Monday, June 30, 2014

Adovia Pure Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask Review

Recently I've been reviewing more beauty and skin care products.  Its something I've really been enjoying.  I think the last time I did any type of mask for my face was probably in junior high school.  I don't remember what kind it was but I remember doing this mask that dried and peeled off my face like a big sheet of dried glue.  It was weird and fun but I honestly cant remember if I liked what it did or didn't do to my skin.  But when I saw this Pure Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask from Adovia, I really wanted to try it because I really don't do much to pamper myself.  And I thought a home facial might be nice.


When I first opened the jar, I thought to myself.....what the heck am I doing?  It has this very pungent sort of minty aroma.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  And I kind of thought that there is no way this stuff is natural with a smell like that.  Now, I'm not saying it was  bad smell at all.  It smelled super good actually but I just thought it had to be something artificial.  But then I looked at the jar closer and read the ingredients.  That's when I realized what that familiar scent was.  Calendula and eucalyptus!   As soon as I saw those 2 words.....I was in love.  I read through the ingredients and the pungent aroma was from the pure natural oils, not something artificial.  Its 100% natural and free of parabans, sulfates and phosphates.  Its also not tested on animals so its cruelty free and certified organic and vegan.  That's pretty great in my opinion!


I applied the mask to my face and got this amazing cooling sensation.  It felt awesome!  And the aroma from the oils was sort of like aromatherapy.  I really wanted to do this mask a couple of days in a row but the jar says weekly so I suppose I can wait.  The cool thing is that this mask contains Dead Sea Mud which is known for containing numerous minerals that help condition, cleanse and detox your skin.


Normally I need to use face moisturizer really really often.  At least a few times a day.  Especially after any sort of cleansing of my face.  But after I got done doing the mask, I didn't need any face lotion at all.  To be quite honest.....that sort of shocked me.  I've never been able to put anything on my face without following up with a moisturizer.  Even the morning after, my face still felt soft and moist and refreshed.  Ill definitely order another tub of this after this one is gone.

You can order this on Amazon if you're interested in trying it for yourself.  This is something I'm going to keep in my weekly routine for sure!

Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Always Embrace Who You Are... #LikeAGirl

I recently came upon this Always commercial.  I don't pay a whole lot of attention to commercials but this one really struck me.  I remember being on the playground in grade school and hearing kids putting other kids down.   Saying things like.....you do that like a girl.  And it was meant to be a bad thing.  But I am a girl and yes, I run like a girl.  I kick like a girl.  I throw like a girl.  I am a girl and I like being a girl.  There were a few times that people said my daughter looked like a boy.  I had dressed her in grey shorts and a tshirt with a lizard on it.  Why does that mean she looks like a boy?  Just because it has a lizard on it?  My daughter has a pet lizard.  I love lizards and I'm a girl.  I studied Animal Ecology and Entomology in college and I remember by great grandmother saying to me "that's man's work."  But is it?  I can do whatever I want to do.  My daughter can do whatever she wants to do.  Look how she wants to look.  She will do it all like a girl and she will do it WELL!  She will be herself.  And I will be proud of her.  And she will excel.  She will be successful.  She will be amazing!  And I will teach her......if a kid on the playground laughs at her and tells her that she throws like a girl.....I will teach her to say thank you and to keep doing it just the way shes doing it.  Because shes doing it perfectly!

Take a look at this Always commercial and tell me what you think!
#LikeAGirl


Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 is NOW AVAILABLE in the US from Kelly's Closet!!!

Its been a long wait....but well worth it!

If you haven't heard yet, 

the New Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 
is now available at Kelly's Closet!
...or a few! There are too many adorable prints to choose just one!
Be sure to check out my Tots Bots review as well!
To purchase, just click here, then click Shop Now and click Shop By Brand on the left hand side.  You'll then find Tots Bots cloth diapers and be ready to shop!

Be sure to bookmark THIS LINK because you'll be helping our family.  I'm a proud Kelly's Closet Affiliate, and every time you purchase from Kelly's Closet by using MY AFFILIATE LINK, I will make a small commission and it wont cost you a penny.  Were a single income family, so every penny counts!
Thank you so much!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Zip & Block Anti-Allergen Crib Mattress Cover Review

One thing I've learned as a mom, is that the baby mattress sure can withstand a whole lot of yuck! And I've learned the hard way that I really need to make a strong effort to preserve and protect the crib mattress if I want it to last.  So when I was offered a chance to review the Zip & Block Anti-Allergen Crib Mattress Cover, I was pretty eager!  We've always used a mattress pad but nothing like this cover.


Whats great about this cover is that is allergen resistant and completely encloses our crib mattress with an outer zipper.  Its also waterproof so it keeps moisture out!   Plus, its not padded so it doesn't add any extra bulk.  Its just designed to keep all of the yuck out and off of the mattress to help prolong the life of the mattress and help keep your baby healthy by not allowing the mattress to collect dust and all of those nasty allergens that can cause our children healthy problems and added stress.  The cover is also made of a breathable material that blocks out bed bugs and dust mites!



Before I used this cover, I gave our crib mattress and good thorough cleaning and vacuumed it to remove any dust so that we would be covering a nice fresh and clean mattress.  Then I added a waterproof sheet and our mattress pad and crib sheet and the mattress was ready to go.  its just the right size and fits our standard crib mattress perfectly.  One thing I'm happy about....a few weeks ago I noticed that a seem was coming unraveled along the side of my daughters mattress.  I could actually see some of the stuffing inside.  This cover will help keep our mattress from getting anymore damage or losing stuffing by covering up the split seam!  I would definitely recommend trying one of these if you're interested in prolonging the life of your crib mattress.  



Disclosure:I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed in this review are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Confession...I'm a Tots Bots Fanatic! New Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 Cloth Diaper Review & GIVEAWAY

Most of you know, if you've followed these bees for a while now, then you know that I'm a cloth diaper mom.  I'm a huge cloth diaper enthusiast and frankly a good way to put it....I'm a cloth diaper fanatic!    I love cloth diapers and am so glad that I made the decision to use cloth diapers on my baby.  I couldn't be happier with that choice and wouldn't change it for anything.  Over the last year, we've tried many many MANY brands and styles.  One conclusion I've come to is this.  I.....love....Tots Bots!   Not only are they soft and super absorbent, but they fit my baby to a T.  And Tots Bots has introduced a new diaper......the Easy Fit V4.  And we had the opportunity to try one!


One thing that really gets me excited about Tots Bots are the prints.  Tots Bots carries such adorable and unique prints.  Some brands out there use PUL that is easily duplicated and I've seen different brands in the same print before many times.  But Tots Bots prints are totally unique to Tots Bots and they are adorable!  These new V4 Easy Fits have prints displaying characters from popular nursery rhymes so Tots Bots is introducing Rhyme Time prints! And for those of you that like the simple, there are solid colors to choose from as well.  But me, I'm a prints kind of girl!


The fab folks at Tots Bots sent us their Easy Fit V4 in the Hickory Dickory Dock print!  I love this print!  The purple color is great and the graphics on the PUL are clear and very well done.


The really cool thing about the new V4 is the insert.  The Easy Fit V4 still has the all-in-one attached insert BUT its got something new and innovative.  Its interior is now made of super soft and absorbent bamboo, cotton and minky blend of fabric with a portion of the interior soaker that is detachable so you can customize your inner fluff!   You can add more absorbency if you need it or leave it out if you don't.  I really like this V4 and do think that its more absorbent than the V3!  Which is great because my daughter is very heavy wetter.



Now, if you ask my husband, he'll tell you his favorite part about Tots Bots.....is that they're made in Scotland! 



I've been a Tots Bots fan since our very first Teeny Fit.  I loved the minky interior but theres just something about this bamboo, cotton, minky blend that has really stolen my heart.  Its super absorbent!  We don't have leaks with this diaper at all.  We don't get red marks around my daughters tummy or thighs like we do with some other brands and no gaps around her tummy or legs either which is great.  Its trim and snug for a great fit!   




And the Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 still comes fully equipped with its snap down rise!  So you get a perfect fit all around and this diaper can fit babes of many shapes and sizes from 8lbs on up to 35lbs.    I'd recommend Tots Bots for anybody, any day!



Did you know that Tots Bots are award winning cloth diapers?
Check out the Tots Bots Blog to learn more!

  And if you want some of these fabulous diapers for yourself, you can order them online at TotsBots.com if you're in the UK.  Tots Bots is currently working on getting set up with a US Distributor but if you're in the US and looking to order Tots Bots cloth diapers, there are a few great retailers that you can purchase from. 
Click here to place a US order!

And theres something else you'll love........



The fabulous folks at Tots Bots are offering one lucky 
The Bee Hive Buzz reader,
a chance to win a Tots Bots Easy Fit V4!
Yes, you read that right!  You could win one of these amazing diapers and you get to choose your print or color!


One lucky reader will win a

Giveaway ends 7/14/2014.  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 randomly selected.  Good luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Disclosure:  This post contains affiliate links.  I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and was not compensated for this giveaway.  All opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Priva Ultra Absorbent Waterproof Sheet Protector Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

When my baby was teeny tiny, maybe just a few months old, I bought a thin, cheep, waterproof sheet from a department store.  My baby was having a bit of diaper leakage when we were first getting used to cloth diapers and since my baby was a preemie, it took her a while to fit into good absorbent cloth diapers.  So while we were still using a few disposables here and there, every now and then wed end up with wet sheets if her disposable leaked while she was napping. Plus every now and then she would get a bit of a diaper rash from the disposables so wed give her bum a little air and diaper free time while she slept.  The sheet that I purchased was small and thin, but at that time, my baby couldn't roll over or move around in her bed.  So I cut it in half and placed it right in the center of her crib to protect her mattress where she was always laying for her naps.  

But now....my baby is big!  My baby is a wiggly, rambunctious toddler and shes all over the place when she sleeps so we needed something bigger, more heavy duty and more absorbent to cover her entire mattress!  So when I was presented with the opportunity to try this Priva Ultra Absorbent Waterproof Sheet Protector, I did not hesitate for a second! 


Its amazing what sort of horrors a baby crib mattress has to endure.  Not just leaky diapers, but drool, spit up, barf, spilled bottles and leaky sippy cups.  All sorts of things!  And I don't always want to be replacing the mattress so we need something of good quality to protect it!  I'm so glad we have this sheet now!!  The Priva sheet is soft, comfortable and cushions my baby while she sleeps on it while protecting my mattress at the same time. 


Below is a comparison photo to show you the quality of this sheet protector!
The sheet on the left is the thin sheet we were using before.
The sheet on the right is my new Priva sheet!
Big difference huh?


We've had some messes since we started using this protector!  Emma got sick and threw up quite a bit.  We've also had a couple of super soggy diapers but no moisture or smells have gotten through the protector so none of that mess has penetrated the mattress itself!    I think using this protector is definitely going to add more life to our crib mattress.  And its the perfect size for Miss Emma's crib mattress too so its a perfect fit!   If you're not using some sort of waterproof protector on your baby's crib, I would definitely get one of these!  You'll be glad you did!


Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Adovia Dead Sea Salt Hair Conditioner Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I'm a big fan of Adovia products! I had the opportunity to review Adovia Dead Sea Mud Shampoo a while back and loved how it cleanse and nourished my hair. If you didn't get a chance to read my Dead Sea Mud Shampoo Review, click here to check it out.  Recently I was able to try Adovia's Dead Sea Salt Conditioner and pairing the two was great!


Adovia Sea Sea Salt Conditioner is formulated to help moisturize your hair and scalp leaving it hydrated and silky. My hair was super soft and smooth after conditioning with this product. And the shine was amazing! I have fairly dull hair with not much sheen to it but my hair looked great after shampooing with my Adovia Dead Sea Mud Shampoo and following up with a condition with the Dead Sea Salt Conditioner! I would highly recommend the pair if you're looking for a great and unique shampoo and conditioner for your hair. It also helps reduce flaky and itchy scalp. I normally don't have a dry scalp but its nice that this conditioner will help fight off dry skin so that I wont develop dry scalp or flakes. Its actually made with 100% pure Dead Sea salt! Cool huh?



Disclosure:
I received a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions. Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Number One Nutrition Advanced #Probiotics Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial



I was first introduced to probiotics when I was pregnant with my daughter.  My mom had heard wonderful things about the benefits of taking probiotics so she bought some for me so I could give them a try.  I noticed back then that while taking the probiotics, my system was more regular and I felt better.  So when I was offered the opportunity to try Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotics, I was totally up for it!



The major thing I noticed while taking Advanced Probiotics from Number One Nutrition, was the fact that my system is more regular.  If you're not familiar with probiotics, they are made up of good healthy bacteria that help regulate your gastrointestinal tract and help keep your digestive system healthy and regular.   It helps to break down proteins and balance out intestinal flora.   I often feel sluggish and well......I just feel like a whole lot of yuck!  But I like taking probiotics because it gives my body the good bacterial boost it needs to keep everything moving and help get all of that yuck out of your system so that I can feel good again.

Number One Nutrition claims that their Advanced Probiotics help to improve mood.  Now, I didn't notice any significant mood improvement.  Not like it was some sort of happy pill or antidepressant or anything.  And I suppose if I really think about it and analyze what that means, I could say I was in a better mood because I physically felt better which is a result of the probiotics.  But I'll honestly say that I personally didn't notice a direct effect on positive mood.  But I did enjoy the other positive effects it had on my body so I give it an A+ for sure!

You can order Number One Nutrition Advanced Probiotics on Amazon and give them a try for yourself!   If you're not satisfied, Number One Nutrition offers a 100% money back guarantee so you're not out anything if you're not happy.  But I think you'll like the results!



Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my true and honest opinions.  Cross my heart!
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Baker's Mat Silicone Baking Mat Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I love to bake!  And I'm a pretty decent baker.   Some of my baked goods have been a hit at our local farmers market this year.  I'm best at pies and treats like that and do make cookies on occasion.   Cookie baking is hit or miss for me though.  I either get them perfect, or I end up with cookies that look great on top but are too dark and crunchy on the bottom.  I saw the Baker's Mat and thought Id give it a shot.


My cookies turned out pretty good on the Bakers Mat!  Its a silicone baking sheet that you place on your cookie pan so that you don't have to use cooking spray or parchment paper.  Its dishwasher friendly too so you can reuse it over and over!  The bottoms of my cookies were perfectly done and they didn't stick to the sheet!


The Baker's Mat gets two thumbs up from this baking momma!  You can purchase one for yourself on Amazon!


Disclosure:
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Adovia Dead Sea Mud Shampoo Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Yes, you read that title correctly....  Dead Sea Mud Shampoo!  Sounds odd right?  I was a little sceptical at first.  I was thinking....hmmmmmm.....I wonder what Dead Sea Mud would be doing in shampoo.  I was expecting something earthy and dirty feeling.  But nope!  Not at all!


I tried Adovia Dead Sea Mud Shampoo and to my surprise, it really made my hair soft and clean.  And no earthy, mud smell.  The fragrance was light and subtle but has a pleasant, refreshing mild scent.  I've used the shampoo a few times already and my hair turned out very soft and shiny! 


Apparently, dead sea mud is known for healing properties (I learned something new today) and this Dead Sea Mud Shampoo can help relieve dry and itching skin and helps moisturize.  The shampoo also contains chamomile which I love, as well as olive oil!  Ive actually used olive oil as a mask on my hair before to moisturize so I love the chamomile and olive oil combo!

I would definitely recommend Adovia Dead Sea Mud Shampoo if you're interested in trying something new and refreshing!  You can order it on Amazon!

Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Children's Book Review! If You Were Me And Lived In... Australia

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Back when I was in college, I spent a month studying abroad in Australia.  I loved it!  It was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had!  I just loved everything about Australia and certainly didn't want to come home!  So when I saw this book, I thought it would be really fun to read to my daughter.  The book is called If You Were Me And Lived In...Australia: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around The World By Carole P. Roman.


The book is great!  Its really fun, simple and easy for my little one to follow along.  She really loved the illustrations!  And of course I got to read all about one of my favorite countries.  Maybe some day Ill be able to take my daughter to Australia.  For now we have the book.  The book teaches little ones lots of fun facts about Australia from animal facts, to facts about the currency and people.  Its educational and entertaining at the same time!


Disclosure:
I received a product sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my true and honest opinions.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.