Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Eco-friendly fitness clothing made of organic bamboo for a healthy body & a healthy earth!



The Green Apple Difference – Why Choose Bamboo


These yoga styles are all made from 60% Bamboo, 26% Organic Cotton, 14% Black Spandex. They are super soft, comfortable and earth friendly.

The 33″ Yoga Essential Fitted Flare Pant,

This comes in a long length and can be trimmed (without fraying) to what length you want. I cut off about 2″ and it looks good!

the 26″ Yoga Essential Legging,

I am not a “legging fit” kind of person. But on on the up side, they are very soft. 

the 11″ Zoe Yoga Essential Cami Bra,

The bra wasn’t able to be adjusted and felt heavy.

and the Old School Sweatpants

My fave Green Apple style. “Eco fun styling, vintage chic, luxurious softness, light weight and fun to wear pant for all occasions.” They are made with a bit more bamboo (70% Bamboo, 25% Organic Cotton, 5% Black Spandex). Super stylish and comfortable; they are the best bottoms.

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Take a look at there website and be sure to read some of their informative blog articles.

Green Apple/Cristofer Smith (founder & designer) provided these products 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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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