Thursday, July 24, 2014

Six-Gun Caballero Western Audio Drama & Book Review

The National Day of the Cowboy is coming up in two days, and I've got the perfect review for the occasion: A review of the western book Six-Gun Caballerro written by L. Ron Hubbard, and performed in a multicast audio drama with music and sound effects featuring R. F. Daly.

Six-Gun Caballero Western Audio Drama Book Review
I received both the book and the 2-CD audio drama for review. I love audiobooks so I was really interested in hearing the audio drama. And since my dad is a huge Western fan, I knew this would be the perfect story to listen to with him. We ended up listening to it with the whole family in the van on our way to visit the Spam museum in Austin, MN. Even my skeptical brother - who didn't think he would be impressed - got really into the story. With the sound effects, music, amazing vocal talent, and interesting storyline, this audio drama held our attention and we all discussed it afterward. I even read some of the glossary terms to my family members, which were located in the back of the book. It was so much fun and a great bonding experience for my family. Plus, at around 2 hours, it was the perfect length of time for our car ride.

This story - Six-Gun Caballero - is about Michael Patrick Oba├▒on, the owner of a 100,000-acre ranch who suddenly loses his inheritance when a band of criminals makes false claims on the ranch. Since he can't overpower the imposters, he needs to devise a strategy to outwit them instead. The story itself is very interesting and the characters are well-developed. There is also a twist at the end that surprised us all.

Galaxy Press offers a huge collection stories like these from L. Ron Hubbard - from Westerns to Mystery to Sci-Fi to Action & Adventure. The paperback books are $9.95 and the audio dramas are $12.95. I'm planning to order some more of the audio dramas for my dad for Christmas or his birthday - and of course, I'll be listening to them as well!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel Review


Adovia is a skincare brand that incorporates minerals and salts into its products that are responsibly gathered from the Dead Sea - the world's oldest natural spa. These minerals provide nutrients that help rejuvenate and replenish the skin's cells.

Adovia Mineral Eye Gel ReviewIn addition to Dead Sea salts and minerals, Adovia Mineral Eye Gel contains several natural ingredients such as aloe vera, sweet almond oil, olive oil, carrot oil, Vitamin C, and rosehip oil. Together they create a light gel that feels great on my skin. It goes on silky smooth and absorbs quickly.

I use this gel every night and can't get enough of it. It cools and soothes my dry eye area, which is refreshing at the end of the day. It hydrates and moisturizes really well, and I've actually noticed smoother and more radiant looking skin around my eyes.

This gel comes in a little pot and is a nice size - 1 oz - for an eye gel. It's such a light gel that you don't need to use a lot each time, but I do probably err on the side too much just because I like the feel of it. Overall, this is one of my favorite eye products and I recommend it.



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Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to School Deals & Freebies

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Organic Black Matcha Tea Review


Matcha DNA's black matcha tea is an organically-grown powered tea that can be used as hot tea, in lattes, or baking and drink recipes. The practice of drinking powered tea in tea ceremonies dates back over 1000 years, starting in China and then carried on in Japan as a pillar of Japanese culture. This organic black matcha is made in China and has a smoother, less bitter taste than Japanese matcha.

Organic Black Matcha Tea Review

Organic Black Matcha Tea is really easy to use - just add 1/2 teaspoon of powder to your cup, add hot water, then whisk or stir and sweeten to taste. This matcha has a nice, smooth flavor that I enjoy even without sweetener, but I do add a bit of stevia to mine sometimes. It can also be mixed with milk, put on cereal and ice cream, mixed into smoothies, or baked into food. The Matcha DNA website offers recipe ideas for using matcha. I've only used mine as a hot tea or in a green smoothie, but I really like it and I think the mild flavor lends itself to all sorts of different food and drinks.

Matcha has about half the caffeine content of coffee, but more than regular tea. It provides 4-6 hours of energy and focus, and has ten times the amount of antioxidants than brewed green tea. Of the different kinds of matcha I have tried, I like this black matcha the best. The 10 oz. package is rather large and will last quite while considering you only need 1/2 teaspoon for each cup.

Matcha DNA's black matcha is high quality, certified organic, and made by a reputable company. I recommend it.



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Friday, July 18, 2014

Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum Review

 
Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum ReviewVitamin C Serum by Pure Body Naturals is a professional anti-aging serum for the facial skin. It's a thin, clear liquid serum that comes in a glass bottle with a spray pump. The spray pump makes application easy and prevents taking too much at once.

The serum not only contains Vitamin C to help smooth, firm and even skin tone, but it also contains Vitamin E to hydrate and a concentrated vegan hyaluronic acid base. This combination helps protect skin from free radicals and UV damage aside from providing anti-aging benefits.

I use this serum mornings and evenings on my face after washing. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed, firm, and hydrated. It's a thin liquid that spreads across the face easily and absorbs quickly. You'll still want to use a moisturizer afterward and sometimes I also use a retinol or other serum afterward too. Vitamin C serum is one of my favorite products to keep my skin looking young and radiant.

Pure Body Naturals Vitamin C Serum is made of 98% natural and 72% organic ingredients. It's made in the USA in an FDA-Certified facility.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Foxbrim Youthful Radiance Eye Cream Review


Foxbrim Youthful Radiance Eye Cream ReviewOne of my favorite things to do before bed is washing my face and putting on eye cream. My eye area gets so dry, and the dark circles are more prominent these days, so I really need a good hydrating cream.

Foxbrim's Youthful Radiance Eye Cream works great to moisturize and nourish the delicate skin around the eye area. It feels so nice and hydrating, and it seems to be helping reduce my dark circles and making fine lines less visible.

Another plus is that it's not irritating and hasn't stung my eyes, which sometimes happens to me. It contains natural and organic plant-based ingredients including Aloe, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Green Tea, and more. These ingredients blend together to create a moisturizing formula that absorbs easily and leaves my eye area feeling soft and smooth.



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Number One Omega 3 Krill Oil Review

 
Number One Omega 3 Krill Oil ReviewI keep hearing about how important Omega fatty acids are and I've been wanting to add them into my daily regimen for awhile now; So I'm happy to be reviewing Number One Nutrition's Krill Oil supplements. Krill oil is a natural source of Omega 3 - 6 - 9 . And according to the studies, it is shown to be three times more potent and 37.2% better absorbed by the body than fish oil.

And it's way better than fish oil in size and taste. I've tried samples of fish oil pills, and not only are they huge (and barely fit in pill organizers), but the aftertaste is the worst! Number One Krill Oil supplements are small black capsules that don't give me any fishy aftertaste or upset stomach.

As for the health benefits, Krill Oil helps improve heart health, lowers cholesterol, reduces joint pain, and can even ease PMS symptoms. I guess I didn't realize how many benefits it could deliver!

These supplements don't have any negative side effects that I've noticed, provide lots of benefits, and are easy to swallow. I would recommend adding Number One Krill Oil into your daily supplement regimen.




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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Keep Momming

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of MomCentral Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Icky Stick Toilet Cleaner Review + Coupon Code

 
Icky Stick Toilet Cleaner Review I never thought I'd get so excited about a toilet cleaner, but I just discovered the Icky Stick by Groom Industries - a 100% natural pumice stone that removes rust, hard water, calcium, and mildew rings without any chemicals. Here's why I'm so excited:

For several years there were these couple rust spots right under the rim of my toilet that I've never been able to remove. I've tried scrubbing, using chemicals, everything - but still, no matter how hard I tried to clean it, you could still see those dang spots under the rim. Now granted, the only time you could see them was when walking into the bathroom from the hallway. And maybe nobody else noticed... But I did! And it never quite felt like my bathroom was clean with those stinkin spots. So to say that the Icky Stick is my miracle cleaner is an understatement!

First off, it was really easy - Just dip the stone in water and then gently rub the stain using a sanding motion. I may have rubbed those stubborn spots under the rim a little more than I needed to, but guess what? They're gone!! I ended up getting the entire area below the rim totally clean and free of rust stains and buildup. Plus I used the Icky Stick to clean the ring around the waterline that appears every week or so. For the first time in a long time, I have a truly sparkling toilet!

Icky Stick Toilet Cleaner Review

Since the first time I removed the stains under the rim, they haven't come back, but when they do, I'll be prepared. I do still use the Icky Stick every week on the ring that forms on the waterline. But I haven't used any chemical cleaners since I started using the stone, and my toilet looks great.

The Icky Stick works on toilets, pools, hot tubs, and ceramic and porcelain tiles. It shapes to curved surfaces; Mine ended up with a nub-type shape at the top since I constantly use it under the rim of my toilet. To clean it after using, you just stir it in clean toilet-bowl water to remove residue and then put it away. The one thing this product is missing is a place to store it, so I just throw mine in the toilet brush bucket I have next to the toilet.

The Icky Stick is $5.49 but you can get it for just $1 with coupon code: ICKY$1 at www.groomindustries.com. Plus, you'll save money by not buying any more chemical toilet cleaners!



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PRO Compression Marathon Socks Review + Giveaway + 40% Off Discount Code

 
PRO Compression Marathon Socks ReviewPRO Compression is a California-based company that makes true graduated compression socks for athletes, travelers, or people who are on their feet all day. The graduated compression design helps increase blood flow in the legs to reduce lactic acid and decrease fatigue. It also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation in legs and feet.

PRO Compression offers a variety of sizes and styles of socks, in patterns and colors that range from bright and sporty to professional. I chose a pair of cute black and pink argyle marathon socks for review. The Marathon design is a tall knee-high compression sock that is made for runners and athletes.

I wanted to give them a try because they can work for anyone who exercises or is on the go. The size I chose didn't fit me very well since I chose based on my shoe size, but I have small feet and bigger calves; So if you have bigger calves, I would advise sizing up. My brother wanted to give them a try for his workouts and said that they were a bit tight on him too, but they did help to improve his circulation during cardio and running. We both agree that these socks aren't just for athletes but even business professionals or people constantly on their feet - like chefs.

PRO Compression Marathon socks are made in the USA. They are high-quality and available in really fun designs. I was excited to see patterns like stars and argyle, but they also offer classic and subdued styles. They are made of 70% polypropylene, 20% nylon, and 10% spandex.

Right now you can use discount code: COMP40 to score 
40% off all marathon socks and sleeves at www.procompression.com. 

Also, be sure to enter my Flash Giveaway on facebook to WIN your own pair!







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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale Review

 
Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale Review
I've never owned a food scale before, but have always wanted one so I can finally know what "1 oz" is for a serving size. It drives me nuts when I have no idea what a serving size is because it's listed in ounces! Finally I have a nice little compact digital food scale from Kitchen Gurus. This Glass Top Digital Food Scale has an easy to read 2.4" LCD display and an easy to clean tempered glass surface.

Kitchen Gurus Glass Top Digital Food Scale ReviewThe scale has 4 high precision sensors provide accurate measurements, and it measures grams, ounces, fluid ounces, and kilograms. It also has a Zero out feature to remove container weight or add additional ingredients.

I really like the compact design - it's so small it fits in my drawer and I can pull it out only when I need it. It also features an auto-off technology which is nice to know in case I forget to turn it off before putting it back in my drawer. This scale measures perfectly and has really been useful for cooking and measuring portion sizes for carb counting.

If you're going to buy a food scale, I recommend going digital. It's so easy to use and very reliable.



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Weight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale Review

 
Weight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale ReviewOkay, so I admit it, I'm an extremist. Meaning - I either avoid the scale altogether, or I can't help but check it daily or every couple days. Ideally, it's probably best to only step on the scale once a week. But I can't help myself! And yes, seeing the numbers can sometimes get depressing. Thank goodness for the Weight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale, which was specifically designed to encourage weight loss.

This awesome scale connects to your smartphone (both Android and Iphone) with a free app that tracks your progress with charts to help you reach your goal. It also has "Weightless Technology" which lets you change how you view your weight by how much you've lost (e.g. -3.2) rather than how much you actually weigh. This is a great way to see your weight change and think positively about yourself! Because after all, you are NOT just a number on a scale!

I have my scale set to the Weightless view, but sometimes I get curious what my actual weight is so I just hit the Select button on the scale and it displays my weight. After my weight (or weight change) is displayed, a special QR type code is displayed on the screen. I simply use the Weight Gurus smartphone app to read the code, and then my progress is automatically recorded. It's so easy to use! Plus it saves me major time - I don't want to do any subtraction or track my progress on paper or by inputting all the numbers into a software. This scale and app does it all for me, so all I need to focus on is getting healthy!

Weight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale ReviewWeight Gurus Smartphone Connected Digital Bathroom Scale Review

The scale itself is a high-quality glass top scale with an extra-bright backlit display with large numbers. Oh yeah, and it always says Hello to me :) It uses 4 AAA batteries, which are included. I got the black version, but they also offer  white, silver, and a cute chevron pattern. The scale can support up to 8 different users with the app, so it's great for the whole family! You don't have to use the app with it if you don't want to or don't have a smartphone, but boy is it nice to have the app.

I'm a huge fan of this scale and the Weight Gurus brand. They are a quality brand who make innovative products. I definitely recommend this, not only for its durable and quality construction, but for the awesome tracking app and weightless technology. (It's about time someone made a scale that makes me happy!)



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Premium 6-foot Universal Power Cord Review


Solid Cordz is a company dedicated to providing a top quality line of extension cords and power cables in different lengths and functions for different purposes. With all of today's technology, the last thing we probably think about is the power cord... But without it, we got nothin!

I reviewed the Premium 6-foot Universal Power Cord, which is a standard power cord that works for most monitors, scanners, printers, and PCs. It uses a 3-pin shroud power connector and is rated for 125 volt/10 Amp applications. This power cord works with my computer monitor and printer. (Note that it is not a laptop power cord but rather for monitors and other such devices.)

Premium 6-foot Universal Power Cord Review
The cord has a high-quality construction; I showed it to my dad, a computer guru, and he affirmed that these are heavy-duty, quality cords. The 6-foot length is really nice for setting up computer stations if your outlet is a little farther away from the desk.

So far I have had a great experience with this power cord and will continue using it for my monitor. It's worth it to get a quality cord rather than having to replace a cheaply-made one often. Plus, Solid Cordz offers two for $19.99 which is a pretty good price to boot!

 

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Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer Review


InstaNatural Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer ReviewInstaNatural is a great company that makes natural and effective face and body products. They created a Youth Express Age-Defying Moisturizer to work as a facial moisturizer, hand lotion, or even an under-eye treatment. It contains lots of organic and natural ingredients including: Cocoa Butter, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Green Tea, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, Rosehip Oil, Sunflower Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Lemongrass, Evening Primrose, and more.

It's a very rich blend that takes the form of a thick cream with a natural scent. The scent almost reminds me of sunflower seeds or something nutty like that. It does contain Sunflower Oil so maybe that explains the scent. Anyway, the cream is very thick and definitely moisturizes my face. I only use this at night since it is a little too thick to apply in the morning.  It comes in a nice large bottle (3.4 oz) with a pump, which prevents taking more than you need for each application.

This Age-Defying Moisturizer is helping to improve my skin tone and texture, and keep my skin firm and hydrated. I love all of the ingredients it contains. It's so nice to put something natural on my face rather than a bunch of chemicals (and it's WAY better health-wise!)


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180 Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides Review

 
180 Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum + Peptides Review180 Cosmetics Pure Swiss Hyaluronic Serum is formulated with the highest concentration of pure Swiss hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, and powerful peptides to reverse the signs of aging while protecting from free radicals. The peptides work together with hyaluronic acid to nourish skin and boost collagen formation, which helps to create smoother, more hydrated, and wrinkle-free skin.

At first glance, this bottle is very small and I wasn't sure how long it would last me. But I discovered right away that I only need 1-2 drops of serum daily to cover my entire face. It's not necessarily a liquid, it's a thin gel, but it really spreads well to cover a large area with just a tiny amount. So the small bottle makes sense because a little goes a long way with this serum.

I fell in love with this formula pretty quickly. Right away, it felt soothing and hydrating and it left my skin feeling smooth and refreshed. I love the way it feels! It's gentle on my sensitive skin, which is really important for me. The serum absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my face looking shiny or greasy, but just gives me a nice moisturized glow. After several uses, it is reducing fine lines and making my skin look more youthful. I love this stuff and plan to buy more once I run out.

There are no parabens, phthalates, colors, dyes, formaldehyde or GMOs. And it's less than $20! I recommend this serum for all skin types and any age to hydrate and preserve skin's elasticity.



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