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Konjac Facial Sponge with Activated Charcoal – Review   Recently updated !

*I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% my own.

2a1f770e62447b99912ebfc1950e299e811a0d26About the sponge:

Gently yet effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, removes toxins, oils and impurities from your skin. Furthermore, it removes fatigue appearance and customers have amazing results with acne skin. 

100% SAFE FOR EVERY DAY USE BECAUSE it is luxuriously gentle, pH balanced and doesn’t damage your skin as other harsh products do. You will even save your money, because this sponge doesn’t require a cleanser and does all the job of removing blackheads and breakouts.

100% NATURAL ECO-AND-ANIMAL FRIENDLY BIODEGRADEABLE – We have evaluated dozens of sponges on the market before putting our name below it. The konjac fiber is grown on a very high altitude in Japan, Korea and China, thus being very pure and pollutant free. It is filled with precious nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and folic acid. Your skin will thank you every day!

ENJOY THE COMFORTABLE 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

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My Thoughts:

 

Okay, people…this is the real deal.  Everything that the description says about your skin feeling amazing afterwards is true.  Holy cow, it feels so smooth and soft!  It’s so weird, because you’re just rubbing a sponge on your face, but it feels like you’re putting on a moisturizing product.  It’s silky…it GLIDES.  I kid you not.  I’m in love, I really am.  There is minimal packaging, which I appreciate.  It seems to lose its shape after a few uses, but it still works, so I’m cool with it.

One of my favorite things about this sponge is that it tricks my son every time I get it wet.  He sees it and asks, “Mom, why are you rubbing a brownie on your face?”  It cracks me up. It does kinda look like a brownie when it’s wet, I guess!  It’s only $10 at Amazon!


Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy Leave In Conditioner – Giveaway! 1 comment   Recently updated !

*I received a complimentary product for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% mine.

 

I love me earth friendly products!  Here is one that you may be interested in hearing about:

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Pravana Nevo products are 100% Vegan.  They are 100% gluten free.  Their packaging is 100% biodegradable.  Nevo Instense Therapy Leave-In Treatment instantly detanges hair, provides deep hydration or equalizes hair prorsity.  It also protects hair when heat styling, adds shine, eliminates static.

 

Munchkin and I both used this spray to see what we think.  I can tell you now, it’s more costly than other hair care products that we usually use at my house.  However, I’m impressed enough with it that I will plan on buying from them again.

 

Pros:

  • It made our hair super soft.  It wasn’t an immediate effect, but after consistent use for a few days, we noticed a difference.
  • I would spray it on and then braid my hair and keep it that way over night.  In the morning, I could tell a difference.
  • The bottle is pretty, and the design is sleek!
  • It’s totally easy to use.
  • It is a wet spray, but it had such a conditioning effect that it didn’t act like a “wet” spray.  Usually when my hair gets wet, it poofs up a bunch as it dries.  I didn’t experience that poofing when using this, which was a pleasant surprise!
  • My daughter felt like it did a good job with detangling.
  • I really like the smell.
  • No sulfates, no salt, paraben-free, no animal testing – need I say more?  Okay, I will. :)  100% vegan, no phthalates, 100% biodegradable.  Yay!!
  • 5% of the proceeds for every NEVO product sale are donated to City of Hope.

Cons:

  • NONE.  We love this product!!

 

Are you excited yet?  Because we are hosting a giveaway.  One lucky reader will win their own bottle of this Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy hair treatment!!  Enter below.  Giveaway open to the U.S. only.  Ends 07/08/2015.  Good luck!!

 

 
Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Hair Treatment


The Healthy Mind Cookbook – Review

Eating for brain health?  I’ll drink eat to that!  I was very excited to read this new cookbook from Rebecca Katz.

 

9781607742975About the Book (from the website):

In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain’s ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function—all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years. 

With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.

 

Oh, my.  The recipes look AMAZING.  The pictures are absolutely beautiful.  There are so many wonderful, delicious meal options, even for me with all of my dietary needs.  I love that the author(s) include an introduction, explaining some of the science behind the book, without taking up too much time and space.  It seems that a lot of health cookbooks are filled halfway with the science and reasoning, and then you’ve only got half a book left for a few recipes.  This book provides information, but not overwhelmingly so, and the focus is on creating good recipes.  I cannot wait to try some myself, especially the tonics and elixirs.  Food-wise, I think the Quinoa Turkey Meatballs and the Meyer Lemon Pudding recipes will be the first that I try.

 

* I received a complimentary copy of the book from Blogging for Books for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 


Premium Eyelash Curler by Mia Adora Review

*I received the product free for the purpose of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

resize_bc96b8f2db82445226df64cf4659918a4970bcca6d5da228534706357b85c5dc4a82933d256256I was so excited to get an eyelash curler to review!  I had a REALLY old one, like 15 years old, and I didn’t want to spend money on a new one. :)  My daughter is also to the age that she wants to start using one, and I wanted her to have her own, instead of sharing mine.  So…I gave this one to her, which made her quite happy!

 

A little about the product:

*THE PERFECT CURL* – Instantly get the perfect curl with Mia Adora’s unique ergonomic design captures every lash without pinching. Fits every eye shape.

*PREMIUM QUALITY* – Sturdy no-slip handle that’s padded for extra comfort, large padding to curl your lashes without leaving creases. Spring loaded for extra precision and control. There’s no other lash curler like this!

*Comes with extra padding and 1 year warranty!

 

0529150808aOur Thoughts:

She loves that it is easy to handle and doesn’t hurt her eyelid when she uses it. The little spring in it seems to help it curl more effectively, maybe because it provides a better grip. She’s loving the pink color too! The finger “handles” are the perfect size for her, but I don’t know if they would be big enough for an adult with larger hands (she is 12). I like that she can get the longer eyelash look without feeling like she has to wear makeup, like so many other girls her age do. It’s stylish, it works well, and it gets used every day! :)  Neither she nor I can find anything we don’t like about it, so yes, we’d recommend it.  It also is currently on sale for 40% off, so take advantage!

 

 

 


Flameless Tea Lights Review

I received the product mentioned for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

RaMs Wavy Candles are flameless candles that are battery operated.

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They offer in their package 11 Flameless Candles – Warm Bright White Battery Operated Candle Tea Lights with Free Decorative Rose Petals.  They have a One Year Replacement Guarantee.  They are 1.4″X 1.4″ Size, and are perfect for Skull Glass, Valentines Day Decorations, Plastic Bag Holder, Glass Votive Holders, etc.

 

 

 

0614151346I really love these candles.  They provide a gentle, soft ambience that I love.  I have put them all around the outside of my bathtub when taking a bath.  I have turned off the lights, turned on soft music, and turned on these candles to give my kids back rubs, just to make it feel more relaxing.  (I’m pretty sure my kids think these candles are just for them!)  They have a wavy top, and the lights flicker, making them seem more real.  My son likes to take one to bed with him so he has a light sometimes.  I look forward to using them during the holiday season as well, because I love having luminaries and candles out.  There’s nothing to not love about them!!

 

If you have questions, I would encourage you to head over to the questions and answers section on their amazon.com page.  Ask questions!!  


Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door Review

I received a complimentary screen door for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was given.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

About the Product:

 

Mega Mesh
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These Bug Screens are made to a high quality and are built to last.

What You’ll Get:

Unrivaled Quality

✓ Strong magnets sewn in, to provide seamless automatic closure
✓ High quality micro mesh keeps the smallest bugs out
✓ Easy install bug screens have been developed to stay up and withstand heavy traffic

Multiple Uses

✓ Can be used in all homes for effective pest control
✓ Great for use in RVs
✓ Fits easily where swing doors cannot fit

Benefits of Mega Mesh

✓ Magnetic hands-free entry
✓ Pet friendly access
✓ The low-cost way to economically cool your home
✓ Protection for your family from invading insects
✓ Easy installation
✓ Optional push-pin fixings included

 

f160287577b08d1145417223aa32bc0bc8a9d498I have wanted one of these screen doors for awhile, so I was really excited to review it.

I would suggest that if your Magnetic Screen door is going to be installed on the outside of your home, that you use the push pins included.  I figured I didn’t need to worry about that, but every time we had wind, the door blew right off.  It was very frustrating, as I thought the velcro strips would be strong enough.  The place I have mine installed has a metal trim, so it will be very difficult for me to use a push pin.  Keep that in mind.

 

Other than the wind issue, the door is great.  Our cats have figured out how to get in and out with it, and it’s nice to be able to keep the door open all day.  I LOVE getting a nice gentle summer breeze in my home, and I love avoiding bugs while I’m at it! :)  It feels like an upgrade to our kitchen sliding door (when it’s not blowing down).  The magnets that keep the door shut work really well and close immediately after someone walks through.  It makes it very convenient.

You can purchase the Mega Mesh Magnetic Screen Door HERE.


Escapes – Music For Relaxing CD Giveaway! 3 comments


Stress is the cause of so many health problems – I have experienced this first hand, and I’m sure you have too.

 

I work at a school, and so now that summer is here, I get to enjoy the same summer vacation as my kids.  I’m making a concentrated effort to work on reducing my stress and improving my mindset with my extra time.  In addition to taking 2 online classes (one on meditation, and the other on affirmations for healing), I am spending time each day in the outdoors, working in the garden, with my fingers in the earth.  I feel like this is a nurturing thing for me.

 

resize_d3e9bfb94d6a1eaca784c04d7c4589de45dd2f5582eb1192e790f66c7b3a4e0a7676464c256256I also am enjoying the power of music.  I received this CD, Escapes by Jeff Gold, and thought, “Oh, I’ll wait and use it on a stressful day.”  Let me tell you, that day didn’t take too long to come, ha ha!  At the end of the school year, things are always stressful!  I really enjoy the gentle musical sounds.  This is a CD that I can focus on listening to, or that I can leave on in the background to create a relaxing atmosphere.  My kids love it when I play music when I give them mini back rubs, and so I’ve been using this for that purpose as well.  We’re all loving it!

 

As you know, my son has autism, and with it anxiety.  Anything that I can do to help him relax is a huge blessing.  Especially when it’s something natural, and so simple!  This music has been more than enjoyable; it has been a blessing for me and my son.  He will sometimes get upset and start to have a meltdown, and when he is calm enough to speak, he’ll ask for some “calm music”.

 

A little more about the CD:
The “Escapes – Music for Relaxing ” CD (and download) is a soothing collection of original melodies featuring beautifully arranged acoustic guitars, piano, strings and flutes.   One full hour of smooth and melodic music, each song has its own unique sound, yet the relaxing tone of the CD remains fluid throughout the entire album. The tempo is ideal for healing and is often used for meditation, massage, reiki and yoga.  It’s almost always on Amazon’s Top 10 “Relaxation Music” list!

Many parents of special needs children have found that “Escapes” can help to settle their kids down enough to drift off to sleep pleasantly, helping to make bedtime relaxing for everyone.  Jeff’s very special nephew Russell helped to popularize “Escapes” by sharing it with his schoolmates and therapists, who found it to be effective for them too.  “Escapes” has become an important part of many special needs dance, music and yoga programs and students of all abilities have found that it helps improve focus while studying.

aa2f67d2ce24fcff2a16c1a83ae4451e67194a97Jeff Gold was kind enough to include a personal note of thanks along with the CD, and I really appreciated the gesture.  It’s little things like that that really impress me!  I’d recommend this CD to anyone.  It’s fantastic, and the music is great!

 

Looking to relax more?  Jeff Gold is offering a FREE download to all of my readers!  Simply go to http://www.jeffgoldmusic.com/su_tradewinds to download Tradewinds, one of the most popular songs on the CD.  Tell your friends as well; this offer is available to everyone!  There are also other CDs available for purchase and/or download. I’m also hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader to win the FULL CD! Good luck. :)

 

Jeff Gold Escapes – Music For Relaxing Giveaway

*I received a complimentary copy of the CD for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

 


Yalmeh Super Youth Eye Cream Review

*I received the product below for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

 

For my friends who have dark under-eye circles, this review is for you:

 

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    • ★DARK CIRCLES? Do people think you party too much or don’t get enough sleep, even though the real problems are your family genes or broken capillaries under the eyes? Yalmeh’s Super Youth Eye Cream treats and repairs wrinkles, dark circles and reduces the look of age spots and reduces fine lines around the eyes. People also use it around the mouth, forehead and cheek area and have seen similar results in those areas
      ★LUXURIOUS FEEL – It contains a combination of Organic Aloe, Alpha Lipoic and Alpha Hydroxy acids which work by removing old skin, allowing new skin to be produced. The Eye Cream is soft and creamy and feels soothing when you put it on. Formulated for Quick Absorption.
      ★ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS- Yalmeh Eye Cream contains all natural ingredients, no toxic chemicals or cancer causing additives – no mineral oil, propylene glycol or paraben. We do not test our products on animals NEVER-EVER. The Aloe Vera based eye cream contains organic and natural oils, gels and extracts, as well as Grapeseed Oil and Vitamins E and C, and is an effective natural solution for all types of skin. And, it lasts forever – a little goes a long way. 
      ★REDUCE FINE LINES – Watch the fine lines in the corners of your eyes be reduced to the point that they are no longer visible. With Yalmeh Super Youth Eye Cream, you will see the difference in the morning. Your skin will look younger, feel softer and the areas under your eyes will look lighter. People who have used it around their mouth, forehead and cheek areas, have seen similar results in those areas. Our customers normally see results after three months of daily use, although some see improvements much sooner. Our products are Made in the U.S.A. in our Advanced FDA Registered facility. 

 

I have dark circles, like my mother, and my poor daughter inherited the same trait.  I’ve tried so many different things, and nothing has ever helped to reduce the appearance of these dark circles.  I’ve been using the Yalmeh cream consistently for 3 weeks now, and I don’t yet see a difference.  I was told that results usually don’t come until after 3 months of consistent use, however, so I’ll keep using it and we will see.  I will definitely update this post to share my results as more time goes by.  It’s really soft, goes on nicely, and it feels REALLY good on my skin!  It’s a small container, but I think this will last forever, because you really only need a tiny bit.  I took before/after pictures, and I can’t see any difference yet.  (my eyes are more poofy in the second picture, but I think that’s because of allergies.) Time will tell.

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Sleep Better With NeuroBeats


*I received a complimentary digital download for the purposes of this review.  All opinions are mine alone:

 

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Sleep.  It’s CRITICAL to health.  But it’s so hard to get enough, it seems!  I’ve always made getting 8 hours of sleep a priority, and have made the time, but sometimes most of the time, my body argues.  I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and be up for hours, or I’ll have a hard time falling asleep in the first place.  It makes me crazy, and I know I’m not alone!!

 

I can feel a HUGE difference when I get a good night’s sleep, and not just mentally.  My digestive system works better when I’m rested.  I swear!  I never realized those two things could be related, but I have experienced less bloating and pain when I am well rested.  I’ve had stomach aches and nausea go away after taking a long nap, more times than I can count.  Sleep is important, and we have got to make it a priority if we are going to find better health!

 

resize_18ad3bdf6416566cb232fc60e78702fe19e9c61dea4f66fb0ad460d6656db762ad0c1689256256Let me introduce you to a possible option:  NeuroBeats.  It is a  Digital Supplement: Sleep Better.  Seriously, a DIGITAL supplement!  NeroBeats claims that just by listening to their album you will improve your sleep quality.  Sounds great right?
They use technology based on neuroscience studies which you can easily find on their website.  So how does it work?

To start sleeping better, just listen to Sleep Better for 30 minutes before going to bed, with quality stereo headphones. Keep this routine for 2 weeks.

 

I’ve tried it out for myself, and it’s really interesting.  I listen with the headphones and I don’t actually hear much.  I thought I’d be listening to music, but no…it’s like I’m hearing sound waves or something.  I don’t feel like I’m getting sleepy while listening or anything, but each time that I’ve listened before going to bed, I’ve managed to stay asleep longer.  Whether it’s a coincidence or not, I’m not completely sure yet, but I’m certainly planning to continue trying it out to see if I can feel a big difference as I continue listening on a consistent basis.  I will certainly update as I continue using.  For now, I’m definitely intrigued, and feel it well worth my time to continue.   Here’s to our health!

 

 


Probiotic Green Clay Mask – Review and Giveaway! 12 comments

I’m loving this new wave of natural and organic products, even beyond food.  I feel so much better using products that were created by nature, emotionally and physically.
I got the chance to try another facial mask, this one by Skin By Pom, and I’m excited to share my thoughts.  First, let me tell you a little more about the product:
resize_85b74f7a9ae09bf56d9a01c5ea6799a022add3f0999fe7b3742aa9fb8fac01edf08595c7256256This mask was made to soothe inflamed skin and reduce the appearance of blackheads.  Probiotics are added in the form of plant ferment extracts to help the skin’s microflora.
French green clay is considered a great clay type for troubled skin due to its rich mineral content.
Green tea extract acts as an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and UV protector.
Calcium carbonate will help draw oil out of the skin and reduce the appearance of blackheads.

Witch Hazel is another natural anti-inflammatory also said to reduce pore size.

Many of the ingredients in this clay mask are certified organic, but not all.  I love the little box that the package came in.  I can tell that they are using minimal packaging, and it’s a simple cardboard, not something fancy that has used a ton of ink.  I love that.  I tried the mask and it dries very quickly; more quickly than other masks I’ve used.  When I wiped it off my face, I couldn’t feel much difference initially.  About 20 minutes after washing my face off, when my skin was perfectly dry, I could feel a difference.  My daughter laughed and called me baby butt again, since I had that wonderful softness to my face. :)

Pros:
  • Minimal packaging – makes me feel better about using.
  • Premixed – this is a product that is already mixed; you don’t have to add water to create your mask.  It’s very convenient.
  • I love the use of so many natural products.
  • The jar is tiny, so it’s easy to take anywhere.  I can guarantee I’ll be taking it with me when I travel.
  • Dries fast, so you’re not waiting around for 30 minutes waiting to wash it off.
  • High quality mask and really refreshing afterwards.  It works!

Cons:

  • When it dries, it feels REALLY tight.  It kinda bothered me.
  • Not a 100% natural, organic product.  It’s still better than many products on the market, but I’d love to see it become 100% organic.

Overall, I really like and would recommend this Probiotic Green Clay Mask.  I think at a price of $15, it’s reasonable as well.

 

Oh, and by the way…Skin By Pom has generously offered to provide another jar of their mask, to one lucky reader.  Yep, giveaway time! :D  Open to the US.  Good luck!

 

 
Probiotic Green Clay Facial Mask Giveaway

 

*I received a complimentary sample of the product for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  All opinions are mine alone.