Monday, March 2, 2015

DIY Homemade Coconut Camellia Essential Oil Moisturizer

I am a DIYer!  I love doing things myself, making things myself, cooking, canning, creating, building.  I just love everything DIY.   And I especially love making beauty and personal care products like soaps, sugar scrubs and recently I made a DIY face cream for dry skin!  It turned out great, smells great and has done wonders for my skin!

My face has really been suffering this winter. My forehead especially.  My skin has been dry and rough and just chapped from the cold weather.  I needed something heavy duty to help with my dry skin but I wanted something natural that wasn't full of junk and chemicals.  I love natural moisturizers.  I didn't have anything on hand that would do the trick so I decided to DIY!

I used coconut oil, beeswax, Shea butter, Young Living essential oils and some amazing Camellia Oil from

Here's my recipe for Natural Moisturizing For Dry Chapped Skin:

1 oz. Camellia Oil (where to buy)
2 oz. Coconut Oil  (I buy my Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil at our local Aldi)
2 oz. Shea Butter
1 oz. Beeswax
5 drops Frankincense Essential Oil (where to buy)
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil (where to buy)
5 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil (where to buy)

I slowly heated my Camellia, coconut oil and beeswax together on the stove and once all of the beeswax had melted and all was stirred together, I poured the warm oils into a ceramic dish and placed it in the freeze for about 10 minutes.  I allow it to cool but not freeze. Once the oils were cooled, I took them out and added my essential oils and whipped with a mixer to get a nice fluffy cream.  I placed it in a recycled glass jar and it is now ready to use!

Apply a small pea sized amount to fingers and apply to face, neck or any other area that needs a little extra pampering!  This moisturizer is thick and a little goes a long way!  My skin has felt great since I've been using it.  The Camellia Oil is known to improve skin's condition and help nourish and moisturize.  I loved adding the Camellia Oil to this recipe!  It really made a difference for my skin!  My Young Living Frankincense, Lavender and Sandalwood Oils also have tons of benefits for improving skin's texture, moisture and also has wonderful natural anti-aging qualities.  And of course you can't go wrong with the benefits of coconut oil.

I received the Camellia Oil free of charge to use in this post.  All opinions are my own!

OmegaPet Oatmeal & Aloe Dog Shampoo Review

Our dog has seriously dry skin!  Especially during winter.  She get dry, itchy and flaky and there hasn't been much that we've found to help with it.  I saw this OmegaPet Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo for dogs and wanted to give it a shot.  We've had success with oatmeal soaks helping our dry human skin in the past so I was hoping this shampoo would help with Lady's skin issues.

I gave Lady a couple of baths with this shampoo.  Her itching seemed to get a little better.  She did still have flaky skin.  So the last time I used this shampoo on her, I added a few drops of my Young Living Melaleuca essential oil (tea tree) and worked that in with the shampoo.  It was an awesome combo!  The shampoo helped with her itchy skin because her scratching seemed to improve after her bath and the tea tree essential oil helped loosen up her dry flakes and after a good brush, she looked and seemed to feel much better.  I would definitely keep using this shampoo on her!

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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Turning 2 Disney Style! Our Royal Disney @Home Birthday Celebration #DisneySide

I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood.   I was a huge Mickey Mouse fan when I was little.  I think that was probably a result of my mother's love of Disney and the fact that she decorated my room with Mickey Mouse.  I remember having a Mickey bedspread on my first big girl bed as a toddler.  We also visited Disney World in Florida when I was little.  I remember being on a serious mission to find and meet Mickey Mouse.  Along the way, we ran into Chip and Dale, who ended up stealing our bag of CHIPS as a prop for our photo opp.

Disney is magical and always has been magical for me.  There's nothing better than curling up on a snowy day, cuddling with my daughter under a warm blanket, hanging out in our PJs watching old Disney Classics.  We definitely have a Disney Side!   My mother and I often talk about the day we'll finally take Emma to Disney World and introduce her to that same old Disney magic that I experienced as a child.  Some day we'll be there!  But for now, we'll show our Disney Side at home!

Emma is turning 2 years old soon so we threw Emma a Disney Princess party!
It was a 2 year old Princess's dream party!  And mom's too!  And in honor of Princess Emma's 2nd Birthday, Disney Parks and MomSelect sent us everything we needed to host a DisneySide  @Home Celebration to make Emma's 2nd birthday a memorable, royal celebration to remember!

Here is Princess Emma and her Papa! 
All ready for her party to start!

Plenty of Princess Sofia party crown hats for her guests!

And a meal fit for royalty!

 We prepared a delicious meal for the party with lots of Emma's favorite foods and snacks!

My mom made her delicious caramel corn puffs and her world famous Chex mix!

I made cookie pops by dipping Oreos in almond park and coating with colorful sprinkles!

My amazing sister-in-law brought her delicious Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch!  Just a box of raspberry sherbet and 7-up.  Yummy!   She also makes it with orange sherbet but pink raspberry was perfect for our princess party!

And a fruit pizza that Minnie Mouse herself would be proud of!

And you can't have a Disney Princess birthday without a cake fit for a Queen!
I decorated her cake myself!  Party guests said it was too pretty to eat.  But don't worry, we did.  And it was delicious!

 And don't forget party favors!

I put together fun party favor cups for Emma's friends!  Each of Emma's friends got to take home a reusable Disney Princess cup filled with stickers, lip gloss, princess jewelry, a button from the new Disney Cinderella movie, a magical Princess Sofia wand, a 101 Dalmatians file for manicures and some of our new favorite nail polish.  Non-toxic peel off nail polish from Play Love Laugh!  Its veggie and fruit based, non toxic, free of nasty chemicals and peels off without needing polish remover.  Perfect for little Princesses!

Play Love Laugh polished piggies to match her Princess Sofia party dress!

The girls had a blast playing together!

Emma loved playing with her friends, opening presents and reading her cards!

What a wonderful way to turn 2!
We had an amazing time celebrating another year for Emma and had a great time showing our Disney Side!  We can't wait to someday celebrate, experience the magic and show our #DisneySide at Disney Parks!

An Extra Special THANK YOU to:
+ All of our family and friends
 that partied with us Disney style
and helped make this party a day to remember!

This post and party were hosted in honor of Disney Parks, #DisneySide and Momselect.  We were provided with some amazing products to help us host our DisneySide @Home Celebration.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.  Thank you so much to Disney Parks and MomSelect for helping make Emma's 2nd birthday a celebration to remember!

Friday, February 27, 2015

MatchaDNA Handheld Wireless Milk Frother Review

I am a big coffee drinker!  Not as bad as my husband.  That guy can drink an entire pot of coffee in one day and still m start on another pot.  But I do love lattes and mixed coffee drinks.  So I was really excited to try this MatchaDNA Handheld Wireless Milk Frother.  But I was pretty bummed when I got it and it didn't work.  I tried multiple sets of brand new batteries and tried putting them in several ways but nothing worked.  I got a dud.  I was pretty disappointed and tried reaching out to the company but didn't hear back.  So that was a double bummer!

The milk frother is wireless and electric so it could have been a handy tool to have in my kitchen for when I'm making green tea lattes.  Hopefully I just got the one bad one in the bunch.  It can be ordered on Amazon.  Other than not working at all, my only other complaint is that it came in a plain white box with no instructions.  Ive never used one of these before so I would have been a little lost if it did work.  Having instructions on hand right in the box when it arrived would have been nice.

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

Zubel's Cotton Knit Hats Review

Zubels offers some pretty cute stuff for kids!  They offer toys and some clothing items.  They also offer cotton knit hats which is was I received for review.  I think the hats are very cute!  The colors and designs are nice and there are several to choose from.  The hats are a bit thin so in these Iowa winters were having, these hats wouldn't take the cold too well.  But they are very cute!

I was sent two hats for review.  One with a snail on it and the other looks like a frog.  I was supposed to receive gender neutral hats but the snail was very girly.  I wasn't as much of a fan of their girly prints.  The unfortunate thing is that my toddler can't wear either one of the hats because they are way too small.  The sizes we received were for infants.  I have a toddler with a good sized head and don't have an infant so I can't take any "action" shots with my kiddo wearing them.  When I agreed to review these hats they came across as though they were more of a one size fits most kids kind of deal. They were promoted as "cherished and loved by children of all ages."  So that to me, sounds like they fit a variety of sizes.  Apparently you can specify on their website and get a larger size when you order but as a blogger I guess I just got whatever was easiest to grab and put in a box.  Wasnt even given a option so didnt think I had an option.  I'm on the fence about this one.  I contacted Zubels twice to let them know that our hats we received were way too small but they never responded to either message.  So that's why I'm on the fence.  I do think the hats are cute.  They are not warm or appropriate for cold weather but they are cute.  I don't appreciate the lack of customer service though.  Its not just about product quality to me.  For me, it doesn't matter if a business has an amazing product because if their service is poor or non-existent in my case, then its not worth investing in the product.  That's just my opinion.  You do have the option to order a specific size if you order online and the hats are cute, but my experience with customer service (or lack of) was not impressive.  I personally wouldn't order from them because if I had a problem with my order, I wouldn't be confident that they would care to fix it or even respond.  But like I did say, the hats are cute.  They would be cute for baby photos!  Guess I was just disappointed with my experience.

Zubel's is offering a giveaway to one reader!
*Giveaway launch date to be determined as I wait for more information from Zubels*

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

SuppressMint Craving Control Breath Mints Review

I love using essential oils to help curb cravings.  I've been trying to lose weight for a while.  Its been slow but that's the point.  To lose weight slowly so that I can keep the weight off.  Fast, drastic weight loss never works.  I've always put the weight back on.

One thing that I've found that helps is managing snacking.  The more I snack, the more I seem to lose track of how much I've snacked throughout the day.  Sticking to meals is easier to manage and keep track of what I've eaten.  I don't count calories or anything.  I am just conscious of what I'm eating and my portions.

I tried these SupressMints.  They are craving control mints.  Normally I use Young Living peppermint essential oil or grapefruit but I thought these might be nice to keep in my purse for when I'm out and about.  They are a little weird but not bad.  The mints are super tiny!  But they take a long time to dissolve in your mouth.  They are supposed to last for 3 hours.  They are minty.  The odd thing about them is the texture.  Its hard to describe.  Its sort of slimy once you put it in your mouth.  I didn't mind the minty flavor but the texture was odd after a while so I didn't suck on it for the whole 3 hours.  But it seemed to curb my growling stomach.  I definitely think the mint helps to settle a hungry stomach.  It wasn't a drastic change.  I wouldn't try to eat one of these mints when your absolutely famished but it was good when I got a craving to snack.  I'll still stick to my essential oils at home but these would be nice to have in a purse for a backup plan when you're out and about.

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

LiveWIRE Beauty Eyelash Curler Review

One pet peeve I have about my makeup routine, is eyelash curling.  I always curl my eyelashes.  My mom taught me how to use an eyelash curler when I was a teenager and I love the way my lashes look when they are slightly curled.  But the curler is key.  A bad eyelash curler can totally ruin the look!

I got an Premium Eyelash Curler from LiveWIRE Beauty to try out and really liked it.  It seemed to be good quality, had a nice rubber coated grip that was comfortable to hold onto.  And it curled great!  I think the pad around the edge is a major factor is how well and eyelash curler works.  Some have spongy pads that need replacing.  I'm not a big fan of those.  They never seem to curl well and always leave a weird looking crease.  The pads on this eyelash curler don't need to be replaced which is great!  And the price is great too for the quality.

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