Reviews


The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden

I really, really want to maximize my garden space this year.  And I really, really want to convince my husband to get on board.

 

Whether you have a large space or hardly any room at all, there are gardening options available to you!  From container gardening to strategic companion planting to vertical planting – there are ways to maximize whatever space you do have.  You can create a “Postage Stamp” garden!  Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables–for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.

 

The Postage Stamp Vegetable GardenHow?  Well, you gotta read this book. :)  The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is a gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) that uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.

I’ve been gardening for over 10 years, and holy cow, I know NOTHING next to Karen Newcomb, the author.  She writes in detail, including general ideas for improving your green thumb, as well as specific step-by-step instructions (which is what I need).  She includes soil “recipes” that, again, are very specific, but that allow plenty of room for adaptation.  There is a wealth of information in this book, and I will refer to it for many years to come.  I’m giving it 5 stars with a full recommendation….if you want to grow a garden, read this book!

 

 

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

 


Vanilla Mint Deodorant Cream – Review and Giveaway! 5 comments

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! 4 comments


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!

 


Adovia Mineral Skin Care – Fractionated Coconut Oil (Review) 7 comments

I love anything that helps me live a healthier, more natural life.  I also love anything coconut, ha ha!  Let me tell you a little about this Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Those of you who use aromatherapy, you are probably familiar with this type of product:

resize_9dae1441296a201d12a927b6cdb23cccec7da8e6f8ba3f7d6cca17cb62be0d044cefbc55256256Coconut Oil has MANY Benefits but is GREAT for use as a MASSAGE OIL!!

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

-The fractionated coconut carrier and massage oil by GoPure creates a barrier on your skin, but does not clog your pores. Provides a light-weight and non-greasy finish. It is composed of 100 percent natural Carrier Oil or pure base.

-The shelf life, with proper storage conditions is indefinite. The product needs to be stored in a cool location, out of the direct sunlight.

-Ideal product for massage therapy due to the ability for the oil to remain in liquid form provided by the fractionating process.

The Fractionated Coconut Oil offered by GoPure is considered an all-natural type of carrier oil that is able to easily absorb into your skin, which makes it a go-to option for all types of topical therapies. It offers a feather-light emollient, providing a soothing barrier, without the risk of clogging your pores, and is ideal for dry or otherwise troubled skin. It provides the skin with a non-greasy, silky smooth feel, unlike the other vegetable carrier oils currently available. It is completely soluble with all types of essential oils and is odorless and colorless, which means it will not stain any fabric it comes in contact with. It also has a prolonged shelf life, which means it will not go rancid and is designed for topical use only.

 

My Thoughts:

 

I use essential oils a lot for myself and with my children.  I’ve previously used Sweet Almond Oil as a carrier oil, which is wonderful, but I hadn’t yet tried Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Oh my goodness, I love it!  It goes on the skin so smoothly, and is so comfortable and soothing, especially when used with essential oils during a massage.  It doesn’t have a coconut smell, which I had assumed it would.  I wouldn’t have minded that, but I do know that there are those who don’t love the scent, so it’s definitely a good thing.  There will be nothing getting “in the way” of the essential oils you use it with.   When massaging my two kids, I was impressed with how quickly and easily they seemed to absorb it.  They, of course, were more than willing to test this out.  I used it by itself as a moisturizer for my dry elbows and knees, and it works wonderfully, but I think I’ll save it for more therapeutic purposes, simply because it is such a high quality product.  I love it…I love it!  I’d recommend this oil any day, especially if you are into aromatherapy and massage at home.

Go Pure Naturals also offers other products, from skin care to hair care.  You can follow them on Facebook.

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


Facial Hair Remover by Bellesentials – Cheap Hair Removal (A Review)


00732b4df823d87f1c32b63c8540e4e25e56f723Product Description:

Our Facial Hair Remover Threading Tool will whisk away those unsightly hairs quickly, effectively and PAINLESSLY! Constructed out of stainless steel, this is a long, lightweight threading tool that traps hairs between its coils. Bend it into an upside-down “U”; hold it against unwanted hair and then twist. The tool instantly pulls hairs out of the follicles, roots and all. The process is incredibly quick and absolutely pain free!

 

My Thoughts:

When I first got the package for this Belesentials Facial Hair Remover, I had no idea how to use the hair remover.  There were no instructions included in the package, which would have been nice.  My daughter had seen a video on YouTube of it, however, and told me how to use it.  I was also able to look up the product description and find instructions there.  I’ve never used anything like this before, and so I had no idea what to expect.  I was nervous to try it, to be perfectly honest.  I’ve used creams in the past, and I hate them:  their chemically smell, the fact that they feel like they’re burning my skin, and of course, having to buy them again in a month.  I gave those creams up years ago and just resigned myself to having a pretty little mustache! :)  This looked like a cheap hair removal option, so I decided to give it a go.

 

 

My daughter recorded me trying it for the first time, much to her amusement. :)  You can see some of the video on my instagram page – it’s pretty funny.   I tried this threading tool, and wow, does it ever work!  I was blown away at how many hairs it was able to pull out at a time.  It definitely is effective and quick, but painless?  I can’t say it was painless.  It felt exactly what I would have imagined plucking 15 hairs out at once would feel like:  it hurt!  As I continued on, it didn’t hurt as much….probably because there were less hairs to pluck, and I was getting more used to it.  I do want to mention the sting, or the pain, however, just so that you know what you’re getting into with this product!  It’s really small and easy to use, which makes it convenient.

 

For $10.95, I think it’s a great cheap hair removal option.  Much better than so many of those chemical-filled creams that can cause burns and have to be re-bought as hair grows back.  Y’all know I like to have natural options, and frugal ones as well. :)

 

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


KUKPO Can Opener Review

There are a few items that my family has terrible luck with….for no good reason at all.

 

Blenders, for example.  I don’t use my blender more than 2 times a week, but maybe that’s too much because man, I burn those engines up quick.  One day I need to invest in a Vitamix or something, but I’m kinda scared.  What if I destroy that, too?

Another one is can openers.  My gosh, we buy one and within a year it no longer works.  It doesn’t seem to matter if we buy a dollar store one, or something nicer at Target, we cannot get a can opener that works well, which is why I jumped at the chance to try this can opener from KUKPO.  I didn’t have high hopes, because well, it’s ME and a can opener, but so far I’ve been pleasantly (no, AWESOMELY) surprised!  Here’s a little info about it:

 

3cad5162b495ea7808d6bffaf4171bef75eba78c_1EXTREMELY EASY TO USE – The large turning handle cuts open a can lid in seconds with minimum effort from the user and can be used to pop open bottle lids and soda tops.
MADE OUT OF HIGH QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL – Industrial quality stainless steel is used in the manufacturing process to ensure a lifetime use and a rust free product.

The KUKPO can opener is a high quality product made using pure stainless steel in state-of-the-art factories. It will not rust due to any reason; use this quality product throughout your lifetime.

 

I gotta tell you, I’m looking forward to that “lifetime” part at the bottom of the description. :)  My honest thoughts are that this is a FANTASTIC product!  I’ve never opened a can with such ease, from ANY can opener ever, brand new or used.  I don’t have to squeeze the handles as hard as with others, which I love, and will probably contribute to a longer lasting product.   I’ve tried it on standard 14-15 oz cans, as well as the bigger #10 cans, and couldn’t really tell a difference – it’s easy and smooth either way.   I like the look, too.  Call me shallow, but it just LOOKS high quality, and that makes me feel good, ha ha.

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Would I recommend this can opener from KUKPO?  The jury is still out on that.  The price currently is $19.99, which is great, considering how well it works, but I wouldn’t spend that much unless I knew the product would last a LONG time.  Time will tell!

 

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


Gummy Cuties Multi-Vitamin for Kids 11 comments


My kids.

 

My silly, silly kids.  My son has seriously got to be the most picky child I personally know.  He has sensory issues, and therefore doesn’t like certain textures.  He has a very limited diet, as many children with Autism do, and as such, I’m pretty sure he’s deficient in way too many vitamins and minerals.

 

I’ve tried to convince him to take a multi-vitamin on many occasions.  I simply haven’t had success with chewables (too powdery) or even liquids (they say the taste is neutral, but my kid can sniff that stuff out no matter what I sneak it into).  The only type of multi-vitamin I’ve ever been able to convince him to take is a gummy-style.

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When I was offered the opportunity to try the vitamins from Gummy Cuties, I jumped at it.  And holy cow, I wasn’t disappointed!  My son LOVES them.  So much, in fact, that he started asking me, “Please Mom, can’t I have one more PLEASE?”  ha ha.  We’re already completely out, and I’ve placed another order.  Why?  Because that little pill sneaked one day and ate a bunch of them!!  Freaked me out.  So…the next bottle will be guarded under lock and key, lol.

 

I personally love that these are gluten free.  My son doesn’t have a gluten intolerance, but I do, and I appreciate not having to be exposed.  I also love that the colors are from natural sources, and these vitamins use natural flavors.  It helps me to feel better about giving them to my son.  And to my daughter, who frankly, was just about as obsessed as her little brother was with these. :)

 

*I received a bottle of the gummy vitamins for the purpose of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received, and 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.

 

 

 


Natural Dark Spot Corrector by Key West Health & Beauty


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.