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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

500 Piece Bag of Building Bricks by Click n' Play

We love to play with Legos in our house, but I find the prices very high to have as many Legos as I remember having as a kid. I had tons!

I was pleased to get selected to review the   500 Piece Bag of Building Bricks by Click n' Play

I have tried some Lego alternatives before, and I have to admit I was very disappointed in them. I had high hopes for these bricks, and was not disappointed.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Que Heads Silicone Cooking & Grilling Gloves Review

Que Heads Silicone Cooking & Grilling Gloves Review

Candle Holder with Romantic Love Quote Review

Candle Holder with Romantic Love Quote Review

We are already pretty much done with Christmas shopping at our house, but I am still reviewing! 

I was very pleased to receive a Candle Holder with Romantic Love Quote from #kahndecor  this week. 

It is a perfect holder for a loved one, or for yourself really. It is a regular sized holder with a silver tone paint on the outside- with the quote "cut out" on the inside so you can read it while the candle is lit.

The quote is:

Love is just a word until someone gives it meaning"

It is really pretty! I put a tea light in it. With a toddler around I am nervous to do fire, but the electronic tealights look so good these days, they even flicker, so up on a table it looks like a real flame.

The candle holder came well packed in a nice box (perfect for gifting) and nestled in bubble wrap to protect it from breakage.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this candle holder. I will be happy to have it on my shelf to enjoy!

Thanks so much for letting us try the  Candle Holder with Romantic Love Quote.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery Review and Giveaway

Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery Review and Giveaway

I was asked to review the Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery service and I was elated! I have had a lot of time away from blogging but I cannot refuse such a tempting offer.

What is Ion Nutrition?

In their own words-

"Organic, gluten free, chef prepared meals delivered weekly straight to your door!

Every meal is when you order.  IONutrition only uses natural ingredients, free range chicken, wild fish, and grass fed beef"

A real chef makes your food, and they meals are sent to you with regard to your allergies and dietary requirements. 

Charity Work

As I was poking through their website, I was pleased to see that it was a site with a heart. If you order through their charity links a certain amount is donated to the cause you pick. There are currently 2 listed the Breast Cancer Fund and Heal the Bay.

What was our experience with the food?

First- they delivered Fedex, in a styrofoam cooler packed in a cardboard box. There were 4 big blue ice packs enclosed, which I will be re-using for lunches and such. Hooray!  The cooler is meant to be disposed of as well, but MAN I wish I had had that when I cleaned out my old fridge/freezer this week. I did not have enough space.. lol

The food is meant to be placed in the fridge and heated up before eating. There are instructions for microwave, stove and oven. I am lazy and hungry, so I nuke everything. 

I did not specify any particular dietary needs, so I was sent a few "standard" choices. 

They have examples of their menus online.

I was sent 2 breakfast entrees and 3 meals. 

The first meal I dug into was the Dual Mushrooms & Garlic Yams with Cod. The nutritional profile was really great for me- a lot of protein and a decent amount of calories. Filling and healthy.

This is how it looked after I prepared it in the microwave. I was really impressed with the flavor of the cod. I am a bit of a fish snob, and it is hard to impress me, but this cod tasted SO good. It was buttery, light and flaky and full of flavor.

The yams were mixed in with mushrooms and I think kale. It was flavored with garlic as noted. I thought it would be an odd combo, but it really worked. It was completely satisfying. I thought the portion was about right for a healthy meal. To be honest- I could eat about 10 more pounds of that cod!

I have to admit, I have had a chia meal before to try and did not feel brave enough to even taste it.
I bribed the man of the house to try this, because I was afraid again. I just didn't know if the texture of the swollen chia was going to be good for me.

So the man of the house prepared it and sat down with his spoon.

He was prepared to make faces. He is super picky, not really a vegetable or fruit eater, but with my pleading he was willing to give it a go. 

He took a bite and then another. He decided that he wasn't in love with the texture on its own. He decided to try it on a cracker.


I decided to try it. If HE could eat it, I could too. It was sweetish, but not overly so. It was warm and pretty satisfying on a cracker. I think it was like a raspberry jam consistency but with berrys and blueberries added.

We somehow ended up having a little picnic in the kitchen with the toddler. We all had a grand old time dipping crackers into it and giggling. She also brought some "other snacks" to the party. Toddlers.. lol.
We decided that we could not sit and eat it with a spoon, but the cracker situation was a good one. For me- even without crackers, that would be a pretty carby meal at 44 grams. For most people it would probably be ok. 

For work I ate the chicken with eggplant at lunch. Everyone was asking what I was eating! It smelled wonderful. The chicken was very juicy. It had a little skin on it, which really kept the moisture in. It was sprinkled with pepper and good flavor. The rice and eggplant were also very flavorful and tender.

I really love the way the veggie portion of the meal had so many interesting things included- yams, the rice, the eggplant.. and a bunch of great spices. It was the right balance of protein and carbs for me and I was very satisfied after eating it.

The Strawberry Oatmeal was pretty darn yummy. I have to admit though, it was  a little more carby than I could do in the morning, so I added a sprinkle of almond flour on it to give it a little more protein. Worked out great, but anyone with normal morning blood sugar would be very pleased to eat this oatmeal. The cinnamon flavor really comes out and it smells delish.

I did not get a picture- I was too eager to chow down!

Finally, the last meal in my selection was the 2 bean chipotle with beef.

It was a really tasty meal. The textures were satisfying, and there was a lot of meat in the meal. I loved all the protein and the clever mix of flavors.

Overall, I was very pleased with all the choices that I was sent. There are tons of interesting recipes on their site so the menu is varied. Whether you like meat or the great veggie dishes, I am pretty sure you will find something you like. 

Thanks so much for letting me try the meals from  Ion Nutrition Meal Delivery service .

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Non Convertible Baby Car Seats


Non Convertible Baby Car Seats

Car seat safety has got to be hands down the most important safety item that you can purchase for your baby. Children that are not strapped into a properly installed car seat are very likely to be injured in even the tiniest motor vehicle incidents.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GoSun Solar Cooker

Portable Solar Cooker

A friend just sent me a link with a video about the GoSun Stove solar cooker. I am so excited about this solar cooker that I immediately signed up to be their affiliate.

This little gem is for use outdoors and can cook in a variety of lighting conditions according to their website.

I can see myself carrying this in my gear for camping, a day at the beach, in a bug out bag (for all you preppers out there) and a million other places.

Portable Solar Cooker

Basically you are harnessing the sun to cook, and are sparing the trees in your favorite spots. I love this idea!

I am really interested in trying out a GoSun Stove.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Anaiti Instant Wrinkle Filling Serum

I am of a "certain age" and it seems since I had my toddler, my skin as taken a real beating. I am feeling like anti aging and anti wrinkle skincare is on my to-do list of lat.

I am not a fan of cosmetic surgery, but I wouldn't protest trying a serum or some such to try to stand in as a botox alternative. 

I was pleased to get approved to review the Anaiti Instant Wrinkle Filling Serum for this purpose!

What is this all about?

  • Topical wrinkle smoother
  • Contains HYACARE, MATRIXYL and RENOVAGE, (mimics the ffects of Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Fast results
  • A deep, penetrating serum
  • Helps to plump and smooth the overall appearance of your skin. 
  • Made in certified facilities in Canada.
  • Cruelty-free
  • Non-toxic
  • Paraben-free
  • Naturally-derived ingredients
  • No-Questions-Asked Money-Back Guarantee

According to the manufacturer "92% of customers reported that the 'before' and 'after' differences were "striking" in just 15 minutes!"

What was my experience with Anaiti Cream?

Well, I have tried some dermal filler products in the past, but I have never seen one that claimed results in 15 minutes.

So did I see "striking results"? Well, I am not sure I expected a miracle from a bottle, and I didn't get a miracle. 

Here are my before and after images (after a half hour just for reference)

I did see smoother skin and it certainly was not dry and flaky as it was before I used the Anaiti Cream. I will attribute the success of this to the dimethicone more than anything else, but that is my opinion. 

The flip side to this though, is that I get acne from using dimethicone. So if you are sensitive to it, I suggest you pass on this formula. Otherwise, you will be pleased.

Will it transform you into a 20 year old? 
No. Of course not.. nothing can do that though. 

Were the results worth $50? 

For me, no. But if you are looking to try something to improve the look of your skin and nothing has worked, it may be worth it. It does contain several ingredients that are very hot right now in wrinkle fighters. There are tons of positive reviews that have folks buying it on the regular, so it may be for you.  I just can't get past the dimethicone. 

To be honest- if I had seen that it contained this ingredient in the Amazon description, I would not have agreed to review it, as it would not be fair to the product. For that reason, I am not giving it a low score.

Thanks so much for letting me try it though!

Maker Studio: Winches Set Review

Maker Studio: Winches Set Review