Tuesday, July 22, 2014

How to Prepare for Your First Yoga Class

Maybe you’ve finally decided to enter the realm of Yoga. Your sessions will help you to develop a sense of balance between your mind, body and spirit. If you are anxiously anticipating your first yoga class, then you will want to properly prepare yourself so that you can maximize the health benefits. The following are some tips on getting yourself ready for your first ever practice.

You will need to properly hydrate yourself so that you will have extra liquids when you engage in Yoga stretching and movement the first time. Make sure you drink several glasses of water or Gatorade at least two hours before your session. Your increased fluid intake will help you to prevent dehydration when you engage in increased activities. 
Take a Hot Bath (Before or After!)
Yoga is an activity that essentially promotes relaxation. You can help bring forth your relaxed state by taking a hot bath before your session. A hot bath with eucalyptus or lavender oils will release any tension that you have in the body. It will also loosen your muscles and promote flexibility. 
Clear Your Mind
Another way that you can prepare yourself for your first yoga session is by clearing your mind of stressful thoughts ahead of time. You can do this by practicing meditation before class. To meditate properly, you will need to find a quiet area in your home where you can steer your thought process in a positive direction. You may also choose to find a comfortable spot outside. You will want to take long, slow, deep breaths while focusing on the rise and fall of your lungs. Tune in to the movement and focus your thoughts on your upcoming yoga class.
Dress Comfortably
You will want to wear appropriate clothing when you head to your first yoga session. Spandex is a good choice of material because it enables flexibility. Lululemon founder Chip Wilson swears by his company’s yoga attire. The clothing is meant to allow for optimal movement and relaxation. Most of the time, yoga is practiced with bare feet so shoes are not necessary. Chip Wilson advises individuals of all ages and fitness levels to try yoga and reap the health benefits of the activity.

The last thing you need to do to prepare yourself for your first yoga lesson is to bring a positive attitude to class. You must leave behind all of the troubles and struggles of the day and allow positive energy to flow through your body as you begin the flowing movements.
**This is a sponsored guest post. **

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Heat Giveaway Hop - $25 Amazon Gift Code

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Welcome to the
Summer Heat Giveaway Hop

From July 21-21, 2014,
you can visit all the blogs on the linky list below
and enter to win all their prizes!

I'm giving away a $25 Amazon gift code! I personally would spend it all on summer reading material (a.k.a. books)... but that's just me, you can spend it on what-eva you want!

Mandatory entry: Leave your name and email address in the comments below.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Disney's The Hundred Foot Journey

This is a movie that I cannot wait to see!

The Hundred Foot Journey hit's theaters on August 8th.

This is not a paid post. Videos + images provided by Disney. All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Taxi Magic App review

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Taxi Magic. I received a promotional code to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
I'm writing this post from a local coffee shop here in my home town. I arrived to the shop nearly 20 minutes ago... delivered safe and sound by the South Bay Yellow Cab company. Why does this matter to you? Well I wanted to share how I came to arrive here... it was like magic - Taxi Magic!

Taxi Magic is an app that partners with local cab fleets. Here in Los Angeles (LA) Taxi Magic provides instant access to over 1,500 LA cabs!

Photo credit: blog.taximagic.com/

I live on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and if you're familiar with the area you know that everything is pretty spread out here. The roads are always jam-packed with commuters and the transportation systems are just catching up with the 21st century (our Metro-rail system became operational less than 25 years ago). And don't let me get started with the parking problems in most areas! Needless to say, driving is among my least favorite things to do.

Over the years, I have only taken a taxi cab a few times. I often forget that taxi cabs even run here! Mostly because driving is so natural for native Angelino's like myself. But the convenience of taxi rides is pretty excellent... and they're not just for rides to and from the airport either. 

Taxi Magic is the wave of the future, you can schedule a cab ride without Googling a cab company or making a phone call.  You can request a cab for now or schedule one for later.. in a five easy steps:
  1. Make a choice "I'm ready to go" or "Pick me up later."
  2. Input your pick-up location.
  3. Enter destination (if you know it)
  4. Be ready to go.
  5. Get in the cab when the car arrives.
The app charts the course the entire way. Paying for your Taxi Magic ride is simple too. Once you arrive at your destination you click the pay now button (you must have a credit card on file), enter the fare amount (you can include the tip in the final fare amount, which will also include a documentation fee), and bid farewell to the driver. 
Photo credit: TaxiMagic.com
 It's really that simple! 

My Taxi Magic experience was truly exceptional! The driver was professional + polite. The app was easy to use and worked seamlessly. No muss... no fuss. If you have a smart phone and need to call a cab... I highly recommend you use Taxi Magic. 

Use the MomMagic14 code to get $15.00 off your first ride.

Taxi Magic is available in over 60 US cities, and in select cities in Canada, the UK, and Mexico. Download the app for free on iTunes or Google Play or book online at TaxiMagic.com

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Taxi Magic. I received a promotional code to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.

Friday, June 13, 2014

David Gray - Mutineers - in stores 6/17

British singer-songwriter David Gray's tenth studio album Mutineers will be released in a few short days (June 17th). I've had the great pleasure of previewing Mutineers for the past few weeks, and I have to say I'm kinda in love with it.

I wouldn't exactly call myself an music aficionado, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what sounds good to me. I like a little of everything from classical to hip hop, so I'm pretty good about listening with an unbiased ear.

What grabbed me first about this album was David's smooth and even voice. It's mellow, even on the upbeat tracks. I was able to get into a good relaxing groove while listening to it. I was even able to write to it, which is huge! I'm so easily distracted that I usually write to classical tunes, but now Mutineers in full writing rotation!

The title track, Mutineers, is probably my favorite. It's a little up-tempo, not very, but enough to sway steadily. The groove escalates as the track plays on... and then there is a bit of a crescendo toward the end, like an emotional peak of sorts, that I really dig.

Another fave is Last Summer, which is more of a ballad. It has a beautiful violin piece at the end of the track that I find mesmerizing.

Then there is Snow in Vegas, which is one of those songs that makes me want to drive down the highway with the top off! Hair flying in the wind, sunglasses gleaming, heart on fire, and the biggest smile I can muster. The lyrics are a bit more relaxed than the picture I just painted, but the energy of the melody transports me to the road at about 2:19, when David exclaims "anything you want yeah, anything at all, any little thing you need, all you do is call." Gets me every time!

The first single off the album, Back in the World, is also the opening track. It's got a steady cymbal beating throughout, which forces me to bob my head to the beat. 

Check it out:

All the tracks are great really, I would venture to say that there isn't a single track that I don't like on the album. I like them all! And I assure you that my review of this album is not embellished, not even a little bit. It's an awesome album. If you don't believe me... pick up a copy for yourself.

Mutineers will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and DavidGray.com on Tuesday, June 17th

This is not a paid post. I received a free download of Mutineers to aid in the facilitation of this review. All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.
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