Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sweet Dreams and Cozy Pajamas From Brian The Pekingese + a GIVEAWAY

My favorite season is finally here!  I am a Fall girl!  To me there is nothing better than Fall, seeing the leaves changing colors, the cool crisp Autumn breeze and harvest season.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against sunshine, heat and frequent dips in the pool, but for me, my happy time is Autumn time.  I feel just right, snuggled up in my long sleeps, pants, light scarves and a cozy blanket.  Its the best time of year for sleep for me.  Windows open at night with the cool night air and a soft blanket and a cool pillow are simply amazing.  So now that long sleeves and pajama pants weather is here, I was missing my favorite pjs.  Not pjs for me, but pjs for my little sweetie.    She used to have a pair of pajamas from Brian The Pekingese and they were my favorite pair and her favorite too!  But my little sweetie grew too big for them and even though she wore those for as long as she could, the day came when they were just too little and my little sweetie was just too big.  But good news. We got another pair!  You might remember me posting about these super awesome pjs before but if not, be sure to check out the post.   But now that Emma Bee is big, I want to share them with you again!

They are the perfect Fall pjs!  And even great for winter too!  The material is softer than I can even describe.  You really have to actually feel them in your hands to appreciate the softness.  What I really love about these pjs is the fit.  They fit perfectly and are nice and stretchy and snug.  The wrists and ankles both have cuffs so they don't fall down over Emma's hands or sag around her heels making her trip or slip.  Another reason I like that about the cuffs is because I can go a size up so that they will fit her longer while shes growing and even though they are a 2 full sizes bigger than what she normally wears, they fit her perfectly and she can grow with them.

The material washes really well.  We air dry all of our laundry since we don't have a dryer and honestly couldn't afford to run one on our tight budget anyways even if we had one.  Some fabrics just don't air dry well.  They feel crunchy or scratchy.  But these come out of the wash and dry up like they were brand new each time.  They seem to be pretty stain resistant too.  Our first pair were the most frequently worn pjs out of all of Emma's pajamas and even after so much wear and so many breakfasts, late night snacks spilled on them and a few night time leaks, they still looked great!  I never had to stain treat them because everything washed out so well.

These are some seriously high quality threads!  The stitching is heavy duty and none of our seams came undone and no lose or broken threads.  No holes worn, not even on the knees through Emma's crawling days and the elastic in the waist band of the pants has held up like a champ.

So  you can probably understand my excitement about getting another pair.  This new pair is a size 4T.  Emma goes back and forth between 2T and 3T right now, depending on what brand shes wearing but most of what she fits into is 2T.  But you can see in the photo, it fits her perfectly and even though it might not look like it from the photo, she has lots of room to grow yet.  Back when we had our purple pair, Emma was wearing an 18 month pair when  she was actually wearing 12 month in regular clothes. It fit her perfectly and even when she grew to wear 18m on a regular basis, they still fit her very well.  I attribute it to the stretch, nice length in the sleeves and pant legs and those cuffs.

Here's a little flashback and some baby bee cuteness!
Remember this baby?

Brian The Pekingese is a family owned and operated business.  The owners are parents with littles just like me so they had family in mind when they created these jammies.   Brian is actually the family dog so the cute little puppy dogs you see on the fabric are actually Brian and hes a member of the family.  The prints are so cute!  There are boy and girl colors.  We decided to do with green and blue this time because green happens to be Emma's favorite color right now.  These pajamas are made in the US and are 100% super soft and cozy pre-washed cotton.   I do especially love that they are made in the US!

I know you'll all love these jammies just as much as we do.  So be sure to check out the Brian The Pekingese website so you can see the color and size options.  There are also snuggly plush stuffed Brian's too.  You can also connect with Brian and his family on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too.  These jammies would make a great holiday gift!

And here's a little extra awesomeness to brighten your day......
Brian The Pekingese is offering one lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader a chance to win a pair of his pajamas!
Winner can choose size and color.

Giveaway ends 10/21/2015.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.
One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.
If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment and is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Create Your Very Own Super Hero With DC Kids & Warner Bros + a Giveaway!

We love following Warner Bros and DC Kids!  There is always so much fun stuff, games and interactive excitement going on like the DC Kids Super Hero Creator.  Its a great way for kids to use their creative side to invent a cool new super hero and even model a new super hero after themselves!

Create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more!

Here is one of the super heros I created!
Her name is Professor Vemon and she is a mad scientist and super genius.
Pretty cool huh!

After you've created your super hero, head on over to Youtube and be sure to check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including some of our long time favorites like Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited. There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to the DCKids Channel and the WBKids Channel! 

Check out the Scooby Doo playlist and the Batman Unlimited playlist for some great videos!

You also have a chance to WIN
an awesome toy gift basket!

You could win 1 of 5 gift sets from Warner Bros including Teen Titans Go Action Figures & T-Tower Set, a Batman Unlimited Action Figure, DC Super Friends Gift Set & Batmobile!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Warner Bros. All opinions are my own. The Bee Hive Buzz does not operate this Rafflecopter form.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Win a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Package! Back To Reality Giveaway Hop

Back to Reality Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Back to Reality Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers.
 Mama Smith's Blog & Women and Their Pretties
Our Mini Family 

Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to scroll down the whole list and visit them all - there is no limit to how many you can win! Good luck and have fun!

As a participant in the Back To Reality Giveaway Hop,
The Bee Hive Buzz is offering one lucky reader, a chance to win
a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Pack!

I love essential oils! 
They have been a blessing for my family so I love to spread the oily love!

Prize includes:
15ml Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
15ml Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil
1 Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle (perfect for drinking oils)
1 Box of Organic Dandelion Root Tea

Giveaway ends 8/25/2015.  Open to US and Canada.
Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.
Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.
If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Bee Hive Buzz was not compensated to host this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz and the other Back to Reality Giveaway Hop participants are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Young Living Essential Oil Kits ON SALE + FREE GIFTS!

Young Living Essential Oils
Premium Starter Kits
are ON SALE through August 14th!

Plus, new members receive FREE GIFTS
with their Premium Kit purchase!

Purchase a Premium Starter Kit and receive:
1 Free Glasstic Waterbottle
1 Free Set of YL Essential Oil Bottle Labels
1 Free 10ml Roller Bottle of my favorite oil blend


Sale ends 8/14/2015.  Free gift offer valid for US shipping addresses only.  Free gift offer valid for new members only. Must purchase a Premium Starter Kit when you enroll as a Young Living Member in order to receive free gifts.  Free gifts available while supplies last. Please allow 4-6 weeks for free gift delivery.

My Less Than Fantastic Experience With Shea Butter From BioFinest

I do a lot of reviews through a service called Tomoson.  Its a service that connects companies with bloggers.   I am honestly not a fan of Tomoson at all.  Their customer service is awful, their attentiveness to errors is virtually non-existent and their professionalism and attitude towards their bloggers/reviewers is in serious need of improvement.  But I do reviews on Tomoson because there does tend to be a few decent products here and there and some that we use frequently.  So sometimes the hassle of dealing with Tomoson's staff is worth it.  Most times not so much though.  Unfortunately Tomoson does have a reputation for attracting not so reputable businesses to it in hopes of cranking out excessive raving five star reviews.  These companies assume that because they are giving you something "for free" (FYI its not free because I am giving my valuable time and hard work for that item) that it automatically means you should give them a positive review.  Not true!  And sometimes these companies don't feel they need to treat you like any other paying customer.  That seemed to be the case with the company I got this product from.  Something that companies need to learn about working with bloggers is that I am going to treat a review as if I had gone to the company website, purchased the product with my own credit card and tried it out.  I expect the company to deliver great service and great product to me, just like they would any other paying customer.  Because I am going to honestly review my experience with not only the product, but the service as well.  Some companies just don't get that.  But on to the review.

I received a bag of Shea Butter from BioFinest.  The package that it was shipped in was not damaged from what I could see.  The outer pouch that the Shea Butter itself was packaged in was not damaged either. The outer layers had not sustained any damage, punctures and was not compromised from what I could tell.  But when I opened the outer layer, I found that the shea butter was sealed in a plastic wrap.  I'm not sure if it was supposed to be sealed and air tight inside the outer pouch but there was clear plastic surrounding the shea butter that was not actually sealed.  So there was a mess of half melted, softened shea butter inside this pouch with clear plastic bag mixed up in the mess.  I thought "ok this is really poor packaging" but big whoop, not such a huge deal.  I inspected further.   I found black and grayish residue on the shea butter itself.  It looked like mold or mildew.  As I said, the packaging was not damaged from what I could see and the package it was shipped it was not damaged so my first thought was that something contaminated this before it was packaged.  Which is pretty gross!  If you are not familiar with shea butter, it can be used like a moisturizing cream by itself or can be used in other products like homemade soaps, lip balm, deodorant.  There are tons of uses!  Lip balm, deodorant and soap is what I typically use it in.  So I'm thinking there was no way I'm actually using this because I don't know what sort of bacteria or substance was causing this to look mildewed.  I have never seen shea butter look like this and I have used a lot of shea butter and a lot of different brands so this seemed very out of the ordinary.

I immediately tossed this in the trash!  Who knows what that came in contact with!  I contacted the company because I do understand that well, sh*t happens.  It could be a fluke. An isolated incident.  Or it could be an entire batch that was contaminated with something and they need to know about it.  But I let them know the issue, and let them know if they wanted to send a replacement sample, that would be fine.  I do welcome the opportunity for companies to fix issues like this prior to posting reviews.  It does give me a chance to review a company's customer service in an additional way.  Its nice to know how companies handle issues like this and it can be helpful to include that in my reviews.

I got a response back pretty quickly but it sounded robotic.  Like an auto-apology with my name pasted in.  Either way, they did respond and apologized for the inconvenience regardless of how insincere it sounded.  They also reassured that this is pure unrefined grade A shea butter from Africa.  Ok......fine.....I never questioned whether it was authentic shea butter but reassuring me that its real shea butter doesn't mean I'm going to overlook the moldy mildew mess because hey, its real shea butter, and proceed to add it to my lip balm recipe!  Yuck!  I responded and let them know that this was already discarded.  I'm not keeping something in my house with mold or mildew on it because I don't know what caused it or whether it could make my family sick.   So I had chucked it and would not be using it even if it was real shea butter.

One thing about Tomoson is that there is a due date for when reviews must be completed and verified as completed.  My due date was approaching so I let them know that if they planned on sending a different package of shea butter, then I needed a definitely update and would need them to extend the due date so that there will be time to inspect the new package and complete the review.  I got this smart @** response that they were extending my due date even though its pretty last minute.  Like what.....I'm supposed to be grateful that they were so gracious to extend it?  Like it was a huge inconvenience for them?  I was sent a moldy product!  And instead of just immediately publishing an "Avoid This Disgusting Product At All Costs" type of review, I gave them a chance to correct it and make a good impression.   So at that point, I was not impressed by their customer service at all.  Never make a customer feel like an inconvenience when you made an error and sent an unsanitary product!  Common sense!

So I wait a several days and a new package of shea butter arrives and as soon as I see the shipping package.....I'm livid!   Because I get to pay the postage!  Yep, USPS dropped off the package at my door with a bill on it!  So now I have a balance due at my post office.  I was ticked!  Seriously ticked off!   So I contacted them again to let them know that they needed to reimburse for this shipping charge that I was now being held responsible for.  They responded immediately stating "We have already paid for the shipping fees, there is no need to pay for anything else."  No, there is a need to pay something else.  I don't know if they just chipped in a buck or 50 cents and figured that was enough or what but I do not pay shipping on review products! 

I'm pretty sure my postal carrier didn't just slap this on as a joke!
Because that's really funny right.... 
What an odd sense of humor my postal carrier must have???? (sarcasm)

Livid I was....just livid.  Because that is one of my biggest pet peeves!  You go online, you buy a product, you pay for shipping (or the shipping is advertised as free or included) then your package arrives ....with a bill on it.  I hate that!  And to have such a response as that.   Horrible service!  Their first response should have been "SORRY!  We want to fix this right away!"  but no it was more like too bad, so sad.  

I would never purchase anything from BioFinest!  I have used tons of brands of shea butter and definitely have my tried and true favorite!  Not only does my favorite brand of shea butter provide an excellent product, but they are dedicated to excellent, respectful, helpful, courteous service.  BioFinest could definitely take a few lessons in those departments.  Eventually they wanted to know what the balance was on the shipping bill.  I told them to forget it, I'd pay it because honestly, I just didn't want to deal with them anymore.  I wanted to be done.   I didn't want to talk to these people anymore.  They had already wasted enough of my time and it was time to post my review.   I did let them know that my review was going to be an honest and unfortunately negative review because I did not have a good experience with their product or service and would not be recommending them to anyone.  That's just my opinion based on my experience.  Yours might be different (I really really hope it is if you do decide to purchase from them) but this was my experience.    My favorite shea butter and the one I would recommend in a heart beat is better quality from what I can see from the replacement package that BioFinest sent, its also Grade A, raw, unrefined, organic and half the price of the product from BioFinest and comes in a convenient, resealable, reusable tub.  That's what I would recommend over and over and you can purchase it HERE!

It really is a shame in my opinion.  They just have a lot of improving to do if they want to have repeat customers.  Unfortunately I won't be one of them.   I ended up tossing the replacement because I don't know if this new package could contain the same bacteria that the first was contaminated with and it was not worth the risk for me.  My impression was that this company doesn't have their customer's best interests at heart. If they had a contaminated batch, I don't know if I would trust them to recall it and start over or just ship it out and hope for the best.  So mine was chucked.  Better safe than sorry!

I received a sample free of charge (but was unknowingly held responsible for shipping charges) to facilitate this review.   All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Be Naturally Healthy - Elderberry Extract From Norm's Farms

I love using natural remedies for my family.  I just don't see the point in treating a cold with something made in a lab that could have negative side effects down the road.  Sure, this pill will make your symptoms feel better now but it will kill your liver later.  I just don't get it.  Mother natural gave us natural cures and natural things in nature to keep us well and healthy, so I like to utilize what mother nature is giving us.  Elderberries are one of those gifts from mother nature that has a wealth of health uses.  I got a bottle of Elderberry Extract from Norm's Farms and am so happy with it.

It came just in time too.  It helped get a cold out of our house in just a few days.  Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and is great for nurturing and boosting your immune system and for respiratory support.  Elderberry syrups are fantastic when used like a cough syrup, especially for children!  So when our extract arrived I was excited to try it.  And we happened to start to come down with colds and needed it out of our house as soon as possible.
My 2 year old has febrile seizures.  These are seizures that are brought on with fever.  Its not the actual fever itself that causes the seizure.  Its actually when she gets a very rapid fever and the sudden increase in body temperature sort of shocks her brain and that's when she seizes.  So anytime my daughter gets sick, we panic because illness can bring fevers and fevers bring seizures.  So as soon as we started getting the sniffles, I added some of Norm's Elderberry Extract to my daughters tea.  She loves tea!  Decaf of course.  She likes her tea with a bit of honey and the elderberry extract was a great addition.   We had this cold kicked in just a few days!  I think the elderberry really helped give her immune system the boost it needed to fight this cold off and those antioxidants were hard at work!   So goodbye cold!   No seizures!  Elderberries actually have significantly more antioxidants than even blueberries and blueberries are well known for their antioxidant power.  But I am an elderberry fan!

Whats nice about Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract is that there are no added sweeteners, alcohols or sugars.   Water is listed on the ingredient list because the process used to extract the juice from the elderberries.   So its pure and natural!

You don't have to wait until you're sick to use elderberry extract.  Its a great dietary supplement to keep you healthy!  I was very very pleased with the quality of this extract.  The extract from Norm's Farms is made from American Native Elderberries that are all grown at Norm's Farm.  You can read the story behind Norman Lenhardt and his legacy on the Norm's Farms website.  There is also a lot of great resources and information there as well.

Another thing I was very happy with was the price of this extract.  Elderberry can be fairly pricey but my extract came in an 8 oz. glass bottle for only $16.99!  That's a fantastic price!  I would highly recommend trying this extract.   Be sure to check out the Norm's Farms website.  They also carry Elderberry Syrup, among other products.  You can also connect with Norm's Farms on Facebook and Twitter!

I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin Book and Skin Peel Review + Giveaway

I try to be proactive about my skin and take care of it now while I'm still fairly young.  I don't stress to much about winkles or fine lines but I don't want my face to look like a worn old shoe either.  So I do little things to take care of my skin.  I'm better about sunscreens than I used to be and I'm good about cleansing and applying healthy moisturizers to nourish my skin.  I saw this book called The Skin Regime: Boot Camp For Beautiful Skin and thought it might be an interesting read.  There is also a skin peel that goes along with the book.  I tried a peel a while back and it didn't really do much so I was interested in trying a peel again and seeing if I had different results.

I tried the skin peel and didn't see a drastic level of change in my skin but did notice some change.  Enough change for me to want to repeat in another week.  I tried one layer on my forehead.  My forehead has been a little dry and dull and sort of rough so I was hoping this might help.  I didn't notice a drastic change but did notice a difference in texture and my forehead felt soft.   I did experience some burning and tingling when I applied the peel solution but that is normal.  I'm not planning on doing any more layers.  The instructions say you can do up to 4 layers of solution during an application, waiting at least a minute in between layers but I don't think I want to add more.  I think I like the idea of the gradual, subtle change.  But every person is different and has a different tolerance for that sort of thing  The instructions say to let it sit for one to five minutes.  So maybe next week I will do one layer and let it sit for maybe 2 minutes and see what sort of improvement I get with that.  This peel did have much better results than the last one I did so I'm definitely going to keep using it.

As for the book, I thought it was a very good read.  I enjoyed a section in the book that lays out some major myths of skin care.   The book talks about the skin regime boot camp that can help you nourish and beautify your skin and the use of quality peels to bring out your new skin.   It talks about the different products that are good to use and others that are somewhat useless.  It even talks about nourishing your skin from the inside out with vitamins and the foods you eat.   The extra information it contains about skin peels is helpful.  When I tried one before, I had little information about what to expect so this made things much clearer.

I did enjoy this book and did like my subtle results from my peel.  I'm excited to see how next week will change.  You can order this book and the peel on The Skin Regime website.

One reader will also have a change to WIN the book and peel to try out for themselves!

Giveaway ends 8/19/2015.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.
One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.
If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of The Skin Regime.  All opinions are my own.