Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shandali Yoga Towel - A Review

I'm still using this towel and I'm still loving it!
As originally seen at RelaxedYoga.com

I received this towel* for review purposes from Shandali's marketing department on Friday, October 24, 2014 right after I got home from teaching my yoga class. I opened it up, looked it over and thought it looked like the towels my husband uses to wipe off the cars-only bigger, I put it aside until my next class. I do like to use mat covers or yoga towels so I was excited to try it even if it didn't look particularly special on first sight.

The next week, I used it for the first time in an over air-conditioned class so perspiration problems weren't in play, I did not get to test it for that purpose. I thought it felt nicer than I had expected. I decided I liked the dark gray color as well, I felt that it wouldn't get dirty looking.

The next time I used it was in an over heated class so I can vouch for its non-slip ability; it is absorbent, your hands and feet stay in place and the towel stays in place whether covering a mat or used directly on the floor. It does stay clean looking as I expected.

I have now used it multiple times in class and in my home practice. It is my favorite new yoga accessory item that I have received or purchased this year. It washes and drys well and it is easy to maintain. It seems very rugged and durable, I can't imagine it will need replacing anytime soon but I would make the purchase to replace it. 
I think it would make a great holiday gift for any yoga lover.

*Media Sample

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Secrets St James on Montego Bay, Jamaica

As I prepare for some Hawaiian island travel later this month, I keep thinking about our trip to Jamaica last spring. My husband and I took our college-age daughter and one of her friends on a beach vacation to recover from mid-terms. We stayed at the Secrets resort in St James on beautiful Montego Bay.

We thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing stay at this hotel. We thought that the grounds were beautiful, the rooms were comfortable and the wide array of cuisine options on-site made it a fantastic destination hotel. In addition to that, they have a spectacular co-ed spa with multiple indoor water features, pools and saunas where we each enjoyed a stress relieving massage. The hotel also has a long stretch of beach with beautiful scenic views.

We spent almost all of our time at the resort venturing out only a few times. We left to enjoy a day of snorkeling and sailing, to have dinner on one evening at the House Boat restaurant which is famous for their Caribbean lobster and on one morning to climb the Dunn's River Falls, a favorite island excursion.

Based on this one trip, I would recommend the Secrets in St. James as a destination resort if traveling to Jamaica. We enjoyed everything and the views were spectacular throughout the grounds.

Friday, January 2, 2015

About This Blog

I am a freelance writer residing in the Houston suburbs who writes primarily about wine. Often, I have other tales to tell that I don't sell or that don't work within the parameters of my other blog, Wine Thoughts.

I decided to create this blog space to re-share some of my local in-print writing and to create a space for other stories that I want to share which are almost always about food, wine and travel.

I am always out and about, always seeking the good and always excited to share the good things about my hometown, Houston. Follow this blog as I travel around looking for the best here and elsewhere!