Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NEW DC Super Hero Girls + $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

If your kids are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls! DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What my family loves about the new DC Super Hero Girls is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun.   There is a character for everyone.  This new series is a great way to inspire young girls to bring out their inner super hero and embrace their own strengths and special qualities.  I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she is brave, powerful and can be anything she wants to be so we celebrate girl power each and every day!

The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device!

For even more fun for your family, there is an extended online experience
on the DC Super Hero Girls website where kids can play games, download free printable activities, and much more.   So check it out!

DC Entertainment is offering a $100 VISA Gift Card Giveaway!
You could WIN 1 of 3 $100 VISA Gift Cards
with DC Super Hero Girls!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of DC Entertainment.  The Bee Hive Buzz does not control this Rafflecopter form.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Imagine Baby Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

November is here!  And its that time of year, the holidays are coming and will be here before we know it and its the time when we start to think about all that we are thankful for.  One thing we have always been thankful for, is cloth diapering.  We're coming to the end of our cloth journey, at least for now for Emma Bee.  Hopefully shell have a sibling in the future and we can get back to cloth full force.  Right now, Emma Bee is doing a great job using the potty.

But in the spirit of the Thankful season, were offering a cloth diaper giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive an
Imagine Baby One Size Pocket Diaper
in the "Flutter" print!

Giveaway ends 11/6/2015 at 11:59pm Central.  Open to US and 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 selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Be Cool Scooby-Doo! $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Be Cool Scooby-Doo!

There are few cartoons that stand the test of time. Scooby-Doo! is one of those classics that our kids can enjoy just as we did when we were their age and for some of us, still do enjoy as adults.   I grew up following Scooby and his friends on all of their exciting mystery solving adventures.  It was one of my favorites shows growing up and Scooby has always been a lovable character for me and my family.

Now, you can watch your favorite team in an all new show,  Be Cool Scooby-Doo! airing on Cartoon Network in the US!  While one of our favorite cartoons continues to provide entertainment for the whole family, the way our kids watch cartoons is certainly not the same as it used to be.  Now, our kids can watch videos, play games and download printable activities on ScoobyDoo.com!
The Warner Bros Youtube Channel makes it super easy for our kids to watch their favorite mystery squad, on-demand, and from any device.

Scooby-Doo! is also giving away a $100 gift card for Amazon,
which makes it a great time to check it all out.
Watch the video and enter for your chance today!

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Scooby-Doo!

All opinions are my own.  The Bee Hive Buzz does not control this entry form and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sweet Dreams and Cozy Pajamas From Brian The Pekingese + a GIVEAWAY

My favorite season is finally here!  I am a Fall girl!  To me there is nothing better than Fall, seeing the leaves changing colors, the cool crisp Autumn breeze and harvest season.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against sunshine, heat and frequent dips in the pool, but for me, my happy time is Autumn time.  I feel just right, snuggled up in my long sleeps, pants, light scarves and a cozy blanket.  Its the best time of year for sleep for me.  Windows open at night with the cool night air and a soft blanket and a cool pillow are simply amazing.  So now that long sleeves and pajama pants weather is here, I was missing my favorite pjs.  Not pjs for me, but pjs for my little sweetie.    She used to have a pair of pajamas from Brian The Pekingese and they were my favorite pair and her favorite too!  But my little sweetie grew too big for them and even though she wore those for as long as she could, the day came when they were just too little and my little sweetie was just too big.  But good news. We got another pair!  You might remember me posting about these super awesome pjs before but if not, be sure to check out the post.   But now that Emma Bee is big, I want to share them with you again!

They are the perfect Fall pjs!  And even great for winter too!  The material is softer than I can even describe.  You really have to actually feel them in your hands to appreciate the softness.  What I really love about these pjs is the fit.  They fit perfectly and are nice and stretchy and snug.  The wrists and ankles both have cuffs so they don't fall down over Emma's hands or sag around her heels making her trip or slip.  Another reason I like that about the cuffs is because I can go a size up so that they will fit her longer while shes growing and even though they are a 2 full sizes bigger than what she normally wears, they fit her perfectly and she can grow with them.

The material washes really well.  We air dry all of our laundry since we don't have a dryer and honestly couldn't afford to run one on our tight budget anyways even if we had one.  Some fabrics just don't air dry well.  They feel crunchy or scratchy.  But these come out of the wash and dry up like they were brand new each time.  They seem to be pretty stain resistant too.  Our first pair were the most frequently worn pjs out of all of Emma's pajamas and even after so much wear and so many breakfasts, late night snacks spilled on them and a few night time leaks, they still looked great!  I never had to stain treat them because everything washed out so well.

These are some seriously high quality threads!  The stitching is heavy duty and none of our seams came undone and no lose or broken threads.  No holes worn, not even on the knees through Emma's crawling days and the elastic in the waist band of the pants has held up like a champ.

So  you can probably understand my excitement about getting another pair.  This new pair is a size 4T.  Emma goes back and forth between 2T and 3T right now, depending on what brand shes wearing but most of what she fits into is 2T.  But you can see in the photo, it fits her perfectly and even though it might not look like it from the photo, she has lots of room to grow yet.  Back when we had our purple pair, Emma was wearing an 18 month pair when  she was actually wearing 12 month in regular clothes. It fit her perfectly and even when she grew to wear 18m on a regular basis, they still fit her very well.  I attribute it to the stretch, nice length in the sleeves and pant legs and those cuffs.

Here's a little flashback and some baby bee cuteness!
Remember this baby?

Brian The Pekingese is a family owned and operated business.  The owners are parents with littles just like me so they had family in mind when they created these jammies.   Brian is actually the family dog so the cute little puppy dogs you see on the fabric are actually Brian and hes a member of the family.  The prints are so cute!  There are boy and girl colors.  We decided to do with green and blue this time because green happens to be Emma's favorite color right now.  These pajamas are made in the US and are 100% super soft and cozy pre-washed cotton.   I do especially love that they are made in the US!

I know you'll all love these jammies just as much as we do.  So be sure to check out the Brian The Pekingese website so you can see the color and size options.  There are also snuggly plush stuffed Brian's too.  You can also connect with Brian and his family on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest too.  These jammies would make a great holiday gift!

And here's a little extra awesomeness to brighten your day......
Brian The Pekingese is offering one lucky The Bee Hive Buzz reader a chance to win a pair of his pajamas!
Winner can choose size and color.

Giveaway ends 10/21/2015.  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 was provided with a sample free of charge to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment and is not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Create Your Very Own Super Hero With DC Kids & Warner Bros + a Giveaway!

We love following Warner Bros and DC Kids!  There is always so much fun stuff, games and interactive excitement going on like the DC Kids Super Hero Creator.  Its a great way for kids to use their creative side to invent a cool new super hero and even model a new super hero after themselves!

Create your ultimate super hero with a fun name, look, powers and more!

Here is one of the super heros I created!
Her name is Professor Vemon and she is a mad scientist and super genius.
Pretty cool huh!

After you've created your super hero, head on over to Youtube and be sure to check out some of the amazing new videos from Warner Bros, including some of our long time favorites like Scooby Doo & Batman Unlimited. There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to the DCKids Channel and the WBKids Channel! 

Check out the Scooby Doo playlist and the Batman Unlimited playlist for some great videos!

You also have a chance to WIN
an awesome toy gift basket!

You could win 1 of 5 gift sets from Warner Bros including Teen Titans Go Action Figures & T-Tower Set, a Batman Unlimited Action Figure, DC Super Friends Gift Set & Batmobile!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Warner Bros. All opinions are my own. The Bee Hive Buzz does not operate this Rafflecopter form.  The Bee Hive Buzz is not responsible for prize shipment. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Win a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Package! Back To Reality Giveaway Hop

Back to Reality Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Back to Reality Giveaway Hop, brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers.
 Mama Smith's Blog & Women and Their Pretties
Our Mini Family 

Each blogger participating in this hop has a giveaway with a prize value of at least $15 - and some are much more than that! Be sure to scroll down the whole list and visit them all - there is no limit to how many you can win! Good luck and have fun!

As a participant in the Back To Reality Giveaway Hop,
The Bee Hive Buzz is offering one lucky reader, a chance to win
a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Pack!

I love essential oils! 
They have been a blessing for my family so I love to spread the oily love!

Prize includes:
15ml Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
15ml Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil
1 Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle (perfect for drinking oils)
1 Box of Organic Dandelion Root Tea

Giveaway ends 8/25/2015.  Open to US and 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 selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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The Bee Hive Buzz was not compensated to host this giveaway.  The Bee Hive Buzz and the other Back to Reality Giveaway Hop participants are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Young Living Essential Oil Kits ON SALE + FREE GIFTS!

Young Living Essential Oils
Premium Starter Kits
are ON SALE through August 14th!

Plus, new members receive FREE GIFTS
with their Premium Kit purchase!

Purchase a Premium Starter Kit and receive:
1 Free Glasstic Waterbottle
1 Free Set of YL Essential Oil Bottle Labels
1 Free 10ml Roller Bottle of my favorite oil blend


Sale ends 8/14/2015.  Free gift offer valid for US shipping addresses only.  Free gift offer valid for new members only. Must purchase a Premium Starter Kit when you enroll as a Young Living Member in order to receive free gifts.  Free gifts available while supplies last. Please allow 4-6 weeks for free gift delivery.

My Less Than Fantastic Experience With Shea Butter From BioFinest

I do a lot of reviews through a service called Tomoson.  Its a service that connects companies with bloggers.   I am honestly not a fan of Tomoson at all.  Their customer service is awful, their attentiveness to errors is virtually non-existent and their professionalism and attitude towards their bloggers/reviewers is in serious need of improvement.  But I do reviews on Tomoson because there does tend to be a few decent products here and there and some that we use frequently.  So sometimes the hassle of dealing with Tomoson's staff is worth it.  Most times not so much though.  Unfortunately Tomoson does have a reputation for attracting not so reputable businesses to it in hopes of cranking out excessive raving five star reviews.  These companies assume that because they are giving you something "for free" (FYI its not free because I am giving my valuable time and hard work for that item) that it automatically means you should give them a positive review.  Not true!  And sometimes these companies don't feel they need to treat you like any other paying customer.  That seemed to be the case with the company I got this product from.  Something that companies need to learn about working with bloggers is that I am going to treat a review as if I had gone to the company website, purchased the product with my own credit card and tried it out.  I expect the company to deliver great service and great product to me, just like they would any other paying customer.  Because I am going to honestly review my experience with not only the product, but the service as well.  Some companies just don't get that.  But on to the review.

I received a bag of Shea Butter from BioFinest.  The package that it was shipped in was not damaged from what I could see.  The outer pouch that the Shea Butter itself was packaged in was not damaged either. The outer layers had not sustained any damage, punctures and was not compromised from what I could tell.  But when I opened the outer layer, I found that the shea butter was sealed in a plastic wrap.  I'm not sure if it was supposed to be sealed and air tight inside the outer pouch but there was clear plastic surrounding the shea butter that was not actually sealed.  So there was a mess of half melted, softened shea butter inside this pouch with clear plastic bag mixed up in the mess.  I thought "ok this is really poor packaging" but big whoop, not such a huge deal.  I inspected further.   I found black and grayish residue on the shea butter itself.  It looked like mold or mildew.  As I said, the packaging was not damaged from what I could see and the package it was shipped it was not damaged so my first thought was that something contaminated this before it was packaged.  Which is pretty gross!  If you are not familiar with shea butter, it can be used like a moisturizing cream by itself or can be used in other products like homemade soaps, lip balm, deodorant.  There are tons of uses!  Lip balm, deodorant and soap is what I typically use it in.  So I'm thinking there was no way I'm actually using this because I don't know what sort of bacteria or substance was causing this to look mildewed.  I have never seen shea butter look like this and I have used a lot of shea butter and a lot of different brands so this seemed very out of the ordinary.

I immediately tossed this in the trash!  Who knows what that came in contact with!  I contacted the company because I do understand that well, sh*t happens.  It could be a fluke. An isolated incident.  Or it could be an entire batch that was contaminated with something and they need to know about it.  But I let them know the issue, and let them know if they wanted to send a replacement sample, that would be fine.  I do welcome the opportunity for companies to fix issues like this prior to posting reviews.  It does give me a chance to review a company's customer service in an additional way.  Its nice to know how companies handle issues like this and it can be helpful to include that in my reviews.

I got a response back pretty quickly but it sounded robotic.  Like an auto-apology with my name pasted in.  Either way, they did respond and apologized for the inconvenience regardless of how insincere it sounded.  They also reassured that this is pure unrefined grade A shea butter from Africa.  Ok......fine.....I never questioned whether it was authentic shea butter but reassuring me that its real shea butter doesn't mean I'm going to overlook the moldy mildew mess because hey, its real shea butter, and proceed to add it to my lip balm recipe!  Yuck!  I responded and let them know that this was already discarded.  I'm not keeping something in my house with mold or mildew on it because I don't know what caused it or whether it could make my family sick.   So I had chucked it and would not be using it even if it was real shea butter.

One thing about Tomoson is that there is a due date for when reviews must be completed and verified as completed.  My due date was approaching so I let them know that if they planned on sending a different package of shea butter, then I needed a definitely update and would need them to extend the due date so that there will be time to inspect the new package and complete the review.  I got this smart @** response that they were extending my due date even though its pretty last minute.  Like what.....I'm supposed to be grateful that they were so gracious to extend it?  Like it was a huge inconvenience for them?  I was sent a moldy product!  And instead of just immediately publishing an "Avoid This Disgusting Product At All Costs" type of review, I gave them a chance to correct it and make a good impression.   So at that point, I was not impressed by their customer service at all.  Never make a customer feel like an inconvenience when you made an error and sent an unsanitary product!  Common sense!

So I wait a several days and a new package of shea butter arrives and as soon as I see the shipping package.....I'm livid!   Because I get to pay the postage!  Yep, USPS dropped off the package at my door with a bill on it!  So now I have a balance due at my post office.  I was ticked!  Seriously ticked off!   So I contacted them again to let them know that they needed to reimburse for this shipping charge that I was now being held responsible for.  They responded immediately stating "We have already paid for the shipping fees, there is no need to pay for anything else."  No, there is a need to pay something else.  I don't know if they just chipped in a buck or 50 cents and figured that was enough or what but I do not pay shipping on review products! 

I'm pretty sure my postal carrier didn't just slap this on as a joke!
Because that's really funny right.... 
What an odd sense of humor my postal carrier must have???? (sarcasm)

Livid I was....just livid.  Because that is one of my biggest pet peeves!  You go online, you buy a product, you pay for shipping (or the shipping is advertised as free or included) then your package arrives ....with a bill on it.  I hate that!  And to have such a response as that.   Horrible service!  Their first response should have been "SORRY!  We want to fix this right away!"  but no it was more like too bad, so sad.  

I would never purchase anything from BioFinest!  I have used tons of brands of shea butter and definitely have my tried and true favorite!  Not only does my favorite brand of shea butter provide an excellent product, but they are dedicated to excellent, respectful, helpful, courteous service.  BioFinest could definitely take a few lessons in those departments.  Eventually they wanted to know what the balance was on the shipping bill.  I told them to forget it, I'd pay it because honestly, I just didn't want to deal with them anymore.  I wanted to be done.   I didn't want to talk to these people anymore.  They had already wasted enough of my time and it was time to post my review.   I did let them know that my review was going to be an honest and unfortunately negative review because I did not have a good experience with their product or service and would not be recommending them to anyone.  That's just my opinion based on my experience.  Yours might be different (I really really hope it is if you do decide to purchase from them) but this was my experience.    My favorite shea butter and the one I would recommend in a heart beat is better quality from what I can see from the replacement package that BioFinest sent, its also Grade A, raw, unrefined, organic and half the price of the product from BioFinest and comes in a convenient, resealable, reusable tub.  That's what I would recommend over and over and you can purchase it HERE!

It really is a shame in my opinion.  They just have a lot of improving to do if they want to have repeat customers.  Unfortunately I won't be one of them.   I ended up tossing the replacement because I don't know if this new package could contain the same bacteria that the first was contaminated with and it was not worth the risk for me.  My impression was that this company doesn't have their customer's best interests at heart. If they had a contaminated batch, I don't know if I would trust them to recall it and start over or just ship it out and hope for the best.  So mine was chucked.  Better safe than sorry!

I received a sample free of charge (but was unknowingly held responsible for shipping charges) to facilitate this review.   All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Be Naturally Healthy - Elderberry Extract From Norm's Farms

I love using natural remedies for my family.  I just don't see the point in treating a cold with something made in a lab that could have negative side effects down the road.  Sure, this pill will make your symptoms feel better now but it will kill your liver later.  I just don't get it.  Mother natural gave us natural cures and natural things in nature to keep us well and healthy, so I like to utilize what mother nature is giving us.  Elderberries are one of those gifts from mother nature that has a wealth of health uses.  I got a bottle of Elderberry Extract from Norm's Farms and am so happy with it.

It came just in time too.  It helped get a cold out of our house in just a few days.  Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and is great for nurturing and boosting your immune system and for respiratory support.  Elderberry syrups are fantastic when used like a cough syrup, especially for children!  So when our extract arrived I was excited to try it.  And we happened to start to come down with colds and needed it out of our house as soon as possible.
My 2 year old has febrile seizures.  These are seizures that are brought on with fever.  Its not the actual fever itself that causes the seizure.  Its actually when she gets a very rapid fever and the sudden increase in body temperature sort of shocks her brain and that's when she seizes.  So anytime my daughter gets sick, we panic because illness can bring fevers and fevers bring seizures.  So as soon as we started getting the sniffles, I added some of Norm's Elderberry Extract to my daughters tea.  She loves tea!  Decaf of course.  She likes her tea with a bit of honey and the elderberry extract was a great addition.   We had this cold kicked in just a few days!  I think the elderberry really helped give her immune system the boost it needed to fight this cold off and those antioxidants were hard at work!   So goodbye cold!   No seizures!  Elderberries actually have significantly more antioxidants than even blueberries and blueberries are well known for their antioxidant power.  But I am an elderberry fan!

Whats nice about Norm's Farms Elderberry Extract is that there are no added sweeteners, alcohols or sugars.   Water is listed on the ingredient list because the process used to extract the juice from the elderberries.   So its pure and natural!

You don't have to wait until you're sick to use elderberry extract.  Its a great dietary supplement to keep you healthy!  I was very very pleased with the quality of this extract.  The extract from Norm's Farms is made from American Native Elderberries that are all grown at Norm's Farm.  You can read the story behind Norman Lenhardt and his legacy on the Norm's Farms website.  There is also a lot of great resources and information there as well.

Another thing I was very happy with was the price of this extract.  Elderberry can be fairly pricey but my extract came in an 8 oz. glass bottle for only $16.99!  That's a fantastic price!  I would highly recommend trying this extract.   Be sure to check out the Norm's Farms website.  They also carry Elderberry Syrup, among other products.  You can also connect with Norm's Farms on Facebook and Twitter!

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

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tiger Nuts Review

We are always up for trying new foods.  Especially foods that are natural and healthy.  Were trying to cut out as much prepackaged junk foods as possible so healthy treats to munch on are always welcome in our house.  I recently tried Tiger Nuts.  I can't really say they are for us but when it comes to reviewing food, everyone is different.

Tiger Nuts are not actually a nut.  They are a tuber.  So you don't have to worry about nut allergies.  They are gluten free, organic, dairy free, high in fiber and low in calories and fat. They are also non- GMO and a great addition to the paleo lifestyle.   So naturally I was up for trying them in hopes that we would find a new snack favorite.  Unfortunately we just couldn't get over the texture.  The flavor isn't so bad, just an unpleasant texture.  My husband and I both tried them and didn't like the texture.  So just to make sure we weren't being overly picky, we took the rest of our Tiger Nuts along with us on a family trip and shared them with my parents, uncle and cousin.  Unfortunately no one could get past the texture.  I think it was my mom that described it like eating tree bark with a soft center.  But like I said, everyone is different.  Everyone's taste buds are different so just because we didn't like them, doesn't mean they aren't good.  It just means it wasn't a hit for us. 

Tiger Nuts also makes a flour that is packed with nutrition and great for baking.  This was better for me since it didnt have that texture since its in powder form.  The flavor itself is interesting.   So I was much more fond of the flour than the actual Tiger Nuts.

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Tiger Nuts.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Keep Cool This Summer With A Young Living Essential Oils Giveaway! #KeepingCool


Welcome to the Keeping Cool in the Sun Giveaway Hop hosted by Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro.
It's HOT HOT HOT outside, but we're joining a group of bloggers are are ready to keep you cool in the sun with amazing giveaways all valued at $25 or more. Be sure to hop around to them all and don't miss the amazing Grand Prize from our Hosts - a Step2 WonderBall Fun House!

I am so excited to offer my readers an amazing giveaway prize!  I am a very passionate essential oil user.  There are so many ways to use essential oils that I bet you've never even thought of.  Were in Iowa and Summer is heating up and one way we've managed to stay cool this summer is with Young Living Essential Oils.  One of my favorite ways to use essential oils to keep us cool and cleansed is by adding oils to our favorite beverages.  One of my favorite summer time beverages is homemade sun tea!  Just let the sun work its magic.  Fill a pitcher with water and add some tea bag, then place it outside in the sun.   Add some of Young Living's citrus essential oils for a splash of fruity goodness!

The Bee Hive Buzz is offering one lucky reader a chance to WIN
a Young Living Essential Oils Prize Pack to keep your family cool and refreshed this summer!

Prize Pack includes:
Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil
Kiss Me Organics Dandelion Root Tea
Glasstic Shatterproof Water Bottle

Giveaway ends 7/31/2015.  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 selected.
Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, and the Keeping Cool in the Sun participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Always Enjoying Tea! Tea Sampler Review

I've mentioned before in previous posts that I am a tea fanatic.  I love tea.  I would always pick tea over coffee.  I love trying new and different teas.  I've done a lot of traveling as well and love bringing teas home from my travels abroad.  So when given the opportunity to review a new tea, I am always up for the task.  But when given the chance to review 6 new teas.....well that makes my day!  I've discovered a new website that offers a huge selection of lose leaf teas, samplers, as well as bagged teas, instant teas plus tea ware too.  Its called EnjoyTea.com and they sent us a sampler of 6 of their delicious teas to sample.

The sampler that I received came with their Jasmine Green, Keemun Black, Roasted Mate Chai, Earl Grey Black, Organic Oolong, and Vanilla Roobios!  All of them were fantastic.  I especially loved the green and oolong mixed together for some refreshing iced sun tea.  The roasted mate chai was great on a cooler morning sitting out on our porch.  I was happy with each flavor.  And the aroma of the teas was very nice.  Each had a very strong aroma both dry and after it was brewed.

The set was very nicely presented too and would make a great gift!  Each tea comes in its own tin and all 6 tin canisters came in a nice box.  So a great gift idea and the tin canisters store nicely in a drawer or stacked on a shelf.  I keep my teas in a special drawer designated for just my teas and then I also have a shelf in our kitchen for teas so these tins were nicely displayed on the shelf.  Be sure to check out EnjoyingTea.com to see the rest of their selection of teas!

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Gotta Love My Knotty Boy! Knotty Boy Natural Dreadlock Care Product Review

I have never loved my hair.  Or really liked it for that matter.  I can't say that there has ever been a time in my 30 years on earth that I have been happy with my hair.  Well maybe on my wedding day but that was just one day and it took several hours, a professional and whole lot of product to get it to stay in place.  Other than that, I have always hated my hair.  Its super straight and stiff.  It doesn't take any sort of styling well. I can't get curl to stay, I can't do an intentionally messy yet cute looking updo and if I just leave it down and straight, it rats up.  One thing I have always been secretly in love with, are dreadlocks!  I have always loved dreads.  I remember being in junior high school trying to do temporary dreads with a whole lot of twisting and about half a bottle of hair spray.  The result of that was not good I looked like a twisted up, glued together mess of hair.  But I've still always loved dreadlocks and always thought that well maintained dreads can look amazing on a person!

So recently I decided on a change.  I realized that I rarely do anything to make myself happy.  I feel like I've lost a little bit of me after becoming a mom and going through so many hardships over the last couple of years.  I decided I needed to do something for myself to make myself feel good for once.  So I ditched my flat drab mom hair and dreaded my hair.   And you know what?  I couldn't be more ecstatic with it!   For the first time EVER.......I LOVE my hair!  I've had my dreads for about a month now.  When I first made my dreads I was in need of a good tightening product.  My hair is fine and straight so I needed something to really help it lock up and I read some rave reviews about a company called Knotty Boy that offers all natural dreadlock care products.  One thing I needed was good quality products to use on my hair to help get my locks established and I also needed something natural.  Knotty Boy had that!  So they sent me two of their products to try out on my new locks.

The first product I tried was their Knotty Boy All Natural Liquid Dreadlock Shampoo.  My first thought when I opened up the bottle was that this stuff smells absolutely fantastic!  Its made with all natural ingredients and contains peppermint, tea tree and rosemary essential oils.  I am all about essential oils!  And those oils are some of my favorites.  Peppermint is an essential oil that I use every single day!  So I knew my hair was going to smell amazing.  When I actually washed with it I was blown away.

My big problem right now is that its summer time in Iowa.  And it gets hot and humid here!  We have a little urban backyard homestead and I grow most of the veggies we eat during the summer and fall (and some fruits too) and then store and preserve a lot of food that we grow for the winter months.  So right now my head is enduring some intense heat, sun and humidity.  So the first time I washed my hair with this stuff, I experienced an intense cooling sensation that was just what I needed!  I had been outside in the heat, sweating, digging in the dirt so I was ready for clean hair and I felt like I got a spa treatment.  I sat in the bottom of my tub for several minutes and just let the shampoo cleanse and cool my scalp with the natural essential oils.   And after my shower, my locks were super clean. And the nice thing is that the shampoo didn't loosen my dreads much either!

After using my Knotty Boy Shampoo, I applied some Knotty Boy LockSteady Tightening Gel.  This smelled like a tropical cocktail for my dreads!    The citrus and lime scent reminded me of having cocktails with my mom on the beach in Florida during some past vacations we've taken together.  So I got really good vibes just opening this container.

This is a gel that is applied very sparingly to dreadlocks to help them tighten up and help tame frizz and lose hairs.  You can use it on new and matures dreads. The nice thing is that it does wash out so its not something that's going to build and build as you apply over and over. I definitely noticed my dreads were tighter and more tamed after using this!  At first my dreads were lose and not knotted up very well.  But after using this gel a couple of times they are tight and secure and definitely have nice shape to them.   Its made from pure aloe vera, hemp oil and natural citrus oils to nurture your hair while helping establish, tightening and maintain your locks.  I was definitely happy with this product!  I got a 4oz tub and so far I've gotten two applications and I'm not quite half way through the container and I've got quite a bit of hair.  You can definitely see a difference in my before and after photos below.

Here are my locks BEFORE using my Knotty Boy Shampoo and LockSteady Tightening Gel.

And here are my locks AFTER!
I shampooed first, then applied a light amount of LockSteady Gel to each dread while it was still damp, rolling each dread in my palms and let it air dry.

Knotty Boy has great customer service too!  They got right back to my inquires and gave me some much needed guidance for using these products for the first time.

Overall, I loved both products!  The refreshing feeling of the shampoo was great and got my dreads super clean with no residue, no build up, no harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients and didn't dry them out.  My locks smelled and felt amazing!  The LockSteady Gel is helping to tighten up my dreads and gives them a nice tight shape and texture while taming my frizz naturally.  I would definitely purchase more of these products and would highly recommend both.   I have gotten so many compliments on my locks so I am definitely happy with the results!.  Its definitely been a huge and much needed boost of confidence!

Knotty Boy also offers a variety of other products for dreadlock care as well along with shampoo bars, maintenance and removal kits, hats and scarves, beads, dread tools and accessories.  Be sure to check out the Knotty Boy website.  You can also connect with Knotty Boy on Facebook, Twitter and be sure to follow the Knotty Boy Youtube channel!

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tea Secrets Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Set Review

I am a tea fanatic!  Not only is tea my drink of choice over coffee, but I also love collecting tea.  I have a special drawer (and half of the drawer next to it too) dedicated to my teas.  My favorite teas are loose leaf teas.  And a must have for drinking loose leaf tea is some sort of infuser so that you don't just have tea soup with your tea leaves floating around in your cup.  I have a couple of different ones that work well but when I saw this set of Lose Leaf Tea Infusers from Tea Secrets, I really wanted to try them.  Its a 4 pack of infusers that comes with 4 different colors.

The fun thing about having matching diffusers in a set like this is being able to have company over and everyone having their own diffuser to use in their cup.  I think these are really cute too.  I do like the design.  And they are BPA free and will not rust.  They are made mostly of FDA approved food grade silicone and stainless steal.  They were easy to clean and easy to use and is dishwasher safe.  Each infuser came with a little drip tray to set it on while you're drinking your first cup which was nice.  And its an ecofriendly option because with lose leaf tea and a reusable infuse like this, you're using less packaging and keeping some trash out of the landfills.  We love to use products that reduce our packaging waste!   They definitely did their job and my tea was infused perfectly so I enjoyed them.  You can order a Tea Secrets Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Set on Amazon!  It would make a great gift for any tea enthusiast like me!

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

Live Infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Towel Review

I am a babywearing mama.  And one downside of being a babywearing mama in Iowa, is our hot summers and wearing a 2 year old on my back in the heat.  Its definitely hard to stay cool when were outdoors.  I've heard other mamas talking about using cooling towels to keep them cool while babywearing.  So when I had the opportunity to review the Live Infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Towel, I was super excited and really curious to see how well these work.

At first I was skeptical.  Because really, it gets hot here and the idea just seemed to good to be true.  A piece of cloth being able to cool down even though its 80+ degrees outside (and will be getting hotter as the summer progresses) didn't sound too promising.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  All you do is get it wet and ring out the excess water.  The water activates the cooling effect.  Its made to cool down to 30 degrees below normal body temp.  So a 30 degree difference on a hot day is a huge improvement!  For babywearing, you simply wet the towel down, ring it out a bit and place it flat between you and your sweetie while they are wrapped or in their carrier.  I definitely felt cooler and my kiddo seemed more comfortable.  Plus the material wicks moisture and sweat away from your skin too.  And it stays cool for up to 4 hours so would be great for hiking and longer outside activities.

I definitely will be keeping this around for our walks and hikes from now on.  I'm sure there are other great uses for it too.  You can order the Live Infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Town on Amazon!

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

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