Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker Review

Bee Sili's Ice Pop Mold Makers are reusable food-grade silicone molds. They are 8" long and 1" wide at the top. Each cone-shaped mold holds 1/3 cup. They come with tops that seal the liquid in, and are cold and heat resistant so little hands don't get cold fingers.

Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker Review

The set comes with 6 molds. They are easy to fill if you stand them all in a cup in order to fill with juice or pudding. The slim shape of each mold fits in small spaces, which is really nice because I have a small freezer. All 6 molds fit in the ice tray area of my freezer, and the silicone keeps them from sliding around. The shape is really smart - it's like a push-pop but without any drips or messes, so it's great for young children!
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The molds can also be used as snack keepers for nuts, fruit, raisins, and more. They're BPA-free, non-toxic, and dishwasher safe. I made Oreo pudding pops and they turned out fantastic! It was so easy to pop the molds in the freezer and a few hours later, viola! There are tons of recipes on Pinterest and I also found an idea to make green juice (you know, those healthy concoctions) into Popsicles too.

Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker Review

I love how easy these are to use and the space-saving, reusable factor. I'm also happy that I can throw them in the dishwasher after use.



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Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review


Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream Review
Body Merry Cellulite Defense Gel-Cream is formulated with a combination of caffeine, retinol, and seaweed formula. The amount of caffeine is .4%, which is recommended by experts for optimum results. The formula also contains natural and organic ingredients, including:

  • The Hard Hitters: Caffeine + Retinol + 3 types of Seaweed (Algae Extract, Kelp and Dulse)
  • The Organic Ones: Cayenne + Aloe + Coconut Oil + Sweet Almond Oil
  • Just Some of the Others: MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) + Japanese Green Tea Leaf Extract + Wildcrafted Horsetail + Apricot Kernel Oil + Vitamin E

The first thing I noticed when opening up the jar of gel-cream was the really strong scent. It's a minty-citrus scent that is quite strong, although once it's rubbed into my skin, it is barely noticeable. I can definitely tell this cream is working because after applying, it makes my skin tingle and heat up with a spa-like effect. This mainly happens on my thighs, not so much on other areas of my skin. But for some reason it makes them sweat like crazy. I do notice a difference on my skin when I use this cream - it is smoother and more even in texture.

Despite the strong scent, I do really like this cream and feel like it's actually working. I highly recommend washing your hands after applying, just because of the strong ingredients - you don't want that in your eyes! I like that this is natural and free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.




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Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway

Surprise Ride is a subscription service that sends kids fun and educational hands-on activities that foster creativity and imagination. The company was started by two sisters, Donna and Rosy, who have been working hard to create a lasting impact on the lives of children, beyond the latest toys or technologies. Their company was featured on Shark Tank last November - you can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYRG5Zdgjc8

Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway

Although the box is geared toward children ages 6 to 11, Sophia and Bobby (4 and 2-1/2) really enjoyed many of the activities in the box. We received the STARS space-themed box, which features a Design & Build Clock, We Spy Telescope, Star Finder Pocket Compass, "Cosmo" the Flying Alien, Funny Space Fill-In Activity Book, and Astronaut Freeze-Dried Pineapple. There was also a booklet with facts about space, stars, and telling time. The kids LOVED the space pineapple and decorating and playing with the telescope. We also had quite a hoot playing with the flying alien toy.

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Sophia really enjoyed painting the background of the wooden clock. The kit came with all of the clock parts, paint, paintbrush, apron, water cup, and even tissue paper to paint on to keep the table clean. Once the paint was dry, I measured and added numbers using silver stickers I had. I also painted the hands white so they would stand out from the dark background. Then we used Glow in the Dark spray paint to make it all glow! It looks so cool in the dark, I wish I could capture it on camera! But it looks really nice in the daytime too - Sophia painted a masterpiece!

Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway

Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway
Our only issue was that the mechanism of the clock didn't move the hour hand at all. I tried figuring it out for days, and finally we took it apart to find that there was a gear missing in the mechanism. So sadly, the clock doesn't actually work right because I believe we received a defective one, but at least it looks cool. I did reach out to the company about it, but haven't yet received a response. I will post an update if/when I do get a response. We're still going to put it up in Sophia's room, just as a decoration.

Overall, this box was packed full of fun activities and learning opportunities to keep kids busy when they're bored. It's perfect for summertime when kids the kids are out of school, holiday breaks, or even on weekends. Plus, your kids will be so excited to find out where their next box will take them!

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Cocoa Cravings Gourmet Dark Chocolate Review & Giveaway

Dear Chocolate, 
I love you. That is all. 

Yes, it's true, I do love chocolate! Especially dark chocolate. Did you know that chocolate protects your heart with healthy fatty acids? Plus, it also contains serotonin, which is an anti-depressant! No wonder so many people love it - It literally makes you feel happy and stimulates endorphins. What more reason does a person need to eat some dark chocolate?

Cocoa Cravings Gourmet Dark Chocolate Review & Giveaway

Cocoa Cravings Gourmet Dark Chocolate bars are made from Criollo Arriba beans, which are grown without the use of chemicals on small farms in the Andes mountains. Their recipe is simple - cacao beans, cane sugar, and pure vanilla. No artificial ingredients. There are three different strengths of dark chocolate bars:

  • Vegan Dark Arriba Chocolate 55% - Classic, Familiar
  • Vegan Dark Arriba Chocolate 65% - Mellow, Rich
  • Vegan Dark Chocolate Bar 71% - Full-bodied

I chose to review the 65% bar - described as mellow and rich. It's very smooth, not at all bitter, and was amazing to eat. The bar is divided into several small squares so you can eat just one square a day or go all out and eat the whole bar if you want. The taste was amazing and so much better than any other dark chocolate I have eaten.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Serenity Natural Sleep Aid Review

Serenity Natural Sleep Aid is an all-natural formula that contains ingredients like melatonin, valerian root, chamomile, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.

Serenity Natural Sleep Aid Review

Since this is formulated with drug-free ingredients, it's not addictive and doesn't cause any scary side effects. In my experience, I haven't noticed any negative side effects at all. When I take it with water before bed, my sleep is really deep and restful and I feel refreshed the next day. I usually only take it when I need a good night's rest, but I love that it's safe to use every day if desired. The product even states that for best results to improve sleep quality, use nightly for at least 30 days.

I personally can't take sleep aids like Nyquil because I tend to sleepwalk or do crazy things in my sleep when I take it, but with this Serenity Natural Sleep Aid I haven't had any problems and don't get up during the night except for using the restroom. It works really well and I feel awesome the next day.



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Limm Sports Armband Review

Limm Sports Armband ReviewThe Limm Sports Armband is a fully adjustable armband that can fit a variety of devices. It is compatible with iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 4, & 4s and Samsung Galaxy S4 (without cases), as well as iPods and other Android phones. My LG Spectrum fits really well in this armband and so does my iPod Nano, which is nice because I can alternate between devices depending on what I want to listen to.

The top of the armband has a flap to make it really easy to insert and remove your device. The front of the case has a clear protective material that allows you to touch the screen and access buttons but still keeps the device protected from rain or sweat.

I love the fabric of this armband. It is made of Lycar and Neoprene so it's really soft and lightweight. It also doesn't get hot and sweaty like other armband fabrics can during workouts. It stays cool and feels great on my skin. The armband fits up to 16-1/8" circumference, so it fits even large arms. The velcro seems very sturdy and the armband stays in place during workouts.

One other features of this armband is the key holder, which I use for a house key when I take my dog for walks. I appreciate being able to keep my key protected and in a safe place rather than my backpack or a pocket. Overall, this is my favorite armband due to its comfort, easy of use, and versatility.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Vitamin C Eye Gel Review


Vitamin C Eye Gel Review
Bonapiel's Vitamin C Eye Gel is a lightweight non-greasy Vitamin C gel that aids in the renewal and cellular reconstruction of the undereye area. It contains Vitamin C, cucumber, aloe vera, and green tea. These ingredients work together to improve firmness and hydration, reduce the appearance of crow's feet and aging, and provide anti-inflammatory effects to reduce puffiness. The green tea also provides protection from environmental damage.

I love the feel and texture of this eye gel. Since it is lightweight, it doesn't feel all goopy or heavy, but slides on easily and rubs in smoothly. My favorite feature is that it can be used all around the eye, including eyelid and brown bone, without any irritation to eyes. I love an eye gel that works the entire area - because afterall, your eyelid is thin and delicate too, and deserves proper care.

This can be used in the morning under makeup, and at night before bed. I prefer using it mainly at night. My eyes look more awake the next morning, and feel soft and hydrated. The gel also doesn't leave behind any residue so I don't have any flakes or goop when I wake up.

It's very soothing and has helped improve the look and feel of the skin around my eyes. Highly recommended.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Forskolin Supplement Review

Forskolin is a natural extract that comes from the root of Coleus Forskohlii, a plant in the mint family. It's been known to help boost metabolism, increase energy, increase lean body mass, improve sleep, plus reduce inflammation and regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.

Forskolin Supplement Review

Natural Lane's Forskolin contains 250 mg per capsule, which is one of the strongest formulas available. Each bottle comes with 60 capsules, and directions state to take one capsule 20-30 minutes before a meal, twice a day.

Although this supplement doesn't have a high priority on my list of daily supplements, I did try it before meals for a couple weeks. I didn't notice any visible weight loss results, but my energy seemed to improve slightly and I do feel like it helped keep my blood sugar stable.

Even though I wouldn't say I saw major positive results, I also didn't have any negative side effects whatsoever, so it lived up to its claim that way. I didn't experience any jitters, headache, stomach upset, etc. So at least I can say for sure that this supplement is high quality and well-made. If nothing else, it's worth a try, but it's not something I can say definitively that causes a change in weight or metabolism.


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MY Konjac Facial Sponge Review

My Konjac Sponge is one of the highest quality konjac sponges on the market, carried by Whole Foods Market and major online retailers. It is made with konjac fiber - a pure vegetable fiber taken from the root of the Amorphophallus Konjac plant, native to eastern Asia. The root is rich in minerals and vitamins and has long been used as a beauty treatment in Asia.

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The My Konjac Sponges are made using volcanic rock filtered water and food grade konjac. They're hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and cruelty free. There are several different types of My Konjac Sponges, from French Pink Clay to Volcanic Scoria to the one I reviewed - Bamboo Charcoal. It contains activated bamboo charcoal to draw out oil and clean pores, making it ideal for oily and acne prone skin. Although it exfoliates and helps draw out oil, it's still very gentle. After using this sponge, my skin is really clear, clean, and soft.

My favorite feature of this sponge is the oval shape. It fits perfectly in the palm of my hand and the smaller end fits in small spaces like between my eyebrows and around my nose so it's easy to maneuver.

The sponge hardens between uses, so you want to make sure it's fully wet and soft before using it. It can be sanitized every couple weeks by putting in a bowl of water in the microwave for a few minutes. It lasts about 3 months and can be composted after use.




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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Majestic Bombay - Slant Tip Expert Tweezer Review

Majestic Bombay offers a salon-quality Slant Tip Expert Tweezer for eyebrows and other grooming needs.  It is made of stainless steel with a pink non-slip grip finish. The tips are precision-aligned and hand-filed. The tweezer also boasts perfectly calculated tension to ensure full control so that the tips close evenly and firmly.

Majestic Bombay - Slant Tip Expert Tweezer Review

In my experience, it's hard to find a pair of tweezers that actually works and doesn't get dull right away. Some aren't even that sharp in the first place! So I was excited to try out a new pair of tweezers that are actually sharp and high quality. This pair is not only carefully made but it has a lifetime sharpening guarantee, which I appreciate! The worst thing to do is trying to tweeze your eyebrows with a dull tool.

After using the Slant Tip Expert Tweezer for several weeks, the tips are just as sharp as when I first got it. I find that I am able to get to every hair that I want to remove - even the tiny ones. I like the size of this tweezer - not too big that it grabs too many hairs but also not too small either. It's just right for my eyebrows. It's really easy to use and then store again in the plastic pouch that comes with it. I do recommend always storing in a pouch since the tips can be sharp.

Overall, this tweezer is not only quality-made but really cute with the pink finish. The tool allows for full control and can reach even tiny eyebrow hairs.




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Monday, October 13, 2014

Gurin Mid-Size Electric Dehumidifier Review

The Gurin Mid-Size Electric Dehumidifier uses thermo-electric Peltier technology instead of a compressor so it's light and quiet. It's 8.6 x 13.6 x 6.7 inches, so it's perfect for small rooms like bathrooms, closets, kitchens, and baby rooms.

Gurin Mid-Size Electric Dehumidifier Review
I've been using this dehumidifier on a tabletop in my downstairs laundry room. It's the perfect size and super quiet - way quieter than the old compressor dehumidifier we use by the sump pump. I leave it on pretty much 24/7 and after three or so weeks, it's still running great. The 52 ounce clear water tank fills up all the way about once a week in my laundry room, at which time the unit shuts off automatically and the red "full" light turns on. Emptying the tank is super easy too - Just pull it straight out by the handle, pull up on the plug on top of the tank, and hold upside down over a sink.

I actually didn't know dehumidifiers could be this quiet or easy! I love this little one, and during the winter I might try using it in my bathroom to keep things dry. It's light enough to carry from room to room, and the tank stays inside the unit until you pull it out, so there's no worry about the tank spilling or falling out while moving it. (Although I would recommend emptying the tank before moving the unit, just to be safe.) It also helps reduce odors, which is awesome in the laundry room where my cat's litter box resides. The dehumidifier has definitely helped make the room smell better.

Overall, this is quiet, compact, and simple to use. It uses low energy consumption and shuts off automatically when full. I recommend a mid-size dehumidifier like this one for any room in your home.



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Friday, October 10, 2014

iArrow iPhone Armband Review

The iArrow iPhone Armband was created for the iPhone 5 and 5S. It's a 3 in 1 accessory that includes an armband, phone cover, and screen protector. The armband fits arms measuring 9.5 to 17 inches so it's very versatile and custom fit. The case is a rubberized hard case for extra protection and grip, which fits perfectly into the holder on the armband. And the screen protector is a standard clear protector that sticks to the screen of your phone.

iArrow iPhone Armband Review

What I really like about this product is that it's so versatile - You can use the case and screen protector on their own and then insert the entire phone into the armband holder when you're going for a walk or run. The rubberized case stays in the holder really well, so there's no worry of it falling out - it's virtually impossible. The screen and all of the buttons are fully accessible, unlike other armbands which put another layer of material between you and your phone. If it's raining or you just want to protect your screen, you can slide the phone into the armband holder the other way so the back is facing out.

I also really like the armband itself. It's very thick and although it's stretchy to customize to different arm widths, it stays up well and the velcro is very high-quality to keep it in place.

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If you already have an iPhone case that you like, this armband can potentially be a hassle - having to remove your case, put on the iArrow case and inserting into the armband. However, after testing it with a regular iPhone case, it fit pretty well albeit a bit snug in the armband holder. So you might just be able to use your regular case with it. Otherwise, use the iArrow case as your everyday phone case; It's sleek, protective, and black so it matches anyone's taste.

Just to reiterate, the iArrow armband was specifically created for the iPhone 5 and 5S. It won't work with the 5C as far as I have read from other users. But if you have a 5 or 5S, this armband is a great accessory.


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Charcoal Detox Facial Cleanser Review & Giveaway

Charcoal Detox Facial Cleanser Review & GiveawayThe Charcoal Detox Cleanser by Michael Todd uses activated charcoal to absorb toxins, unclog pores, and remove impurities from the skin. It also contains organic aloe with maple and sugar cane to provide gentle exfoliation while neutralizing PH and cleansing without over-drying. Plus, tea tree and other essential oils help heal blemishes, prevent acne, and treat different skin issues like rosacea.

This tearless, sulfate-free formula is recommended for acne prone or oily skin but it also works for any skin type. I personally have combination skin - oily in t-zone and dry and red in the cheeks. Ever since I started using this cleanser, my skin has balanced out completely. My cheeks are no longer red and dry, and the rest of my face is less shiny. I also noticed after just days of using it that my skin felt SO soft. Like, as soft as it used to be in its prime. I love it!

The large 7 oz pump bottle is a cute purple design and sits right next to my sink - It makes washing my face so much easier to just use the pump. The cleanser comes out as an opaque black-ish gel but once you start to exfoliate with it, the gel becomes clear. It doesn't really have a scent that I have noticed, and it's completely gentle on my sensitive skin. I've been using it for weeks now and have maintained clear, soft, smooth and balanced skin the whole time. It's made of 70% organic ingredients. I'm very impressed with Charcoal Detox Cleanser and highly recommend it.

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