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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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Shop Earth Creations for organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo fashions for the entire family. Super stylish. Earth kind. In addition to using sustainable fibers, they also dye the clothes with natural clay avoiding the use of chemicals from synthetic dyes. 

Eco. Pure. Simple. That’s why I love Earth Creations! I’ve featured them on the blog many times & today’s feature is for their fun imprinted top.

Happy Dragonflies on organic cotton. True to all Earth Creations clothes, the cotton is noticeably soft. This design was made for Earth Creations by a local artist.  And get this !, the tee is also rated UPF 50+ (the actual test was over UPF 90). It is the natural property of the clay that makes it block so effectively the UV spectrum of sunlight. Earth Creations is always a win シ


Get 15% for a first time online purchase. Visit and use the discount code “welcome”. 

Made in the U.S.A.Southern Craftsmanship.


Earth Creations provided the happy dragonflies tee 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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The Birdhouse Chick

Birdhouses, Wild Bird Feeders, Bird Baths & Garden Art.

Their mission:

“Promote stewardship of conservation – getting more people into their yards and gardens. By offering uniquely fun products, we hope to entice more folks to the fast growing, rewarding and relaxing hobby of backyard birding!”

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Recycled Tail Prop Suet Feeder

Durable poly-lumber will not crack, split, warp or fade. The bird-friendly tail-prop design lets birds land and perch easier as they actually “prop” their tails on the long bottom portion of the feeder for leverage. Ideal for cold weather, suet is packed with fat and calories to help keep birds warm in freezing weather.  Can be used for year-round use with No-Melt suets for warm-weather feeding. This feeder fits all standard suet cakes, features stainless steel screws and twisted wire hanger.

Recycled. USA Made. The birds in my yard have taken to it right away. 

Check out The Birdhouse Chick’s interesting Facebook page, too.
Beth at tThe Birdhouse Chick provided this bird feeder 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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Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album

Saddle Up: A Western Adventure Album (CD+DVD)

Audio Cd (2 discs) 2016

Grammy Award-winning musicians who inspire families to get outside and get creative:

As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek, taking long bike rides into the country or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as The Grammy Award Winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.

Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and experience nature. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.

The two-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters”. Their nationwide fan base is drawn to their witty lyrics, strong musicianship and unique folk style. By appealing to the musical needs of the entire family and recognizing that kids deserve quality music, The Okee Dokee Brothers are working full-time to advance the family music genre. 

Saddle Up, which was released May 2016, is the third in their Adventure Album series. This CD is our first listen to the Okee Dokee Brothers. We highly recommend (Yeehaw!) It is upbeat music that I feel good about having my little one listen to. A hit for both kids and adults, it has good lyrics and instrumental quality. Also, the songs are without any television connection. (Disney and the like)


The Okee Dokee Brothers/ Beth Blenz-Clucas – Sugar Mountain PR provided this CD 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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We are based out of Marietta, GA (suburb of Atlanta) and have been providing pre cut matboard and custom framing services since 2012. In that time we have constantly seeked to improve our website, service and expand our product offerings. We have been fortunate enough to serve thousands of customers in that time including artists, large organizations, and the everyday home decorator. We are flexible in our operations and are very proud that we are able to serve such a diverse customer base.

Custom matting available in any size, color or shape by Matboard and More®

Matboard and More® = Marvelous. I appreciated the straightforward ordering. The mat and frame arrived safe and secure because of diligent packaging. Both are quality products.

Quick and easy. Exactly the look I was wanting. Ordering from Matboard and More® is certain to make your art more beautiful!

Framing accessories including plexiglass, show bags, backing boards and frames

Matboard and More® provided a custom frame and mat 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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