Monday, July 14, 2014

TLC Vox Box (for mommies) from Influenster

This is the first vox box I received in a while and I am so excited that I get to write about this one.
It was such a surprise to receive the email from Influester saying that I was o the short list to get this vox box and was able to take the selection survey. 
I sadly haven't been as active as I once was and would like to be, so I wasn't expecting to be included anymore.
Once I received notice that I was chosen to receive the box I anticipated it's arrival every day.
When I opened the box I was thrilled.
(In my excitement to open and try out everything, I forgot to take pictures. My apologies)
The box included:
A coupon for free Breyers Gelato Indulgences
(definitely worth breaking my new dairy free diet for)

A Neosporin to go
(which is currently living in the diaper bag, ready to go at a moments notice)

A bar of Ivory soap
(Which was made into a soap cloud then turned into a blue soap block)

A Shell Fuel Rewards Program Card
(because who doesn't like to help make their gas less expensive)

A travel pack of Puffs tissue
(also living in my diaper bag for days when little noses run)

and
Avon ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Wrinkle Smoother
(which I gifted to my mom since I don't have wrinkles quite yet).

Breyers Gelato Indulgences:
I am a huge gelato fan, so the Breyers coupon is burning a whole in my pocket. 
I tried their strawberry cheese cake gelato in the past, but have been on a dairy free diet since having my new baby who has an issue after I ingest products containing cow's milk, so I have been holding off on redeeming it until I find a great excuse (because it's hot and I want ice cream isn't a good enough excuse, right?). 
I plan on using it when we go grocery shopping this weekend for either the chocolate or vanilla caramel one. 
I haven't decided yet, but will write update reviews after.

Neosporin To Go:
When Moose saw the Neosporin To Go, he had to try it out.
After a few attempts to spray himself with it, he gave up and handed it back to me.
I love that he had trouble trying to make it work, so I don't have to worry about him wasting it or getting it in someone's eyes.
He wasn't fazed when I sprayed it on a scratch that he had like he normally does with antibiotic creams or other sprays, so I'm glad that there is a product out there that I can use when he gets hurt. 
The only complaint that I have is that it was a little difficult for me to get it to work at first and when it did work it was more of a concentrated stream than an all over spray so I had to rub it in rather than just spray and go.

Ivory Soap:
I was excited to find new ways to use the Ivory soap.
In the past I had made some into dish soap and wanted to try making some into laundry detergent.
This bar I wanted to find something fun that I could do with Moose so we had a special craft for us.
We ended up choosing to make a soap cloud by putting the soap in the microwave and watching it grow.
After making 2 soap clouds with the one bar we crumbled it up, added a bit of warm water, some blue food coloring and turned it back into solid soap for him to play with in the tub.
(the picture isn't very pretty, my apologies)

A word of advice, if you let small children play with the soap, make sure they rinse their hands off well before wiping their face.
Poor Moose ended up with soap bubbles in his eyes.

Shell Rewards Card:
I can't wait to start using my Shell Rewards Card, but haven't started yet.
Typically we get gas from Arco since the prices are significantly cheaper.
I'm not a fan of putting mine of my husband's debit and credit in online forms where hackers can access them, so I don't think we will be using that feature.
I'm not sure what kind of rewards we can earn without using that though.

Puff's Tissues:
I love how soft puffs tissues are and that they are going to be sold in the soft packaging rather than cardboard boxes to make them more travel friendly.
I currently have our little pack in the diaper bag ready to treat little noses may it be from a cold or allergies.

Avon ANEW Reversalist Complete Renewal Wrinkle Smoother:
At 26, almost 27, I am lucky to have a sooth, wrinkle free face. To not allow the product go to waste, I gifted it to my mom who enjoys trying out skin care products that can help with the few wrinkles she is starting to get.
I plan to ask her for an opinion on how well it works, so keep an eye out for a later update.

All in all, the vox box was amazing, with lots of great products from a lot of awesome companies.
I am very thankful that I was one of the chosen few to receive it.




I received all of the products mentioned above for free to try from Influenster.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

After a year away, I am finally back!

I can't believe it has been almost a year since my last post/review. So much has happened since then. With out a computer, it became overwhelming to try and keep up with regular posts so I gave up on trying to review products and decided to try and focus more on my family. 
Here is a small recap of the last year:
I celebrated my 26th birthday.
We found out that we were expecting our second little boy, Squirrel.
We celebrated Moose's second birthday.
We got out of the crummy living situation, into a new house and a much better situation.
I gave birth to little Squirrel (I'll write an announcement with his birth story later).
And now I finally have a computer up and running.

Now I can finally start writing about my family, 
get involved in writing reviews again,
try to build my readership,
host some giveaways,
etc, etc, etc.

I'm so excited to be back in the blogging world!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls! (a review)


Wool dryer balls are something that I have heard a lot about, but have never been brave enough to try.
When I saw that Woolzies was on Tomoson.com, I knew it was the perfect chance to try out wool dryer balls for myself .

I was so excited when I received them in the mail!
I have heard of the Woolzies brand before, so I was glad that I wasn't going into trying the dryer balls completely blind.
As a person who has a wool sensitivity, I was a bit concerned that I may not be able to use them with my laundry (I mainly wanted them for when I dry Moose's diaper inserts anyway) but was pleased to read that they are safe to use with everyone's laundry!
Even those of us with a wool allergy!

I loved using dryer sheets with mine and my husband's clothes, but stopped when we had our son since I had read that many fabric softeners and dryer sheets can irritate you children's skin.
After reading about the chemicals contained in commercial products and how badly they can effect cloth diapers, I'm glad that we stopped using them.
The only problem is that since we stopped, there have been times where clothes haven't been quite as soft as they were before.

Insert Woolzies wool dryer balls into my life to save the day!


Wool dryer balls are supposed to be safe to use with all laundry (cloth diapers included), help reduce the amount of drying time needed and by doing so, help reduce the amount of electricity used (and in the case of those with a propane dryer, reduce the amount of propane used too!)

I love that Woolzies are 100% New Zealand wool, reduce drying time by up to 25% and are guaranteed for 1,000 loads.

As a mom who is trying to find ways of running a more energy efficient house, becoming more eco-friendly, and wants to have more products that are safe for my whole family all of that info excites me a lot.

I was able to use them for the first time yesterday while doing a load of Moose's diaper laundry and they make an incredible difference!
His diaper inserts were dry long before they usually are with the help of the dryer balls and they felt softer than they tend to after going through the dryer!
I was ecstatic!

I became even more excited when I read over the box and paper inset and saw that after drying our clothes and bedding I can remove 2 of the balls, rub scented essential oils onto the balls and put them back in on fluff for about 10 minutes to give laundry an amazing smell (that is safe for all skin types)!

I already have plans for all of the different scents that I want to try out for the different times of the year.

I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to try out Woolzies wool dryer balls and
I can't wait to use them with the rest of our clothes when I do my next load of laundry!
They are definitely a life (and energy) saver!

You can find Woolzies official website for more info or to purchase some for yourself here: Woolzies Official Site
If you have twitter, you can follow Woolzies for more info and giveaways here: https://twitter.com/Woolzies
If you have a facebook, you can "like" Wolzies facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Woolzies


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.

Cooking with 10" Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan (a review)


I was so excited to receive my 10" Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan in the mail to try.
I have wanted to try a pan that I can toss in the oven to finish up my cooking, but haven’t gone out and purchased a solid metal pan yet and refuse to put a pan with traditional non-stick coating into the oven due to the chemicals in the coating.
I was excited to find out that the Ozeri Green Earth pans use GREBLON (a natural ceramic coating from Germany which makes it free of PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEThylene), PFOA (PerFLuoroOctanoic Acid), and other harmful chemicals that regular non-stick pans contain.
What is PTFE and what makes it so harmful you may ask.
PTFE is a synthetic substance with waxy properties used in traditional non-stick pans to keep food from sticking to the surface. At very high temperatures it begins to decompose and release fumes into the air which are documented to be lethal to birds and small pets. You can only guess what it can do to other animals and people who are breathing in the fumes.

Kind of scary right?
PFOA isn’t much better. PFOA is used when pans that use PTFE are manufactured and has been classified as a ‘persistent pollutant of the environment’ by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Also pretty scary.
SO what makes GREBLON any safer to use?
Green Earth Pan’s GREBLON never releases harmful toxic fumes into the environment, even when used at high temperatures. 
This is possible because the GREBLON used is a 100% ceramic coating derived from nature rather then from a laboratory.

Because of the natural ceramic coating, The Green Earth Pan is much more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces) and allows for the use of less cooking oil and easier cleaning over and over again!
The Green Earth Pans are also made from the highest quality anodized aluminum that allows for even cooking and browning without getting any hotspots.
It also has a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves and a heat resistant silicone handle to help keep hands from getting burned while cooking.
The version of the Green Earth Pan that I received has a textured ceramic cooking surface to create air pockets to distribute heat underneath the food and enhance cooking performance, which I have to admit works amazingly.
I was so excited to cook on my Green Earth Pan for the first time, but had a hard time deciding what I wanted to cook in it!
I wanted to make sure that it was something good, something that would typically stick to the non-stick pans that we have, something that may be a bit difficult to clean up after to test out all of the features.
In the end, I settled upon making a potato hash for breakfast.
The pan did exactly as the company claims it will.
None of the potatoes, onions, garlic, or bacon bits stuck to the pan. It cleaned extremely easily in just a bit of warm water and a sponge, and seasoning the pan before cooking was incredibly easy as well.
I was a bit weary of “seasoning” the pan because I knew about seasoning cast iron pans and it is a bit tiresome to season them.
It turns out that all you need to do it rub a bit of natural cooking oil (I used olive oil) into the pan, then wiping away the excess before cooking.
Easy as pie (ok, it’s much easier than pie)!
Between the lack of harmful chemicals, the amazing cooking, and the easy clean up I believe that the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri may be my new favorite pan to cook on!
You may be wondering where you can get your own Ozeri Green Earth Pan.
You can buy the Ozeri Green Earth pan in 8inch, 10 inch, or 12 inch by following this link to the products page on Amazon.com: Purchase the Ozeri Green Earth Pan




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, July 15, 2013

When we renew our vows, we're doing it with My Trio Rings (a review)

When you think of buying engagement and wedding rings what words come to mind?
Expensive
3 months salary
Bankrupt
After shopping around for what engagement styles I liked and what wedding band I wanted, these words pretty much described my experience. 
The rings I loved the most we could never dream of getting with out spending a small fortune that we didn't have.
My solitaire engagement ring was $1200 on it's own.
For this reason, I've been married 2.5 years and still don't have a wedding band.
It all seemed bleak.
I figured that I wouldn't get my wedding band until our 5 year anniversary if ever with the way prices are, even on simple bands.

Then a ray of light came through the gloom.
One day I went out to my mail box and found my Something Blue Vox Box from Influenster!
As soon as I had it in the house I tore into and to check out what goodies I received.
Amount all of the goodies I could physically try, there was a pamphlet for MyTrioRings.com.

I'll admit, at first I scoffed.
"What would I use this for," I thought.
"I'm already married".
Since it was in the box, I decided to check it out anyway.
You never know when a friend might be able to use it.
What I found excited me to the core.

MyTrioRings.com is not your typical wedding ring website.
First, their jewelery is 65% off retail price!
With engagement rings starting at just $199 and Trio Ring sets starting at under $450!!
(yes, you did read that right, some sets are under $450 for 3 rings!)
Which means you can now afford that gorgeous ring (or ring set) for an amazing & affordable price!
Second, they send a certificate of authenticity with all jewelry so you can feel confident that what you are purchasing is the real thing.
Third, they offer a wide variety of choices from promise rings, to engagement rings, to a variety of wedding ring options and other jewelry!
My favorite part is the Trio Ring section where you get both the engagement and wedding rings for her plus the matching wedding band for
They also offer layaway plans, awesome payment plans and a 30 return policy in case you don't like your ring after you receive it (or, god forbid, your relationship ends).

After checking out MyTrioRings.com has to offer, I found my dream Trio set
(which I don't need, but a girl can dream right)!
I also found the wedding band that I want for only $250!
(A steal compared to the $700- $1,000 price tags on similar rings.)

When my husband and I renew our vows, we are turning to MyTrioRings.com for our jewelry needs and I hope that if you are planning a wedding or engagement that they can help you with your dream wedding/proposal without breaking the bank!

 "I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes."

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Precision tips with Q-tips® Precision Tips

I have found a love in Q-tips® Precision Tips.
They are quite possibly perfect accessory for anyone who wears make up or likes to
paint their nails.
Here are a few tips for using Q-tips® Precision Tips in your life
  • After applying eye liner, the tips are amazing for helping you make sure your lines are perfect, or for smudging them up depending on the look you want to achieve.
  • When applying lipstick, apply the lipstick to the precision tip first, them apply to your lips. It will help ensure that your lip color is perfectly filled in.
  • After painting a base coat, you can use Q-tips® Precision Tips for creating cool designs in a secondary color.
  • If you ever have issues with the crappy applicators that come with eye shadow? Now you can use Q-tips® Precision Tips to get more precise lines, color, and designs for eye popping eye make up.
  • You can use Q-tips® Precision Tips to help create the perfect French manicure on your fingers and toes by using the precision tips to keep your lines perfect and keep the polish from bleeding.
  • Q-tips® Precision Tips make it easy (and inexpensive) to change up your eye liner colors. All you have to do is pick your desired eye shadow color, dip the tip of the Q-tips® Precision Tips into water, rub sideways onto the shadow (make sure it's sideways to keep the precision tip), then use the tip to draw on your new eye liner color!

Those are all of the Q-tips® Precision Tips that I have for now, but will add more as I discover new ones!
           Want to learn more about Q-Tips? Check out their website HERE






I received this product for free to try from Influenster.com. All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.

Dr. Scholl's for Her, Ball of Foot: a review

Going to a wedding? 
Getting married? 
Part of a wedding party? 
Or just love to wear high heels?
Dr. Scholl's For Her, Ball of Foot is for you!

What can I say about Dr. Scholl's for Her, Ball of Foot? 
What words could possibly explain how I feel about having them in my shoes?
Let see, they are amazing, wonderful, comfortable, incredible, heaven sent... 
The list could go on.
Honestly.

I have these great shoes that I bought years ago, but never wear them because they have always been super uncomfortable (despite being expensive). 
I've tried other high heel inserts, but to no avail. 
None of them made my shoes comfortable enough to wear for more than a few minutes.

Getting the Ball of Foot for her was exciting since I had not tried these yet. 
Low and behold, they are amazing! 
They helped keep my foot from sliding around, the ripples helped massage the balls of my feet when I walked, and made my slightly big shoes suddenly fit like a glove!

I was able to walk around for close to an hour around my house, playing games with my son and cooking dinner before taking them off to put him to bed.

My feet have never felt better in high heels than before I used the Ball of Feet.

So why should you buy Dr. Scholl's for Her, Ball of Foot insert?
These will help you to dance the night away with all of your friends, stand on your feet for long periods of time, or just  wear your favorite heels for hours without the pain usually caused by high heels.








I received this products free to try and review from Influenster.com. All opinions in this post are mine and mine alone.