Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ovvio Essential Oil review

Ovvio sent me four bottles of oil. Two are straight oils (lavender and peppermint) and two are blends (Thief plus and ease).  What I LOVE about these oils is they are organically grown and free of chemicals! This makes me VERY happy. They are 100% oil with no dilution. These oils are amazing. The first thing I noticed was the quality of packaging and how the oils were so fragrant that I could smell them upon opening the box. The labels are even high quality compared to many of the oils on the market.
The moment these arrived I had a splitting headache so Ease had PERFECT timing. I didn’t have carrier oil so I applied a light application behind my ears. I dislike taking medicine for headaches (or anything in all honesty). I always like to try alternative measures first for relief.  Within 30 minutes my headache was 50% better and my sinuses seemed clearer. This has peppermint, lavender, grapefruit, roman chamomile, Ravensara, Marjarom, and coriander. It’s a minty yet tangy scent but you can smell the spicy sweetness of the other others. 45 minutes later my headache is gone. LOVE! Look at its benefits here
Thief Plus Protection Blend. I ususally make my own blend of this amazing oil. Ovvio uses cajeput and frankincense as well as the Cinnamon bark, cassia, clove bud, lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint. I love the varience of the smell of this oil. Its very refreshing and helps keep sickness at bay. We use this on my daughters plantars wart to try and get rid of it naturally.  We use this in the diffuser every other night or if schoolmates have been sick.  
Peppermint is one of the worlds oldest medicines and can treat a myriad of issues. Indigestion, respiratory, headaches, nausea, and digestive issues. Ovvio’s comes from India where the quality of its menthol is renowned.  Peppermint clears the mind and helps you be more alert. 
Lavender is another one of my favorites for Littles room at night. This is used to treat headaches, nausea, insomnia, depression, hypertension, motion sickness and wounds and burns.  Mr Crazy Life spilled scalding hot water on his leg a few months ago. I immediately had him put coconut oil and lavender on the wound while it was still red. We repeated this over and over for about 8 days. In which time his leg had completely healed. Keep in mind this water was 195 degrees from a water pot. Lavender has analgesic properties and can heal quite quickly. This is also a great idea to use in a DIY Bug spray to keep you from getting bit.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Goodie Girl Review and Giveaway

Goodie Girl  sent me a #GoGoodie bag. I am in HEAVEN!

Oh, my gosh! These cookies are fantastic!! In a kid world of sugar laden snacks I have been looking for options for us as a family. With Mr. being gluten free we need to find a solution for all of us that taste good.  
Read their story here Glamour magazine, Martha Stewart living and Huffington Post all rave about the these cookies and I agree.

 Quinoa Chocolate chip – SUPER tasty. You would never know there is Quinoa in there!
Midnight Brownie – OVERDOSE! We LOVE these all chocolate cookies. You only need a couple!
Oatmeal Raisin – Just like homemade. These are just the right blend of oatmeal and raisin.
Crunchy Chaos – These are delicious. A bit crunchy for my liking but everyone loved these.
Mint slims – O M G. These were my favorite!!! Who doesn’t love chocolate mint!?
Quinoa cho-chunk packs – my daughter BEGGED for these in her lunch this week. Happy to oblige knowing they are way more healthy than a regular cookie.
Their blog is fantastic and so many ideas! :)
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KeySocks review

Keysocks Where have you been all my life? These are Knee High No Show Socks for Women.
I have tried nude trouser socks which look horrible with jeans and trousers. Footies don’t work well as they tend to move or slip off. Keyhole socks are the best of both worlds!
These babies don’t show with pants and keep you shoes from extra wear. Having size 11 feet its hard enough to find shoes that fit let alone keeping the soles from sticking to your feet in summer and pulling out the insole! I am so thrilled with this product that I can barely contain myself!! They come in fun colors too! Keysocks have been shown on Today, real simple and Buzzfeed!
They also have a 100% guarantee if you don’t like them. However I can almost bet that you will fall in love with them. No more sweaty feet in your shoes!!! These babies are FANTASTIC!!
Shelby McKee came up with this brainchild on the way to a Cincinnati Bengals game. Read more of the story here. She and her sisters have built the PERFECT sock!! I am so in love with these socks because they have solved a problem I have had for a long time!

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Friday, April 3, 2015

Hard Candy Eyeshadow review

Hard Candy sent me two sets of Top Ten Trendsetter collections. I received birthday suit and aphrodisiac. Both compacts have a mirror and amazing hues. The different compacts have tremendous staying power and have matte, shimmer, glitter and metallic finishes.

Look at that color!  Imagine these as highlights to give your eyes extra umpf! They come in neutrals to trend setting colors. Each collection has 10 gorgeous colors to mix and match. So many color combos that you can match to change your look!

Hard Candy is only available at Walmart.

Available in Naturally Gorgeous, Smoke Out, Green with Envy, Feelin’ Blue, Pinking of You, Rated X, Raining Men and Guilty Pleasure

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello Fresh review

We are THRILLED TO review this Hello Fresh box full of deliciousness!!! HelloFresh is a weekly recipe kit delivery. You choose three delicious recipes each week, they are delivered to your door in an insulated box.

Hello Fresh sent three meals and an apron. 

Each meal is accompanied by a recipe that has detailed instructions
These ingredients made TASTY Beef pasta with soy sauce.
These ingredients made a tasty chicken/potato combo.

It wasn't as visually appealing as the others but the taste was great.
These ingredients made a SUPER yummy pasta!
A couple of the pictures I got ahead of myself and put the meat in the pan prior so they aren't pictured. 

You can choose from an original box or a vegetarian. I would love to see a gluten free option as well.
On their site you can see the upcoming boxes and choose what you want. They have a flexible subscription plan and great choices.

I found the instructions mostly easy to follow. This would be great for beginners who want to learn to cook, as well as those who want everything prepackaged and ready to go as soon as they get home. I cooked these on a work night which took a bit of time for a couple of them. I would suggest these for a weekend meal unless you get home at a reasonable time and don't have kid activities after.

My youngest is learning safe knife skills and cooking so this was great to have everything bagged up and ask her for certain things as we prepared it together.

Xbar review and giveaway

Xbar sent me this product for a review. This is quite possibly the most amazing product EVER. Exercise and I have a love/hate relationship. However NOW, its more of love than hate.

First of all my pictures just do NOT do this product justice. You can really see the quality here. The metal piece moves separately from the bar to create smooth movements. I lost my original picture somehow, so I apologize for the cell pictures.

Secondly Xbar I need to add that the shape of the bar allows for women to not have to modify their grip because of their chest. BRILLIANT!!

Now on to Mr. Crazy Lifes review............

My passion for fitness began around 1983 when I took a high school weight lifting class.  Ever since then fitness has been a steady part of my life.  I’ve owned many home gyms, weights, and devices and have read countless books about fitness.  As I get older I find that the philosophy of “less is more” applies to my fitness strategy as well as other aspects of my life.  I accidently found the XBar website and it was a case of love at first sight.  The XBar offered exactly what I needed in a beyond reasonable cost.  From the moment you open the box you’ll notice the quality of the bar, bands and other accessories.  The printed materials are fun to read and the instructional video is fun and motivating.  The XBar website is phenomenal and has everything you would need to completely understand the product and its capabilities.  To that end, I’m going to focus on writing about the many pros of the product and leave the visuals to the team at XBar.  

My review will focus on portability, scalability and versatility. 

First, portability is one of the greatest aspects of the XBar.  Unlike a home gym or heavy weights, the XBar can be used in any room in the house, work, outside, etc with no issue.  Weighing 10 pounds, and with a cinch bag for the bands, the bar can easily be picked up and moved to wherever you want to workout.  Their Facebook page and you’ll see this in action as users upload pictures of all the locations they’re using their XBar. 

For scalability I’m going to focus on the simplicity of adding intensity to the workout.  The 9-piece kit comes with three bands (easy, medium and tough) with built in carabineer clips.   The XBar will work with virtually any brands of bands; however, their bands are definitely high quality.  My wife is using the easy bands and after her total body sets she is wiped out.  I’m using a combination of one, two and sometimes three bands and the workout I get is any bit as tough as my traditional weight lifting routines are.  The unique shape of the bar allows multiple positions per exercise.  For example, a traditional curl can be done from three different hand positions by simply sliding your hands inwards or outwards. 

Is there a more versatile piece of fitness equipment on the market than the XBar?  I would argue that there isn’t.  The XBar is a TOTAL body workout and with over 100 exercises, and counting, it does it all.  The door anchor and cable handles just further increases the options and imagination can just keep adding to your exercise options.    

This product has changed my workout routine, so much so that I have gotten rid of every other fitness item and am solely using XBar.  Not knowing me, that might not mean as much. Ask Mrs Crazy Life who now has back a garage because the ton of exercise equipment is gone.  Check out their website and I bet you’ll leave the site with an order confirmation code in hand.  Thank you XBar for the AWESOME product.  This isn’t as much a review as a fan letter!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Exo Cricket Bars review and giveaway

Exo sent me 4 bars to try.  Cacao Nut, PB&J, Blueberry Vanilla, and Apple Cinnamon are real food bars full of nutrients. Turns out the creator is a three Michelin star chef!
No Gluten
No Grain
No Soy
No Dairy
No Refined sugar
Did you know that compared to cows….crickets produce 100x less greenhouse gas? Apparently crickets are a complete protein source containing all amino acids and contain more 2.2 times more iron than spinach. Crickets are high in protein and low in saturated fats. The sustainability of this product can have a massive impact. Insects themselves have very little impact on the environment.  According the exo crickets are 20 times more efficient to raise than cattle as far as protein goes. Livestock takes up so much more space and resources and do not reproduce as quickly as insects.  Exo believes that insects are one of the solutions to the protein dilemma.

I offered an office full of guys an option to try a piece of the cocao nut bar. Only 4 tried a piece. One person took 2 more pieces, the other three turned their nose up. I think this is a mind over matter issue. These bars were moist and full of flavor! Even little Crazy Life kept trying to get the biggest piece so she could have more than us. She devoured these and she isn't the easiest one to please.  
Check out the ingredient list
PB&J was my daughters favorite. It tasted just like a childhood favorite. She ripped that one of the counter before I could get a picture of it!
Blueberry Vanilla – Need I say more? SO tasty!

Apple cinnamon – Tastes JUST like pie only better!

Cocoa nut – is JUST like a brownie! It has cocao nibs and nuts for a great crunch.

I just saw their shirts. Hilarious. I would totally rock one of these. I think my favorite is “Crickets are the new Kale”

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