Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: The Rustic Shop Blue Dream Multi Layered Infinity Bracelet

The Rustic Shop is ruffles and Lace. Burlap and Flowers. Camo and Conchos. Vintage and Chic.  Rustic is a variety of styles, patterns, fashions, and lifestyles.  It's the little girl with a ruffles and lace dress.  It's a home filled with decor of burlap and flowers.  It's the hunter or huntress covered in camo or the rodeo cowgirl with tassles and conchos.  It is a mix of country, vintage, cowgirl, chic, shabby, antiqued, western, and more... And together we are Rustic.

They were kind enough to send me a Blue Dream Multi Layered Infinity Bracelet.

 I absolutely love my bracelet!! Its is so cute!! I do not own many bracelets but definitely will be ordering more now. Not only does The Rustic Shop have cute things they also have a great prices. This bracelet was only $6.99 which is a deal in my opinion. Great quality for the price!!

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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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Dukan Diet Chia Seeds, Organic Stevia, Oat Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hot & Spicy Turkey Jerky

I was recently given the chance to review a few products from Dukan Diet
I am sure you are wondering what is the Dukan Diet?

The Dukan Diet is a physician-formulated lifestyle weight-loss program consisting of 4 phases to reach and keep your TrueWeight for life.The diet discards counting calories, and instead emphasizes lean protein, plentiful amounts of water, daily walking and allows unrestricted amounts of 100 healthy foods. The Dukan Diet is designed to help its members overcome common pitfalls and achieve healthy, lifelong weight management.


Dukan Chia Seeds are tiny, nutritional dynamos. The seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch into a very small serving. In a single tablespoon, you get 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 1.6 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. Chia is often considered the richest plant-based source of dietary fiber, protein and Omega-3’s.

Health Benefits 
  • Good source of energy (Athletes have even reported that chia seeds provide a constant source of energy).  
  • Contains powerful antioxidants, fiber, calcium and other beneficial compounds.
  • Chia seeds also have the amazing ability to absorb as much as 12 times more water than their weight, creating a gel-like substance. This gel can help people feel full longer and even prevent spikes in blood sugar that often occur after eating.
  • Helps to encourage regularity, elimination and detoxification. 
  • Nature's richest vegetarian supply of omega-3 fatty acids . 
  • Helps to ease the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, possibly because of its high content of omega-3s.
  • These same fats may offer even more benefits, as they appear to help boost metabolism and promote lean 

Review:
I love the chia seeds. I like to use them in my smoothies. So yummy! 

My yummy strawberry smoothie with chia seeds

Stevia is a South American plant native to Paraguay that has long been used to sweeten beverages including coffee and tea. Stevia is now grown and harvested in many areas of the world, from Central and South America to Asia, Europe and Africa. You can find this plant as an ingredient in many products including desserts, candy and soft drinks.

Benefits of using Dukan Diet Organic Stevia
  • 100% natural calorie-free sweetener that is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
  • No bitter aftertaste.
  • Keeps its taste in both hot and cold beverages.
  • Fights sugar cravings.
  • Great for diabetics – does not affect blood glucose or insulin response.
  • Inhibits the growth of some bacteria, including those that cause tooth decay and gum disease

Review:
I have tried stevia in the past but honestly did not like it. When I received Dukan Diet organic Stevia I was hesitant to try. I decided to blend it in my bulletproof coffee and it is so good!! 

My bulletproof coffee with stevia in it


Dukan Diet Oat Bran Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with oat bran produced using Dr. Dukan's proprietary Milling and Sifting Index M2bisB6™. This index allows for a perfect size and purity of bran particles, which increases oat bran's absorptive qualities that help you feel full. These cookies also have the smooth, melt in your mouth addition of chocolate chips.

Review:
I honestly expected the cookies to taste like cardboard. I know that is bad to say right? I have tried a few diet snacks and they were horrible. Not with Dukan Diet oat bran chocolate chip cookies. They are so good. You would honestly not know that they are healthy for you.

Dukan Classic Thin Cut Hot & Spicy Turkey Jerky makes a wonderful protein rich snack. Premium cuts of turkey breast are marinated with a delicious tamari soy sauce, select spices and spicy red pepper. 
Dukan Classic Thin Cut Hot & Spicy Turkey Jerky:
  • Made from turkeys raised without antibiotics
  • USDA Inspected
  • 19 grams of protein
  • Less sodium than most brands of turkey jerky on the market
  • No added MSG
  • No added sugar
  • Gluten free
  • No nitrates
Review:
I am not a huge fan of turkey but when Dukan Diet was suggesting products they suggested this. I am so glad I gave in and tried it. Its so good. Its just the right amount of spice and heat. The jerky is very tender and not tough like other jerky's I have tried. 
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: Rove 20-Ounce Double Wall Flavor Infuser Tumbler, 14-Ounce Double Wall Hot & Cold Hydration Mug and 7-Piece Laptop Iced Bento Lunch Box

  • Rove is a mobile lifestyle brand with products to hydrate and nourish you on the go. The collection consists of innovative reusable tumblers, mugs, water bottles,travel mugs, sport bottles, lunch boxes, and lunch bags. Rove strives to make you as comfortable outdoors as you are at home. 
  • For review I received:




My favorite of all the items received was the 20 ounce double wall flavor infuser tumbler. It is awesome and I use it every single day since I received it. I drink a gallon of water daily and this is the perfect size. I love the infuser and like to put strawberries in it so my water taste like strawberries.  I wanted to love the 14 oz double hot and cold hydration mug but the biggest issue I had was that it leaked. The bento box is awesome and I love that it has separate sections to separate food. It will come in very handy for my husband as he works 12 hour shifts. Overall, I am very happy with Rove and I will purchase from them again.

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Review: Red's Natural Foods Burritos

What if you could refuel after a workout with a protein-rich snack exploding with all the flavors you’d expect from an authentic Mexican restaurant? Well now you can with Red’s Natural Foods’ new line of frozen burritos.

Available in four flavors – Spicy Chipotle Beef & Bean, Bean & Cheese, Chicken & Cheese and Steak & Cheese – these burritos are 100% all-natural and preservative-free. In one Red’s Natural Foods’ 5oz burrito, you’ll find up to a whopping 16 grams of protein!

Red’s burritos feature custom made tortillas that are just large enough to hold all the goodness inside without weighing you down. And with antibiotic-free meat, all-natural beans and rBGH-free cheese, these burritos let protein be the star.


Red's burritos are awesome!! I am so surprised how fresh they taste considering they are frozen. My favorites are bean and cheese and steak and cheese. I love mexican food and I am so glad I found a healthy alternative.

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Review: Cheeky

At Cheeky, they are on a mission to create fun, exuberant products that make every day exceptional. They recently gave me the opportunity to try out some of there colorful paper and plastic tableware.
My son and I loved using the cups and plates tonight for taco night.
For dessert we have bananas and strawberries. 

My son and I really loved Cheeky. Its great quality paper and plastic tableware. We love that its very colorful!! You can find there line of colorful paper and plastic tableware at Target.  For every Cheeky product purchased they will help donate a meal to someone who needs it right here in the U.S. through there partnership with Feeding America.

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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.

Review: Bioterra Herbs Mental Focus....huh & Stress...gah

BioTerra Herbs provides healthy, drug free supplements that are as active as you are. These symptom-based herbs not only help your body’s natural healing process, but also help your quality of life and health. 

huh_mentalSometimes it’s just really hard to focus. Your head is in the clouds, you can’t stay on track and the amount of work that actually is getting done… will probably have to be re-done. Whatever the epic task – from punching keys on a computer to cramming mid-term studies (really? in one hour?) to training for a three-legged hula-hoop triathlon opposite grandma – it’s time to buckle down and zone in on the assignment at hand. Grab your hula-hoop and put your game face on – Grandma is going down!

My husband noticed a huge difference after taking this supplement. He loves that the supplement is very gentle and causes no jitters. 

Stress... gahh - stress relieve and upliftmentWe all know it well. It’s an unfortunate part of our everyday life and, let’s be honest, it SUCKS. We are faced with ultimate juggling act of “this assignment is due in 10 minutes”, you promised to bring cupcakes to the kids’ school fundraiser, and your phone is swimming in the toilet. We don’t know if it is possible for someone to spontaneously combust from stress overload but we don’t want to find out! Relax. We’ll give you a second in paradise. Mahalo…

Life so so stressful for me at times. I have a 10 year old son and my husband works construction so he is on the road a lot. At times I just really need help to make things less hectic. This really did the trick to help me not be so overwhelmed and crappy. 

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Review: Livia BioLifeCat

Protecting your pet’s immune system with BioLifeCat Probiotics
One of the leading health problems in pets is directly related to digestive issues and disease-causing “bad” bacteria in the digestive tract. Livia Global recognizes the importance of pet health, so they developed a product designed to protect and restore digestive and intestinal integrity, while supporting the immune system.

Livia BioLifeCat and Livia BioLifeDog Probiotics with Trace Minerals is an organically grown, liquid probiotic that has been proven to improve the immune systems of cats and dogs. The good bacteria in the probiotics efficiently converts food into usable energy to fight off the bad bacteria that constantly builds up in pets.

Livia BioLifeCat customer, Jamie Davis of Cheboygan, Mich., rescued a stray cat that had chronic sinus congestion. After four years of visits to three different vets, multiple prescriptions, and being told that the virus wouldn’t go away, Jamie decided to finally give Livia BioLifeCat a try. She is so thankful she did and says her cat can breathe with ease for the first time in years.

“Within a day his eyes (one drop in each eye the first day) were better and the congestion was easing up 48 hours later! Within a week, most of his wet sneezes were a thing of the past and so far they still are,” said Jamie.

This pet product also contains 74 trace minerals, which help detoxify a pet’s system from toxins, supports their bones, muscles, ligaments, and heart health.

Benefits of this product include:
  • Aids and improves digestion
  • Supports the body’s defense system
  • Controls harmful bacteria
  • Less bouts with diarrhea, constipation, and allergies
  • Increase in pet’s mineral and nutrient absorption
  • Trace minerals play vital role in cellular process
  • Easy to use – simply add dosage to pet’s water bowl

I have a 17 month old cat named Smokey. I am always concerned about this nutrition and so glad I found this product. I am happy I found a product that will help fight common symptoms and help optimize my cat's immune system so that he can live a long and healthy life.

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Review: Calgon Hawaiian Ginger Body Wash & Hawaiian Ginger Bubble Bath, Nature's Gate Lavender and Aloe Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

Have you ever wanted to go on a vacation but just didn't have the time or money? As a mom I understand the importance of a break here and there.  I have some awesome products to tell you about today. You will feel like you are on a mini-vacation in your shower!!

Calgon is an iconic brand for over 60 years, Calgon has an impressive portfolio of all things in the bath and body category.  Indulge yourself in one of their signature bubble baths, or invigorate your senses with one of their scented body washes. With fragrances ranging from Tahitian Orchid to Parisian Charm, Calgon will take you on a sensory sojourn. Au revoir!

They were kind enough to send me Hawaiian Ginger Body Wash & Hawaiian Ginger Bubble Bath.

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I love the bubble bath and body wash!! They smell so heavenly like I am in Hawaii. 

Nature's Gate, a company dedicated to developing personal-care products based upon botanical remedies, creates formulas that combine proven botanical, herbal and floral treatments with modern ingredients and techniques. Using all-natural herbs and pH-balanced formulas, each product is carefully formulated to deliver the many benefits of each unique botanical blend. The collection reflects ongoing efforts to preserve the Earth's natural resources and develop sustainable sources of clean water.
They were kind enough to send me Nature's Gate Lavender and Aloe Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner. 
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This shampoo and conditioner is amazing!! I have a very dry scalp and after two uses I have noticed a huge improvement in my scalp. My hair is so soft!!


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive

I was recently given the opportunity to try Monat Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive.  

REJUVENIQE<sup>TM</sup><br />
Benefits:
Nourish and energize the scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that mimic the body’s natural oils! The proprietary formula reduces hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds incredible volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone.

Ingredients:
Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil."

Review:
I am so in love with this oil after only one use. A little goes a long way so this bottle will last awhile.  I applied it to my scalp and waited 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning. I blow dried my hair as I usually do and was amazed once I was done. My hair has never been so soft and pretty! This oil is a must have!! Not only can you use it on your hair but you can use it on your skin and nails! This oil will be replacing a lot of my hair care products. Its that good!!

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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.

Review: G. H. Cretors Popcorn

Every ingredient in each G.H. Cretors bag is carefully engineered for obsessive devotion by using simple, high-quality ingredients, completely free of GMO’s, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. The new organic line uses only organic non-GMO popcorn, 100% organic oils, and pure sea salt, which means with each kernel (or handful) you put in your mouth, you’ll only taste wholesome goodness.


Review:
This popcorn is delicious!! I was honestly hesitant about trying the extra virgin olive oil popcorn. I did not think it would taste good but it really does. Its light and not greasy at all like your typical buttery popcorn. My favorite was the simply salted. It's a good snack to have on hand and if you overindulge its okay.  My husband and son loved it too!! 

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Book Review: At the Crossroad by Olfet Agrama




Valentine's Day and Mother's Day Gift Guides

Riveting Breakout Fiction “At the Crossroad”
Dives Into Passion, Forbidden Love, Faith and Power Between Four Characters
in Smoldering Desert During 1950s Middle East  

Author Olfet Agrama Available for Interviews

“… A convincing story; credible characters … there’s nothing like this out there …”
--Barbara Nimri Aziz, Radio Tahrir on WBAI Radio, NYC &
Former Director of RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers) 

The decisions we make at every crossroad in our lives shape our destiny. In her first novel At the Crossroad, Olfet Agrama pens a romance/adventure book filled with passion, forbidden love, faith and power - - the perfect book to give that special woman for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day.

Released on October 21, 2014, At the Crossroad is a fiction book that takes place in the steamy, smoldering Middle East during the 1950s and 1960s and follows four main characters: a dashing medical student filled with so much promise, his beautiful but naïve girlfriend who doesn’t realize her strengths, a carefree girlfriend, whose troubled life brings happiness but also tragedy and a handsome military officer, who’s strong but unwilling to bend his religious beliefs.

The story is set in Egypt after World War II. Torn between the East and West, occupied by the British and ruled by a corrupt King, it was inevitable that by 1952 the country would be convulsed by a military revolution.  At the Crossroad follows four young people born during the occupation and readers learn how their lives and loves intertwine with the political events of their country.  Their search for love spans a range of emotions that includes sexual tension, loneliness, elation, confusion fulfillment, humiliation and hope.

  • Nadia lives a Western lifestyle, but suffers the intellectual and physical repressions imposed upon her by a conservative Muslim father.
  • Melanie, whose mother is British, enjoys the semblance of a free and emancipated life in a world that never completely accepts her.
  • Sammy was brought up in England, but is still a product of the Middle East. He succeeds in escaping from the political restrictions of the military regime, but can’t escape his macho culture
  • Hassan is the victim of his ideals. His belief in the revolution is shattered when he perceives the corruption of the new government and when the Egyptian Army is defeated in the Suez Canal War.
 Internationally recognized for her paintings and sculptures showcased at prestigious galleries in Paris, Madrid, Nagasaki, Japan and Los Angeles, Olfet Agrama decided to take a stab at writing and took nearly 10 years to complete At the Crossroad.  A native of Cairo, Egypt Agrama based most of the characters in At the Crossroad on real people she knew growing up in the Middle East. The book is dedicated to brave Egyptian women who fought for women’s rights and freedom at the turn of the century. 

Agrama noted women were raised to be subservient, second class citizens, governed by a strict religious ethic and a male dominated society. The situation is much worse today with the rise of the Islamic movement. Before the revolution there was a functioning parliament and several political parties competing for power. Egypt was just getting rid of the British occupation. The majority of the population was Sunni Muslim but the society was comprised of many different ethnic groups and religious entities.  Some families adhered to the old traditional ways and others imitated the West. The young were confused and suffered whether they rebelled against their parents or submitted to tradition.  

Review:
This is a very well written book. I really enjoyed reading it. I could definitely relate to some of the issues she faced in life.  It also gave me a little light into how things were in the Middle East in the 1950's and 1960's. Its an awesome book. If you are looking for a good read, I highly suggest it. 

At the Crossroad is available in hardback, paperback and e-book through publisher Xlibris. The book is distributed through Ingram and available at Amazon.com, BN.com (Barnes & Noble) and Xlibris.com.

About the Author
Olfet Agrama was born in Cairo, Egypt and earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Ein Shams in Cairo. She came to the U.S. when she was 24 years old and received a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of California. She was CEO of Intersound, a dubbing and post production studio in Los Angeles and presently sits on the board of directors at Harmony Gold, a television production and distribution company. Olfet Agrama has been married 60 years and has two children and six grandchildren. She is a renowned sculptor and painter with numerous exhibits showcased in Paris, Madrid, Nagasaki, Japan and Los Angeles, California, among others. Agrama travels extensively and currently divides her time between Los Angeles and Paris. At the Crossroad is the first novel by Agrama and she is working on her second book.


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