Friday, February 28, 2014

Review: My Mom and I Handmade Bath Bombs

I am a stay at home mom and I rarely ever make time for myself. I was recently given the chance to review a few samples of My Mom and I Handmade Bath Bombs.



How did my mom and I get started?

My mom and i handmade are a mother daughter team that create a little bit of everything from blankets to bath and body products to duck tape accessories! We have lived in Southern California all our lives and have made quite a bit of items by hand for ages. As a matter of fact, my mom used to make mine and my brothers clothes as well as some doll clothes for my dolls I used to play with! Amazing right? As for my mom she has been crocheting afghans ever since the 80s and hasn't stopped since. We've never had to buy blankets during the winter because of her making them lol. That's the best thing! For me, I come from a long line of crafters! so it runs in the family. Both of my grandmother made clothes for their kids and also painted, as well as a great aunt of mine. See? crafting runs throughout our family :-).
Review:
One of the first things I noticed when opening up my package was how nicely packaged everything was. They really take time and care in packaging up there orders. Check out one of the bath bombs in my tub:


I was so excited to get in and relax after I saw the bath bomb fizzing in my tub. The thing I like best is how soft it made my skin feel. The bath bombs smell really good too!!  I found a new addiction!! 

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Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review. My reviews are based on my personal opinions and experience using the item. All opinions are my own and 100%  honest.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: iCoffee by Remington

I am a huge coffee lover. I was thrilled to be able to test out the iCoffee Steambrew by Remington.



7 years and 1,257 prototypes. iCoffee's SteamBrew™ technology includes, six rotational hot water jets, brew-viewing window, gold-tone filtration, 12-cup fully automatic, 24-hour programmable, automatic shut-off with 2-hour keep warm, and rich coffee crèma extraction that is seen forming in the exclusive Brew Window. 

The iCoffee brewer is engineered to extract only the most exquisite coffee flavors. iCoffee technology is protected by patents so you won’t find it in any other coffee brewer.

 Review:
I must admit it took a few times to get use to this coffee maker. I have never had anything as fancy as this. The best part is the coffee. It's very rich and smooth. There is no bitterness, no acidic aftertaste.I like that I no longer have to worry about paper coffee filters, that will save me a ton of money!!



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Review: The New Primal Beef Jerky

For centuries, jerky has been a solution for preserving meat in the tastiest way. Get to the heart of those primal cravings with The New Primal Beef JerkyWe specialize in making the ultimate artisanal jerky: no nitrates, preservatives, or MSG. Nothing but pure grass-fed beef, marinated and smoked to perfection. 


Our Gluten-Free Jerky is sweetened with a touch of pineapple juice and honey, and infused with mouthwatering hints of onion, pepper, and ginger.

What I like about The New Primal Beef Jerky:

-Grassfed Beef
-Gluten-Free Marinade
-Pronounce all the Ingredients in the Bag
-No sugar used in the marinade   
-50% less sodium than your typical bag of jerky


The New Primal Beef Jerky is very good. The meat is very lean and packed full of fruity flavor. I like that its not tough. The bags are resealable so it makes it great for trips or when you are on the go and want a healthy snack!

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Review: Crispy Green

Crispy Green has a vision to be the leading provider of high quality, all natural, snack food products desired by everyone who wants to live a healthier and better life. 
They offer seven different flavors of their crispy fruit products including: Crispy apples, bananas, mangoes, asian pears, cantaloupes, pineapples, and fruit tangerina.

What I like most about Crispy Green:
  • 100% freeze-dried fruit slices and nothing else!
  • Light, crispy texture with fresh fruit taste
  • No additives or preservatives
  • No fat, no cholesterol
  • No skin or cores
  • Natural fruit fiber and nutrients
  • Only 55 or less calories per serving
I really enjoyed testing out the samples. My favorite was definitely the crispy apples.  They taste so good and are a great on the go snack. Looking for a healthy snack?? I highly suggest Crispy Green!!

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Review: Harvey Prince Ageless Perfume

I don't know about you but I LOVE perfume!! I own quite a few of them and I love adding more to my collection. I was given the chance to review Ageless by Harvey Prince. Now I can smell as young as I feel!!

Ageless Fantasy Perfume by Harvey Prince

Inspired by scientific research and crafted with love, Ageless by Harvey Prince defies your skin’s natural age-revealing scent. Its notes are an inviting blend of pink grapefruit, pomegranate, luscious mango, with a dry down of jasmine and natural musk.

Here's the secret: Ageless is inspired by recent studies conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, which find pink grapefruit and mango to be the olfactory antidote to aging. The fragrant notes disguise the familiar scent of age, caused by the breakdown of particular fatty acids in your skin. 

Women from around the world are loving Ageless; based on their testimonials and our own trials, Ageless makes you feel and smell 8-12 years younger.

Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Mango, Jasmine, Tuberose, YlangYlang, Sandalwood.
Style: Fresh. Sensual. Luminous.

Harvey Prince products use only eco-friendly & high-quality ingredients and come wrapped in handcrafted packaging. Our fragrances are featured extensively in the press, from The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Prevention and The Economist to NBC’s Today Show, CBS's Early Show, and the New York Daily News.

Review:
I love perfumes that are fruity. This definitely is a fruity scent. The fruit/floral scent is a great combination. Its very elegant and lovely. I have gotten so many comments on how nice I smell.  Its very light and not too overpowering which I like. The only downside is the price but in my opinion its worth every penny!!


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Review: Vionic Zen Walker Shoes with OrthaHeel Technology

I was recently given the chance to review a pair of shoes from Vionic. The shoes I was able to review are the Vionic Zen Walker Shoes with OrthaHeel Technology in Raspberry/Orange.


Walk with confidence in the new Zen walking shoe. It’s lightweight and durable with contrast piping for stylish pops of color. The Zen walker promotes comfort and stability with each step to help reduce aches and pains and help you maintain an active lifestyle.

  • Premium, full-grain, water-resistant leather uppers and action lacing system.
  • Lightweight, flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock, reducing stress on feet, ankles, and knees.
  • First Ray Technology assists forefoot mobility and gait efficiency.
  • Flexible and lightweight rubber outsole with patterned tread helps improve traction.
  • Rubber outsole with flex grooved tread provides traction on a variety of surfaces.
  • Footbed features an antimicrobial top cloth to control foot odor.
  • Features Orthaheel Technology, a built-in lightweight EVA biomechanical orthotic footbed that supports your feet and helps realign the lower legs, reducing over-pronation and associated aches and pains
  • Recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil
  • Received APMA Seal of Acceptance
I was so happy to receive these shoes. I was so surprised to receive them in the mail. I just told my hubby that I needed to see about getting some new shoes. My knee has been giving me a lot of trouble while working out.  I think its due to my shoes. The first thing I noticed when putting them in was that they are very light. The shoes I have been wearing are very heavy. I really like that the foot bed features a antimicrobial top clothing to control foot odor. My feet get hot very quickly so I think that is an awesome feature to have.  Who wants to have smelly feet/shoes? Not ME!! I went on a walk as soon as I got them from FedEx, I am happy to report that they are great. I did not have any trouble with my knee at all. I think they are going to be a lot better for my feet. Very nice and high quality!!

The Vionic with Orthaheel Technology footwear collection ranges in price from $89.95 to $139.95 and is available online at www.vionicshoes.com, as well as Zappos.com, Belk, Dillards and select retailer stores across North America.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: 24|7 Frenzy Extreme Lift Spring Bouquet Bra

I was recently given the chance to review the 24|7 Frenzy extreme lift spring bouquet bra.


About the company:
It all started with one simple goal –offer trendy items at an affordable value and at the same time deliver a delightful customer shopping experience. And that goal was conceptualized by a group of passionate, value-focused and customer-centered team of professionals with more than 12 years experience working in the apparel industry. And that concept was further strengthened with the promise of unyielding support from our existing relationships among the vendor community. Our sourcing staff works non-stop in scouting for the best deals on the latest styles all hand selected around the world and from coast to coast. Mix and match items to create a style of your own. Check out the new arrivals and never fall out of fashion.

The 24|7 Frenzy extreme lift spring bouquet bra is microfiber with turquoise stretch lace. It is heavily padded (extreme lift) with underwire cups and adjustable straps. Double hook and eye closure adjustable to three sizes. Available in sizes 34B & C36B & C and 38C.

Review:
One of the biggest issues I have had with bras that lift is that they are very uncomfortable. I am happy to say that with this bra I have not had that issues. It provides the lift I need without being miserable. It is very comfy to be heavy padded.  I love this bra and it is made high quality at a cheap price. Want VS quality but without the high price?? I highly recommend you check them out!!

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Review: Original Sprout Tahitian Hair Oil

Why do women love our new Tahitian Hair Oil? Because we look, feel, & smell delicious head to toe! It adds a healthy, tropical glow to hair and skin, immediately soothing dry hands, elbows, feet & hair into silky softness! Treat yourself to our multi-use, divinely healthy vegan moisturizer.
Professional Performance
  • Helps Protect Color-Treated Hair from Fading
  • Light, Clean Hair & Skin Oil
  • Instantly Smooths Frizzies
Worry-Free
Lice & Insects don't like Organic Rosemary but We Love It!
  • Free of Phytoestrogens Lavender & Tea Tree, Phthalates, Clove & Musk
  • No Soy, Gluten, Honey, Peanut or Dairy
  • No Nanoparticles or Titanium Dioxide
  • 100% Vegan
I have very long hair that is very DRY. One of the biggest issues is finding a product that will not weigh my hair down and make it greasy. This product has been a life saver. A little goes a long way with this product. One drop is all I need for my hair!! It leaves my hair shiny and soft. Smells so good!! 

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Review: Pura Dor Premium Organic Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo

Our naturally organic shampoo for hair loss treatment is free of harsh chemicals that are the current & leading cause of many chronic hair conditions. Our shampoo is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, DEA, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances & harsh preservatives. 

This gentle formula is fortified with an organic blend of argan oil, B vitamin complex, biotin, nettles extract, saw palmetto, He Shou Wu (Fo-ti) & other clinically proven natural ingredients to aid against hair loss. Ingredients are specially selected for increased bioavailability & maximum absorption. It starts by nourishing hair follicles with essential nutrients to reverse any damage & begin the healing process. Biotin strengthens hair strands, niacin increases circulation and our exclusive DHT Blocker Blend promotes healthy hair growth. Continued use will prevent further hair loss. Safe for daily use, all hair types and both men & women.

Shampoo: Hair Loss Prevention

Benefits:
  • - Prevents premature hair loss
  • - Supports healthy hair growth
  • - Increases volume
  • - New and Improved Formula with Advanced DHT Blocker Blend
  • - No SLS. No Parabens. No harsh chemicals
Although, I have no issues with balding it is a concern for me. My husband is balding but he has been out of town and has not had the chance to try it yet. I plan on trying to save the rest for him to try. I must say that will be hard though because I do LOVE this shampoo and the volume it gives my hair.  My hair is soft and so much more manageable since using this shampoo. I can fill the softness of my hair before I even blow dry it. This is an amazing shampoo and without all the harsh chemicals. 

Check out results from customers:

Before And After Argan Oil Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo


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Review: Pura Dor Argan Oil

Hollywood's top held secret for Softer Skin & Silkier Hair!

Pura D’or Argan Oil is produced using the highest standards in the industry. Argan oil is imported from South Western Morocco. Cold pressed, unrefined with no chemicals added. Safe for all skin, hair & nail types.



Here are some benefits of Pura D'or Argan Oil:

-Prevent loss of moisture from the skin 

-Diminish wrinkles 

-Anti-aging 

-Stimulate skin cells 

-Hydrates your hair and locks in the moisture all day 

-Creates a natural & vibrant shine to your hair 

-Reduce & prevent split ends 

-Reduce scarring 

-Give you softer skin 

-Prevent stretch marks 

-Relief for eczema and psoriasis 

-Restores nutrient content to skin cells

This argan oil is amazing!! I love that you can use it for multipurpose.  I like that it is not greasy at all. I like to apply once I take a shower. Makes my skin so soft and my hair soft and manageable. Does not weigh my hair down. Goodbye frizz!! 

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Is Your Inner Child Keeping You Trapped in a Bad Relationship?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself;
The Answers May Help Set You Free

It happens when we see politicians repeatedly make the same self-destructive mistakes - think former legislator Anthony Weiner’s repeated sexting scandals.

Or we hear friends complain repeatedly about the horrible job they’re “stuck” in.
Or, in a rare glimmer of insight, we wonder why we’re still hanging on to a “romance” that makes us miserable.

“When people seem mentally healthy and it looks like they could easily make a change that would make them happier, we’re absolutely baffled by why they don’t,” says Steven Jay Fogel (www.StevenJayFogel.com), author of the new book Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living (March 2014).

When you’re the “stuck” person, the why may seem more evident: You’re scared, or you think, “If I just keep doing the right things, it will all work out.”

Either way, it’s likely they—and you—aren’t making a conscious choice at all, Fogel says.

“We think we’re making decisions based on the present, but we’re usually not. We tend to operate on automatic pilot, responding to situations based on the coping strategies and thinking patterns we developed in childhood,” he says.

“When those strategies are dysfunctional, we just keep repeating the same behaviors over and over again.”

The good news is that we can learn to recognize that “default” thinking and rewire the brain to change it, says Fogel.

The cofounder of Westwood Financial Corp., one of the nation’s leading private commercial real estate owners, Fogel draws from decades of neuroscience and mindfulness research to offer solutions.

What can you do to get yourself unstuck? Get started, he suggests, by answering these questions—in writing!
• What is causing your pain? Think about whether you’re in a relationship or job that’s become less and less satisfying and increasingly painful over a long period. Describe in writing the elements of the relationship or situation that are persistently causing you pain and how long you’ve been experiencing these problems. Knowing that there are three ways to end your suffering - accept the situation, change it, or remove yourself from it - write down the reasons you’re staying even though you’re suffering and what is preventing you from choosing Door 1, 2 or 3. 
• How are you interpreting your partner’s behavior? If you repeatedly fight about the same issues, describe the issues. Think about whether you’re unconsciously investing the issue with a meaning based on your “autopilot” thinking. For instance, if you’re arguing because your partner’s messy and ignores your requests to be neat, are you interpreting that as disrespect toward you? Do you further interpret that disrespect as a lack of love for you? Is it possible that your partner is just not a neat person and that has nothing to do with his feelings for you? 
• Do you have impulsive autopilot behaviors that are causing problems? We can often check the impulses that stem from our autopilot brain just by stopping to think before we act. Bursts of anger are one example; suppressed anger that turns into passive-aggressive behavior is another. 
• Do you feel shamed or blamed by your partner’s critical comments? Write down the comments accurately—as they were spoken. Then think mindfully about whether your partner was really shaming you or if you interpreted the comments in that way because of your own inner critic. If it was the former, have a conversation with the person about how you feel when this happens, and state that you’ll be more open to the feedback if the criticism can be expressed objectively. 

• Did you bring a myth with you into the relationship? If so, describe the myth. For example, you might have believed that you will cure everything that’s wrong with the other person. Or that she will fix all of your problems. Describe how you came to believe that myth and what it would take for you to release it.
About Steven Jay Fogel: Steve Fogel is a principal and cofounder of Westwood Financial Corp., one of the largest owner-operators of retail properties in the United States. He is a licensed real estate broker and past chairman of the California Arts Council. Your Mind Is What Your Brain Does for a Living, publishing March 11, 2014, is his third book. He is also the author of My Mind Is Not Always My Friend: A Guide for How to Not Get in Your Own Way (Fresh River Press, 2010) and The Yes-I-Can Guide to Mastering Real Estate (Times Books-Random House).



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Review: Purr Packs

Purr Packs is a new subscription box just for cats. Purr Packs is filled with toys, treats, and treasures. There are three different boxes of Purr Packs: The Teaser Pack, The Fun & Love Pack, and The Multi Cat Mega Pack. It is easy to customize a pack for your cat. You select the box you want, then pick a food profile: poultry, beef, and seafood.

Cost and Plans: 
           The Teaser Pack features a small assortment of toys, treats and other bonus items! Includes 4-6 items
          1 Month $39.99 a month
          3 Months $34.99 a month
          6 Months $29.99 a month          
         The Fun & Love Pack: This Pack provides endless entertainment, a buffet of tasty morsels, plus surprises! Includes 7-9 items
          1 Month $49.99 a month
          3 Months $44.99 a month
          6 Months $39.99 a month
         The Multi Cat Mega Cat: For anyone with a home full of felines, this Pack really packs a wallop! Fully loaded with unique toys and cool stuff! Includes 10-15 items
          1 Month $69.99 a month
          3 Months $54.99 a month
          6 Months $49.99 a month

My kitten Smokey never gets mail. He was so excited to see when I opened the box all the goodies were for him. Check him out:

I thought it was cute that his name was on the box. He is so happy with all his goodies!! He really loved the snacks and little rats.

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Review: The Sitota Collection Petit Excursion Candle Quartet

I LOVE candles and was thrilled when The Sitota Collection allowed me to review Petit Excursion Candle Quartet
The Petit Excursion Candle Quartet includes:
BLUE NILE embraces earthy rich bamboo with wild grasses, bergamot, red grapefruit, and jasmine.  
AIGYPTOS. Sultry and seductive base notes of amber, sandalwood, musk and vanilla are smoothed out and balanced by jasmine, lavender and orange. Infused with essential oils including copaiba, balsam, orange and lavandin.   
HAVANA is a masculine masterpiece highlighting tobacco, leather, amber and musk. Notes of teakwood, pepper and black tea add boldness. This sophisticated blend is infused with cedarwood, patchouli and pimento berry essential oils. 
COCO NOIR perfectly combines creamy coconut with tantalizing cassis enabling natural exotic blends to effortlessly calm and relax your spirit.    
I really enjoyed testing the candles. My favorite was definitely the aigyptos. They all smell so good and help you to relax.  I like that they burn for approximately 18 hours which is great since they are small candles.  The wax is a soy blend. 
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Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: Rhonda Shear Intimates


After spending 26 years in Hollywood as a stand-up comedienne and actress/hostess of USA: Up All Night, Rhonda Shear along with her childhood sweetheart turned husband/business partner,  Van Fagan, created Shear Enterprises, LLC . Together they have combined passion and business sense building a multi-million dollar success story!

The premise was simple: create a business based on comfort, sex appeal, and fun. In 2003 they launched a website selling lingerie and shapewear out of their LA apartment. At over 40 these newlyweds were ready for a fresh start and would chance everything to make a new life in a new industry.


Rhonda Shear sent me these pieces to review:
Ingenue Corset with Rhinestone Buckle
Ingenue Corset with Rhinestone Buckle ($81)

VaVaVoom Push-Up Bra
VaVaVoom Push-Up Bra ($32.90)

I LOVED both pieces that I received. They are very nice and high quality.  I love that the bra is very comfortable and has removable pads that you can wash. My husband is out of town work so he has not seen the corset yet. I cannot wait till he gets home so that I can surprise him. :) The corset has stretch lace and flexible boning which helps slim your waistline, under wire cups give "the girls" a boost, and gorgeous rhinestone and bow details which make this corset flirty and fabulous! 

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