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  • A Gift Guide for the Fitness Guru

    Got a fitness guru to buy for this holiday season? Let this guide help you find the perfect gift.

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    A common hurdle when preparing for exercise? What to do with your keys, phone, or wallet. WOLACO solves the problem. Their men’s compression shorts are made with snug, integral pockets that keep your items safe, sweat-free, and secure. No more holding your phone or tucking your house key into your sock.

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  • 4 Fun Outdoor Games

    Want to get the family outdoors and having fun? These fun outdoor games are sure to be a hit!

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     Bocce Nation

    Keep the gang together with all-ages bocce ball fun. Bocce Nation's portable bocce court that comes complete with scoreboard, balls, court, and rule book. A Bocce Tournament pack is also available. Buy Bocce Nation's portable bocce court here.

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    Kan Jam

    Get your guests on their feet with a Frisbee-inspired summer game for all ages.  You'll love KanJam game; an exciting outdoor game that can be played almost anywhere. Buy the KanJam frisbee game here.

     

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       V:King

    Horned helmets aren't required in this Viking game. V:King is inspired by a centuries old Swedish Lawn Game known as Kubb where axes are thrown at shields in a quest to conquer the King. Buy V:King's Kubb Swedish outdoor lawn game here.

     

    Buoy Bat

    Beach debris? Now it’s a buoy of a baseball bat. The Buoy Bat is a toy bat made from lobster buoys. Its bright colors and sweet spot will make this a favorite outdoor game. Buy the Buoy Bat toy bat here.

     

    Do you have a favorite outdoor game? We'd love to hear about it!

  • Enjoying the Great Outdoors

    Now that we’re (finally!) thawing out after winter, we’re busy searching for excuses to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. From camping and hiking to road trips and cycling, we can’t wait to get moving again.

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    Our tester, Paraag Maddiwar, used the Voltaic Systems solar charger to charge his iPod twice and his camera once during his hike at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last month.

    One of the challenges with a weekend camping trip or a hike, however, is that it’s not always possible to recharge your camera, cell phone, or iPod. We’re more than happy to leave the laptop at home, but who doesn’t want to listen to music and take pictures while enjoying the great outdoors? With the travel solar chargers  we’re featuring today, solar charging is easier than ever. So now we definitely have no excuses to stay inside!

    As we plan our getaways, we’ve been turning to a few websites  that are worth sharing:

    National Park Service – This is the first place to look when you want to find parks near you or near your destination. The website even has a handy sorting feature where you can search by topic or type of activity.

    Tripleblaze.comHere you can find advice on the best camping and hiking sites as well as equipment reviews. They even have information on guided trips.

    BestHike.com – There are lists for every continent on this website, and you can update information to add your own knowledge of the trails -- a great hiking guide.

    ABC-of-Hiking – This website has active forum discussions and is a great place to obtain how-to information as well as advice on hiking locations. 

    BootsnAll – This is a one-stop travel website with information on flights, advice on destinations, and opportunities to find travel partners. BootsnAll is a great place to look if you’re planning a trip overseas, and there’s plenty of information about how best to enjoy the outdoors in great hiking destinations like New Zealand. 

    Do you have some great resources that you use when you’re planning an outdoor getaway? We’d love to hear about them!

  • New Fitness & Health Products in this Weeks Grommet Wrap-Up

    This week was full of new products for the kitchen, personal care and several fitness products that will help you stick  to those New Year resolutions!

    New Products for the KitchenJoseph Joseph is constantly creating new products for the kitchen that pair modern design and functionality. This week we've shared their new collection of unique kitchen tools including this Double-Dip Bowl (perfect for snacking) and a modern food/liquid kitchen scale. (Starting at $9.95) Wouldn't this make a wonderful hostess gift? Learn more about Joesph Joseph's Shell Scale, Salad Tongs and Double Dip Bowl here.

    Immune BoosterMaine Medicinals offers a (great tasting) immune booster with their Elderberry Syrup. This anthoimmune delivers therapeutic levels of antioxidants. It combines organic elderberries, which are traditionally used. Founded by a mother-son team, Maine Medicinals is on a mission to create plant-based medicines and herbal supplements from organic, sustainable sources. (Starting at $17.95). Buy Maine Medicinals here.

    Krochet KidsKrochet Kids intl.’s hand-crocheted beanies have an easy, relaxed style with an edginess that hints at the founders’ snowboarding and surfing roots. But style is just the beginning of the story. What started as an unusual hobby for three young guys from Spokane, Wash., has turned into a life-changing effort to help impoverished people learn how to crochet and, by extension, to support themselves. (Starting at $24.00) Learn more about Krochet Kids here.

    Organic Skin CareLooking for organic skin care? LEAP Organics is raising the (soap) bar on organic skincare products. Each of its products is made entirely with plant-based ingredients, including lemongrass, eucalyptus, cucumber and pomegranate extracts. In addition, 91% of the ingredients have natural antioxidant properties. Founder Luke Penney has even met USDA certified organic standards, the world’s strictest standards, which require that products have at least 95% organic ingredients. (Starting at $14.00) Buy Organic Skin Care from LEAP Organics here.

    Fitness ProductsIf you’re running long on resolutions but short on motivation, maybe you need some shiny new gear to strengthen your resolve? Here are some of our favorite  fitness products to help you stick with all your healthy New Year’s resolutions. Check out our RoundUp of top Health and Fitness Products here.

  • Hidden Passions Here at Daily Grommet

    Daily Grommet passion for discoveryWe're always spotlighting passionate people at Daily Grommet ... from scientists, to philanthropists, to crafters like Daily Grommet's Kate Reynolds McLeod. In honor of today's fitness-inspired Grommet (the Helix Lateral Aerobics Trainer), and the mad month ahead, Chris Bednarz, Daily Grommet Discovery Team writer and the blogger known as "Dr. Hoops," shares his passion with us.

    Hoop Daydreaming, by Chris Bednarz

     I’m very happy this morning. I’ve got the first of many cups of my favorite mud, and I’m staring at my favorite college basketball website. Today is the day I’ll make my picks for the NCAA basketball tournament – also known as March Madness and the Big Dance.

    The greatest three weekends in sports are just around the corner. The drama, chaos and uncertainty of the whole thing are addictive -- 64 teams and a million dreams. For better or worse, I’m a complete college basketball junkie. (I often wonder if I could have been a brain surgeon or maybe a senator if I hadn't spent so much time watching college basketball in my formative years.)

    Most of you have probably filled out those NCAA tournament brackets, too. And if you haven't, give it a try. You'll probably do better picking the winners than the so-called experts like me. Plus it’s a great way to connect with people.

    "Hey, Joe from accounting, I know we haven't spoken in a year, but didn't you go to Wofford College, the South Carolina school that just got its first ever bid to the NCAA tournament?"

    Want to get to know the barista at your local java joint? Ask which is hotter -- that mocha or the Maryland Terrapins.

    Behind the Scenes: Chris BednarzTrying to connect with the teenage son who rarely speaks? Ask him if he thinks the talented but young Kentucky Wildcats will get upset in the early rounds. (Hey, he might at least text you his answer.) Or ask your mother-in-law if she thinks the UConn women's team is the greatest dynasty since John Wooden's UCLA Bruins. 

    The possibilities are endless.

    So grab a bracket, fill it out and join a pool. Pick the teams however you want. Like their mascot? Good. Like the color of their uniforms? Better. Like the way they play defense? Best. It really doesn't matter how you choose, because you’ll like the way you feel watching the hopes and dreams of these 64 teams play out on the court.

    Enjoy the dance.

  • Giving Tot Yoga a Try!

    Tot Yoga DVD cover imageI recently tested out TOT YOGA, a cool toddler yoga DVD, designed for parents and their 10-month-to-3-year-olds to do together. It was definitely an interesting experience. My wiggly almost-2-year-old tester was, well, a little too wiggly to focus on the program, but there was definitely a glimmer of future interest, so we're going to to keep trying. I caught up with Havona Madama (pictured below), the mom and registered yoga teacher who created the program, and got a chance to ask some burning questions.

    1) My toddler has a hard time sitting still and concentrating on just one activity. I noticed some of the children in the video seem to have the same problem! What should we expect from our kids as we introduce them to this video?

    Havona Madama creator of Tot YogaThe first time a toddler sees this video they will likely look at the television for a short period of time and then toddle away in standard toddler fashion.  That is why we recommend that the first couple of times you use the video you have it running in the background so that you learn some of the poses and get a chance to do some of the parents’ stretching portions.  The purpose of the video is stress-free fun exercise, so if your child runs away to do something else you can choose to continue following the video and get some great warm up exercises in, or crawl over to them and see what they are doing.  Either way, you can incorporate the video in your child’s playtime.  And, when you least expect it they will run back to the area where you are, roll on the floor and grab their toes making bear noises.  Even when they are not paying attention, they pay attention, toddlers are the ultimate multi-taskers.   We intentionally used some children in the video who had no prior exposure to yoga so that parents would not feel stressed out by seeing perfect children following perfect routines, that would create too much stress and pressure, we want the child and the parent to feel free to explore and learn poses to incorporate in their daily routine.  To make up stories that relate to their life, environment, and imaginations using the poses.

    2) Which poses are generally most popular with toddlers?

    Every child is different, but most children who have used the video respond best to crawling at first.  They seem to really love to see their parent crawling around on the floor, and it is an amazing benefit for the parent, crawling has the same benefits as standing on your head, without the risk of neck injury.  My daughter particularly loves to race me while crawling, I think because she usually wins.  She also loves it when I do cat and cow, at first she uses me as a tunnel racing through one way then another – getting out all that pent up energy before she rests.  I like to make the sounds of the animals when I do the poses, and that usually gets my daughter to join me.  Stopping every so often to tell me I am doing the wrong animal, “No, CAT MOMMY”.  However, my daughter says “Look, Yoga” she always starts with a dog pose, followed by alternatively lifting one leg, then the other, then doing a donkey kick.  I never taught her the donkey kick, she thinks she invented it.  When your child masters, or creates, a pose, their confidence and sense of accomplishment will permeate everything in their world.  When my daughter turned the corner from casual observer to active participant, she became the instructor demanding I do yoga with her when she is frustrated with the attention I am giving her, and by saying yes to her demands we both benefit.  After two months of active TOT YOGA, she also tossed her pacifier to the ground saying “I don’t want binky, I’m a big girl.”

    3) Can you do those poses over and over if your child shows less interest in others?

    Yes, you should do the poses you and your child like the best.  The video is a guide and your child is your ultimate teacher, the one who gets to design the program with your assistance.  That is how it becomes stress free, we allow our often frustrated toddler the opportunity to be in charge and we all get down on the floor crawling around which naturally leads to rolling and laughing.  You can make up your own stories using the poses and your child’s interests.  If your child is interested in fire engines you can be a fire engine when you are crawling, if they love hippos you can be a hippo instead of a cow, there really are no rules, except we recommend you stay close to the floor so you and your child are on equal footing and to reduce any injuries.

    4) When is a good time to try this program with your child -- before a nap, after a meal?

    When you first start the program it is best to do it about 30-45 minutes before your child’s nap, depending on what routine you are already using prior to nap time and your child’s personal unwinding time needs.  As a rule, I don’t recommend any exercise immediately after eating a meal, however, the movements in this video are natural daily movements for toddlers, so you do not have to necessarily wait any specific length of time after a meal, I would caution against fast crawling and a lot of dog poses on a very full stomach.  Also, anytime your child is starting to get frustrated, you can get on the ground and crawl around, pop in the DVD and begin to change frustration into fun.

    5) I can see that this video could spark a love of yoga in beginners, and get parents looking into actual classes. What should moms and dads look for in an in-person toddler yoga class?

    In person toddler yoga classes are springing up all over America, and they can be a lot of fun.  However, it is not necessarily relaxing to do yoga in a room filled with toddlers.  So, smaller class size is important, with the chance for individual attention.  Also, the environment is important, I recommend studios where the floors are padded or carpeted, even if they simply bring in a large mat during the toddler class, that is preferred to small individual mats.  And it is important that the class is not simply a parents class where they tolerate children running around, it should be a class where they intend to incorporate your child, when your child is willing to participate.  If the class has a lot of standing poses, it is not really safe for the parents or the children.  It is very important to avoid whipping your neck around to see what your child is doing when you are in a warrior stance or any other alignment based pose, that is why TOT YOGA emphasizes floor poses. But most importantly, it should be stress-reducing not stress inducing, if you are stressed out on the way to class, and/or you are stressed out after class, you probably should pick another class.  That’s how TOT YOGA was born, I personally could not handle the stress of trying to get to my local class, two blocks away, on time.  Yoga is for the mind body and soul of the parent and the child, enjoy it for 1 minute, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, as long as it is fun and you are moving your bodies, it will relax and rejuvenate you both.

    Sounds good to us! And with that, we're thrilled to give away a copy of TOT YOGA today. To enter, just leave a comment or question below.

    General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question about Tot Yoga. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of the DVD “Tot Yoga.” Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run through 10pm EST February 12, 2010.

  • Get fit: 7 smart get up and go Grommets.

    Trying to keep fit? Can't find the time? No more excuses! The real key to staying healthy is to keep moving and have fun doing it. We've pulled together 7 Grommets to help you stay on track and motivated long after most New Year's resolutions fade. Here are our unique fitness gadgets and ideas:

    Keep it fun.

    Pedal yourself fit with the Yucycle, It’s designed for hands-free cruising. You pedal with your feet and steer by making subtle shoulder movements, so your hands are free to hold a cell phone, drink a soda, or shoot hoops if you’re really coordinated.

    Or you could get a physical 'high' with the Vurtego Pogo Stick. It uses a patented air-spring propulsion system, unleashes the big bounce. In the hands of a master jumper (none of us here qualify…yet), this puppy can soar as high as eight feet in the air.

    Fuel up.

    With Youbar you can build your own energy bar right on the website choosing from ingredients in 8 different categories like nuts and seeds, fruit and grains. And the Vapur water bottle is designed to collapse when there’s nothing in it so you can roll it, fold it or flatten it. That means no more clunky water bottles taking up precious space in your purse, backpack or briefcase.

    Take a hike.

    When you do want to get out of the house and go for a hike or enjoy the outdoors you can tote all your snacks in the Kelty Pop Duo.

    Kelty basecamp portable insulated cooler bagWhat sets the Kelty Pop Duo apart besides sheer quality? Simple good looks and spaciousness. A convenient prep area and a Storage section for kitchen utensils.

    Be sure to protect yourself from the rays. Our pick:  KINeSYS Sun Lotion. KINeSYS comes in a microspray bottle that sprays on in seconds and dries in seconds without oily residue.

    Got kids along for the walk? Take a look at MFS Eyewear. The lenses are made of a shatterproof polycarbonate that provides 100% protection against UVB and UVA rays.

    Feeling inspired? See more unique sports and fitness ideas here.

  • Daily Grommet Spotlight: "SkinnySongs"

    Skinny Songs for weight loss by Heidi RoizenEvery day, the Daily Grommet community introduces us to all kinds of creative and inventive new ideas-- our blog Spotlight Series lets us turn around and introduce them to you. Today we're talking to Heidi Roizen, the woman behind "SkinnySongs," a popular motivational CD we first heard about from Grommet friend, Brad Feld, (you might remember Brad recommended the iRobot Looj gutter cleaner, featured on Daily Grommet).

    Welcome to the Daily Grommet blog, Heidi. Can you tell us about "SkinnySongs" and how you came up with the idea for this CD?

    A couple years ago, after a number of years of working too hard, not eating well, and getting no exercise, I got on the scale and hit a number I had never thought would be me —  forty pounds over where I had been when I got married.  I vowed that day to change my ways and get back to a healthy weight before my 50th birthday, which was about eight months away.  That very morning, getting into my car, I was already dreading my first meeting, knowing that there would be a plate of chocolate chip cookies in the center of the conference table. If I was going to resist, I thought, I had better start mentally preparing now, before I get there. I started the car and the cd player started with it -- and then it hit me.

    Where's the theme song for this battle?  You know, where was the  "I Will Survive" song for facing chocolate chip cookies?  I figured there had to be something I could listen to in the car that would motivate me to stick to my plans.  But when I went to look for it, I found meditational tracks, sweatin’ to the oldies music, and podcasts about weight loss tips, but nothing with a fun beat and inspirational lyrics.  SO I decided to do it myself.

    What's the biggest difference between your approach to weight loss and other diets or plans out there?

    While I followed a program to shed my forty pounds, there is nothing that unusual about it... Sorry to say, it is ‘eat less and exercise more’!  However, what IS unusual about SkinnySongs is it is the first music written specifically to help motivate weight loss and fitness.  There’s plenty of music to listen to when you work out; mine is music to listen to so that you’ll go to the gym in the first place.

    What's been the most fun part of this project?

    Really, two things.  First, it was incredibly fun to work with the terrific producers, David Malloy and George Daly, who took my idea and my lyrics and created music far better than anything I could have conceived.  Second, it is a tremendous kick to get ‘fan mail’ from others who have been inspired by my music, including one woman who says SkinnySongs helped her lose 200 pounds!

    If you could sum up "SkinnySongs" in one sentence, what would it be?

    Music to motivate you back into your skinny jeans.

    Do you have any words of advice for others who want to turn their big idea into a business?

    You have to be dedicated and you have to be realistic about how much time it will take and how much money it will cost.  And, you have to be able to convince other people with the skills you don’t have to do it with you.  I believe this all worked because I was willing to put my time and my money where my mouth was, so to speak.... And I was so passionate about the idea I was able to convince a bunch of talented people to work on it with me.

    Skinny Songs, motivational weight loss music, Heidi Roizen

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    What's next for you and "Skinny Songs"?

    The music continues to attract fans, I’ve been on The Martha Stewart Show, CNN and many other places.  Still waiting for Oprah to call me :-).  It is up on Amazon and iTunes and I continue to promote it.  I’m looking at opportunities to turn it into a musical, now that would be fun!

    Do you know a passionate business you'd like us to feature on our Daily Grommet Spotlight Series? Tell us about it!

    We're giving away a copy of "SkinnySongs" today. Just leave a comment or question for Heidi and we'll randomly select one winner. Good luck everyone!

    Contest Rules: To enter, you must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada, and at least 18 years of age. No purchase necessary. Contest begins on 1/25/10 at 10am EST and will end 1/25/10 at 10pm EST. To enter, you must leave a comment on this post. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a copy of the CD "SkinnySongs." You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. By entering this contest, you give Daily Grommet permission to contact you regarding your submission. If the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be selected. Void where prohibited.

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