Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dreamup toys review

Dreamup Toys sent me their railway block platform. This is an extremely genius idea! This combines the love of TWO toys into one. Having three kids of their own, they developed this product to assist with a stability issue within playtime at their own household.

 By combining shapes and textures this can also facilitate flexibility in play (especially those with sensory issues) and thinking, creates different ways to play with their toys and helps kids brains to think differently. 

 Dreamup is a wooden railway block platform that connects to wooden train tracks just like the standard pieces. You can use them on the floor for stability and stack compatible duplo blocks on them, or use the duplo as a support for a dreamup platform and use duplo on top as well! SO many options.


Elf Works review and giveaway

ElfWorksLane sent me this ADORABLE bell!!!

Oh my goodness. This site is absolutely fantastic!! There are 14,000 gifts to choose on their site and they even have a search feature. In spending some time thinking about people on my gift list I found something in every search I did! Shop a really fun store without worries that the little ones are going to break something!!

Like their facebook page and submit a holiday video to win $500 certificate to their store!

What they are really known for is their I believe bells packaged in a sweet red striped box. Inside the lid there is a gold insert that says “ I believe”. How adorable is that?? Our Elf is bringing this decoration to our house the day after thanksgiving. It has an incredible two tone sound that is stunning.  It is a very heavy bell that is made with a traditional casting method. The bell rests on reindeer snow fluff during shipping, and has a sweet red velvet sack with a red leather lace tie. Remember, this is a decoration and not a toy.

The people are what make this place even more fun. The people who work in this store have found hope. Some have been laid off, going to school, or a second chance at a job.

There are SO many things I want to review from here! Please make sure to enter this giveaway and their contest to make this a success. Perhaps they will do another review/giveaway if we make this a great turnout!
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Made Good foods review

Made Good Foods sent me some amazing snacks!! These babies are school friendly!
They combine healthy food, quality ingredients, nutrition and amazing taste! Their bars and bites are Organic and school safe! How fantastic is that? They have whole grains, low sugar content and taste fantastic.  They are peanut free, non-GMO, organic, vegan, gluten free, Canada organic certified, low glycemic, AND Kosher!! WOW!

First of all the story behind this company is outstanding.

Between the bars and minis we had apple cinnamon, chocolate banana, chocolate chip and strawberry. Chocolate always takes first place in our house with two females!!  The one thing I love about this product is there is a full serving of vegetables! The vegetable powder is made from spinach, tomatoes, carrots, beets and shitake mushrooms.

 In looking at their site, I noticed they have raw fruit and nut bars as well as sprouted bars. YUM
These are amazing nuggets of goodness! I want to try all of their flavors now!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

North Texas Excess baggage company review and giveaway

North Texas Excess Baggage Company  sent me these ADORABLE essential oil bags!
These are the regular size bags and hold fourteen oils. Four slots are bigger to hold thieves spray, hand sanitizer, or 15ml bottles. The others ten slots will hold any size bottles you want but my favorite are the 10ml roller bottles. Place your hand on the outside of the bag to support the bottle you are trying to get into the elastic.
 I love this on so many levels. Now I can have all my roller bottles in one spot!! YES!!!!!!!!! I am so excited!! Now to find enough blends to fill it!
They zipper pulls are so adorable! Such a sweet touch to a perfect bag. Thanks to North Texas Excess Baggage Company for this review and giveaway.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Mavogel glass roller bottle and artificial gourd review

Mavogel sent me a set of 3ml Roll on Glass Bottles to review. These came in a set of 6 to be used with Essential Oils. What I love about this brand is they use amber glass which helps keep the essential oils in a dark environment and they have a Metal Ball which rolls smoothly and can be capped with a Black Plastic Lid. 
The metal roller balls fit snug to keep the glass bottles from leaking and provides a smooth application of the essential oil blends inside. This 3 ML size has great portability to throw in a purse. We keep a focus blend in the car for Little crazy life to use before school and this is a perfect kid size! 


Secondly Mavogel sent me this fun autumn mixture of artificial gourds and pumpkins. There are an assortment of 12 gourds and pumpkins. I put them in a glass bowl to display on a buffet with some other pinterest ideas.  The average size is 3”, and is perfect for table decoration, or in a bowl or basket. If you add pinecones this could also look really neat in a hurricane vase topped with a battery operated candle. 
The artificial gourds and pumpkins just took my holiday decorating up a notch! 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Joya essentials review and giveaway

I received samples of the following Joya Essentials oils.  They all had great scents and it was fun making a few spray blends with distilled water.
Clary sage can treat stress, anxiety, nervous tension and depression. Its known for treating women’s issues and its soothing properties to help respiratory issues, relaxing muscles, and can be added to baths, body lotion, foot soaks or diffused.
Geranium is extremely diverse and has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. It’s known for balancing sebum which is thought to be a common cause of acne/dry skin. Geranium stimulates the lymphatic systems and helps relieve PMS bloating, edema and swollen ankles. YES PLEASE!
Joyas essential oil is steam distilled from organic leaves grown in South Africa.
Helichrysum is known for anti-inflammatory properties and can help those in emotional pain. One cool thing I love about this balm is it’s an analgesic, skin healing and supports the healing of burns! Joyas oil is steam distilled from organic plants in Corsica.
Frankincense – Ive never had a chance to experience this without a blend. I am in love with this oil for many reasons. It’s an anti-inflammatory, expectorant, and can be used for muscle pain and trauma. It’s both helpful for emotional/mental and physical symptoms.  Joyas oil is steam distilled from the Boswellia carterii tree in Somalia. I have Meniere’s and Frankincense is  said to help.
Siberian Fir is an oil I have not been able to try until now. Needles and cones are distilled creating a very nice Pine scent! In the diffuser it creates a wonderful scent for those days I haven’t had a chance to clean. Siberian fir diffused helps kill microbes and keep germs from spreading. The days I do clean I have a nice oil to kill and deodorize. This is a great oil to blend with a carrier oil for areas of inflammation, pain and swelling.  Joya states “Emotionally, this essential oil circulates positive energy and promotes strong self-image, forgiveness, and self-acceptance.” Joyas Siberian fir is steam distilled from cones and needles of the Abies Sibirica tree in Siberia.
Upset stomach blend was made to soothe digestive issues.  It contains ginger to reduce stomach pain and nausea. Ginger originates in southern China and has been known to settle the stomach. Ginger is a tonic for digestive issues which seems to be a key factor for the Upset Tummy Blend.
Joya Essentials will make custom blends… Shut the front door?! How cool is that!! “The products we custom blend range from therapeutic blends, to botanical skincare products for face, and body such as body lotions, body butters, bath salt or scrubs, facial masks, anti-aging facial serums, facial creams and moisturizers, facial toners, acne solutions and much more.”
These were sample sizes so I didn’t get extended use out of them. It would be very interesting to continue with a few of them and see the longer term benefits.
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Smart Mom Teething bling

Smart Mom Jewelry sent me these awesome teething bling necklaces!

These are made for mom, and safe for baby to chew on! The front is cute and smooth, and the back has texture and nubs to help massage babys gums.

Smart Mom is made for adults to wear and made of food safe silicone also which is also medical grade. The cord has a breakaway clasp for safety.  The jewelry contains no phthalates, BPAS, PVC’s. lead or latex. They are CPSIA compliant and hold the European CE Mark for safety and FDA approved.

These are great for older kids although they don't recommend . If you have your older child wear these, please take caution in knowing if your child is mature enough to wear and not bite through the teething bling. They are not the intended age bracket. Little Crazy Life likes to chew her fingers so I thought I would try these adorable necklaces disguised as pretty pendants!  These are great for older kids who may need chewelry to help them focus. Some kids need an output without drawing attention to themselves. It’s hard enough to be a kid, but to have anxiety issues as well can be hard to deal with. My daughter loves these as she has anxiety issues. She likes the idea of the jade square next but be worn as a diamond. Being in elementary school its about looking grown up without bringing attention to yourself.  Again, monitor your child for ability to not bite through these as smart mom does not intend for them to be for older kids.