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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tomoson Product Reviews

I love testing products!  And I love sharing my opinion and experience with a product.  I frequently work with companies through a platform called Tomoson.   Below are products that I have tested through Tomoson's review service.  This post will be updated periodically as we test out and review new products.

Doctor C's Own Vitamin D3 Vegetarian Capsules

I have a vitamin D deficiency so I have to be very diligent about taking extra vitamin D.   I tried these vegetarian vitamin D3 capsules from Doctor C's Own.  I like them, they were easy to swallow, didn't upset my stomach and didn't have any sort of aftertaste.  They are 5000 IU capsules so they are packed full of vitamin D and very potent.  They are 100% Vegetarian, Non-GMO and gluten-free so they are safe for vegetarians, vegans, halal and kosher.   The bottle has 120 capsules in it and the daily recommended dose is one capsule so one bottle has a whole 4 months worth in it!  That's awesome, especially for such a great price!  One bottle costs less than $14.   I was very happy with them so I would definitely recommend trying them.   I give them 5 out of 5 stars!  You can purchase them on Amazon!

Baby + Toddler Bath Toy Scoop From OVS Products 

We have a lot of bath toys for my toddler.  We have another scoop similar to this one that works great.  When I got this scoop, I loved the look and feel of it.  The holes allow water to drain so that your kiddos toys don't get mildew and dry out quickly.   And its great to use for scooping up the toys right out of the bath water.   Its a very large size which is great but I found that we can't actually fill it full because the suction cups don't stay on the wall and it keeps falling down.  I'm going to see if I can replace the suction cups with more heavy duty ones and see if that helps.  It would be a great storage place for our tub toys if it would only stay up.   The other one that we have (different brand) stays up with just one cup.  Its slightly smaller but not by much.  I give this product 3 out of 5 stars.  You can purchase it on Amazon.

 goPURE Naturals Lavender Essential Oil  (5 out of 5 Stars)

I've been happy with every goPURE product I've tried!  This bottle is a great value for the quantity of oil that you get.  Its a full 4 oz. bottle.  The scent is great!  Its smells very pure.  Some value sized essential oils do not smell as pure and fresh as some of the higher dollar brands.  But this is very comparable.  I would not consume it like you can some other brands as this particular bottle is just for skin care and aromatherapy, but its great for diffusing and topical use.  I added some of this to a home made bug spray and its worked great and have been using it frequently in my diffuser for its calming effects and for promoting sleep.   I would definitely recommend this essential oil!  I give it 5 out of 5 stars!  You can purchase it on Amazon for a great price!

RejuveNaturals 100% Pure and Organic Argan Oil

I really enjoyed this oil.  I love that its pure moroccan argan oil with no additives and love that its organic.  This worked great on my daughter's diaper rash.  It was cleared up in just one day after applying nothing but this oil.  I also used it to sooth a bit of sun burn and the red was gone after just one day.  I would recommend this oil!   I give it 5 out of 5 stars!  You can purchase it on Amazon.

I received the products in this post free of charge or heavily discounted in exchange for an honest and unbiased reviews.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tiger Nuts Review

We are always up for trying new foods.  Especially foods that are natural and healthy.  Were trying to cut out as much prepackaged junk foods as possible so healthy treats to munch on are always welcome in our house.  I recently tried Tiger Nuts.  I can't really say they are for us but when it comes to reviewing food, everyone is different.

Tiger Nuts are not actually a nut.  They are a tuber.  So you don't have to worry about nut allergies.  They are gluten free, organic, dairy free, high in fiber and low in calories and fat. They are also non- GMO and a great addition to the paleo lifestyle.   So naturally I was up for trying them in hopes that we would find a new snack favorite.  Unfortunately we just couldn't get over the texture.  The flavor isn't so bad, just an unpleasant texture.  My husband and I both tried them and didn't like the texture.  So just to make sure we weren't being overly picky, we took the rest of our Tiger Nuts along with us on a family trip and shared them with my parents, uncle and cousin.  Unfortunately no one could get past the texture.  I think it was my mom that described it like eating tree bark with a soft center.  But like I said, everyone is different.  Everyone's taste buds are different so just because we didn't like them, doesn't mean they aren't good.  It just means it wasn't a hit for us. 

Tiger Nuts also makes a flour that is packed with nutrition and great for baking.  This was better for me since it didnt have that texture since its in powder form.  The flavor itself is interesting.   So I was much more fond of the flour than the actual Tiger Nuts.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Tiger Nuts.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Keep Cool This Summer With A Young Living Essential Oils Giveaway! #KeepingCool


Welcome to the Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.
It's HOT HOT HOT outside, but we're joining a group of bloggers are are ready to keep you cool in the sun with amazing giveaways all valued at $25 or more. Be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the amazing Grand Prize from our Hosts - a Step2 WonderBall Fun House!

I am so excited to offer my readers an amazing giveaway prize!  I am a very passionate essential oil user.  There are so many ways to use essential oils that I bet you've never even thought of.  Were in Iowa and Summer is heating up and one way we've managed to stay cool this summer is with Young Living Essential Oils.  One of my favorite ways to use essential oils to keep us cool and cleansed is by adding oils to our favorite beverages.  One of my favorite summer time beverages is homemade sun tea!  Just let the sun work its magic.  Fill a pitcher with water and add some tea bag, then place it outside in the sun.   Add some of Young Living's citrus essential oils for a splash of fruity goodness!

The Bee Hive Buzz is offering one lucky reader a chance to WIN
a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Pack to keep your family cool and refreshed this summer!

Prize Pack includes:
Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil
Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea
Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle

Giveaway ends 7/31/2015.  Open to US + 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!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Keeping Cool in the Sun participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Always Enjoying Tea! Tea Sampler Review

I've mentioned before in previous posts that I am a tea fanatic.  I love tea.  I would always pick tea over coffee.  I love trying new and different teas.  I've done a lot of traveling as well and love bringing teas home from my travels abroad.  So when given the opportunity to review a new tea, I am always up for the task.  But when given the chance to review 6 new teas.....well that makes my day!  I've discovered a new website that offers a huge selection of lose leaf teas, samplers, as well as bagged teas, instant teas plus tea ware too.  Its called EnjoyTea.com and they sent us a sampler of 6 of their delicious teas to sample.

The sampler that I received came with their Jasmine Green, Keemun Black, Roasted Mate Chai, Earl Grey Black, Organic Oolong, and Vanilla Roobios!  All of them were fantastic.  I especially loved the green and oolong mixed together for some refreshing iced sun tea.  The roasted mate chai was great on a cooler morning sitting out on our porch.  I was happy with each flavor.  And the aroma of the teas was very nice.  Each had a very strong aroma both dry and after it was brewed.

The set was very nicely presented too and would make a great gift!  Each tea comes in its own tin and all 6 tin canisters came in a nice box.  So a great gift idea and the tin canisters store nicely in a drawer or stacked on a shelf.  I keep my teas in a special drawer designated for just my teas and then I also have a shelf in our kitchen for teas so these tins were nicely displayed on the shelf.  Be sure to check out EnjoyingTea.com to see the rest of their selection of teas!

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Pratico Extra Large Waterproof Picnic Blanket Review

We love spending time outdoors.  One of our favorite summer time activities is enjoying family picnics outside.  Whether its at a park or in our own back yard, its a great way to spend time as a family.  We've never had a real picnic blanket so when I saw this waterproof extra large outdoor picnic blanket from Pratico Outdoors, I was really excited to try it out.

It really is a great size.  We were able to enjoy a picnic outside and me, my husband and my 2 year old all fit on the blanket with plenty of room.  Its nice and thick so its comfortable to sit on even over a patio like ours.  Its nice out in the grass too.   Its convenient and easy to take places because it folds up, velcros so that it stays folded and has a strap to carry it.  We really liked using it!  The price is great too.  You can order it on Amazon.

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