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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Don't Get Aggravated & Stay Out of Trouble or You'll be Sorry Winner's Choice #Giveaway

Don't Get Aggravated & Stay Out of Trouble or You'll be Sorry Giveaway

Family game night just got a whole lot better with this giveaway.  Have fun, and don't forget to share with your friends. 
Prize: Winner's Choice of Aggravation, Trouble or Sorry Game from Winning Moves
Dates: 8/23-9/6
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!
Don't Get Aggravated & Stay Out of Trouble or You'll be Sorry Giveaway

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway on Raw Organic Shea Unfiltered Shea Butter and a on Review 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


Recently, I got two really awesome products to review.  I have racked my brain on how to review these products separately, but cannot find a good way.  So, I decided to combined them and share a recipe that everyone could use.

First though, let me tell you a little about the products.


Tea Tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia or the melaleuca tree or tea tree.  These are bushy trees that grow in Australia.  The oil has many uses, I know I've used it a lot for cloth diapers and for my dog's skin condition.  You have to be very careful because tea tree oil can be toxic if taken orally.



Apothecary Extracts has gone above and beyond to make sure you are getting 100% pure tea tree oil at pharmaceutical grade.  They have had the oil tested by an independent lab so they know you are only getting the best.

Shea butter comes from a nut that grows on the Karite tree in Africa.  There are many benefits to your skin and hair since it contains so many vitamins.

The raw organic ivory shea butter that is sold by Beauty By Shea on Amazon, is a fair trade product that comes from Ghana.  It is doubled filtered, once in Ghana and once here in the US so they can make sure you get the finest product available.

Beauty By Shea is also letting me giveaway one pound of raw organic ivory shea butter.  You can find the giveaway widget below the recipe.

Acne Cream Recipe

What you will need:
2oz jar or larger
and 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (not pictured)

1. Get your kitchen scale out and measure out 2oz of shea butter.

2. Put in a mixing bowl and add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil.  

3. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil



4. Using an electric mixer, mix for 2-3 minutes or until well blended.

5. Spoon into a jar and you are done!  Just remember when using this, that a little goes a LONG way, so, don't put a huge glob on your face.


Overall, I have really enjoyed both products from Beauty by Shea and Apothecary extracts.  You can find them both on Amazon at the links listed below.  
Beauty By Shea: http://goo.gl/QgyCMQ
Apothecary Extracts: http://goo.gl/FjVLkG

Now for an awesome giveaway...



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.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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

2-in-1 Coloring Book - Meet Lulu : Activity Book & Quality Kids Stylus Crayon Review


Meet Lulu and Painting with Lulu is a brand new concept where an app goes along with a physical coloring book.  I love this because Goose can play with the same coloring book both at home and while we are on the road and crayons would be too hard to keep up with.

The coloring book comes with your child's very own crayon shaped stylus. It works great with the app, and is very easy for the child to hold.

The app is very easy to use it.  You can search for a page you want by clicking on the Meet Lulu icon, or you can scan a QR code that is found on each page and the app will take you to that page.

The app is also able to connect to your Facebook account, so images your child creates, can be shared with your family and friends.

Here is a little video on the app...



Over all I love this app, and I can't wait to see some more from Lulu and her friends.

Painting with Lulu is available in the AppStore/Google Play/Amazon Appstore.  It's free (as of 8/15/14) so go check it out.  The coloring book "Meet Lulu" can be found on Amazon for $9.99 + shipping and handling if you are not a Prime member (as of 8/15/14), the coloring book features 32 coloring pages and the stylus.  Over all a pretty good deal.

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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Blogger Opp: Rockin' Sheepskin a M.O.O.N Giveaway

Prize: 
Classic Australian Sheepskin Rug 
 Prize Value: $103
Hosted by:
Java John Z's
and 
Make Our Own Network
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Liquid Review


One thing I absolutely hate is all the chemicals hidden in every day products that we use in our home.  I was reading a post from a mom last week of a baby who got into the Tide pods, he stopped breathing, and had to be rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator (https://www.facebook.com/KellyBear17/posts/10203196465884796)!  This is not the only report of this either.  When googling "Tide Pods child" the first thing that popped up was "tide pods child DEATH".  Scary right?

I've even reviewed a product from Purex like the Tide Pods, and I had no clue what all the dangers where associated with them were.  I always make sure products are put out of reach of Goose, but there is always that "what if".  Like what if she got into them while we were shopping or while I was putting groceries away.  Then there is also the effect on the environment that I worry about as well.  That is why I've started switching more of our house hold products over to all natural non-toxic options.

I've had a hard time finding a laundry detergent that I really like and got the clothes clean.   I personally had not tried soap nuts before for a few of reasons.  1) The regular soap nuts, have to be placed in a bag in the wash. I tend to forget to put things like that back into the washer when the load is done.  2) You have to count how many washes you do with regular soap nuts.  And 3) I had no clue what soap nuts where.



Doing some research on Google (and on the back of the bottle once I received my soap nuts) , I was able to eliminate one of my concerns.  I found that soap nuts come from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree.  The berries that grow on this tree contain a natural chemical called saponin, which is a natural soap.

Green Virgin Products has come up with a solution that eliminated the other two reasons why I had not tried them.  They have a liquid version of soap nuts, so, there is no bag or counting required! Awesome right!?

I, personally, loved was how little of the soap nuts liquid you have to use.  If you have an HE front loading washing machine, all you need of the soap nuts is two pumps.  If you have a top loading machine, you will need a little more.  I used 3-5 pumps, and it worked great.  The price of Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Liquid is $18.95 for an 8oz bottle.  Now, that might sound like a lot but each bottle does 120 HE loads! So that works out to about $0.16 per load. Not bad if you ask me.

Another thing I loved was that I didn't have to use any fabric softener.  Not really sure why it caused the clothes to be super soft.  I think it would still be ok to use the wool dryer balls, but I would stay away from liquid fabric softener and/or dryer sheets.  They are definitely not needed here.

There were a few things, however, that I found either a little annoying, or just didn't like.  First, when you are putting the pump on the bottle, it will take a little time and quite a bit of pressure on the top of it.  I was really afraid I was going to spill it everywhere, and yes I tried to screw it on, but it seemed like the pump was just a tad smaller than the opening of the bottle; not sure if that is normal or not for this product.  Next, if you drip any, it becomes super sticky on the bottle and what ever it gets on, so make a habit of whipping the pump after each use. Lastly, I wish it smelled a little better.  Not really much I can change there, just a wish.

Over all I really liked the soap nuts liquid from Green Virgin Products. The product cleaned my family's clothes just like any other toxic brand detergent would.

If you are thinking about trying soap nuts, I would recommend you check out Green Virgin Products and pick up a sample size (only does six loads) or an 8oz bottle to try out.  While you are there, check out their other awesome non-toxic products they have available.


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, July 15, 2014

Rainbow Bandz Review


Yes, I know I will be 30 in a little more than a month, but I've joined the pre-teen/teen craze of rubber band bracelets!!

I've personally tried several different loom kits from pretty expensive ones to really really cheep looms. My favorite thus far is the Rainbow Bandz Loom kit.

The Rainbow Bandz Loom kit comes with pretty much the standard equipment; 1 adjustable loom, a hook, a mini loom, and a starter pack of rubber bands.  I love the adjustable loom, it makes it so much easier to make bracelets like the hexafish, flexafish, the totem pole bracelet, and more.

The bands are awesome too.  They are very consistent in size, shape, and thickness.  They take a little longer to stretch out, but I rarely have one break.  I also love they are latex free and made from organic silicone. since I am allergic to latex.

Here is a little video I made of the French Braid Bracelet.

The only problem I found with the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit was the hook.  I've had two of them and broke them both.  I was doing really advanced designs with it, and I probably put too much stress on it. If you plan on making anything where the bands are going to be really tight, I would suggest getting a metal hook.

Over all, I really like the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit and Bands.  I've even got the refill pack of the bands for my loom.  I am really looking forward to more rubber band loom products from Rainbow Bandz.

If you are interested in purchasing a Rainbow Bandz Loom kit and/or bands, you can purchase them on Amazon.  The loom kit is (as of 7/15/14) currently $9.99 (prime), and the refill pack of 5400 bands is only (as of 7/15/14) $19.98 (prime).

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.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.