Natural Dark Spot Corrector by Key West Health & Beauty   Recently updated !


d0d5ef7185569d6e1abcfdb90f0b9629ed008785At last, a safe and natural dark spot corrector has arrived from Key West Health and Beauty!

Most dark spot correctors contain hydroquinone, which is clinically proven to be toxic, carcinogenic and is banned in many countries.

Key West Health & Beauty’s  proprietary blend of 98% natural and 72% organic ingredients offer a safe hydroquinone free alternative.

Features & Benefits

  • Glycolic acid exfoliates and eliminates dead surface skin cells
    Kojic acid fades age spots, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and more
    Salicylic acid unclogs pores & loosens thick dry skin, allowing new skin cells to regenerate
    Hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration, keeping skin plump, smooth and youthful
    Can be used to treat specific areas or on the entire face to lighten & brighten your complexion

All of their products are backed with a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee!

 

My daughter and I both have dark circles under our eyes.  I also have a couple of age spots, or perhaps sun spots, on my skin.  Either way, I have a couple of dark spots on my face.  We were both THRILLED to be able to try this natural option.  I had my daughter use this product for 2 weeks, and she shared with me her thoughts:

Pros:

It moisturizes my skin.

The pump is easy to use and it gets the correct amount out every time.

The texture is nice – like a gel.  It’s silky and smooth.

The packaging is really nice and elegant.

I LOVE that it is so much more natural than other products like it.

 

 

Cons:

The pump gets clogged really easily, and sprays out the product.

I don’t feel like it lightened up any of my darker spots, which I felt was the main point of using it.

 

 

– I’m glad that the product comes with a money back guarantee.  I think that makes it more worth trying for someone who is on the fence.  As for us, we will not likely be purchasing the product again.  As soft and nice and moisturizing as it is, we didn’t see enough of a difference to justify it.

 

*I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine and my daughter’s alone.


Vimbly.com – Find the Best Things to Do in Town!   Recently updated !

*This post contains sponsored content.  Please see my full disclosure for more information.

 

I recently discovered a new (to me) website, and I’m really excited about it.  Vimbly.com shows you different activities that can be found near you… SO MANY awesome activities!  Some examples are cooking classes, outdoor exploration, dining, shows, and so much more.

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I think what makes this site stand out to me is the fact that you can book your “adventures” right online there.  You don’t have to go to the company’s website.  Just pick a time slot, and book right on Vimbly.  It’s really convenient, and I was blown away at all of the different activities available.  They have options in the following categories:  Learn, Explore, Eat, Watch, Drink, Date and Fight.

 

 

 

Vimbly.com is currently operating in 18 major U.S. cities and expects a national presence later this year.  While they are not currently in my location yet, I looked around at the closest option to me, Las Vegas.  Let me show you just a few of my favorite finds:

 

 

Under the Explore category, there is a Grand Canyon West Rim Helicopter Tour.

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In the Watch category, I think Gregory Popvich’s Comedy Pet Theater sounds pretty fun!

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Because I love to explore, I have to share another one from this category:  The Valley of Fire and Lost City Museum Tour.

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During this activity, you get to tour the sacred Indian lands through the Valley of Fire, and explore Aztec sandstone formations!

 

 

If you want to do some learning, you may enjoy this Photagraphy:  Places, Landscapes, and Travel class:

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There are so many more options, and I could go on for way too long, but I think you get the idea.  I’m seriously excited for Vimbly to open up operations in my area!  I would just LOVE going to a cooking class, or on a group tour/hike with my family.

 

You can see the prices right on the page, and even see if there is a discount currently available.  I actually saw one that was listed at -3% discount, because the price had gone up above normal!  It made me laugh, but in reality I’m glad to know if an item/adventure is priced above retail or not.

 

Have YOU tried Vimbly yet?  If not, it’s worth your time to check out.


Down with Debt – February Income/Expense Numbers 3 comments   Recently updated !

Time for the Down-With-Debt monthly report!  Well, February was a good month, financially for us.  We received our tax return, and my husband received his once-yearly bonus.  In years past, his company has taken over half of his bonus check and put into taxes, so this year we changed the tax claiming so that we could get as much of the check as possible.

 

Because 2 of our paychecks (including the bonus check) fell on the last day of February, some of that income will be going towards expenses in March.  Here’s the run down:

Hubby’s income (full time):  $6,159 (this is with a $4,000 bonus, yippee!)

My income (part time):  $634

Online income:  $424

Tax return:  $4,140

Total income:  $11,357

 

indexHoly cow.  Can you imagine if we made that kind of money EVERY month?  :)  I can pretend, can’t I?  ha ha.

 

Anyway, like I said, some of the money is going towards expenses in March, but we were able to use this income to pay down our debt quite a bit, which made my day:

  • Tithing (we pay 10% of our income to tithing every month):  $1,357
  • Charitable:  $60
  • Mortgage:  $1,017
  • Phone/Internet (3 phones, internet) – this number will go up next month, because after struggling with spotty internet for a few months, I about lost my mind and decided to pay for it, rather than stick with the free stuff we were getting with my phone’s hotspot:  $83
  • Utilities (gas, electric, water):  $229
  • Life insurance:  $32
  • Groceries:  $200
  • Car (Insurance, gas):  $202
  • Emergency Fund: $200
  • Debt Payment:  $5,928
  • Gymnastics:  $90
  • Swimming lessons:  $35
  • Medical bills:  $20 co-pay
  • Spending money (this is the first month in quite some time that we’ve done this:  I decided to let us have some extra spending money to buy some clearance winter clothes, as well as some gardening supplies.  I feel it was a worthy splurge!):  $160

Total expenses:  $9,558

 

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Reading For Autism

As many of you know, my little dude has autism, and so it’s a situation that is close to my heart.  I recently heard about this book challenge called “Reading for Autism”.  Both Laura Fabiani from iRead Book Tours and the author of Almost Perfect, Diane Daniels Manning will be supporting this event to raise funds for the Autism Foundation.

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Let me share with you how it works:

Basically, for every book you read that is in some way related to Autism or Aspergers, you agree to donate a certain amount. You only need to read 1 book as the minimum and the amount you want to donate is up to you. It can be as small as $1 per book or feel free to be as generous as you like.  All of the information and rules can be found HERE, if you’d like to join me in the challenge!    You can also see the book list that they’d like you to pick from HERE.  I’ve actually already read a few of these, and I can tell you, this is a good, quality list!

 

If Autism is a cause close to you, it may be of interest to you to check it out!  Not only can you donate to a good cause, you can educate yourself in the process, and what a great thing you can do just in time for April, which is Autism Awareness Month!  :)

 

 


Menu Monday – Weekly Meal Plan and Goals   Recently updated !

MPM-WinterI need to apologize now, because this is going to be quick and really no fun.  I’m exhausted.  Mentally, physically, emotionally – I’m pretty sure many can relate, right?  :)  Every year I vow to do better in the winter, and to not allow depression (or SAD) creep up on me, and I always get really close to spring before I go kaput.  We’re at that point.  The good news is that it definitely won’t last forever.  Warmer weather, fresh outdoor air, and sunshine will be here soon (hopefully)!!  In the meantime, I’m gonna do the best I can for meal planning:

 

  • Chili with baked fries – I’ll use a batch of chili from the freezer that I made a few weeks ago, and home bake the potatoes as fries.

 

  • Everyday Meatloaf – This is a new recipe I’ll be trying from the book, Everyday Paleo.  The Paleo diet seems to be the closest to a match for my personal needs, so this weekend I went to my local library and checked out every single paleo cookbook they had (only 3, but believe you me, I put others on hold).

 

  • Dill and Lime-baked Chicken thighs – I’m totally making this up.  We’ll see what happens.

 

  • Leftover night

 

Last week’s goals went okay, but there were quite a few changes due to circumstances beyond our control.  For example:

    1. Get budget set up and prepared for March.
    2. Blue and Gold Scout banquet – didn’t happen.  Buddy Boy had a complete meltdown about an hour before and we simply couldn’t get him calmed down.  Autism really sucks sometimes.  My husband went though, since he’s the den leader!  So I suppose we kinda can cross it off. ;)
    3. Parent Teacher conferences for Buddy Boy
    4. Leave work early Wednesday and Thursday
    5. Go into work early every day – Tried to, but there was an accident on the freeway one morning, so that didn’t quite work out!
    6. Get hubby packed and sent on his trip
    7. Gymnastics for Munchkin – Nope.  The silly girl decided to hurt herself.  Luckily, it’s not a major break…just a chipped finger bone.
    8. Swimming lessons for Buddy Boy
    9. Make cookies for some neighbors. – I completely, COMPLETELY forgot about this.

 

And the goals for the week?  Well, I’m not being too overly ambitious, I don’t think.  How do so many of you do it??  I admire you. :)

  1. Finish giveaway on the blog (Go HERE to enter – the entries are extremely low!)
  2. Type up new recipes from cookbooks to try.
  3. Update the blog with our latest Debt numbers.

 

That’s it for this week.  Happy March, my friends!!

 

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Digestive Health – Probiotics + a Giveaway! 16 comments   Recently updated !


Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that I’ve had an unhappy history with my digestive system.  For years I’ve dealt with a myriad of symptoms, including severe bloating, ulcers, stomach pains, nausea, depression, migraines, joint pain, and more.  It’s taken some pretty extreme measures to finally get those symptoms under control 3 months ago.  Not only did I make drastic dietary changes, I started adding more supplements and nutrients to my body.  One of these supplements was probiotics.

 

Probiotics are live microorganisms – they are “good” bacteria, and they help with gut/digestive health.  They help fight off the “bad” bacteria that invades our body on a regular basis.  I’ve used probiotics with great success, including the Vita Advanced brand.  This particular brand has 10.2 billion organisms per 2 capsules.  I truly believe that the more probiotics, the better. I usually take 3 capsules a day, so I end up with about 15 billion organisms.  I can feel the difference after taking them – not immediately, of course, but as time goes on.

It’s important to note that I can’t eat a crappy diet and then pop a few of these and feel fine.  Believe me, I tried it!  However, if I’m eating a healthy diet and then I have ONE meal I probably shouldn’t, then this seems to help take care of the bloating that I would have had without the probiotics.  Combined with healthy diet, I’m seeing a huge difference in my digestive issues!  I rarely get nauseous or have a stomach ache.  What a blessing!  I highly recommend you adding probiotics to your diet/lifestyle, if you haven’t already.  The science is clear:  

 

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Probiotics are recognized for their benefits in promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system including the reduction of pathogens responsible for diarrhea and the restoration of microflora in the intestinal tract following the use of antibiotics.  Probiotics are live microorganisms, or “good bacteria” that are a fundamental part of human nutrition, and the human body. These microscopic organisms line the digestive track and help fight off “bad bacteria”, viruses, infections and more.

Vita Advanced Probiotic may help you in the following ways:

– Relieve digestive disorders
– Boost your immune system
– Improve your mood and feeling of well-being

Vita Advanced Probiotic contains 7 essential probiotic strains and 10 billion good bacteria per daily serving at time of manufacture that promotes digestive health and supports immune system. You can be certain of its quality because it is made in USA and sourced from a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Facility.

 

Good news: One of my lucky readers will WIN their own bottle of these probiotics…woot! Good luck!

Vita Advanced Probiotics

*I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.


The Big Debate: Save or Pay Down Debt?

When my husband and I got engaged, we got into debt for the first time.  I wish we hadn’t started off our marriage like that, but our mindsets were quite a bit different then.  It almost felt like a rite of passage.

 

Then, when we decided we were awesome and were going to pay more than the minimum due each month (what a concept that was!).  I, however, wanted to put some money into an emergency savings first.  My then-fiance’ disagreed.  He wanted to pay off the debt before saving any.  He was set to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Finance, and yet I still didn’t buy his theory.  I felt that my lower levels of stress in knowing that we had a little money set aside was worth any extra interest we might pay on the debt.

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Nearly 15 years later, we still have the same disagreement, ha ha!  My husband gets a once-a-year bonus from work, and it comes around the same time as our tax refund comes.  I would like to get some money in our emergency fund (maybe $1,000 or so) and THEN use any other money to pay down our debt.  He feels it’s a waste, since we are paying interest on our debt.   Of course now, we are better at compromising, so it’s not a big issue, but it’s gotten me curious.

 

What are your thoughts?  I’m not trying to settle an argument, I promise.  I’m just genuinely curious what others think is the smart thing to do.  Build a small emergency fun, or pay off debt first?

 

 


Adovia Dead Sea Salt Bath Salts   Recently updated !


I’m a big fan of taking detox baths.  There are so many potential benefits to them, and dang, they feel good and relaxing!  According to Healthy Living How To, a detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to help our bodies in their natural detoxification process.

 

I go through Epsom salts pretty quickly, and so I jumped at the chance to try some new salts from Adovia.  I was really excited to try them, because they are DEAD SEA salts!  They have a higher concentration of minerals than Epsom salt, and so the benefits are even better.  In using them, I noticed that they dissolve at least twice as fast as the other salts I’ve used in the past, and I really like that.  I also felt like I could feel a bigger difference in my body the next day.

 

I am very careful with my diet, and monitor my digestion closely.  In the last month, whenever I experienced gas or bloating, I took a bath with these Dead Sea salts.  I always took them just before bedtime, and afterwards slept so well – EVERY TIME!   I also noticed that EVERY SINGLE MORNING after taking a detox bath, I felt better, digestive-wise.  I am completely blown away with how consistent my results have been!  These are high quality salts, and they work really well.  They are relaxing, they are comfortable, and  THEY WORK!

 

Let me share with you a little more about the product:

 

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Product Description:

  • Dead Sea Salts are the best bath salts on the planet – Much higher mineral concentration than Epsom Salt!  They have a high concentration of minerals which are essential for proper skin health and beauty.  Adovia Dead Sea Salt is fine grain for faster dissolving.
  • Packaged in a resealable zip lock bag.
  • Provides relief from Psoriasis, Eczema, and Arthritis symptoms. Formulated with over 26 essential minerals the body needs for natural soothing and relaxation.
  • Find relief from aches and pains by soaking in a bath full of these salts. Rejuvenates, exfoliates, and softens while it soothes!
  • Contains absolutely zero additives, colors, or scents.

 

You can purchase a 1.75-lb bag on Amazon.com for $11.95.  They are a great splurge, and I know that they’re on my to-buy list again, when I earn my next Amazon gift code from Swagbucks! :)

 

*I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% honest and my own!