Yoga Buddies



Recently, I was encouraged by my cardiologist to start doing Yoga. Yoga….Isn’t Yoga something that new age hippies in India do? Well, I really like new age music, traveling to India is quite intriging and…I trust my doctor so img_0736-1I tried Yoga and found I really like it.

That is why I’m very excited about the “Yoga Buddies - Bedtime Stories” DVD for children.


Product Description: Yoga Buddies is dedicated to making a difference for kids health and well being through the practice of yoga. We are proud to say we have taught in more than 45 schools and organizations, and our products and class have reached more than 3,000 kids.

Help your kids quiet their mind and relax their body as they prepare for a good night sleep with Yoga Buddies Bedtime Stories. A unique DVD combining the tradition of storytelling before bed with the calming practice of yoga.


My Review: The DVD has three stories that are narrated by Yoga Buddies creator Denay Di Virgilio. As Danay reads the original and adventurous stories aloud, her young yoga buddies, Lucy, Cole, Zach, Amelia and Phoebe teach us different yoga poses.


I along with my three grandchildren found Yoga Buddies Bedtime Stories delightful and relaxing. Interestingly, we all seemed to have a different favorite story. Each story is about 15 minutes long and full of yoga poses from the flamingo to the owl and the starfish.

The Yoga Buddies website lists the locations of the schools and also the information on classes and summer camps. There’s also a new yoga pose posted monthly.



Swan Dive into Forward Fold


Start standing with feet hip distance apart, hands are together at the heart.  Inhale hands up over the head. Exhale as arms float down, hinging at the hips and the upper body bends forward.  The fingers are reaching for the floor.  There can be a slight bend in the knees. Hang here either with your fingers reaching for your toes or hold onto your elbows and let gravity work its magic.  Allowing your upper body to relax and feeling the stretch in your legs take several long, deep breaths in and out. Come up slowly to a standing position.


The great thing about Yoga Buddies is you don’t have to live near any of the schools to take a class. You can do Yoga Buddies in the comfort of your own home.

You can purchase the DVD here and here.


As Danay says on the DVD, “NamaStay” which means “I respect and honor you!”




Skin Free Skin Care

July 11, 2009 by Cathi  
Filed under health & beauty, kids, reviews & giveaways, women


Before I say anything about Skin Free I want you to see the following photo.


These are the only Skin Free Extra Moisturizing Soap’s I could find in our entire valley. We love this soap!! We were so happy with it I forgot to order more and we didn’t want to run out so…I drove to three different Walgreen’s to buy all they had. If I had thought ahead, I could have bought them from the Skin Free website for the same price and received free shipping with an order of $25.00 or more. I have since (of course) ordered more!!

Product descriptions for my favorites:

Extra Moisturizing Soap & Shampoo Bar - Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance August, 2008, our soap is like no others. It’s rich, creamy lather will sooth and moisturize. Perfect for delicate, sensitive, or very dry skin. Helps with eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and acne.

Whipped Tamanu Body Butter - The Polynesians discovered the healing and protective properties of Tamanu oil centuries ago. When the French arrived in Polynesia, they were fascinated by the 7-11-2009-3-05-38-pm1islanders use of this oil for everything from minor skin abrasions to severe sunburn, and major skin infections. French scientists discovered the oil contains a unique fatty acid that stimulates skin growth. Tamanu also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. We have combined the delicious Tamanu oil with Organic Extra Virgin Olive and rich Shea to make a remarkable whipped body butter to help sun-damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis, and reduce scarring.

Niaouli Butter Stick - The Melaleuca family contains three notable trees that contribute to the healing world: Tea tree, Cajeput, and Niaouli. After discovering this oil in the South Pacific region, the dpp_0042French used Niaouli in antibacterial spray to disinfect hospital wards. Niaouli Butter Stick is very effective for chapped or rough skin. Our clients tell us that it has a great effect against psoriasis and eczema breakouts. We have combined the aromatic Niaouli oil with the other healing oils of Olive, Sweet Almond, Cocoa Butter and Shea in a soy base to make a convenient butter for easy application on your skin problem areas. Because some people find the aroma of Niaouli too strong, we temper it with a dash of Madagascan Vanilla.



My review: I love Skin Free and my husband loves Skin Free!

We try our best to live green and use organic products. Skin Free is exactly what we like to buy and use on our bodies. Our favorite is the Extra Moisturizing soap. I love the lather. I use it with a bathing puff and my husband uses it with a wash cloth. Two different methods with the same wonderful results!

I have very dry skin and I’ve tried just about every product sold to remedy the dry feeling I have after bathing. The moisturizing Niaouli Butter Stick is quite remarkable. Much like a coco butter stick, the Niaouli Butter Stick rubs on anywhere you’d like. It’s great for hands, feet and elbows however I keep it in my hand bag and use it everywhere (and anywhere) I need it.

The After Shower Moisture Spritz is for spraying on immediately after showering for maximum hydration. As you towel dry, the oils soak deep into your skin to leave you free from dry, itching skin all day, with no greasy feeling afterward.

Skin Free has a product to suit most every one’s needs. From products for a beautiful body to facial care, Skin Free has it all. I love it when something comes along and make my life easier and makes me feel better and Skin Free has done just those things.


The Founding of America





One of my favorite cities to visit in the United States is Boston. I have always loved American history and in this beautiful city one can both feel and see the history of this great country.

Of course it isn’t always possible for us to visit historical places as often we might like so, I’d like to share with you the next best thing. 

The Founding of America is an excellent 14-DVD set from the History Channel. Each DVD tells of the personalities, the bravery, the losses and even the romances of the inspiring early days of America. 

Performances by Kelsey Grammer, Aidan Quinn and Jeff Daniels make this series entertaining yet educational. With leading historians and rare archival material, The Founding of America is historical programming at its best. 

From A & E: FOUNDING FATHERS and FOUNDING BROTHERS examine the relationships of the very human men who risked their fortunes and lives for independence. THE REVOLUTION recounts great battles, devastating losses, and miraculous victories. BEN FRANKLIN and BENEDICT ARNOLD: A QUESTION OF HONOR look at the critical roles played by both men–one a hero, the other a traitor–while WASHINGTON THE WARRIOR and THE CROSSING pay tribute to the soul-stirring leadership of our first president.
The content of the 14 DVDs cover well known events in history and some not so well known events also. Myths are dispelled and facts confirmed. With a sense of being part of history and seeing what happened behind the scenes, The Founding of America makes history real for everyone watching.

This DVD set is perfect for family libraries. Children of all ages will be able to reference it for class assignments and to enhance their education. They’ll gain an intimate glimpse into the lives of the noble faces gazing out from our dollar bills and pocket change.

The Founding of America is available from the History Channel Store and Amazon.


Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind DVD ~ Giveaway

June 24, 2009 by Cathi  
Filed under entertainment, reviews & giveaways


Joyce Meyer is a Christian-centered, faith promoting, motivational speaker and author. Her latest DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment is entitled “Battlefield of the Mind - Training your mind to think positively.” Joyce begins by posing the question: ‘What’s been on your mind lately?’ She asks listeners to make a connection with what’s been going on in their lives with what’s been in their minds.

Joyce takes a no nonsense approach in applying faith and common Christian sense to nearly every aspect of daily life. Joyce not only quotes scripture to provide guidance and answers to common questions regarding the meaning of life, but quite often uses her own life experiences to emphasis her points of view. Her mix of wit and humor are effective in lifting the minds and spirits of those who listen and read her messages. Her listeners and readers become engaged in the moment and are motivated to reach higher and strive to do better without feeling defeated or dejected. Joyce reminds her listeners that knowing truth can set one free and attitudes in minds can set altitudes in life.

Joyce makes a great case for good verses evil and draws the proverbial line in the sand between them. She offers sound advice for the flesh as well as the mind and spirit. Being engaged in good deeds is essential but so is being rested. She mentions a future message devoted to physical well being and taking care of self.

“Your body is the house you live in. If you destroy it, you’re going to have to leave!”

Joyce touches hearts as well as minds in her effort to raise the human spirit and mine set to heights only dreamed of.



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Home Free ~ allergen-free treats

April 30, 2009 by Cathi  
Filed under Food, reviews & giveaways


I’ve been very fortunate in not having  food allergies. I have however, been on more than a few flights when ALL the nuts (the edible kind, not the kind you may sit next to) have been removed from the plane. This was because one or more passengers onboard had an allergy to peanuts. All the nuts, including the warm mixed nuts in first class and pre-packaged peanuts in the main cabin had to be taken off. Many allergic reactions to food can be so severe that sometimes precautions such as this are necessary.

According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network,  it’s estimated that food allergies affect around 3 million children and 1-2% of adults nationally (about 13 million people).  Food allergic reactions such as these result in over 30,000 emergency room visits each year with nearly 200 people dying in the U.S. annually from anaphylactic reactions to foods. As stated, I don’t have  food allergies but I do have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, scarier than having your airway close up and not being able to breathe!



Home Free has a new line of organic, whole grain cookies and coffee cakes that are peanut free, egg free, tree nut free and dairy free. These are the four most common food allergies. The treats are ready to eat and packaged in individual servings. Perfect for lunch boxes and carrying about in handbags and diaper bags.

4-30-2009-4-07-5Company Description: Founded by Jill Robbins, a clinical psychologist and author of “Allergen Free Baking,” she turned to baking when her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Jill’s goal was to create delicious, wholesome treats that her son, and everyone with or without food allergies, can enjoy together. Today the company makes a variety of cookies and coffee cakes in a dedicated baking facility, where it conducts allergen testing on ingredients and random product batches to ensure that each product is free of common food allergens.


Home Free products are:
·         Free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and dairy
·         Certified whole grain – each cookie serving contains at least ½ serving of whole grains
·         Certified organic
·         Fine for most people allergic to wheat (not gluten-free; contain oats)
·         Fine for most people allergic to soy (most contain soy lecithin)
·         Baked and packaged in a dedicated bakery
·         Allergen tested
·         Without trans fat or cholesterol
·         Without corn sweeteners, artificial colors, artificial flavors, MSG, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
·         Certified vegan (oatmeal cookies, and coffee cakes)
·         Certified kosher pareve

Home Free cookies sell for $4.99 per box at retail stores nationwide, including Whole Foods and Shaw’s. They’re also available for purchase through the company’s website at I received a box of the Oatmeal Cookies and they were so incredibly good. The cookies are also available in chocolate chip, chocolate chocolate chip, as well as mini chocolate chip, mini chocolate chocolate chip and new mini oatmeal chocolate chip.  I really liked the cookies. More importantly my grandchildren really liked them, too. And that, after all, is the true test!


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