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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!

 

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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:
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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.


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?  :D

 

*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. :D  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.

 

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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.