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Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream – Review and Giveaway! 5 comments   Recently updated !

resize_d79a7165c6b62801d8f8b692223287c6e3780bb0a05921f562f8742287f4337f437fa727256256I love natural options for health and beauty.  I was excited to try this deodorant cream from Bella Organics out.  Here’s some info about it:

 

Organic, chemical-free cream deodorant.!  Organic arrowroot powder absorbs wetness naturally. Organic Shea butter soothes and moisturizes dry skin. Coconut oil has natural anti-bacterial properties as well as soothes and conditions the skin. Organic peppermint and organic tea tree essential oils provide anti-bacterial and germ-killing anti-septic properties. It leaves you feeling confidently cool, fresh and clean.

Directions for use: Scoop a pea-sized amount from the jar with clean fingers. Rub onto each underarm until deodorant is applied.
 
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Arrowroot Powder, (Vegan), Organic Sunflower Oil,  Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Aluminum-Free Baking Soda, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil.
 
Size: 2 oz

 

I really love the smell of this deodorant.  I’ve made homemade deodorants before that I scoop with my fingers to apply, but I’ve never had a commercial product that is used this way.  It’s really creamy and soft, and I love the texture.  A little goes a long way.  When I first saw how small the jar is, I thought I’d get 2-3 uses out of it, but I was wrong; it has lasted for a few weeks so far.

 

Like I said, I really like the smell, and I like the cooling sensation that the peppermint gives.  I felt like it didn’t keep me dry; in fact, it almost seemed to stimulate under arm wetness for me.  I don’t know why.  My daughter tried some and had the same experience.  I don’t like feeling wet in my underarms, so that was not fun.  However, this deodorant completely masked any under arm odor, which is extremely important.  I love that I recognize all of the ingredients in it.  This is something I can enjoy and feel good about using.

 

If you’re curious about this deodorant cream, you can purchase it on Amazon.

 

Of course, you can ALSO enter to win your own!  Yay! 😀  One of my awesome readers will win a 2-oz jar of this lovely scented Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream.  Enter below.  Good luck!

 
Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream Giveaway

 
 

I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.


Organic Seaweed Powder – Review and Giveaway! 3 comments   Recently updated !


resize_6282d3b5c24916951902f402f70370cb79c65b076a60d1a5f2042abbc6a641f9374a8b7e256256Want an all natural, organic face mask?  Check this Organic Seaweed Powder from Azara Organics out.  My daughter and I have both tried this one, and we both can really feel a difference in our skin!  Here’s a little about it from the company:

REDISCOVER WHAT SILKY SMOOTH AND SOFT SKIN FEELS LIKE. Our Organic Seaweed Powder is Perfect for a Revitalizing, Age-Defying Facial Mask or Cellulite Reducing Body Wrap.

DON’T COMPROMISE YOUR HEALTH OR SKIN WITH PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN CHEMICALS. Our Organic Seaweed Powder is Wild Harvested Straight From the Coldest Parts of the North Atlantic and then Micronized into a Fine Powder for Maximum Absorption and Assimilation.

SENSITIVE SKIN, RASHES, DRYNESS OR ACNE, THIS WILL HELP YOU. Our Seaweed Powder is Packed with Vitamins, Minerals, Trace elements, and Amino Acids that are Essential in Maintaining Healthy and Youthful Skin.

0411150915When they say it’s made from seaweed in the Atlantic, they mean it.  That is the ONLY ingredient in this powder!  Now, let me be honest.  This does mean that the smell is a little, well, “fishy”.  You can add an essential oil to help with that if you’d like.  To make the mask, you simply mix it with a little water.  There are other options that you can mix it with too, like honey and Greek yogurt.

When I tried it, I simply added a little water and essential oil.  I could still smell the fishy smell, but once I wiped the mask off, the scent mostly went away with it.  I loved how soft my skin felt afterwards!  My daughter really hated the smell.  She too, really felt like her skin had softened after the first use, but she had a really hard time with the scent, so I don’t know if she’ll use it again.  We BOTH are incredibly impressed that it’s one, single, organic ingredient.  This is something we can feel good about putting on our skin!!

 

Want to try this effective, organic powder for yourself?  You can buy it on Amazon.  Of course, you can also enter to WIN a jar of your own, right here!  Awesome, right?  Enter below for your chance.

 

 
Organic Seaweed Powder for Youthful Skin

 

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


Tea Tree Oil Benefits – Natural Living 17 comments

As you know, I’ve been using more essential oils as part of my quest for more natural living.  I love so many of them.  There is one oil in particular, that I am extra fond of.  It is tea tree oil.  Let me tell you a little about it:

 

  Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile essential oils.  It naturally fights acne, toenail fungus, lice, yeast infections, skin tags, cold sores, dandruff, ringworm, fleas, warts, psoriasis, and more.

You can use it to make your own shampoo, lotion, soap, face cleaner, body wash, and toothpaste.

It is a powerful disinfectant, and can be used to make all natural household cleaners, detergents, shower sprays, bathroom disinfectants, and kitchen sprays.

Every large 4 ounce bottle from Apothecary Extracts comes with a FREE 100 PAGE GUIDE. They provide you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house.
Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs. Apothecary Extracts insists on the absolute best quality. They have the tests to prove their Tea Tree Oil’s purity and potency.

 

I have used Tea Tree Oil for most of my life.  I never liked the smell, but after years of being exposed to it, the potency of the smell doesn’t bother me as much anymore.  Spiders also seem to hate the smell, and I know a lot of family and friends who use it as a spider deterrent in their homes.

I am ABSOLUTELY CONVINCED of the goodness of this oil.  My mom had gum disease and needed surgery, it was so bad.  She couldn’t afford it, so she began saving up.  At the same time, she started using a toothpaste with Tea Tree Oil in it.  When she went back into the dentist months later, she was told that she no longer needed the surgery because she’d improved so much!

 

Another time when my son was 1, I was cooking bacon.  He came up behind me as I was grabbing the hot plate full of bacon and bacon grease, and tripped me.  The grease dropped all over his face!  We both screamed and after keeping a cold wet rag on him for 10 minutes, I applied Tea tree Oil to his face.  He cried and didn’t like the smell, but 2 minutes later he stopped crying and 30 minutes later you couldn’t even tell he’d been burned.  Yes, I believe in the power of this potent oil, and I’d recommend that EVERYONE have a bottle in their household, as long as it’s a brand they trust.  I’ve used this oil in shampoos for my dermatitis, for bug bites and cuts, to disinfect my kitchen sink/fridge/etc, and so much more.  I will never be without it!

 

Wanna win your own bottle? Well, then enter below. Good luck!!

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

*I received a bottle of the product in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone!

 


Tiffy’s Terrible Top Hat: mean girl bully learns a lesson (Giveaaway) 1 comment

resize_69891ae15acad33900da90a49eb16ee347b7b5316332f7a49f1871a586ffe26e1368cb43256256Twelve year old Tiffany Rinks is a beauty queen, talented, smart and the school bully. She spends her days terrorizing the other kids. But it looks like the tables have been turned. Now she is the victim of a cruel joke. 

Can she unravel the cause of her torment? Or will her bullying and lies cause the loss of her most prized possession? 
Some lessons are only learned the hard way. For Tiffy, it looks like this might be a very hard lesson. 
 

Tiffy’s Terrible Top Hat is the first book in the Lady Jenniviere’s Quill series of preteen books.  Each book has an underlying moral.  This book centers around anti bullying.

 

 

Tiffy’s Terrible Top Hat is a cute, silly story.  I’d recommend it for young girls aged 8-10, and in fact I may have some of the students I work read this as a group for fun.  It’s an easy-to-understand story, and gets the message across in a simple, fun way.  Tiffy is a girl who bullies other people just for fun.  When she experiences the strangest, and quite possibly the hardest day of her life, she begins to rethink some of her ways.  This is a fun, creative story that will make your young girls giggle.  I’m really excited to see more in this series.

You can win your own digital copy of the book!  Enter below, and good luck!

 
Tiffy's Terrible Top Hat E-Book Giveaway

 

*I received a digital copy of the e-book for the purpose of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.

 

 

 


Daily Break – Glade Cherry Sweeps!

 

 

Flirting with Fragrances
Fragrances unlock emotions and feelings. Glade® scents create vivid scent experiences that evoke uplifting feelings. Find out how you can feel flirty in this Challenge.

Grand Prize: A trip to NYC, the city that never sleeps (wink, wink!)
Five Runners-Up: Win a Glade® Gift Basket
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 3/4/15

 

 


Old Factory Candle Set Giveaway! 89 comments

Who is in the mood for a giveaway?  How about a lot of giveaways?  You’ve come to the right place.  I’m joining in on a Sweet Nothings Giveaway Hop, where a ton of other bloggers and myself are giving away prizes!  You’ll have SO many opportunities to win; awesome right?

 

81sMoJ-2elL._SL1500_Over here at Better on a Budget, you’ve got a chance at winning a set of 3 candles from Old Factory.  This is the Spa Day Set, and the scents are divine!  Here’s a little more about Old Factory Candles:

 

  • SPA DAY themed gift set contains 3 different 2 ounce candles. Includes Cucumber, Lemongrass, Green Tea.
  • Made in the USA with natural soy wax and self-trimming cotton candle wicks.
  • Each gift pack comes with 3 fragrance-themed candles. Each of which burns clean for 15 to 20 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor, and any room of the house – kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, family room, great room, basement. It’s recommended to  burn one candle in a smaller room, or to combine 2 candles in a larger room for the best effect.
  • Every purchase is 100% Guranteed.

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The giveaway runs until Thursday, February 26 at 11:59 pm EST.  Open to the US only.  Good luck!!
Old Factory Candles

 

 

Welcome to the Sweet Nothings Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers & Up All Night Blogging!


Hosted by
Mama Smith’s Review Blog & Women And Their Pretties


Co-Hosted by
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Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 – and some are much more than that! Be sure to visit them all – there is no limit to how many prizes you can win!
Good Luck and Have Fun!


DISCLOSURE: Mama Smith’s Review Blog and Women and Their Pretties are not responsible for any of the prize fulfillment. Each blogger is responsible for providing their sponsor with their winner’s contact information.

Rasmus and the Vagabond Book Review and Giveaway! 10 comments

rasmusENAbout the book:

After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Reassume dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

 

My Thoughts:

What a charming story.  I absolutely loved reading this; I loved the style of writing, and the sweet story.  I will be reading it again, this time to my children.  I suspect they’ll enjoy it as much as I did.  Little Rasmus is the cutest character, so sweet and endearing.  The author really gets into the mind of an innocent little boy stuck in a rotten situation, and shares his thoughts perfectly.  She brings about an innocence and excellence in her writing, and I was absolutely delighted to have the chance to read this book!

 

 

About the Author:

Astrid_portratt_JacobForsell_0Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.
Wanna know what’s awesome?  I’ve got an extra copy of this lovely book available for one lucky reader!!  I promise, reading this book will be well worth your time. :)  Enter below, and good luck!

 
Rasmus and the Vagabond Book

 
 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 


Giveaway: Roadmap Genesis DVD 6 comments

MV5BMTAxMDk2NTM1MjNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDgzNjYzODMx._V1_SX214_AL_Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.
When Filmmaker Nolan Leibovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.
He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.
 
Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society.

 

I wasn’t sure I wanted to watch this documentary.  Honestly, I was worried that I’d be bored, and feel like I was wasting my time.  Instead, I was surprised to find myself intrigued, curious, and emotionally involved.  I actually really enjoyed watching.  Nolan Leibovitz is a filmmaker, and he knows how to create an engaging film.  I love how he speaks with multiple religious leaders/experts from multiple religious dominations.  In the end, I came away with the feeling that we ALL are equal in the eyes of God, and our interpretations of the Bible are all beautiful and important, for our own personal lives!  It was really interesting to hear new perspectives about the book of Genesis.  Honestly, I’ve read Genesis, but I can’t say I’d gleaned as many wonderful lessons from it as I saw presented in this film.  I’m really glad I took the time to watch it, and I’ve started reading Genesis again, with my new understanding. I’m looking forward to it!
See the trailer:

If you’d like to watch this movie for yourself, you’re in luck…one of my readers will win a copy of the DVD!  Enter below, and good luck. :)

Roadmap Genesis DVD Giveaway
Roadmap Genesis DVD Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


23 Blast DVD Review and Giveaway! 7 comments

23 BlastBased on true story:

 

As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.

 

 

 

 

 

Holy cow, I love this movie.  I was a little concerned about letting my 12-year old watch it with me the first time (because of the PG-13 rating), but I needn’t have worried.  There was mild drinking of alcohol, which gave it the rating, but which was a poignant lesson shared in the film.  I felt fully engaged as I watched, and I actually cried at two different points.  During the movie, I tried putting myself in this young man’s shoes, and simply couldn’t come to imagine it.  I found myself thinking about my challenges, and realizing that, like Travis, I can move on and keep living.  I’m grateful for his inspirational example, and will share this movie with my son and other family members as one that is definitely worth watching!  After watching, I found myself wanting to know more, and so I spent time watching the bonus features.  Wow, what an incredible story, and what a great young man!  I’m so glad I had the chance to see 23 Blast; it’s a film I’ll watch again when I need motivation. I’m giving it 5 stars.

 

 
Here’s the trailer:

 

As thrilled as I was to watch this film, I’m even more excited to give one of my lucky readers their very own DVD copy!  Enter below, using any/all of the options listed. You won’t regret seeing this film. and good luck.  You can also enter the 23 Blast Bowl, where a grand prize winner will receive 5 copies of the DVD, an autographed football from Tony Dungy, and a pizza party for 8-10 guests.  GO HERE to enter the bowl.

23 Blast DVD Giveaway

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 
 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.