Saturday, July 19, 2014

Yummi bear organics Multi Vitamins review and giveaway



Hero nutritionals send me their yummy bear organics multi vitamins for kids. As always these are my own opinions and was not financially compensated.

These vitamins are super tasty!! They are all natural colors and flavors and have a slight coating to give them texture. NO GMO's, no gluten, yeast, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts shellfish, fish, or artificial preservatives. AWESOME!
from their site
Yummi Bears Organics Multi-Vitamin & Mineral
GMO, Gluten, Dairy, Soy & Allergen Free. All Natural Fruit Flavors & Colors.

•  16 essential vitamins and minerals for a child’s healthy growth and development†
•  GMO Free
•  Fruit pectin base / Vegetarian approved

Im sold on these! I have to stop myself from taking them because they are super delicious! The three of us kept taking them and went through the bottle FAST even though they were for little crazy life.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Make 3 soap review and giveaway

I was sent Makes 3 soap for my review and all these opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated in any way. Check out their story here. Even more impressive is their Share the suds program.  For every 10 bars of soap that sold 1 bar is donated to a locally-based non-profit, serving local families in need. By buying their soap you are also contributing to those in need. Great philosophy!



 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


NOW - the soaps. AMAZING!! I am in love with the quality, scents, and safety of these for all members of the family down to babies!! I was sent unscented, Sandalwood Black pepper, super shea, orange blossom, Lavender Vanilla, Coriander ginger oatmeal and Eucalyptus Cedarwood.
 
If you are familiar with natural ingredients you might know that coconut oil is a natural antibiotic and antifungal. The fact that this is one of the main ingredients in the soap makes me an extremely happy camper. The scent does not linger in a pungent way. It is very mild and pleasing especially when using on the little ones. Another benefit of the coconut oil is when using in the bath it will not irritate other parts of their body when they are splashing around getting it all over the place (or is that just my kid?)  AND NON-GMO! Packaging is also made with post-consumer recycled and recyclable materials, printed with non-toxic inks and sealed with non-toxic adhesives. Things all near and dear to my heart!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
We have tried the black pepper sandalwood and the orange blossom so far. The scent is very light and the bars lather lightly. The ingredients that Make 3 uses are all natural, easily pronounced, and good for your skin. For example, here are the ingredients of the two bars we have tried to date.

 
Sandalwood Black pepper Ingredients:  Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Black Pepper Essential Oil, Charcoal Powder, Alkanet Powder*, Rosemary Extract
 

Orange blossom

Ingredients: Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Orange Five Fold Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil, Blood Orange Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Annatto Powder*, Rosemary Extract.


Here is a list of all the scents available; (Eucalyptus Cedarwood is coming soon!) 

 Unscented Ingredients:  Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Rosemary Extract.  

 

Super shea
Ingredients:  Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Shea Butter*, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Rosemary Extract
 
Lavendar Vanilla
Ingredients: Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Lavender Essential Oil, Lavendin Essential Oil, Alkanet Root, Comfrey Root*, Rosemary Extract, Vanilla Absolute.
 
Coriander Ginger Oatmeal Ingredients: Safflower* and/or Sunflower* Oils, Coconut* Oil, Palm Fruit* Oil, Water, Sodium Hydroxide**, Oatmeal*, Coriander Seed Essential Oil, Fresh Ginger Essential Oil, Rosemary Extract.
Eucalyptus
 
* USDA Certified Organic Ingredient
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

 
 



















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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Zipzickle frozen treat bags review and giveaway



Zipzicles sent me these bags for my personal opinion and I did not receive financial compensation.

These bags are fun and easy!! My daughter loves the popular frozen pops that are much like these. The reason we don't? Food dye, artificial coloring, and sugar. Ive been looking for healthier options for her for ages, and now I look no further.
If you read the zipzickle story they were in the same mindset for their son.

These zip top bags are perfect. We blended fruit and honey with a bit of water in our vitamix and filled the bags. These are a great healthy treat that you can control the ingredients. There are more recipes on their site

far left layered pop:
Mango (Mango, raw honey, water), small amount of vanilla ice cream, strawberry (Strawberries, raw honey, water), ice cream, and mango mixture

Middle
Strawberries, shredded coconut, honey, small amount of yogurt

Right
blueberries, water, honey, kale

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Kinsa SmartPhone thermometer review and givaway

 
 
Kinsa Health sent me their smart thermometer. This thermometer connects to your

smart phone and is operated by an app. 
 
The thermometer itself has a thin flexible portion that has a silver end that senses the temperature.  The middle has a bigger section to hold on to, and the other end has a plug that fits into the headphone jack into your smartphone or adapter. 
 
This is a great techy product. I really love that it can keep track of all the times and temperatures and keep them stored under the family members name. It is easy to read and great if you have to take your child to the doctor as you have the history on the app.
The setup is super simple and walks you through each step.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The adaptor makes it much easier to take a temperature. However the app sometimes crashes (more frequently than I hoped) however you can email kinsa from the app to report the issue. With kids it’s a bit harder to get their temperature as they are squirmy and don’t sit still.
When you open the app you select the family member, and whether it is oral, under arm or rectal temperatures. One the temperature is taken the app will ask you “are you feeling any of these common symptoms” With faces for chills, fatigue and cough. You then can save the readout or re-take the temperature.
 
Overall Kinsa is a great product, and the only issues appear to be app related.
 
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Paper Pop Cards review and giveaway

 
Paper Pop Cards has a line of amazing handcrafted 3-d pop up cards. These cards are beautiful! There are 27 cards currently.

They have been selected as a finalist for “Best New Product” at the National Stationery Show this year. 
 
The design team is working on new concepts and can customize the cards. This means you can alter text, covers and even the pop up art! How cool is that? What a fun product!

The pictures do not do these cards justice. They are truly a work of art!
 
See the Eiffel Tower here
 
 
See the ship here
 
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sackcloth and Ashes review and giveaway

I have just received quite possibly the coolest blanket I have ever seen! Sackcloth and Ashes sent me this blanket and these opinions are all my own. I was so excited to share this with you I could NOT wait until next week! :)
 
 
First of all – the blanket.  


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are tweed wool, solid fleece and Aztec wool options and each one is more stunning than the next. The blanket I was sent is the mixed berry tweed wool blanket with navy blue, hot pink, light blue, orange and white flecks of color in a woven blanket. see more at www.Sackclothandashes.org
25% Wool, 25% Cotton, 25% Rayon, 25% Polyester. - Size: 56in x 72in – care Instructions: Hand Wash Cold or Dry Clean - Handcrafted in the Northwest!!!
 
 
Second – the company vision.
With every purchase of a blanket, one blanket is GIVEN To a local homeless shelter. How cool is that? The vision came as Bob Daltons own mother lived on the streets one summer. This can happen to anyone as life sometimes just happens. When Bob Dalton tried to figure out what to do to help the shelters one word kept coming up.. blankets!
 
Third – Personal note
If you cannot purchase one of these blankets you can donate unused items from your own home. Weve been doing this with little crazy life since she was born. Big toys usually get sold to purchase more age appropriate toys, however, Most of the smaller toys, clothes, socks, and shoes get boxed up and dropped off at the family shelter near our home. That said I know we can do more. This blanket is going to be a great reminder of that! I am going through our house tonight and cutting our throw blankets inventory in half. With that I am also going to find extra toiletries to include with our next dropoff. Another idea I have seen that I haven’t done is personal care bags. This is a ziplock bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, a couple snacks and a bottle of water. I have seen people put phone cards in them with a little note that they are loved and cherished.
 
#sackclothxashes

 
 
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SD Pharmecuticals/PharmaGeek Review and giveaway - Garcinia, Green Coffee Bean, white kidney bean

PharmaFreak and SD Pharmaceuticals sent me the following; Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Bean, White Kidney Bean extract
 
Their site says “The Research Team at SD Pharmaceuticals only produces the most sophisticated ingredients and formulas, and those which are clinically validated in human research studies.  If there isn’t any solid research behind an ingredient, then SD Pharmaceuticals' researchers won’t use it.  That is what distinguishes this company and products from every other sports supplement company out there.  They also only use the most potent forms of every ingredient available, which includes pharmaceutical-grade synthetics and exclusive standardized herbal extracts”.
 
Garcinia Cambogia 500
Ingredients:
500 mg Garcinia cambogia (fruit)
60% (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA)
Panas Notoginseng – (astroGin for absorption)
 
Garcinia Cambogia is a plant that is native to Southeast Asia. The most useful part is the yellow pumpkin shaped fruit (Assam fruit).  Garcina Cambogia has a phytochemical called HCA (hydroxycitric acid) . HCA supports healthy serotonin levels (which regulate sleep patterns and mood) and reduces appetite while impacting enzymes related to the metabolism of fat.
 
Green Coffee Bean
350 mg Green Coffee Bean
Green coffee Beans are beans that have not been roasted. They have higher chlorogenic acid which may support weight loss. This acid has been shown to have effects on glucose metabolism and discourage fat accumulation.

White Kidney Bean extract (WKB)
500 mg white kidney bean extract
This product is essentially an all-natural carb blocker. Clinical studies have shown that this product impacts absorption into the body.  WKB extract will block the main carb digesting enzyme which reduces the digestion of “bad” carbs (starchy). By doing this WKB reduces your total calories that are processed by the body while reducing their impact on the metabolism of fat. Depending on how starchy your diet is your results will vary.
 
I took Garcinia and Green coffee bean at the same time. I experienced a reduction of inflammation in my sinuses which caused symptoms of a healing crisis (ie: a lot of mucus – but not sick). Our bodies have the innate ability to heal itself if there are no barriers preventing it. Garcinia was a great inflammation fighter which is typically exhibited by redness in the face.
 
I then took Garcinia and White Kidney bean together. While only having 60 days of Garcinia and 30 days of the other two it is hard to tell what benefits It will continue to have. I do notice the redness in my face is still disappearing so im still continuing to take that. As far as the green coffee bean and white kidney bean extract my verdict is not conclusive yet.  I have heard of friends losing an average of a pound every few days. I typically weigh myself every few days and have noticed my weight slowly and consistently going down.

Of course, eating healthy and clean and exercising is a must as well and will optimize any benefit you can get from any supplement. Being an advocate for our own health is a must so do your due diligence and research everything that goes in or on your body. #sdpharma #greenbeancoffee #garciniagambogia500 #WhiteKidneyBeanExtract


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