Monday, March 30, 2015

Being a landlord can be a risky venture. I found this out myself a few years ago when I rented a room to a former friend. This is what a man named Songhua also discovered when he became a first time landlord. Most landlords check a credit report, but that doesn't give the whole picture, and bank statements proving you have enough income for rent can be faked. Songhua knew there had to be a better way to check out prospective tenants and protect himself as a landlord. Thus Tenantify was born.

Tenantify is a third-party website that verifies employment and uses a secured bank account API to deliver the landlord a authenticated bank statement that is void of any sensitive personal information. This allows the landlord to be sure they are not being lied to by potential tenants, and alliviates some of the risk of renting. Tenantify is easy to use, and is free for landlords, with a small cost for renters. Tenantify's goal is to reduce friction in the housing market and build trust between landlord and tenant. If you are a landlord, you really should pay a visit to their site.

This post was sponsored by, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
As always, I don't recommend products or companies I don't like personally.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Plus Sized Jewels Bracelet

 Plus Sized Jewels makes high quality jewelry containing nickle and lead complaint alloys that resist corrosion and wear, and look like real silver. The glass beads are cute and sparkle like crystals, and come in rich beautiful colors. The bracelets are custom made to be one inch bigger than most stretch bracelets, so they will fit any wrist comfortably. They make wonderful gifts.

The bracelet I received has beautiful, heavy beads that really sparkle. The green color is gorgeous, and the silver beads have etching. The bracelet has nice stretch to it, and it doesn't feel like the bracelet will snap if snagged or tugged a little. It's strong enough to handle normal wear and tear which is great for someone with kids like me. It's nice that these are “plus sized” and larger than normal stretch bracelets, so I know it will fit and not be to tight. Plus it's backed by a 90 days manufacturer's money-back guarantee. You can order your own in any of the beautiful colors they offer on amazon.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bloominus Flowers

 Recently I was part of helping a friend plan a surprise wedding. It was an amazing experience, and brought back memories of my own wedding. The one thing that was a headache with my wedding was flowers. Did I just want a bouquet? And why for the love of everything are flowers so expensive? I'm not the only one who has had those thoughts, which is what led to the founding of Bloominous, an online DIY flower kit seller. Bloominous was started with a simple goal, make DIY wedding flowers simple, easy and affordable. They have succeeded.

So what does a DIY wedding flower kit from bloominous look like? Each kit contains farm-direct flowers, guaranteed to be fresh and beautiful. The flowers are cut to order and prepared and shipped within 2-3 days before your wedding so that they are fresh and vibrant for your big day. The kits are all designed by experienced wedding florists to look beautiful and be easy to arrange. Each kit includes any needed vases and ribbons and wires or pins, and has easy to follow instructions with photos.

Bloominous is so sure they can help you save money and have the amazing flowers you want they offers a 3 part promise to every customer.
  1. You can order a trial kit of any of their arrangements so you can assess the design and make sure you truly love it before you purchase a whole package.
  2. Precise customization options for your budget and desires. They have several base packages that you can add a la cart pieces to make bundles suited to your wedding needs, so no money or flowers are wasted.
  3. They guarantee delivery. Deliveries are made 2-3 days prior to the wedding, and if for some reason the original package cannot be delivered on time, they replicate the order using flowers from the Los Angeles flower market and overnight it to you at their own cost, so you know you will have your flowers for your wedding.

Bloominous has taken a simple idea, and made it a fabulous website. They have kits to suit every brides need, and offer a 100% Fresh quality guarantee. If for any reason you aren't satisfied with your order, they will replace or refund it. If you are planning a wedding, or a big party where flowers would be needed, or know someone who is, I recommend a trip to their website. You can also check out some of their video's on youtube to get an idea of just how easy it is. They also have an amazing pinterest page, full of idea's and tips for wedding planning. 

This post was sponsored by, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
As always, i don't recommend products or companies I don't like personally. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil

 Coconut Oil, with all it's wonderful health and beauty benefits is all the rage right now, and it's no wonder why. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits come from the presence of lauric and capric acid and caprylic acide, and their antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities. Pure Body Naturals Fractionated Coconut Oil is 100% natural base oil. It's odorless, colorless, non-greasy and non-staining. Fractionated Coconut Oil makes the perfect carrier oil for essential oils. It's great for use in hair and skin treatments, body scrubs, lotions, ointments, and for creating a barrier on dry skin that does not clog your pores. If stored in a cool, dark place the coconut oil has an indefinite shelf life.    

This is my favorite Coconut Oil I have ever tried. It's the one I have found is truly scent free, and free of additives and impurities. You can use it in an oil burner without ruining it. It makes a wonderful massage oil, leaving no greasy residue or waxy film. I love to use it instead of water to mix into my face masks, and in making homemade body butter. You get a 16 ounce bottle, and a little goes a long way, meaning it will last a long time. One good thing about this is that unlike regular coconut oil it doesn't solidify when it gets cold. There are just so many uses for this coconut oil, the only limit to what you can do with it is what you can think of. Pure Body Naturals is sure you will love it, and if you don't they have a 100% money back promise. You can order your own bottle on amazon.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Discover with Dr. Cool Insect Excavation Kit

 My 9 year old son loves bugs. He also loves to learn. That's why I love Discover with Dr. Cool activity kits. We tried out the Real Insect Excavation Kit. The kit comes with a beetle-shaped digging block, which houses 3 bugs, a scorpion, a spiny spider and a fortune beetle, preserved in acrylic. The kit includes an excavation took, brush, and magnifying glass. There is also a full-color information guide that teaches you all about insects, arthropods and arachnids. It's full of cool science facts about each of the bugs in the kit as well as more general bug facts that your kid(s) will love. It also comes with a fun activity booklet with 10 games, mazes and puzzles. It also won the Brain Toy Hold Award- Academic's Choice for 2013.

My son and I had so much fun with this kit. Excavating the beetle was so much fun. The tools were easy to use, and the magnifying glass made examining the excavated bugs fun. The only downside from my perspective is that all the bugs were grouped in the same area of the beetle digging block. After we excavated the bugs we enjoyed learning the facts about the bugs from the information guide. Discover with Dr. Cool makes a lot of great kits, including geode kits, fossil kits and other excavation kits. You can check them all out on their website. I recommend them for kids who love exploring and learning. They also would make great gifts.

The Kit

The Excavation Process

The Bugs

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CanYouHandlebar Everyday Care Kit for Beards

CanYouHandlebar is the first beard care kit designed for every day carry. Both the stainless steel beard oil flask and the can of wax are built such that you can carry them in your pocket or in your bag. Of course, you can always keep them on your sink to class up the place while you are away. Along with your beard oil flask, you'll get a can of Primary Moustache wax and a custom wax lifter (guitar pick). Every Day Care kits come in a handy box lined with fancy wood shavings. This makes it great for a gift or a quick way to pack for a weekend.

The Initiative beard oil is a scented beard oil of citrus tones, and helps your beard look good and maintain it's health. The oils in it are Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and essential oils. The primary was helps style your beard or mustache and maintain it's health. It contains no artificial dyes or fragrances. It's made from was from Michigan bees, USP lanolin, castor oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E. The products are hand made in batches and inspected and packed by hand to ensure the products are high quality.

I obviously do not have a mustache or beard, so I gave my kit to a close male friend to try out and review for me. He was very skeptical and thought the whole idea of a “Beard kit” sounded old fashion and “hipster” but he said he'd try it anyway. The first thing he mentioned was he was glad the products didn't smell girly, but smelled clean. The Beard Oil, though it's a citrus scent, is a deep scent and not feminine in any way. He really liked the wax, and how well it tamed wild hairs and kept his beard looking neat without looking overly groomed. He also said he liked the look of the kit, the little flask and the guitar pick for the wax made it feel like a man's product and one he could leave on the counter and not get made fun of for using. Living where I do, in an area with a lot of “country” men and men with beards, I can say I would recommend any lady get this for her man. And he said he would give it 4 stars so I think that says a lot about the products as well. You can order one for that special man in your life on amazon.

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

"Momma don't you worry" by Louie Lawent

Momma Don’t You Worry” by Louie Lawent is an adorable tale about a 6 year old boy who thinks he is all grown up, and that his mom worries to much. He thinks it's uncool that he has to hold her hand when crossing the street, and that he has to stay close to her in the shopping mall. Of course, when mom's attention is diverted for a moment, off he wanders, and gets lost. He remembers what his mom taught him and is reunited with her quickly, but in the mean time he is scared and learns a lesson about trusting the mom knows best, and that maybe 6 isn't all grown up at all. The story is cute, and very well written. I think it's a good way to re-enforce the message about not running off, but to have it come from another child and not from mom, which might make it stick with young kids a little better. The illustrations are beautiful and fit with the story very well. You can order your own copy of this great childrens book on amazon.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own.         

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Poppy Austin Eye Cream

Eye Creams are one of my favorite facial care products. The skin around the eyes is thin, and shows signs of age and abuse sooner than any other area of the face, and therefore needs special care. Poppy Austin Eye Cream is a pure, organic eye cream made for dark circles, puffy under eye bags, fine lines and wrinkles. It helps restore a luminous, radiant glow to the eye area and make under eye bags a thing of the past. It helps firm and tighten skin to smooth the look of fine lines, wrinkles and crows feet. It hydrates and can help skin around the eyes appear more youthful. Poppy Austin Eye Cream is made with sustainably sourced, plant-based moisturizers and naturally derived organic ingredients. These include Aloe, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Rosehip Ouil, Green Tea, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Tamanu Oil. The vitamins and natural anti-oxidants help protect your skin from harmful free radicals. It's also a great anti-aging product for the entire face, and is suitable for even those with sensitive skin. Poppy Austin products are never tested on animals, and are free from silicone's, parabens, additives, fillers and alcohol.

I have been using this product twice daily for a month, and I love it. It leaves your skin hydrated and soft. It goes on light and absorbs easily, no greasy after feeling. It has a faint scent, but it's not un-pleasant and it doesn't bother my allergies, which is very important to me. I'm not at the age where fine lines or wrinkles are a big problem for me, but because of my severe allergies I seem to always have puffy bags under my eyes. This eye cream actually helps with them, making them much less noticeable. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good eye cream. Plus, if you aren't happy, Poppy Austin backs it's products with a money back guarantee, so you don't have anything to loose. You can order Poppy Austin eye cream on amazon.

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

Francois et Mimi Porcelain Espresso Cup and Saucer Set

Drinking coffee and espresso is the a great pick me up, a great social activity, and sometimes a great way to relax and de-stress. Having a cute cup and saucer set to drink your espresso and coffee from can make it all the better. Which is why the Francois et Mimi Porcelain cup and saucer set is the perfect addition to any kitchen. The cups and saucers are made of fine white porcelain, lead free and made to last. They hold about 3-4 ounces of liquid, the perfect amount of espresso, or even coffee or hot tea. The set comes with 4 cups and 4 saucers, individually and carefully wrapped to prevent chipping and breaking. The cups are white, which is something I usually choose to avoid, instead choosing bright colors or patterns, but these have such a classy, timeless look. You can check them out and order your own set on amazon.

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easy@Home Early Pregnacy Tests

Anyone who has ever tried to get pregnant knows the hardest part is waiting to see the positive test results. You begin to love those “results 2 days sooner” tests. Thankfully, there are some that actually work. Early at home Early Pregnancy Tests come in an 8 pack for $15. Easy @ Home tests have a sensitivity of 25 mlU/hcg, which is the same as First Response brand, and is more sensitive than E.P.T which measures 40 mlU/hcg. This is a huge plus for anyone who is TTC, as that really does mean you could see a positive result up to 2 days sooner. The tests come in one box, but come individually wrapped, so you don't need to open one till you're ready to use it. You can test by putting the tip midstream or dipping it into a collected sample, and the results show up in under a minute, but the directions do state to read the results between 3-5 minutes after use. The results are very easy to read, 2 lines means pregnant, 1 line means not pregnant. If you are actively TTC and need pregnancy tests in large quantities, and don't like the strip tests, I would recommend these. You can order your own 8 count box on amazon. Easy @ home also makes ovulation tests for those TTC, which you can also order on amazon.

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lean 180 Get Lean Kit by Skinny Jane

The Lean 180 Get Lean Kit by Skinny Jane is a system of shakes, cleanse pills and burn supplements, in conjunction with diet and exercise, that is supposed to help curb your appetite, boost your metabolism, give you added energy, help you shed unwanted pounds and build muscle. The product claims you can lose 5-10 pounds in just one weeks time.

Lean 180 Muscle Mix Protein Shake
The Muscle Mix Protein Shake is a blend of 7 proteins and MCT powder to help decrease appetite and maximize weight loss. It helps boost metabolism and support lean muscle, speeding weight loss and giving you added energy. It dissolves easily, so you don't get any gritty powder in your shakes. Each bag contains enough powder for 30 shakes.

Lean 180 Burn, Thermogenic Weight Loss Supplement
Contains Green Coffee Bean, Raspberry Keytone, Garcinia Cambogia, Caffeine Anhydrous, Green Tea Extract to maximize weight loss and suppress your appetite. Helps Boost your energy naturally. Increases your endurance.

Lean 180 Cleanse Supplement
Contains all natural ingredients that help cleanse toxins from the body, without causing bloating or sick feelings. Helps speed weight loss, and helps you feel lighter and healthier.

I tried the whole Lean 180 system for one week. I used the Lean 180 Muscle mix shakes, the Lean 180 Burn supplement and the Lean 180 Cleanse. I did not follow the diet plan they include exactly due to some health issue i'm working with my doctor on, so that plays some part of my results i'm sure. The diet plan they include is pretty restrictive, but that is what gets you the results. Still, using the system as they recommend I lost 4 pounds in 1 week, and had an increase in my energy level from the second day on. I didn't have any negative side effects, which I really was glad about. You can check out the system and order your own on amazon.         

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

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pure Milk Thistle by Vita Pure Products

Pure Milk Thistle by Vita Pure Products is a supplement that claims to work as a liver cleanse, liver detox and helps with liver health. It's made with high quality Milk Thistle Extract (450mg per tablet) and has 80% Silymarin, which is supposed to help accelerate the repair of your liver cells. It also claims to be a powerful anti-oxidant.

I have taken this product for a month and have not noticed anything. No noticeable benefits, but also no negative side effects. I have a chronic pain condition, and I know the medications I take are hard on my liver, so I was excited to get to try this in exchange for my honest review during a promotion. I can only hope it did help my liver and do some good. You can check out Vita Pure Products Milk Thistle supplement on amazon.

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


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