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Serving Boulder, CO

Elissa Tompkins

I am a mom of two boys ages 3 and 4, bonus mom to two kids, son 13 and daughter 16, and two pups! I was born and raised in Colorado and love to enjoy the outdoors in my free time! Being a mom of two young boys means I am always looking for recommendations about parks, businesses and products from people I know and trust!
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Apple Airpods
My AirPods last forever on one charge because I typically only use them once a day for 30 minutes.
Apple Pencil
Love my Apple Pencil first gen. I design things on Procreate and I love that this pencil has pressure sensitive touch!
Apple TV 4K
Streaming Media Player
Perfect for family game and movie night!
Babybjorn Bouncer
Baby Bouncer
When ever moms ask for a recommendation of a must have baby product, this is my number one response. It’s so worth the money and all the hype, and the resale value is high so it’s a good investment.
Beddy's (Bed Ease) Sheets
All parents with young kids, these are for you! These bed sets are entirely in one-piece and the top zips off making washing and changing the sheets a breeze! I am tiny, so changing sheets, even just on a twin size bed, was difficult. I invested in these and will never look back!
Bentgo Meal Prep Containers
Lunch Box
I use these for my portable snacks for my kids. We take them with us to the zoo, aquarium, and park and pack their favorite snacks.
Bioiconic Hair Curler
Hair Care
Best curling iron I’ve ever owned! Has so many different settings and smooths my hair as it curls.
Blue Lizard Sunscreen
Great mineral sunscreen! Works on my sensitive skin!
Bodyarmor Super Drink
Sports Drink
We love these! We drink them more than Gatorade.
Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle
Water Bottle
This water bottle is great when you are on the go and don’t have access to anything except sink water. I also love how cold it keeps the water!
Brookstone Photoshare Frame
Digital Picture Frame
I got this one for my MIL for Christmas and it is very easy to use and high quality.
Bruceriver Ladie's Wool Knit Gloves With Thinsulate Lining
I purchased these gloves for my recent trip to Illinois. I wore them in 0 degree weather and my hands did not get cold even after over 20 minutes outside. They were a little bigger than my hands, making it difficult to do fine motor things like zipping up my kids’ coats but for just being outside, they are great!
Burton Grommitt Mitten
These mittens are great for my 4 year old! I can put some hand warmers inside of them and they keep his hands warm while playing outside at his preschool.
Byetoo Portable Baby Child Kids Travel Potty Hygienic Leak Proof Urinal Emergency Toilet
Portable Toilet
This may be the weirdest recommendation but I swear by this thing. It's pretty leak proof as long as the lid is on correctly, so I carry it with me to parks, the zoo, everywhere! It's very discrete so I can have my boys pee wherever we are without anyone noticing. Of course if we can, we use the bathrooms but it's so nice to just have with you in case.
Cameron's Coffee Single Serve Pods
Coffee Pods
I like Cameron’s coffee pods. Different flavors and completely compostable!
Clinique Moisture Surge
I really like this. It doesn’t feel heavy on my face and I’ve never actually needed to pay full price for it because it goes on sale so often!
Cloud Paper 100% Bamboo Toilet Paper
Toilet Paper
I love when companies make sustainable, attainable! This toilet paper is amazing! And I love that it can be auto delivered to your door with sustainable packaging. Living in Boulder, who are all about saving the environment, I am excited to tell all my Boulder friends about this.
Curél Ultra Healing Body Lotion
Curél ultra healing is my go to for dry skin.
Dell Xps Laptops
This is my business and personal laptop and I really love how efficient it is. I did a lot of research before purchasing it and it meet all my expectations.
Dior Airflash Spray Foundation
I’m a huge product junkie and have tried so many different foundations. This one is my go to when I am going full glam on my makeup. It’s expensive but makes your skin look flawless!
Dohm® Classic Natural Sound Machine, White
Sound Machine
My favorite is the marpac dohm sound machine which is an internal fan that doesn’t blow any air but sounds like a real fan.
Duplo Lego Blocks
My 3 year old loves Duplo blocks at this age. They are easy for him to manipulate and he gets to use his imagination to make unique things!
Dyson V8 Cordless Vacuum
Vacuum Cleaner
This little vacuum is so handy. With have 4 kids and two dogs so we are constantly vacuuming and I like not having to get a big vacuum out every time
Erin Condren LifePlanner
Erin Condren is personally my favorite planner. They are so customizable and you can even put family pictures as the custom cover.
Fitbit Charge 3
Smart Watch
This is great, especially when you’re a mom who walk more than 10,000 steps a day trying to keep up with the kids. I get a kick out of watching the metrics change.
Garmin Fenix 5
Smart Watch
My husband has this watch and it is so helpful when he is in the wilderness and needs GPS tracking. It looks sleek and has more functions than we even know how to work!
I love Goodreads! I always check the site out before starting a new book!
Graco Extend2Fit
Car Seat
I’ve really liked the graco extend to fit 4-ever for my boys. Easy to clean and install!
Greencell Foam
Water dissolvable packing foam! I have been searching for sustainable packing foam and found this amazing product. It completely dissolves in water but is also very sturdy when used for packaging material.
Haakaa Breast Pump
Breast Pumps
Another one of my big recommendations to new moms. The best for breastfeeding and pumping moms!
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine, Night Light and Time-To-Rise
Sound Machine
My 4 year old uses this as his night light and his “ok to wake” clock. I love that I can control it from my phone and he loves helping to pick the color every night.
Hatch Restore
Alarm Clock
We are a Hatch family, so I love the Hatch Restore Sleep Sound Machine. It's pricey but I was running into the issue of checking my phone for the time, seeing some notification that then made my mind race and would keep me awake. I love that it can subtly wake me up when it's time as well so I don't need to have my phone anywhere near me!
Heartbeat Red Habanero Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce
Heartbeat has so many unique flavors of hot sauce and I’ve loved every flavor I’ve tried so far!
Hot Air Brush
Hair Styling Tool
Love the volume this gives my hair and how quickly it dries my hair!
Instant Pot
Pressure Cooker
Very universal! You can make lunch, dinner, an dessert!
iRobot Roomba
Vacuum Cleaner
We have so much wood flooring in our house that we need all the extra help we can get! This thing is one of my best purchases.
Justin's Peanut Butter Cups
Another vegan favorite are the dark chocolate peanut butter cups by Justin’s. He started the company here in Boulder and is actually a very down to Earth person! Now his products are carried nationwide in Starbucks and grocery stores! They’re perfect for when I have a chocolate craving.
Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker,
Coffee Maker
I use this daily. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I like to have one cup every day and this is the perfect system for that. I donated my full sized coffee machine in favor of this one and I don't think I will ever look back.
Kimberley's Best A1 Free Cheese
I was so happy when I found this. I am allergic to the A1 protein in cows milk so I can’t even have Lactaid or lactose free products. I went over 2 years with only fake vegan cheese, which I’ve never cared for. I found this at Whole Foods and it’s amazing. No one can tell the difference and it allows me to eat all the normal foods again. Pizza night is back on!
Kindle Paperwhite
Great for someone who doesn’t want to store a lot of books but also doesn’t like to read on an actual screen!
Kitchenaid Dishwasher
We actually have two of these dishwashers, one on each side of our sink. I love them. They are so quiet and do a great job cleaning everything.
KitchenAid Mixer
I love all of the different attachments and how easy it is to use, but my favorite part are the decorative mixing bowls you can get to add some beauty to your kitchen!
Kong Zoom Groom
Pet Grooming Supplies
Great brush for short haired dogs! They come in blue or pink and they also have a cat one.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
Lip Balm
This makes my lips so soft and one container lasts a really long time. It smells good and I can wear it day or night.
Leah's Better Bites
My favorite dairy free dessert. They have a chocolate cupcake flavor that's just like a hostess cupcake/dingdong. I'm excited that so many big box stores are starting to carry them!
Lectrofan Sound Machine
Sound Machine
This is my other favorite noise machine. It sounds really natural and has so many different settings.
I have had both my kids signed up for this service since they were under a year. They send out a box of 5 books monthly, curated towards your child’s age and then you can read them and pick which books to keep versus send back? We’ve gotten so many great books from this! They also have an adult version which I intend to try out soon!
Little Secrets Mini Crispy Wafers
These are so delicious. Dairy free, maybe vegan? But so addicting!
Lollipop Baby Monitor
Baby Monitor
This monitor can show video and has audio for up to 4 cameras at the same time. It's the only one on the market that I know of that does this without having to switch camera screens!
Love to Dream Swaddle
The best swaddle on the market! Perfect for babies that don’t like their arms pinned down but still need help with the “startle” reflex.
Lululemon the Reversible Mat 3mm
Yoga Mat
This Lululemon mat is great!
Magna Tiles
My boys love building with these as much as Duplo blocks. We like to make little garages for our toy cars to park in.
Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts Shelled Hemp Seeds
I grind these up in my processor and use them in my kids' favorite muffins. They give a sweet, nutty flavor that is nearly undetectable and add 10-20 Grams of protein to the muffin mix. I feel better about letting my kids have a muffin for breakfast when I know it has some protein in it.
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Acne Care
The best for my hormonal breakouts!
Marpac Dohm DS
Sound Machine
I have used this sound machine for my kids since they were newborns and I loved it so much that I purchased one for myself and my MIL. I love the natural fan noise without the blowing of actual air!
Mirrors & Marble Lighted Vanity Mirror
Our bathroom has no natural light, making doing my makeup difficult. We installed these mirrors to help with the lighting and they’re amazing. Additionally, the customer service from Mirrors and Marble was outstanding! Picture for reference, not my own!
Munchkin Miracle 360 Sippy Cup
Sippy Cups
The best cup for small children. Recommended by pediatric dentists and doesn’t leak (unless you kid chucks them across the room)
Munchkin Snack Catcher
Food Containers
We love these snack cups for all types of snacks. I love how easy they are to wash!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
One of the best concealers I’ve found!
Nars Soft Matte
I use the Nars soft matte complete concealer and I like it!
Nose Frida
Baby Care
If you have a young baby, this is a necessity. So much less difficult than a typical sucker.
Nugget Couch
These are the perfect addition to any kids room and playroom. My kids and I read on them in the couch form, and we build forts, make believe restaurants, slides and climbing towers when we’re playing with it. Very open ended and minimalist type play.
Ouai Detox Shampoo
This stuff smells amazing and is great for my hair considering our hard well water! I plan to make a trip to buy the set soon!
Owala Freesip Water Bottle
Water Bottle
I haven’t loved any of my water bottles like I love my Owala. It has a very simple built in straw but also a larger opening in case you need a bigger drink. It also keeps my water cold for a long time!
Oxo Good Grips Cherry Pitter
Corer and Pitter
This comes in a close second for food essentials when it comes to toddlers and young kids. My boys love cherries, but it's not safe to let them pop the whole thing in their mouth and dig out the pit like an adult does, and cutting the pit out wastes a lot of cherry and is a pain. This takes the pit out in one motion and then I cut the cherries in half!
Oxo Grape Cutter
Food Slicer
If you have kids under 5 that like grapes, you need this in your life. One swift motion quarters grapes!
Chips made from peas! Gluten free and they also have a few dairy free options. My favorite is the fiery hot crunchy curls that are my substitute for Hot Cheetos!
Perfect Fit Soft Plush Electric Heated Warming Blanket
My husband bought me this blanket after he was always trying to steal my individual heated blanket and it’s one of our best purchases. It has two individual sides so he can set his heat lower or higher without affecting my side. Additionally, it has a lower half heat setting and an upper half so I can set my feet up to be warmer. The cord is very long, allowing to to be placed under the mattress to hide it while still maintaining function. Love it!
Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfer Mask
Beauty Face Masks
I use this mask a couple times a week as I have sensitive skin and hard well water. This helps keep my blackheads in check and can really reduce my acne when I’m experiencing a breakout.
These are reusable and make converting notes electronically so simple!
Rollo Thermal Printer
Great little thermal printer for my shop. They are about to release a wireless adapter for it soon, and it will be a total game changer!
Rosso Motors Kids 4 Wheeler
Kids Bike
This is an electric, high powered 4 wheeler built for kids 3-6 to ride outdoors. Our son has had this since his 3rd birthday and It has been the best purchase ever. It has a 3 speed governor that allows parents to control how fast a child can go. On the first stage, it tops out at 6 mph. One charge can last days and it never gets hot because it’s electric. I’ve recommended this to so many people because it builds so many skills! My almost 3 year old will get his own in two days and then they can ride and explore together!
Silver Fern Ultimate Probiotic Supplement Vegicaps
These were marketed to me on my Instagram after I had been Googling gut health and the link to Sheraton in in the brain. I decided to try it and have been taking them for almost 4 months now and they have help immensely with my depression and anxiety. I now have them on repeat order through Amazon but you can also get them directly through the website!
Sol De Janeiro
Love the entire line of these! They smell amazing!
Sonos Soundbar
We have one of these on both of our TVs and I like how it can level the sound between people talking amd the movie scoring.
Stardrops the Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste
Cleaning Supplies
I use it on my nugget couch and it works spectacularly!
Stashers Reusable Food Storage
Silicone Reusable Bags
I use these in my kids’ lunch to cut down on all the plastic baggies. They’re easy to clean and use
Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike
Kids Bike
We have 2 of these for my preschoolers and they love them! They’re very sturdy and safe, and the seats are easily adjustable for growing bodies.
I received a Sugarwish as a thank you from some great people and I loved the process! When you purchase it for someone, as a gift or to say thank you, it sends them an email. They use the email to select items from their shop ranging from candy to peanuts. Once they select their favorites, it packs and ships them the box! What a genius idea.
Summer Fridays Cc Me Serium
Skin Care
A friend recommended this to me on Fresh Chalk and I am so glad I bought it! I get constant compliments on my skin when I use this regularly!
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
I like Supergoop sunscreen. I use it almost like a primer if I wear makeup or just as is if I’m not wearing make up.
T-Fal Dishwasher Safe Cookware Fry Pan With Lid
Pots & Pans
Super affordable and so easy to clean after cooking!
Thermopro Digital Wireless Meat Thermometer
Food Thermometer
This was the second thermometer we purchased from Thermopylae on recommendation from a friend. This thermometer can stay inside the oven or the grill so you can monitor the temperature as it increases.
Thermoworks Thermapen Mk4 Instant Read Thermometer
Food Thermometer
I bought this for my husband for Christmas to upgrade our regular store bought one. It’s been such a great investment, we use it when we bake, grill or sauté meat and it’s always cooked perfectly!
This Dip Is Nuts
Vegan dip made from nuts! They have quite a few different flavors, my favorites are the spinach artichoke and the chocolate sauce!
Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash
I use the Thrive mascara and really I like it!
Tovla Jr. Knives for Kids 3-Piece Nylon Kitchen Baking Knife Set
My preschoolers love to copy everything I do, and they get such a kick out of helping me cook. These knives are perfect for safety and still allow them to learn to cut foods.
Trader Joe's Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips
My family loves these! They’re like a healthier version of Doritos and are very addicting to eat!
Ugg Slippers Men
I purchased the Ugg men’s slippers for my husband a couple years ago for Christmas and he has said many times that it’s one of his favorite gifts. He’s on his second pair now, because they only last about a year with everyday use but they’re so comfy!
Uplift Desk
Great to overcome sitting all day!
Westcott Box Cutter
Box Cutter
I love this box cutter. It is plastic, so I don't have to worry as much about my children getting it. It easily cuts through tape and thicker boxes!
Wobble Board
Balance Board
Universal fun for everyone. My kids use it as a ramp, a bridge, a tunnel and a balance board.
Yoto Player – Kids Audio Player
I purchased this for my 3.5 year old and I love it! You can connect it to your phone to play stories and music that way, or the kids can switch the cards to switch between music and stories. It’s easy for them to use and only has three buttons and a magnetic charger.
Zoho Books
I use this for my small business and love that it’s all cloud based. It’s affordable and has a lot of the same features as the bigger software companies. It also has a very helpful app.
Zuri Furniture Flipper Leather Kids Bed
We purchased this bed for my (then 2.5) year old and we love it! It is so comfy, low to the ground, has sides that make it difficult for him to fall out while sleeping, and is quality built!

Special Occasions

5 Green Boxes - The Small Store
Cute jewelry and accessories, like a little treasures store!
A&Bé Bridal Shop Denver
I purchase my wedding dress here and loved the overall process, they have so many gorgeous and unique dresses to choose from, and the assistants were all so helpful in helping me get in and out of my dress. They seem to only have higher priced dresses, but if that’s okay with you then I highly recommend!
Adam's Mystery Playhouse
We went here 2 years ago for my step daughter's 14th birthday and I had so much fun that I still tell people about it! Its interactive and hilarious!
Be Boulder Photography
Eleanor was the best photographer we could’ve had for our COVID wedding. The shots she got were amazing, and she was great with communication. We intend to continue our relationship with her for all future events and family pictures!
Bliss Boulder
Very cute and unique gifts. My MIL loves all of the gifts I have gotten for her from here!
Bookbar Denver
Book Store
Cozy bookstore that you can read and sip some wine. Perfect self love experience.
Boulder Baked
Boulder baked is a local cookie shop that bakes all of their cookies to order. Pre-COVID, they also had board games to play while you enjoyed your cookies which was a lot of fun! I mainly love them because they have wonderful gluten free and vegan options!
Boulder Bookstore
Book Store
A wholesome bookstore that has a cozy vibe and the best books for any interest. It’s in the heart of Pearl Street and the staff is all super helpful! If you live in or visit Boulder, it is worth stopping in at least monthly.
Boulder Escape Room
Escape Room
We went here for my mom's birthday had so much fun! It was fun to see everyone's personality's come out when we were in such an interesting environment. I highly recommend it!
By Elke
Very high quality leather goods. Love the handbags and the customer service is great! They’ve been struggling since the start of the pandemic.
Cedar & Hyde Mercantile
So chic, yet so woodsy. Cute clothes and home decor made from all natural materials!
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
This museum has tons of fun exhibits for children of all ages to explore. They did an amazing job keeping it COVID “friendly” and it’s one of our favorite places to go.
Grand Rabbit's Toy Shop
Adorable toy shop with a wide selection of toys for all children.
Custom shirt printing and design
Little Horse Vintage
Cute little book and vintage shop. Sells some really cool items and had a fun vibe.
Old Friends
The cutest and most clever gifts. I always browse here when I’m stumped on what to get someone!
This is where I buy 90% of my Colorado winter gear for myself and my kids. Well organized and stocked!
Peapod and Nate
Their main niche is a children's boutique but they also have very cute face masks for kids and adults!
Rocket Fizz Boulder
If you’ve got a sweet tooth and are in the mood for a walk back in time, this place is for you. It has all of the nostalgic vibes amd so many candy choices from modern day back to when you grew up.
Sam's No. 3
I went here after picking out my wedding dress at a local wedding dress shop and I loved it! Great food, fun environment and excellent mimosas.
Steakhouse 316
My husband and I like to eat at Steakhouse 316 when we are looking for a more romantic vibe. The service has always been exceptional and my husband loves the steak!
Sweet Cow Ice Cream
Ice Cream
They have rotating flavors and the Chocolate Almond is the best ice cream I’ve ever had! They have yummy vegan options too.
The Bumbling Bee
Great vegan “junk” food. Small owned and operated, delicious vegan Mac and cheese and milkshakes. Love it!
The Post Lafayette
Best fried chicken in town! They also have a wide selection of beer and Moscow mules!
The Yo Store
My friend ordered my kids' birthday presents from here and everything was so perfect looking and Pinterest worthy! They came individually wrapped in adorable wrapping paper and the gifts were so cute!
I paid a visit to this shop today in remembrance of one of the 10 victims of the Boulder Shooting, Lonna, who owned the shop. It’s such a cute shop and it was nice to support her small business in her name.


Alfalfa's Grocery
Great selection of organic produce, healthy snacks and local made products! They support local businesses over national businesses and have the friendliest staff!
Berry Handy Services
Berry Handy Services is a must know for all homeowners in Boulder. They do everything from fencing, to decking, to shed building. They are extremely professional and have prompt communication. They are licensed and insured, and can help with the permitting process for new projects!
Canova Home
My favorite things here are the stone lighting and mountain scales. I’m not sure if you could get anymore “Colorado” than this shop! Very cute to browse and the perfect place to buy home décor or get a gift for someone who "has everything."
Carry the Light Electric
We have used CTL on a few different custom home jobs and they are quick and professional!
Colorado's Finest Heating and Air Conditioning
Honestly a great company! Very professional and prompt communication. They have been in the business for years so the understand how to properly diagnose a situation and give all of the different solution options.
Cruz Chapas Painting Company
Hardworking and professional team! Great at working around difficult schedules and reasonably priced!
David Rasmussen Design
Carbondale, CO
Beautiful furniture and kitchen gadgets! I love to splurge here!
Evoo Marketplace-Olive Oils & Aged Balsamic Vinegars-Denver
Such a great little niche and worth a trip for some unique and yummy Olive Oils
Homestead Plumbing
Excellent company! I have heard nothing but good things about this company and love that they are locally owned and operated!
Kitchens by Wedgewood
Wedgewood did all of the cabinetry in our home and it all came out beautifully. They were so responsive and custom stained our oak cabinetry for us to our specific requests!
Mountain High Appliance-Boulder
High quality appliances and a great sales team. They also have a scratch and dent warehouse next door if you’re looking for budget friendly, quality appliances.
Mountain View Landscaping
Great landscaping business in Longmont, Colorado. Very professional!
Natural Grocers
Love all the vegan and dairy free options they have to offer!
Home Decor
This place is a cooking lover’s dream. They have so many useful cooking gadgets, dishes, cook books and spices. It’s fun to walk through and pick up little things you didn’t know you needed for your home and kitchen!
Refill Revolution
I love this place. I have a goal to one day, reduce my family’s one use plastic use by 80% and this place being so close to me in Boulder is going to be my key to doing it. The make giving up plastic easier for the everyday person, making it more sustainable for people and more cost effective.
The Frame Shop
Amazing customer service and so knowledgeable in how to preserve items in frames!
Wild Earth Gardens
Landscape Design
This company does BEAUTIFUL work. I first heard of them through a friend and we have since used them on a few projects. They are very quick and knowledgeable. They made the process so easy and they really seem to enjoy what they do!









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