Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spellbinders Celebrations Collection and Giveaway


Introducing Spellbinders Celebra'tions by Richard Garay, a complete collection of dies, stamps, paper, inks & accessories all coordinated to work perfectly together. Create one-of-a-kind cards, gifts, scrapbook layouts & more.

I will be sharing with you today the Spellbinders Celebrations Collection. I love these little packs, I received two of them to put together and share with you. 

Celebrate Party Hat Card:

This cute little card comes as blue card stock, with the white and pink polka dot card stock on top. It's super cute and with the folded flower party hat on top makes it the perfect 3-D touch. The little touch of sparkles complete the look of the card. All of the little pieces came together in one little pouch. I love how colorful and playful this card is, would be great for party invitations.

Best Day Ever Treat Bag:

This little treat bag is so cute with the colorful tags around the bag.  Fill it up with treats, candy, snacks or party favors. You could even put each persons name on the tag. You could even have a party and have each person make their own bags to take home as a paper and crafts project! Halloween grab bags would be perfect for this kind of crafting.

Win These Stamps!
These are Clear Polymer stamps that you can mix and match together to make custom projects. Play around with ink and card stock paper, or Make your own patterns. A total of 15 magnets come in this set.

Overall the projects were fun to do. I really liked how colorful they were, and that everything was ready to go and inside each individual pack. If you would like to win these stamps comment below with your favorite craft or artsy thing to do.

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The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra'tions Collection in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed are my own. #Spellbinders

Framesi Be Yourself Sparkling Mousse Light Review + Giveaway

Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse Light
 I love using different hair products but I hate it when they weigh your hair down. This mousse is light and gives your hair body. It is also Alcohol free, and we know alcohol only dries your hair out plus its bad for colored hair. The first time I used it I tossed my hair up after applying the mousse and I took it down later to style into my messy bun. I noticed that my hair was easier to work with and my hair had more body. My bun was larger than normal and it looked awesome. It seemed to give my hair more texture and more shine. The magic ingredient is pearl protein. It helps your hair appear more vibrant, and rejuvenates your hair. Pearl proteins also help protect your hair from UV rays so if you color your hair this is perfect for you.

I have been looking for a product to use on my daughter who has curly hair. Because my hair is at most wavy to straight my hair products don't work for her.  I applied this to towel dried hair and when dad saw her he said, " Her hair looks good today" . Yeah, her bangs weren't in her face and were in ringlets instead of a straight wavy mess. This is working wonders on her curly hair. I am so glad the mousse comes out at a normal speed and doesn't grow 3 times the size. This is not a regular mousse it is definitely a high quality product as usual from Framesi at Beauty Care Choice. I just love that its a nice light alcohol free product that both my daughter and I can both use for our hair types. Although there is a slight fragrance it is mild and barely noticeable. I have always liked Framesi products and you can see more at their store below.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Australian Tea Tree Oil - Including FREE Recipe Guide Review

I will be reviewing100% Pure Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts.  I have been a lifetime user of Tea Tree oil.Because I have psoriasis that is one of the main reasons I started using tea tree oil. In combination with my other prescribed lotions tea tree oil helps prevent a buildup of dead skin.  It even has promise as an antimicrobial.  It's uses are well known for a variety of ailment including dandruff and acne. This bottle is big too. It is a 4 fl oz bottle which says it will last a year. I personally have purchased a 2 oz bottle for the same price and it was not even as concentrated.

The best thing about this Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts is the Recipe Guide that it comes with.I could begin to attempt to try to convey how extensive this guide is but I would fail. It really does contain almost every recipe for tea tree oil that I have seen to date. Not only that but it is written beautifully. Just the guide alone is worth something and it is provided at no cost. One of my favorite recipes is for a tea tree shampoo.

 What is great is if you have coconut oil in your house you can combine these two ingredients to make almost anything. Moisturizers, shampoo, hot oil treatments, cleansers, body wash, toothpaste among many others.  You can also use it to make household cleaners, shower sprays, disinfectants and sprays. One of the key features for me is there is no other fragrance. Tea Tree already has a strong smell, similar to camphor.  I was also glad to see this is Bottled in the USA. I was also very surprised that some studies have been done on tea tree oil and MRSA. It can kill up to 99.9% of MRSA within 4 hours.

Because of my skin condition I need natural products to use on my skin. And because this is one of the most versatile products you can buy I recommend it for every household. Not only can you tell when you use it that it is a quality product, they prove it by testing it. A lot of companies dilute their tea tree oil, but they have it tested to be 100% true tea tree oil.

Results from Tests for potency

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Magnetic Screen Door by iGotTech Review

I live in the desert and this week the temperature forecast is over 100 degrees. Out here we have lots of flies too. We also get moths and other flying creatures that like to visit us especially at night. Every year a few flies get in through the door and drive me mad. Each time they come in it is through the front or back door when someone is entering or exiting. I was thinking HOW could I possibly prevent this from happening. I needed  something that prevented them from coming in from the top of the door. That is why I am so glad I am reviewing this Magnetic Screen Door from iGotTech. I ordered it and it arrived very quickly.

No bugs are getting through that screen!

So it arrived and I started to unpack it read the instructions and see how to get this installed. I took it out as instructed and began installing my screen door. It comes with a velcro stripping so theres no damage to your walls. If you need it to be more secure there are pins that come with it to stabilize the velcro to the wall. I suggest using these because if you need to put on and take off the screen it can be strong enough to pull up the velcro tape. You measure and cut the velcro on the screen, remove the backing and apply directly to the spot you want it to hang. For me we installed it in front of the backyard sliding glass door. The bugs love this door because there is a light right next to that attracts them. Make sure you  leave it with enough room to cover the bottom and high enough so it isn't dragging on the floor. The screen fits doors up to 34" x 82" so make sure you measure first. In all from unpacking to finished installation it took me about 15 minutes by myself. It is quite long so you may need a stepladder.

Screen, velcro tape, pins

I did have to add the little pins to make sure the sticky velcro stayed put. But those were really easy to use. The magnets keep the 2 panels closed in the middle and they are strong. The top area where the flies come in is covered now and the dogs and cats go through it no problem. If you would like to purchase this item please click the link below.

Check out the video below to see it in action.

#magneticscreendoor 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

EmFACEize Review

I am going to review EmFACEize Fortified Daily Defense Cream by Protege Beauty.When it first arrived I thought it was a cute packaging and clever name. Now the first thing I do when I receive a new beauty product is to check the ingredients. Some of the standouts are Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil,Hydrolized Collagen,Hyaluronic Acid, Pomegranate Seed Oil, and Vitamin E. I always love a product that contains natural ingredients such as Avocado oil.

EmFACEize Fortified Daily Defense Cream   

After taking a shower I felt the condition of my skin before application. It is generally dry to the touch and in desperate need of moisture.  I applied EmFACEize to my face with small amount. A little goes a long way with this product. What I do like is that it is somewhat of a gel like consistency so theres not a creamy thick and greasy residue left over on your hands. Occasionally I will experience a product that irritates my skin. After a week of using this product I experienced no ill effects. It softened my skin and it felt supple. No dryness just soft skin that lasted all day.

Another feature I love is that it is made without Parabens, Sulfates or Phthalates. Sulfates is one of the ingredients that tends to irritate my skin so I am so glad to hear that its Sulfate-Free. Also important and Oh SO Awesome is that this product was NOT tested on animals. It is also Made in the USA! If you are looking for cream that you can use daily that will help your skin get soft and supple then I recommend you give EmFACEize a try. If you would like to find out more about Protege Beauty then please click below. 


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Heirloom 7500 Ark Seeds Review

ARK Survival Seeds pack

 I am reviewing the ARK Survival Seeds Heirloom 7500 pack. It contains 30 varieties of seeds that can grow a full crisis garden, complete with medicinal herbs  such as Echinacea. A complete pack ready to go with everything you need. Many people are preparing for disasters, and this is perfect for exactly that. There are several features that are awesome.

Seeds are in breathable envelopes for longer storage and safer than foil or plastic which can trap moisture destroying your seeds. This is really important for longer term storage. If you want to be prepared for anything its important to have a seed bank at each home whether you garden or not.  And we all are familiar with Heirloom, you just can't go wrong with Heirloom. Heirloom seeds are NON-GMO, NON-HYBRID  so you know you're getting something quality.

The seeds are selected to represent a healthy diet that your family would need if you needed to start a complete crisis garden. Even if you don't want to save them for a crisis garden these are great for starting a brand new one. No need to pick out a bunch of seeds, this pack comes with them already picked out for you. If you don't like some of them you can save them. From beets, peppers, peas  to carrots, broccoli and parsley.What is great is that because it focuses on a complete healthy diet there are seeds for things that I may forget, or may be less fond of but round out the diet. Having a well balanced diet with fresh vegetables and fruit is very important to me.

The packaging is awesome, all 30 packs come in one small bag. It was so well packed I didn't want to open it but it does have a resealable bag. While I have just received these and started planting them I won't have much to update until later. I am thinking of using the tomato seeds with my hanging tomato planter.

 Seeds listed are below.  

 If you want to check them out or purchase your own ARK Survival Seed pack click below

100% USA, Heirloom Vegetable Garden Survival Seeds, 30 Varieties With Over 7500+ High Quality Heirloom Seeds NON GMO Organic, NON Hybrid Seeds. All Seeds Are Proudly USA Sourced & Come with LIFETIME GUARANTEE & Bonus Survival Guide. Extended Life Breathable Paper Storage NOT Plastic!

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Yacon Syrup Review

Yacon Syrup

When I was pregnant with twins they make you take a glucose test. But I was already having symptoms of gestational diabetes so my doctor had me test my levels at home. Sure enough I was right there on the fence  and I had 2 options control my diet or take medications. I didn't want to take meds if I could control my diet at home. So I started researching food and sugar in relation to diabetes. I discovered that there were natural alternatives to sugar. Many artificial sugars have long rumored to have negative health impacts. I don't know if any of these are true but if I can be safe by using a natural product vs an artificial one than that is what I prefer.

Yacon Root
I had never heard of Yacon until recently . What is Yacon Syrup? Yacon syrup comes from the Yacon plant that is grown in fields of Peru. The Yacon root resembles a sweet potato. Yacon  (Smallanthus sonchifolius) syrup is low in both calories and the glyemic index scale. Because it contains high levels of inulin, a form of sugar not metabolized as fast as sugar, it can benefit diabetics.

Yacon Syrup in my Coffee

I used it daily in my coffee. I started out with a tiny teaspoon because I didn't want to over sweeten my coffee. I was surprised that it was mild compared to my expectations. It sort of resembles molasses in color but is not as thick. Because its a liquid I wasn't sure how strong it was going to be. It wasn't overpowering at all. It sweetened my coffee and I didn't notice any weird taste or aftertaste it was just sweeter.

Another thing I like about Yacon syrup is that it has prebiotics and probiotics which are important to digestive help. It is claimed that it helps promote good bowel function. 

I was brainstorming on all the things I could make with this syrup. Put it on oatmeal, pancakes, dips and salad dressings. Replace honey on cornbread or honey in mustard honey dressing.I am also wondering if I can use this in homemade ice cream. They recommend a tablespoon of Yacon Syrup before every meal.

Overall I recommend Yacon Syrup as a replacement for sugar in products such as coffee, tea, or any other liquid drinks that you like to sweeten. I like that I don't notice a difference and there isn't taste to it.

Some Product Details:

  • 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
    Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.
    High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
    Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
    100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.

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Lavender Essential Oil 1 Oz - Critical Steam Extraction Review

Elite Gold Solutions Lavender Essential Oil

 I will be reviewing Lavender Essential Oil by Elite Gold Solutions.  I have been using lavendar for many years to treat headaches and as a body oil for fragrance. If you have not ever tried using essential oils for mood therapy or headaches then you definitely should be.  First lets talk about some of the uses for lavender essential oil. Lavender has been used for a variety of ailments from insect bites , acne, headaches, nausea, and insomnia.  I first started using it as a sleep enhancer. I had a pouch of rice infused with lavender essential oil and placed it under my pillow. It really helps stimulate your senses before you fall asleep. Today my most common application of lavender is in skin products cleansers, toners and in rice packs. 

I currently have some other lavender oil on hand and when I received this oil to review I was very impressed. The Elite Gold Solutions Lavender Essential Oil is very concentrated and high quality in comparison to my other brand. On the label it says 100% pure and potent and it is. I also love that it is chemical-free. I have sensitive skin and I don't need chemicals in my skin products. They also steam distilled extraction for the highest potency in lavender extraction.  You only need a very small amount to apply and it is very strong. If you are using this to make your own oil mixtures or tinctures this 1 oz bottle would go a long way. On the label it has instructions for a headache relief formula.

Headache Relief Formula:
Combine 3-4 drops of lavender oil, peppermint oil, and chamomile oil in a diffuser and enjoy.

Some Uses For Lavender:

Aromatherapy : reduce stress , reduce anxiety & tension
Headaches: rub temples to help reduce headache
Skin: helps soothe skin that is irritated such as acne, stretch marks, athletes foot
Nausea: rub under the nose
Sleep: place a small bag of lavender under your pillow
Insect bites: rub on your insect bite to relieve itching

One way you can use lavender oil is to make a rice pack. You can make your own at home with things you already have. You will need needle and thread, a washcloth, and rice. Take your rice and put it in a bowl, take the lavender oil and put in drops. I used about 10 for 2 cups. Let the rice sit after stirring.  I folded the washcloth in half and sewed on the seams together inside out until about an inch or two is left open at the top. Take the washcloth and fold it right side out.  Pour the rice into the washcloth and sew the seam closed. Now you can put it under your pillow or place it in the microwave until warm and place on sore muscles. You can also place it in the freezer for use as a cold pack. Or you can place it on your forehead for headaches or migraines.

My Homemade Rice Pack

My Lavender Essential Oil

Overall I'm really impressed with the quality and concentration of Elite Gold Solutions Lavender Essential Oil. I recommend it and use it in my daily life. Try it out and let me know if you tried making your own rice pack! If you are interested in purchasing or reading more about the Lavender Essential Oil please click on the link below.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Foxbrim Review

 Foxbrim Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Foxbrim

 One of my new favorite skincare products. I am pleased to share with you this new product by Foxbrim to help aid you in preserving your skin. Hyaluronic Acid and collagen are important to your skins structure and its layers. Collagen is what keeps the skin firm but Hyaluronic Acid hydrates the collagen. As we age and grow older the concentration of naturally present Hyaluronic Acid declines. This results in skin that is drier and prone to wrinkles. This is why Hyaluronic Acid is a wonderful ingredient for reducing lines and wrinkles. This formula contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E and MSM.  

I am not familiar with MSM so looked up the benefits. Because the sulfur in MSM produces collagen and keratin they benefit healthy hair and nails. It is often referred to as the "beauty mineral". MSM has also been shown to benefit skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis, acne, and dandruff. I have psoriasis and at times the skin around my hairline becomes very dry and looks like thick dandruff. Its difficult to apply my creams to this area because of the hair. Applying thick cream to a hairline just doesn't work. A serum like this could soothe and moisturize that area without making my hair look greasy or funny.
Other ingredients such as aloe, witch hazel, green tea, and Geranium Essential oil are also natural ingredients that I love.  Aloe has been shown to have many skin care benefits. The smell of the serum is really nice. Often times skin products can have a funny or sour smell to them and this has a nice pleasant clean smell.  The serum itself is clear and a gel like consistency.

After using this product I noticed an increased softness to my skin. I also noticed that my sensitive skin was not irritated by any of the ingredients. There was no wait time to notice the difference in my skin after the first application I could tell my skin felt different. Soft like baby skin.  I like that there is also the vitamins C and E.  I like to apply my skin care items directly after the shower as the skin is exfoliated and ready to apply moisturizer. Applying makeup after applying this to the skin worked fine. Makeup application was as normal. 

Overall I was pleased that my skin was so soft and the results were immediate. I will definitely be using hyaluronic acid and MSM serums from Foxbrim in the future.

 If you would like to purchase this product click here

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DownBeats High Fidelity Hearing Protectors Review

 Its happened to any of us who have ever been to a concert. You are having a great time and you don't even notice until the next morning, or later that evening  All you hear is that dull constant ringing in your ears. And you just hope that you didn't do any permanent damage. Well if you like to visit live concerts or events but don't like the acoustic hangover then these are for you.

 You won't even notice the DownBeats High Fedelity Hearing Protectors. This is officially my new favorite carry on. And by carry on I mean I just carry it on my person every day. This little guy is small enough to put in your purse, pocket, keychain and go. They come in 3 different colors black, blue and purple. I was sent the Purple one to review.

I received them and promptly decided to test them out.  At loud levels the music is still crisp and clear. I decided to lower the volume and at a low setting it was still clear. That is why DownBeats prefer not to be called ear plugs. They act more like an ear filter. They filter out the damaging sound and filter it down to 18 decibals. It then channels that 18 decibals to your ears where you hear the clear crisp sound of music but  without all that damaging noises that come with live shows. Inserting them was simple, they fit right into your ear nicely and comfortably. The way they are designed it will fit a wide range of ear sizes. Once in, they are comfortable and stay in without falling out.

I wish I had these when I was younger when most of my ear damage was done. I went to multiple concerts and live events without any ear protection the majority of the time. If I had a product like this that I could just clip onto a belt loop, bag or anywhere else I might not have had any damage at all. These are also great for kids that are in band or group events. They can clip it anywhere or just put it in their pocket. I think the case is my favorite part because it is so small and eyecatching.

I recommend DownBeats not only because of the fancy purple case but for ear safety. You only have one set of ears so treat them right. Cure the Sonic Hangover and get a pair for you or your family.

If you would like to buy your own pair of DownBeats you can do so here:

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Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts- Dead Sea Salt Exfoliating Crystals Review

Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts

Experts say that one of the steps towards having good clear skin is exfoliating. I have been needing a good exfoliator. For my skin, I need to exfoliate at  least twice a week for me to keep my soft skin free of blemishes. My last exfoliator was an oily base and always left me with  oily skin that never felt clean or refreshed. The beads were few and it just didn't seem to get the job done. My skin still had a layer of dead skin on it and I didn't feel refreshed at all. That is why I was very excited to review Adovias Exfoliating Facial Salts.

When I received my Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts I was happy to see that it was dry salt. The actual grain of salt is nice size and great for exfoliating. Some exfoliators contain plastic beads to exfoliate and they just do not do the job right. Plus they are usually round microbeads and they just float on to of the skin not exfoliating. These Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts are true grains of salt and give you a nice deep exfoliation. I was actually expecting this to come in a cleanser but I was excited to see it was just the salt. I can use it alone or I can pair it with my cleanser. You can also mix it with any soap or face mask.

What makes the salt grain so unique is that it is 100% Pure Dead Sea Salts finely ground to use on the face. The Dead Sea Salts infuse the skin with Dead Sea Minerals while it exfoliates your dead skin cells off leaving newer skin cells.      

I have psoriasis so for me I tend to have really dry skin. It also changes with the seasons, so right now its not that dry but in winter it can get really dry cracked and irritated. In those conditions a way to use this salt is to mix it with olive oil or some other oil base like coconut oil. This will help you achieve the exfoliation and ensures the skin retains moisture.

After using it on wet skin I found it to be deeply invigorating. This kind of grain of salt is exactly what I have been looking for. No more useless microbeads. This is some real exfoliation going on here. This is my new favorite product. Not only is it completely versatile, but there is enough in here to last a long time.For me exfoliation is an important part of my skin care routine. It helps keep my pores fresh and minimizes any blemishes I may get. My personal routine would call for exfoliation twice a week. I would recommend a use of at least once a week for results.  

Apply your moisturizer or use an Adovia Moisturizing Cream or Nourishing Night Cream afterwards. I moisturized and my skin felt so soft and healthy after.

If you would like to purchase Adovia Exfoliating Facial Sea Salts Click HERE

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AKVIS OilPaint Review

AKVIS OilPaint
Have you ever wanted to have an oil painting of your family or pets? Well I found something that will not only save you money but time in creating a beautiful oil painting that you can custom create at home.
AKVIS OilPaint is photo to painting software that turns photographs into oil paintings. It is standalone or for use as a photoshop plugin.

I am not a professional when it comes to working with photos. Just yesterday I was so frustrated   trying to edit a picture that it took me a few phone calls, a bunch of questions and well over an hour just to figure it out. But if the end result you're looking is an oil painting well you don't have to wait. One of the best things I liked about AKVIS OilPaint is  that it comes with presets.  So if you are not quite sure how to fine tune your settings you don't even have to worry about it. You just select from the menu on the right and it will show you the before and after effect.

You can adjust the density, texture, and thickness and length of brush stroke. It really gives you control over the type of oil painting you are creating and its final look.

It also has a feature called Batch Processing that lets you automatically convert a series of images at a time. This is a great feature because you can make an entire series of oil paintings at  time. You could make collages or screensavers with an oil theme.

Another feature you can control is the canvas. You can enlarge the canvas threads or make them smaller among a host of other features. It is just another feature that AKVIS OilPaint has to customize each piece just how you want it. Here is a picture of my dog Moxie.

You can also apply a text across your image with different fonts to choose from. I applied a slight glow behind the text as you can see in both pictures. You could label it  Birthday 2014 or Happy Holidays. You can customize it how you want with whatever text you like. Below you can see a picture of Rose and my cat Indiana converted to an oil painting.

If you would like an awesome program to customize and turn any picture into an oil painting then I highly suggest giving them a try. Right now You can download it and try it free for 10 days. 

You can check out and purchase their product HERE.

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