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Give a Gift That Gives Back @MotherTongues Tees for Mother’s Day

imageA MotherTongue is the first language or native language that one learns from birth.  In our most pure state of being born what we know, before words and sounds have meaning, is love. Our first language worldwide is that of love.  Share some words of love, hope, and peace on Twitter with MotherTongues https://twitter.com/MotherTongues and support their wonderful brand on FB https://www.facebook.com/MotherTongues 

Can you think of a better place to purchase your Mother’s Day gift from than MotherTongues? It’s not just the name of the company, or the fact that all the apparel from MotherTongues is printed with waterbased inks on Fair Trade, organic cotton, it’s that MotherTongues is committed to values such as fair trade, cultural sensitivity, ecological sustainability and economic justice.


  • $1 of every t-shirt or apron sold goes to the Center For Women In Transition.
  • $1 of every Sisu t-shirt is donated to the American Cancer Society.
  • MotherTongues belongs to 1% for the Planet and Green America.
  • MotherTongues buys carbon offset energy credits through NativeEnergy.

Ok, maybe you and your mom don’t care so much about the environment and others as you do about getting a comfortable tee shirt? I can accept that.  My Sisu tee shirt arrived in the mail and the first thing I noticed was the luxurious silky feel, I didn’t know cotton could be this smooth, soft and supple.  The design was fresh, crisp and moved with the fabric, sure to last after washing and wear.  The images and words printed on these shirts are all unique and definitely fun to wear, because honestly who buys a tee shirt with graphics on it to NOT get noticed?


Here is why I picked this particular print:

the courage to be

(see-soo) n. Finnish

Sisu describes a unique personality trait as inner being informs outward doing. To have this kind of courage is to have the determination to get things done against impossible odds. With perseverance, tenacity and imagination one can take care of things. Sisu is best witnessed in others and resists precise explanation.

"Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice." – Bethany Hamilton.

the Dancing Woman story

The Dancing Woman Labyrinth was created by Lisa Gidlow Moriarty (www.DancingWomanLabyrinth.com) in response to her mother’s death to cancer and her own cancer survival. The Dancing Woman knows grief, she bears the tears and celebrates the days of joy and survival. She is a symbol of women’s strength and compassion. Her uplifted arms reach out in a supportive embrace; her wild hair suggests freedom as well as the unexpected ways hair may grow back after chemotherapy. The entrances under her arms are reminiscent of a friend’s support and protection. She dances with wild abandon in release of pain.

Having owned a metaphysical boutique for years and practicing yoga for decades, I can truly relate that anything you purchase, any symbol you hold dear has no real innate power.  The power comes from inside you, the symbol is merely a physical representation of what you are ready to manifest to the world, it is your inner voice shining a light out through your darker moments to remind you of how powerful you truly are, how ready for change you are, and how unique your soul is to the world.

Why wouldn’t you want to share the great secret of your soul with others? And what an easy and comfortable way to do it! image


my soul at peace with yours

(sa-tya-gra-ha) n. Sanskrit [satyam: truth + âgrahah: determination, insistence]
Build a community where truth, openness, and self-sacrifice create non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi coined Satyagraha to describe his philosophy of non-violent resistance in South Africa and India. Satyagraha – a force of love – is a relentless and persistent search for truth. Expose social, political, economic, and interpersonal violence in your community. Experience a change of heart and see with new eyes. As you wear this t-shirt, envision walking alongside Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Oscar Romero and Mother Teresa – persons who had infinite patience, abundant faith in others, and ample hope.

There are many different words to choose from and I suggest you head over to the MotherTongues site to see what they have that piques your interest.  Right now they are having a free shipping sale to celebrate Earth Day, but it won’t last long! My only complaint is that there are not enough “women’s fit” tee shirts.  I do not personally like unisex shirts, and high collars.  Because I am a breastfeeding mom, scoop and v neck fitted tee shirts are more flattering and comfortable for me and far easier to integrate into my wardrobe.

I received a Sisu shirt for review, I was not compensated in any way and all opinions expressed are my own, given freely.

#Decorate Your #Yoga Space #Buddha Art and Gifts Discount @skyyogastudio .com

Looking for that perfect gift for the yogini in your life? I’m personally grooving on the Artistic Zen Buddha Garden Statue that has a Picasso-esque vibe. image

If statuary is not your thing they have car chimes, wall reliefs, paintings, malas and more.  Click the coupon for 15% off your qualifying purchase!

#Priceless Prints #Motherhood #Baby Gifts From @debnester Product Review @skyyogastudio .com

Every once in a while, there is a jewelry piece that is so wonderfully unique and priceless and has a little bit deeper meaning behind it than just a trendy looking piece.  Priceless Prints is just that!
Priceless Prints® is a very unique jewelry and artistic piece, because the company sends a piece of clay in a kit for an impression of a fingerprint.  Whether it is a new born, child, parent, grandparent, significant other, bride & groom, or a husband or wife whomever is wanting to give this intimate and individual gift will send the fingerprint back to Priceless Prints® where they will cast it and send back a beautiful unique pendant/charm that will most likely be treasured for years to come.
Many of the Priceless Prints clients have used this “priceless” pendant/charm gift from a soldier leaving for service over seas, a dying parent to a child and leaves an intimate memento for their loved one who will treasure it forever.  What a treasured piece of jewelry art with so much personal meaning behind it!
Priceless Prints®  As individual as a fingerprint- because it is…Priceless Prints® offers one of the most individual and one-of-a-kind jewelry pendant or charm out there!  It’s easy as pressing a finger into a piece of clay and sending it to Priceless Prints®, where they will cast the print and you will receive  a beautiful and sentimental original pendant/charm in your choice of .999 fine silver or 22 karat gold.  If you are looking for a unique piece of jewelry that will not only look beautiful, but will carry a significant meaning- a loved one’s finger print, then you should consider the free-form fingerprint pendant/charm by Prairie Creations.
For more information please visit www.prairiecreations.com.
Pricing is $74.99 for the silver pendant/charm.

box I received an offer to review this unique personalized gift idea,I received no compensation and the opinions are my own. 

Let me start by saying I am very familiar with this way of manufacturing personalized jewelry, I took a local course on silver making that used a similar technique and I was able to make imprints of leaves and sculptures.  The silver is recycled and eco-friendly as it is the cast off silver of photo processing – so a double win for crunchy mamas! I can also say that the cost of the class I took plus the small amount of silver received to make products was double the cost of this – the silver clay is not cheap and I find this product to be priced in line with costs and reasonable.

The instructions given are simple and honestly the whole process should be simple with the exception of wrangling your baby and her fingers.  Mine had her fingers in her mouth so I had to keep washing them – finally I resorted to nursing her while attempting to press her thumb in the clay – we wound up with her “peace” fingers both going on together.  It is suggested you only attempt once, though there is practice clay given.

A return box and label are provided to send your creation back to the company, this you do have to pay for separately.

What I found even more alluring were some of the other creations and enhancements to your print that you could make. The Loving Legacy Silver Pendant is definitely an unique piece for those who are looking for everyday ways to keep connected to a loved one.  You can add genuine Swarovski Crystals to your pendant, purchase a silver chain or bracelet, add a Sterling Silver Photo Charm, add an Angel Medallion, or My Sentiments Medallion or add a quote pendant.print

Prairie Creations the creator of Priceless Prints has some great giveaways and deals on their Facebook Page, so be sure to head over there.


We are awaiting the drying process so we can send in our print!  Visit back to see how it turned out, and while you wait, pick up your own Priceless Print Kit at www.prairiecreations.com

Give #Mom a Great #Gift on #Mother’s Day @skyyogastudio .com

The National Retail Federation (NRF) ranked the gift of spa among the top three Mother’s Day gifts this year, and a new Mother’s Day survey suggests moms are thrilled with that.

A whopping 93% of moms would rather be treated to a relaxing experience like a dinner out, spa visit, or a trip than receive material gifts like jewelry, flowers, or candy, according to a survey out today from SpaFinder.com.

  • Mom wants “me time” at the spa: Before booking a mother-daughter spa day, think about whether or not mom would prefer to go alone first. Many people automatically book a mother/daughter spa trip and our survey found that 48% percent of Moms would "honestly prefer a little time to themselves."
  • Avoid exotic treatments: If you’re unsure what spa treatment to book for mom, go for a "tried-and-true classic" like a massage, facial, or mani-pedi, etc. Two-thirds of moms surveyed preferred a standard treatment, rather than something more exotic.
  • Many families are not together on Mother’s Day: 51% of respondents reported they won’t physically be with mom this Mother’s Day.

Why not give mom a certificate for Thai Bodywork from Sky Yoga Studio.  You can purchase from the comfort of your home and customize the certificate and print it out!  You can also buy mom gift certificates for yoga and Zumba Classes.

With Skin Care for Athletes Your Skin Wins @athletesskin

I was recently given the opportunity to review a great new line of natural skincare products formulated for athletes.  Skin Care for Athletes, a line by Morning Indigo, has as unique a beginning as it does products. Founder Taylor Sparks 923(right) describes the company’s start on their site as, “a business without plans for a business. The original line was developed purely out of necessity after a  tumultuous year. I loved natural body products but due to the “tough” year couldn’t afford to buy my favorites, so I opted to make them! With several years of training and experience from skin care companies such as Estee Lauder and Artistry Skin Care, I went onto the internet and started searching for the raw ingredients, in small quantities, to make my necessities – soap, body butter, hair oils.”

This line expanded to include the amazing samples I received: Tri-Facial Toner, Tri-Facial Blemish Wash for all skin types, Tri-Body Wash, Tri-Body Spray, Tri-Facial Serum, and a 12-count bag of Wysi Wipes.

How did a small family product become a line carried as far as Singapore?

“While researching the numerous products that existed in the market and understanding the necessities of an athlete and fitness enthusiast, I realized that there is very little available to them by the way of natural products. What started as something for the family grew into what you now see before you, products made with the athlete and fitness enthusiast in mind and that feel as good as they are for you. We use only the finest essential oils, organic oils, pure castille and floral waters for all of our creations” relates Taylor Sparks, Holistic Aromatherapist at Morning Indigo.

The Tri-Body Collection will have your skin ready for the next game as it:

  • Improve motivation, endurance and stamina
  • Enhance circulation, relieve muscular aches and inflammation
  • Moisturizes and relieves dry, dull skin
  • Eliminate the smell of chlorine from your hair and skin
  • Assists in healing minor wounds, scrapes and insect bites
  • Diminish appearance of fine lines
  • Relax and decompress the mind
  • Reduce instances of Staph infections, Athletes Foot and Bacteria
  • Will not block pores

Did you know that up to 60% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream?

Skin Care for Athletes products are made without:

  • Bismuth Oxychloride
  • FD&C and Lake Dyes
  • Fragrance
  • Mercury
  • Mineral Oil
  • Parabens
  • Petro-chemicals
  • Phthalates
  • Synthetic Preservatives

I have been dealing with a great deal of muscle soreness not just from pregnancy but from all of the classes I have been teaching.  I have cramps and aches in muscles I have never been bothered by before.  When my sample pack was received I decided to use it right away.  I was immediately hit by the delicious smell of the Tri-Facial Blemish wash. It is made with moisturizing Jojoba beads that exfoliate and polish the skin leaving it looking refreshed and renewed. Although I have checked the ingredients and there doesn’t seem to be citrus – it had a clean almost citrus smell to it. After using my skin was noticeably softer and the bumpiness by day two was lessened.  The Tri-Facial Toner was not what I expected having long frequented large company toners I am used to alcohol based mists (which dry the skin out) – the Tri-Facial Toner was a spray, but also emollient which I assume is due to the aloe vera.  The Tri-Facial Serum was also a delight and smelled faintly of carrots, just enough to remind me it was all natural but not too much to make me feel like a rabbit.

With my face taken care of I moved on to pampering my body with the Tri-Body Wash.  It had a very organic, earthy, grassy smell which I attribute to the lemongrass and sandalwood.  These are two smells I normally love but seemed to disagree with me during the end of this pregnancy but it was no fault of the product which can be used as:

  • 3-in-1 Body wash, shampoo, facial cleanser
  • Foot or body soak – eases muscle aches and pains
  • Anti-septic and anti-fungal properties
  • Removes chlorine, dirt, grease and body odor
  • Sooth skin injured by mild road rash, irritations, cuts and insect bites
  • Marathon training
  • Swimmers shampoo and body wash

I got out of the shower and sprayed the Tri-Body Spray all over my tired and edema ridden legs.  If you have ever suffered pitting edema you know how tight and painful it can be.  Within a few moments my legs felt a lot lighter and less likely to split in half. I was impressed so I shared the spray with my husband who recently suffered a chemical burn after mixing two different deodorants. His raw, red, chapped skin has been in need of relief for at least a week but nothing helps the stinging and itching.  I sprayed it all over him and had him rub it in (I love him but I’m not touching his scabby pits!).  He’s not big on words but I’m going to take it as a testament to the spray’s ability to do what it advertises,”This stimulating blend has antibacterial properties and is recommended to relieve cracked, dry and chapped skin” since several times while trying not to scratch the area he has blurted, “I’m going to use that spray stuff” and heads upstairs – plus the fact that a decent amount is now missing.

If you are looking for a great holiday gift to pamper the athlete in your life, or you love a little pampering yourself, head over to  www.skincareforathletes.com and use code Sky Yoga11.  It gives a 25% discount, no minimum purchase necessary and expires on December 16th. Don’t miss the exciting contest to win over $300 worth of products you can enter online or via FB

Tri-Facial Coll large



Tri-Facial Collection ($35.00)






TravelSetTri-Facial Collection Holiday set which also includes a beautiful gift box, the Tri-Facial  Serum and 3 soft exfoliating facial puffs. ($52.00).

Holiday Fitness Gifts: Words to Sweat By

I have decided to post some great holiday fitness gifts that I have received for review.  I know it can be hard to buy for the fitness enthusiast in your life and getting them another gift certificate to their favorite athletic store or apparel shop may be too impersonal for some.  So each review that would make a good holiday gift will be entitled so, starting with Words to Sweat By.

Now I’ll start by saying that I think these are such a cute idea I would purchase some for my fitness studio but they are $9.95 each for the Original Words to Sweat By line and I buy the same sized towels for a fraction at Ikea and we go through a lot of them in a week, about 90-100 total and monthly have to turn a percentage into rags due to overuse so mass purchase of Words to Sweat By just isn’t an option for me, though I wish it were.

These are perfect as a thoughtful gift for the weekend warrior or fitness enthusiast in your life as a birthday, holiday or pick me up gift.  Everyone sweats and everyone needs a little motivation in their lives.  There are a bevy of sayings and each one is printed on colorful cotton and sewn on to the towel – I love the Cupcake and the Cookie Towels, click to find out what they are.  I used my Practice Towel yesterday during Power Yoga and Zumba Class – I thought the saying may be scratchy or get in the way of wiping sweat, but it did not.

WTSB_Practice In yoga, the practice is everything. This towel is therefore a spin on the well-known “practice makes perfect” that instead reminds you to continue in your practice. Instead of searching for perfection, find your center in your practice instead.

This towel is 100% cotton and measures 16 x 24.

It is packaged in a white drawstring organza bag, not only for zero-waste packaging, but also to allow for easy gift giving.

What I found most interesting after perusing the Words to Sweat By website is that they also have a premium line World-Class Words with phrases and signatures from world class athletes and Olympic hopefuls.  Our town has a lot of triathletes in it so how cool would it be to give your friend a World-Class Words towel from Laura Bennett to take on rides and runs? $15.95 is the retail for this unique gift and they have other athletes too, just click to view. The athletes directly benefit from their signatures.

WTSB_Bennett_300dpiHow many times have you been on the last leg of a race and you can see the finish line on the horizon but you feel yourself crashing? World-class triathlete Laura Bennett knows how to push through these moments and offers her mantra, “endure one moment longer” as a way to help you through those trying moments.

The towel is 100% cotton and measures 16 x 24 inches. It is packaged in a drawstring organza bag for zero-waste packaging.

By purchasing a towel, you are supporting Laura in her quest to take home the gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Also available are Tee Shirts and Tanks, Reusable Snack Bags and Zipper Pulls.

Words to Sweat By™ (WTSB) products are designed, developed, and predominantly manufactured by Whimsical Walney in San Jose, CA.

Each towel is appliquéd with an original mantra that is meant to motivate you while you strive to reach your health and fitness goals. The snack bags offered in some of the most popular mantras are a 100% cotton outer shell with a rip stop nylon inner lining.

Each WTSB towel or snack bag is packaged in a drawstring organza bag both to create zero-waste packaging as well as allow for easy gift giving. We recommend that you reuse the bag as a holder for some sweet-smelling potpourri, for small travel goodies, or a for a child’s treasure keeper.

The New Words to Sweat by holiday packages:

– The “To Health and Happiness!” package. A vibrant assortment of Words to Sweat by motivational accessories all packaged in a fabric, baby blue tote for easy gift giving. Items included: Healthy mantra t-shirt, work out towel, reusable snack bag and key chain. Price: $35-$40 based on selection of shirt-style.

– The “Body in Motion” package. A colorful collection of Words to Sweat by motivational accessories all packaged in a fabric market tote in lime green – perfect for gift giving and for taking to your weekend farmer’s markets. Items included: Exert mantra t-shirt, work out towel, reusable snack bag and key chain. Price: $35-$40 based on selection of shirt-style.
See at: http://www.wordstosweatby.com/words-to-sweat-by-2011-holiday-gift-packages

New Words to Sweat by T-shirts and Tanks: The t-shirts are a soft, lightweight (4.3 oz) form-fitting cotton and the tank top is ribbed and also lightweight but just a little thicker at 6.0 oz. Available in sizes small to XXL depending on style. Featured in baby blue, black and navy color fabrics. 100% cotton with screen-printed motivational mantras in these styles below. Priced $19.99 to $24.99. See at:http://www.wordstosweatby.com/shop/tees-and-tanks-new

The Callet = Phone Case + Wallet, Leave Your Stuff at Home

I can’t tell you how crowded the studio space gets with large purses,etc. during image004 some of our bigger Zumba Classes when tidy floor space is essential. Even with a back waiting area people hate to leave their personal belongings, purses. etc out of eyesight.

As a cyclist who rides to work I have very little room for a purse on my bike, and at 8 months pregnant no desire to carry any extra weight either.

image002 Both of these reasons are why I was so excited to receive an email about reviewing The Callet – a wallet and phone case. Now why would you want one of these?

Let me start off by saying I have an iPhone 4 and have been unimpressed with the silicone sleeves needed to keep it working (it has that nasty habit of dropping calls if you touch the sides of the phone unsheathed). The usual silicone sleeves don’t hug the phone enough and slip off during use, they simply do not grip enough on the front or have large enough edges. I have also attempted to take checks home from the studio by stuffing them under the silicone sleeve to have them slip out on my bike rides so that is not an option.

The minute the Callet arrived I chucked my old sleeve and put the Callet on.  I stuck some credit cards in the back and have tried checks, and cash as well.  As a sleeve the Callet has wonderful grip on the phone, it has never come off – not in my purse bungling around with all my stuff, not in my pocket on my bike rides, not while I am using my phone (which is a lot). The pockets in the back are quite grippy and I have never in the last week and a half lostimage003 a card,check or cash out of them.

Now imagine the freedom of being able to leave your purse/bag, etc in the trunk or at home when you head out. No more lugging these large items to the gym or even the store when you can just pocket your phone, a check, your ID, some cash. You could keep the aisles clear in the movies, make more space in fitness classes and suffer less strain by not carrying an oversized purse unnecessarily.

I love the Callet and at $19.99 it is a worthwhile phone necessity for iPhone users who have to buy a case anyway. The main drawback that might keep buyers from purchasing is that there are only three mundane colors to choose from and in this day and age of crazy colored and graphic phone cases the high functionality of the Callet may be beat out by the novelty of other cases.

As the holiday season approaches this little phone case would make a great stocking stuffer for anyone in your life – but especially the fitness enthusiast who takes phone, id and emergency money on runs, rides and to the gym!

Sales Abound

Stumped on heart happy gift giving this Valentine’s? We have gift certificates available online and now until February 13th we are taking 50% OFF all gift items in the studio (excludes Yoga Blankets, Kulae Yoga Mats and Yoga Bolsters). Get ZumbaWear, Sterling Jewelry, Therapeutic Oils, Incense and More at half price.

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