Tag Archives: Zen and Love

Blüm Beverage: Zen Blend and Uplift Blend Review

Blüm Beverage – Natural Botanical Elixir: Zen Blend & Uplift Blend Review and Giveaway

If there is one thing I love, it is to relax and watch television with my cats. While many of my peers add a glass of wine to their relaxation rituals, I do not. The avoidance to wine had multiple reasons, including I get a headache, I am not a drinker, but the biggest is that I simply do not like the taste of wine.

The downside to this is that when all my friends have a drink at a party, I am the one without a wine glass. I tend to fill my glass with juice, to not be left out. I have often thought that it would be nice to have an herb based drink that is non-alcoholic and can be served in a wine setting.

When I recently got an email from Blüm Beverage who created two alcohol-free, botanical elixirs that caters to Non-Drinkers, I was interested.

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YogDev: Yoga Mat Review

YogDev: Yoga Mat Review + Giveaway

The practice of yoga requires few supplies, in addition to an open mind, and one of those things is a soft base to practice on, while feeling safe.

One of the best things to use is a high quality, color soothing yoga mat. When I received the Yoga Mat from YogDev, it matched every quality I was looking for, as well as a couple I was not.

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YogDev: Hot Yoga Towel Review

YogDev: Hot Yoga Towel Review + Giveaway

If there is one thing I have learned as I have gotten older is that not all towels are built the same way.

When you are doing yoga, your towel needs are different than you would after a shower. After a shower, you want a plush towel that will engulf you in warmth.

When you are in the middle of a yoga session, you want a soft towel this moisture wicking. When I received the Hot Yoga Towel from YogDev, it is those qualities that immediately got my attention and made me eager to review it.

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YogDev: Yoga Wheel Review

YogDev: Yoga Wheel Review + Giveaway

yoga-dev-yoga-wheelThere is something I have noticed as I have aged – I get lower back pain more often than I would like. While I am yet to isolate the issue, I think it is the way I sit and the way I sleep at night. After a certain time in one position I find that I have a lower back pain.The one thing that helps is stretching the lower back, but getting the right angle and the right stretch can be difficult.

Since this seems to be more of problem with more natural solutions needed to solve, I have begun looking for alternatives and items that will help me optimize my stretch and my lower back.

I often mention that timing is everything and when I was recently approached by YogDev about their Yoga Wheel I thought outside the box and gave it a try for my sore back.

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Win a copy of Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses

Win a copy of Yogasana: The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses

giveaway-book-yogasanaI am starting my yearly clean out and with that comes some fun giveaways coming.

To launch this clean-up I am giving away a copy of Yogasana – The Encyclopedia of Yoga Poses which was in the May 2016 Buddhi Box.

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BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review – May 2016 Box

BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review and Book Giveaway – May 2016 Box

May 2016 Box ContentsAs we embark in this election year it is becoming clear that the country is divided and needs some injection of peace and love. Every night on the news all that is seen are rally’s that turn into protests and protests that turn into arrest records.

The common thread is that the one thing we need the most, is the one thing that all yogi;s know, we need peace. There are a couple of ways to achieve peace but the easiest is to be what you want to put out into the world. I think many people forget that to be nice is not difficult and the simplest thing we can do.

Each month when I receive my monthly BuddhiBox I am reminded of this simple message. Each month I have the opportunity to review boxes (click here to see the previous reviews) and each month I can expect a nice introduction in the yoga/healthy living lifestyle. The message is always one of compassion, and understanding and living a pure life, as well as being the company’s motto.

This month continues the new box and is strong and sturdy box that is printed on all box sides. I loved that a green crinkle wrap replaced the green tissue paper, but still retained the green theme. This month came with 3 cardboard information cards that are in full color and on thick glossy card stock. The first card was the Yoga pose of “Balasana” that shows the pose in full color, as well as the benefits and directions about the pose. These pose cards are made especially for BuddhiBox by a company called Yogicards. There is a recipe for a “Strawberries Fruit of Spirit and Health” that is made using 6 ingredients  The final information card included was a box manifest and on the other side the following quote:

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.  – Lao Tzu

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Gaia Collective – Moon Rituals in a Box Review

Gaia Collective Review and Giveaway – Virgo Moonbox

Virgo Moon Box ContentsI am going to let you all in on a secret about being a review blogger – most items I review on this blog are from people who have discovered this site from an internet search or word of mouth. I also get press release blasts about upcoming events and opportunities. Many of the opportunities that cross my path are not something that I normally would pursue myself, I love this aspect of what I do.

Despite the fact that I do not pursue certain opportunities, and often times am the pursued, I am always interested to see something new, and maybe, as I have mentioned in the past, find my new love. Sometimes the items I get are in my directory of comfortably, but others are outside my comfort zone – both are equally important though.

I mention all of this because this latest review for Gaia Collectives monthly Moonbox, while not in my normal realm of review was an interesting and unique box.

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Daily Zen Doodles Review

Daily Zen doodles – 365 Tangle Creations for Inspiration, Relaxation and Mindfulness Review and Giveaway

Daily Zen DoodlesAs I have gotten older I have discovered that my brain does not shut off, despite my best efforts. I find that once my head hits the pillow that is when i get my greatest ideas. I mean, from to-do lists to posts that I have to write, the cure for writers block is to put my head on a pillow.

I try to categorize everything in my head, and I try to think of ways to shut my brain down but sadly I am less than successful. When all else fails hot tea can sometimes work (with a ton of melted honey).

It goes without saying that when I received for review and giveaway a copy of Daily Zen Doodles: 365 Tangle Doodles for Inspiration, Relaxation and Mindfulness by Meera Lee Patel, I was reminded of the gentle art of relaxation. More importantly, I thought that this might be this thing to quiet down that constant night chatter in my head.

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BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review – January 2016 Box

BuddhiBox Monthly Subscription Review  – January 2016 Box

January 2016 Entire ContentsThe year was 2005 and an opportunity presented itself – a 2 week trip to Thailand. As history would show my traveling to a country in which a major tsunami had hit was cheaper than almost any other vacation destination. While in this foreign land I met the nicest people, went parasailing, rode an elephant and saw many temples. The temples ranged from gold, white and natural colors, but with one thing in common – the message conveyed.

The messages that are received are different for each person, but I felt love and acceptance.There are times in life that you look back on moments and wonder if that was really you that went through that particular moment. This can be running that 20 miles that you never imagines or flying over the oceans to travel to an unknown land. I believe that as much as these monks preach this message, it is the same of yoga – be yourself and be brave!

I recently received the January BuddhiBox and I am again pleased and thrilled. Earlier in the year, I had the opportunity to review previous boxes (click here) and they are always fun and an education in the yoga/healthy living lifestyle. The message is always one of compassion, and understanding and living a pure life.

This month I was pleasantly surprised to see a box redesign. The previous months boxes were a little thinner and placed in a larger box, this new box is sturdy and only one box is needed. I loved that a green crinkle wrap replaced the green tissue paper, but still retained the green theme. This month came with 3 cardboard information cards that are in full color and on thick glossy card stock. The first card was the Yoga pose of “Mountain Pose/Tadasana” that shows the pose in full color, as well as the benefits and directions about the pose. These pose cards are made especially for BuddhiBox by a company called Yogicards. There is a recipe for a “Roasted Tomato Soup” that is made using 9 fresh ingredients  The final information card included was a box manifest and on the other side the following quote:

Who knows, maybe the best hasn’t happened yet.  – Tristan Prettyman Continue reading