Magic Carpet Yoga Mat - Review

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Not all yoga mats are created equal. I once tried yoga on a really thin mat that slipped across the floor under my feet. I am a novice when it comes to yoga, but I do know you need an excellent yoga mat to be able to practice yoga moves without injury.
This Magic Carpet Yoga Mat from YogaOutlet.com is the highest quality yoga mat I've ever seen. It's nice and thick, grips the floor like glue, and is flexible enough to roll back up easily. Not only that, it's absolutely gorgeous!
The beautiful hand-painted traditional magic carpet design is sustainably printed with UV-cured inks on a phthalate-free, non-latex mat. It's 24" wide and an incredible 70" long (the longest mat I've ever seen). It's 6mm thick but weighs only 3.5 pounds. Plus, it's made in the USA!
YogaOutlet.com is THE place to shop for quality yoga mats, yoga clothing, and all kinds of yoga accessories. They have a beautiful selection of magic carpet yoga mats, designed by Magic Carpet Yoga Mats founder Sophie Leininger, a Northern California-based artist. Visit their website today to enhance your yoga experience!


Be The Best You Can Be - Chicken Soup for the Soul - Review

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Raising children is difficult and there are so many ways we, as parents, can mess up our kids. My goal as a mom was to hopefully counteract those not-so-good interactions with my kids with a higher ratio of meaningful, loving, and supportive interactions. My three are now grown and scattered across Texas, attending college and starting their adult lives. I feel as though I must have accomplished something wonderful because they make me proud every day. It's important to take time with our children, as they grow up, to instill in them the virtues and values that we want to be a part of who they are and who they become. The new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Be The Best You Can Be, is a wonderful resource to help parents approach many of these values with kids.

The book is much like their other books, in that it tells short stories, but it's also very different because it's designed as a book that parents can read with (or to) their children and teens, and follows up with conversation starters that can help facilitate introspective family talks. Talking with your kids gives them an opportunity to open up about their lives, and gives you the chance to plant many seeds of goodness in their hearts. Even if your child is a teenager that resists parental involvement, I encourage you to leave a copy of the book laying around where they will see it. Chances are, they might be intrigued enough to read it on their own.

The chapters in this book include: Making Your Best Effort, Doing the Right Thing, Making True Friends, Accepting Responsibility, Being Kind, Being Grateful, and Getting Through Tough Times. Each short story in the book is a true story and helps to show examples of tolerance, respect, and compassion. Being able to read together about role models helps children to set goals to develop good values and set goals. It's a wonderful book that should be in every family home.

Grab a copy of Be The Best You Can Be at www.chickensoup.com!


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20 Reasons to Love Rubbermaid LunchBlox

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1. LunchBlox is a food storage container system that snaps together in multiple configurations.
2. LunchBlox keeps food chilled with the snap-in Blue Ice Tray that comes with each kit.
3. LunchBlox comes in a Salad Kit, Sandwich Kit, and Entree Kit.
4. LunchBlox is made by Rubbermaid, a trusted name in food storage.
5. LunchBlox has handy measurements on the sides of each container.
6. LunchBlox containers stay securely closed and don't leak.
7. LunchBlox containers encourage healthier lifestyles with portion control.
8. LunchBlox containers make preparing lunch more fun for kids.
9. LunchBlox kits can be mixed and matched (perfect for grazing toddlers and picky preschoolers).
10. LunchBlox containers can be purchased individually, so you can customize your configuration.
11. LunchBlox containers are 100% BPA free.
12. LunchBlox keeps your sandwich un-smashed and your cookies unbroken!
13. LunchBlox is microwave safe, so you can heat up your food at work.
14. LunchBlox is dishwasher safe, so it's easy to keep them clean.
15. LunchBlox is freezer safe too!
16. LunchBlox containers even come in pink or blue for children.
17. LunchBlox fits neatly into a box or bag (and the LunchBlox Bags), with its squared design.
18. LunchBlox containers encourage eating a wider variety of foods, keeping wet and dry items separate.
19. LunchBlox is durable and reusable, saving you money over buying plastic bags and paper bags.
20. LunchBlox kits and containers are available at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Meijer, HEB, Fred Meyer and many other stores! 

Michael Angelo's Italian Frozen Food - Review

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When I was growing up, having a frozen meal was considered a treat in our house. Remember those old tv dinners with food that came in a tray, tasted like cardboard, and had no nutritional value? Having one of those on a tv tray in the family room, surrounded by my sisters and their tv dinners, while we watched a tv show - THAT was like a party to me. Frozen foods have really come a long way!
I was invited to try Michael Angelo's Italian frozen food entrees. Italian food is one of my favorites and it falls under the heading of "comfort food" to me. Michael Angelo's has a line of signature meals with recipes that date back to the 1800s. The meals are made in small batches from scratch, are free of additives, and are made with only real, clean ingredients you can recognize when you read the label.
I've tried six of the meals and I'm incredibly impressed. Michael Angelo's meals are delicious. My absolute favorite is the Meat Lasagna. I would put it in the top three lasagna meals I've ever had in my lifetime. I also really loved the flavor of the meatballs in the Baked Ziti and Meatballs meal.
Each one cooks in the microwave in around five minutes in a little tray that has a thin plastic sheet over the top. I sort of butchered the lasagna taking it out of the tray to put on a plate for a picture, but it was stacked really nicely in the tray.
The chicken in the Chicken Parmesan was delectable. I thought the piece of chicken looked a bit small when I took it out of the microwave, but it was a really thick piece and tasted wonderful. None of the pastas were sticky at all and the sauces are all delightfully flavored. The entrees are the perfect size for lunch or dinner for one person.
I definitely recommend Michael Angelo's Italian frozen meals. They've also recently introduced a new line of Made With Organic meals, which I'm going to try as soon as I can find them. Since I live in a very small town outside of Austin, it can be challenging to get my hands on some of the specialty foods, but I hear Whole Foods features them.
Visit www.michaelangelos.com for more information about these delicious Italian meals. I got my entrees at my local HEB and I've seen the family size meals at my local Walmart. Their website has some great videos and you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.


Therapedic Memorelle Side Sleeper Pillow - Review

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One-third of our lives are spent sleeping, so it makes sense that we should be using quality bedding to make the most of that time. Lack of sleep causes accidents, affects your ability to think, and can lead to serious health problems. Laying your head on the right pillow for the way you sleep can greatly improve your sleep!
Do you sleep on your stomach, your back, or your side? Almost 3/4 of people are side sleepers. The Therapedic Memorelle Side Sleeper Pillow is designed specifically to enhance the sleep of side sleepers. It offers extra-firm support, but still provides that comfortable "sink into your pillow" feeling.
The Therapedic Memorelle pillow features a 2 1/2" gusset to provide support for the neck and shoulders. Several years ago, I had a neck surgery to replace some crushed vertebrae and since then, I've found that side sleeping is more comfortable but only if I have the right support. If I sleep on my right side, my arm is under the pillow, but not if I'm on my left side. This pillow was very comfortable for me on either side.
This Therapedic Memorelle pillow is machine washable, unlike foam pillows. It's made of 100% cotton and has a 400 thread count. It is also made in the USA and comes with a five year warranty. Both my husband and I have tested the Therapedic Memorelle Side Sleeper Pillow and it's an excellent pillow.
The Therapedic Memorelle Side Sleeper Pillow is available at the Bed Bath and Beyond website. If you're a back sleeper or a stomach sleeper, Therapedic also offers a pillow for you. I even noticed a video link on the product page that offers a Buying Guide to Pillows. Don't cheat yourself on the benefits of a good night's sleep! 
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