Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Ponya Bands


Our bamboo-lined sweatbands (bamboo backing pictured below) truly absorb sweat, keeping it from running down your face and into your eyes. Ponya Bands sweatbands also hold hair firmly in place and they stay in place on your head so you won’t have to reposition your sweatband during your workout. These sweatbands come in a variety of patterns and come in two, three and four inch widths.


Simply put – they don’t slip!  Our non-slip headbands stay in place because they are lined with velvet, which has soft raised fibers that grip the hair. Pressure point headaches are also eliminated because our headbands are made entirely out of comfortable stretch fabric rather than connecting to velcro or elastic. These headbands are offered in a variety of patterns and either a one or two inch width.

Read about the Ponya choice of fabrics: Bamboo, Spandex, and Velvet. It’s “what makes all the difference”.

Made in the good old U.S. of A., Ponya sweatbands and headbands are superior to anything else I’ve tried. I’ve relied on the sweatband in the latest sweltering heat wave to keep hair back off my forehead. (also wore by my little reviewer and fit fine) The headband style is my favorite.  Pretty – Stays put with short hair – No headache consequences.

Non slip headband with velvet in pink, blue, black, green, purple and orange onwhite that does not slip.

Ponya offers a varied selection of pattern choices for both styles. Reasonable shipping of only 2.99 or Free with a $35 order. They are a great back-to-school accessory. I am such a fan of Ponya bands!

PONYA provided a selection of their bands to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children

Help your kids de-stress and get healthy!

Yoga for Children will encourage your child to learn about yoga with an attentive, at-home instructor—you! Even if you are new to the practice, author, mom, and children’s yoga expert Lisa Flynn will guide you and your child through more than 200 yoga poses, meditations, and activities that are suitable for children between the ages of two and twelve. Complete with full-color photographs, instructional scripts, and pose modifications, Yoga for Children will help build your child’s confidence, self-awareness, and focus while strengthening your connection—one yoga session at a time.

Paperback. 320 pages.

LOVE this book !!

Just a few of the many good things in Yoga for Children:

♥Organized so that it’s user friendly.

♥The yoga poses are listed alphabetically.

♥Full color photos for each pose done by a child.

♥The “Sequences” chapter models how to put poses together creating a yoga practice!

I highly recommend this book for parents and teachers. It is easy to understand by everyone – even those without any previous yoga experience.

Have to write it again – I LOVE this book.

ChildLight Yoga Logo

I received this book from author Lisa Flynn in exchange for an honest blog review.

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I Am Yoga

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Sep. 8, 2015

Hardcover, 32 pages

Book Jacket

An eagle soaring among the clouds or a star twinkling in the night sky . . . a camel in the desert or a boat sailing across the sea—yoga has the power of transformation. Not only does it strengthen bodies and calm minds, but with a little imagination, it can show us that anything is possible.

This is a beautiful book. The young girl in this story does different yoga poses to put things in perspective. A playful story to show kids how yoga can be fun and help them. It has a kid-friendly guide to 16 yoga poses at the end of the book. Beautiful watercolor illustrations. A positive feeling book that I highly recommend for children and families.

Susan Verde logo illustration

I received this book from Susan Verde in exchange for an honest blog review.


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Two Bros Bows

Hand crafted toy bows and arrows

Two Bros Bows products are individually made, hand crafted, high quality bows, arrows and quiver bags. They are assembled in the US and whenever possible the materials are also US made.

Duncan and Hayden are the real boys behind the Two Bros Bows logo and their motto has always been “Work hard, Play hard”. At the ages of 10 and 7 these two young brothers started their own company. Now selling nationwide, they put a percentage of each sale into their education fund. The boys encourage all to aim high and follow your dreams.


archery is for everyone.

it’s an ancient sport that’s a FUN pastime today.

Review of a Two Bros Bows archery set:

The design of this archery set is pretty simple and “aimed” at being safe. The arrow is a dowel rod with the arrow head being a fabric covered foam ball. There are several fabric choices available for bows, arrows, and quiver bags. Recommended for ages 6+, they are easy to shoot and go really far.

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A kid-friendly bow and arrow set that was invented by kids

Made in the USA!

Two Bros Bows, LLC, Cornelius, NC 28031


Notes From Dawn received an archery set from TWO BROS BOWS in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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With a long-time honey heritage (since 1949 and now the largest family owned honey company in the US), Honey Stinger’s goal continues to be providing great tasting, honey-based energy foods made with natural ingredients.

That sounds sweet to me!

And who couldn’t use more energy sometimes? I know I could. So, what was this assortment of Stinger products going to taste like? The following taste testing was conducted by myself and another qualified participant. We each tried a full size product and considered the appearance, aroma, taste, and texture. The product score was based on overall satisfaction.

1. Caffeinated Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry Protein Bar (score:9/10) Loved the cherry- chocolate combination (but that goes without saying). Bee careful that you don’t eat too many of these.

Honey Stinger’s first caffeinated protein bar! Dark Chocolate Mocha Cherry protein bars are coated with dark chocolate surrounding the perfect blend of mocha, cherry and almonds. Caffeinated with 30mg of coffee per bar make this a truly great-tasting meal replacement snack or after-workout recovery bar. Our protein bars contain gluten free ingredients and no trans fats. Honey Stinger protein bars are truly unique as we include over 30% USDA certified organic honey, 10 grams of whey protein – 20% of the daily recommended allowance, 22 vitamins and minerals, calcium and antioxidants. Made with gluten free ingredients, but processed on machinery that processes gluten products.

2.Blueberry Buzz Energy Bar (score:8/10) Energy bar or tasty treat? Both. The yogurt bottom had a good amount of sweetness. Love the blueberry flavor. Not too heavy.

Our newest energy bar, Blueberry Buzz has a new light and crispy texture paired with a delicious yogurt coated bottom. Just imagine a blueberry muffin and healthy snack alternative collide to create this great new addition. Our Energy bars are made with over 30% honey, 5g Non-GMO Soy Protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, whole grains, calcium, antioxidants, natural flavors and all the benefits of our energy gel. These delicious bars are great for a healthy snack alternative and before or during a workout.

3. Organic Lemon Waffle (score:7/10 ) More lemon in this one please.

A thin layer of honey infused with a zest of natural lemon flavor and sandwiched between two thin waffles. The refreshing taste of lemon and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favorite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea. Certified USDA organic.

4.Kids’ Organic Honey Waffle (score:8/10) Very much like a stroop waffle. 

Sandwiching honey between two thin waffle wafers, our Kids’ Organic Waffles are the only product of their kind that are certified organic and available in a box containing six individually wrapped waffles. This delicious 80 calorie snack is perfect for kids on the go, on the field or even adults trying to satisfy their sweet tooth!

5. Kids’ Organic Chocolate Waffle (score:10/10) Top scoring and our favorite Honey Stinger! The adult version of this waffle is, of course, bigger!

A thin layer of honey infused with natural cocoa flavor and sandwiched between two thin waffles. The delicious taste of chocolate and honey will satisfy your taste buds and keep you going as an afternoon snack, during your favorite activity or go great with your cup of coffee or tea. Certified USDA organic .

6.Cherry Cola Naturally Caffeinated Chew (score:7/7) Definitely tasted the cherry-cola. Not soda fans so we didn’t get to excited with this classic taste.

Adding to Honey Stinger’s line of caffeinated chews, the new Cherry Cola organic energy chews offer a classic taste that everyone will love! Caffeinated with 32mg of white tea extract per package, comprised of 95% organic ingredients, certified gluten free and sweetened with organic honey, these chews provide a natural and sustainable source of energy with that extra boost of caffeine. Great on a bike, great for a run, great for anything you need to get done!

7. Kids’ Mixed Bery Organic Chew (score:9/10 ) Delicious, kid-sized chews. I like the mixed berry flavors. A lot. 

8. Kids’ Sour Citrus Organic Chew (score:8/10 ) A whole bunch of cheerful flavor in this gummy-type chew. 

Honey Stinger Kids’ Organic Chews are formulated specifically for health-conscious parents and kids seeking a great tasting snack. Our Chews are unique as they include Vitamin C, Potassium, naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from 100% organic tapioca syrup and honey. Smaller in size compared to our original Chews, Honey Stinger Organic Kids’ Chews are great because they don’t stick to your teeth and taste amazing, making them the perfect snack.

source Honey Stinger Facebook

I’m not training for a marathon but I’ll be eating Honey Stinger protein bars, energy bars, gels, waffles, and chews during busy, errand-running days. I love that they are natural and organic. 

Notes From Dawn received an assortment of products from Honey Stinger in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Running errands?

The RUNNUR™ was made for the task; keeping you moving hands-free.

Product Description

RUNNUR is a Hands Free Carry-All. Think messenger bag without the bag… Ergonomically designed, it organizes all your essentials along one strap, worn across your body, from shoulder to hip.  If you don’t have enough stuff for a backpack, or if the fanny pack isn’t quite your style, then the RUNNUR is for you. Once you start wearing a RUNNUR, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to get around without one.

Product Features

  • Loop on top of strap allows you to hang on a wall when not in use
  • Carabineer is included to hold keys
  • No Slip/Contoured Shoulder Strap
  • Foam Core for Comfort
  • High Quality Velcro
  • Padded Sunglass Holder
  • Elastic Bottle Holder
  • Rear Reflector

My RUNNUR : It is the best hands-free bag I’ve ever used.  And thankfully it doesn’t just stop with the idea but follows through with a well-constructed carry-all that looks good and is made to last a long time.  The material is soft and the fit is comfortable! It is made with care and attention to details. The stitching is secure and neat. The zippers are smooth to open and close. The water bottle compartment has an extra elastic loop to use for a snug fit. And the pocket for sunglasses has stiffness to the front as extra protection for those shades.

As shown in the diagram above, there are a lot of pockets for a lot of things. I don’t use the carabiner because I don’t like to hang keys but I’m sure this will come in handy for something one day. The phone pocket is perfectly located for an easy reach because I ALWAYS get calls and texts when shopping. My iphone with case fits fine. The cash and credit card pocket is like a built-in wallet with card slots and separate sections for my money and receipts.  The water bottle pocket I’ve also used for holding a sunscreen bottle, a lotion bottle, or hand sanitizer.

Front side of my RUNNUR. Canvas color, size 2 (S)

and the back


Visit to get yours. 


Created for people on the go, the RUNNUR is great when biking, walking, or errand running. Good at school, work, or travel. Select your size for the best fit and color for the look you want. It’s created for movement, so where it everywhere!

I received RUNNUR™ to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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For those of you who regularly follow my blog, you know that I have featured several water bottle companies in the past highlighting the Eco benefits of using a reusable bottle.

This next water bottle offers benefits to the planet and to personal health. The Citrus Zinger, designed by Zing Anything, is a water bottle that infuses water with naturally sweet citrus. It’s healthy and a great incentive to drink more water. 

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My review:

I have had many inquires about my Citrus Zinger whenever I use it. People love the idea and want one!

The zinganything website is full of information about their products including recipes. The website recommends that an infusion shelf life be 12 hours without refrigeration or 3 days refrigerated. I use my zing creation much sooner, usually within a few hours. Too tasty not to drink, I guess. (I don’t like to see mushy looking fruit. Also, lemons can make the water bitter after too long) Something I should note is that I’ve experienced a slight leak a times from the bottom cap, carafe section. I’ve taken care to seal the lid carefully but sometimes still experience a small leak.


Drinks are super easy to make; easy enough for kids. Clearly a better drink alternative to sugary juices, soda, and sweet tea. My favorite zing creations are lemon with strawberry and also orange with blackberry. One way I do the orange blackberry version is with ice cubes that have a blackberry frozen inside – just for fun. 

I received the Citrus Zinger from Zing Anything to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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What is Ergo?

Polar Bottle® is excited to introduce our new 22-ounce lifestyle insulated bottle, Ergo™. The inner bottle is made from HDPE plastic #2, making it a great vessel for both hot and cold liquids. The reflective insulation technology provides the same benefits as our original Insulated Sports bottle. With its functional and aesthetically pleasing design, the Ergo is the perfect bottle to carry with you 24/7.

Give the cap a Half Twist and you’re ready to drink. Give the cap a Half Twist in the other direction and it’s completely sealed.

My review:

My Oh Happy Day graphic Ergo Polar Bottle is pretty looking and works pretty neat, too. The Ergo, insulated for hot or cold, keeps my cold drinks cold without any condensation and my hot drinks hot while my hands aren’t. It’s ergonomic shape makes it comfortable to hold and the contoured mouthpiece is smooth and leak-free. Line up the drops on the Half-Twist Cap to enjoy a beverage. Half-Twist Cap info. and video.

It’s made in the USA; it is BPA free, phthalate free, and ultimately recyclable. The Ergo is impressive in design, durability, insulation, and value.

Polar Bears and Eco-friendly products. Oh Happy Day!

I received the Ergo Polar Bottle to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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The Polar Bottle Insulated bottle was originally designed for cyclists and has since become popular with many people. Using a reusable water bottle is a brilliant choice. Here’s what makes the Insulated Polar Bottle special:

Insulated Polar Bottle Features

  • Dual-wall construction: An insulating layer of air keeps heat out and cold in
  • Inner foil liner reflects solar rays for added thermal protection
  • Constructed of low density polyethylene (LDPE #4): a durable, lightweight, and FDA food-grade approved material
  • BPA- and phthalate-free
  • Removable carrying strap so you can easily carry your bottle or clip it to your gear
  • Fits standard bicycle water bottle cages
  • Wide mouth easily fits ice cubes and facilitates cleaning
  • Dishwasher- and freezer-safe
  • Removable drinking valve for thorough cleaning
  • Reusable and durable; an environmentally friendly alternative to disposable water bottles
  • Made in Boulder, Colorado
  • Available at more than 3,500 retailers and online companies worldwide


My Review:

I score the Polar Bottle high on design, durability, insulation, and value.

I like all three sizes of the Polar Bottle but more times than not I’ll grab the 20 oz. size. While the Polar Bottle can be used for sport drinks too, I primarily use mine for water. “Cold Tastes Better” and the Polar Bottle doesn’t disappoint by keeping my water cool for a long time. I either add ice cubes to the water or I fill it half full, freeze, and add more water before I take it. The bottle’s shape offers a comfortable grip and is squeezable. The sport cap is handy for quick drinks and I like that it has a removable valve system for cleaning. The rim is rough so it’s not suitable to drink directly from the bottle.

Polar Bears and Eco-friendly products, what’s not to love!

The bottles are offered in different Series so there are lots of ways to express your individual style. My favorite is from the Big Bear Series.

This weekend I spotted a cyclist using the Polar Bottle. He gave his bottle a good review saying that his water stays cool. Although there is only one bottle on his bike, he told me that he usually takes two Polar Bottles with him.

I received an assortment of Polar Bottles to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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This is the best thing I’ve used to keep my things in when I go for walks or bike rides.

What is the ArmPocket?

The ArmpocketTM has been developed by a team of active athletes.

Needing to carry their cell phones, car-keys, energy bars and gels on their long pre-marathon training runs and the gym—they tried every type of carrying device known—hip-packs, back packs, belts, multi-pocket running shirts and shorts. After several bruised hips, strap welts, dropped and moisture-damaged cell phones and car keys, they came up with idea of the “Arm-pocket”. After 3 years of constant improvement, the first Armpocket was launched in 2006, creating the world’s most comfortable and versatile hands-free carrying system—best of all, Armpockets are ECO-Friendly.

There are several different styles of armpockets in a variety of colors to suit your preference. It also comes in several sizes for a secure and comfortable fit. My Armpocket is the SPORT i-20 style, size small, in black. I love it. It has plenty of storage room and a touch-thru window for my iPhone. Inside on the front there is a stretchy band to hold the phone and inside on the back there are two pockets. It has many carefully designed features to support the claim that it’s “The Ultimate Armband”. I especially favor the loop that is designed to hold the zippers so they don’t bounce. And it’s a given that I’d like that the Armband is made from recycled materials and bamboo!

Thanks Autumn for showing how fun the Armpocket is to wear.

I received the Sport i-20 Armpocket to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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