The Best of Organic Tea Review: Tea and Mood

Tea RitualTea is a marvellous choice for all kinds of conditions. Tea has been used for millennia to assist with ailments from common cold symptoms, to joint pain, to detoxification, to headaches, to mood.

For the world I live in—the Western world—where life is fast paced, stress-filled and at times overwhelming, tea is most assuredly a balm. Conditions related to stress such as anxiety, low mood (low levels of depression), burn-out, and chronic insomnia plague our communities.

As a licensed helping professional, I have observed that it’s not only clients that suffer from emotional and cognitive ailments as delineated above. These occur in the lives of psychologists, teachers, therapists, social workers and counselors as well.

How do I know this? I’ve supervised and worked with individuals in these professions throughout my career.  In fact, graduate studies alone (even in the social sciences) can contribute to overwhelming stress that has debilitating impacts on immune health, emotional and cognitive wellbeing as well as relational health.

If the very people who are tasked with supporting vulnerable and emotionally needy members of our community are struggling, whatever are we to do?

While I have many suggestions for those suffering from anxiety, low mood and burnout, I’d like to suggest an enormously simple strategy. Tea.

That is, the ritual of intelligent tea drinking. Before you roll your eyes, and move on to another page, please read further. You may be surprised how much support, and some evidence, there is about tea drinking in research.

While tea drinking won’t solve all of life’s irritants, problems, negative patterns of thinking and relational challenges, it does have amazing calming, peace-giving and grounding potential.

Chamomile Tea

Camomille FlowersTake the humble chamomile flower for instance. It can grow almost anywhere, and found wild, may appear more like a weed. The flower looks very close to a daisy, and both German and Roman chamomile are popular for gardeners.

Both German and Roman chamomile can be used for tea, although the German chamomile isn’t quite as bitter as the Roman. These specifics are only relevant if you wish to produce your own chamomile.  In my world, I prefer to depend on tea distributers as it saves on time in my admittedly hurried world.

There is one noted clinical trial that supports chamomile as an anti-anxiety aid, particularly for the condition called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This evidence-based study indicated that individuals diagnosed with GAD experienced a reduction in anxiety symptoms that helped them cope better with life.

Dried CamomilleWhile we like to depend on clinical trials, there in also anecdotal evidence that chamomile reduces stress related symptoms as well as insomnia. Going back centuries, natural healers have successfully used chamomile to treat numerous conditions, in addition to sleep disturbances and symptoms of anxiety.  Not to mention, that a lovely cup of tea at the end of the day feels comforting in your hands, can bring you into the present, and calm your soul simply because of it’s soothing warmth.

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Black Tea (Camellia Sinensis)

I’ve been a tea lover for years. However, I always assumed that black tea contributed to heightened arousal in my nervous system because of its caffeine. While there is caffeine in black tea, it is approximately 30% less than a brewed cup of coffee (depending on how strong you like your coffee).
Dried Black TeaI’ve recently come across reports about a few studies that indicate black tea contains a unique anxiety reducing amino acid called L-Theanine. This lovely substance assists in creating a calming sensation. L-Theanine has been purported to increase dopamine levels, which support a good mood, while having no known side effects.

The dosing seems to be the tricky bit. I’ve read that anywhere from 1-3 cups per day produces a sense of calm. Another study stated 6 cups reduced moderate levels of anxiety (physiological symptoms) substantially. While it appears more research is in orNumi Organic Teader to deterAdamo Teamine dosage, I can speak from my own experience.

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I began serious black tea drinking a number of months ago following a review of an article that indicated six cups of tea per day would alter an anxious state for the better.  I was in a highly stressful place in my life and experienced uncomfortable symptoms such as “butterflies in my tummy”, whirrin
g, worried thoughts, insomnia, increased heart rate and the like.  I knew the psychological remedies for anxiety reduction, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and acceptance to name a few, but I really struggled to reduce the aggravating symptoms in my body.

While I never got up to six cups of black tea a day, consistent tea drinking (approximately 2 strong cups a day) significantly improved my mood and reduced symptoms of anxiety in my body. Then, I used the cognitive strategies to assist with the negative ruminating thoughts that were also maintaining anxiety in me.

I know that you science-oriented people out there might still be suspicious.  An “n” of one (me), isn’t exactly rock solid evidence.  Regardless, what’s the cost of a box of tea to conduct your own “n” of one trial and see how it contributes to a better mood and a calmer manner in which you engage your day?

The Ritual of Tea

The ritual of tea is an imprecise practice of regular tea drinking.  Of course, tea rituals have ancient roots, and still occur throughout the globe.  India, China, the UK and other continents and countries boast from simple to elaborate tea rituals.

What I’m talking about is an intentional ritual you introduce into your life that is consistent and  produces calm through the mindful enjoyment of your brew.  My teatime is after lunch. I  brew some water, and make a cup. Even if I’m heading out to meet a staff member or chair a meeting, I try to have a cup of tea in the sanctuary of my office prior to departure.

I look forward to it.

I savor it.

I’ve started to treasure it.

The benefits come from the tea itself, because I enjoy the flavour. But it’s also the intentionality of reducing my pace, and focusing on something other than work for a few minutes.

I’d love to tell you I always take five minutes to reflect and breathe deeply.  Not always.  Regardless, the ritual of tea is an important part of stress-reduction throughout my day.  Even as I write today, I have cup of the rich brown brew steaming beside me.


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Like many practices, there are accessories attached to tea. Teapots, teacups, teacup saucers, tea strainers, tea balls, and the list goes on. In the end, you can use a pottery mug to brew a cup of tea if you wish. You don’t require anything special, except for good quality tea and water. But for many, the accouterments actually enhance the experience of the tea ritual.

Loose Leaf Tea
The true tea connoisseur will tell you that there is nothing like loose leaf tea, as purportedly, the tea is of better quality. Good quality loose-leaf tea tends to include handpicked whole tealeaves, large pieces of the leaf, handpicked buds or a combination of these. The tea collection method, and in particular the larger pieces, contribute to a fuller flavour.

Loose-leaf tea is typically best when used with a tea ball or tea strainer. If it remains in the cup or pot too long, it can become bitter tasting. Tea balls can be used for cups of tea, although they are most often in pots of tea.

Tea strainers are especially handy to place atop your cup of choice. Spoon in the preferred amount of loose tea and pour in recently boiled filtered water. Let the tea steep for as long as you desire, depending on how strong you enjoy your tea.

Tip: If you have more than one tea strainer, let your tea air dry in the strainer over night and it will easily drop out when turned over. Wet tea is more difficult to remove.

Tea Bags

Tea bags are about convenience. While the hard-core, loose-leaf advocates will say they lack in the same degree of antioxidant, calming, and other health promoting advantages, good quality bagged tea is still available and beneficial. Tea from tea bags can promote peace and health.

Finally, why Organic?

Why organic tea? Tea is readily available almost everywhere. You can spend considerable money on a purchase of tea, or less than $3.00 a box. We know that genetic modification, pesticides and other nasty chemical-practices are depleting our soil and water sources, plaguing the earth. Tealeaves and their consumers can be markedly vulnerable to these realities.

As I’ve discussed, tea is necessarily steeped. Chemicals found in tealeaves can leach into the water you’ve brewed it in, resulting in you ingesting chemicals
that are not good for you and may in fact be toxic.

Tea is a lovely, ancient, and life-giving benefit this earth has granted us. While we fight to stay grounded and attuned to the present amidst the chaos of our modern world, don’t forget the benefits of tea. Practice the goodness tea rituals. Tea and its many advantages can enhance your life regardless of where you live, how you live, your particular taste or style.

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A Tribute to Linda Brooks: Rebounding for Better Health Review

Linda BrooksI was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of rebounding superstar Linda Brooks in May of 2014.  Linda was tireless in spreading the word about the benefits of rebounding exercise; a fitness strategy that has had a huge impact on my life and my health!

When I first heard the term “reboundologist”, it brought on a fit of giggles.  We seem to have “ologists” for everything.  But there really is such an animal, and Linda Brooks was a certified reboundologist.

Not only did Linda take the exercise of rebounding seriously, incorporating it into her own life and teaching her students, she became a passionate advocate and writer about how rebounding can have a positive affect on all kinds of health issues.  She wrote on everything from cancer, to incontinence to, optical health to the lympathic system–all areas that rebounding can help.

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I had an illuminating experience about a month ago. My massage therapist, who I’ve known for almost 15  years commented on how strong I had gotten–remember, she’s known me for 15 years. She kept remarking on my amazing core strength.  I was surprised by the number of statements she made about this, and when she asked me what I was doing differently, I had to think for a minute.

“Oh yeah, I’ve been rebounding on a soft-bounce rebounder–2 minutes at a time, five or six times a day,” I told her.

“Well, whatever you’re doing, it’s having an amazing impact on your core strength,” she responded.

I have to tell you that I was thrilled by her assessment. If 10 minutes a day (remember, 2 minutes X 5 times) could make such an impression, this was definitely a fitness plan to continue with.

I shared this story over lunch with a friend of mine who is an aerobic instructor as well as a boot camp instructor.  She was intrigued.  She told me she has started to incorporate jumping into many of her routines, and has noticed a difference in her strength as well.  This is a gorgeous woman who is already built like professional body builder;  I was fascinated with how simple jumping magnified her strength.

Linda Brooks and her techniques brought me from a place of being quite weak in my core, to having noticeable strength.  I have to say I’m thankful for her instructive wisdom, and the simplicity of her rebounding processes that clearly enhanced my health.
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To benefit from Linda’s approach to rebounding, make sure you use a soft-bounce rebounder like the a Needak Rebounder.  It is professional grade and has a good warranty.  For extra stabilization, consider purchasing the rebounder bar.

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I have gained so much knowledge from Linda’s books, especially “Rebounding for Better Health”.  For a look at Linda’s book, check out this out.

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theCream Review: Is Nature’s Superfood for Skin for Real?

I fell in love with theCream a couple of years ago.  At that time, I was searching out options to alter my skin care regime from chemical-based products to all-natural products.  Did you know that, between eye creams, skin creams, body lotions, deodorants, and her daily grooming and make-up routine, the average woman could be subjecting her skin to an alarming 515 different synthetic chemicals every single day?

It became a frustrating exploration because though many products stated, “Natural Ingredients”, upon further inspection the “natural ingredients” were few and far between.  Those products did include a limited number of natural ingredients, but they were vastly overshadowed by chemical ingredients that only someone with a Ph.D. in biochemistry could pronounce.

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The history of the Pink Cow Brand is fascinating.  It is equally fascinating to learn how this product -line has grown and become an award winning group of skin care products that women and men LOVE!

The line was developed by Denie Hiestand, a natural health consultant, author, research expert, and former successful New Zealand dairy farmer.  Denie has spent decades studying the skin and toxins/chemicals in everyday cosmetics and personal care products and identified a strong link between the high usage of chemical personal care products and the growing rates of cancers, infertility, hormone imbalances, allergies and various other modern day illnesses.

In response to his patient’s requests, Denie set about to create a completely pure and natural range of skincare products which not only contained none of the harmful additives found in the majority of commercial products, but  contained life-giving, cell nourishing ingredients which feed and nourish the skin.

Kiwi Natural Beauty AwardTestimonies abound reporting that this set of products is innovative and remarkable.  This year, “Beauty experts and moms across the USA tested and reviewed hundreds of products and voted theCream Face as the Best Facial Moisturizer in the recent Kiwi Magazine 2015 Natural Beauty Awards. These awards honor the best of the best; products were scored on quality and performance.”

Ruby Lane Make-Up reported, “I absolutely love this moisturiser and would certainly say it is the best that I have ever used.  I have been using the product for almost two months so it has received a very fair and realistic trial.”

A key component, and the reason theCreme has become so popular it that it uses Colostrum, the life-giving first-food baby mammals get from their mothers.

Colostrum is:

  • The most powerful and complete all natural ingredient known
  • Produced by female mammals for approximately 72 hours after birthing
  • Is not milk, but rather the starter of all life, and completely recognized, accepted and utilized by human cells

Impressive product information:Product Line

  • All formulations are 100% natural
  • No chemicals
  • No heavy metals
  • No mineral oil
  • No petrochemicals
  • No alcohol
  • No parabens
  • No preservatives
  • No fillers
  • No added water
  • All formulations are waterless, which means they are in their most effective and concentrated form
  • All formulations are clinically tested and EU cosmetic safety approved


  • Face:  Nourishing Face Cream 
  • Men:  Nourishing Face Cream
  • Eye: Age Defying Eye Serum
  • Facial Serum: Concentrated Anti-aging Recharge Serum, powered by colostrum oil
  • Body Elixir:  Body Elixir Oil with Colostrum
  • Repair: Concentrated Repair Cream
  • Personal: Personal Relief Cream
  • Lip:  Moisturizing Lip Cream
  • Body:  Moisturizing Anti-Aging Skin Conditioning Cream
  • Hand:  Moisturizing Age Repair Hand Cream


One reviewer indicated she initially thought the smell “unusual”–not bad, she says–but unusual.  That makes sense to me, as conventional perfumes are not used in the 100% natural product.  Most of us are so used to perfumes and dyes in our personal care products that the lack of a powerful scent seems strange to us.

From my own experience, I didn’t find the eye creme as effective as the “chemical” variety that I use.  It’s definitely better than using nothing at all, but it does’t give me as long lasting a lift as other un-natural options–sorry girls!


100% natural is pretty hard to beat.  These products are even safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, they are so clean.  The technology for extracting colostrum is sound, as are the ethical practices used in protecting the animals and their young.

theCream began in 2012.  Since it’s inception theCream won awards every year following for its superseding products.  The catchy company tag line is, “100% Natural, up to 85% Colostrum, 0% Bull”.

My absolute favourites are:  Face, Facial Serum, Lips and Body Elixir.  I have never felt anything on my lips like, well, Lips.  It is smooth, not greasy and literally reduces lines on my lips.  The Body Elixir is stupendous.  It has orange oil in it, and the combination scent is divine.  Even my children (and I have boys) ask for it when the weather is cold and they have chapped hands.  It works great and smells even better.

Final Word

Pink Cow products are quickly becoming an ALL-natural-facial-care revolution.  They are reasonably priced when you consider top facial care products of the chemical variety.  Furthermore, they last, and last and last.  I bought a three-pack of theCream for face and I’m still not through it.  That was about 18 months ago; I still have one bottle left.  I find that remarkable.

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Calm Before Work Chaos: Master Your Morning Routine!

Are you a working parent or a working set of parents, with young or school-age children?

Are mornings predictably chaotic for you?

Do you feel stressed, anxious and uptight trying to get out the door on time?

If you answered yes, then you need to know you are NOT alone!  Work-day/school-day mornings tend to be one of the most challenging times for families, yet it’s rarely talked about.

Why is that?

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There are some obvious reasons why mornings are challenging, and then some less obvious ones.  First of all, mornings tend to be frenetic!  We get up, have breakfast, get dressed, pack lunches, complete last minute tasks–all under time-pressures.   Furthermore, kids and parents may still be tired, or have low blood sugar from the night before.

However, the most overwhelming and least talked about reason is that the hectic-pace and task-focused realities of mornings make authentic connection between parents and child hit and miss at best.  At worst, there is conflict, irritation, frustration and disharmony.

Most parents assume that this is normal; that morning disconnection is a natural part of life.  Although it may be normal in our modern, Western cultures, it’s far from beneficial.  In fact, it can be emotionally harmful for children to develop predictable times of disconnect with their parents.

“I have lots to do,” parents rightfully say to themselves.  “My child doesn’t get it that I have important places to go and important things to do.”

While that is entirely true, children and youth have a primary need that has been identified in developmental and attachment literature that sadly gets missed when we focus on tasks rather than our children.  That need is healthy emotional attachment.  Mornings are a key times when parents focus on responsibilities while the emotional needs of children get left behind.

This surprises some parents.  You might be thinking, “Yes, but my kid knows that I love him.  His emotions are fine–I think”.  Or, “Emotional needs?  What’s the big deal?  I feed and clothe her, take her to sports and music.  She’s got what she needs.”

Food, clothing, a safe home, leisure and recreation are all important for children.  However, what the pertinent literature  points to more than ever in recent times, is the unparalleled value of a deep and abiding connection or bond between a parent and their child.  This is the vital element for building an emotionally healthy, resilient child who can tackle the curve balls life throws at him or her with relative ease.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld, attachment and developmental expert has gone so far as to say, “Parents are more important than peers.”   The reason is that vibrant attachments between parents and children supersede early independence, becoming proficient in a sport, or being the top of the child’s grade 3 class.

Brain science has demonstrated that for children to have the necessary building blocks to become emotionally and socially mature and responsive as they age, a consistent and secure bond with their primary caregivers is essential.

While I am certain there is no parent who doesn’t want to be an excellent attachment figure, there are subtle cultural norms that unknowingly get in the way of healthy bonds.  The first norm is distracted business.  The second is the mistaken notion that an emotional connection with our kids is not as important as all the tangible stuff and valuable opportunities we offer our kids.

Both notions are dead wrong!  Children need us as parents connected in the emotional realm more than almost anything else next to physical safety.

Children need parents to be:

  • Consistently aware and responsive to their needs
  • Dependably empathetic to their emotional states
  • A stably calm, nurturing presence

Superparent 101: Mastering the Morning Routine is a course that teaches parents these things and more.  It is focused on helping parents design a flexible morning routine that ensures they keep their children emotionally attached in productive ways.  When children learn to follow a predictable morning routine while having their emotional needs met, they tend to be more compliant, making mornings more manageable and enjoyable for all.

Superparent 101: Mastering the Morning Routine is written by Coralee Nelson, BA, BED, MED.  She is a mom, educator and licensed helping professional who has worked with children, youth and families for the last 15 years.  She is passionate about incorporating relevant literature into aspects of family life that tend to be overlooked and undervalued like a predictable and flexible morning routine.  Her goal is to help foster vibrant attachments between parents and children in order for children to develop into healthy, productive and prosocial adults.  Coralee is a premiere instructor at

If you would like to learn how to put the best of parenting science to use in your home, check out, Superparent 101: Mastering the Morning Routine.  

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Enjoy the amazing benefits of reducing morning chaos, building closer bonds with your children and finding ways to meet their emotional needs so you can be positively connected with your children for life!

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Paper Template Review: Build a Successful Website Fast with Masterful Templates and Copy

Gorgeous Lake ScenePart of enjoying your family is having adequate income to keep financial stress at a minimum, be able to purchase nutritious food and enjoy leisure and recreation activities that build positive memories and bring enjoyment to life!

Full-family-wellness is the focus of this site, and I believe having satisfactory finances is a part of family-wellness.

Life in the 21st century has so many benefits; we can generate additional finances through small on-line businesses that can be accomplished a few nights a week or a few hours on the weekend.  The online world is ripe for small business to build, grow and thrive.

The Paper Template is one of many tools that can help you build and grow a successful online business.  It has been well-tested in the marketplace with top-notch results.

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Have you ever toyed with the idea of building your own business?  Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to design your own website in order to develop an online home business?  Perhaps you’ve pushed the idea aside, thinking you don’t know where to start.  That’s certainly where I began; however, I was determined to find tools and supports to build and grow my own business.  It’s been a wonderful ride.

Perhaps you have been hoping that someone would drop in your lap a simple, clean process for building a website without having to learn HTML, Java Script or trying to figure out the best Word Press theme.  Sounds like a dream, right?  Perhaps a few years ago, but not anymore.  You too can build a successful website using already created templates that WORK!

Paper Template is a brilliant template plug-in that will take you from beginner web-designer to  master in just a few days.

For established web-site owners,  Paper Template will release you from trying to figure out how to maintain the best theme and will give you additional skills for enhancing your copy!

Paper Template claims and delivers for consumers. It’s  ridiculous how fast YOU can click around the plug-in and suddenly have for yourself:

  • Your own high converting email optin form giving away a free gift
  • A free gift page thanking new subscribers, delivering that gift, and sending them to
    your sales letter
  • An exciting sales letter (point and click) that rakes in buyers
  • 60 effective headlines and 70 bullet points included, plus you can edit your own swipe file
    within the plugin
  • Your own download page to deliver your product (yet another built in template you
    can just click and it’s there)
  • Plus… multiple products for sales, multiple variants of your optin pages for extra
    keyword SEO traffic, multiple sales letters to cater to different audiences

Wow!  If you have a product you’ve been hoping to market–either a digital one or a physical one but didn’t know where to start, Paper Template will take you from 0 to 100 in a matter of weeks.

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You are going to be SHOCKED when you see that one of your biggest hurdles is now taken care of.  Paper Template has the technical aspect already designed (set up a complete funnel in minutes), the layout organized (done for you, click), and headlines (built in and customizable) all available as soon as you purchase the plug-in.

The publishers of Paper Template have spent 4 years testing and perfecting the only sales letter template that you will need.  The publishers are highly accomplished online publishers and marketers with a great reputation in the business.


While Paper Template is inexpensive, can be used on multiple websites and has great versatility, you need a product to sell.  If you haven’t figured that out quite yet, don’t give up hope.  Do some research on Amazon, JVZoo, Alibaba, Clickbank or Shopify if you’re just starting out.  Any of these sites can move you towards building your own profitable on-line home business.

But, before you invest in Paper Template find a product to sell and then go great guns!


If you have an existing website, you can fire your webmaster and copywriter.  Paper Template will teach you everything you need so you can benefit from getting real conversions (sales).  Paper Template is great for beginners who simply want a sure-fire way of generating income without all the guess-work of website creation.

If you have an existing website, you can cancel your theme subscriptions.  Paper Template becomes your theme and it won’t bung-up half-way through because it’s already been field-tested for consistency and sales conversions.

Paper Template will show you the reason Google, eBay, Apple, CraigsList and every other SUCCESSFUL website uses a simple and clean design (hint:  goofy graphics don’t sell or convert and everyone knows it).

Final Word

Paper Template is a simple, dependable and tested plug-in and copywriting software that will meet your need for a high converting website to sell your products, be they digital or physical.  The fact that Paper Template takes the guess-work out of designing a website and coming up with effective copy is a boon!  People will be asking you how you managed to go from nothing online, to an effective site in the matter of months, if not weeks.

Be good to your family and yourself; build a home business that delivers a few extra hundred dollars into your account every few months.  As you learn more, you’ll be able to increase your revenue.

Invest in Paper Template and begin using a highly effective plug-in that will eliminate usual web-site-owner woes in a matter of weeks!

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Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband Black Review: A Simple Motivation Gadget

Fitbit Flex BlackThe Fitbit is a lovely little fitness motivation-invention designed to track your steps, distance, and calories burned. In addition, the Fitbit tracks your sleep—both how long and how well. Fitness activities and good sleep are important for great and abiding health.

The Fitbit, worn like a bracelet provides a silent alarm for waking you up. It displays an LED light that shows how you are progressing as far as your daily fitness goal is concerned.

This particular Fitbit is touted to be comfortable, slim, and wears easily as it is very lightweight.  It comes with both a small and large wristband. Reviewers state that the small band will truly fit a very small wrist and the large one can expand significantly.

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So, the burning question is, how does a little do-hicky on your wrist help motivate you to keep moving throughout your day in order to meet your step goals? In truth, it’s simple psychology.

First, it’s about setting a goal, like walking 10,000 steps a day. Second, it’s about keeping that goal in front of you. The Fitbit, while reported to be easy to wear and not cumbersome does remind you of your goal. At noon, if you see you’ve completed 5,000 steps, you know you’ve reached the half-way point, and can easily finish off the 10,000 by the end of the day.

Applicable apps connect you to others using Fitbits. If you’re motivated by your own progress, then you may not need a community of Fitbit-ers. However, if not, you may want to compare and get support from others.


A number of reviewers have mentioned that the Flex band isn’t as sturdy as they’d like.   Others indicate that the Fitbit doesn’t stay charged as long as indicated—which is approximately five days. Interestingly, there are reviews stating that the Fitbit meets the five day charge and even up to seven days.  One wonders if there is a quality consistency problem with the Fitbit, as experiences are quite varied.

The clasp is reportedly difficult to close the first few times. Once the rubber is more malleable, this impediment is easily overcome. One reviewer stated it’s helpful to use a little body lotion in order to get the clasp to work right after purchase.


The Fitbit looks really smart, and appears to have pretty good accuracy for steps when tested.

The Fitbit is water-resistant, which makes it more desirable than other brands for many. The ability to wear the Fitbit Flex while showering means it can be a 24/7 motivator, which appeals to some customers.

Final Word…

The Fitbit Flex is fun, prompts inspiration to move your body and gives feedback about your sleep so you can make adjustments if need be.

Customers enjoyed using the Fitbit, which is motivation in and of itself. I’m all for opportunities to make fitness more enjoyable, social and entertaining. The Fitbit does that, giving you helpful information which you can use to advance your fitness goals.

Of course, like any trendy product, the Fitbit Flex comes in a variety of armband colours–how fun!

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Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove, Black Review: Reliable Camp Stove

Beautiful sunset

A recent lake-side sunset experienced by our family.

Being outdoors and enjoying nature is a true blessing, and something that the research says is genuinely beneficial to overall health.

As a licensed helping professional, I know that being out-of-doors is exceptional for mental well-being as well.

Furthermore  camping with your family can benefit relationships because the stresses of life seem to fall right off of you simply by being out of the rat-race.  Beautiful vistas and serene settings bring families into new places of enjoyment with each other.  Memories are born that can assist with challenges that arise once you’re back in civilization.

Now, I’m a camper, but I’m a camper who enjoys a few amenities as well.  For example, I like a tent or some kind of water-proof structure over me.  And, while I enjoy a good campfire, it is very important to me that I’m only cooking hotdogs and marshmallows on it, rather than a full meal.  That is why a solid and practical stove is helpful when enjoying the camping season.

Click here to view the Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove.

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Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove

Stove Specifics:

  • Bulk tank hose hook up for increased runtime
  • Independent, easily adjustable burner controls provide wide range temperature management from simmer to boil
  • Modular accessory line for the option of building a complete outdoor kitchen
  • Steel construction
  • Fits 2 x crab pots side by side
  • Carry handle
  • Weight: 8 Kg
  • Shipping Weight:  9 Kg
  • Dimensions:  67.9 X 16.8 X 37.8 cm
  • Black
  • Batteries not included

The Coleman Company Signature Hyper Flame Gladiator Stove uses propane, which is an easily accessible fuel source.  Propane provides a consistent burn as well as the ability to have some variability in your cooking.


The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is practical for a family with its two burner construction. Because is uses propane you can do anything from boil water, to fry the fish you caught during the early morning hours.  One reviewer stated that the the Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is attractive and offers a good amount of space in which to cook.  Furthermore, it is reported to have excellent heat.

If you’re camping at a camp sight, purchase a 1-gallon canister of propane and store it under your picnic table.  This will provide much more cooking time the the 16 oz green bottles.  The ability to connect a larger propane tank to your stove means it is unlikely you’ll worry about running out of fuel.


This is not a stove to take with you if you are hiking a long distance.  It is too bulky and heavy.

One reviewer stated that the control knobs were somewhat difficult to regulate when trying to simmer.

The Final Word…

The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is attractive, practical and provides consistent heat when used with a propane tank.  It has a carry-handle which makes it easy to haul from location to location.  The Coleman Signature Gladiator Stove is solidly built with a steel construction, meaning you’ll have this stove for years to come.

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Propane TankThe Worthington 281149 1-Gallon Steel Propane Cylinder With Type 1 With Overflow Prevention Device Valve is an ideal accompaniment to the Coleman Signature Gladiator stove.

Overall, it received 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon. One benefit a reviewer noticed was that it can house a propane distribution tree which means it can manage a lantern mounted on top as well as hoses to stoves attached to the side.

The Worthington 1-Gallon Propane Cylinder has been sited as both stable and portable.  It’s considered a far better choice that the small cylinders because it holds more propane and doesn’t freeze up like the small cylinders are prone to do.

The down side is that it is pricer than a 20 lb. tank.  That being said, reviewers stated they didn’t mind paying the extra price because of the benefits of the Worthington 1-Gallon Propane Cylinder.  It fits nicely underneath or on top of a picnic table.

One reviewer stated, “I’ve only purchased this one tank, but if all the Worthington tanks are made the same way, they are definitely worth consideration if you refill your tanks instead of swapping them at one of the many tank swap locations. All in all, a very nice product.”

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Coleman 2000008055 Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent, Black and Grey Finish Review: Best Large Tent for the Great Outdoors

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Summer and fall are superb times to enjoy camping and related activities!

Summer and fall are prime camping seasons.  It’s a fabulous time to enjoy the great outdoors–bonfires, hotdogs, marshmallows and cowboy coffee (if you’ve never tasted cowboy coffee, I’ll share a recipe at the end of the post).  And since this is a health-related blog, I guess we should all go easy on the hot-dogs and marshmallows as well.

Furthermore, since this is a health-focussed website, what is the deal with tents?  Excellent question.  Being outside, in the fresh outdoors is truly invigorating.  When you consider our hurry-scurry pace, taking time to enjoy the beauty of creation is a marvellous opportunity to gain perspective, connect with the land, and enjoy some peace in nature.

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Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent

The Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent is an genuine option for any camper.  It’s luxurious size makes it a real show-stopper.  The size means you can have a section or two to sleep, an area to store your gear, and an area to lounge around when you’re not outside.  One reviewer stated that there were just two campers who used the tent cabin.  In fact, they fit a table, a couple of chairs, plus a king sized foam bed in the cabin.  They were especially impressed with the light and light switch at the doorway as they came and went in the dark.

Key Features

  • Spacious and comfortable 
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    LED lighted fan system

  • Sleeps 9-people comfortably
  • Main fly seams are factory sealed and seams are welded to protect from weather
  • LED lighted fan system maintains a comfortable environment (batteries not included)
  • Black and grey with green trim
  • Shipping weight: 17 Kg; actual weight: 3.9 Kg
  • Dimensions:  69.8 x 23.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Produced by the Coleman Company


One reviewer indicated that the poles seemed too long, and when it was being set up, a few of the seams started to stretch.  However, this was only one reviewers experience.   Coleman is a solid brand with many years of successful camping gear behind it.


You can’t go wrong with a tent that more than meets your space requirements.  This tent will surely meet that need, and it boasts a stylish colour palate.

While space is important, even more important is the ability for a tent to keep out the rain.  One reviewer indicated they were doused for 36 hours straight without any water into the tent.  That is remarkably impressive.

Final Word…

If you’re in the market for a tent knowing you have a few extra people along for the ride, the Coleman Prairie Breeze 9-Person Cabin Tent will suit your purposes, style and wallet.  This is a tent that will be with you for numbers of years.  You will be able to pack up and go whenever the mood hits you.

Click here to enjoy the Coleman 9-Person Cabin Tent in Grey and Black.


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Coleman QueenCot With Airbed

Tenting is a true-to-nature kind of experience–much closer to the wilderness than a Fifth-Wheel.  However, having a great night sleep enhances your enjoyment of the camping experience.

The Coleman QueenCot with Airbed has 5 star reviews and boasts a comfortable sleep that’s just like home.  Not only that, but reviewers state the QueenCot is a snap to set up.  It can be erected in about 10 minutes.

Click here now to own the Coleman QueenCot With Airbed

Cowboy Coffee Recipe

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  • 2 Tbs of fine grind coffee for every 8 oz of water *Finer grind will allow more flavor in less time, and  finer coffee  will sink to the bottom easier than that is more prone to float.
  • Pour measured amount of water into a coffee pot that is safe for fire
  • Just add water and no coffee
  • Put the pot on the fire and bring the water to a boil
  • Remove from the fire, and let sit 30 or 40 seconds
  • Add measured coffee amount into the coffee pot. Stir until coffee sinks
  • Let sit for two minutes; this is essential for best taste
  • After two minutes, stir the mixture again, cover and let sit two more minutes
  • Take a palm-full of cool water and sprinkle it into the coffee pot to help grounds settle
  • Pour each cup slowly, trying to leave the coffee grounds in the pot
  • Enjoy!

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Trim Healthy Mama Review: What Can a New Food-Lifestyle Do for You?

Trim Healthy MammaTrim Health Mama (THM) is a tested lifestyle approach that supports women, children, families, and yes, even men.  Authors Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett have done a masterful job of creating a way to eat and live in a truly healthy manner.  Not only to do they share their own stories, they also encourage people to take a real look at how they eat, what they eat, and how they address family matters in regard to food.

Trim Healthy Mamma has rave reviews from satisfied customers who have lost weight, reduced daily fatigue and developed a healthy-love-affair with good-for-you food.

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The recipes that Trim Healthy Mamma endorse are family friendly, including Chili, Meatloaf and Pizza.  Of course, these are modified to fit with the Trim Healthy Mama plan.  One of the things that thrill me about Trim Healthy Mama is that there are three main offerings to assist you in your weight management and food-overhaul process. These are not not based on fads or trends but on solid research and a manageable life-style plan.

Trim Healthy Mama BookFirst, there is the book which describes the THM approach including how it came to be and how to begin developing a new perspective or framework about food and eating.  The book has been described as practical and humorous.  In addition, the authors were featured on Fox and Friends, sharing about the “Trim Healthy Mama” book and lifestyle plan.

Second, are the recipes.  So often great ideas abound about how to change one’s approach to food, but it’s difficult to actually take those ideas and create tasteful, satisfying meals.  THM helps you in that department as well by providing numerous recipes that meet the needs of all kinds of palates.

Finally (and this is my favourite) are products.  Yes, not just ideas and recipes, but actual products to help you accomplish THM eating goals.  I’m particularly excited about the sweetener option.

We’ve all heard about how dastardly processed sugar is for our health.  It has an addictive quality, producing unhealthy cravings.  It is a suspected contributor to diseases such as diabetes, cancer and others.  It has absolutely no nutritional value, and can leave us with major sugar spikes and rotten teeth.  Yet, we love the stuff.

Trim Healthy Mamma SugarTHM has a solution.  A natural way to address the sweet-tooth that so many of us have.  It’s a healthful sweeter combo that’s reportedly easy to use in all kinds of recipes.  Not only that, there’s a handy sugar-to-Trim- Healthy-Sweetener conversion table on the website so you’re not stuck guessing. The key ingredients of Erythritol and Stevia are endorsed by health experts like Kelley Herring, author of “Guilt-Free Desserts”.


Some people may not appreciate the faith-based approach to wellness, lifestyle and healthy eating.  A bible-based perspective is what Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett purport.  Even if their belief system isn’t where you’re at, their research based, thoughtful food-approach to wellness is worthwhile and clearly produces results for many who have tried it.


Trim Healthy Mama is a fun, healthful approach to developing a way of eating that helps lose weight.  Not only a weight loss approach, THM is also a maintenance approach to weight.  The THM perspective involves an overriding way of looking at food, helpful recipes and products that support the ultimate goal of being trim and healthy.

Final Word:

Testimonials abound about the huge life-benefits to be found within the perspective and practice of  Trim Healthy Mama.  Like this one for example, “It was NOT until I changed to your diet that my fatty liver, irritable bowel & Fibromyalgia improved out of sight. And the weight loss was nothing short of miraculous. After 15 YEARS of being VERY ill I now have a new lease on life. I praise God for your book and the insights it contains.” –Dianne.

Or this one, “I started Feb 22nd, 2013 and I have lost 60 lbs. I am BLOWN AWAY at how easy it is, and how much I like it. I never thought I would like a diet. I originally thought maybe I could suffer through it to lose weight and then try to maintain with exercise? Instead I would claw someones eyes out if they tried to take this away from me. I will be a THM for life.” –Brooke W.

And for those who have debilitating illnesses, this one, “I had a lot of issues that make losing weight very hard. I was diagnosed with PCOS in my mid 20′s and have struggled with my weight ALL my life. I also had hypothyroidism, was on medication for blood pressure and had a major case of insulin resistance. I literally had doctors tell me that with all of my issues it would be next to impossible for me to lose weight…THM has been the key for me that has unlocked the door that has held me captive for so long. While I’m not at my goal weight yet, I’ve gone from a size 1x to petite medium. I no longer need my blood pressure medication. “–Jennifer M.

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Thank You Silver Review: How Can Structured Silver Solve Women’s Health Concerns?

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The use of silver has been around for centuries, and it’s been used for more than just monetary purposes.  For example, prior to modern refrigeration, silver coins were thrown into milk jugs in order to keep milk fresh longer.

My mom first introduced me to silver.  I’d never heard of silver that you could drink to help cure a cold, or silver gel to put on cuts, bruises, sores or acne.

Because I hadn’t been around for the ionic  and colloidal silvers promoted prior to my birth, the idea of consuming a precious metal was bizarre to me.  Those who have heard of colloidal and ionic silver  know that while they had some health benefits, the silver and possible contaminents stayed in the body, eventually creating a toxic condition.

Thankfully modern science has reradiated negative side-affects from silver through a structured silver process that is a remarkably simple solution in terms of its ingredients: water (99.999%) and silver (0.001%).

To purchase Thank You Silver for yourself and your family, use the following link:

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In fact, the structured silver in Thank You Silver looks, smells and tastes like plain-old water. That’s because it is 99.999% pure water with pure metallic silver as a solute.  The silver has been specially combined with the water molecules to form a new silver solution.  Thank You Silver provides amazing access to silver’s health benefits.

But why would anyone ingest silver?  It sounds a bit strange to many people.  Because we think of silver as a precious metal, we  don’t consider the medicinal purposes that have been used for many years.  Pure silver is known as an anti-fungal, anti-baterial, and anti-viral.  Of course, the term “pure” is the key in all of this.  You don’t want to be sucking on a coin, hoping to kill off the virus you caught last week at the fair!

Health Canada is the Canadian Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. Thank You Silver is Quality Approved & Licensed: NPN 80046255

Health Canada’s Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate (NNHPD) reports that Thank You Structured Silver meets the rigorous licensing criteria. Thank You Silver’s Natural Product Number (NPN) is DIN-HM 80046255.  People who choose Thank You Silver can be confident that rigorous quality standards are built into every bottle (

 Silver for Women’s Health

As women, we often care for ourselves last.  We serve our families, our communities, our colleagues and our friends before we start looking after ourselves.  While this is in no way wrong, it may leave us open to becoming run down, tired and worn out.  Thank You Silver has anti-microbial properties that help ward off colds and flus caused by bacteria and viruses–colds and flus that are easy to catch when we’re exhausted.

Sometimes we get so busy that we can’t fit in exercise, plan healthy meals, take time for leisure and recreation or consistently get the recommended 7-8 hours of snooze-time a night.  While we know these things contribute to overall wellness, juggling our responsibilities is complicated.

Many women have special health needs that silver can assist in addressing.  Expert Dr. Gordon Pedersen has taken an interest in women’s health  through his study and research.  He provides common-sense solutions through the use and application of structured silver. Dr. Gordon Pedersen has expertise in the application and research of silver for healing, health and wellbeing.  He has a Ph.D. in Toxicology, and is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND).  Not only has he formulated numerous nutritional products, he is board-certified in anti-aging and regenerative medicine and is an international best-selling author.

Dr. Pedersen recently authored the book, “The Silver Solution to Women’s Wellness”.  In that book he discusses how to combat concerns such as vaginal yeast infections, vaginosis, sexually transmitted diseases, contamination from sex, blemishes and scars, and urinary tract infections to name a few.

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As a case in point, the structured silver in Thank You Silver has been demonstrated to be effective with certain pathogens.  Thank You Silver is considered a “broad-spectrum microbial” that destroys pathogenic bacteria, inhibits viral replication,  yeasts and protozoa, destroys many fungi, and has been shown to even destroy the malaria parasite.  Furthermore, structured silver such as Thank You Silver, destroys antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria such as MRSA.

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MRSA is a significant concern in hospitals and nursing homes because our traditional antibiotics cannot address MRSA.  The good news is that structured silver destroys bacteria in a different manner than the antibiotics we’ve typically used.  Thankfully it destroys both resistant and non-resistant bacteria.  Of equal importance is that Thank You Silver, a researched and sanctioned natural health product is cost effective as well as safe.

Thank You Silver is simplicity at it’s core.  It comes in a 16 oz bottle of liquid, and a 2.0 oz gel.  I have used Thank You Silver for everything from a careless burn from my oven (it takes away the burning sensation in minutes), to pimples, to ear and eye infections (yes, you can put it in any orifice of your body safely), to some of the minor women’s issues named above.  When there is a cold or flu in our house, we take Thank You Silver.  When we have food poisoning (I will spare you the details of a
certain caesar salad I consumed at a local restaurant), we take Thank You Silver.

The bottom line for our family is that Thank You Silver works for us.  It  has been a solution for so many ailments and concerns–including those “women’s things”.

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For a copy of Dr. Gordon Pedersen’s book, “The Silver Solution to Women’s Wellness”, click here now.

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For more information about how to use silver to benefit your health, click here for Dr. Pedersen’s new paperback, “A New Fighting Chance: Silver Solution: A Quantum Leap in Silver Technology”.  Or, the Kindle version. 

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For additional knowledge about the incredible value of silver for health, click here to purchase,  “The Most Precious Metal: Why Silver is More Valuable than Gold, Platinum or Money” by Dr. Gordon Pedersen.

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