Thursday, July 16, 2015

Evergreen Nature Probiotic Advantage Capsules


Probiotics are good bacteria that play an in our digestive and immune systems. They help with a range of things including producing enzymes that break down the food we eat, regulate vitamins intake and convert sugars to the essential nutrients our bodies need.

When I was offered a sample of these capsules in exchange for my unbiased review, I jumped at the chance. I started taking Evergreen Nature Probiotic capsules - one capsule per day - for a few health conditions that plague me. I have depression and since starting these a few weeks ago, they seem to help improve my mood. And anything that helps me well how shall I put it delicately - "stay regular" ie improves digestive health is a BIG PLUS!

I don't like to take laxatives so these make sure I never need them. I also like the idea of how they are supposed to balance intestinal flora, especially after a particularly bad bout of IBS I had recently. If you have tummy trouble like stomach pain, gas, bloating, swelling, etc, you should really give these a try. These are definitely coming with me camping to keep my "routine" with my digestive system.

I have felt so energetic since starting these daily, I have also started running again!

And the fact that they are vegetarian and Made in the USA is very reassuring.
Feel better, have more energy, keep regular - what's not to love?

I rate these 5 stars all the way around!

BlazeBand Reflective Ankle Bands (Pair) - High Visibility - BE SAFE, BE SEEN!

Neon Yellow for Daytime
Did you know that every 8 minutes, a pedestrian is injured in a motor vehicle accident?
It's vital to increase your visibility to oncoming traffic.  

BlazeBand Reflective Bands provide that extreme, bright white reflectivity that helps you and your loved ones remain visible even in low light conditions. Reflective Bands are superior to LED lights and require no batteries. 

Reflective at Night
I received a free sample for my honest review, knowing exactly who I was going to use these for: Since we let our children ride around the campgrounds alone while we're camping, it's reassuring to know that while they're wearing these highly reflective leg bands, they can be easily seen by motorists from over 700 feet away.

And if my husband and I decide to go for a nighttime stroll, we can easily fit these as the elastic and Velcro allows different sized limbs (ankles, wrists, arms) from 7" up to 12" to easily fit. You can even join 2 together to double the size.
Adjustable to Fit All Sizes


And they are very soft and comfortable which is good for those of us with sensitivity issues. I can't stand to wear anything scratchy!

And since I started running again, these bands will be just the thing I need to stay extra safe even in low light situations. Now if I could just find a product that can get me motivated to run every day I'd be all set! 

I rate these 5 stars.

Soap.Club Natural Organic Handmade Artisan Soaps Delivered FREE To Your Door Monthly



Soap.Club is a membership site that delivers 100% natural handcrafted soap to your door every 
month. Or you can purchase their soap bars individually.

Each handcrafted soap is made from 100% natural plant oils, butters and colors such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil, Hemp Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Water, Essential Oils/Fragrances.

If you appreciate the quality and indulgence of artisan soaps, Soap.Club may be your new favorite. 

They are a small, family-run business, and craft soaps in small batches, hand-cutting each bar for freshness on the day of shipment. 

And they have OVER 70 different varieties of natural soap to choose from! 

Soap.Club's Top 10 women's soaps are:
Lavender Lull 
Plumeria Island Escape
Kona Coffee Kick
Dead Sea Mud
Wild Rose
Tropical Burst
Summer Citrus Fruit
Sandalwood Rose
Goat’s Milk Citrus Twist
Fresh Aloe Vera

And you men shouldn't feel left out either! They have plenty of varieties that men love too. 
Top 10 men's soaps:
Sandalwood Soother 
Kona Coffee Kick 
Surf’s Up 
Spearmint Basil Spice
Sea Breeze 
Peary Perfect 
Island Drift 
Bay Rum Spice Pirate’s Paradise 
Black Forest Timber Coppice 
Almond & Spice – Fall Is In The Air
Summer Citrus Fruit

I chose the Summer Citrus Fruit Natural Soap: "Light, summery and refreshing, our Citrus Fruit artisan soap combines the zesty fragrances of lemons, limes and oranges with rich, creamy natural butters for an indulgently invigorating bathing experience."

I have to say I have bought what I thought were similar soaps from big name brands that don't smell half as good this. The lather is perfect and the best part is the way my skin smells after I rinse the soap off. It smells clean but not in a fake chemical clean way, it's more of a natural clean smell. I love it!

The secret is Soap.Club's old-fashioned cold process soap making. Every product is made by hand, starting from stirring the recipe, cutting the bars and even packaging each individual item.

Of all 73 varieties of soap they offer, their top rated scent is Lavender Lull Natural Soap.
Size: 3″x 3″x 1″
Individually Boxed: Net Weight 5.3oz
Made in the USA

Each bar comes with their "Risk Free Soap Lover's Guarantee." If you have an issue Soap.Club will replace the first bar of soap with a new scent or refund your money.

FREE SAMPLE!
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For the price of shipping, you can 
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I received this product for my fair and unbiased review.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Santa Fe Art Supply Artist Brush Set


These artist brushes have been on my wish list for a long time. When I say a long time I mean not just years....I mean DECADES. 

You see, I used to be an art major in college. But somewhere between creative design 101 and sketching 102 I got it in my head to switch majors (to Economics of all things!) and my dreams of learning how to paint fell by the wayside.

Then came adulthood and motherhood and all the joys and trials and tribulations that come with such things, and my dreams of painting were still there but on the back burner of my mind.

Well no more! When I saw this set of brushes I said it's time for me to get back to doing what I love.

So I am happy I was able to obtain this set in exchange for my unbiased review, because it has everything I needed to get back to painting. 

Included in my order are 15 wooden brushes with: 
Polished handles
12 inch length
Range in size from 000 to 12
All shapes: Round, flat, filbert, fan, wide.
I also received an extra free gift: an extra ergonomic short handle for fine touches.


I also love that they come with a black zipper case for storage and you can also use it as a stand for easy paintbrush access while painting. 

I love these brushes! The fact that they are my first set since college makes them extra special but I especially love how sturdy they are - compared to the "kiddie" brushes I've used over the years doing crafts with the kids - these brushes don't shed hair in every creation.

Also the variety is fantastic - I can't imagine there is a size here you can't find. 

And the cost is a great deal considering how much you can pay these days for just a few or even a single brush. Not to mention these come with a 100% lifetime guarantee. Big bonus.

My review: 5 stars all the way around!

You can get these now on Amazon HERE.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Review: The Wind Leverager Delta Kite


The Wind Leverager - BIG KITE!
The Wind Leverager is a beautiful delta kite.

For those of you unfamiliar with aviation (like me!), a delta kite takes it's name from delta wing aircraft, with wings in the form of a triangle, named for its similarity in shape to the Greek uppercase letter delta (Δ).

I really love this kite! First of all, this kite is HUGE with its size of 180 x 90cm‏ (about 6 feet by 3 feet!) not including the tail, which makes it even bigger. That is one big kite!

All the kites we've owned up to this point were made of cheap polyester or plastic. Not this baby! It's made from strong nylon. The frame is made of resin rod which is stronger than fiberglass and also the most durable material for kite frames. It allows the kite to bend and crash, but not break.

Nothing flimsy here!

It was very easy to assemble: my 11-year old had no trouble putting it together all by himself. It comes with it's own kite bag with handle so that you take the kite apart to make it easy to carry wherever you go. Also included is a nice kite handle with a long and strong line string so that you can have everything you need to have a fantastic kite flying experience.

What's so great about flying a kite, you ask? Besides the obvious benefit of getting us up off our you-know-whats and away from all the annoying screen time, flying a kite also improves your concentration, increases your relaxation, improves your mood, and reduces tension from everyday life.

And it's perfect for flying at the beach or the park. Who among us wouldn't love being on the beach or a park on a windy day?
It is made to fly on winds of 5-20 mph and is perfect for kids (including us grown kids!) ages 6 and up.

I also love that this kite comes with a 100% lifetime money back guarantee. I expect with this quality it will last us for a very long time but it's nice to know you aren't risking much by buying it.

Right now The Wind Leverager is available on Amazon for a great price. It normally sells for over $40, but is currently on sale for $19.99.

I received this beautiful kite in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Eco Defense All Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets

Can you smell it? That's not the smell of harmful chemicals like DEET - instead you are smelling only Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Mint Oils. So when I got the opportunity to receive Eco Defense's All Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets in exchange for a unbiased review I didn't hesitate.

We used to buy the curly bracelets that stretch around your wrists/ankles but they don't do a thing to fend of mosquitoes.You could literally wave the things right at them and it didn't deter them one bit. And I'm talking wearing one on every limb. Then we'd end up drenching ourselves with DEET sprays and wondering what new genetic diseases were forming in our bodies.

Not a problem anymore! We used them today in the woods (geocaching) and we're talking heavy mosquito presence and not a single bite. They took one whiff of us and were on their merry way.

And I love the fact that these bracelets are made with 100% natural oils - Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Mint. They don't smell as strong as citronella candles, just a pleasant whiff of fresh minty citrus.

You get 5 bracelets per pack and for the small amount - currently $11.99 with free shipping on Amazon - it's a no brainer to pick these up before you head outside this summer.

And they're completely adjustable to any sized wrist. Or to minimize any chance of skin irritation, especially in children under the age of 3, you can snap them onto a belt loop, or even a stroller or bedpost. And they are made with a very soft velvety material that doesn't scratch your wrist.

No more holding your breath while you spray chemicals all over your skin. These are just what I've been looking for to take camping with us this summer. Perfect!

I give Eco Defense All Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelets 5 stars.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Rooted and Four Other Disturbing Stories

I'm always looking for scary books to bring on our family camping trips, so naturally I was drawn to Rooted and Four Other Disturbing Stories. Author Shane Hall was sure able to pack a lot of vivid details and good character development into 30 pages.

Rooted consists of 5 stories. Each story is short -- no more than a few pages, but the writing is so concise it has all the elements of a good spine tingling read: suspense, fantasy, horror, science fiction. Hall's writing has a distinct Stephen King flavor to it: creepy and very vivid.

Once I started reading the stories I was unable to stop. The suspense builds in a creepy way: like seeing a car accident on the side of the road and not being able to look away, even though you know it's going to be awful, and stay with you for a long time.

But unlike bad car accidents, Rooted's stories do not have predictable, gory outcomes. Each plotline is very original and kept me guessing to the end.

My favorite of the bunch has to be John Adams Two, which features the legend of the doppelgänger, and is mild enough to read to my tweens on our next camping trip to the deep dark woods. Or maybe it's Rooted, which just so happens to feature haunted woods. Then again, there's my fear of fish being piqued in A Friend in the Depths. . . BUT even better might be Vivian's Videos, and the "concealed store--down a tunnel of black trees and far from any main road" . . . 


I highly recommend Rooted and Four Other Disturbing Stories by Shane Hall. Note: some stories contain language and violence that may be not be appropriate for younger children.

**I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, which I have just provided.**

My rating: 5 stars!

Friday, June 26, 2015

LA LUNE NATURALS LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL


100% Pure Cold Pressed. !00% Heavenly.
I am happy to report that I have died and gone to heaven.

No really I'm in heaven. 

Lemon heaven, that is.

After a few minutes around La Lune Naturals Lemon Essential Oil, I feel like I'm floating in the big lemon tree in the sky. This stuff is seriously awesome smelling.

It consists of Cold Pressed Lemon Oil (Citrus Limonum) from the rinds of fresh lemon, unfiltered and undiluted with no fillers, no alcohol or other additives. Like I said - heaven!

I love the amber glass bottle with glass dropper that comes with it. And this is no puny size - it's a big ol' honkin 4 oz size that is bigger than my hand. See my lovely hand photo? Like I said, this bottle is HUGE.

And if you're not familiar with the many uses of Lemon Essential Oil, you can download a free e-book HERE from La Lune Naturals.

Per La Lune Naturals: 
Some of the many uses of lemon oil include: 
- An air freshener or diffuser to remove unpleasant odors 
- Instant mood lifter when diffused in the air 
- Use in skin care and seasonal allergy recipes
- Improve complexion while leaving skin soft and supple.

La Lune Naturals lemon oil is highly concentrated and should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, prior to use on the skin. Also dilute before using in sensitive areas such as the face, neck, etc. 

One of my favorite uses is to add a couple of drops to my shampoo. It smells great to us humans AND as an added BIG bonus, citrus repels mosquitoes -- and with camping season upon us, you can bet this stuff is coming with me!

You can purchase your own bottle of heaven on Amazon HERE.
I did receive this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback, regardless I only recommend products that worked for me and that I think will work for my readers.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tayère Therapeutics Knee Support Sleeves: Review



sootheyourknees

MAGIC ROCK

SEMI-PRECIOUS. PAIN RELIEF?
WORTH IT'S WEIGHT IN GOLD.

Today I will review a knee wrap by Tayère Therapeutics made from fibers impregnated with Far Infrared [FIR] emitting ceramic nanoparticles, that are then woven into fabric to generate FIR radiation, and the health benefits from its effects.

OK WHAT!? In English please?! A knee wrap made from NANO what?

Let me back up.

FIBERS INFUSED WITH TOURMALINE
The objective of this product, in short: PAIN RELIEF and healing.

Next, how do these sleeves (sold in pairs) work?
First, they provide support via compression. Not a ton, just enough that you can retain your full range of motion but it feels "tighter" in your knees.

But the real genius in these follows.

Now don't get scared, I'm just going to explain some relevant science facts now. Specifically Quantum physics and Thermodynamics.

WAIT! COME BACK! I promise this will be quick and easy:

These sleeves are made from fabric containing microscopic particles (that you cannot feel; there are no sharp edges anywhere) of "Black Tourmaline," a naturally occurring semi-precious crystal. Before the Tourmaline is infused into the fiber it is crushed into powder.

With me so far? OK stay with me now:

MAGNIFIED 40X
What these particles in the fabric do is produce a weak electrical charge, which is what enables it to produce and emit Far Infrared Rays and Negative Ions.

WAIT! COME BACK! I promise it's not as bad as it sounds:

MAGNIFIED 100X
Far infrared (FIR) radiation is simply electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light. Meaning not visible to the naked eye. With me so far? Think microwaves: you can't SEE how the oven works, but it cooks your food yes? Same idea.

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Heat is transferred from one body to another in the form of radiation. So energy from the human body is transferred to these tourmaline particles, which acting as “perfect absorbers”, maintain their temperature at sufficiently high levels, and then emit FIR back to the body. FIR emitted from the skin is absorbed by the particles, which then re-emit the same FIR back to the skin. Dosey doe and around we go!

And why would we want FIR exposed to our bodies? Glad you asked!

Since the sleeves react with your own body temperature to safely elevate the knee temperature without making you feel hot, they are ideal for many medical conditions and injuries that require healing.
HELLO COMPRESSION. GOODBYE PAIN.

FIR promotes the repair of tissues and the regeneration of cells, aiding in the reduction of inflammation and pain.

I like that you get two support sleeves in one order, which is great if you want to use it for both knees or to have an extra one. 

I like that they give good support to the knee without being too tight, and you can wear them under jeans.

I also like the fact that they stretch so well. I had gotten these for some knee pain I have been having while using stairs, but also for my husband who needs them for work. Surprisingly even though they only come in one size, they stretched well enough for his leg and knee.


Only downside: they tend to slide down my legs if I do any hard walking in them, but who knows maybe that's because my husband stretched them out. Tayère Therapeutics recommends that you do not machine wash or tumble dry, as this will reduce the therapeutic effect the product has, causing the tourmaline fabric to become inactive. Instead, they suggest hand washing with soap in warm water, and then hang drying. 

Keep in mind, however, if you're not purchasing the product for its therapeutic characteristic, machine wash is fine, and tumble drying can also be used to shrink the knee sleeve down if it becomes stretched out after extensive use
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I give Tayère Therapeutics Knee Support Sleeves 4-1/2 Stars!
I received this item for my fair and unbiased review.


einstein
THE FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
STATES THAT ENERGY CAN NEITHER BE CREATED NOR DESTROYED.

--Albert Einstein

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Marisa's Way

Marisa's Way

As a mother of 2 kids who will soon be learning how to drive - I really hope all states find ways to install these alerts for "Wrong Way" drivers - before anyone else is killed....sadly these types of crashes are all too common as we hear of them on the news all the time.



I feel so sad for the dad of this beautiful girl and her friend who died in such a crash - killed by a "Wrong Way" driver - and hope everyone donates to such a worthy cause. Blink-Link LED Wrong Way signs and detection devices are worth every penny.

Marisa's Way
@Maria's Way
www.marisasway.org

Fundraiser Details:

In the very early morning of Sunday, November 17th, 2013, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two very beautiful young ladies. Marisa Catronio and Kaitlyn Ferrante were best of friends, and in an instant, they were killed by a "Wrong Way" driver on a Florida Expressway. This tragedy should have never happened. Two young ladies with lives about to unfold are lost. Their parents, family and friends are devastated.

We will seek to have a bill introduced through the Florida Legislature that will focus on creating more entrance ramp awareness, along with physical devices to alert wrong way drivers.

Your donation will go to work instantly to help save lives, by allowing us to create greater awareness programs, and provide them to communities throughout Florida and the rest of the country. We will also be providing scholarships to local student volunteers. — these programs are not possible without your help and support. Together, we can make the world safer.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received one or more of the products or services mentioned in various blog posts for a discount or free in exchange for my unbiased review. I will always give my honest opinion regardless of any compensation received. Some posts may contain affiliate links. When you click on those links to make your purchases, I receive compensation at no extra cost to you. I love it when you do that. ;) So thank you!
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