Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

This is an old family favorite from the kitchen of Leila Boddicker. I believe the original recipe probably came straight from Hershey. Nothing says, “Happy Holidays,” quite like a warm cookie with milk.

Beckons Yoga Clothing Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies recipeCream together:

  • ½ cup butter (no substitutions)
  • ¾ cup all-natural peanut butter

Add to the above:

  •  1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Add dry ingredients to the above mixture:

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt

The mixture should stick together pretty well and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it does not, add a touch more flour so that you can easily work with the dough.

Roll the dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 365 degrees for 10 minutes or until cracks form on the top of the cookies.

Immediately place one Hershey’s Chocolate Kiss in the center of each cookie while they are still warm.

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DIY Ideas – Advent Calendar

Beckon Yoga Clothing DIY Advent CalendarChildren receive an unprecedented amount of gifts for Christmas these days. Why would a non-materialistic mom want to add 24 extra gifts to the madness with a treasure-filled advent calendar? The initial calendar was given to me by my Grandma Boddicker and Aunt Beth. It was filled with small toys and candy. The kids loved it so much that we could not stop the tradition once it began. So we had to make it serve a greater purpose. We have since given these treasured calendars to all of our family and friends with children so that they can enjoy the tradition.

During the holidays kids need several things like a new outfit and shoes for the school program or to wear to church on Christmas Day. We would simply place a note in the box that read, “Today we shop for a new Christmas outfit.” There is always a great holiday movie that comes out that you will be taking your kids to anyway. “Going to the movies,” would be in one box. We always provide one awesome Christmas-themed video and a book among the 24 days. Lastly, on Christmas Eve the note sent them on a scavenger hunt to find their new pajamas to wear on this special night. Basically, the treasures in the box are things you would do or purchase with or without an advent calendar.

To make it extra special, we included activities like “Today, let’s bake cookies.” or “Let’s do something special for Dad today.”

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Permission to Receive

Beckon Yoga Clothing blog about receivingFor those of us that are constantly giving of ourselves, it is difficult for us to receive because we call that “taking.” We have grown up with the adage, “It is better to give than to receive.” However, receiving must happen in order for giving to happen. Like breathing, you cannot take a breath without expelling a breath.

As I mentioned in the November newsletter, I read the inspirational book called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a super quick and impactful read, written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann. As a reminder, the story is about Joe who meets a series of people that teach him about the Five Laws of Success: Continue reading

Giving of Yourself for the Holidays

Beckon Yoga Clothing yoga gifts of seasoned almonds November 05, 2012 5:20 AM

Christmas. What a wonderful, potentially stressful time of year. We all have so much to do and people to consider. A few years back a great book fell on my path called The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea, a book written in 2008 by Bob Burg and John D. Mann.

While the book was written to inspired business people, it changed my life in a few significant non-business ways. Wikipedia summarizes it well: Joe, the main character, embarks on a learning journey by meeting Go-Givers – friends of The Chairman. Through these interactions he learns of the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success:

The Law of Value: Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.
The Law of Compensation: Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them.
The Law of Influence: Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.
The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself.
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Why Buy Organic Cotton Clothing?

The word “organic” gets thrown around a lot these days in the marketing world, but what does it really mean? To us, it means using sustainable practices to make clothing that is not only comfortable and beautiful, but also has the least impact on the planet.

Beckons is whole-heartedly committed to minimizing our environmental footprint.

  • We promote the efforts of organic growers
  • We manufacture garments domestically (Denver, CO)
  • We recycle our shipping boxes and avoid using poly bags whenever possible
  • We embrace the triple bottom-line philosophy, caring as much about our impact on the world and it’s people, as we do about profit Continue reading

About Designer and Owner Becky Prater

Designer Becky Prater Peyton Prater and Jan BoddickerBecky Prater (center) is an inspired artist, a creative spirit, a yoga convert, and a career designer. Having worked for more than 25 years in apparel design—she’s created everything from wedding dresses and children’s clothing, to beachwear and dance costumes—Becky wanted to create clothing that reflects true intention, and founded Beckons organic yoga clothing.

Clothing has always been a passion of Becky’s—she noticed early on how much impact clothing had on her, and believes that our clothing significantly impacts how we perform in life. She began designing clothing at the age of four, expressing herself through fashions she made for her Barbie dolls.

Later, Becky learned to sew in 4-H, having her mother, Jan Boddicker (right), as her teacher. She would often design a garment on paper before school, and return home to find that her mom had taken the design and sewn it into a garment. She went on to get a Bachelor’s of Fashion Design and a Master’s in Marketing. Over the years, she has worked for consumer brands like Big Dogs and Boarder Patrol. She also created a line of children’s clothing, designed for a New York dance company, Complexions, and custom designed wedding apparel.

Enter yoga…

Becky took up—and fell in love with—yoga in 2005. She was particularly grateful for yoga’s ability to bring her serenity against a backdrop of a hectic, busy, demanding lifestyle. What she was discouraged by, however, was yoga clothing—she found there to be an overabundance of neutral colors, and the clothing all seemed suited for particularly petite women. That’s when Becky created Beckons.

Becky has comprehensively studied cultures and religion, as well as the psychology of color, to extract commonalities and inject aspects of universal “good” into each of her Beckons garments. She remains passionate about experimenting with color and fabric, and to this day, Becky personally designs every garment in the Beckons organic yoga clothing line.

In addition to designing Beckons organic yoga clothing, Becky teaches fashion entrepreneurship classes at the Art Institute of Colorado. In this position, she is able to share her expertise and daily experiences with design and retail management students, who, in turn, help her navigate her own business challenges and triumphs. Becky enjoys gaining fresh perspectives, and input on design, marketing, styling and social media from her students.

Becky’s intention is to design clothing that inspires you, as an individual, and makes you feel positive, powerful, and vibrant; clothing that is luxuriously comfortable, brightly colorful, and helps you speak your purpose. Learn more about Beckons organic yoga clothing’s clothing or Shop Now.

 

Weston Hall photographs Amy Olson and Irwin Kubilius in Beckons

Thank you, Amy Olson, for sending these incredible photos to Beckons – you make us proud. These pictures feature AcroYoga and Arial Dance performers, Amy Olson and Irwin Kubilius, doing AcroYoga on the beach at the Great Salt Lake. Amy is wearing one of Beckons original Love Lace-up Halters. Read more about Amy and Irvin following the photos.
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson in Beckons Yoga Clothing Love Halter TopWe wanted to share these outstanding photos taken by Weston Hall. Were these taken on another planet? WOW! Weston specializes in capturing people in ways you have never seen before. His site will blow you away. You have to check it out! The link to Weston’s website is: www.westonhallphotography.com
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson back arching in Beckons Yoga Clothing Love HalterAmy Olson teaches and performs AcroYoga and Aerial Dance for Aerial Arts of Utah, an Aerial Dance and Circus Arts company based in Salt Lake City, UT.  When she is not teaching or performing she enjoys giving massage, doing paddle-board yoga, hiking, skiing and gardening.  She blends her love of movement arts, healing arts and human connection into her classes, workshops and performances. If you live in the Salt Lake City area or find yourself there on a vacation, check out her wide array of classes. Paddle-board yoga sounds like a dream. You will find her site at: www.acroamazing.com
Weston Hall Photo of Amy Olson lifted in Beckons Yoga Clothing in Love Halter TopIrwin Kubilius is a certified auto technician, avid climber, skier, mountain biker and unicyclist. He brings his passion for building new forms to partner yoga and AcroYoga. He enjoys the challenge of working with a partner and sharing AcroYoga and the circus arts with others.
Thank you for sharing these photos with us. You are truly beautiful in your Beckons Love Lace-up Halter, Amy. Weston, we are completely honored to be featured in your stunning photography.

Fashion Shows in Film

Every once in a while I will be watching an old film and right in the middle of the film there is this awkwardly placed fashion show. I believe they were intended to showcase the costume designer’s work who created the clothing for the actors in the film. I love this idea. And who doesn’t love a good fashion show. Here is a list of movies that feature fashion shows. This list was compiled by my cousin, Kris DeForest, who knows about film. Enjoy and please let us know if we have left a movie off the list.

fashion shows in filmMovies Featuring Fashion Shows

Singing in the Rain (1952)
It’s a Great Life (1929)
Fashions of 1934 (1934) – Bette Davis
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
The Women (1939)
Sweethearts (1938)
Back Street (1961)
Designing Woman (1957)
A New Kind of Love (1963) – Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward
Funny Face (1957) – Audrey Hepburn & Fred Astaire
Easter Parade (1948)
Vogues of 1938 (1937)
Lucy Gallant (1955)
Cover Girl (1944) – more like a magazine cover sequence
Roberta (1935)
Lovely to Look At (1952) – a remake of Roberta
Who are You, Polly Magoo? (1966)
Fellini’s Roma (1972)
Mahogany (1975)
Liquid Sky (1982)
True Stories (1986)
Absolute Beginners (1986)
Slaves of New York (1989)
Paris is Burning (1990) – drag fashion show
Pret a Porter (Ready to Wear) (1994)
Zoolander (2001)
Kinky Boots (2005)
Bruno (2009)
and possibly Made in Paris (1965)
also reportedly, one in Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead (1991)

Beckons Donates to the Waldo Canyon Fire Victims

The Waldo Canyon fire burned 18,000+ acres of land; 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes, with 346 houses completely destroyed in the mountain neighborhoods west of Colorado Springs. This fire is identified as the most destructive fire in Colorado’s history. Beckons is helping the victims by donating yoga clothing to those who have lost homes and all their possessions in the fire.

Women's Resource AgencyIt is hard to imagine losing everything. Even those homes that were not destroyed have experienced severe smoke damage. We felt like we had to do our part to help out, considering this is in our own backyard. Beckons is a Denver-based yoga clothing company. As a result, Beckons has made a large clothing donation to those who have lost all their clothes in the fire. Partnering with the Women’s Resource Center of Colorado Springs, Beckons organic cotton yoga clothing will be available at the Women’s Resource Center for any of the victims who have lost their homes and all their possessions or who have smoke damage rendering their possessions useless. The Women’s Resource Center is located in the Citadel Mall on the second floor. You will find Beckons yoga capris, yoga pants, yoga tops, and items that can be worn throughout the day, like organic cotton sweaters, dresses and skorts.

We hope the victims of the Waldo Canyon Fire find some comfort in our bright, organic cotton yoga clothing. Our hearts go out to all of you who have lost everything and we hope this helps a little bit.

Adi Carter and Beckons in Puerto Rico

Adi Carter Yoga Slacker Video wearing beckons yoga clothingMy dear friend, Adi Carter, sent us this great instructional video demonstrating transitions in slacklining. She is a key member of the Yoga Slackers, a wonderful, adventurous group of teachers who travel around the world teaching yoga, acro-yoga and slackline yoga. Check out the Yogaslackers website. In the second section, Adi is wearing the Love Yoga Capri in boysenberry and Love Shrug in charcoal. You make us proud, Adi Carter. Check out this slackline video vimeo.com/43669447