Friday, October 24, 2014

Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with water bottles. At home and at work, I use reusable water bottles for my water rather than cups because they are spill-proof and I tend to drink more out of a straw. Plus as a cat owner, I've learned that cups of liquid are susceptible to my cat's boredom and WILL get knocked over eventually.

So I was really excited to review the Hydracentials Sporty 25 Oz Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle. It is nice and large, made of premium 18/8 food grade stainless steel, and has double wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks cold. It really does keep my water cold for a long time - longer than any of my other reusable bottles. It also doesn't get condensation on the outside since it is double-wall insulated. I also received a nice insulated cloth koozie with the bottle that keeps water cold even longer and keeps my hand from getting cold.

Hydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle ReviewHydracentials Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review
I love the flip top cap and that the bottle came with two wire straw cleaners so that it's easy to clean in all the nooks and crannies. That's one thing that's hard about reusable bottles is the cleaning since most are not dishwasher safe, including this one. The bottle also has a carrying handle which makes it easier to take on the go. It is spill-proof and very sturdy.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality of this water bottle and use it every day. I love the design, the convenient size that fits in cup holders, as well as the double-wall insulation to keep drinks cold.



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D-Gas Natural Anti-Gas Aid Review

D-Gas Natural Anti-Gas ReviewD-Gas is an all natural anti-gas aid that relieves bloating, discomfort, and gas. It can be taken with meals to prevent bloating before it begins, or it can be taken whenever you feel discomfort. It can also be taken daily as a natural digestive aid and antioxidant.

This formula is drug-free and made of natural gas-relieving ingredients: Cardamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill Seed, Fennel, Ginger Root, Papaya Enzyme, and Peppermint Leaf. There are no fillers, flavors, sugar, salt, lactose or gluten.

I've been taking D-Gas whenever I feel bloating and the digestive upset of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which occurs regularly for me. D-Gas has been really helpful in relieving the pain and discomfort, which lets me go about my daily activities without interruption. I take this often after big meals or before going out with friends since that's usually when these issues are the most bothersome for me.

D-Gas is an effective natural anti-gas alternative and doesn't have any negative side effects in my experience.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades Review

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades are 19 x 12" window clings that reduce heat and sun glare plus provide 30+ sunblock protection. It blocks over 90% of UV rays, so your children and babies can sit comfortably in their carseats without the sun beating in on them through the windows. These can also provide protection for anyone or even pets.

The shades cling with electrostatic so they are super easy to use - Just place on the inside of your window and they stick! They can be removed easily and re-used over and over. There is no risk of breakage or flying projectiles, which is really important with children in the vehicle. Another nice feature of these shades is that while they provide heat and sun reduction, they still provide visibility so passengers can see out the windows through the shades.

Shady Baby Cling Sunshades Review

I really like that these can be folded up again and stored back in their package, but it did take me several tries to figure out how to fold them back up again. This was the only issue I ran into, but I finally realized that I had to put both cling sides together, then follow the simple instructions to get them to fold up the way they came.

The Shady Baby Cling Sunshades are especially helpful in cars, where the backseat windows aren't tinted and the glare and heat can get really bad. They have a good design and stay in place well, plus they're very versatile.


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Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review

The Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Dish Towels come in a 3-pack of 15 x 25 inch kitchen towels. This microfiber is the real thing - not a cheap knockoff - and can hold up to 10 times its weight in water! After I soak up spills, instead of a sopping weight towel, the towel just seems damp.

Luxe Home Essentials Microfiber Kitchen Dish Towels Review

The cloth material is super soft - I actually use these towels more for drying my hands after being in the kitchen rather than on dishes or cleanups since it is so soft on my hands! But the material is also very gentle for countertops, dishes, and any other kitchen needs.

Besides my grandmother's embroidered dish towels, these are the nicest towels I own. Other kitchen towels are scratchy or thin, but these are plush, absorbent, and look nice with the white checked design. Plus they're very affordable and you get three in a pack!


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Konjac Facial Sponges 2-Pack Review & Giveaway

Konjac Sponges are vegan, organic fibers from the konjac plant in east Asia. They are 100% natural hypoallergenic for use on facial skin. Beauty By Earth's 2-Pack of Konjac Sponges comes with a Natural white sponge for dry, sensitive, and combination skin and a Charcoal black sponge for acne-prone or oily skin or weekly deep cleansing. In the black sponge, 1% bamboo charcoal is added which helps draw out impurities and dirt from the skin.

These sponges both provide very gentle exfoliation and balance skin's pH. I like to use the sponges with a facial cleanser. It helps the cleanser lather up a lot more and gets my skin a lot smoother and more clean than just using my hands. And I love how gentle these sponges are - unlike rags or other exfoliating devices. My skin tends to be sensitive, but with konjac sponges, specifically the white one in this pack, my skin looks smooth, clear, and healthy.

Konjac Facial Sponges 2-Pack Review & Giveaway

Both of these round sponges have hanging strings built into them so they're easy to hang in the shower or bathroom. Just be sure to get them thoroughly wet before using on your face, and then squeeze gently after use and hang dry. The first time you use the sponge, you'll want to soak it in water for a few minutes since the sponges are dry and hard when dry. Once wet, they get soft and expand to twice their size.

Overall, I like this 2-pack because of the different options depending on skin type and that they can be used interchangeably. They are also very thick and sturdy, so I think they'll last a long time.

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All-Natural Organic Sunscreen SPF 25 Review + Giveaway

Nowadays we know how important it is to find more natural products for our skincare since the ingredients are absorbed into our bodies. Sunscreen is one of those products that's hard to find chemical-free options. But Beauty by Earth has created an all-natural and organic mineral sunscreen that is non-toxic, reef and marine friendly, eco-safe, and biodegradable.

All-Natural Organic Sunscreen SPF 25 Review + Giveaway

This SPF 25 sunscreen is safe for use on children, sensitive skin, and even facial skin. It provides UVA and UVB protection  and is water resistant. The formula is a thick white cream with a light scent. It rubs on smoothly and the white cream helps you to see where you have applied it so there are no missed areas; But then as you rub it in, it becomes clear/invisible barrier. It stays on really well, even in the water.

Some ingredients in this formula include Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter so it is also moisturizing and won't dry out or irritate skin. The bottle is a bit small, so if you're constantly outdoors you may want to have a couple bottles on hand. But for me, this is a decent size and the level of SPF works well for me.

I also love the cute kraft box this came in, and the squeeze bottle is easy to use.

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Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel Review

Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel ReviewOne of my new favorite things is the Luxe Beauty Microfiber Hair Towel! It's 19 x 39 inches, which is big enough for my long hair, but it's not heavy or thick like a regular towel so it feels really light on my head. It is super soft and is microfiber so it soaks up water really fast but yet still doesn't feel soggy or heavy like a wet towel.

It wraps around my hair perfectly and stays up when I tuck it in the back. It reminds me of those movies or TV shows where you see them wrap the perfect towel on their head after a shower - This towel really does that!

Lately I've been taking showers at night but if I would let my hair air dry, it would still be wet the next morning. And if I would blow dry, it would take 20-30 minutes and cause damage. With this hair towel, my hair is fully dry in just an hour or so. I towel off my hair and then wrap it up, leave it on for as long as I feel like - usually at least a half hour, and by then it's just slightly damp. It also keeps my head warm while my hair is drying, and stays on for as long as I want. It also doesn't feel too tight either, so I can still put on my glasses and go about my regular activities.

If you have long hair that takes a long time to dry, or even short hair that you want to dry quickly, this is the perfect solution.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pure Bliss Stroller Organizer Review

The Pure Bliss Stroller Organizer is designed specifically to keep drinks firmly in place without spilling during any excursion with the little ones. It has two reinforced cup holders that are double insulated to keep drinks hot or cold.

I am very impressed with the heavy-duty insulation used in these cup holders. It's unlike any other "insulated" bottle holders I have used. It definitely keeps our drinks cold, and holds tightly onto everything from bottles to sippy cups to drinks from the local coffee shop and keeps them upright. It even holds them in place when pushing the stroller over bumps.

Pure Bliss Stroller Organizer Review

There is also a large compartment between the cup holders, which has a magnet top that you can easily flip up to grab things. I like how deep this compartment is, so there's plenty of room, although you can't fit a whole diaper bag's worth of stuff in there. Maybe one diaper and a small toy, pacifier or snack. The organizer also features pockets on the front that can hold cell phone, keys, and sunglasses. The middle pocket is lined with microfiber so it will keep a phone or glasses scratch-free.

The material of this organizer is thick and sturdy, and it fastens well onto stroller handles with heavy-duty velcro. It fits most stroller handles (even pet strollers) 13-21 inches wide, and folds down flat when not in use. Overall, I'd say if you're looking for an organizer to stash your essentials and keep your drinks cold or hot, this is a great option.


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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!
Bee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker ReviewBee Sili Ice Pop Mold Maker Review

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.

Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway Surprise Ride Kids Activity Box Review + Giveaway

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. I contacted the company to let them know we received a defective clock mechanism, and they responded promptly and shipped out a new clock mechanism for us! They were very friendly and easy to work with.

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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