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09 26 2014

Although I’m not into yoga, I use a mat for my daily workout. I was one of the lucky bloggers to be given an opportunity to review the Premium Yoga Mat w/ Strap.

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Here are some things you need to know about the product

This ultra-sleek looking lightweight mat is designed to be the ultimate yoga mat for home, studio, and travel.
• Extra comfort and durability comes from our specially designed eco-friendly memory foam.
• Instantly reduce injuries with the thickness, grip and responsiveness of the mat which allows you to maintain perfect balance during poses.
• You’ll love the convenient carrying strap included with your mat, that allows you to easily toss it under your arm as you head to class.
• 72 x 24 x 5mm
• Zero odor.
• Eco-friendly: Free of Phthalates, Latex, metals, harmful toxins, and SGS Approved.
• Easy to wash: Simply wipe down your mat with a non oil based soap or detergent, then rinse off. Hang dry. DO NOT PUT IN DRYER.
$1 from every purchase goes to support Urban Youth Yoga Programs in need.

My Thoughts

The mat has a great design and by the looks of it, high quality materials were used to make it. At first I didn’t think that I’d be very comfortable using it because unlike other yoga mats, this one is not as thick. When I used it for my crunches and stretching exercises, I was very surprised to be very comfortable all throughout my routine. It also stayed in place the whole time. I’m really glad I was given a chance to review the mat.

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Pros

The mat is very light and easy to carry because of the strap. You just sling it on your shoulder and walk your way to your yoga class. The mat’s texture prevents slipping because it grips well on the floor.

Cons

I didn’t find anything I didn’t like about the yoga mat.

Recommendation

If you’re looking for a sturdy yoga mat that provides the perfect amount of cushioning, this is a great product to try. This is perfect for yogis who do strong poses and those who sweat a lot because the mat grips your hands and feet.

Where to buy?

Premium Yoga Mat with Strap by Yoga Design Lab is available on Amazon at $35. This is fairly priced compared to other yoga mats that are priced between $80-$100.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

09 15 2014

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Did you know that dancing can perk up your rear view fast? Whether you’re doing the tango, you’re shaking it up or just shimmying to some music, you can make the tush look really good. How? Those squatting and hip-swiveling movements enlist all the muscles in the rear.  And here’s a bonus: Dancing shifts mental focus onto what your body can do rather than how it looks, which helps cultivate body confidence. Studies show that women who participated in a dance class once a week felt significantly happier with their bodies after 12 weeks. So, dance to lift the tush and improve body confidence.

 

09 15 2014

Advertising your property for rent? The first thing you need to do is to advertise it, but don’t just advertise it around the area where the property is located. It may help a lot to list them in a variety of locations as well since people look for rentals in all different places.

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Once possible tenants start to contact you, take the time to do a background check for each and every one of them. Remember, you will be entrusting your property to a stranger and it’s highly important that you select the right tenant to protect you and your property. Doing a background check will help you know whom you can trust.

And when you have finally selected the person with whom to give the keys to your property to, do a tenant screening. There are websites that offer to do this one important step for you. One such site is Tenantify. They can do an employment and income verification for you. It’s simple and won’t incur any costs on your side. All you have to do is send a request to the tenant via the website. The tenant will be asked to provide his work information and Tenantify will verify everything for you. After they finish the screening, you will then receive a verified work record from them. The tenant shoulders the bill when verification is completed.

Protect yourself and your prized property from tenants who could cause you problems down the line. Do a tenant screening before entrusting your property to someone you don’t know.

 

09 09 2014

Are you planning a wedding? To save on flowers, why not try decorating with pressed flowers at your reception? I actually got the idea of a birthday party I attended last year. Small, fresh flowers were picked from the celebrant’s garden. These were then pressed and used to decorate the tables.

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Tiny flowers and some greens were sprinkled on a plain glass dish and sandwiched with another clear glass plate. It’s so pretty, isn’t it? I’m sure your guests will be delighted to eat on a beautiful plate like this.

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Serve cocktails in beautiful drinks glasses and stylishly protect the tables from condensation rings with lovely coasters. To do: First, trace a 3″ photo frame onto paper. Cut out the shape, then arrange blossoms on top, attaching with glue. To finish, slip the floral-strewn square into the frame.

There’s also this website where you can find DIY floral arrangements. Bloominous offers fabulous wedding designs that are easy to do. In fact, most of their kits can be done in under 15 minutes. Their flowers come straight from their farm, so, you can be sure that your stems are fresh and cut-to-order.

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Make your wedding truly memorable with unique flower designs. Your guests would even think you’ve spent hours crafting your bouquet and centerpieces.

09 06 2014

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The trick to taming that jiggly tummy is to swap the sweetener you add to your coffee, tea or oatmeal for Yacon syrup.  It’s a molasses-like syrup derived from the South American Yacon root. Apparently, the sweet syrup is not only great for those people suffering from diabetes. It improves digestion and regulates blood sugar to prevent belly fat-depositing insulin spikes. Studies show that women who use 3 tsp. of the syrup a day lose an average of 1.9 inches from their waist in just 1 month.