Posts Tagged ‘health’


We are on a mission. Since 2002, Real Kids Shades (RKS) has made it our goal to protect as many kids’ eyes as possible from the damaging effects of UV radiation. We launched RKS when we searched and could not find an inexpensive pair of real sunglasses that would protect our kids’ eyes.

The RKS promise is simple. Offer affordable, premium quality, 100% UV protective sunglasses designed specifically for kids, and manufacture them using the most durable materials available so they will last.

Reviewed and proved to be awesome.

Before trying RKS,  I was already aware of the dangers of cheap sunglasses. Shaded lenses without UV protection cause more harm than not wearing any sunglasses at all. (Read more about toy sunglasses here.) Please share this information with those you know and help more families make educated choices when purchasing sunglasses for their kids.

Visit Real Shades to learn more about quality sunglasses. They have many styles in sizes for infants, toddlers, kids, and adults. I like the wrap around style of “bolt” to keep out as much light as possible. 

Kids Bolt Fashion Sunglasses



I remember when my reviewer wore “My First Shades” in 2013. 

I’d like to thank Real Kids Shades for the privilege of reviewing their children’s eye wear. Their sunglasses provide “real” sun protection. They are safe, durable, and comfortable. Real Kids Shades are reasonably priced with benefits that are priceless!

I received sunglasses from Real Kids Shades 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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Bigger. Better. Beautiful.

It has been a long search to find my zafu (floor sitting cushion). But here it is and meeting all my expectations.

Handmade in Canada, it is made with a 100% cotton cover and filled with buckwheat hulls. This zafu comes in three sizes and Julie with REALthings helped in determining the best one for me. I use my zafu for meditation/stillness but mostly for floor time with a toddler. This cushion makes it so I can sit straight and comfortable by lifting the hips higher than the knees and letting the back straightening naturally. I am happy to avoid the posture of collapse (slumping).  With thought and care in its making, it does its job perfectly . 


Mountain Zafu Blue Smoke

The website is easy to navigate and contains really helpful reading.  The start here tab will direct you to Meditation Cushions 101 (where you will see this cute illustration along with the info).

There are other cushions options for you including one called the Runa that Julie designed herself. The design looks pourposeful and I’d love to try this cushion style. 

Key points about REALthings cushions
– we make them bigger so they fit North American bodies really well 
– we make them by hand so they are durable and leave a wonderful impression 
– we make them beautiful so you will be inspired to create your own oasis of calm and find moments of peace and beauty in your day
– we make them portable and versatile so people can use them for many purposes – comfort at work, travel and relaxing.
– we make them locally in eco-friendly ways  – we use natural materials, recycle our scraps and use biodegradable plastics and have minimal waste.
For all our American customers  – the prices are about 20% cheaper than listed because of the value of the Canadian dollar against the American dollar.  So for example a cushion that is $90.00 CAD is $72 USd . The same applies for shipping which is also shown in CAD dollars.

REALthings provided a zafu 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 Flying Fisherman brand of eyewear is “designed by fishermen for fishermen”. The Fluke Jr. Angler Kids were tested by the cute little guy seen below. “He likes them” is his review comment. It is so mportant to have quality eyewear for everyone’s year round outdoor fun. They tested to be durable, comfortable, and afforable. (additionally, phone customer service was also pleasant and helpful to a purchase inquiry) Highly recommend. 
Jr. Angler Sunglasses block sun, wind and damaging UV rays, protecting for smaller faces. Nose and temple pads prevent frames from slipping. Polarized Lenses Eliminate Glare and Reduce Eye Fatigue. Polarized Triacetate Lenses are Impact and Scratch Resistant, Lightweight and Durable. AcuTint™ Lens Coloring System Adds Color Contrast Without Distorting Natural Colors, Allowing You To See More Clearly. 100% Protection From Harmful UVA and UVB Rays. Limited One Year Warranty.

Flying Fisherman provided the Jr. Angler Sunglasses 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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Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.
Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up “just to check,” only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.

Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good.

You’ll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You’ll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

Paperback, 192 pages

I would recommend adding this to the typical health curriculum for high school grades. The author gives good advice from evidence based studies as well as common sense. Part one of the book is “The Wake Up” designed to ” freak you out. It’s a synthesis of how and why our phones are designed to be hard to put down, and what effect spending so much time on them may be having our relationships and out mental and physical health.” Part two is “The Breakup”. This part is ” a 30-day plan designed to help you establish a new, healthier relationship with your phone.” Both the reading and 30-day plan would make a great class project.

I am that person that already limits phone, television, and computer. Glad to have gained more insight into this topic from Catherine Price’s book. A smart read.

The Blogging For Books book review program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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Delicious scents
(no added perfumes)

No parabens, chemicals
or mystery ingredients

Cleansers, Oils, Soaps,
and Toners

Consciously crafted in
small batches in Texas

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“The artisan aromatherapy mist for yoga studios, spas and busy families that need relaxation without the chemicals common in mass-market mists”

Distilled Water, Sweet Orange Peel Essential Oil, Clementine Peel Essential Oil, Rose Absolute, Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, Neroli Essential Oil, Organic Bourbon Vanilla Bean Extract, Organic Honey, Organic Cardamom Seed Extract, Benzoin Resin Extract, Nutmeg Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil

Wisdom is a terrific combination of essential oils that make a great aromatherapy spray. For use as an air freshener or body spray, this comes from a company that offers toxin-free, chemical-free, organic, plant-based personal care and aromatic products. (and a super cute logo) Would make a nice gift for Mom or teacher ✔

Goobsi provided Wisdom/ Aura 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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Organic and Natural Skin Care – Beauty By Earth

Beauty By Earth was created by two friends asking a question that is so often considered these days: how can you find health and beauty products that are safe to use around young children? Like so many parents, we found it incredibly difficult to find products that were effective, easy to access, and natural. So we figured why not make them ourselves?

Since we first decided to create Beauty By Earth, it’s been one heck of a ride! But throughout this experience, we’ve stayed dedicated to the idea that got us started: inspiring beauty and nurturing health. We’re thrilled to bring the items that have enriched our lives and improved our well being to you and your family. 


This is way better than I ever imagined it would be. It “detangles as it spreads oil from your roots to the tip of your hair. No more breakage, no more split ends, no more frizz: just strong, healthy, beautiful hair.” It is gentle on hair. The longer nylon bristles help with tangles and the boar bristles make hair shiny and smooth. It feels great.


A box of six (joint relief, bedtime ritual, just relax, get well soon, muscle relief, relaxing detox) made with natural ingredients. “Even the humblest bathtubs are transformed into an oasis when you drop in one of these soothing, aromatic fizzies.” Good gift idea for many occasions. Each bath bomb is labeled so they can be gifted individually (stocking stuffers)

What a find! Products for face, lips, body, and hair. Beauty By Earth offers a 30-day guarantee on all  products.
Products provided by Beauty By Earth 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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Maison Parfaite

The Maison Parfaite silicone steamer basket. Available on Amazon.

It’s also great for washing up just a few strawberries. And as a cushy protection for boiling eggs. Super easy to store. The Maison Parfaite claim: “You’ve found the ONLY 100% Silicone steamer basket on Amazon”. 

This review follows the review I did for Piranha Fish, a company that also sells their 100% food grade silicone steamer baskets on Amazon.  FYI- the baskets from both these companies appear identical aside from the color. This item, as did the identical Piranha Fish steamer basket, passed my “pinch test”. (meaning it hopefully does not contain harmful fillers)

Maison Parfaite provided this product 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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