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In and Out of the Clouds with Margot Bevington

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In and Out of the Clouds is an independent artist’s label created by Margot Bevington. Bevington is a teacher, poet, artist, and performer based in Maryland. Her music for children is award winning, and she performs in the DMV area as Ms. Margot. She has two albums for children, as well as an innovative coloring book that parents and children can color together. She is a member of ASCAP, NARAS, and the Children’s Music Network. In addition to children’s music, she has two books of poetry, and has a series of arrangements for beginner piano which she calls Piano Popsicles. She is an advocate for new mothers, early childhood, music, and environmental education. (from Margot’s website)


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Thank you, Ms. Margot, for sending us your new CD, I AM FOUR FIVE SIX. Emma just turned six, so we got it just in time! We love listening to music in the car, at bedtime, and especially when we put on shows in the living room. Music is a huge part of our lives! We appreciate you.

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Check out tons of other fabulous musicians we have reviewed on Blog Mom Reviews. 

And visit my main site, Shanti Mom For One, for all things Yoga, Wellness, and Motherhood.

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One Way to Approach the New Year

As this new year approached and I was inundated with suggestions to leave my troubles in 2017, look ahead to 2018, come up with a resolution for the new year, and be excited about it, all I could feel was the need to be left alone.

The last six months of 2017 were horrendous for my family. My 86-year-old father underwent heart surgery on August 1st and due to medical malpractice, suffered a brain injury. Before this, he was a healthy, strong, intelligent man who went to the gym three times a week, completed the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle, and rode a tractor almost daily through acres of farm land. His heart is now as healthy as can be. His brain is not. Although he has progressed a great deal from being unable to walk, talk, eat, and control his bodily functions, our family has been through pure hell taking care of him. He and my mother now live with my family.

So, when faced with the anticipation of a new year, I simply felt stuck in the hardship of 2017. How can I not be? It’s still happening. So I wanted to put this off.  Could we just wait another six months for a new year? I’m just not ready.

So I turned to thoughts of yoga: love, light, peace, and truth in body, mind, and spirit. And that was my turning point.

New Years Day passed without a thought. I celebrated without the need to have discovered my resolution. Daily tasks were carried out in plenty of time. The house was transitioned back to normalcy from all the decorations, baked goods, and Christmas music.

What I had to remember is that this year has been difficult for me. And 2018 will continue to be the same, at least for the time being. In addition to the events surrounding my father’s injury, I have lived with anxiety and depression since the age of 19. I turned 50 last year. In fact, my 50th birthday celebration was brought to a screeching halt by what happened to my father. It’s been a struggle to keep my anxiety and depression at bay.

So I gave myself a break. A big one. I removed this huge need to identify what I desired for 2018 and gave myself the time and space to let it come to me. I created an opening to allow its entrance.

On January 1st, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, it flew right in. I saw a word I hadn’t seen in a while and had forgotten about: Sankalpa. This is a Sanskrit word in yogic philosophy that refers to a heartfelt desire. It is an intention or a resolve to do something. It comes from deep within and is often an affirmation.

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On January 2nd, I taught a yoga class using this idea as my theme, informing my students that they had one of four options:

1.) Use a resolution you’ve already created and transform it into a Sankalpa.

2.) Create your Sankalpa during class today.

3.) Be open to receive your Sankalpa if it is not easily coming to you.

4.) None of the above.

I had already chosen number three and I still haven’t been able to put it into a concise phrase, but I now know what I want this year. I want yoga. Not just the physical practice of yoga but all of the spiritual healing and connection that comes with it. I want to feel as much love and peace as possible every day, in every moment. I want to be able to surround the sadness I feel for my father with light and transform it into joy. I want to be true to myself and allow the time and space needed for all of this.

I can do it. I know I can. And I’m in no hurry.


Wonderful Places Where Yoga Heals

Project Balance

“Our Mission is to bring mind-body wellness to the children and families of our community through partnerships, education and outreach.”

Yoga 4 Change

“Yoga 4 Change is a non-profit organization that achieves meaningful change for veterans, incarcerated individuals, vulnerable youth, and those dealing with substance abuse. Our purpose-driven yoga program enables us to heal and empower these under-served populations, creating healthier, safer communities, one class at a time.”

The Recovery Village 

“Our patients reside in beautifully designed, private and semi-private rooms with comforting accommodations and amenities. We provide a rare retreat for our patients with a serene landscape and top-notch amenities to promote a healthy recovery environment.  Our full continuum of care reaches past your stay at our residential facility, ensuring continued success in your future.”








Package from Santa Made my Daughter’s Day!

You would have thought Santa was in the room when Emma opened her Package from Santa. She was beside herself! She couldn’t believe the things that Santa knew about her and mentioned in the personal letter. She was once again so pleased with being on the Nice List and getting a certificate for it. She found that out for the first time in our personalized video. The poster with baby Rudolph is absolutely adorable! He was so tiny he fit in Santa’s hand.

This video says it all…

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From their website:

The experience and memories of a good Santa Letter can last a lifetime, for both the children and the parents.

Now there is a foolproof package that Santa Claus himself has put together. It’s a very special package containing the personalized Santa letter that is sent to only the very best boys and girls. It’s a treasure chest of authentic, custom Santa Claus goodies, sent right to your child!

The package of proof is waiting with YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON IT! Each package contains the genuine personalized letter from Santa. Order Now!


Package From Santa Starts a New Tradition for Your Family

Package From Santa Starts a New Tradition for Your Family

package Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with, the ONLY Santa memory service that does it ALL! Personalized LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS and VIDEOS from SANTA!

Do you want to see your children’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It’s an amazing experience – it’s joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know!


Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!

It’s such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and really helped make the magic happen in my household this year! So grateful!

PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions. That’s unheard of these days! Such a nice touch.


The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

Personalized Letter from Santa
BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
…and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Wow! They are THAT confident your child will LOVE it!

There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95).

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be part of my family for years to come

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Feel Great with Healtop Products

Feel Great with Healtop Products…feel greatThank you to Healtop for my complimentary Moms Over 45 Bundle. The Natural Body Cream and Face Cream are smooth, feel good on my skin, and are made with natural ingredients like coconut and grape seed oil. The Balance dietary supplement is all natural and helpful to women experiencing menopausal symptoms.

Things have certainly been different since turning 50 and entering perimenopause. I am grateful to have been introduced to these products.

Learn more about the people behind Healtop products here.

From Healtop: Essential products for women over the age of 45. The bundle includes 2 amazing 100% natural skin care products face and body and also the amazing natural supplement balance for women in menopause or perimenopause.  Products are vegan, cruelty FREE, paraben/sls/artificial scents FREE, manufactured under GMP, HACCP, ISO9000, ISO22000.

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