Tuesday, December 30, 2014

SmartWeigh Body Fat Scale


No woman enjoys stepping on the scale, but it's a necessary evil. But you can make the experience better with the right scale. Thanks to SmartWeigh i've been using the Smart Weigh Body Fat Scale for the past month, and it's a great scale. The tempered glass platform and stainless steel accents contribute to its contemporary look. The scale features different user profiles, and through a simple set-up process, the scale can be programmed to automatically recognize up to eight users. This scale does moren than tell you what you weigh. The scale measures body weight, body fat, body water, and muscle and bone mass. This information will help monitor your health status. The scale turns on the moment you step on it, no tapping or switches, making it super easy to use. It features a large negative LCD display that is easy to read. The scales uses BIA technology to provide fitness information about yourself with just a few details. This scale comes auto calibrated and uses 2 CR2032 batteries which are included.

Programming each user profile is easy to do, and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. It's nice that the scale comes calibrated, making it easier to start using. You really just step on and it tells you everything you want to know and more. My favorite part of the scale is the look though. It's sleek, modern, and attractive looking. I don't mind it being in view when company comes, and I don't feel the need to try and hide it under or in the cabinet. I have enjoyed using the scale and watching the number on it creep down, and I know it will continue to be a valuable tool to me as I continue to get healthier. You can order the SmartWeigh Body Fat Scale for yourself on amazon




I received this product in exchange for my honest review. 
I never recommend products i don't like or use personally.   




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Grazia Silicone Baking Cups



I love to bake, especially cupcakes. They are perfect for so many occasions. But i hate when you bake a cupcake in a paper liner and the liner fades and looks dingy and kind of off color. So i've been wanting to try silicone liners for a while, hoping not to have that problem. Than i got the chance to try Grazia silicone liners and they are perfect! They are FDA approved and BPA free. No harmful chemicals to worry about, the cups are 100% eco-friendly pure food grade silicone. Because they are 100% silicone, they are also stain resistant. No fading when they bake or staining because you made bright pink cupcakes. They fit your cupcake trays perfectly, or just set them on a baking sheet! The cups stay upright and hold their shape even on a flat cookie sheet. 



 The cups aren't just for cupcakes either. The baking cups are safe for hot (up to 450°) or cold use, so they are great for serving muffins, ice cream treats, and snacks. Of course my favorite part is no paper wrappers to have to clean up. Plus they are non-stick, so no cooking spray needed and no pieces of paper stuck to your food. I also love that they are reusable and washable. They're even dishwasher safe, so no need to scrub crumbs or sticky residue off of them. And of course, they are environmentally friendly, because you can use them over and over, and you're eliminating the paper waste of paper liners. They come in a pack of 24, with their own storage container. My son loves the bright colors, I love the easy clean up, and no more fading, dingy looking paper wrappers. You can order yourself a set on amazon, and I recommend you do! If for some reason you don't like the Grazia Silicone baking cups, they come with a Lifetime 100% Refund Guarantee, no questions asked.





I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

I never recommend products I don't like or use personally. 

MeasuPro Infrared Thermometer


 The MeasuPro hand-held infrared thermometer takes accurate readings using advanced laser technology to aim in various places with no direct contact necessary. Measure the temperature of food with no cross contamination. Measure the temperature of surfaces under the hood of your car to avoid burning yourself while doing auto maintenance and repairs. This hand-held thermometer is a true multi-tasker. The thermometer is FDA and FCC approved and RoHS compliant. It measures a range of -50 to 380°C (-58 to 716°F). The response time of 500ms guarantees an immediate reading. You can measure in either Celsius or Farenheit, depending on your personal preference. The thermometer has a LCD display with a back-light so you can read it easily. To get a temperature reading, point at your surface, press the trigger and then release. The temperature will instantly display on the screen and automatically display the reading for seven seconds. The thermometer uses one 9V battery and has an automatic auto off function of seven seconds, so you don't run your battery down quickly.



The MeasuPro hand-held thermometer is a great tool to have. It's great for taking temperatures when cooking, eliminating cross contamination and the need for multiple thermometers. It can also be used for Automotive repairs, eliminating the risk of burning yourself. It's also recommended for use in HVAC service and electrical repair. The thermometer is small, light and compact, great for anyone who would need to have it travel with them. You can learn more about it and purchase your own MeasuPro hand-held infrared thermometer on amazon

        






I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review.
 I never recommend products i don't like or use personally. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Inflatable Travel Pillow by AirComfy



 Long road trips or flights can be tiring, and trips overnight mean you need a good travel pillow so you don't miss much needed sleep. I know we have all seen the u shaped travel pillows. They work, but they can be bulky to carry, and are not always very comfortable. AirComfy realized this, so they made a new kind of travel pillow. The AirComfy Inflatable travel pillow has a unique butterfly shape, which cradles the arch in your neck, providing support right where you need it. Unlike traditional neck pillows, the side wings of the AirComfy design support your head from tilting, so you don't wake with any painful kinks in your neck. The pillow is self-inflatable, which is a nice feature. You just open the valve and in seconds the pillow is ready to use. This also allows you to choose how much air you want, for firmer or softer support. It also has an inner foam core, so you get support without the bouncy feeling some inflatable pillows have.

The AirComfy also has an elastic strap, so you can secure it around your headrest to prevent the pillow from sliding or moving while you sleep. This also helps eliminate the potential for painful neck kinks. My favorite thing has to be the fact that, unlike normal travel pillows, this one can be deflated and stored without taking up valuable luggage space. The pillow weighs less than half a pound, and comes with a storage bag for when it's deflated. It also has a carabiner so you can clip it onto your luggage or carry on. The pillow can also be used for lumbar support! Adjust the firmness to where you want, and use it in the small of your back to help alleviate lower back pain from sitting for long periods of time. I like to use it like that when I am at my computer for long periods of time. The pillow is also easy to clean, the fabric wipes clean with just a damp cloth. The AirComfy pillow comes with a 30 day money back guarantee if you aren't happy with it for some reason. I love mine, it has made long trips in the car so much nicer. Plus it deflates and stores small, so I can keep it right under the passenger seat. If you travel or fly a lot, I recommend you purchase one for yourself, you will love it.






I received this product in exchange for my honest review. 
I never recommend products I don't like or use personally. 






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Total Hair Repair Oil by Foxbrim


 This review is hard for me to write, as it's my first truly negative product review. Every product can have one or two things you don't like about it, and i try to always mention those, but also highlight the good things. This review won't be like that, but i feel that I have to be honest no matter what when i do reviews, my integrity is important to me and i will not ever recommend a product i don't like or lie about how great i think a product is. 


The product claims

Foxbrim's Total Hair Repair Oil is the effective solution for your all-too-common hair health issues. Now's the time for beautifully restored and completely nourished hair.
• Bring back to life limp dry hair.
• Create lustrous, full volume.
• Perfect choice for soft, shiny and supple hair.
• Stop waking up to frizzy unmanageable hair.


From root to tip, Total Hair Repair Oil feeds your hair with 100% plant oils that are essential for complete hair health. Impressive results for the hair you deserve.

Bottled Nature for Hair Beauty. 100% Plant Oils include:
+ Jojoba Oil - Strengthen hair fibers from the inside out
+ Organic Argan Oil - Effectively create a tight seal for your hair cuticle
+ Sunflower Oil - Prevent hair thinning and foster healthy hair luster and full texture
+ Grapeseed Oil - Provide nourishment from the root for every strand while also sealing in moisture



My experience

This hair repair oil has a lot of great ingredients, like argan oil and coconut oil, to help leave hair soft and nourished and healthy. It has the potential to really make your hair soft, healthy and manageable.  I honestly cannot tell you if it actually does those things or not. My experience with using it was that it left my hair feeling oily and greasy after each use. I followed the directions, contacted the company and tried using less of the product like they recommended, and i still had this issue. I could not get past how frustrating that was to see if it benefited my hair at all. 


If you want more information about Foxbrims's Total Repair Hair Oil or would like to try it yourself, you can order it on 
amazon.




I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. 
I never recommend products I don't like or use personally. 


Mint Glazed Devils Food Cookies

It's the time of year, the tree's are up, the houses shine with lights, and the ovens are on while people make goodies! I love it. My son and I always make goodie platters for some of our loved ones, and last night we made one of our favorite recipes, that i had to share. Devils Food Cookies glazed with Andes Mints. They are light, but super rich and just so yummy!

Ingredients

1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil

2 eggs
1 package of Andes Mints


Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for 6-9 minutes. At the 9 minute mark they might not seem done, but don't over cook them. I promise they are done!


Fresh from the oven with the andes mints on top

When they come out of the oven, while they are still super hot, place 1/2-1 andes mint on top of each cookie, depending on it's size. Using the back of a spoon spread the mints around as they melt.

The mints all melted and spread out

After the mints have melted and been spread, pop the whole cookie sheet into the freezer for 4-6 minutes to help them set. Then transfer to a wire rack. Or skip the freezer and just eat them while they are still warm and gooey. Either way, they are delicious!

Fresh from the freezer, all set and ready to eat!

Friday, December 12, 2014

BeeSili Silicone Vinegar, Oil & Sauce Bottle and Basting Brush


I love to cook, and I really love tools that multi-task. The BeeSili super silicone vinegar, oil & sauce bottle and basting brush is one of those tools. You pour your favorite liquid into the bottle. You can dispense a few drops or pour large amounts. Next, place the cap securely on the bottle dispenser. Flip the bottle over to uncap the durable silicone basting brush and spread the liquid. Place the cap back on the brush for storage. It really is so simple to use, and so handy. No spray bottle nozzles to clog and no annoying turkey basters to deal with. It's made of durable, BPA Free, FDA approved food grade silicone. It's completely reusable and each to clean. It also comes with a risk free money back guarantee. I love mine, and I know you will to. So head on over to amazon to order your own!




I received this item in exchange for my honest review. I never recommend products i don't like or use personally. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

True Synergy Vitamin D Softgels


Many people experience Vitamin D deficiency, which can cause fatigue,low energy, trouble sleeping or trouble staying awake, a weak immune system, weak bones, poor dental health and excess tooth decay and even hypertension. True Synergy Vitamin D softgels help combat these symptoms and overcome that deficiency with a 5000 IU high potency dose. The gels are truly soft, and easy to swallow, a plus for those like myself who don't like taking pills. They help improve muscle, dental, breast and bone health immediately and you feel your energy increasing after just one dose. They don't leave you feeling sick to your stomach like some high potency vitamins, and they don't leave any weird aftertaste in your mouth. I am anemic, and almost always have low iron, which leads to low energy. Taking this vitamin D supplement in addition to my daily iron supplement has restored my energy levels, but never makes me feel jittery or sick. I recommend this supplement to anyone who suffers from low energy or a Vitamin D deficiency. You can order a bottle for yourself on amazon.





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in excahnge for my honest review. I never recommend products i don't like or use personally

Painting Lulu Digital Crayon


 Painting Lulu makes the cutest digital crayon stylus! The Digital Crayon provides a "real crayon-like" drawing experience on smart phones and tablets. It's compatible with iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Galaxy and many more. The tablet I used it on is an off brand google tablet and it worked great. The Digital Crayon can be also used with the Painting Lulu coloring app for Android, Apple and Amazon devices. The app app offers many great drawings and painting tools to keep kids busy and happy. Use the digital crayon on the Painting Lulu app, pick a drawing, and color away. The digital crayon helps kids with hand-eye coordination along with learning to color, has a thick grip and smooth touch that is easy for little hands to hold, and has a soft rubber tip to prevent damage to touch screen devices. It does have small parts and is not recommended for children under age 3.
         

I ordered one in Orange, and plan to give it to my son with his tablet for Christmas. The tip has a rubber cover to prevent damage that feels a little flimsy, but when i used the stylus on the tablet i had no issues with it caving in. The touch screen on the tablet responded well to the stylus, and i didn't have to apply a great amount of pressure. The stylus itself is cute, styled like a crayon, and much more fun than a regular stylus. I like it, and i'm sure my son will love it. Plus, the stylus means no sticky, dirty finger prints on the tablet screen. If you have kids who have a tablet, or use your tablet, I recommend you head over to amazon and order one. It comes in 7 different colors, so you're sure to find the perfect one for your child. 









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in exchange for my honest review. I never recommend products i don't like or use personally. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Pure Body Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum



Pure Body Naturals potent Hyaluronic Acid Serum uses the best natural and organic ingredients to give you maximum Anti-Oxidant Protection to help eliminate free radicals on your skin that cause premature aging. It moisturizers your skin and is packed with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, which Stimulates Collagen. It can be used on your face, skin and neck to help leave your skin vibrant and super smooth. It's made in the USA using fresh botanicals in a FDA Approved and GMP Certified Manufacturing Facility. It has a slow release formula that delivers a deeper penetration of active ingredients to the skin cells. It comes with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.




After 2 weeks of use my skin does look brighter, and is more moisturized. I am still young enough that I don't see any anti-aging benefits, but I have no doubt that it helps with that too. The serum goes on smooth, not heavy and does not have any greasy after feeling, which I love. So far I would say it works, and I would recommend it to anyone who is concerned about free radical damaging and aging. You can order your own bottle on amazon.  







I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com in exchange for my honest review. 
I never recommend products i don't like or use personally. 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Visiting Santa

A dear friend and I took all our kids to the mall to see Santa sunday after church. They all we so polite taking turns telling him what they wanted, it was really cute. I love being able to do these things during the holiday season, especially since i think this will be the last Christmas Landon believes in Santa. 

Landon with Santa

My boy and I

The Mommies

3/4 Kids (little B was in his stroller)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Empire of Sin By Gary Krist

  Thanks to Blogging for Books I received a free copy of "Empire of Sin" by Gary Krist to review. I love history, especially the seedier history of our country, and New Orleans is full of seedy history. The books is amazing! It's very well written, full of action and mystery and crime. I cannot say enough good things about it. The only problem is, most of what i want to say would be a spoiler for the actual book. So, i will share with you the books synopsis and say this, if you like seedy history, or intrigue and crime novels, or even just New Orleans, you should read this book! 

    
"From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City.
 
     Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city’s elite “better half” against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world."


Dr Songs Professional Teeth Whitening System



I have always wanted whiter teeth, so I was excited to be chosen to try out the Dr Song Teeth Whitening Kit for free. After 2 weeks of use I am ready to let you all know what I think. First, the kit comes without any instructions, those come in a separate email. I don't know why, but I find that just so annoying. I feel like it takes almost no extra time to print up instructions and makes use much easier on the consumer, but that's just me. The kit comes with 8 large syringes of 44% Carbamide Peroxide whitening gel, which Meets USP standards and is FDA compliant. This is enough for about 50 applications, which is a very generous amount. It also comes with a gel applicator brush, for easy application of whitening gel. This is like a very small paintbrush, but it's perfect because it helps avoid getting the gel on your gums, which can be painful. It also comes with thermoform mold-able teeth trays and a LED Light Accelerator, to help accelerate the whitening process.

         

The instructions are pretty simple. You dip the themoform trays into hot water, them put them in and mold them to your teeth. The first two times I used the trays they were painful for me, I had to actually trim them a little to better fit my mouth. You use the brush to apply the gel to the front of your front teeth, carefully avoiding your gums. Then you put the trays into place, and wear them for 15-30 minutes. You can use the light to help accelerate the whitening process. It is hard to get the light into your mouth with the trays in at first, but you get used to it over time. When you are done, you can use Dr. Song remineralization gel to help desensitize teeth during the duration of the whitening treatments. It reduces teeth sensitivity during teeth whitening, restore minerals, and helps strengthen enamel with Sodium Fluoride and Potassium Nitrate and comes in the same 8 syringe, 50 treatment regimen as the whitening gel.

 Ok, now my thoughts. I did have some issues with this product and the company. The tray issue, which I already mentioned. My kit came without a light, it took almost a week for me to get a message in return that they would send out a new one. The emailed product directions is off putting to me. On the plus side, my teeth look whiter, which is a confidence booster. My smile comes a bit more easily now. The remineralization gel is great at keeping teeth from becoming sensitive and helping keep your enamel healthy. If I had to weigh out my experience, I would still say that this product is worth the money. It works, and in the end, that is what I cared about. You can order the remineralization gel  and whitening system on amazon, and in no time you will be showing off your whiter smile too!

After 3 weeks of regular use. It's not a drastic change 
but I am super happy!





 
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I only recommend products I like and use personally. 

Christmas Photo's

Landon and I had our Christmas photo's done by JC Penny's photo studio. We always have his birthday photo's done there, and since we haven't had a photo of us done together in a few years i decided it was time. I always request the same lady, Kristen, because she is talented, good with kids, and because Landon responds well to her. So here are a few of my favorites. 


My handsome man and I at the North Pole


A close up of it


I got to play Santa


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