my alone time.”

What kind of yogi (that would be, “one who practices yoga”) are you? Tell us about it!

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Fall into Coolibar – $1,000 in Merchandise Could Be Yours!

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OFFICIAL RULES – Coolibar Sweepstakes

Fall into Coolibar is an enter-to-win style sweepstakes, sponsored by Coolibar, Inc. The contest will run via the third party app, Woobox. Woobox provides software, Facebook enabled applications, websites and other online services to enable its business client (Coolibar) to operate sweepstakes, contests, promotions, websites, website plugins, Facebook page apps, surveys, polls, and other market data gathering activities, collectively called Promotions or Services.

1. HOW TO ENTER: On “October 14, 2014 – October 31, 2014” (“Promotion Period”), go to facebook.com/Coolibar and click on the sweepstakes entry page. You must have a Facebook page to participate. Facebook membership is free. You must like the Coolibar page to enter the sweepstakes.

After you like Coolibar on Facebook, provide your email address and follow the form to complete the information requested.

Use of any robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method or more than one non-bonus entry during the Promotion Period will void all entries and result in disqualification.

To enter, authorize WooBox application and enter an email address in the form provided. Bonus entries will be awarded based on each action performed by entrant email address. WooBox Application will award each entrant bonus entries for the following:

  • 1 bonus entry for sharing via Twitter
  • 1 bonus entry for sharing via Facebook
  • 1 bonus entry for correct answer to the multiple choice question
  • 5 bonus entries for uploading a photo of entrant or family member in Coolibar clothing
  • 5 bonus entries for getting another Facebook user to enter contest

Entries must be received during the Promotion Period, Oct. 14, 2014 through midnight CT/1:00 a.m. ET, Oct. 31, 2014.  No purchase necessary to enter.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open only to residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age and older as of October 14, 2014, except for Facebook and its affiliates and subsidiaries, and members of each of their respective immediate families or persons living in the same household. Void where prohibited. Employees of Coolibar or its affiliated companies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of such persons are also not eligible to win prizes. Entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes each entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories and possessions. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

3. PUBLICITY: The acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and Sweepstakes Entities’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, statements, entry, opinions and/or hometown and state for advertising and promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without remuneration for said use.

4. RANDOM DRAWING: Winners, from all qualified entrants, will be selected, by Sponsor, via a random computer generated program on or about November 03, 2014. Prizes will be awarded to the first winners as set out below starting with $500 in Coolibar merchandise and each winner with each corresponding denomination thereafter. Winners will be notified by e-mail upon selection. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours of award notification time/date, another entrant will be chosen at random via a computer generated program.

5. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received. The return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.

6. PRIZE(S): One (1) Grand Prize: $500 in Coolibar merchandise. Retail Value: $500.00. Two (2) Second Place Prizes: $250 in Coolibar merchandise. Retail Value: $250.00. No substitution or transfer of prizes permitted by winner. Prizes will be awarded in the form of Coolibar merchandise, and cannot be exchanged for cash. Winners will be notified by email.

7. OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Coolibar is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the sweepstakes, Coolibar reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the sweepstakes and/or disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry or voting process. No responsibility is assumed for: any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, or software; or failure of any email or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in the sweepstakes. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, the prize will be awarded to the owner of the email account, if eligible, not the name on the entry form. Coolibar reserves the right to terminate or modify the sweepstakes at any time in the event of any intervention with the promotion beyond Coolibar’s reasonable control.

All decisions involving the sweepstakes and these official rules will be made by the sole discretion of Coolibar, which shall be final in all respects. By participating in the sweepstakes and/or accepting any Prize that they may win, entrants agree to release Coolibar, its affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in the sweepstakes and/or acceptance or use of the prize. All entries will become the property of Coolibar. Entrants authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material, in any media now known or hereafter created, worldwide in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable, without further compensation. Coolibar is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials at Coolibar sole discretion, without materially changing the substance and without further obligation or compensation. To claim the Prize, the winner must provide proof of winner’s age, residency and legal status and sign and return eligibility, publicity, liability and any other releases requested by Coolibar, all within ten (10) days of notification. Although Coolibar will pay for shipping the prize, the prize winner assumes the risk of safe arrival of the prize. Coolibar is not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated or misdirected mail or unsafe arrival of the prize.

This sweepstakes shall be governed by Minnesota law. By participating in this sweepstakes, entrants agree that Minnesota courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this sweepstakes and that venue shall be only in Minneapolis, MN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND/OR LOCAL TAXES ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.

8. WINNERS LIST: For winner’s list, available after November 10, 2014, please send an email to marketinginquiry@coolibar.com with “Request for Winner’s List” in the subject line or mail a postcard or letter to Coolibar, 2401 Edgewood Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426.

9. SPONSOR: Coolibar, Minneapolis, MN
This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by Facebook.  Coolibar releases Facebook of all responsibilities associated with this sweepstakes.

 

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