Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Banana Hook Review

We're banana freaks.  Everyone in our house eats at least one banana a day so we always have a bunch of bananas sitting on the counter.  I've seen baskets with hooks hanging over them for bananas but they always look like they would tip over or take up too much space.  And I've been looking for more ways to efficiently use the space in our kitchen.  So when I saw this Banana Hook I wanted to get one to attached under our cupboard to save some space on our counter top.

The Banana Hook is simple.   You just attach it under your cupboard with self adhesive backing.  The only thing I didn't like about the Banana Hook is that it didn't stick for me if I had more than 4 medium sized bananas on it.    It stayed up for a day but once I hung some bananas from it, it fell down.  The nice thing though, is that there are two holes in it which made it easy to attached with a couple of screws so once I did that, it stayed.   But that was my only complaint.  Without the screws it stayed up with 4 bananas but any more than that seemed to be too heavy.  Its made of plastic and the hook folds up when you're not using it so you don't have to see the hook hanging down if you don't want to.  I do like having it up.  It opened up space on my counter tops and the price is great too!  You can order the Banana Hook on Amazon for only $7.99.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Banana Hook.  I received a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.

Key West Health & Beauty Retinol Night Cream Review

I always moisturize my face, morning and night.  I have sensitive skin and my skin dries out easily so I always have to make sure I'm using something to moisturize it.   I tried this Retinol Night Cream from Key West Health & Beauty.  Most retinol creams are made up mostly of synthetic ingredients and fillers but this cream is made up of 97% natural ingredients and 71% of those ingredients are organic so this is a much better option than some others.

Its not too thick and doesn't clog my pores.  At the same time, it is heavy enough to really give my skin a good coat of moisture and conditioning so I don't have to reapply often.  I really liked the way my skin felt when I used this.  It doesn't smell like nasty chemicals like some creams do.  I can't stand laying in bed at night with cream on my face and smelling nothing but chemicals.  My cheeks have been blotchy and red lately with the seasons changing.   My skin always freaks out when the seasons change.  But my cheek color has evened out and the blotches are barely noticeable now.  I also want to make sure I'm treating fine lines and wrinkles early before I get too many.  This retinol cream contains a strength of 2.5% retinol which is 2 1/2 times the amount of retinol as standard creams which is usually only 1%.  So far I have been happy with this cream.  Its worked well for my sensitive skin so far.  You can order it on Amazon.

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

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vita Sciences Maxasorb Melatonin Cream Review

I have suffered from insomnia my whole life, even as a child.  Throughout my life, I've tried countless remedies, both prescription and over the counter.  I have found things that worked and things that didn't.  Options that were healthier for me and ones that weren't.  Unfortunately, the medications that seemed to work the best were the prescriptions with extra unwanted side effects.  Ive been trying to go the more natural route for a while now.  One thing that does seem to help, is taking a melatonin supplement.

I found this product called Maxasorb Melatonin Cream from Vita Sciences.  Its a moisturizer that has a dose of melatonin in it to help you sleep.  Your skin absorbs the melatonin while at the same time, conditioning your skin.  I always moisturize my skin before I go to bed at night so I thought this was worth a shot.  I have been sleeping fairly well lately.  During the nights where I added this cream to my bedtime routine, I did still have a hard time getting to sleep but I did seem to sleep pretty soundly once I fell asleep.  That's not normal for me.  Typically, I lay in bed for hours and once I fall asleep, I wake up every half or to an hour.  It drives me insane and I'm always waking up in the morning feeling exhausted and like I never slept at all.  But I have been sleeping through the night once I fall asleep.  I have been more active during the day though now that the weather has warmed up.  I can't say for certain if I'm just extra tired or if its the cream but I am leaning more towards the cream helping with my sleep.  Summers usually don't mean better sleep for me so based on my history, I think its the extra melatonin helping me stay asleep so I think this cream is definitely worth trying.  The bottle holds enough for 60 applications and a 3mg dose of melatonin in every use.  You can order Maxasorb Melatonin Cream on the Vita Sciences website!

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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

La Vida Essentials Fractionated Coconut Oil Review

One of my favorite things is the world is coconut oil!  I do so much with it.  I cook with it, use it for moisturizer, add it to my homemade soaps and use it with essential oils.  Fractionated coconut oil is one of my favorite carrier oils.  I'm a Young Living Essential Oil Independent Distributor so I'm super passionate about using oils for me and my family.  One very good rule of thumb is to always dilute your essential oils when using the for children and babies.  I've found several essential oils that work great for my toddler so I always have to have fractionated coconut oil on hand at all times.

I recently tried some Fractionated Coconut Oil from La Vida Essentials and was very happy with it.  Its pure, refined fractionated coconut oil so it still has all of the great coconut oil benefits but because of the way its processed, it always stays in liquid form.  That's what makes it perfect for use with essential oils.  Its not too greasy and soaks into the skin nicely.  It also doesn't stain or leave oil spots on your clothing.  It has no odor or scent and has nothing else added to it.  Just pure coconut.  Its a good price for the 16 oz. size bottle you get.  You an order La Vida Fractionated Coconut Oil on Amazon for only $9.99 which is a great price!

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Azara Organics Seaweed Facial Mask & Body Wrap Powder Review

I love doing facial masks!  Until now I've only done mud masks and have loved the way they made my skin feel.  So when I saw this Organic Seaweed Powder from Azara Organics, I was really excited to try it!

I didn't realize how much good stuff was in seaweed as far as beauty benefits  Its packed with vitamins, nutrients and amino acids that help your skin.  I didn't do a body wrap or anything but I did do a face mask.  My cheeks have been red and blotchy lately and I noticed that my skin tone was more even after using this seaweed powder to do a face mask.  My skin feels smooth and hydrated too.  This seaweed powder is wild harvested from the coldest parts of the North Atlantic ocean and then micronized into this super fine powder which makes it great for face and body masks and great for absorbing the nutrients.  I loved the way my skin felt after using it so I'm excited to try it out on the rest of my body.  It supposed to be great for cellulite.  I'm planning on mixing some essential oils in with it too to help with some skin issues.  If you want to pamper your skin and try this out for yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon.

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

EVAO Extra Virgin Organic Argan Oil Review

I've kind of turned into an oil fanatic.  I use all different kinds of oils.  I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, in my homemade soaps, homemade lip balms and of course for cooking.  I use rosehip oil on my skin and hair.  I also use it in my soaps too.  And I'm extremely fond of argan oil for my hair, nails, skin and for my daughter.  We use essential oils daily and I've found that argan oil is a great carrier oil to use when diluting essential oils, especially when I'm using them on my daughter.  I recently had the opportunity to try some EVAO Extra Virgin Argan Oil and it worked great!

I've used it a few different ways.  Of course as a carrier oil for my kiddo.  It absorbs well, its sticky or greasy and I love that its USDA organic and pure.  Its also Fair Trade which is awesome!  I also used this on my hair.  I gave myself a DIY haircut the other day and gave myself a new set of bangs.  My hair get split ends really quickly after a hair cut and it doesn't matter if its cut we or dry.  After I did my cut, I put some of this argan oil on my finger tips and worked it through the freshly cut ends of my hair to nourish and condition the cut ends.   I've also done this after a shower when my hair is still damp and have found that my bangs flow across my forehead really nicely without having to do a lot of styling.  So far I've been really happy with this oil and am excited to keep using it. You can purchase EVAO Argan Oil on Amazon to try it out for yourself!

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

U.S. Legal Wills - America's #1 Provider of Online Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills

Something that has been on my mind since my daughter was born, is having things in order in case something were to happen to me.  Its seems early to be thinking about a will and funeral wishes, but we really never know when something might happen and having my wishes put down on paper is important.  Not that much of it will really be that important after I'm gone but it is important to help my family and loved ones.  If I were to suddenly pass away, there will be a lot on my family's shoulders.  Unfortunately, I can't really afford to sit down with an attorney and draft a will so when I saw U.S. Legal Wills I thought it sounded like a great place to start.

U.S. Legal Wills is a website that provides estate planning services.  It allows you to create a will, living will, power of attorney documents and funeral wishes.  The website guides you step by step through everything!  Its very thorough.  You can even name guardians and set up trusts for your children.  Once you've completely the documents, they are ready to be printed.  And once you print them, they must be signed in the presence of two adult witnesses, making them legal binding and official.  Its so easy and really affordable!  Its great because I can prepare them myself and keep a copy in my safety deposit box for safe keeping.  Its a nice little peace of mind.   Hopefully they'll sit in my bank box for years and years. But if not, I know my family will have some peace of mind knowing my wishes and not having to start from scratch and worry about the extra details.  And US Legal Will is an A+ Better Business Bureau accredited business which is great!   I do pay a lot of attention to BBB accreditation, especially for something of this nature.

I found the website to be really user friendly and easy to navigate.   I didn't need to know much about wills and funeral arrangements before starting.  The website walks me through it all.  You can check out U.S. Legal Wills online to learn more!

I was provided with a complimentary membership to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.