Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Benefits of yoga for children

I received Yoga for Kids calendar and book free of charge for the purposes of reviewing and/or inclusion in the upcoming gift guide; any opinions expressed here are my own. Clicking on the calendar image or Amazon widget will take you to the product page for purchase options. Should you purchase I earn a small commission. For complete information review my disclosure policy.

One of the definitions of yoga is:

 “Any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, especially a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc.”

That may sound a little complicated, but when you think about it – if you’re familiar or knowledgeable about yoga – you probably totally get it. Did you know your children can perform this method or discipline if it’s geared toward them and ultimately gain control of the body and mind? It’s true your child can achieve some of the same effects while gaining significant  mental and physical health benefits from practicing simple yoga postures, according to multiple-award winning yoga instructor, Teresa Power. Yoga can also help them to control their energy, have better concentrate, and learn to be quiet and still.

Power is the creator of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Calendar, which uses the alphabet, rhyming poems, 56 fun illustrations and 12 child-friendly yoga poses to practice each month. The poses promote flexibility and coordination while encouraging kids to incorporate healthy activity into their daily lives. From this they’ll learn lessons they’ll take into adulthood.


“Many people are beginning to realize the many health benefits of yoga for adults,” says Power. “Children are faced with over-stimulation as they strive to keep up with the fast-paced demands of our society. Practicing simple yoga postures is the ideal way for kids to naturally unwind and obtain physical activity at the same time.”

For example, yoga breathing is one way to help redirect a child’s energy. Breathing in and out through the nose (as opposed to shallow mouth breathing) is important to reduce stress, get more oxygen into the lungs, and teaches kids how to focus on their breath to calm themselves. This has the added benefit of better performance in school.

Power explained the other benefit, “My book, The ABD’s of Yoga for Kids, serves a dual purpose by teaching young kids the alphabet and enhancing their reading and literacy skills as well. Children will be exposed to dozens of wonderful yoga positions, new letters and new ideas, while paying the way for a life-long tradition of health and fitness.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ll encourage my children to do yoga on a daily basis if this proves to be true, and we’ll soon find out. I received a copy of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids 2015 Calendar and we’ll begin with using it on the first day of the new year because we also received a hardback book of the same name to give them a start on their yoga habits. Both the calendar and book are delightful. The illustrations are crisp and colorful, delightful and engaging, and the descriptions of poses are easy to understand. I think I’m rather going to enjoy participating with my children.

Do you or your children practice yoga? Tell me, in the comments, if you will use or purchase the calendar or the book for your children.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Save valuable time during the winter with IceScreen™ Magnetic Ice Shield

This post is for informational purposes only. I did not receive this product for review nor did I receive any compensation for posting this. It sounds like a good idea and I decided to share. For more information please read my complete disclosure policy.

With winter just around the bend many of us are dreading getting up in the morning to scrap ice from our car windows or blast the defroster on high for at least 10 minutes. According to the creators of IceScreen™ Magnetic Ice Shield, Dan Miller and Andy Wright, we won’t have to worry about that any longer. The IceScreen will clear windshields of ice, snow and frost in mere seconds.

This product currently has 17 more days on Kickstarter and I thought it a good idea to share with you so, if you want, you can help back this products that started with 12 backers and now has 907. Their goal was to raise $20,000 and they’ve received more than double: $45,962. Earlier this month they had $25,000 preorders and there’s still time to get your orders in. This product would be a great gift to those in the colder states. For that matter, it’s something I can probably use in Georgia; the winter temperatures have gotten lower since I moved here in 1995.

Take a look at the below video about the ice shield. Do you think it’s a product and/or company worth investing in?


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Celebrating my son’s 11th #birthday

Two days ago my son turned 11 years old and we – as a family – celebrated him. Even though I waited until Monday while he was in school to gather the necessary items to put the family celebration, which is a tradition, together I knew exactly what to get and everything fell into place. A cake selected, gifts purchased, ice cream chilling and a bit of decorations in green (his favor color) and black.

When my son walked in the door and laid his eyes on the table that was covered in black and green tablecloths with three gift bags and matching plates and forks his face broke into a wide grin and his eyes lit up. That’s when my heart melted. You see, my son’s birthday celebration and party were supposed to be planned by his father, but it didn’t work out. I won’t go into the details. Discovering that fact made me put a little extra effort into his day.

When the kids arrived I put Doritos in the bowl on the table for them to snack on (rest assured, they normally have healthier snacks in the afternoon), and promptly let Andre open one of his presents, the game Jenga. We’d all been wanting to try this game out and I knew it is one a boy would enjoy. I mean, what could be better than to build something and then eventually see it come crashing down?

The results of us – me, two of his sisters and him – playing the game? Much laughter. Again, my heart was warmed.

After two kinds of pizza, more Doritos, birthday cake, ice cream and two more presents opened, the day ended in satisfaction for all. What summed it up so beautifully was something my son said, “This is the best family birthday celebration ever!” My heart is ablaze with love.