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The Meadow

Yesterday we invited you to sense the meadow, a complementary and holistic resource to enhance your well-being. Now we’re back to explain how.

We invite you to envision a large tract of land with lush green grass and abundant wildflowers. There is a flowing stream nearby, and you take a sip of the sparkling, cold water. You feel the warmth of the sun shining down as you watch some deer and bunnies frolic in the distance. A smile begins to spread across your face. You hear birds singing as the stress of life starts to fade. You feel calm, happy, motivated, and the environment inspires you.

Welcome to the meadow. This feeling is our goal. It’s the feeling we want for you when you visit our website, our social media, or use one of our products.

So sounds great, right? But you’re wondering how we’ll bring the meadow to you. You couldn’t find it on amazon. And it wouldn’t be at Wal-mart. That wouldn’t make sense. Don’t worry. We’ll make sense of this meadow! (Haha, we crack ourselves up.)

We’ll be bottling up the green grass and the wildflowers in our products and shipping them directly to your doorsteps. The plant power in those products will uplift, relax, calm, and inspire your soul. The warmth of the community in our future Facebook group will feel like the sun is shining down on you. Animals will frolic across your screen in cute creature memes. Singing will happen as we share song lyrics and inspiring videos. You can drink from our knowledge stream to quench your thirst for knowledge. There will be a smile on your face when you read the encouraging news stories, jokes, and fun puns we share. The only reason for the smile might be because you don’t have to hear the puns every day, but hey, you’re still smiling.

If the above paragraph was a little too Disney for you. Just know we’ll be creating quality natural products, offering encouragement and support, and providing information to you from excellent resources. We’ll be connecting with experts about nutrition, fitness, organization, motivation, and more. In the future, we’ll create ways to offer coaching services, consultations, and maybe even write some books.

Oh, and we can’t forget. There will also be cats! Not so much because this is a meadow but because this is the internet. And we really love our cats.

Welcome to Meadow Sense. This is going to be fun!

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Common Goals

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, there was a tv show called Cheers. Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart-Angelo wrote the lyrics for the show’s theme song, and in it, they sing, “You want to be where you can see the troubles are all the same.” Paradoxically (or pair of ducks-ily) as the country grows more divided, many of the personal problems we deal with remain the same.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health published statistics for 2017, and an estimated 17.3 million adults in the US had at least one major depressive episode. Diagnoses of ADHD are also rising. Sometimes people are dealing with all three. Sadly, these illnesses are often co-occurring with other disorders making it even more challenging to get through daily life.

We recently wrapped up the holiday season. Facing holiday stress with mental illness can feel unbearable. But as you can see, you aren’t alone. You might be feeling like an outsider who just cracked open a dad pun and watched everyone around you cringe or run away. We’ve been there.

We’re all stressed out, and it’s hurting us. If you are one of the millions facing this, we strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor, take medication, and see a therapist. Once you’ve done that, we invite you to sense the meadow, a complementary and holistic resource to enhance your well-being.

We’ll be back tomorrow to tell you more.

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An Update From Meadow Sense

So, we’re here. 2020. A new year, a new decade. Many of us are starting the new year with a steadfast commitment to resolutions and goals. Many of us gave up on making new year’s resolutions a long time ago. But either way, it’s always exciting to have a fresh slate.

As the pages of 2019 drew to a close, there was an air of contemplation at Meadow Sense HQ. We started this business to make a difference in the world. We care about our friends and family and have a strong desire to enhance their lives. We are happy learning about and creating natural products, but we want to do more. We’ve been thinking about the best way for us and the business to move forward.

As we’ve been growing our business for the last few years, we’ve also learned things about ourselves and noticed a general trend in the world. Many people are feeling isolated, unhappy, misunderstood, and unmotivated. The rates of suicide have been climbing. Many people are struggling with addictions. We know most of you can relate.

So as we begin this new year, you will see some changes to Meadow Sense. We’ll still have your favorite products. You can continue to order the same way. However, we’ll also be introducing products, resources, and sharing information to help our customers with specific areas such as focus, rest, energy, motivation, and organization.

We’ll also be implementing small details to support you daily. Because sometimes an uplifting scent, some calming music, a positive word, or an encouraging story really does change a day. And sometimes, a tiny change in one day can create a massive transformation in life.

We hope you’re as excited as we are about what is to come! We will share more details as the first week of this new year unfolds. Until then, thank you for being a valued member of our community! Happy new year!

-The Meadow Sense team

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Kindness is Key

Our guest blogger for October is Melanie Kenworthy. Melanie is the owner of Thousand Reasons health + fitness. For more great tips from Melanie, visit her facebook page. You can find it at

Kindness is key, and it starts with a little perspective

As a Personal Trainer, when my clients come to me after they reach their goals and tell me they’re still not happy with how they look, I get really disheartened. I know they’ve worked so hard, and I’m so proud of what they’ve done and the results that they achieved, but no matter what I say, they still don’t see it. When it comes down to it, what they say to themselves, determines how they feel about themselves. And feeling good about yourself begins with being kind to yourself. So, when any of my clients come to me with this problem, my favourite thing to do to help them change their negative and often destructive thought patterns, is to simply change their perspective.

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Yoga Awareness Month

Special Guest Post

Did you know September is National Yoga Awareness month? To help us inform our readers about the many benefits of Yoga we have a special guest blog post this week from Yoga teacher, Caroline Horrocks. You can read more about Caroline at the end of this post or visit her website, Yoga4wellbeing.

What is Yoga anyway?

What is Yoga anyway?

When most people think of Yoga they imagine either lithe people dressed in lycra performing what look like impossible shapes with their bodies or elderly Indians standing by the Ganges on one leg! Both those things are true but Yoga is so much more than postures and is possible for everybody irrespective of age, size, religion, shape or health.

If you can breathe you can do Yoga.

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Weekend Wandering

We were out of town to attend a wedding over the weekend and found ourselves close to The Palace of Gold. We thought it looked like an interesting place to visit so we planned to join some of our relatives there for a tour. 

Palace of Gold
Palace of Gold

The journey there was almost as interesting as the place itself. Our navigation system took us on some desolate back roads. Our adventure included stopping and waiting for a random chicken to safely cross the road as well as swerving the car to keep from crashing into an insufficiently marked area where the road had caved in. Not how I imagined a road to a palace. However, even with all of the risks in this quest, we are glad we got to see New Vrindaban.

As we came upon this unexpected palace in the fields of northern West Virginia, we were awed by its beauty. We decided to explore the grounds while waiting for the rest of our party. One of the first things we noticed was the breathtaking view of the temple near the parking area. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit the temple on this trip but our tour guide explained they have a vegetarian feast every Sunday and all are invited.

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5 Ways to Make Walking More Fun

Walking is one of the easiest and most common forms of exercise. If you read this blog post on May 15, then you already know the benefits of walking outside. However, walking outside isn’t the only way to increase walking enjoyment. Here are a few more ideas for you to make going for a walk just a little more enjoyable.

1.) Grab a friend who likes to walk. When walking with a friend you get wrapped up in conversation and time seems to move faster than it otherwise would. You may even get distracted and be so involved in a discussion that you end up walking a bit farther than you intended.

2.) Listen to music. For me, music is the biggest motivator. A great song can change your mood, empower you to push through an obstacle, or even help you focus on a task. Try listening to your favorite songs while you go for a walk and see if it empowers you to climb an extra hill or walk an extra mile.

3.) Listen to a podcast. Podcasts are the thing right now. There’s a podcast available for everything imaginable. If you wish you could have a motivational speaker follow you while you walk then search for a podcast and pop in some earbuds.

4.) Get a pet. My cats do not walk on leashes. We’ve tried but they aren’t comfortable with it. We’ll keep trying. However, I know plenty of dog owners. And I know their dogs get them out of the house multiple times daily. So if you’ve been thinking about adding a new pet to the family and also want to fit more walking into your life, a dog might be the answer.

5.) And the final method to make walking more fun, watch TV. No, not on the couch. Place a treadmill where you can see the TV, turn on your favorite show and start walking. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime make it easy to find something enjoyable to watch at any time. It’s a great way for a couch potato to ease into regular activity.

There you have it, 5 easy ways to make going for a walk a more enjoyable task. Walking is simple but it doesn’t need to be mundane. Using these simple techniques to fight boredom may motivate you to become a regular walker. Have fun!

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A Purr-sonal Update

If you have been friends of Meadow Sense for a lengthy amount of time, you may recall that last year we suffered a devastating loss. We lost our beloved cat of 16 years, Zoeie, last April. Soon after that, I wrote a blog post dealing with my grief. You can read more about that here. During that time my heart was not open to a new pet. I wanted to give myself at least a year to allow my heart to heal. I had plenty of other projects to focus on and thought a break from owning a pet would be nice. I said to myself that the only way I would get a new pet is if a kitten just randomly showed up on my front porch and needed me.

Guess what. One day as we pulled into our street after work there was a kitten sitting on our front porch. I could not believe it. I screeched and asked Jason, “Is this my kitty?” He wisely replied it probably belonged to one of our neighbors and would be going home soon. So we scurried on with our day. But a couple of weeks later the kitten returned. I walked towards it and said hello. It ran as fast as it could away from me to hide. This happened repeatedly every couple of weeks for a month or so.

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Creating Our Clear Cut Shave Soap

Do you remember being in school and going on field trips? It was always fun to get a behind the scenes look at how some familiar items were made. This week we’re bringing you our version of a field trip and showing you how we make our Clear Cut Shave Soap. We just whipped up a batch last Saturday and took a few pictures to share exactly how we do that. Our shave soap is great for sensitive skin, it leaves your face soft and smooth.

First, we begin with the soap. We use an organic melt & pour base. We choose the organic base for the best quality. We slice blocks of soap into smaller portions and begin melting it with a double boiler.

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The Sunshine Vitamin

In last week’s blog, I mentioned a benefit of walking outside is getting some vitamin D. But some of you might be wondering what exactly is vitamin D, why do we need it, how much do we need, and where do we get it?

So what exactly is Vitamin D and why do we need it? You might be surprised to learn that it is actually a hormone. When skin is exposed to Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, your body can produce vitamin D. Pretty cool, right? But why do we need it? Because it does all kinds of stuff. It helps control calcium levels, regulates the immune system, balances minerals in our blood, supports heart, thyroid, and nervous system health and more! Bad things happen if you don’t get enough. Low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of cancer, cause a fast heartbeat, contribute to Type 1 diabetes, cause weak bones, and lead to tooth decay. And you know what else? If you don’t get enough vitamin D, you’ll feel awful. Exhausted, hopeless, and unmotivated. I know because at one point my levels were very low. I was constantly tired and depressed. It made everyday life so hard!

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