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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:


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.




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.

Digestive Health – Probiotics + a Giveaway! 16 comments

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know that I’ve had an unhappy history with my digestive system.  For years I’ve dealt with a myriad of symptoms, including severe bloating, ulcers, stomach pains, nausea, depression, migraines, joint pain, and more.  It’s taken some pretty extreme measures to finally get those symptoms under control 3 months ago.  Not only did I make drastic dietary changes, I started adding more supplements and nutrients to my body.  One of these supplements was probiotics.


Probiotics are live microorganisms – they are “good” bacteria, and they help with gut/digestive health.  They help fight off the “bad” bacteria that invades our body on a regular basis.  I’ve used probiotics with great success, including the Vita Advanced brand.  This particular brand has 10.2 billion organisms per 2 capsules.  I truly believe that the more probiotics, the better. I usually take 3 capsules a day, so I end up with about 15 billion organisms.  I can feel the difference after taking them – not immediately, of course, but as time goes on.

It’s important to note that I can’t eat a crappy diet and then pop a few of these and feel fine.  Believe me, I tried it!  However, if I’m eating a healthy diet and then I have ONE meal I probably shouldn’t, then this seems to help take care of the bloating that I would have had without the probiotics.  Combined with healthy diet, I’m seeing a huge difference in my digestive issues!  I rarely get nauseous or have a stomach ache.  What a blessing!  I highly recommend you adding probiotics to your diet/lifestyle, if you haven’t already.  The science is clear:  



Probiotics are recognized for their benefits in promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system including the reduction of pathogens responsible for diarrhea and the restoration of microflora in the intestinal tract following the use of antibiotics.  Probiotics are live microorganisms, or “good bacteria” that are a fundamental part of human nutrition, and the human body. These microscopic organisms line the digestive track and help fight off “bad bacteria”, viruses, infections and more.

Vita Advanced Probiotic may help you in the following ways:

– Relieve digestive disorders
– Boost your immune system
– Improve your mood and feeling of well-being

Vita Advanced Probiotic contains 7 essential probiotic strains and 10 billion good bacteria per daily serving at time of manufacture that promotes digestive health and supports immune system. You can be certain of its quality because it is made in USA and sourced from a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Facility.


Good news: One of my lucky readers will WIN their own bottle of these probiotics…woot! Good luck!

Vita Advanced Probiotics

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

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Bath Salts

I’m a big fan of taking detox baths.  There are so many potential benefits to them, and dang, they feel good and relaxing!  According to Healthy Living How To, a detox bath is one of the easiest healing therapies we can do to help our bodies in their natural detoxification process.


I go through Epsom salts pretty quickly, and so I jumped at the chance to try some new salts from Adovia.  I was really excited to try them, because they are DEAD SEA salts!  They have a higher concentration of minerals than Epsom salt, and so the benefits are even better.  In using them, I noticed that they dissolve at least twice as fast as the other salts I’ve used in the past, and I really like that.  I also felt like I could feel a bigger difference in my body the next day.


I am very careful with my diet, and monitor my digestion closely.  In the last month, whenever I experienced gas or bloating, I took a bath with these Dead Sea salts.  I always took them just before bedtime, and afterwards slept so well – EVERY TIME!   I also noticed that EVERY SINGLE MORNING after taking a detox bath, I felt better, digestive-wise.  I am completely blown away with how consistent my results have been!  These are high quality salts, and they work really well.  They are relaxing, they are comfortable, and  THEY WORK!


Let me share with you a little more about the product:


bath salt and palm leaf


Product Description:

  • Dead Sea Salts are the best bath salts on the planet – Much higher mineral concentration than Epsom Salt!  They have a high concentration of minerals which are essential for proper skin health and beauty.  Adovia Dead Sea Salt is fine grain for faster dissolving.
  • Packaged in a resealable zip lock bag.
  • Provides relief from Psoriasis, Eczema, and Arthritis symptoms. Formulated with over 26 essential minerals the body needs for natural soothing and relaxation.
  • Find relief from aches and pains by soaking in a bath full of these salts. Rejuvenates, exfoliates, and softens while it soothes!
  • Contains absolutely zero additives, colors, or scents.


You can purchase a 1.75-lb bag on for $11.95.  They are a great splurge, and I know that they’re on my to-buy list again, when I earn my next Amazon gift code from Swagbucks! :)


*I received the product in exchange for an honest review.  No monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are 100% honest and my own!



Great Workout Program For Women – The Fe’ Fit Program

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


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

Fe Fit

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


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


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


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


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


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



Skinology Beauty Solutions Vitamin C 20% Serum



About the Product:

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

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

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


My Thoughts:


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


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


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


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

Day by Day Beauty Facial Blotting Paper


877a19e0818580d8b263a3a20a73a0432b1770bbAbout the Product:

Always Your Freshest Face.

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


My Thoughts:


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


Here’s what she had to say:

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


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


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


GrillFella BBQ Vegetable Basket Wok with Divider – Review

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


grillfellaProduct Description

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

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

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







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

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


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

Skinology Lemon Essential Oil Review

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

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


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


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

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



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



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


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

Simple Health Yacon Syrup 4 comments

Anyone here heard of Yacon Syrup?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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