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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!

 

 


Great Workout Program For Women – The Fe’ Fit Program   Recently updated !


I recently started a new workout program.  I figured since I’ve got my eating under control, and am doing well with my new lifestyle dietary changes, it’s past time to start adding a workout regimen to my life.

 

Let me tell you a little about the product, Fe’ Fit Women’s Workout Program,  I am using.  The information below is taken directly from the Amazon.com page:

Fe Fit

  • Fun and trendy workout DVDs for women that burn fat and create shape. Empowering and high-energy instructor. Lose weight, tone up, and feel attractive and sexy. 30-day Risk-Free Money Back Guarantee!
  • 7 fun fitness genres: •Cardio Circuit •Core •Lower Body •Upper Body •Total Body Toning •Barre and •Stretch Flow exercises
  • Created by moms, for moms. Designed for women to: Flatten stomachs. Firm and tighten glutes. Push yourself to the NEW YOU. 
  • Fé Fit 90-day in-home workout DVDs target full body sculpting for sexy and feminine legs, butt, arms, shoulders, back, and core. Follow Fé Fit fitness DVDs as your primary workout program or to supplement other fitness goals. 
  • 8 discs featuring 28 unique fitness videos, free flexible workout calendars to fit your busy life, and bonus tools for measuring and tracking success

 

IMG_20150223_203120 (2)Okay, so let me say right off the bat that I wanted to try this fitness program NOT to lose weight, but to tone.  I feel that I’m at a good weight for my height, but I would like to tone up and lower my body fat percentage.  I weigh what I did before having kids, but I’m still definitely pudgier, ha ha!  I assume it’s a matter of having less muscle and more fat now.

 

The awesome thing here is that if you are in the same position as me, there is still a scheduled, written program for you!  They have a 6-week toning program you can follow.  And let me just say, the workouts kill me.  And this is a good thing.  I have done so many lower body workouts that left me sore, but not in areas that I WANTED to be sore, in areas that I wanted worked.  Doing the lower body workout left me sore in all the right places.  It definitely hurt so good. :)  I don’t want to admit this, but I promised honesty:  I was sore in all the right places, and I only made it through half the workout the first time.  It still worked me!  That impressed me, lol.

 

The workouts are not all new, but there were definitely moves I’d not seen before, and I like the fun, casual atmosphere of the videos.  I like it enough that I am planning to continue using the videos and the programs 3 days a week while “supplementing” my workouts with other activities on other days (walking to work, doing a quick 5-minute HIIT workout, etc).  I will be sure to update again later as I continue with it.  I’ve only been at it for a week, so I don’t have results to share yet, but I look forward to that time!

 

The list price is $199 on Amazon, but the current price is $119.85, a 40% discount.  Woot!

 

*I received the product in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are all mine alone!

 

 


Skinology Beauty Solutions Vitamin C 20% Serum   Recently updated !


 

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About the Product:

BEAUTIFUL , HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN Our 20% Vitamin C Serum is the answer If you want to have a healthy, glowing moisturized skin, minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots and repair the sun damaged skin – our product is what you are looking for!!!

OUR NATURAL ANTI-AGING FORMULA is a perfect treatment for:
– Wrinkles and fine lines
– Age spots, sun spots, and discoloration
– Dry, damaged and dehydrated skin

98% Natural – 72 % Organic ingredients
– Contains 20% Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E & Amino Complex that perfectly work together to restore your skin moisture levels and provide the following benefits:
– Increases the production of collagen to bring back skin’s natural elasticity and counteract fine lines and wrinkles
– Powerful antioxidant properties neutralize free radicals to reverse damages caused by the sun, pollution, and cigarette smoke
– Protects your skin from UV damages
– Improves your skin texture to give you a smoother, brighter complexion
– Made in the USA in the FDA registered and GMP Certified Facility
– Not Tested on Animals

 

My Thoughts:

 

I love this Vitamin C Serum!  It is much like the other one I tried earlier this year.  In the dry air of winter where I’m at, I feel a real decline in my skin.  It always feels so dry and tight, and I hate that feeling year after year!  The serum really helps to combat that, and I love using it along with a thicker moisturizer.  Vitamin C is well known for it’s many benefits to skin as well, and I really feel like my face is benefitting.  It feels softer and smoother – even my son has noticed it and commented on it (very loudly at times, lol).

 

One thing I love is that this uses so many natural ingredients, so not only do I like the way it works, I can feel GOOD about the product as well.  Living a more ‘natural’ life is important to me, and I’m loving seeing so many new companies come out and make efforts on this front.

 

The serum is listed on Amazon.com at $44.99.  However, it is currently on sale and you can save over 50%.  At that deep discount, I’d definitely recommend you giving this a try if you are hoping to diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and boost collagen production.

 

*I received a bottle of the Vitamin C Serum in exchange for this review.  No monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are mine alone.   


Day by Day Beauty Facial Blotting Paper

 

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Always Your Freshest Face.

1) Blotting Paper Perfection.
If you’ve tried ordinary blotting tissues before, you’ll notice the premium feel & satisfying clean feel with Day by Day Beauty’s #1 Blotting Papers right away. From start to finish these face blotting sheets are made of premium-grade, natural pulp fiber that quickly absorbs unwanted oil – without disturbing your makeup.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I don’t have very oily skin, and so I was hesitant to try this blotting paper.  Munchkin, however, is quickly growing and experiencing many of the symptoms that come along with that time of life…oily skin being one of them!  So, I had her try them out.

 

Here’s what she had to say:

  • They seemed like they wouldn’t absorb when I first looked at them, but they DID absorb a lot more than I had expected.
  • They are really soft.
  • One time when I used it on my face, the oils from my fingers actually got on them.  I couldn’t believe how fast it was at absorbing.
  • I think they’ll be really good after P.E. class when I get sweaty, because they also absorb sweat, and I think they would be a good time saver.
  • I bet they are more expensive than just a towel, though.
  • I like that they are SO thin, like thinner than tissue paper.
  • It’s only to be used for blotting excess oil and moisture, it won’t work for anything else.

 

So, there you have it!  The summary of my 12-year old daughter’s experience with these.  I did use them once when I was sweaty, and yes, they absorb sweat beautifully.  As for the oily part, you’ll just have to take her word for it!  They are definitely convenient, and good to have on the go.   :)

 

* I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions are mine and that of my daughter alone.

 


GrillFella BBQ Vegetable Basket Wok with Divider – Review


With this warmer-than-usual winter we’re experiencing here in Utah, we had the chance to do some grilling.  Good thing too, because I received a new GrillFella Basket Wok to try out!

 

grillfellaProduct Description

  • - First Vegetable Grilling Basket With Divider So You Can Grill Multiple Vegetables At Once
    – Remove The Divider To Have A Professional Quality Full-Size BBQ Wok – Barbecue Topper
    – Makes Grilling Smaller Or Delicate Fods Easy
    – Sides High Enough To Allow You To Toss Around Your Veggies As You Cook
    – Free Silicone Heat Pads Included To Help You Handle The Wok Or Any Other BBQ Accessory When Hot  

– Large and easy-to clean, great for all BBQs 
– Split the area in two with the adjustable divider 
– Not only for vegetables – Throw in some small cuts of meat or chicken 

Vegetable Griling Basket with a Twist: A Divider!
The GrillFela BBQ Wok series are the only BBQ Vegetable baskets on the market with the unique Divider feature allowing you to split the space to grill multiple different foods simultaneously… to cook more quickly and evenly… Zucchini, eggplant and onions on one side,  diced lamb on the other! 

 

 

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My husband and I were impressed with the basket wok.  It’s awesome to be able to grill veggies without worrying about losing them in between the grill racks, ha ha!  The divider tray is a great idea, but in all honesty, we didn’t use it because when cooking for 4 people, you kinda need the entire thing for one item. I would love it if they made a bigger one of these with a divider.

Overall, it worked beautifully! I’m thinking we’ll use this all summer long, usually for the sides, and save on aluminum foil.  I’m also thinking that we’ll try this out on our camping trips this year as well. It would sure make cooking over the fire more convenient.

 

*I received the product free in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are that of me and my husband alone.  No monetary compensation was received.


Skinology Lemon Essential Oil Review

  • Lemon Essential Oil
    100% Pure and Natural Lemon Essential Oil
    Aromatherapy, Health & Many Household Uses
    Detox Your Body and Boost Fat Burning Naturally
    Great Aroma, Energy Booster, Refreshing and Uplifting
  • HIGH QUALITY LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL 100% Pure Oil – Alcohol and Paraben Free – Pure Therapeutic Grade Undiluted Essential Oil (Citrus Limon) – Huge 4 oz bottle with dropper and a phenolic cap. Imported from Italy and bottled in the US in an advanced FDA facility. This product is absolutely Cruelty- Free and was never tested on animals.

    NATURAL ANTISEPTIC: This premium quality Lemon oil is a natural antiseptic and an energy booster with refreshing and cooling properties. It has a lot of different uses – from massage and aromatherapy to immune system and metabolism boosting effects. Simply add a few drops of the Lemon oil to the glass of water – and you have a perfect energy booster refreshing drink full of antioxidants. Also might be used for all your home and kitchen cleaning and refreshing needs. Please use with care due to its high concentration.

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When I got this oil in the mail my first thought was, “Wow, this is a big bottle!” It’s much bigger than the usual 5 ml bottles I see.

 

Upon opening and smelling it, I didn’t feel like it smelled as purely lemon as other brands I’ve purchased. However, for the price, it is fine by me.  Because it is such a big bottle, I don’t feel like I have to be stingy in my use of it, which is a nice change!  I know this oil will last.  I’ve been using it 2 ways, and am planning to use it a third way starting tomorrow:

  1. I love that I can diffuse it in the air, especially this time of year when things tend to feel cold and gloomy. It perks things up having a fresh lemony scent in the air.
  2. I’ve been taking more detox baths lately as well.  I got some Dead Sea Salts (which I will share a review about later), and I’ve been putting about a cup of those salts, along with 1/2 cup baking soda, a pinch of ground ginger, and 5 or so drops of lemon oil in the water for these baths.  Be cautious in using essential oils in the tub, as they are concentrated and can irritate the skin!  I personally haven’t had a problem so far with this ratio.
  3. I’m planning to start adding the lemon oil to my water tomorrow.  I love the idea of adding antioxidants to my water – what an easy way to make it even more healthy!

 

 

This is one of the products I mentioned earlier that I would be trying out in my search for optimal health.  I think that mental health is at least as important as physical, and lemon essential oil is a known mood booster.  I am truly loving all of the natural options that are becoming more easily available to us!

 

 

I would recommend Skinology’s Lemon Essential Oil, simply for the bargain that it is.  When living on a tight budget, essential oils can be costly.  You are definitely getting more oil for your money when you purchase it on Amazon.  As of the date of publishing, it’s on sale for 64% off!

 

I received a bottle of the oil in exchange for my honest review. The opinion is 100% my own.


Simple Health Yacon Syrup 4 comments


Anyone here heard of Yacon Syrup?

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It’s a product I’ve heard of, but didn’t know much about.  When I had the opportunity to test some out from Simple Health, I decided it was time to do some research.  Here’s some information I found:

 

  • Yacon syrup is high in soluble fiber.
  • It is high in PREbiotics (not to be confused with PRObiotics).  Prebiotics help to stimulate the good bacterias (probiotics) in our guts.  It also helps the body with increasing its absorption of minerals.
  • It was used by the Incas.  In Peru it is eaten for it’s nutritional properties – it is low in calories and in sugar.
  • In a 2009 Study, daily intake of Yacon syrup was shown to produce a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference, and body mass index.
  • Yacon syrup is an anti-inflammatory food.
  • Simple Health Yacon Syrup is gluten free, non GMO, and vegan with no binders or artificial ingredients.

 

Simple Health Yacon Syurp is made from yacon root and is 100% pure. It has a deliciously sweet taste, a bit like dates, but is diabetes friendly.

 

I’ve been using Yacon Syrup for the last week.  I really do like the taste.  It has a molasses texture, and a taste that is a mix between dates and molasses, in my opinion.  When I’m craving something sweet, I eat a small spoonful of it and it takes care of it!   I can’t say that I’ve felt a huge difference in my body yet, but there is enough evidence on the side of Yacon syrup for me to continue using it.  I’ll be sure to update later after I’ve used it for longer.

 

I’m not really at a point in my life where I need to lose pounds, but I could definitely stand to lower my body fat percentage, and to tone up, and so I’ll be trying different products/methods and sharing my experiences with them throughout the year.  As of now, I’m liking Yacon Syrup, and hopefully will see some physical results from using it consistently!

 

SimpleHealth_Christmasrecipes-yacon-candied-nuts-2-300x200If you’re unsure how you could use yacon syrup, here is a link that provides recipes.  I seriously cannot wait to try these candied nuts!!

 

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

 

 


Rasmus and the Vagabond Book Review and Giveaway! 9 comments   Recently updated !

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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   Recently updated !

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.


Using Nutritional Yeast in Allergen-Free Cooking

You may remember that last summer I did a complete overhaul on my diet, due to some health complications I’d been dealing with.  Along with an overhaul, I had a lot of blood work and testing done, and discovered that in addition to my intolerance to gluten, I also have a sensitivity to dairy.  Because of that, dairy has now been cut out of my diet permanently.  One of the new foods I’ve tried and learned more about during this process is nutritional yeast.

 

Now, a lot of nutritional yeasts are fortified – which sounds good, but usually means there are synthesized ingredients, which of course equals processed, or not natural.  Part of my overhaul was cutting out as much processed food as possible, and I’ve seen the positive difference it has made in my health.

 

 

Sari Foods has 100% natural and non-fortified nutritional yeast flakes.  It tastes pretty good and is dairy free, gluten free, extremely low and fat and sodium and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients.  I received some and have been having a lot of fun experimenting with different recipes and ideas for how to use it.  People say that it provides a cheesy flavor, and I haven’t yet decided if I agree.  I suppose it can give a hint of cheese flavor, but I don’t think it’ll ever replace the true flavor of cheese.  Still, I like the extra something something that it gives to foods.  My two favorite ways to eat it are in scrambled eggs and on top of air popped popcorn.  IMG_7367

One things I appreciated specifically about this particular brand was that after purchasing the Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast on Amazon.com, the company sent me an email with recipes that I could try out!  I thought that was a really nice gesture, and I’ve already tried two of the recipes so far.  That in and of itself has created a loyalty for me.  I love when a company will do a little extra, a little more, just to help complete the experience!

 

The bag I purchased is 8 oz, and I believe it’ll last me a good, long time, especially since I like it best in small amounts as a mini flavor enhancer.  Seriously, I’ve used this in soups, on eggs, on potatoes, and more.  I really can’t say anything bad about it.  To learn more about nutritional yeast and Sari Foods, you can visit them on Facebook and/or on Twitter.

 

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