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.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash: a review

Thanks to Influenster, I was chosen to try out a great new product that not only could be used on every member of my family, but would reduce the amount of products we use in the shower, reduce the amount of waste we had, and make our foot print a little smaller.

What was the great new product you may ask? Well, Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash, of course! 

What is so great about Ivory 2-in-1 Hair and Body Wash?
Well, let me tell you. First, because it both cleanses your hair & skin, the amount of products that you need in the shower is decreased. What this means for you is less clutter, less decision making, less waste in the dump and a cleaner world. It's true that it may not reduce waste by a lot, but it is definitely a start to improving our world. 

Another great aspect?
 It is gentle on all skin types (we use it on my 19 month old with out any issues), leaves tour skin super soft after without masty residue, and the smell is subtle and gender neutral, so you can use it on every member of your family (see what I mean about reducing that waste?).

You know what else?
It works great as a substitute for shave gel or shaving cream as well! I haven't had to buy shaving cream for shaving my legs since I received Ivorys 2-in1! (I know, again with that reducing waste & clutter).

Ok, ok. I know what you're thinking. 
This product is too good to be true. 
What about the price? 
Obviously something that handles more should cost more, right?
Well, let me tell you, priced at just $3.49 for a 24oz bottle it is competitively priced with other body washes, and since most other body washes don't cleanse hair as well, it is an incredible deal! Think about all of those bottles of shampoo you don't have to buy for your family now (and the money you get to keep in your pocket)!

I think the only real downside is for those of us with color treated hair. As of right now, Ivory 2-in-1 isn't formulated for color treated hair. So it isn't going to do much to keep your new color looking fresh.

All in all, Ivory 2-in-1 is a fantastic product for the shower, for our lives and for the environment!

Still not sure about Ivory 2-in-1?
Head on over and check out this video from Ivory for everyone who is still clinging to their regular body wash
Video li: http://on.fb.me/ZCaoin

Feel free to head on over to Ivory's Facebook page & let them know what YOU think of 2-in-1 (or any of their products really).



I received products for free to test and review from Influenster.com. 
All opinions in the above post are mine and mine alone.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Blue Juppy Baby Walker Momentum- a review


Teaching your child to walk can be worrisome with all of the ways they can get hurt. 
It can also be difficult on your back, being bent over all if the time holding onto their little hands.
That's where the Juppy Baby Walker Momentum comes in. 
The idea is that your baby is strapped into a "seat" similar to a door jumper while the parent holds the baby up by straps allowing them to learn to walk while you get to stand straight as well and eliminates the dangers of wheeled walkers.
The Juppy Baby Walker has adjustable straps for the parents to accommodate those 4'11" to 6'11" with padded grips to make comfortable handles for the parent.
It folds small enough to fit in a purse and comes with a bag to help carry it when you don't have a purse on you.
It is also machine or hand washable.

I thought that the pictures of infants using the Juppy Baby Walker looked uncomfortable, but wanted to test it out anyway in case it could make a difference. 
My son is already a walker and has been for a while (8 months), so he is pretty steady on his feet most of the time, but I figured he would be the perfect child to try it on just in case it didn't work as well as it should.
To be honest, I'm not sure how well it would work on a smaller infant.
My son was approx. 32 inches and over 20 lbs when I tried it on him (he is tall for his age) and it was pretty big around on him, even when made as small as it gets.
I'm not sure I would trust it to properly hold up a child under 20lbs properly.
I would recommend it to parents who have children 12 months or older and aren't walking on their own, but not before that because of how big the seat is.

You can check out the Juppy Baby Walker, watch videos of the product and purchase at: The Juppy Company
Check them out on Facebook: Juppy on Facebook
On YouTube: Juppy on YouTube
The walker comes in pink, black or blue.

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.