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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rtgs Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor and Outdoor String Lights Review


Rtgs Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor and Outdoor String Lights Review





You may have already seen the review I did recently on the 20 LED light set.. I am such a fan of these string lights that I was super excited to check out the Rtgs Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor and Outdoor String Lights as well.

For this review I decided to make my daughter a light box.. we have an itching to buy some translucent magnetic tiles that she likes to play with at a local museum, and part of what makes those cool is that they place them on a light table. The tiles will glow!

I had a clear plastic shoe box just looking for a purpose, and I thought this could be it!

I took the box and filled it with these incredible lights.. I didnt get too fussy with the location and positioning just yet, since I know there is going to be a toddler carrying this box around for awhile.. But this is the gist of it... I have it sitting on a green quilt- so the green is not inside the box..


Those lights are so incredibly bright. 

I taped a piece of drawing paper on the underside of the lid to give it a not so see through appearance.. 

Easy!


It is much more impressive in person, I promise.. but basically we have a nice little portable light box that she can use for drawing, the blocks, or other fun projects.

These lights are rated to last quite some time with decent batteries. Ours are still going, and we have been playing with this quite a bit. We also have a quick nightlight in the event of outages from our summer monsoons.. MAN we are getting a bunch this year!

Rtgs Micro LED 60 Warm White Color Indoor and Outdoor String Lights have a timer function!! You can turn them on at a certain time and they will turn on at the same time tomorrow and stay on for 6 hours!!!

The lights are great for all kinds of projects. If you need to decorate a space without power, these are going to be excellent.. they are so versatile!

They don't get hot, they don't have nasty little bulbs to break and they are going to store in a tiny little box if that is what we decide.. 

They can be used indoors and outdoors.. for parties, they would be incredible!  We only have on plug in our back yard so if we want lights back there, there is never enough juice.. these lights can be placed on trees, on a table, on a porch umbrella.. Endless ideas!

Somehow, I think my daughter is going to get these, and I am never going to be able to use them for MY projects.. 

Thanks so much to RTGS for another great set of lights to try!


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

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Refresh Therapy Lactic Acid 10% Peel Review








Wow- is all I can say on this Refresh Therapy Lactic Acid Serum.




I have been using it for a few weeks now, and it seems to me that instantly I have noticed that my skin looks brighter. 

My pores are smaller, and my skin is super soft. (SUPER soft)

If you look up lactic acid on the internet, you can discover in actual medical studies (not just advertisements) that it is one of the better acids to use on your face for instant and long lasting results. 


The study was looking at removing precancerous growths on the face and how well it penetrated the skin to eliminate the bad cells. 

That is not being promoted by the manufacturer of Refresh Therapy Lactic Acid Serum but the data is there!

I wasn't convinced until I tried this. 

BINGO! 

I was very excited about the results.

 I was able to leave it on for up to 3 minutes without any itching or burning. I found that 2 minutes was about the sweet spot for my skin. The results of leaving it on longer were not significant enough to let it burn.. lol.

This is a nice formulation as it is a lower percentage of lactic acid- less likely to burn your face and cause issues. I had no redness or itching at all.. just great results.


You don't want to use this more than once a week or so though. It can damage skin, and I am sure that like leaving it on longer- you don't get better results. The skin only regenerates so fast anyway..

Thanks so much to Refresh Therapy Lactic Acid Serum for letting me try this. I will be using it in my beauty routine from now on!



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rtgs 20 Micro LEDs String Lights Review



Rtgs 20 Micro LEDs String Lights Review



I have to say, I am in love with the Rtgs 20 Micro LEDs String Lights. They are the perfect set of string lights for small projects, and have an incredible lifespan.

We have another larger set of lights to review as well, and I was really excited to have 2 sets to play with in total. 

The first set is this blue color and as you can see from this picture taken from my pathetic cell phone- the lights are really bright! I usually wouldn't get much of a picture at all in these conditions.. but my man is looking like a big Christmas tree all decorated!




Now don't worry- these bulbs are LED bulbs and are not hot. He was very comfy sitting there playing with them for some time. 

These are battery operated and extremely bright. He was testing them several nights in a row and they are still working! 

They are so small - you would not believe how bright they can be!

I have read that they are also called Starry String Lights or Fairy Lights so if you are thinking of picking a set of these up, that is another way to find projects for them. Pinterest is just loaded with projects that require these kinds of lights.


Here is a great one I found from a Sweet C's Designs website


fairy light decorations- perfect for weddings or outdoor parties! These are simple and easy to make- such a great idea!
http://sweetcsdesigns.com/make-a-fairy-light-jar-that-actually-works/

I will also add, that I love having them during power outages- we have enough light here for 2 solid days- and that is a great bonus! ( probably more like 4 nights)


The cost is low, and with a set of rechargeable batteries you could be using these for a long time. 


Thanks so much to the folks at Rtgs for letting us try the  Rtgs 20 Micro LEDs String Lights!


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

Herb Theory Blood Glucose Formula Review


Herb Theory Blood Glucose Formula Review

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What to do with Australian Tea Tree Oil- A Review



What to do with Australian Tea Tree Oil- A Review



If you are not using Australian Tea Tree Oil you need to try it! I was offered a bottle of some very fine  Australian Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts and it is the strongest and purest oil that I have ever used.

I have been making my own foot balms and sprays for around the house for years, so I have quite a collection of essential oils at my disposal. I have a kind of old gooey bottle of tea tree oil that I picked up along the way, and although it was ok, it was not the purity level of the product I received for this review. 

I am enjoying it immensely!

 Australian Tea Tree Oil can be used for so many things around the house. I already knew a few, but I was also given a booklet with 53 different uses to try!

I will now give you some of the categories:


What to do with Australian Tea Tree Oil


1. Skin care treatments
2. Hair care treatments
3. Home care and first aid remedies
4. Aromatherapy sprays and drops
5. Household cleaners

So what did I use it for? 
Cleaning of course! 

I had a stinky drain this week in my kitchen and bathroom. I have no idea why, but I decided to go full hog and spritz 4-5 drops in each sink with a little water to get it down, and I let it sit awhile. 

My house was filled with the scent of tea tree oil and it was awesome. I really like it!

My drains were no longer stinky after that!

Tea tree is a natural cleaning agent that has been used FOREVER. This worked great for me. I suspect I could have diluted it and gotten more mileage, but I wanted to test it out fast.. and it worked. 

SO, if you are looking for a great  Australian Tea Tree Oil, click the link and check it out. They are offering the free e-book with your purchase, and you can investigate all the great recipes for your home. 

Thanks so much to the makers of this  Australian Tea Tree Oil for letting us try a bottle of their fantastic product. We needed it!

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

PRO-15: The Perfect Probiotic Blog Review



I was recently asked to do a review of PRO-15: The Perfect Probiotic.

I was pretty excited to receive it as flu season has been especially ugly here in Phoenix. Practically everyone we know has had it or some stomach ailment, and we don't that here!

I have had experience with probiotics, as I took them during my pregnancy. I never got sick the whole 9 months. I was seeing folks at work drop like flies from the flu, even people that got the flu shot. I never got it. I will chock it up to probiotics.



Smart-Fab Sewing Project for Toddlers

Smart-Fab Sewing Project for Toddlers

We did a review earlier in the week for Smart-Fab non-woven fabric. 

We did this project as well but thought the 2 projects should be separate.






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Friday, August 15, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack

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Enter to Win the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack 

Something wicked could be coming back to school! Five lucky winners will receive the Reebok Maleficent Giveaway Pack: the limited edition Maleficent Top Down Sneaker, a Disney Maleficent Backpack & Beanie, and a $100 Reebok.com gift card! Bring a little of the dark side to the first day of school! Contest ends 8/20, so get your entry in today!

While you're back-to-school shopping, don't forget to check out all of the Disney-themed Reebok shoes to find this year's new favorite pair for your little ones!

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Contest ends 8/20.
Enter here: http://shop.reebok.com/us/content/disney 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ageless Derma Retinol And Vitamin K Eye Cream Review

I was recently asked to do a review of Ageless Derma Retinol And Vitamin K Eye Cream.



I had never actually used retinol based products until recently and I am such a fan now that I have. 

I have dark circles under my eyes and especially my eye lids. I use concealer to cover it most days, and even that is a stretch. It just seems to be a thing with me.. 


I used the Ageless Derma Retinol And Vitamin K Eye Cream for a few days and I was please with the results.

The cream has a nice smooth texture- a little bit on the finger goes a long way. One pump was enough to cover my eye area and a pesky age spot I have on my temple. This bottle will last me awhile!

I did experience a tiny tiny bit of tingling from the cream. I had really dry skin at the time and I think it was just a temporary issue. It wasn't bothersome enough to wash off though. Retinol can do that, or so I read on the internet! I didn't experience any redness or rash or anything like that.

I applied the cream at night so it could soak in. I found every morning that my skin looked plumper! I was also noticing a little difference in the dark eyes every day. It was very subtle, but I suspect if I use it for an every day product I am going to see good improvement over time. 

Overall I was very happy with this cream. I have never seen vitamin K and retinol together and I think this is a good choice for this product!

Thanks so much to Ageless Derma Retinol And Vitamin K Eye Cream for letting me try their product!






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

Diet to Go Meal Delivery Review and Giveaway


 Diet to Go Meal Delivery Review







I was recently offered a week of  Diet to Go meal delivery service to try and review.

Smart-Fab Toddler Car Wash and Review


We have had a bit of a hard week this week, but it was made better by Smart-Fab. I had received some samples (generous samples) of 3 rolls of Smart-Fab and I had a sick toddler to entertain. 

It worked wonders!



Prenatal Oxylent Multi Vitamin Drink Review and Giveaway


I was recently given the chance to review Prenatal Oxylent

This is a multi-vitamin that comes in the form of a powder that you mix with water and drink in place of a regular prenatal vitamin. 

MANY women, myself included, experience a lot of nausea in pregnancy and sometimes swallowing a vitamin is out of the question. 






Burning Water Movie- Check this out!






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When the Lauridsen family of Valhalla Farm, near Rosebud, Alberta, discovers that the strange bubbles in the water it relies on for bathing, drinking and farming is full of chemicals—and that the tap water can be lit on fire —it begins a fight for the truth behind an unsettling phenomenon that has been occurring in towns across North America. BURNING WATER looks at the financial and social impact on one family whose prototypically Albertan dream of living off the land puts it at odds with the ideals of a “New West” where the land is dominated by oil and gas wells rather than herds of cattle, and the provincial government seems to favour energy royalties over the farmers.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Shandali Hot Yoga Towel Review




When I was asked to review the Shandali Hot Yoga Towel I was pretty excited to do so.



Imágen Salon Formula Hair Care Review


When Imagen Salon Formula Hair Care company tells you that the are sending you a product to sample, they are not messing around. 

I was very excited to see the GIANT box of hair care products on my doorstep.





Excelerol Brain Health Supplement Review




I was happy to receive a bottle of Excelerol Brain Health Supplement for review on my blog. 




All of the clinical studies show that the ingredients found in this supplement are great for brain health. 

What are the ingredients?


Vitamin B 12,  Niacin (as Niacinamide), Guarana Extract, Kola Nut Extract, DMAE, Acetyl L-Carnitine,  Bacoppa Monnieri Extract, Peppermint Oil, Tulsi (Holy Basil) Extract, Green Tea Extract, Gingko Biloba Extract, Rhodiola Extract,  Phosphatidylserine, -Tyrosine, White Tea Extract, Black Tea extract, Citicoline, Huperzine Extract, Vinpocetin and Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine.
Wow- talk about a power house of ingredients!

 So many of these are things I have read about over the years as being good for brain health. Now you can see that they are all contained in one easy to swallow pill. 
What were the results for us? 

When sampling Excelerol Brain Health Supplement , no ill effects occurred. There was no nausea or anything negative like that that you might find in other similarly promoted products. If you are looking to boost your brain power, this is a great place to start with no side effects.

If you need to review more information about the product, their website is chock full of data, studies and reviews from other folks that have been taking the product with great results. They also have a really nice chart you can check out, that compares their supplement to others that are marketed to do a similar job. They even look at a popular ADHD medication that everyone is familiar with.

Thanks so much for letting us try the Excelerol Brain Health Supplement!




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

¡Sabor! – Spanish Learning Songs Review



We are such huge fans of the Whistlefritz products that we were ecstatic to receive a copy of ¡Sabor! – Spanish Learning Songs to review. 

When we got the package, the toddler was certain it was for her, and it was!







Prospect Tea Variety Pack, Single Brewer Review and Giveaway



I love to try new teas, and the Prospect Tea Variety pack is no exception.

I was provided a huge box of 40 tea containers to sample and I was loving it!



First off- I do not add anything to my teas, in general (unless I am making green tea lattes, but that will not be the case with these.) 

Many of the descriptions of the teas on the Prospect site talk about how smooth and yummy they are with cream or honey or sugar.. meh.  I want to taste the deliciousness that is the tea, and I will save the milk for my nasty freeze dried coffee that I drink sometimes.. lol.
(Maybe I need to sample the Prospect coffees next?)

I set off to try them all but it got to be hard to decide between trying new ones and drinking the ones I already tried that I loved..

Here are some of my tasting notes:

Duke Of Earl Grey- Delicious with a touch of the bergamot we all love in an Earl Grey. Not bitter. Nice.

Golden Dragon- I will admit that this was not my favorite. I liked it well enough when it was piping hot, but I did not enjoy the flavor quite as much when it was cooling. I guess the answer is to drink it fast. 


Chamomile Chill- A nice smooth flavor with nothing you don't like. Great for pre bedtime chilling out, just like in the title.


Himalayan Spring- (peach oolong)- I really adored this one. I drank a few cups of this within a short period of time. Nice light peach and a smooth oolong experience. 


Vanilla Chai- I saved the best for last. I adored this one. It was my favorite- it was also the first one I tried and I drank all the containers in the box the first day. HA! If I had to choose one flavor- this would be it.. of course, why choose when you can have a variety box?


Other flavors that are in the variety pack are:

Lemon Taxi, Graffiti Burst, Peppermint Heights, Brooklyn Breakfast, Green Power, Prospect Park, White Bengal.

All are delicious!

Thanks so much to the makers for letting us try the  Prospect Tea Variety pack. We are enjoying it every day!

The folks at Prospect Tea want to give you a box of tea for your single brewer machine. 

Enter the giveaway below!



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Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter Review and Giveaway



Raw Organic Unfiltered Shea Butter is a great way to take what nature made and use it as a beauty product!

I have been using shea butter for years for my fancy foot balm and I have been a huge fan of it's benefits.