Friday, October 31, 2014

Dr. Song 100% Pure USDA Certified Organic Virgin Rosehip Oil Review

I'm sort of a newbie when it comes to rosehip oil.  I haven't been using it very long but I'm glad I started.  I had no idea that there were so many great benefits to using rosehip oil!   And I recently tried the Rosehip Seed Oil from Dr. Song.

Rosehip oil has some awesome skin care benefits, if you're not familiar with it!  Its great for moisture retention, clearing up blemishes and helping with your completion, it helps promote healthy skin cell rejuvenation and its great for hang nails and brittle finger nails.  And when used warm, its great for dry hair!

I had a surgery earlier this year that left me with a pretty good scar on my neck.  The front too!  So its pretty noticeable and impossible to cover up unless I want to wear a big winter scarf every day.  But rosehip oil is great for scars!  You can use it to treat stretch marks, age spots, and burns too.  So its great for hair, skin and nails.

Dr. Song Rosehip Oil is 100% pure USDA Certified Organic virgin rosehip seed oil that is extracted from rose bush seeds, using a special process that helps preserve the natural cosmetic qualities of the oil and makes sure that the oil maintains its high amounts of essential fatty acids.  It absorbs quickly and is lightweight on your skin and for me, it didn't clog my pores or make me feel super oily.   I love the healing qualities!  I do have some stretch marks from when I was pregnant with my daughter and my stretch marks were so red and inflamed that even now, they still hurt and are tender.  This rosehip oil has helped with the redness and I have noticed a difference in the tenderness so I can tell they are finally starting to heal!

I would definitely recommend trying rosehip oil if you haven't already!  The benefits are definitely worth it.  Plus, its all natural so you're not coating your skin in chemicals and toxins.  You can order Dr. Song Rosehip Seed Oil on Amazon for a great price.  Its only $14.99 for a 4 oz. bottle and 4 oz. should last a pretty long time!

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

Happy Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween 2014
From Willy Wonka & his two favorite oompa loompas!
aka These 3 Crazy Bees

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The reCAP Mason Jar Pour Cap - Review

I have this thing for mason jars.  Not sure why, but I love storing things in mason jars.  I grew up canning with my mother and we always canned pickles and salsa and relish in glass mason jars.  But I like making sun tea and all sorts of things in mason jars.  They're even great for storing dried beans, dried vegetables, pasta.  And even great for storing craft supplies like beads.

But until now, I always just capped my mason storage jars with a regular old seal and ring.  There is this really cool pour cap called the reCAP and you replace your metal ring and seal with the reCAP for easy use.  One cool thing that you can store in a mason jar, is twine or string.  Just run the end of the twine through the reCAP spout so you don't get tangled twine.

There are tons of other things you can store in mason jars when you use this cap.  Its heavy duty plastic and easy to use and you can use it on lots of different brands of mason jars.  I've seen a lot of people using mason jars for beverages so the reCAP makes that much more convenient and spill proof!

I think these are super cool and will definitely be getting more of them to keep around my kitchen for when I need them.  Its a great way to reuse old mason jars too by making them more versatile around the house.  These would be a great stocking stuffer too. And they come in regular or wide mouth!  Check them out online!

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stroller Shadez Couture + $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Stroller Shadez Couture, PLUS $100 Target gift card giveaway! These beautiful covers are sold for $44.99-$49.99, making this prize package worth $149.99!
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades were created by a mom for moms! Since infant and children's skin is extremely sensitive and sun burns can occur within minutes in direct sunlight, regardless of temperature, these shades are useful and necessary in all types of seasons and weather. Because they fit on both strollers and infant car seat carriers, only one product is needed as your child grows. They have been tested to be compatible with nearly all brands of infant carriers, strollers, and joggers, and the full list of compatible brands can be found on Stroller Shadez Couture's product info page. Here is a little more information on the shade shades from the Stroller Shadez Couture website:
Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are a fashionable mesh framed sun shade used on strollers and infant carriers that offers front and side protection from the sun's piercing rays. All Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are engineered to fit on most strollers and infant carriers, so as your child transitions from an infant carrier to a stroller, the same sun shade can be used. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades protects your child from the heat and glare of the sun. While at the same time keeping your child cool, safe and comfortable. Stroller Shadez Couture shades allow you to extend the shade forward or backward so it covers the right amount of sun depending on the time of day and angle of the sun. It also provides your new born infant with immediate privacy when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are spot cleanable, light weight and can easily be attached to most strollers and infant carriers. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades can quickly be unbuckled, twisted and placed in its convenient carrying case within seconds. The carrying case can be placed in your diaper bag, purse or stroller basket for easy access when needed. Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are also registered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), our product also complies with all federal requirements. The protection of your child is our greatest concern. All components on our sun shades have been tested and passed lead content testing by a CPSC- accepted laboratory. In addition, Stroller Shadez Couture sun shades are sewn and assembled in the USA. Now parents can enjoy walks, strolls and outings to the beach, zoo and amusement parks while protecting their children from the sun's harmful rays. There is no longer a need to use a blanket to shield your child. Now there is Stroller Shadez Couture!
Stroller Shadez Couture

Camille, from Viva Veltoro, recently had the opportunity to review the Shabby Chic shade cover, and was impressed with the excellent quality and structure of her new cover. Check out the full review to see how easy it is to attach these fun covers onto your infant car seat and stroller! You can purchase Stroller Shadez Couture covers on their website, PLUS we've got a discount code! 
Use coupon code Save10Today for 10% off!

Stroller Shadez Couture will have your baby covered (literally!), but they also want to give away a $100 Target Gift Card so you can pick up those other baby necessities!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 11/11/14 at 11:59 PM EST.  
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by Stroller Shadez Couture. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact vivaveltoro(at) with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited.

Monday, October 27, 2014

InstaNatural's Superior Hydration Argan Oil Hair Mask

I finally have enough hair that I can actually enjoy spoiling it again.  For those of you that don't know, after my daughter was born I cut off 19 inches of hair and donated it to Wigs For Kids.  I don't regret donating my hair but I'll be honest, I have really really missed having long hair.  I've had short hair for so long now it seems.   I don't do much with my hair because I haven't had much to work with.  Its just been too short.  But now, its almost to my shoulders so I love spoiling it with special treatment.

I really love InstaNatural products.  I've tried a few other from their line and when I saw the Argan Oil Hair Mask, I really wanted to try it.  Its a hydration treatment but you can use it as a normal conditioner.  My favorite thing about this stuff was the smell.  Holy smokes, its smells amazing!  I think it might be the essential oils in it but I swear (in my opinion) it smells just like an orange julius!   Its crazy yummy smelling.    And it did make my hair super soft and shiny!

Its got coconut oil, shea butter and argan oil of course.  Just a few of my favorite things!  You just it through damp hair, let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse.  Super simple but so good!  I loved just sitting there for 5 minutes soaking in the smell of my hair.  I'm definitely hooked on this stuff!

If you wanna give it a go and try it on your own hair,
you can order it on Amazon!

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

WIN a $50 Party City Gift Card! Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop! #HoppinHalloween

Hoppin Halloween 2014 Giveaway Banner

Welcome to the Hoppin' Halloween Giveaway Hop, hosted by MamaNYC!
We've got some fantastic bloggers who have teamed up to offer some amazing prizes in this Halloween themed giveaway hop!  This hop will run from October 24th to 31st!  Enter to win my prize below and don't forget to hop around to the other blogs to get in other the other prizes in this hoppin' #giveaway! 

Enter to win a $50 Party City Gift Card!

Giveaway ends 10/31/2014. 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 randomly selected.  Good luck!

 Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

The Bee Hive Buzz was not compensated for participating in this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza Giveaway!

5000 Fans Fluffstravaganza

Welcome to the Lil' Monkey Cheeks 5000 Fans FluffStravaganza!

It's been just over a year since Lil' Monkey Cheeks opened its proverbial virtual doors to serve Canadian and American Fluff-Mail-Aholics with speedy shipping, surprise herbal teas and personalized notes. Joining the Lil' Monkey Cheeks team this spring as Social Media Manager, Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den has helped Renee grow her fan base and also watched (from afar) how hard this entrepreneurial powerhouse works. Her attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile for her customers keeps them all coming back! Renee has prepared a $165 cloth diapering prize pack (a quarter of a reasonably-sized stash!!) for you to win:
  • A Blueberry Simplex AIO;
  • A Bummis Dimple Diaper;
  • A Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0;
  • An Omaiki AIO;
  • An AppleCheeks Microterry Little Bundle;
  • An AMP with 2-ply hemp insert.
This giveaway is open to Canadian and American residents. Please see the giveaway tools form for full terms and conditions.

Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eco Nuts Organic Baby Liquid Laundry Soap

This post has been removed.  EcoNuts offered a giveaway to my readers but has failed to deliver the winner's prize and refused to respond to any of my communications.  For these reasons, I no longer support this brand.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Beautiful Bouqs of Fresh Cut Flowers From The Bouqs Company - Review

I never get flowers.  My husband is NOT one of those men that brings home flowers for his wife.  Or gets me flowers when I'm mad at him.   I actually can't remember the last time I got flowers., it was when our daughter was born a year and a half ago.  But before that I think it was our 6 year anniversary because I was still in college and I made sure to mention that he hadn't gotten me flowers since our FIRST DATE 6 years prior.  Anywho....that 6 year anniversary was 6 years ago now so my point is, I don't get showered with flowers too often.  But I was thinking recently that its about time.  I saw this new company on TV called The Bouqs.  I was intrigued by these folks because they grow these beautiful flowers on the slopes of a volcano and the bouquets or bouqs I should say, looked absolutely stunning.  I wanted some!

So I picked out the most beautiful bouq I could find and The Bouqs folks sent them to me to make our family dinning table a little more festive for Fall.  They were delivered by my friendly FedEx man in a thick sturdy protective box.  

The first thing I noticed was the lack of a little water container.  You know, that little water bottle that the ends of the stems are stuck into.  I've never seen flower bouquets without them.  Well....I was surprised at first but keep reading.  These flowers did not need it!  I literally think that someone was out in a field of flowers with some sheers and my box.  And just fresh cut my flowers and boxed them up right there.  They were that fresh and beautiful that they didnt need that water during shipment!

Take a look!  Here's my bouq in the box!

Here's my bouq on day 1!

After here's my bouq one whole week later!

They just kept getting more and more beautiful as time went on!  The blossoms opened up and all of those teeny tiny little blossoms were starting to open up too.  My bouq was still beautiful after almost 2 weeks!  They are amazing and so gorgeous.  There are so many beautiful arrangements to choose from too.   I had a really hard time choosing one for myself.  And I loved so many of them that I sent my mom a bouq of roses for her birthday.

These are definitely the best flowers I've ever gotten and I sure as heck won't be ordering flowers from anywhere else from now on.  If you have a special occasion coming up and need to send some flowers to someone special, you definitely need to check out The Bouqs website!

I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review but this post does contain affiliate links.  If you purchase a bouq through my links, I will make a small commission.  All opinions are my own!

WIN an AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper in the Bear Bums Halloween Hunt!

Halloween is almost here, 
and online cloth diaper retailer Bear Bums wants to have some fun! 

To celebrate the spooky holiday, they're having a different kind of giveaway - a Halloween treasure hunt! Every day from October 20-31, there will be a new letter hidden somewhere on the Bear Bums website. Visit Bear Bums' Facebook page every day to get your clue for where to find that day's letter. By the end of the hunt, you'll be able to unscramble all 12 letters to find the secret phrase for bonus points! Starting late? No worries! All the clues will stay up on Facebook so you can still find the letters and the secret phrase! The winner will receive an AppleCheeks cover in Boo (black with orange inside) or Trick or Cheeks (orange with black inside). Of course if you really don't like either of those, you can get another colour, but we think you'll love one of these spooky limited edition AppleCheeks! 

Enter for your chance to win in the Rafflecopter widget below. 
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the US, 18+. All entries will be verified. 

Disclosure: This West Coast Mommy and other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Contact Olivia at olivia(at)thiswestcoastmommy(dot)com with any questions.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set Review

One thing that kinda drives me nuts, is peeling and chopping garlic.  Don't get me wrong, I do love garlic.  But I don't like my hands smelling like garlic for the rest of the day.  Seems like no matter how much I wash my hands after, I just cant get that strong overwhelming garlic stench off my skin.  I've never had a garlic press before but I've seen people using them and thought they looked pretty handy.

I was sent an Alpha Grillers Garlic Press and Peeler Set to try and man does this thing take all of the pain outta prepping garlic.  The peeler is weird.  I honestly thought this thing was not going to work but did.  Super slick!

And not having to peel the garlic before mashing it was awesome!  The press peels it for you.  All you have to do is just put the cloves right in the press and it does it all for you.  

My husband is a Chef and loves kitchen gadgets like this so he was pretty excited to use it.  If you do any cooking and ever use fresh garlic, I would highly recommend you get one of these.  The price is great too!  You can order it on Amazon.

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

Dehydrating And Storing Carrots

Didn't realize you could dehydrate carrots?  Well believe it or not, lots and lots of vegetables and fruits can be dried for easy storage.  Carrots for me, are a great veggie to dry and store because the dried carrots are great during winter months to toss into soups and stews!  One of the things I make a lot of during cold winter months is homemade vegetable beef soup.  I throw in some dehydrated carrots while my soup is cooking in the crock pot and they are just as good as fresh.  You can also use them for delicious homemade carrot cakes and other dishes.  These are Danvers Carrots I grew at home in my garden.   This is a great way to enjoy delicious homegrown carrots all year round!

Its easy and quick!  Dehydrating foods allows you to save foods from going to waste and allows you to store large quantities of vegetables in a small amount of space.  I've found that I'm able to store several pounds of carrots in one quart sized mason jar.

Here's how I dry my carrots in my dehydrator!

The first step is to wash and peel your carrots.  Once the carrots are clean and peeled, slice them into thin slices.  You can chop, grate or shred them but I prefer to slice thin.  I've shredded them as well but I find that they are more versatile in my opinion and dry quickly.

To blanch your carrots, all you have to do is heat a pot of water to boiling and boil your carrots for just a couple of minutes until they just start to get a little bit soft.  Not too long though!  You still want them a bit firm!  You don't have to blanch them but it does speed up the drying process and quicker drying time means less electrical usage so you'll save a little energy too.

Once your carrots are blanched, drain out the water and spread on your dehydrating rack.

Start your dehydrator and check on the carrots every couple of hours.  They will gradually shrivel up and shrink in size.  When your carrots are hard and shriveled like the photo below, they should be dry.   Drying time depends on a number of things and may vary so that's why its good to check them repeatedly.

Let them cool and place in an air tight jar.  Place the lid on the jar and store for a day.  After a day, check the jar to make sure its not fogging over from excess moisture.  If there is fog in the jar, you may need to dehydrate a bit longer.  If your jar is clear of fog, you're good to store these babies in a cool dry place like your pantry, until you need them!

See.....easy as pie!
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Elph Band + $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway - Two Winners!


Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! 
Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and this fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this giveaway event, just in time for Halloween!

Hosted by: Mom Powered Media Sponsored by: ELPH Band The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent or guardian cell phone numbers and any other information you think is necessary, including medical conditions or drug allergies your child may have. Whether you're traveling to a theme park, zoo, park, a crowded festival or even the mall, the ELPH Band can help find your child in the event he/she gets separated from you. It only takes one second for a child to disappear out of your site.  Most of us have had one of those terrifying moments.  You look away for a second and suddenly, your child is out of site.  The Elph Band was designed for those moments!

The ELPH band is a non-toxic, durable, silicone wristband. It provides an immediate, highly visible form of identification with clear instructions for use directly on the band. It's easy to use with options to dial in or scan the QR code. ELPH Band does not put personal information, such as the child's name or phone number where people can see it when it isn't needed. What does ELPH stand for? Easy Lookup to Phone Home if your child gets separated from you, all your child needs to do is show an adult his/her ELPH band. That adult can then call the 800# or scan the QR code on the band to get in touch with you to reunite you with your child! It's that simple! Once the QR code is scanned on a smartphone, a screen similar to the one below will pop up for them to get in touch with you.


 To set up your ELPH band, you simply register on a computer or scan the QR code yourself and set it up via your smartphone. Just a few simple questions and you will be registered and ready to go! Once completed, you will get a text and email alert letting you know the account profile is active and to verify that the information has been entered correctly. ELPH Bands are available in 3 convenient sizes: Toddler (up to 5.75 inches), Child (up to 6.5 inches), and Adult (up to 7.5 inches). They are also available in two colors, Navy or Pink.  

Buy it: ELPH Bands are $19.99 each and they come with 1 year of service. You can purchase here. After 1 year of service, you can renew your service with ELPH Band.  
Connect with ELPH Band Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram  

And now for the Giveaway!  

PTPA- Elph

TWO Lucky Readers will win an ELPH band of their choice, as well as a $125 Target Gift Card. Giveaway is open to US Residents, void where prohibited. Must be 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Giveaway ends October 31st, 2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this posting. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own and were not influenced in any way. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google, and any other social media are not affiliated with this posting or giveaway. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and shipment. Only one entrant per household, per address may enter. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond in a timely manner, a new winner will be chosen and you will forfeit your prize. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. If you have any questions about this event or would like to see your event hosted by Mom Powered Media, please email

Treat Yourself to Beckie's Jamberry Nails & WIN a $25 Jamberry Gift Certificate #TreatYourself Giveaway Hop

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween
and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind…TREATS!
Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own - so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveaway - from Step2!

As a participant in the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, 
The Bee Hive Buzz has teamed up with  
Beckie Lifferth, Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nails 
to offer a $25 Jamberry Nails Gift Certificate 
to one lucky reader! 

Now that I'm a mom, I don't always have the time or the funds to actually go out and get a manicure at a salon. But I still love having my nails done, especially with fun colors and designs. I recently discovered Jamberry Nails and my Jamberry Independent Consultant is amazing! Her name is Beckie Lifferth and she will teach you everything you need to know about rocking the perfect Jamberry look! Beckie sent me an awesome set of Jamberry Nails to use and I have never been able to get such a cool design by going to a nail salon. And the prices are awesome! I can get a full set of Jamberry Nails for less than half of what I used to pay by going to a salon and getting a plain color.  And these are so much cooler!

There are endless designs to choose from.  The instructions for applying them are super simple, just peel, heat, stick and trim.  Easy as pie!  Each sheet has plenty of sizes so you can match the right size to each finger nail.  And there are sheet for toes and kids too along with accessories and extra supplies on Beckie's website.  I love these!  And my consultant, Beckie is super helpful and just great to work with.  Not only can you order online from her website but you can host a party with her!

Beckie does Facebook, online and in-home parties!
So be sure to connect with Beckie's Jamberry Nails on Facebook,
through Beckie's website or by email at to book your Jamberry Party!

One lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader 
will have a chance to WIN a 
$25 Jamberry Gift Certificate from Beckie's Jamberry Nails!

Giveaway ends 10/31/2014.  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.  Entries will be verified.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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I was provided with a sample product to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway.  All opinions expressed in this post are my true and honest opinions.   So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WIN a $50 Gift Card to

Halloween is almost here!
And that means.....its time to shop for the perfect costume! 

Enter to WIN a $50 Gift Card to!

Giveaway ends 10/20/2014.  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 randomly selected.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!
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This post contains affiliate links. I was not compensated for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Back 40 Survival Seed Vault GIVEAWAY!

I'm a gardener!  A real gardening enthusiast.  I love gardening and love getting my hands in the dirt so its one of my main hobbies.  But I also garden because I like to be able to grow food for my family.  I love canning and preserving as well.  I had the opportunity to get my hands on this Back 40 Survival Seed Vault.  Its pretty interesting if you ask me.

What is it?  Well, its a big waterproof metal canister packed full of seeds.  The can contains about 22,000 non-GMO, non-hybrid seeds that can be planted on one acre or less.  The seeds are a variety of different vegetables that can grow in various garden environments and there are 16 varieties of seeds.  Each type of seed is packaged in its own sealed triple layer foil bag that is actually resealable too.  And the cool thing is that each container is guaranteed to safely store seeds for up to 4 years!  Pretty cool!

Now the purpose of the Back 40 Survival Seed Vault is just like it sounds....survival.  The point is that if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have no food and no means to acquire food, these seeds will allow you to grow enough food to feed a family of 4 for a whole year in an emergency state that causes a disruption in food distribution. I personally am not really into the whole stocking up for a severe emergency survival situation BUT.....I do know what its like to suddenly find myself in a drastically different living situation and now being afraid of how I will feed my family.  I was there.  I lost my job and was suddenly thrown into having to figure out how to make means and survive.  And now being a single income family, my gardening has gone from a hobby to a bit of a necessity.  So I do think this thing is pretty handy.  Plus...its a good deal for all of the seeds and a great way to store them for when you need them!  Pretty much all of the seeds included in the vault are vegetables that I would normally plant in my garden and vegetables that my family loves!

And guess what?

One lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader will win a  
Back 40 Survival Seed Vault!

Giveaway ends 10/29/2014.  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 randomly selected.  Good luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gurin Mid Size Electric Dehumidifier Review

We are a line drying family!  We do not have a functioning clothes dryer so we dry all of our laundry either outside on a clothesline or inside on several drying racks and multiple clotheslines strung up along the ceilings in our house.  Its a great way to conserve energy and save money but there are days that its a bit of a pain.  When its humid for example.  Sometimes if its raining outside and we cant dry outside, it ends up getting super humid in the house from all of the moisture evaporating from out wet laundry.  When this happens I need a good dehumidifier to pull the moisture out of the air.  I saw the Gurin Mid Size Dehumidifier and wanted to try it because it would be the perfect size for our bathroom.

The Gurin is electric and uses Peltier Technology meaning no compressor so its light and quiet.  We've had other dehumidifiers that are really loud.  So loud in fact that we could hear them running in the basement.  But this one was super quiet.   Its got a good sized spill proof reservoir in the bottom to collect water and holds up to 1500ml of water so it was perfect for our laundry drying in the bathroom.  It also has an automatic shut off feature so that the machine shuts down when the reservoir is full so you don't have to worry about it overflowing and just creating more of a problem.  I definitely noticed a change in the humidity upstairs while it was running.  And its small and compact so it didn't take up a lot of space.

Photo 2 Gurin Dehumidifier 2

If you line dry like us and need something to help with the moisture on laundry day,
try this baby out!

I received a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review.  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 Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Making Homemade Nut Milk With The Ecosak Nut Bag

We enjoy nut milk but I've never actually made my own.  I've heard of people doing it but didn't realize it was a fairly easy process.  I saw this nut bag made by Ecosak and thought it might be fun!

So what is the Ecosak Nut Bag and what the heck do you do with it you ask?  Well, its a custom made nylon mesh bag that is designed for making nut milks.  It works much much better than cheese cloth and is super soft but still really durable at the same time.  They are versatile too and can be used for other purposes around your kitchen such as soaking, straining, juicing and sprouting just to name a few.  This nut bag is FDA certified food-grade mesh so its perfectly safe to use for food preparation.  It's BPA free and non-porous so it wont harbor odors or bacteria so its a much safer and greener choice than other materials.  Its also easy to clean.  Plus, when you order it you get a free ebook filled with tips and recipes for making different nut milks.

I used mine for making grape jelly.   We went out foraging for wild grapes and I needed something to strain out the skin and seeds to keep the juice.  My metal mess strainer had holes that were too large and Ive used cheese cloth before but it didn't work well.  So I tried the Ecosak nut bag and it worked so much better!  Plus it was the perfect size to drape inside my pitcher so straining my grape juice for my jelly was a breeze and didn't make a huge mess like when I used the cheese cloth.  I'm going to have to order and couple more of these bags to have on hand for other things!  Making nut milk is great but these have so many great purposes in addition to making nut milk!

If you want to give it a go, you can order your own Ecosak Nut Milk Bag on the Ecosak website or on Amazon!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Treat Yourself To The Uncorked Ventures Wine Club

Back when I was in college, I had a small apartment kitchen decorated in grape vines and wine, like a vineyard theme.  But I didn't drink wine.  Didn't really care for it.  That changed!!!  I'm not sure what it was but as I got older, I became very fond of wine and love to sit in the evening and enjoy a glass before bedtime.  But I'm still learning a bit here and there about what kinds of wine I do like and what I don't like.  But a really fun way to get to know myself as a wine drinker, is being part of a wine club!  And I found this cool wine club called Uncorked Ventures!  

They hand select wines for you and ship them right to your door.  It's a pretty nice surprise to open that box and see what you got!

I was sent two bottles as part of their Explorations Wine Club which typically includes both a red and a white wine.  I got a rose wine and a pinot noir!  I've never had rose wine before so this was a nice treat to try something new.  And you really cant beat a pinot noir so I was pretty pleased with what I got!  It was nice to have this picked out for me and the box was packaged so nicely with a newsletter about the featured vineyard and I didn't have to worry about the bottles getting broken since the packaging and box was so sturdy and well put together.  I would definitely continue to be a part of the Uncorked Ventures wine club!

The wine club deliveries are great with several options to choose from.  And they also offer gift baskets too.  Check out Uncorked Ventures online!

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