Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ultimate Omega Junior and Vitamin C Gummies Review and Giveaway

I was fortunate earlier in the year- Nordic Naturals reached out to me to review their Baby DHA and Prenatal DHA products.

I used the prenatal DHA when I was pregnant, and while nursing my daughter. I loved them!

 I was very happy to be able to review 2 more products for my daughter- the Ultimate Omega Junior and the Vitamin C Gummies.


They also sent me another great assortment of samples, stickers, educational materials, chapstick and even mints.. unfortunately- my daughter swooped on the package before me, claiming all the goodies that she loved so much from the last review I did. 

It looks a lot like this though

I was able to get the oil sample for the dog before she took off though;) My dog loves the Omega-3 Pet Soft Gels! (hint hint- if anyone needs a mascot dog for this product, I have one adorable Basset Hound/German Shepard mix for hire. She even has her own blog;)

If you are not familiar with Nordic Naturals, you will really be impressed by them. They really want to educate their customers about the way that their supplements enhance health. They adhere to the strictest standards of quality to ensure that the supplements are not harmful- meaning free of toxic metals that can show up in fish oil. I encourage you to educate yourself at their site.

So onto the products.

Disclaimer- since my daughter is under the suggested children's age for the products, I only gave her half a gummie at a time to be certain there was no issue.  I sampled the Omega Junior.

Ultimate Omega Junior

Here are the facts sent over from Nordic Naturals:

  • Double-strength EPA+DHA formula 
  • High-intensity support for healthy brain, eye, and nervous system function in ages 5 and over
  • Smaller soft gel ( half size)
  • 640 mg omega-3s in 2 gels

I will say that the Omega Juniors are labeled as gels that you can either chew or swallow.. personally, I am not a huge fan of gels being chewed in my mouth- that is a personal preference, so I did swallow them. There was a pleasant strawberry flavor. I will not lie- you can taste some fish to the product, but I have seen no pill on the market that is tasteless. This one is the best, and it is gone fairly quickly. My daughter never minded anything with a fish flavor to it, so it really isn't an issue for her. If your child can swallow this gel, you might want to start there first to be safe:)

Vitamin C Gummies

 -For ages 4 
 -250 mg vitamin C 
 -No artificial coloring, flavoring, or preservatives
 -100% vegetarian

The benefits of vitamin C on the body have been well published and known for years.. why do you think your mom always told you to drink your orange juice when you were sick? These gummies are a great way to save your kids from drinking all that sugar in a juice every day, and pack all your vitamin C into 2 little tasty gummies. The tangerine flavor is great. Mu daughter thinks they are candy- I just put one on her breakfast plate every day, and without fail, it is always the first thing to disappear. Even if she shuns the food, she inhales her gummie!

This review round, there is a great program going on at Nordic Naturals- Buy To Give.

When you purchase one of their products from that special link, a backpack stuffed with supplies is provided to a child in need. They are committing up to $20,000 for this project this year. You really can't lose!

Thanks again to Nordic Naturals for another great swag bag and a couple of incredible products!

And one more bonus- Nordic Naturals wants to give you something! - the 2 bottles of supplements that we tried. 

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Tea Collection's New Arrivals: Bauhaus Bang!

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Tea Collection's New Arrivals: Bauhaus Bang!

Tea Collection's new arrivals are here!

 These new styles are inspired by Germany's early 20th century school of Bauhaus, which became famous for its radical union of art and design, and transformed everything from architecture to music. Tea Collection's new arrivals feature bold primary colors and modern geometric shapes; fairy tale romance meets art nouveau. The perfect combination for little ones ready for fun and adventure, and perfect for back-to-school too! 

Go take a peek at the Tea Collection's new arrivals today! 

Travel with a toddler, illness prevention & the Verilux Handheld UV Wand

Have you ever seen the Cleanwave Portable UV Sanitizer wand from Verilux?

We were planning a plane trip recently, and I have to say, in addition to my inherent fear of flying, I was also afraid that my daughter would get sick from the plane adventure. I asked the folks at Verilux if I could try out their product and blog about it. They said yes!

Shell Game Review

I have enjoyed playing with the last Think Fun game that I reviewed a few months ago, so I was pretty excited to get approved for a review of The Shell Game

I tested this product with my niece last week while I was on vacation. She is not 8, but was interested in seeing how the game was played. (I had brought it for her older brothers, but they were more interested in chasing each other outside, can't blame them for that!)

I set up the game and I read the instructions over a few times to make sure I got it. My niece was very interested in the game pieces and how they worked. 

Once we started playing it, I am not sure she really got the idea. She kind of liked moving the pieces around on the swirls on the game board. She also liked flipping through the gamebook pages to see what was on each page. 

We played a few more times with different game pages and she kind of lost interest after a bit of time. I am not going to hold this against the game at all- she is definitely below the age suggestion for the game.

I think it can be a great brain challenge, but if your child is not interested in board games and thinking games, they will probably not be a good candidate for this ( no beeps and buzzes here;)

I can definitely see how it would be fun to start on the easy first pages and work your way up to the harder levels in the back of the game book. 

It gives you a game that grows in complexity as you do better and learn how to use the shells. For that I really give it a good review alone.

Thanks to Think Fun much for letting us test The Shell Game!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Adovia 100% Pure African Shea Butter Review

I have been a huge fan of shea butter for years. 

I have recently become a fan of Adovia, so when I got asked to review their 100% Pure African shea butter I could not pass it up!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup Review

I have recently been asked to try V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup. To be honest, I had no idea what it was! I had read a review not to long ago, and saw that the other blogger liked it, so why not!

I was sent the bottle, and I set off to try it. 

First off- what is this?

  • Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is made from organic Yacon fields in Peru.
  • Yacon syrup is low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale, due to high levels of oligofructose (inulin). 
  • This is not metabolized readily by the human body. It is great for diabetics and a great alternative to  low calorie sweeteners.

I decided the best way was to add it to my morning coffee. I don't usually add a sweetener to the sludge I drink, but I have been drinking the Lazy Cardamom Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and instant coffee, so it seemed to be a great choice to try this syrup instead of the marshmallows.

I was pleasantly surprised! The taste was mild, and sweet, kind of maple syrupy. I enjoyed my hot cocoa/mocha/coffee concoction so much, that is how I have been drinking it ever since.

Now, what else can you do with this?

I decided to use a Pinterest Board to collect a bunch of recipes for myself. I am very interested in trying one with V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup in a salad dressing over some arugula. What could be tastier?

This is going to be a great addition to my pantry- a low calorie sweetener that is flexible and tasty!

Thanks so much to V3 Life & Food Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup for a great idea:)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE VITAMIN C Skin Repair Serum Review and Giveaway

I have to say I am so excited about Azure Naturals.  I have been offered a chance to review their Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Serum and I took that offer!

I recently reviewed their Ultimate Retinol Serum and I have to admit, I wasn't ready to stop using it.. it worked so well, why mess with success?

Now, I will say, that the Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Serum and the Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Serum are meant to be used together. The Retinol at night and the Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Serum during the day.

I was using just the Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Serum all night and all day. I lost fine lines, and a nasty sunspot faded. I finally decided to use them together. 

The result? 

Even better.

I am not a person that fusses over skin care. I have a toddler and I don't even have time to take a shower every day.. but I have made it a priority to take care of my face, since, well, everyone sees it!

The two serums work together to feed the skin and keep it healthy and promote healthy skin. Here are some facts:

8% Natural, 
72% Organic
Contains No Alcohol 
Containes No Parabens
Gluten Free
Plant Based
No GMO's
Cruelty Free
Never Tested On Animals! 

These are important to me. I never want to slather my face with something that a bunny died for. I don't want nasty chemicals around and I want a product from from GMO's. I got it all with Azure Naturals. These guys really get it.

They are rated really well on Amazon, and I will say that always throws me off. But honestly, it is my job to review these products fairly and completely, and this system is the best I have tried. Hands down.

If you are looking to improve your skin, give these 2 products a go, you will not be disappointed!

Azure Naturals Ultimate Vitamin C Serum

Azure Naturals Ultimate Retinol Serum

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Best For My Pets Bully Sticks Review

My dog is a huge chewer, even at almost 3 years old and being around me all day.. she just loves chewing.. 

I was very excited when we were offered a bag of Best For My Pets Bully Sticks to try. Somehow I just knew my dog would love these.

I was also excited to see that a portion of their sales goes to do rescues throughout the US. What a great idea to help dogs. Ours came from  the pound, as she was abandoned by her owners.  (You can read about her here.)

She saw these and knew what they were immediately. She got all wild and jumped around and had one in her mouth in seconds. I suspect she would have had that bag open even faster if I had handed it to her.

She probably mowed through it in a half hour. I would say that we need one the size of a small cow in order to really satisfy her chewing, but this is a perfect treat for her. I never like finding half chewed toys around the house.

The toddler will want to eat it too! 

(they may be chemical free and high in protein, but toddlers can have other snacks;)

They are a fantastic treat for our dog, and one that she will be looking for when she is a good dog!

Thanks so much for letting us try these!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts

I have been very lucky to have received several of Adovia's products for review on my blog. 

They are really a great company to work with and I adore all of their products.

I love their soap.

I love their shampoo.
I love their conditioner.
I especially love their mud mask.

 Their Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts  are no exception. 

The container I received is quite large and it is noted to last for 2 months worth of exfoliation. I suspect I will be getting a lot longer use out of it.

I decided to try it as soon as I got it- I wet my face and applied the salts to my face and gave it a bit of a scrub all over. 

I then rinsed and patted dry.

 I was amazed at how soft my skin was already! 

I think it must have taken off quite a bit of dead and yucky skin (ok- ew.) But I think it was a good thing.. lol.

The softness is really noticeable! I love that there are not a host of nasty chemicals and such in this product- it is simple and effective. I think for future use I will be adding it to a facial cleanser that I use that doesn't exfoliate. I will then be alternating it with the days that I use their mud mask. It will be a perfect routine.

Thanks again to Adovia for another great product!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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