Saturday, March 28, 2015

Francois et Mimi 700 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set Review

We've been needing some new sheets for a while now.  The ones we have are nice but we've just been needing a change.  Plus with a crazy toddler and my husband snacking on cookies and things while laying in bed, the sheets we have were looking a bit under the weather.  So when I saw these 700 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets from Francois Et Mimi, I was definitely up for reviewing them.

I was happy with them but not overly impressed.  My biggest issue is that they advertise a deep pocket fit but the corners do not stay on.  The elastics around the corners of the fitted sheet are tucked enough so the corners pop up in the night which is really obnoxious and uncomfortable and I hate having to redo them each morning.  The sheets are pretty smooth and soft for I was expecting softer for 700 count.  I do have another set that is 700 count that are softer than these for about the same price point.  The convenience factor is nice though because these can be purchased on Amazon and you get free shipping with a Prime membership.  We don't have any stores in our smallish town that carry good linens so not having to make a 45 minute drive one way to buy new sheets is a plus for me.  But I do wish the corners had a makeover so that they would stay on.  Other than that one issue, the sheets are very nice and they come in a variety of colors so you're not limited at all with the color selection.  The set comes with one fitted sheet, one flat sheet and pillow case.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Giveaway

I am a Purex Insider!  So that means Ive always got the scoop on whats new from the Purex Brand and Dial products!
We're always getting fun samples to try out and I received one of the new products from Dial!

Its smells awesome!

 Whats fun about this new body was from Dial is that its infused with luxurious Marula Oil!  Marula Oil is great for hair and skin so it leaves your skin feeling silky soft and moisturized.  I loved the way my skin felt after trying it out.  And the smell reminds me of this Amber body wash and lotion I used to get from Bath and Body Works a while back.  But the great thing about this Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash is that the scent its too strong or overpowering.  Its perfect!  Leaves skin feeling great and smelling amazing too. 

And you can WIN a bottle to try it out for yourself!

3 Lucky Winners
will receive a free bottle of 

Giveaway ends 3/21/2015.   Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  3 winners 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!

I am a member of the Purex Insiders.  I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.

Certified Organic Beard Oil From The Huntsman Beard Company - Review

My husband has been using a lot of beard oils lately.  Mostly because hes been growing a full beard since October and lately its been getting a little wild and crazy.  So using beard oils helps tame it and keep it from getting too terribly fluffy and making it easier for him to brush and smooth out.  It looks much better when its smooth and conditioned.  So when I saw this Certified Organic Beard Oil from the Huntsman Beard Company, I wanted him to try it out.

I love the fact that its all certified natural organic oils and with no added fragrances.  The oils do have their oil natural aromas but that's great.  Its smells like and earthy and natural.  The oil worked great on Mr. Bee's beard.  It was easy to brush out and looked nice and smooth an shiny.  The nice thing about this oil blend is that the oils aren't greasy or too "oily."  This blend of oils absorbs very well so his beard isn't left looking oiled.  It looks healthy and conditioned.  This beard oil is a blend of Certified Organic Moroccan Argan Oil & Golden Jojoba Oil and both are known to be great for hair and skin.  Mr. Bee was really pleased with this oil and so was I.  You can order it on Amazon.

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

GrillFella BBQ Wok Review

We love to grill out!  When the weather is nice, its the most common way we prepare meals.  For us, there really is nothing better than grilling out on a warm summer day.  Its been winter but now the weather is starting to warm up, Spring is upon us and the snow has melted.  So of course were in BBQ grilling mode!   I saw this GrillFella BBQ Wok and wanted to try it because we always have trouble finding ways to grill veggies and small things without the food falling through the grate on the grill.  So I thought this looked like a fun thing to try out!

It works really well.  I love grilling cabbage in the summer.  We also love grilling peppers and onions and sometimes the pieces are too small and fall through but the GrillFella keeps everything together and the food cooks great!  And it also comes with a divider so you can keep foods separated if you need to.  Its also got handles an is easy to use and easy to clean.  Its also great for grilling diced meats!

You can order the GrillFella BBQ Wok on Amazon!

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

Garcinia Cambogia Advanced & Slender Cleanse Advanced Supplements Review

I've been sluggish lately.  Feeling like I have absolutely no energy.  I'm eating healthy and making sure to take care of myself but there's been a lot going on lately so I think my lack of energy is just stemming from mental exhaustion as apposed to physical.  I have been trying to lose some weight and with the lack of energy, exercising and being physically active has been hard.  I've found that I enjoy garcinia cambogia supplements because of the extra energy boost I get.  The folks at Team Innovations sent me a sample of their Garcinia Cambogia Advanced supplement along with their Slender Cleanse Advanced to try.

I'll start with the Garcinia Cambogia.  You may have heard of this in the news or from doctors.  Its supplement that comes from a fruit and helps aid in weight loss by limited fat production, helps you burn stored fat for energy and helps increase your energy level.  I didnt notice a huge difference while taking this but I did slightly feel better and found that I had a bit more energy than I had been.  I have been actively trying to lose weight for a while now so my weight is going down.  I'm not sure how much the Garcinia Cambogia is effecting the amount of weight I'm losing but it does increase my energy, giving me more energy for exercise.
I also tried the Slender Cleanse Advanced.  This is a supplement that helps flush out all of the junk and toxins in your body.  It cleanses your system.  Its also designed to increase energy, help with metabolism, helps with regularity and decreases bloating.  I used to drink a tea that was supposed to work as a sort of "cleanse" and really enjoyed it.   I would get to this point where my body just felt gross all of the time.  My stomach felt gross and I just didn't feel right.  I would drink my tea for a few days to detox and after, my body would feel refreshed.  The Slender Cleanse Advanced made me feel just like that.  Refreshed! 

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

Monday, March 16, 2015

Adovia Dead Sea Mud Review

I have been a huge fan of Adovia products for quite some time now.  I've tried several Adovia products and have been happy with every single one of them.  So when I had the opportunity to review another Adovia product, I was of course all for it.  This one is pretty cool!

Its Adovia Dead Sea Mud.  Its a giant 11 pound bucket of dead sea mud.  Yep, a huge bucket of mud!  Sounds weird but man is this stuff awesome!  I've loved doing mud facials ever since I tried Adovia's Dead Sea Mud Mask so I really wanted to try out this mud product because of how versatile it is.  It is great for your skin and great for detoxing.  Its used in masks and facials, added to scrubs and soak and used for body wraps.  I don't know how to do a body wrap or anything extravagant like that so I did another facial.  My face felt amazing!  Its like all of the toxins and junk were sucked out of my pores and my face got a fresh clean start.

The cool thing about this mud is that its pure and has no additives or fragrances added to it.  You could add your own essential oils or exfoliating material to make a scrub if you want.  But you can use it just the way it is.  Its all natural.  And this tub is huge!  Its got a one year shelf life and you get a lot so you don't have to worry about rationing it to make it last.  You can pamper yourself whenever you want.  This would be great for a party like for a bridal party to get together before a wedding and do mud facials and pedicures.  You could make a foot scrub with the mud for a summer wedding.  So many great possibilities for this.  I just loved it!

Be sure to check out Adovia Dead Sea Mud on Amazon!

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

Saturday, March 14, 2015

5 Things Your Mommy Friends Didn't Tell You About Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be a beautiful thing!  Most days.  But some days....its not always so beautiful.  Some days....its actually kind of gross and even embarrassing.  Personally, I wasn't one of those women that loved being pregnant.  I loved having my baby but the road to get there was rough.  And I realized that there were a lot of not so pleasant, not so fun things that my mommy friends failed to warn me about.  There were a few things that my mommy friends didn't seem to want to talk about in regards to pregnancy.  Things happen to your body.  Some of those things aren't very fun to deal with and some of those things can actually be a little embarrassing.....

Here are my top 5 not so fun things your mommy friends didn't tell you about pregnancy...

#1  Your new beard!
When I was pregnant with Emma, I wished on every star for curly hair.  For some pregnant women, their hair may actually change texture.  Women with straight hair sometimes end up with waves and curls.  I was hoping for a head full of beautiful curls.  I didn't get them.  Instead..... I got whiskers! joke.  I never really had to wax by upper lip before (let alone my chin) but when I got pregnant, all hairy heck broke lose on the southern portion of my head.   It was dark and it grew fast!  And even though I'm not pregnant anymore, I still have to do a lot more plucking and waxing than I ever had to do before.

#2  Prepare to buy all new shoes!
This doesn't happen to all pregnant women but an unlucky few may find that their feet have suddenly increased in size.  And yes, swelling can play a big roll in that but for me, my feet actually grew.  Not only did I have to buy all new shoes to wear while I was pregnant but none of my favs fit after I had my daughter either.  The swelling went away after I gave birth but my feet were still permanently bigger.  I went from a size 7 1/2 to a size 9 1/2!

#3  Unexpected leaks!
I always kept my purse stuffed with extra maxi pads.  I was pregnant so no, I wasn't being prepared for my monthly cycle.  I was being prepared for the fact that I couldn't sneeze or laugh without peeing my pants.  And actually, I didn't even need to laugh or sneeze.  I remember being in a hardware store with my husband.  I can't remember for the life of me what we were looking for (pregnancy brain ya know) but when I spotted what I was looking for, the simple "OH here it is!" was just enough to send my smashed bladder into overdrive.  I put down whatever it was that I was about to buy, turned to my hubby and said "Time to go home."  He was used to this.  It hadn't been the first time.  So of course....out of his mouth was "Did you pee again?"  "Yep!  Time to go..."  Delightful!  Makes for quick errands but not always the most convenient thing to deal with. 

4.  Gas!
You cant blame it on the dog if you're in the middle of the grocery store.  Its unfortunately a pretty regular thing to be gassy while you're pregnant.  And with that little person in there putting pressure on everything, its easy for things to slip out. just don't care! 

5.  What a pain in the butt!
One thing that's definitely not fun to add on to the fact that you've got this big belly in the way of everything, a little person inside kicking you from the inside out, your aching back and the fact that you cant shave your legs but then add the biggest pain in the butt.....hemorrhoids. mommy friends didn't warn me about that.   Constipation can be a pretty common thing when you're pregnant.  Your whole body is outta whack and your insides are pretty much being squished.  Its not uncommon for the plumbing to be on the fritz.  But the not so fun thing that can come along with constipation is hemorrhoids.  And then after childbirth, especially if you give birth naturally, you go home with a new baby, sore lady parts and hemorrhoids to boot!  Witch Hazel can give you some great relief but with everything you're worried about, taking care of a new baby and a sore body, applying it to your backside isn't always easy or convenient.  There is a natural supplement called HemClear that can help heal hemorrhoids from the inside out.  And its all natural and easy to take!

How did you deal with the not so fun aspects of pregnancy?   Leave a comment and tell us about it!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Hem Clear.  All opinions are my own.  I am not a physician, just an educated mom.  Please consult your physician before starting any new supplements if you are pregnant or nursing.