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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.

#Organic Food Is It Worth the Cost Info @skyyogastudio .com

Sep. 12, 2012


LOS ANGELES—On Sep. 4, two Stanford researchers, Crystal Smith-Spangler, MD and Margaret Brandeau, Ph.D., reported organic food is no more nutritious than conventionally-grown produce. They missed the point.

A close reading of the study reveals the researchers assume that pesticide residues falling within EPA tolerances do not affect the nutritional value of food.

The point the researchers missed is this: consumers pay a premium for organic food precisely because they don’t trust government safety standards and want to avoid pesticide residues as much as they can.

Is there any validity to consumers’ concerns?

Author Duane Law, L.Ac., a naturopath and one of the United States’ earliest acupuncturists, has prepared a detailed fact sheet with linked references, PubMed cites and more for journalists who are interested in digging deeper into this story. It details how chemical industry lobbyists are appointed (even now) to administrative posts where they can suppress the findings of qualified scientists. It summarizes a growing body of peer-reviewed evidence supporting the idea that levels of endocrine-disrupting pesticides now accepted as “safe” can in fact have negative effects on the developing brains of fetuses and young children.

One point the study makes appears to be valid: organic food may often contain no more vitamins and minerals than conventionally-grown food.

But by limiting their definition of the term “nutritious” to the nutrient content of the food and ignoring more salient concerns regarding the adequacy of pesticide regulation, specifically the adverse health impacts of “safe” levels of neurotoxin pesticides, the researchers have engaged in a dangerous and deceptive semantic game, ignoring the very reason consumers pay a premium for organic food in the first place.

Download the factsheet at http://www.naturalstresscare.org/Its-the-pesticides-dork.html.

Make #WeightLoss Last #Meditation Can Help @skyyogastudio .com

I was sent a copy of this book to review, I was not compensated in any way and the opinions expressed are my own.

With a plethora of research and studies to quote about why we can not retain weight loss, what is making us overweight, how stress effects weight loss and more this book definitely came at the reader with the science behind it but it wasn’t all facts and figures (no pun intended).  Chapters did start at times with personal anecdotes regarding weight loss or healthy eating habits. The book alone started with the reader figuring out “Your Overeating Style” which again reminds me of a weight loss maintenance book I reviewed a few months ago whose premise was that overeating is at the heart of an individual’s struggle with food.  Again, several “types” are outlined and then discussed in the book, however; Make Weight Loss Last  goes further by providing extrapolating data from research studies and making relevant to how weight loss can or can not be successful.

I found the book to be very thought provoking, on an “ah-ha!” level.  Take for example the idea that the amount of body fat you have is linked to- or even controlled by – the flavor of your food. Suggestions are given to make weight loss last, along with a long bibliography, and a recipe or two.  This book definitely challenges all that we think we know about weight loss and proves that more research is needed. There is a whole section dedicated to how meditation can help with weight loss and food enjoyment- definitely up this yogini’s alley!

Think Outside the Diet to Make Weight Loss Last

Have you ever lost weight and gained it back? You’re not alone: that’s what happens to most dieters. Obesity researchers Deborah Kesten’s and Larry Scherwitz’ new book Make Weight Loss Last reveals there’s more to being a successful loser than eating less and exercising more.

The real secrets to being a successful weight loser involve addressing the underlying—and often remarkable—reasons we pack on pounds. The weight-loss success you achieve and maintain is based on the crucial eating and lifestyle choices you make each day. Here they are:

Eat Fresh Food

Tasty or not, fast food full of added fat, sugar, and salt; and greasy, fried fare, are two of the key causes of weight gain. To turn the tide, you have to choose fresh whole food in its natural state as often as possible. Make lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans and nuts and seeds your most-of-the time way of eating, with lesser amounts of lean fish, poultry, meat and dairy.

Create a Positive Relationship to Food

Although dieting, judging food as “good” or “bad,” anxiety about food, and thinking a lot about the “best” way to eat may not seem to have much in common, they are all characteristics of a “food fretter,” and increased odds of overeating and weight gain. To get off the food-fretting treadmill, perceive food and eating as one of life’s greatest pleasures. Choose wisely and enjoy it.

Focus on Your Food

Give up eating while doing other activities—such as working, driving, or watching TV. Stay mindful, keep focused, and do one thing at a time. Stop working and don’t eat at your desk. Don’t read while you eat, don’t watch TV while you eat, and don’t drive while you eat. Instead, eat when you eat.

Pay Attention to How You Feel

Stop yourself from eating to soothe negative emotions or out-of-control food cravings. “Emotional eating” is the #1 predictor of overeating and weight gain. To get control, pause and pay attention to your feelings. Get in touch with your feelings before, during, and after eating. Make a conscious choice to eat for the pleasure. Eat when you have a healthy appetite and don’t allow yourself to get too hungry. Experience feel-good emotions when you eat and enjoy yourself.

Eat with Other People

Eat alone less, eat with people more often. Eating alone can promote overeating. Snacking secretly is one obvious source of needless calories. When it’s time to eat a meal, invite others to join you at your table. Sharing mealtimes with friends, family, or coworkers will help keep you from overeating.

Dine by Design

Think about the atmosphere in which you’ll be eating ahead of time. Both the psychological and the aesthetic surroundings when you dine can influence overeating and your weight. To reap the rewards, each time you eat, design your own dining experience by creating an emotional and physical atmosphere that’s as pleasant as possible.

Feed Your Senses

Your senses have an amazing impact on your appetite and weight. Slow down and pay attention to the food before you through your eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds. Look at and notice the colors, the smells, the aromas. Pay attention to the look, the feel and the texture of the food. Appreciating food through your senses wards off overeating. Think about the food, where it comes from, and how it got to your table. Develop more appreciation in your heart for the food before you.

Quit Chemical Cuisine

Obesogens are the manmade chemicals—plastics and pesticides—which have found their way into our food supply and beverages. They wreak their havoc on weight by mimicking estrogen, a hormone that can make you fat. The solution? Just say no. A key way to avoid consuming “chemical cuisine” is by staying away from bisphenol A (BPA) found in canned foods, bottled beverages, meat packed in plastic, and more.

Sleep More, Weigh Less

Getting enough sleep is a key ingredient in managing weight. If you sleep less than five hours a night, the odds of your becoming obese is upped by 73 percent! Just an hour more decreases the amount of ghrelin, a hormone your body produces that can cause weight gain. Better yet, get 7 hours of sleep every night to protect yourself from the sleep less-weigh more cycle.

Get moving

Burning calories and speeding up your metabolism with physical activity helps you stay slim. Exercise also nourishes your body, mind, and soul with a flood of feel-good feelings produced by naturally occurring hormones. To optimize weight loss, exercise in the morning when your body is more likely to burn fat for energy. Keep workouts to 45 minutes or less to lower the odds of producing cortisol, a stress hormone that can activate body fat.

You can change the way you think about dieting, losing weight, and keeping it off. It works because you focus on the underlying reasons you overeat and gain weight, as well as the solutions you need to turn overeating into optimal eating.

The end result: attain and maintain optimal weight…for life.

Making Weight Loss Last

Deborah Kesten and Larry Scherwitz

List $20

Trade softcover

ISBN: 978-1-935052-61-6

eBook ISBN: 978-1-887043-05-2

White River Press, Amherst


For more information visit www.MakeWeightLossLast.com and www.EnlightenedDiet.com

About the Authors


Deborah Kesten, MPH, is an international nutrition researcher and educator, with a specialty in preventing and reversing obesity and heart disease. She was the nutritionist on Dr. Dean Ornish’s first clinical trial for reversing heart disease through lifestyle changes, and co-principal investigator on innovative research about eating styles that lead to overeating, overweight, and obesity, the results of which were published in Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. With more than three hundred published nutrition and health articles, she is also the award-winning author of Feeding the Body, Nourishing the Soul.

Larry Scherwitz, PhD, is an international research scientist who has specialized in mind-body research and lifestyle medicine and their link to preventing and reversing heart disease and obesity. He has extensive experience initiating and directing comprehensive, sustainable, lifestyle-change programs with heart patients and their families includes directing seven Lifestyle programs (four in the United States, three in Europe). Dr. Scherwitz’s research—including his ground-breaking discovery linking self-involvement to risk of heart attack and death from heart attack—has been published in a numerous medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has also been director of research and co-principal investigator with Dean Ornish, MD, on his heart disease reversal research.

AllergEase Offers Lozenges of Relief from Allergies

Some exciting health news for you: AllergEase, the first-ever all-natural lozenge for allergy sufferers, was introduced yesterday!

If you are looking for a way to fight allergies without pharmaceutical dependency this may be your answer. Some research online has shown though that while nettle is an herb that is used during pregnancy/breastfeeding, eyebright and elderflower have not been studied enough and should be considered unsafe for use during these times.

Web MD reports that,

Elderflower is used to make medicine.
Elderflower is used for swollen sinuses (sinusitis), colds, influenza (flu), swine flu, bronchitis, diabetes, and constipation. It is also used to increase urine production (as a diuretic), to increase sweating (as a diaphoretic), and to stop bleeding.
Elderflower is also used as a gargle and mouthwash for coughs, colds, hoarseness (laryngitis), flu, and shortness of breath. It is used on the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), and pain and swelling (inflammation).

7 More Quick Things to Know About AllergEase:

  1. AE drops can be consumed alone or as a safe complement to other allergy medicines.
  2. AE drops’ formula is packed with potent ingredients that battle allergies in their own all-natural ways: nettle, eyebright, elderflower, plantain, menthol, and vitamin C.
  3. Free samples, more information, and click-to-buy are available at aedrops.com. A pack of 21 lozenges costs $4.99.
  4. The co-founder (and doctor) who created the formula had his wife in mind when he started looking for alternative, all-natural ways to battle allergies.
  5. Allergy season is longer than ever because of climate change, and more and more people prefer organic products over chemically-engineered goods…the intersection of these two trends makes the demand for a product like AllergEase very high.
  6. AE drops are an attractive solution to fitness enthusiasts who don’t want to take strong allergy medicines, to teachers who can’t give their students products like Claritin and Zyrtec, and to people who can’t mix medicines.
  7. AE drops taste delicious!

Whether you’re trying to enjoy the Spring weather or taking pics for your blog, you shouldn’t be brought down by your seasonal allergies—or the cloudy feeling over-the-counter and prescription drugs may cause…

Wings of Nature: Great Summertime Snack

Wings of Nature (www.freshharvestproducts.com) are a new line of snack bars blended with agave and organic brown rice syrup sweeteners.

 imagePerfect for kids, parents, and those who are living a healthy and fit lifestyle, Wings of Nature have only 8 ingredients!  These bars are great for grabbing on the go, taking to the beach, the pool and to games.  They are all natural and made of natural sweeteners that contain complex carbohydrates and nutrients which are absorbed more slowly, and do not elevate blood sugar levels as much as other sweeteners.

We all want to limit the amount of sugar we take in without sacrificing taste.  It’s hard to find a treat that is healthy, portable and safe in the summer sun.

I was sent samples of their line including my new favorite Cranberry Crunch Bar.  This bar was chewy, and delicious tasting like a peanut and butter jelly sandwich. Although this bar has peanuts, sesame seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds it was not gritty or seedy like other bars. It had a wonderful texture.  I shared each one with my 17 month old son who absolutely delighted in these bar. To my shock he wouldn’t share the coffee flavored bar with me.

The Almond Raisin Bar was a little more on the seedy side, it definitely had a sesame seed flavor and was not heavy on the raisins.  It also had a good texture, soft and chewy but not too sticky.

The Espresso Coffee Bar was extremely flavorful, and the coffee taste hung in my mouth after only a dime sized bite – coffee is not my favorite flavor I have to admit.

Each bar has only 170 calories and about 18 g of carbs.  The best feature is their low sodium content of only 15 mg for the raisin, 20 mg for the cranberry and 25 mg for the coffee. Read more about the company and where you can purchase:

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