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YogaSmoga Yoga Apparel Review

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YogaSmoga

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Yoga Smoga:

“Honoring the tenets of Yoga, we aspire to create world-class products.
Growing up in the Himalayas, the birthplace & capital of Yoga, our founders instinctively
infuse the timeless principles, spirit and practice of Yoga into everything we do. From our
cosmopolitan aesthetic, to our product technology, right down to creating our very own way
to give back, we’ve meticulously designed every part of the whole, one breath at a time.

IMAGINE IT AS A PRACTICE, A WAY OF BEING: BUILDING A PATHWAY TO GREATER GOOD

We take the stand that physically, mentally, and emotionally Karma works in harmony with innovation, so that technology becomes a pathway to greater good. In the act of balancing science with spirituality you cause a chemical reaction that can promote something as great as change. Connecting, interacting and creating a positive impact beyond the Yoga mat.

We engineer, design, and manufacture fabrics that do more than cover someone up. They open them up to greater good. While we work with the most technically advanced fabric and manufacturing technologies, we also pursue a relentless focus on the deep traditions of Yoga. We embody the soul of Yoga and instinctively embed this into everything we create, including investing much time into creating the NAMASKÁR FOUNDATION.

WE MAKE THINGS FROM THE HEART AND WITH LOVEFOR WHEREVER LIFE TAKES YOU

A lot of people think of themselves as clothing companies who sell Yoga apparel. We think of ourselves differently. We are a Yoga and wellness company that makes things for life. Our focus is not on building a brand; our goal is to have a love affair with our consumers. We create our products from the heart and with love and we want everyone to feel that. We are building YOGASMOGA from the ground up with a purpose and passion and our products reflect this love and care.

We strive to become your partner in the pursuit of wellness–wherever you are today and wherever you are going tomorrow. From Yoga class, to the gym, to life. Whether you’re on the go, or simply being, we’re happy to be with you. We hope to bring a little more Yoga into your journey, Everyday.

A BIT MORE ABOUT USJOY, ENERGY AND BALANCE

Staying true to the spirit of Yoga, everything we create intends to balance the joy of life with the energy required to live it. Take our name as an example, in Hindi, it’s traditional to rhyme words and similar items-so our name is a jubilant nod of respect to our culture.

To combine that joy with energy, our iconic logo is based on traditional symbology that conveys a balanced and powerful energy center. We see this as a beautiful metaphor for our human experience.”

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Verdi Headband

About:

“This simple headband packs in a lot of punch. Soft silicone dots line the inside of the headband and an added specialized stitch ensures no flyaways, no slipping and no annoying hair pulling. Made from our moisture wicking Aurum fabric, the Peace Band is a narrow 1 ¾ inch headband.

Exclusively Ours. AURUM® is a technical blend of Supplex® and Lycra®. Our competitors use a form of Nylon that is inferior and falls apart quickly. Supplex® fibers are technically far superior, giving you the soft feel and breathability of cotton with the performance benefits of advanced fiber technology. AURUM® fabric is manufactured in the USA.”

Run Jump n Play Crop

About:

“Run Faster. Jump Higher. Play harder. Whatever your game is, this cropped pant instantly transforms you into a stunning vision of curves and strength. So no matter what you’re getting into you’ll look good getting there.”

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My Thoughts:

Seriously. Love. Yoga Smoga. The amazing thing is that I’ve only had to try to different Yoga Smoga pieces to delineate this brand from the rest. You can truly feel and see the quality in these products–they are designed and meant to endure vigorous exercise.

Specifically, the fabric of the Run Jump n Play crops is substantial enough to keep everything in the right place, so to speak. It is flattering on the bum and the waistline stays put, which I’ve had issues with in the past with workout pants.

Simply put, I could just very quickly tell that Yoga Smoga doesn’t mess around. Yoga Smoga knows workout apparel and they do it right. I would purchase their entire line if my bank account would allow it. I also love how unique their designs are. They have unique detailing on some of their workout pants and I like how they make themselves different from every other workout pant that looks the same. These black crops that I’ve been lucky enough to try may look simple–and perhaps the idea of them is–but I love that they have their detailing on the back of the pant, while also still allowing these pants to be so versatile; as they can match and go with anything. What sets them apart, too, from every other black pant is the fit. They are snug, flattering and stay put. I can’t ask for a whole lot more in a pant than that.

I love the vibrant color of the Verdi headband and the width of it. I rarely workout without a headband, and this one has quickly made its way into the regular headband rotation. It’s snug enough to stay put (thus far) during my runs, workouts and volleyball practice, but it will inch back on my head a little bit over time. I think this could be helped by having a grippy strip on the under head of the headband. Fortunately, though, it’s not a huge issue since it’s designed well (is tight and wide).

I’d tell anyone who normally goes to Lululemon or similar high end fitness apparel stores to take break from those all-too-common looks and explore a brand that has a beautiful, unique thing going. Yoga Smoga leaves so many other nice fitness apparel brands in the dust on looks, quality and fit. Ohh! AND they make men’s apparel! Woop!

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The Diva Cup: Menstrual Cup Review

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Diva Cup

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Diva Cup:

“The Diva story began in the heart of a young girl named Francine. Over time Francine’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for better menstrual care led her to discover menstrual cups. Today, in partnership with her daughter Carinne, Francine is changing the way women view period care.

My vision for a healthy, more sustainable feminine hygiene product began when I was just a teenager. Each month I would go through the motions of “dealing” with my menstrual cycle. Yet, I quickly grew tired (and frustrated) with the unsanitary, uncomfortable and impersonal feel of disposable tampons and pads. As I grew older, and began researching alternative menstrual care products, I was excited to learn I was not alone in my passion.

The day I discovered menstrual cups, was the day my dream turned into reality.

For ten years, I pioneered the menstrual cup industry, selling and promoting these innovative products around the world. In 2001, the best part about my vision came to life as my daughter Carinne and I began experimenting with our own designs and ideas. After years of experience and research we designed The DivaCup, a reusable menstrual cup that encourages a more positive period experience. I wake up every day excited to share The DivaCup concept with young women, and those a little older, who are not only looking for a better product but also a new relationship with their menstrual cycle!”

 

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“It goes where? I have to do what? Yes, you wear The DivaCup in “there”, in your vagina… but we promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, your body will thank you for giving it the period care it deserves.

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

The DivaCup Features:

  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!”

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My Thoughts:

Oh. My. Periods. My menstrual cycle is the only speakable health “ailment” that I struggle with controlling the pain of. Because of my debilitating menstrual cramps, I am always eager to find new products that make my time of the month a little less painstaking, inconvenient, healthy and more tolerable.

Diva Cup was of interest for me for several reasons:

-The fear of “toxic shock syndrome” which can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long, allegedly.

-Making my monthly period less of an expense. The Diva Cup is reusable, so there’s no more endless boxes of tampons that I have to go through.

-The material that Diva Cup is made of appears and seems to be one of the safest that you can use: BPA free and free of many harsh materials that have been found to leach into the body and cause health issues (however big or small they are)

-The ease of use. I think the idea is brilliant–and there’s no waste like there is with pads and tampons.

So, here’s where it simply has to get really real! 🙂

My experience with the Diva Cup has been pretty good. The capacity of the cup itself is sufficient enough to allow me to leave it in for several hours on end even on my heaviest days. They offer instructions on how to insert the cup (like you read above, yes, you wear it inside your woman part!) and following those worked well for me.

This may be a bit graphic, but there’s truly no way around it if I’m being frank. I have had a few issues with the cup leaking while I’m wearing it. It doesn’t appear to be because it is overflowing. Rather, it seems to be a matter of the internal “seal” that it’s supposed to form not being intact. The instructions do suggest that you insert the cup halfway, then rotate it–I’m thinking this is supposed to insure that the seal is solid. However, sometimes I have a hard time mastering that and the result seems to be leakage. Not much leakage, but still.

That said, I will take responsibility for the fact that it may be operator error. They supply adequate instructions–I just haven’t mastered my “technique”, so to speak.

The other issue I’ve had is that when I take the cup out to empty it, its kind of a messy ordeal. At home, it’s perfectly fine because I have privacy to deal with it. However, in public restrooms, it’s kind of an ordeal. I am a heavy bleeder, so when I take it out, it’s just not always a clean and tidy ordeal! I end up having blood on my hands and use a lot of toilet paper to not have it be a complete disaster. Finding a way around that mess is another aspect of the Diva Cup use that I’ve yet to get down pat.

The capacity of the diva cup is enough, in my opinion, that I could probably always be able to avoid having to empty it in a public restroom, assuming you are home mornings and evenings. It’s just been a matter of getting used to how quickly it fills up. It’s proving to last a long time, unlike tampons. I just had a few public restroom experiences that were messy. In hindsight, they weren’t even necessary because the cup wasn’t full. It’s just hard to tell when it’s inserted when it’s full.

All of that said, I still see it as a better alternative to tampons, because of what it’s made of, because it saves money, and because it is reusable. I’d recommend it! It just will take a little bit of getting used to.

Have any of you tried the Diva Cup? I am eager to hear your thoughts, if you’ve had similar struggles and how you’ve remedied them. Please, don’t be afraid to be candid in sharing your thoughts and experiences!

 

 

 

More Than Alive Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds & Cacao Review

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More Than Alive

Overall Rating: images

I have forged a fantastic relationship with such a gold mine of a shop in More Than Alive. I am so thankful for this relationship because it has allowed me to discove an incredible jackpot of foods and skin care product. I find this site to be one of the very best resources for many organic necessities. They carry essential oils, superfoods, activated charcoal, bulk herbs and bulk foods. They also are reasonably priced (I’ve done the leg work–and you’ll save money on organic superfoods by shopping thru More Than Alive).

You can read some of my prior More Than Alive reviews and giveaways here:

http://feelmoregooder.com/2014/07/25/more-than-alive-vitex-dong-quai-giveaway/

More Than Alive Diatomaceous Earth Review & Giveaway!

http://feelmoregooder.com/2013/11/24/more-than-alive-scarf-essential-oil-review-giveaway/

More Than Alive Bulk Superfoods Pack Review & Giveaway!

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Raw Walnuts

About:

“Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. When it comes to health benefits, walnuts definitely are not a hard nut to crack. This delicious nut is rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are high in plant sterols and fat-but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fatty acids-the good fats).

Omega 3 is a protective fat the body cannot manufacture. Walnut’s concentration of omega 3s has many potential health benefits ranging from cardiovascular protection, to the promotion of better cognitive function, to anti-inflammatory benefits helpful to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. In addition, walnuts contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid that supports the immune system and appears to have several anticancer properties. More than a decade of scientific evidence shows that incorporating walnuts in a healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood vessel elasticity and plaque accumulation. Omega 3 has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.

Walnuts have often been thought of as a “brain food”, not only because of the wrinkled brain-like appearance of their shells, but because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. In order for your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats such as those found in walnuts.

Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, has also been discovered in walnuts, in a bio-available form. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, which is involved in inducing and regulating sleep. Melatonin has been shown to help improve sleep for night shift workers and people suffering from jet lag. Maintaining a healthy level of this hormone is important for everyone over the age of 40 since the amount of melatonin produced by the human body decreases with age.

Studies show that enjoying just four walnuts a day significantly increased blood levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids and alpha linolenic acid. This proves even a very simple change in diet can have a highly beneficial and lasting effect on our health. Boosting your body’s supply of omega 3 fatty acids couldn’t be any easier. Just add a few walnuts to your morning cereal or daily salad or grab a handful for an afternoon snack.

In fact, people who eat nuts at least twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eats nuts. Study authors concluded, “Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain. These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardio protective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain.” So, don’t let concerns about gaining weight prevent you from enjoying the delicious taste and many health benefits of nuts.”

Organic, Raw Pumpkin Seeds

About:

“Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s almost perfect foods. They are a natural source of beneficial constituents such as carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds have mainly been used to treat prostate and bladder problems, but they have also been known to help with depression and learning disabilities. They are generally recommended in some countries as a “brain food.” Pumpkin seeds can improve bladder and urethra function and prevent hardening of the arteries. Native American tribes were among the first people to notice the beneficial aspects of pumpkin seeds. They used them to treat kidney problems and to eliminate parasites from the intestines.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of proteins and monounsaturated fat, as well as providing a wide range of traditional nutrients. Our food ranking system qualified them as a very good source of the minerals, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, protein, and zinc. One half-cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your Daily value of magnesium, which a nutrient most Americans as deficient in.

Zinc is one further nutrient found in pumpkin seeds that might impact prostate function. The fact that pumpkin seeds serve as a good source of zinc may contribute to the role of pumpkin seeds in support of the prostate. Benign prostatic hypertrophy, (or BPH) is a condition that commonly affects men 50 years and older in the United States. BPH involves enlargement of the prostate gland. One of the factors that contribute to BPH is overstimulation of the prostate cells by testosterone and its conversion product dihydrotestosterone (or DHT). Components in pumpkin seed oil appear able to interrupt this triggering of the prostate cell multiplication by testosterone and DHT. Because of the pumpkin seed oil extract, scientists began to conduct research on the pumpkin seeds themselves. The prostate-helpful components found in the pumpkin oil extracts are definitely found in the pumpkin seeds. Men with higher amounts of carotenoids, which are found in pumpkin seeds, are at less risk for BPH.

In addition to maintaining prostate health, another reason for older men to make zinc-rich foods a regular part of their healthy way of eating is bone mineral density. Although osteoporosis is often thought to be a disease for which postmenopausal women are at highest risk, it is also a potential problem for older men.

Phytosterols, found in pumpkin seeds, lowers cholesterol. When phytosterols are present in the diet in sufficient amounts, they are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers. Phytosterols beneficial effects are so dramatic that they have been extracted from soybean, corn, and pine tree oil and added to processed foods, such “butter-replacement” spreads, which are labeled as cholesterol-lowering foods. Why settle for an imitation when nuts and seeds are a naturally rich source of phytosterols and cardio protective fiber, minerals and healthy fats as well?

The healing properties of pumpkin seeds have also been recently investigated with respect to arthritis. Unlike synthetic drugs, pumpkin seeds do not increase the level of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the linings of the joints, a side-effect that actually contributes to the progression of arthritis. Adding pumpkin seeds to a daily diet helps reduce the inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.

Using pumpkin seeds in cooking is popular in many cultures. Adding roasted pumpkin seeds to soups and salads provides a nutty flavor. Pumpkin seed oil can be used as a salad dressing when combined with products like honey and olive oil. Roasted pumpkin seeds are of course commonly eaten as snacks, but be aware that while roasting brings out their full flavor, the heat also destroys their natural fatty acids. Thus they are most nutritious when eaten raw. Also make sure to refrigerate pumpkin seeds so the oil does not turn rancid.”

Organic, Raw Cacao Powder

About:

“Cacao is the bean that chocolate is made from. In its raw state, it contains more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green tea and blueberries. Our raw cacao powder is rich in a number of essential minerals including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Raw cacao powder also contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being.

Cacao contains anandamide, which is also produced naturally in the brain. It is known as the “Bliss” we feel, because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies’ ability to breakdown anandamide. This means after eating cacao, that a natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good for a longer period of time.

Cacao has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA (Phenylethylamine). It is an adrenal-related substance that is also created naturally by the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation.

Antioxidants are what keep you looking younger and help fight disease. An antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 antioxidants in a single spoonful of raw cacao powder. Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw chocolate is way beyond that. Researchers found eating 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for 15 days lowered blood pressure. Another study concluded that the body’s ability to metabolize sugar (a problem for people with diabetes) was improved. Cacao also contains the antioxidant of catechin, which has a protective effect against heart disease and some cancers.

Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. It contains massive quantities of this essential nutrient. Magnesium is used to balance brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, which is present in approximately 80% of Americans, is linked with hypertension, heart disease and joint problems.

Cacao is also high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver and supports healthy pancreas functioning. One of the key amino acids, Tryptophan, is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Cacao powder also contains Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in muscle recovery.

Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw, rather than cooked. One experiment conducted with a decoction of roasted ground cacao beans in boiling water produced an excitement of the nervous system similar to that caused by black coffee. Interestingly, when the same decoction was made with the raw unroasted beans; the effects were unnoticeable, leading the researchers to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.

So, use raw cacao when you get those chocolate cravings! This raw cacao powder can be used in place of cocoa powder in any recipe. This will not only add great taste to whatever you’re making, but it also adds all these health benefits as well.

This cacao powder is certified organic and raw. Our premium cacao beans come directly from the farmers who cultivate them. These farmers grow their crops on their own land, using the same sustainable methods that have been used for generations. These cacao beans are guaranteed to be free of heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. They are USDA certified organic. They are imported from Peru and Ecuador.

The cacao powder is created by cold-pressing raw, organic cacao beans into a pressed cake separating the oil from the protein and fiber. The temperature is never allowed to exceed 120° F and is usually 104° F (all other cocoa powders are exposed to temperatures as high as 300° F!). A high-accuracy thermometer monitors the process. The remaining dry ‘cake-like’ material is then cold-ground and fine-milled so that only the finest raw cacao particles become the finished product.

This raw cacao powder has antioxidant activity as exhibited by an ORAC score of 1377 TE/g and is an excellent source of magnesium (42% DV) and iron (22% DV).

Suggested Uses:

  • Get your day started right, by adding raw cacao powder to your morning smoothie.
  • Create a protein drink from cacao. It’s a perfect fuel for competitive sports.
  • Bake your own raw chocolate bars or fudge using cacao powder.
  • Blend into cold coffee drinks.
  • Sprinkle on banana, other fruits or your cereal.”

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My Thoughts:

The only reason you don’t see a 5-star “WAHOO!!” rating is because I do not believe that the walnuts in this bundle are organic. However, I am crazy about the quality of the cacao powder and the pumpkin seeds.

Cacao powder: where do I start? If you start incorporating one single superfood into your diet, make it raw, organic cacao powder. Be very mindful about what you’re buying. The majority of what you’ll see on grocery store shelves is cocoa powder, which has been heated to extend the shelf life. In that process,  a large mass of its nutrients have been stripped. That’s why raw is so important. Raw cacao (just like merely any plant other food) is so much better or you when it’s raw, as the nutrients and antioxidants are the most plentiful in this state. Not only is cacao one of the best (if not the best) tasting superfoods, but it’ll serve you as a natural energy booster and can even contribute to skin health, among a bunch of other overall health benefits. I use a few tablespoons in my morning superfood drink that contains: cacao, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon & maca powders.

I do my best to keep my consumption of junky fats to a minimum (over-processed oils, butters, etc.) However, I do not fear fat. Your body truly needs fat in the diet to operate optimally. Amongst various tasks, dietary fat plays a key role in the endocrine system, helping facilitate hormones dispersement. I say all of that to say–walnuts and pumpkin seeds are two healthy, nutrient dense options of fat sources. You can add them to a smoothie, a fruit bowl, make them into nut or seed butter, or even make your own homemade nut or seed milk! (it’s super simple: a handful of nuts or seeds into a blender filled to the top with water. Then blend! Voila!)

 

Sun & Moon Organics: Superfood Powders Review

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Sun & Moon Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Sun & Moon Organics:

“Sun & Moon Organics was founded by Nutrition Specialist, Gabrielle Brick. As a mother and Health Coach, Gabrielle specializes in Superfoods and Super-Herbs. Dedicated to providing healthy foods that are affordable and superior in nutrition, Gabrielle decided after years of coaching clients who spent hundreds of dollars every month to get the BEST nutrition available, to create Sun & Moon Organics! These superfood mixes are unique to the market, affordable, and something the whole family can enjoy! Sun & Moon Organics’ Mixes, are made from the highest quality ingredients, fairly traded, never GMO, and always ORGANIC!
We also believe in keeping a green planet so our packaging is 100% recyclable.”

Resonance

About:

“Let nourishment resonate deep within your body, mind, and soul.”
* Immune Booster * Hormone Balance * Sustainable Energy *
Mental Clarity & Focus

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Cacao Powder, Maca Powder, Mesquite Powder, Lucuma Powder, Vanilla Bean Powder, Ashwagandha Cold Water Extract Powder, Wild Chaga Extract Powder .”

Sweet Tree

About:

“Life’s little pleasures can be found in a tree . . .”

* Uplifts Your Mood * High In Vitamins & Minerals * High Source of Magnesium * High Source of Calcium

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder & Mesquite Powder.”

The Glow

About:

“True health and beauty start on the inside. Let your light shine!”

* Mental Clarity & Focus * Sustainable Energy * Mineral & Antioxidant Boost * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Heirloom Caco Powder, Heirloom Cacao Nibs, Lucuma Powder, Mesquite Powder, Maca Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

Flirty

About:

“Bring a spark to your day, and let life flirt with you!”

 * Vitamin C Boost * High in Antioxidants * Great Source of Calcium * Uplifts Your Mood

Ingredients Certified Organic & Kosher:
Lucuma Powder, BaoBab Powder, Mesquite Powder & Vanilla Bean Powder.”

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My Thoughts:

This quad of products by Sun & Moon are probably my favorite nutritional product that I’ve ever tried. Let me explain:

I concoct all kinds of potions in the kitchen in a regular basis; always aiming to harness the goodness of nature in easy to ingest, quick ways. Even before discovering Gabrielle and her brand, I had experimented with superfood powders (cacao, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, maca, turmeric) by adding small amounts of each to a blender bottle, then drinking. I love this part of my routine as a way to quickly get the benefits of all these powerful, antioxidant & nutrient rich powders.

That said, I felt so immediately connected with this brand when I read the ingredients. Not only does Gabrielle use some of my favorites, but she adds other unique ingredients like lucuma, baobab and mesquite. I get so amped up to try new superfoods. It’s like christmas in the kitchen with these Sun & Moon powders.

The amazing thing about these blends is that there’s no added flavoring, nothing artificial at all (only organic ingredients), yet the flavors are surreal. The taste of each blend is unique, incredibly delicious, earthy and unexpectedly good. If I had to choose one, my favorite would be Resonance; the flavor combination is beautifully done, with so much yumminess from the cacao and vanilla bean. I enjoy the flavors so much that I simply mix them (using a blender bottle) with water. However, you can add these mixes by the spoonful to a smoothie as well. I’m sure they would work in baking, however, I advocate keeping these superfoods raw so that you retain all of the benefits they offer.

I can’t say enough good things about Sun & Moon Organics. The quality is top notch, ingredients are as clean as can be, and it’s a whole lot more convenient than shopping for all of these spices and foods individually. I HIGHLY recommend this brand to take your health to the next level. (tastefully!)

Swiftwick Socks Review

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Swiftwick

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Swiftwick:

“The ASPIRE™ Line is thin and light for serious runners and cyclists, yet still perfect for athletes of any sport. Our Managed Compression™ prevents bunching and hot spots by supporting all 3 arches in the foot. Our Linked-Toe technology prevents blisters by eliminating bunching in the toe-box. The result is a sock designed to fit your feet perfectly while helping you do what moves you.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t normally get this excited about a single pair of socks, but let-me-tell-you. These socks are a DREAM runner’s sock. They feel like a light layer of second skin. They don’t rub, catch or gather in any of the wrong spots. They truly feel like they were made for my unique foot.

My second toes are longer than my big toes–which sometimes is an issue with socks. That’s not the case with these Swiftwick socks, though. They are flexible and forgiving for the unique shape and length of my toe box. I also love (and find it very unique) that Swiftwick offers socks with so many different varying ankle heights. This is so smart. I find that I sometimes like the look of a low-rise ankle sock, but don’t find it practical for long runs, as my achilles ends up exposed after several miles. The “one” height is the perfect height for my outdoor ventures and workouts.

I’m not sure what else to share about them without sounding redundantly positive. I LOVE these socks. I need more pairs because I find myself doing a tiny load of laundry just to have these socks clean for the next day’s run.