Thursday, November 19, 2015

Super Adorable Christmas Crafts

Christmas has to be my favorite time of the year.  All the pretty lights and decorations.  The family gatherings and traditions, etc.  Just so many things make it wonderful.  And the crafts, we can't forget the amazing, incredible and creative crafts that people come up with every year!!

This is a compilation of some adorable ones I've ran across so far!!  I'm sure I will end up making another post if I find more!!  I love Christmas!!

November Etsy Feature

My Etsy feature this month is Paintings By Connie

I do have to be honest and say this is my  But I do want to get her work out there more and seen by more because they are absolutely beautiful.  My mother is a beautiful person inside and out and we've come a long way together.

But just look at that painting!!  It's an ORIGINAL painting on Canvas (and yours won't be watermarked, I did that to protect her paintings).

All her paintings are original canvas paintings, so you're NOT getting a print but an original.  And the paintings are amazing!!

Go check out her shop, favorite some items, maybe even purchase would be wonderful for her!!

November Birchbox

I used to subscribe to Birchbox several years ago and it was such a disappointment after a while.  But I guess they revamped themselves as they are one of my favorite  boxes now.

I love all the variety I get with them.  Not JUST makeup or skincare or haircare, but a mix of everything!!

And of course we cannot forget the point system.  The point system at Birchbox is SOOOOOO much better than the one at Ipsy I think.  With the points you gain at Birchbox you can choose ANYTHING from their store.  While the one at Ipsy you only get a small choice of items to choose from.  I just cashed in 400 points I had been saving at Birchbox (which equals to $40 worth of products) for a foundation I've been wanting!!  And it had free shipping so I think all I paid out of pocket was $1.40 for the tax.

Tidy Globe Car Trash Bag

This is an awesome Trash Bin to use in the car!!

It is lined on the inside with a waterproof vinyl like fabric to keep spills from NOT leaking all over your car!! It works wonderfully too. Fits right onto one of your front car seats to face the back seats.

I have three children - 16, 13, & 7 and trust me, between them, my husband and I, my car can get messy fast!! Especially on trips. This keeps all my trash tidy in one place, WITHOUT the reeking smells. You can zip it up and hide all the smells in the trash.

The 3b Box November Review

I love this subscription!!  It's so much fun!!  I love the Japanese and Korean Beauty products I get every month for less than $20 a month!!

Go to The 3b Box - you MAY have to get put on the Waitlist for a bit, I got off of mine within a month and a half several months ago, so I'm not quite sure how long the wait is now.  It's $12 a month and you get to try 4-5 items each month from Korean and Japanese brands mostly.  Most of the item you also get a full size item with each kit.  All the items come inside a pretty little purple mesh bag and packed nicely in a box!!

NuvoCig Hooka & Vape Electronic Cigarettes

I have been a smoker since before I was 18.  The statistics show that most young people start smoking before they're 18 years old.  It's scary and honestly I wish I had never started.  It's not easy to quit.  It's a pain in the ass honestly.  I've quit before and then went through a major life change and started up as if I had never quit a year later.  And now for the life of me, have had so many issues trying to quit again.  It's been rough and hell.  I get stressed really easily and well cigs have always been my stress reliever.  But I'm honestly tired of the way they make me feel, tired of feeling tired pretty much.  Tired of not being able to do anything.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Midori Spring Matcha

I'm not a fan of Matcha with hot tea. It just doesn't taste very well to me like that. Even with honey or sugar!

But I do like it blended with smoothies! I add it to almost all my smoothies. It's a nice rounded Matcha flavor, by itself it does have a bitter twang to it and needs to have honey to smooth it out. It blends well with all kinds of fruits and veggies. Here is one I use:

Limidax XR

I gave a bottle of this to my daughter to help her focus in school. IT does NOT make her sluggish but helps her concentrate. She takes the pills as recommended on their site. Which is:
It all claims to be all natural and that's good for a high schooler. She is trying to do her best through school and make the highest grades to get accepted into a good college when she graduates.
It seems to work really well!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dark Spot Corrector - Hydroquinone Free With Hyaluronic, Glycolic & Kojic Acid

I am a big fan of trying out all sorts of skincare products. Always on the hunt for my "Holy Grail" item. I tend to go through a lot of things.

Has this item worked for me? Yes and no. I can see a small difference, but nothing major. Maybe with a longer period of use I will see some better changes. And can update as time goes on. Some spots are lighter than others, but not a wham bam in your face light!!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Do Something Good Today

One of my biggest priorities with my family centers on teaching my kids social responsibility – how to be kind, how to think of others, and how to take care of people who need help. To help them get a better understanding of this concept, every night, we talk about three topics:

1- What was the best thing that happened to me today, and why?

2- What was the worst thing that happened to me today, and why?

3- What have I done today to create goodness, and why does it make me happy?

This discussion keeps us all connected and helps us share what we experience each day. It also gives my husband and me the opportunity to teach our kids the importance of feeling responsible for the well-being of others. We have a family rule that we always try to live by – be good, be nice, and be kind.

I’ve learned that if you help kids see how caring for others plays out in their world and in ways they can relate to, they really can absorb these principles and embrace them. Here are some examples of ways you can teach your kids to think of others:

Professional Fingernail & Toenail Nail Clipper Set

These are actually really nice.

They both have some weight to them, are pretty heavy and sturdy. They sit in my hand just right and are easy to hold.

The blades to clip are very smooth and cut nice. No pulling of the nail, it's a clean cut!!

I received this product at a deep discount to review. All opinions are my own whether good or bad

Heart Toothbrush Holder

I'm not too happy with this product. The ends/stands bend really easy and get all bent out of shape and then the whole thing doesn't stand up very well. It seems like it's a sturdy product but it's not really that sturdy.

I was planning on using it as a little desk organizer for my pens/markers and scissors but it doesn't sit up right and I can't bend the ends back to where they should go. It's really frustrating.

I received this product free to test and review for my honest opinion, all opinions are my own whether good or bad


Friday, November 13, 2015

PHL Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Nice product but the smell turns my nose up. It's not a pleasant smell. I was hoping with so much Vitamin C it would have a bit more of a fresh or citrusy smell like a lot of products similar to this, but this is not the case.

However despite the smell, the company is amazing to work with. They answered all my questions and were friendly towards me. Personally I don't care too much for this product. And I think it has to do mainly with the smell.

ToysMax YK Deluxe M16+ Spring Powered Toy Foam Dart & Water Polymer Ball

This is such a fun little toy. My husband loves it for the most part. It is annoying to have to put in each dart to shoot instead of filling up a dart chamber but otherwise it is a fun toy.

It comes with several foam darts and some round water gel like bullets. Those can go in the top chamber where the "scope" is. It also comes with a pair of googles and three small targets.

Vita Sciences Joint Pain & Inflammation Formula Relief Cream

It actually says what it's going to do and work. I have bad knees and a lower back issue that bugs me quite often.

This is just like any of the other joint pain creams on how you apply this. It's very easy, only takes a couple of pumps to get a good amount out.

Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract PLUS Detox Cleanse SYSTEM!

It was just okay. I received this product at a deep discount for my honest review, all opinions are my own whether good or bad.

I've had bundles like this before that work a lot better than this did. I haven't noticed any extra weight loss nor any "staying regular" effects. I've been taking it for a few weeks now and am most likely going to discontinue and go back to my other set I have that does seem to work. It does pain my stomach and cramps me up a bit to take. It's not as serious as one of the other reviewers but it is something to mention here.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

US Art Supply 14" Tall Medium Tabletop Display A-Frame Easel

  • A versatile table easel that functions a working easel or an elegant display easel
  • Sturdy A-frame easel with a tripod rear chain secured 3rd leg
  • Beautifully hand crafted from seasoned beechwood
  • Great for beginning artists or students working in a small studio
  • Tabletop A-Frame Easel Size: 10-1/4"Wide x 8-1/4"Deep x 14-1/4"High. Accommodates canvas art up to 12" high

Dual Port USB Car Charger

It's a car charger, what more can I say. It works just fine...charges my phone and my gps!

I received this at a deep discount for my review.

I travel a lot, hence the use for a gps...and well the charger is a duo port and can charge both my phone and my GPS!

Dual Port USB Car Charger

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Michael Todd Rejuvenating Vitamin C Serum

I am in LOVE with this product!!

Advanced Color Care Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner Set for Color Treated Hair with Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil

I think this is one of the most exciting things I've gotten to review.

I        LOVE   haircare products!!  LOVE them!!

I am always trying to make my hair softer and non brittle and no dry ends...and well I color my hair too regularly.  And it does and can take a hard tole on your hair after a while.  Thankfully I tend to go for only red or purple colors as it lasts forever in my hair and rarely fades.

This is an amazing set!!

Noybo Baking Mats

I LOVE to bake!!  Cookies, Cakes, Pies, everything you can think of.  I go through so many bakeware products it seems I'm always replacing things.  Even laying down foil and parchment paper to prolong the life of my cookware.  We rarely eat out, we rarely buy pre made desserts.  I'm always in the kitchen doing something!

I absolutely love these baking mats!!

Gorgeous Whiskey Shot Glasses

I recently received a really gorgeous item to test and review.  I did receive it at a deep discount for my honest review.  All my reviews are my own, whether good or bad.

This is a set of 6 Whiskey Shot Glasses.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Tens Unit Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager

I was in a couple of car accidents a few years ago where I received horrible whiplash.  The muscles in my neck have never calmed down or relaxed.  I've done numerous massages, pulse massages, physical therapy, etc.  Everything you can just about think of and still never relaxed.  If I sit or stand for too long or hold bags on that shoulder for too long it gets to hurting pretty bad.

I was offered a chance to try this at a deep discount for my honest review.  All my reviews are my own, whether good or bad.

I've been using this for a few days now at my neck and middle of my back.  While I do like the Tens Unit Handheld Electronic Pulse Massager, I also don't like it.  I was so hoping this would work for my neck, to loosen up those muscles that seem forever tightened.  It works for my back pain but doesn't work for my neck.  I've tried every setting, and if you do go up higher it is on the painful scale.  I've even tried gradually rising the intensity of the levels up and still doesn't do much of anything for my neck.  I've been sticking a pad on each side of where my neck meets my shoulder all the way to my spine.  And no matter where I put it, it doesn't help much.  It will get a temporary relief but it's very short.

Tree New Bee Gaming Laptop Cooling Fan

We are huge Gamers here in this household.  My husband and I both have large desktop computers as well as gaming laptops.  We play a wide variety of games including World of Warcraft (10+ yrs), Diablo 3 (did 1 & 2 as well), Skyrim, and several others.  We have all these on our computers and laptops.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Skin Care System

This set includes a 30 veggie capsule phytoceramides bottle. It's enhanced with vitamins A,C,D &E. And a 1 ounce Vitamin C Serum that also has Vitamin E and hyaluronic.

I've seen this before in a two piece set and really think it's an amazing idea to do. You take a vitamin once a day with a tall glass of water, about 30 minutes before meal time and use the serum on a cleanly washed face.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Omega-3 Supreme Fish Oil 1400 mg For Brain and Heart Health

I received these omega 3 fish oil for a review. I really like that they do not have a fishy smell. I have a hard time taking pills. I didn't have a problem with these gel capsules. They were small enough that I could sallow with ease. I have taken these for a few weeks now and have somewhat of a high blood pressure. And I take my bp daily and it seems to be lower it somewhat. I will continue to use and get the full benefits of the fish oil. My doctor also told me to take them because I have really bad knees and a bad back. He said it would help with the inflammation and ease my pain somewhat.
Some of the benefits of omega 3 fish oil is
One major health advantage that one can obtain from the use of Omega-3 fish oil is that it helps in the reduction of triglycerides by up to 50 %. This is important and may help prevent heart disease as well as the on set of diabetes . Considering this health benefit is even the FDA approved and recommended certain fish oil supplements recently.

Smart Weigh Digital Stainless Steel Food & Kitchen Scale

I love everything to do with food, whether it is eating out, checking food stores, or cooking at home. I had the most basic, cheap kitchen scales. You know the type that has the face of a clock, on the front, and then the bowl on the top, that you put your ingredients in.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Justified Laboratories Detox Colon & Body Cleanse

For those not familiar, Colon cleansing can help improve your body’s overall health and wellness, and may even reduce your risks for colon cancer. Here's a few reasons that it's healthy to do:

Makes the digestive system more effective
As the colon is cleansed, it pushes undigested waste through your system, clearing the way for good nutrient absorption. If waste remains in the body for too long, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and illness. A clean colon from a colon detox allows undigested waste to pass easily through your system.

Maintains regularity and prevents constipation
Constipation — especially when it’s chronic — causes a sluggish digestive response, which in turn leaves waste in the system longer. This increases the likelihood that toxins will be released into the bloodstream. It is also a cause of other illnesses and irritations, such as hemorrhoids and varicose veins.