Friday, August 22, 2014

Cleopatra's Choice Pure Shea Butter Review


**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**


#adovia

#1 RATED SHEA BUTTER ON THE MARKET! Natural Relief from Dry Skin, Psoriasis Dryness, Eczema and Acne. Excellent for Stretch Marks for Pregnancy or Other.
100% Natural and Organic Pure Shea Butter - Made with Hand Selected Finest Nuts of the Shea Tree in Ghana.
Deep Moisturizer for Skin - Contains VITAMIN A, VITAMIN E AND VITAMIN F - DOES NOT CLOG PORES - Highly Moisturizing and Long Lasting - Beneficial for Hair & Skin Health and Beauty
Used by Top Skin Care DYI Experts for DYI Soap, DYI Lotions, Body Butter and More - Highest Quality Guaranteed
1 POUND - Packaged in a Resealable and Recyclable Container for Easy Access and Storage

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 My Review:

This was actually my first experience with pure shea butter.  Usually I have only had it as an ingredient inside select products I have used.  I was worried I would have a skin sensitivity to this product but have had no reactions so far.  I have mainly been using this shea butter as a carrier with my essential oils on my skin.  I LOVE this shea butter!!  It melts just like butter in the palm of your hand.  I really like to use it on my face because my face is really dry and this doesn't stay greasy like many other products.  I especially love that it does not clog pores.  I have acne prone skin but yet I have eczema so this product has been great for my skin.  It makes a great moisturizer because my skin is able to soak it up and yet it doesn't just sit there and feel like it has been caked on for hours.  When I am using this shea butter with my essential oils it melts and spreads out nice and evenly.  It works much better than many other products I have used before as carriers for my essential oils.  I just recently started making a type of homemade hand cream with this that I really like.   I look forward to trying many of my other homemade recipes using this product. 




















 **I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
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.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pixie Mandy's Projects Kid's Sewing DVD Review


**I received the featured product free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**


#pixiemandy

In this how-to-sew video we will make Mandy’s Projects which include a Doll Pillow, Coin Purse, Chic Tote, Sweet Skirt & Rosy Ribbon. These are projects 6-10 in the Pixie Projects Series. You must first complete projects 1-5 to build your sewing skills. Are you ready to get started?

Join Katrina Marie in the 2nd DVD of the Pixie Projects Series. Pixie Mandy loves the color purple, and you will love learning how to sew all five of Mandy’s purple projects! First you will be making a Doll Pillow, which will be the perfect place for your favorite doll to rest her head when she cuddles up in bed at night! Next, create a cute Coin Purse to hold all of your coins, beads, or any other baubles you might have! And you can put your new Coin Purse inside your Chic Tote when you go shopping for lovely treasures in your favorite shops. While you are out with your friends, you will look so stylish wearing a Sweet Skirt and a Rosy Ribbon in your hair, which are the final two projects you will make. Katrina Marie will teach you so many new sewing skills as you create all of Pixie Mandy Projects!


This was the first time I let my daughter touch an iron.  It helped me have confidence in her after watching the video.  She was very confident in herself and had no problems whatsoever.  I had more fears about this than she ever did.  Watching this DVD with my daughter really helped me get over that fear.


First of all I have to say that she was SO excited that I let her touch my sewing machine!! She is always asking me to teach her to sew but I just didn't have the patience or at least I didn't think I did.  She was very excited to watch this DVD with me and learn how to sew.  Watching this DVD first was very helpful because like me she is a very visual learner so she was very confident and didn't need very much help at all from me which was nice.  The only hard thing was my sewing machine is a lot more complicated than the machine they use on the DVD.  I simply showed her the few buttons she was allowed to touch.  I wished that I had an older machine like they had on the video for her to use but I guess she got the pleasure of using mine.


 Just from watching the video she was able to see how they guided the fabric with their hands.  I had to give her a little more instruction but she did wonderful.   She is only 7 years old and made this little skirt from the video almost entirely by herself.  There were only a couple of tiny things I needed to help her with.  She was confident enough that she did not want me to help with anything.  It was so fun to watch her and to see how excited she got about sewing.


She did a WONDERFUL job making this cute skirt by herself.   She keeps asking me when she gets to make her next project.  I look forward to our next sewing time together and I really want to check out some of the other project DVDs.




 **I received the featured product free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
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.

Fat Quarter Style Book Review and GIVEAWAY

**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
 
 

Fat Quarter Shop and It's So Emma Has done it again!!! This is another great quilting book made just for fat quarters.  Many of us have a stash of fat quarters laying around that our original idea just didn't pan out.  I personally have many of those types of projects.  This project was no exception.   I had purchased this Cat in the Hat fabric quite some time ago with another idea in mind and it just sat for a couple of years because I decided I didn't like my original idea so much.  When I had the chance to review this book I jumped at the chance!! I have SO many fat quarters laying around that I needed new ideas for.  I am looking forward to making many more of the patterns out of this book.

Here are some of the gorgeous patterns in the book.  There are 12 patterns total in this book and you can give them any look or taste by adding your own fabric.

 


The pattern I chose to do was called "Plume". (Featured above left)  I especially love this pattern because to me it looked like sun bursts. As I was making this quilt I did notice some different features in it that I didn't notice looking at the pattern.  In some of the places there are some pinwheels which look pretty cool because they aren't your basic pinwheel.  I like bright colors and so I kept with that theme and kept my background color nice and bright.  I also went very random with my placement on this quilt.  I am usually very particular but with Dr. Seuss there is nothing organized it must be random so I went with it.  It turned out great.  I can not wait to get this beauty quilted and bound!!!!  I am a child at heart and have to admit I actually made this for myself.  You can not tell from the pictures but this quilt is actually a queen size.  I could have made this quilt a crib size but I had so many fat quarters to use.


 The book Fat Quarter Style is AMAZING!!  The instructions in this book are very easy to follow.  There are quilts in this book for every quilting difficulty level.  If you are looking for pattern books for your fat quarters I highly recommend you get this book.  Each pattern has more than one size.  Sizes include crib, lap, twin, and queen.  I LOVE when books do this because then I can use the same patterns over and over again with different fabrics.  Not only is this a great book and you are getting so many patterns but this book is also excellent price!!


Check out Fat Quarter Shop and see what other fun stuff you can find!!


GIVEAWAY: Win (1) Fat Quarter Style Pattern Book
Ends 9/9

To enter the giveaway just simply fill out the rafflecopter below for your entries.  If you don't see the rafflecopter simply wait or refresh the page. Don't forget you can share the giveaway daily for extra entries!!  So get your entries in and share with your friends.  If you need any help entering feel free to email me.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Things First & QUICK Moonpie Giveaway

**This is a sponsored post from First Things First. My thoughts and opinions are my own and others may have a different opinion.**



About First Things First

First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.


First Things First has many great videos that really make you think about your life and different aspects about the relationships in your life.  These are some links to some REALLY great videos put out by First Things First:

This was my favorite out of all the videos!!


I love this video because it really shows the importance of a father daughter relationship.  I know that it is not possible for everyone, but I know that for those it is possible for it should not be taken for granted and should be made the best.  I always hope to have the best relationship with my own father and I always appreciate the little moments I had as a child with my father.  I love to watch my own husband with my daughter and see those precious little father daughter moments.  My husband just adores our daughter and tries to teach her things she wouldn't learn elsewhere.  I always hope for moments like in this video.  This is such a great example.  I can't say relationships in our home are always like this but it is something I can always hope for.  The first time I watched this video I laughed by the end and to be completely honest the second time I watched it I got all teared up by the end because I pictured my own husband and daughter in this video.

I really like First Things First videos and what they represent!  I have watched all the videos and got something from each and every one of them.  There are so many things I personally have to learn in life and can improve on.  It is always great to find new tools and resources on improving our lives.


GIVEAWAY: Win One (1) Moonpie Prize Pack
Ends 8/18
Prize pack includes: His & Hers Moonpie T-Shirts and 2 Boxes of Moonpies

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Don't forget to check out the rest of the current giveaways! Good Luck!!


 

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) First Things First Moon Pie Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. 

 

**This is a sponsored post from First Things First.  I did not receive any product for this post.  This was a sponsored post and did I received a small gift card for this post. No other compensation was received.  Regardless my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.** 

Monday, August 11, 2014

2 Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale Review


**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other compensation or product was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**


 #Ozeri
The Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale with BMI and Weight Differential Detection was designed and engineered in the USA to provide a comprehensive yet simple weight management solution to measure and track your weight. Featuring BMI Measurement and Auto Recognition Technology, the Ozeri WeightMaster weighs up to 400 lbs and displays your BMI (Body Mass Index), a measure of your body fat based on your height and weight. Immediately after displaying your weight and BMI, the scale's Weight Differential Detection displays your "net weight change" from your last weigh-in (L1), the average of your last 3 weigh-ins (L3), and last 7 weigh-ins (L7). By measuring your weight once a day, the Ozeri WeightMaster empowers you to see how your current weight changes day to day, from the last 3 days, and over the previous week. For users who would rather just focus on their weight trend without worrying so much about the actual numbers, the WeightMaster features Color Alert Technology, which displays your weight change in a GREEN illumination for weight loss and RED for weight gain, providing a visual form of intuitive feedback. With built-in intelligence, the WeightMaster requires no complicated synching and spares you the data connection failures common to more expensive wireless and Bluetooth alternatives. Precision engineered and durably made, WeightMaster auto-calibrates with StepOn technology and auto-powers off to preserve battery life. The Ozeri WeightMaster is made out of impact-resistant tempered glass, and equipped with non-slip scratch-resistant feet that won't damage flooring. Ships with batteries included, and backed by Ozeri's 100% Hassle-Free Satisfaction Guarantee.




My husband and I are really into being fit.  My husband especially.  He loves to go to the gym and work out and sometimes he will even go twice a day.  We had an old bathroom scale that just never seemed to weigh right and every time we weighed in anywhere else we were always different.  We were so excited to have the chance to review this scale.


My Review:

This scale met more than the expectations I had!! I really like all the features of this scale.  Ozeri WeightMaster 400 lbs Digital Bath Scale comes in both black and white.  The black color was a true black unlike some other scales I have seen.  This is great because it matches my bathroom great.  It has a glass top which I also like because since I keep it in my bathroom I feel like I can clean it and keep it more sanitary than our old scale that was a textured metal.  One of my favorite features of this scale is that it shows a weight loss or gain and your own body's BMI.  If you have a gain it shows a red light and if you have a loss it shows a green light.  I like this because then I can see if I am staying in my goal weight or not.  I also really like that you can set it for different users.  So when I step on the scale it automatically knows it is me and not my husband.  Even my kids can step on the scale and it would know it was not either of us.  It is really awesome technology in a bathroom scale.  Many scales don't go up to a 400 lb weight limit and this scale does which is nice for those that need it.  Ozeri knows what they are doing when it comes to making scales because they make a great scale! Check out this bathroom scale for yourself.


**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other compensation or product was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Round Kabuki Bursh Review


**I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**

#kabukibrushsimplyessentials

The right makeup brush is so important for the coveted professional natural look! This densely packed synthetic makeup brush allows for moderate to full coverage of liquid, cream and powder foundation. The round top brush allows for easy application for angles of the face. Simply Essentials designed the round top kabuki brush for a flawless makeup application. The dense bristles make it easy to apply your liquid, cream or powder foundation. The long handle adds ease to your makeup application. The brush is also uniquely designed for stippling, contouring, covering imperfections and blending out your makeup. Create a luminous glow with the application of your make up! You will get an even application, natural looking coverage, every time. The synthetic fibers are ideal to be used with liquid, cream and powder products and can be easily cleaned. Vegan-friendly! 1 year guarantee.


Many people have never even seen me without makeup because I usually put on makeup every day even if I don't leave the house.  I like to wear makeup because it helps me feel more feminine.  I am also a very self conscious person and it helps me feel just a little bit better about myself.  When I had the chance to review this Kabuki Makeup Brush I jumped at the chance.  I love great cosmetics and accessories.


 

My Review:

My two favorite features of this brush is ......1. it has a longer handle and 2. it has shorter bristles.  I love that this brush has shorter bristles because then I can get the makeup to go exactly where I want it rather than just have it go everywhere.  I really like the longer handle because it makes this brush a lot easier to hold and handle when using.  The bristles on this brush are some of the softest bristles of any makeup brush I have ever used.  I hope they stay that way for a long time. The quality of this brush is excellent and this kabuki brush was well made.  Many other times when I have gotten a new makeup brush the bristles are falling out within the first use.  With this brush I had NO bristles falling out and still haven't.  I also think that since it has shorter bristles it helps the bristles not get brittle and break off  as easy and therefore it won't leave makeup bristles behind on your face.  I really like this Round Kabuki Makeup Brush and recommend you give it a try if you are looking for something new to try. 


#kabukibrushsimplyessentials

 **I received the product featured free of charge in order to give an honest review.  No other product or compensation was received.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.**
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.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

doTerra Essential Oils Intro Kit GIVEAWAY

**This giveaway and post is sponsored by me an independent consultant for doTerra.  No product or compensation was received for this blog post.  There is no affiliation to this post with any company.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.  Also I am NOT a medical professional and I am NOT giving medical advice of any kind.  As always please consult with your medical professional for any medical advice.**


As many of you know I recently Joined the doTerra family as a Wellness Advocate.  I am IN LOVE with every oil I have tried so far.  I wanted to share a little with you today about one of my favorite oils. 

InTune is by far one of my very favorite oils!!



PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
InTune is a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes. This blend helps those who have difficulty paying attention stay on task and sustain focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical during the formative years when learning and growing create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully selected essential oils in dōTERRA InTune Focus Blend work together, supporting your efforts to remain calm and focused on a desired task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime contribute to clarity and focus, while the
benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing. The pleasing aroma of InTune Focus Blend makes this solution an easy and delightful one to use. 
 
USES
Apply to the temples and back of neck to enhance
concentration.

Apply to wrists or back of hands and inhale deeply
to promote focus and clarity.

Use InTune at work to stay on task or when feeling
tired mid-afternoon.

Dispense InTune on a clay pendant and place on a
desk or in other key areas in a classroom.
 
DIRECTIONS FOR USE 
 
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity

My personal experience with InTune

I suffer from depression and anxiety and I am always looking for alternative ways to help treat it to be able to stay off of prescription medications.  I find that essential oils help me with so many of my different ailments.  When I am feeling anxious I really like to put InTune on and within about 20 minutes I can feel my heart rate normalizing and I can feel my mind and body start to calm down.  InTune also helps me think more clearly.  I like the focused feeling I get when I am using the InTune essential oil. When using this particular oil I feel like my mind isn't as foggy and I don't get as distracted and confused as I get when not using it. I also really like the way it smells.  It has a more musky scent but it smells different on every person.  When my husband wears it I always think he is wearing cologne because I think it just smells so good on him.  

I use InTune on both my husband and son and have been really happy with the results.  My husband and son suffer from ADHD along with all the fun stuff that it goes along with..... it affects every activity in their daily life.  My son has noticed a difference so much that he will ask to have me put more on him.  He is 10 and I really notice a difference when I am using it on him.  My husband loves to use it to help him focus.  He is a full time student and also works part time so this InTune helps him on a daily basis in being able to help him complete his tasks.  One of the first times he used it he went to his math class and came home saying that it was one of the first times he was actually able to focus really well and felt like he actually learned something that day in class.  That was amazing for him!! I feel like this essential oil has been amazing for my family.  I recommend you check it out for you and your loved ones, or even just read more information on it to get familiar with what it is for and how it works.



For the month of AUGUST ONLY InTune is an extra 10% off!! No code necessary.  You can either email me to order or you can simply order online here. (ENDS AUGUST 31, 2014)

Not only is InTune great for anyone that has problems focusing, but it is great anyone!!  I don't suffer from ADHD but I find it helping with some of my other ailments that I suffer from.

ALSO only until August 15th only.........if you join and place an order of 100PV you get an automatic 50LRP points!  Check out here for more details on current promotions.

AS ALWAYS......Feel free to email me with any questions!!  Click my contact button above for contact info.

GIVEAWAY: WIN ONE (1) doTerra ESSENTIAL OIL INTRODUCTORY KIT
Ends 8/28 US

Introduction to Essential Oils Kit includes 
  • introductory audio CD and booklet 
  • 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lavender essential oil
  •  5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Lemon essential oil
  •  5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Peppermint essential oils 
  • The presentation box also includes suggested uses of the included oils providing you with an immediate experience of the life-changing benefits of essential oils.
GIVEAWAY: WIN ONE (1) doTerra ESSENTIAL OIL INTRODUCTORY KIT
Ends 8/28 US

To enter the giveaway just simply fill out the rafflecopter below for your entries.  If you don't see the rafflecopter simply wait or refresh the page. Don't forget you can share the giveaway daily for extra entries!!  So get your entries in and share with your friends.  If you need any help entering feel free to email me.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the current giveaways! Good Luck!!


 **This giveaway and post is sponsored by me an independent consultant for doTerra.  No product or compensation was received for this blog post.  There is no affiliation to this post with any company.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and others may have a different opinion.  Also I am NOT a medical professional and I am NOT giving medical advice of any kind.  As always please consult with your medical professional for any medical advice.**