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Growing and Harvesting Your Own Herbs – Magnifeko Herb Scissors Review

I love to garden, but I confess, I haven’t been faithful about growing herbs in my yard.  I’ve always been a tomatoes, peas, strawberries and fruit trees kind of a gal.  Well, this last year as I’ve changed my health habits, I’ve begun using herbs much more in my cooking and eating.  That means I need to start growing herbs to make it more frugal, right?  Right!

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Basil and Stevia in these pots

So far this year I’ve started growing Stevia, Basil, and Mint.  I want to add Oregano and Cilantro.  Maybe there are other great herbs other than these that I need to try…help me out here, what is missing?

 

One thing I felt that was missing was a harvesting tool – because if I’m going to start growing herbs, I want to do it right, and I want the tools to keep me motivated.  Enter these awesome Magnifeko Herb Scissors. Let me tell you why they rock:

  • 5 TIMES AS FAST Herb scissors with 5 blades that perfectly tear & shred herbs 500% faster than kitchen shears.
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION Stainless steel kitchen scissors won’t bend, rust or corrode. Ultra sharp herbs scissors blades hold their edge well
  • • SIMPLE CLEAN-UP GUARANTEED Just place the kitchen shears in the dishwasher after cooking or gardening!

 

My favorite thing about these is the FAST cutting.  I love the extra blades in this pair of scissors!  Holy cow, it makes me feel like a pro.  Just look at those beautifully cut up chives in my taco soup:

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So, let me summarize my feelings about these.

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  • 5 blades make it SO easy and SO fast to cut your herbs.  Holy cow, it is a mega time saver!
  • They look awesome.  Call me shallow, but I am so much more likely to use something when I like it’s look.  It’s just the truth.
  • Good price – currently they are on sale for just $12.50 ($11.95 for the green ones)and I feel like that’s a great deal!
  • Safety cover – my son is very curious about these “special” scissors, and so I like having that cover to put on to hide the blades – keeps his curiosity at bay, and I don’t have to worry as much about him cutting himself.

 

CONS:

  • I know the description says they are easy to wash, but they aren’t always easy to rinse for me.  I found that herbs would get stuck in the blades and I’d have to get a knife to push them out at times.

 

Seriously, what other herbs should I be growing?  😀

 

*I received a complimentary pair of Magnifeko Herb Scissors for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

 

 

 


Total Tea Herbal Energy – Giveaway! 6 comments

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

 

Total Tea Herbal Energy is a unique blend of herbs created to promote energy and reduce mental fatigue. Plus it’s all-natural and packed with antioxidants.

  • 100% Natural Herbal Energy Tea Aid
    Increase Energy, Boost Stamina and Antioxidants
    Guayusa, Green Tea, Cinnamon Bark, Eleuthero Root, Ginsing Root
    No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
    Gluten Free & Kosher Certified + Weight Control

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I love a good herbal tea.  Herbal teas can provide so many health benefits, and I’m all about improving my health naturally, as you know.  I’m not a purist, however, and I have to add sweetener to my teas.  That’s okay, right?  I’m using homegrown stevia or raw honey, depending on what I’m in the mood for.  The taste of this tea is pleasant and calming to me.  The smell is divine!  I like to drink some in the afternoon when I hit my afternoon “slump”, or in the morning with breakfast.  Besides helping me to “up” my water intake, it provides an additional energy boost with the green tea and other ingredients like cinnamon bark and ginseng root.  Here is a little more information about each of the ingredients, in case you are interested:

  • Guayusa – Contains L-theanine, a glutamic acid analog found in green tea that has been shown to reduce physical and mental stress.
  • Green Tea – Increases metabolism. Polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation. Helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating
  • Cinnamon Bark – Contains antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, antispasmodic, and anti-fungal properties.
  • Eleuthero Root – A strong antioxidant. Referred to as adaptogen – and immune system, memory energy stimulant.
  • Ginseng Root – Soothes the nervous system. Decreases blood sugar. Stimulates the endocrine system.

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If you like tea, you’d better get excited, because we are giving away a package of this Total Tea to one lucky reader!!  YAY. 😀  Enter below.  Open in the USA only.  Ends June 10…Good luck!!
Total Tea Herbal Energy Giveaway


The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide 6th Edition

*I received a complimentary copy of the Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% mine alone.

 

8d3fc1d22aa18a67c9ecfc2e143d192f537d5a5dAre you, or is anyone you know, fairly new to gluten free eating?  It can be incredibly confusing and challenging, especially when eating gluten free is a medical necessity.

 

Finding out that I had a severe gluten intolerance blew my world away. I had been sick for over 4 years, and gone to doctor after doctor, trying to figure out what was going on.  I had my gall bladder removed.  I was told I had constipation, IBS, ulcers, gastroenteritis, and depression.  I took prescription medications for these issues for well over a year.  Then one day when reading a Real Food book, I saw the mention of gluten, and I thought, “what if?”  The rest is history.  I went to my doctor with this new theory, and we tested things out.

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It was SO overwhelming for me to start out.  It seemed that gluten was in EVERYTHING!  In fact, during my first month on the new diet, I ingested gluten almost every day…hidden gluten.  Mentally I was drained, and emotionally I was freaking out.  My family was still going out for pizza.  I remember locking myself in my room and crying because the smell of the food they were eating was so tempting.  Oh, how I wish I’d had a guide telling me exactly what brands were safe, and where I could find them!

 

The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide 6th Edition is America’s #1 Selling Gluten Free Grocery Guide was released earlier this month.  Looking through it, I’m realizing that THIS is the book I wish I’d had!  I’m a list kind of a gal, and although I am fine with stories and advice, sometimes I just want a list that I can follow:  Eat this.  This is safe.  This is not safe.  Buy this brand.

With this book you can find over 52,000 brand-name and store-brand gluten-free products at grocery stores across the U.S.  They use a color-coded system that makes meal planning and finding your favorite foods pretty easy.

 

Would I recommend this book?  Absolutely.  It’s not a book that I NEED as much anymore, since I’ve been gluten free for 5 years now, and I have other food intolerances that I have to consider.  However, for someone fairly new to the journey, I think this book is a must have!!  Because it’s in a “list” type format (think a big index), it’s something that can be referred to over and over again, and I’d recommend that you use it as an index.  Highlight your favorite brands once you’ve tried them out, cross out the ones you hate.  The guide is separated into sections for easier browsing:  vegetables, spices, seafood, etc.  It even separates into more specific categories like chocolate syrup, yogurt, formula, and sausage.  It really makes it handy.

 

Triumph Dining also has other products for reference.  You can see them all HERE.  


L & Z Inc 100% Authentic Tencel Bed Sheets


I love a soft, silky sheet!  I’ve heard a little about the fabric Tencel, but honestly, never paid attention to it until now.  Of course, when I read the claim that it is eco-friendly, I had to check more into it.

 

resize_1f42ed12a8d354552f730c6b6be3287fe2531da9f9617c8e8a24e2228f487cad47dc9dc6256256Tencel is the brand name…for the fabric made from lyocell fiber.  It has become known for being an eco-friendly fabric because it claims to be biodegradable and renewable.  It is made from wood pulp from sustainable tree farms.  It’s also certified by the international Forest Stewardship Council.  This fabric can be combined with other synthetic fabrics, though, so that’s something to watch for.  It’s a popular choice for sheets and clothing.

 

The sheets I received for review claim to be 100% Tencel, so I can definitely feel good about that.  I got them and my husband immediately put them on the bed.  We LOVE the silky, soft feel!  They are very breathable, if that makes sense.  I think they’ll be great for the warmer weather that is fast approaching, as they are not thick and heavy feeling.  And I know it’s not as important as the feel, but I love the color too. :)  So, I don’t know…regal!  They are pretty sheets and extremely comfortable.

He loves the feel as much as I do!

He loves the feel as much as I do!

*I received a complimentary bed sheet set through Tomoson in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.  


Purina One Cat Food Vox Box Review

I’ve got two cats at home, and we just love ’em (well, the kids and I at least). :)  Hubby isn’t so sure!

 

You may remember a few months ago, I mentioned having to take one of my cats in to the vet.  He was having a hard time with digestion and developing crystals in his urine. It ended up being pretty expensive and emotional, as the vet told us that he could very likely die, and that we would need to start buying him a higher quality cat food to possibly prevent it from coming back.  Of course, I didn’t feel that I could afford the $75 – per – bag cat food they were selling, but they did tell me that there were “probably” other brands out there that would be just as helpful with digestion.

 

Enter Purina One.  I was so excited to be chosen to receive the Purina One One Switch Vox Box through Influenster.    My cats seemed excited too, ha ha!

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Lovin’ the Purina One so far!

 

The more I read about this cat food, the more impressed I am.  This truly seems to be a higher quality brand based on the ingredients, and my cats LOVE it.  It was kinda funny (and sad at the same time) to see how quickly they gobbled that bag up.  Once it was gone, I filled their tray with the  other cat food we already have and they don’t want to eat it anymore.  I feel pretty bad, seeing how much they dislike their food usually.  I don’t think I’d realized, because it was all they had, so I didn’t have anything to compare their eating to.

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Not only do they seem to prefer the taste, they are getting health benefits as well.

Top benefits:

  • Antioxidants help support a strong immune system
  • Omega-6 helps support healthy skin & coat
  • Protein helps support strong muscles
  • 100% nutrition – all the nutrition your cat needs for each life stage
  • 0% fillers – all of our high-quality ingredients have a purpose

 

Purina ONE® Dry Cat Food also comes in 9 different formulas:

 

  1. Healthy Kitten Formula
  2. Salmon & Tuna Flavor
  3. Chicken & Turkey Flavor
  4. Vibrant Maturity® 7+ Formula
  5. Urinary Tract Health Formula
  6. Hairball Formula
  7. Indoor Advantage®
  8. Sensitive Systems
  9. Healthy Metabolism™

 

I’ve been completely won over, and I have made the switch for my cats to get them eating Purina One.  My cats seem to love it, and I’m seeing them eat more than I ever have before.  I love feeling like I’m doing a better job for their health without breaking the bank.  It is SO frustrating feeling like being healthy costs more, so I’m grateful for this option.  I’m personally planning on using the Indoor Advantage right now since my cats spend most of their time indoors.

 

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are honest, and mine alone.

 


Chocolate A Day Giveaway – Win Chocolate for a YEAR!

Chocolate A Day is giving away 20 years’ worth of Chocolate A Day Deluxe Multivitamin—the chocolate that loves you back.

 

This award is equivalent to 240 boxes and about 6,000 pieces of creamy dark Belgian chocolate with 100% daily value of 10 vitamins and minerals!

 

20 winners will receive a year’s worth of chocolate each.  One winner will be chosen per day over 20 days.  The first 10 days for the giveaway are May 5-15, and the second 10 days are June 9-19.  Yay!

 

Friends, this is some good chocolate!  My son wholeheartedly approves, and in fact, I’m having a hard time keeping him AND me from eating more than one each day. :)  Each chocolate square provides 100% daily value of 10 vitamins and minerals.  It contains 55% cocoa, so it’s a slightly dark chocolate.

 

It is sugar free, but is sweetened with maltitol, which is a sugar alcohol.  Maltitol does have a slightly higher glycemic index than most sugar alcohols, so is best used in moderation.  That is the one thing that I wish could be changed about the chocolate.  I don’t generally approve of sugar alcohols.

 

The chocolate vitamins are non GMO, dairy free, and gluten free, which is important to me!  They are so dang delicious, and I love being able to eat a chocolate a day!  Although only for a couple more days, because I haven’t missed a day and I’m almost out, ha ha!  I shouldn’t have shared them with my son. 😉

 

Enter to win a FULL YEAR supply of chocolate for a day!  There will be 20 winners, guys….TWENTY!  You’ve got to enter and try these!  Click on the picture below to enter, and good luck!

*I was given a package of Chocolate a Day for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

 

 

 


When Calls the Heart – Love Inspired Book Series and A Giveaway!

If you like romance-based stories, pay attention.  I’ve got a series of 6 books to tell you about.

 

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You believe hearts can heal. Love Inspired stories show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives—always.  The Love Inspired product line is a series of 6 books that are released every month and only have a shelf-life of one month.

 

These are your typical romance stories, with a bit of a “twist”: They are appropriate, with an added moral element.  This is something that I appreciate and love!   They are cheesy at times, and predictable…which is sometimes what a girl needs, you know?  :)  The authors of each book is different, but the writing styles are similar, in my opinion.  I think my favorite is Bachelor to the Rescue.  That was actually the first book I read as well.  My 12-year old daughter is curious about the series, and it’s a relief knowing that I could allow her to read these without wondering what she may see or read in them.  They are definitely family friendly…why can’t more romance novels be like that?

 

0515-9781460391136-bigwWould you like to WIN your own set of this series??  You know you would!  Propeller Consulting is generously allowing me to offer one of my readers this set!  Just in time for Mother’s Day, perhaps??  Enter below, and good luck!

 
Love Inspired Book Set 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.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to verification.


Preteen Ebook – Get Well Before It Gets You – Giveaway!!


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Eddie Lambert is about to learn just how true that is.
Eddie Lambert has never needed help. He’s a star athlete, earns straight A’s in school and is president of his class. While playing soccer Eddie falls down a long abandoned well and breaks his leg. Little does Eddie know a broken leg is the least of his problems. His new cast gets tighter. Strange symbols suddenly appear and begin covering the cast with eerie hieroglyphics. Eddie and his best friend, Holly, are on a race against time to solve the mystery of the old well and the growing cast before it’s too late. Will the two friends be enough to decipher the ancient Egyptian symbols carved long ago? Or will Eddie find himself mummified inside the ever-tightening grasp of his cast?

 

Adorable story.  I think it’s a perfect story for preteens aged 8-12.  As an adult I really enjoyed it myself.  I was entertained every minute that I spent reading, and I kept thinking to myself, “My daughter would love this!”  I’m excited for her to read it next.

 

Something that I love about this story and the author Lady Jenniviere is that I can trust the book for my daughter.  It is a story that is completely appropriate, with no bad language or inappropriate (sexual or violent) behavior.  That doesn’t mean that it’s free of adventure or excitement.  I’m giving  Get Well Before It Gets You by Lady Jenniviere 5 stars.  It’s a great book!

 

Interested?  Well, then keep reading, because I get to give away a digital copy of this ebook to one lucky reader.  YAY!

 

Enter below, and good luck!
 
Get Well Before It Gets You Ebook Giveaway

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


VibraWipe Microfiber Cloths Review


I used to make fun of my brother in law for being a “rag” snob.  He would always insist that microfiber cloths are WAY better than a typical cleaning rag, and I thought it was funny.  And then about 2 years ago, I tried a microfiber cloth and I realized that (gulp) he was right.  Microfiber cleans a LOT better, it seems!

 

Unfortunately, it also costs more than a cheap cleaning rag (or in our case, than an old cut up t-shirt).  Because sticking to a responsible budget is a big part of my life, I didn’t feel I could justify purchasing microfiber cloths for my household.  At the time, I was only aware of a specific company that sold them, and they cost a lot of money!  I was excited to see new cloths from a company I hadn’t previously heard of that make them much more affordable.

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About VibraWipe Cloths:

8 pieces of VibraWipe Microfiber Cloth, 80% Polyester / 20% Polyamide, 14.20-inch x 14.20-inch. The 4-color economy pack, allows color-coding for various tasks and change of cloths regularly without doing wash. VibraWipe Microfiber Cloths come in pastel colors to reduce color bleeding.
Every piece of VibraWipe Microfiber Cloth cleans gently, removes dirt and grime like magnet. Super absorbent, holds up to 5-6 times its weight in liquid realistically, based on our testing. Cleans without chemical, leaves lint-free and streak-free results.
VibraWipe addressed the unraveling of stitches, a common problem faced by many consumers, with its rounded corners that are firmly and continuously stitched.

 

These cloths really do work better than other cleaning rags I’ve used.  I LOVE the streak-free shine I can get when I use them.  They are soft and colorful (which is a helpful motivating factor for my kids when cleaning).  I recently had to purchase a new car, and as is probably typical, I’m wanting to keep it clean and pretty.  I washed down my car using a spray cleaner and a rag and was kinda embarrassed looking at it afterward – so streaky.  I grabbed one of these microfiber cloths and redid it, and yeah…I’ll be using these from now on whenever I wash my car. :)  BIG difference!

One thing that I didn’t love:  After using the first cloth, I washed it with my laundry.  I was really surprised to see how much of the dirt stayed on the cloth after being washed.  I don’t need my cleaning supplies to be pretty, so it’s not a huge deal to me, but I was surprised to see that, and thought I should mention it.

 

So, as much as I hate to say it, I was wrong, and my brother in law was right.  At a current price of $18 for a pack of 8, they are a pretty good deal, and they really work well!  I only clean with them using water, and so it saves on cleaner cost too!

 

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

 


Smart Tech Gloves


88014d9cdc8ee9cf234d329bd27cefcb512aec07I work at a school, and I spend about an hour each day outside while kids are coming out to lunch recess.  It’s been so pleasant and wonderful to get fresh air and sunshine lately!  In the winter though, it’s a different story.  Oh, I’m miserable!  Besides being cold, I am often asked “when is recess over?”, and I have to pull off my gloves to get my phone and turn the screen on so that I can see the time.  By the time I’ve put the phone back in my pocket and gotten the gloves back on, it’s usually almost time for another student to ask the same question. :)  My hands hate me this time of year.  I got these new texting gloves though, and oh, they make my life so much easier!

 

 

Description:  TEXTING GLOVES ~ Decide to type smart in the cold! No more numb fingers in the name of wintertime texting.
SMART TOUCH GLOVES ~ You’ll LOVE the luxurious, soft feel of this premium material and brushed interior.
SMARTPHONE GLOVES ~ Buy a couple pairs now! Everyone in the family gets cold outside, but who can let their phone go? You’ve got ’em covered.
WINTER TOUCHSCREEN GLOVES ~ Our latest “Touch-nology” is all wrapped up in your fingertips for smart, fun, warm smarphone love oudoors.
100% Winter-Smart “Wear-antee”! Don’t LOVE our iPhone Gloves for any reason at all? Just let us know for a FULL Refund. Your Satisfaction is our #1 Priority!

 

I’m loving these gloves.  My kids and are are having a good time trying to figure out how in the heck they work!  I guess it doesn’t matter how, all that matters is that they DO work!  I can use my touch-screen phone with my gloves on, as well as the iPad and my computer.  It’s so nice and so convenient!  They feel like any other pair of gloves, and the thumb, pointer finger and middle finger have a different colored tip on them.  Those are the fingers that have whatever cool technology allows for me to text and stuff with them on.

 

If you spend a lot of time using touch screens, I’d recommend these.  At a current cost of $8 .97, they’re not overly costly, and they really do work.

 

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