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Friday, January 30, 2015

Learning To Dance The Merengue

I've had so much fun with each and every one of these DVDs from SalsaCrazy.  Learn To Dance Merengue is no different.


This dance video is just as fun and amazing as the previous ones I tried (check out my other posts).  The dance moves are quickly and easily explained to you.  They take you step by step through each move. They have a picture in picture to show another angle of what they are explaining so you know that you are doing it right.  

I really like that each step they take you through is it's own chapter.  More than once have I just gone and pushed the back button and repeated that step until I got it right.  

It is a great DVD set for anyone interested in learning to dance Merengue starting off with no experience at all. 


**I received this in exchange for my review.**



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What Are Your Uses For Lavender Oil?

I love lavender essential oil.  It's my most commonly used oil in my house.  It smells amazing, it is antibacterial, and it is great for burns.  Yep.  I use mine for burns.  I was so thankful I had my bottle from Applejack Life this week.



The very first use I had for this bottle was a burn. I was being careless as I cooked and I knocked my wrist inside my hot oven. I put ice on the burn immediately, but this summer I learned a little trick.

After I cooled it for a minute I ran the dropper of lavender oil across the burn. It immediately takes the burn away.  I did this each time the spot started to burn. After an hour it no longer hurt. No blisters or pain.  This is a few days later.  




THIS is why I love lavender oil. It can be used neat (no carrier oils) and for minor burns.  

What else do I use lavender oil for?  I love to put it in my oil burner diluted with water.  Just a few drops heated will make my house smell lovely. I'll add 3-5 drops in my cloth diaper laundry during the rinse cycle.  It is great for killing the diaper smell.  

What do you use your lavender oil for?



I received this in exchange for my review.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Krav Maga Review + Flash Giveaway

I have wanted to learn Krav Maga for years.  It's something that, as a wan, I've wanted to know.  I like the idea of learning self defense.  I also love what I've heard of Krav Maga.

Krav Maga is the Israeli army method for self defense. Krav Maga In No Time is a krav maga DVD course that allows you to learn and practice krav maga from the comfort of your home. You can watch the DVD while referring to the correct moves so you can compare and correct yourself.

Each video segment goes through a review of a specific stance or movement. 



Not only have I enjoyed this program, but my kids have really liked it as well.  It is a really great at home self defense teaching video series.  

You can buy either the DVD or Online Streaming version HERE, or enter below for a chance to win one.  It's a flash giveaway, so it will end in a few hours. 


**I received this in exchange for my review.**



My New Running Gear

I love exercise gear.  Running is something I'm doing a lot of.  The things I always need are running clothes and safety gear.  I was thrilled when I had the chance to review a long sleeved compression shirt and a reflective vest for when I run.  It's cold outside, and my only shirt was short sleeved for summer.  I also love having the safety aspect of being very visable.  Especially since I have ended up running close to dusk a few times.

I went to the Rash Guard page to get my shirt and it said they are supposed to fit snug.  I got what was my size, or was my size.  Ha ha.  I get the shirt in the mail, and try it on.  It's a great size, but I had gained a few extra pounds in the 2 months I stopped running.  No biggie.  I'm running again.  


I was a little chunky in the picture.  I really like the shirt.  It's snug.  I like that it's a wicking fabric, so it don't feel sweaty and soaking wet during and after my run.  I can't get it on or off with my glasses on.  It's kind of like being reborn, and the neck has to squeeze over your head and face. It's also a little hard to get out of due to the fit.  Other than that, it's a great shirt.  It's comfortable.  It's a bright color for safety.  I really like running in it.  Especially after I lost 8 pounds and fit in it a little better now.  



The Stark Safe Reflective Vest is really nice and visable.  It's adjustable, so a size S, M, or L can wear it.  The buckle around the waist holds tight, but isn't difficult to remove.  My biggest issue is no matter how I adjusted the waist, for some reason it kept riding up.  It's something I'm working on.  I'll take that minor issue for the visibility of the vest.  It's just great to know how well it works.  


I practically glow!  It's really a safety item anyone that is out at dusk should have.  


**I received these in exchange for my review.**


Have You Tried Nutritional Yeast?

Have you given nutritional yeast a try yet?  I had never tried it until recently.  I have recently started sprinkling it on a lot of different foods after reading about Nutritional Yeast.  I tried a package from Sari Foods (check them out here), and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. I love the cheesy, yummy flavor that it adds to my foods.  I have had a lot of fun trying it on different kinds of food.


So, what is nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a delicious salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood can be sprinkled on just about everything! It's naturally very low in sodium and fat and is dairy and gluten free!

There are so many ways you can use Nutritional yeast.  You can sprinkle it on popcorn, use it on pizza instead of cheese, sprinkle it on baked potatoes or baked veggies, add it to homemade kale chips, replace bread crumbs with it, top chili with it, and so much more. 

Why choose Natural, Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast? 
Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional count. We believe that synthetic, man-made vitamins are not only unnecessary, but that they can be harmful and toxic to our bodies, causing nutrient imbalances and forcing our kidneys and liver to work overtime while our bodies struggle to absorb them.
We can promise you this: the abundance of vitamins & nutrients plus the delicious cheese flavor found in this bag of molasses-grown nutritional yeast are 100% whole food based and naturally occurring - nothing synthetic here - just as nature intended! 
Our nutritional yeast is comprised of 50% protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties).

Here are a few of the benefits of adding Nutritional Yeast to your diet:
 

OPTIMIZE YOUR HEALTH WITH SUPER NUTRIENTS. Our Nutritional Yeast is naturally comprised of 50% protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties plus their ability to lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers).
LOSE WEIGHT NATURALLY. Enjoy guilt-free deliciousness with this salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood that can be sprinkled on just about everything and is bound to become your secret weapon in weight loss! In addition to being extremely low in calories, fat and sodium, it is dairy free, gluten free, MSG free and chocked full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. Thank you mother nature! ***For cooking inspiration, you will receive a free Nutritional Yeast Recipe Ebook (50+ yummy recipes) — emailed to you after purchase.***
FIGHT AGING & FREE RADICALS. With highly absorbable amounts of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA & RNA), Nutritional Yeast promotes cellular repair and regeneration. Then, by combining the two antioxidants glutathione and selenium, our Nutritional Yeast Flakes create a special enzyme called glutathione peroxidase that is known to neutralize free radicals and protect us from their damage.
END YOUR ENERGY CRISIS. 15-40% of Americans are deficient in B vitamins which can lead to deep and ongoing fatigue, brain fog, irritability, depression, and even insomnia (as they play a crucial role in melatonin production). The body depends on B6 to make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which affect both mood and feelings of happiness. Improved Vitamin B intake helps us sleep well and helps balance our hormones. increase our energy levels, clarity & overall mental function.


**I received this in exchange for my review.**



Paleo Lavender Infused Chocolate Bark

It really is like eating beautiful chocolate flowers.  The taste is soft and luxurious.

I bought an ounce of lavender buds on ebay.  I was worried about buying without knowing how they would be, but the reviews were good.  It was culinary grade.  I was hoping for the best.  

Then, a few days later, I checked my mail.  My box smelled heavenly.  

I made some paleo chocolate bark for a friend. Something beautiful for a hard time.  I tried a little piece.  Beautiful.  Like eating a soft flower.  An easy and peaceful recipe. 

Lavender Infused Chocolate Bark

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 Cup Honey
1 1/2 tsp Lavender Buds
1 1/2 tsp Lavender Buds for Garnish


Melt coconut oil in saucepan over low heat.  Add lavender buds and honey.  Turn off heat and stir for a few minutes to infuse flavors.  Add cocoa powder.  Stir until all are combined and lump free (other than the lavender bud lumps. Spread thin over parchment paper or silicon baking mat.  Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 tsp lavender buds.  Put in freezer for 30 min to an hour. 



Break apart into smaller pieces when solid. 

*A few pieces of the batch.*

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Crayon For Our iPad

There are times when my little kids love to play school on the iPad.  They love to learn their ABCs and letter sounds.  They love to play on the number game.  They also love to play regular games.  I have added a little more fun to their electronic time.  They get to have their own stylus.



The Digital Crayon stylus has a soft tip for electronic touch screens.  It is also bigger in size (like a big crayon) to fit in little hands.  It's a really fun item for the kids that you can find on Amazon here 
http://www.amazon.com/kid-friendly-touchscreen-smartphones-painting-lulu/dp/b00htmt5cg. 

It also comes with a coloring app for the kids to play on.  



It really is a fun children's stylus and a fun app.  Check it out. 

**I received this in exchange for my review.**



Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Great General Work Glove

My husband works in the construction industry. He loves using thin gloves, but dislikes how fast the brand he was using would wear out for the price you pay ($7-10).  Most of his work gloves last about half a job, almost never beyond a job. 

He was happy to try out the NiTex P-200 work gloves.  Although he could have used the P-12 gloves for the high visibility since he misplaced things at times, I chose the black ones because I knew they would be a good neutral color.  



These gloves are really nice. They are thin enough that he can use them and feel what he's doing.  He can still grab nails and screws.  He is able to use his tools and write down measurements while wearing his gloves.  They are strong enough that he doesn't get scratched, scraped, or splinters.  He can carry heavy and awkward items easier than with bare hands.  

He loves these gloves.  The size Large fit his hands perfectly.  He also loves the price.  When we need a replacement pair, they are an amazingly affordable price of $3.49. 

From Nitex Gloves:
"Believe us when we say that the NiTex P-200 is the best overall work glove on the market today. Its tight fit provides the tactile sensitivity needed for even the most delicate of tasks while it's revolutionary nitrile-foam coating provides breathbility and long-lasting grip.

It's the gloveof choice for all general workers including but not limited to: plumbers, electricians, warehouse employees, construction workers, USPS employees, HVAC workers, and so on.

Need a P-200 but also need to make sure you stay visible? Get a pair of NiTex P-12's and get all the benefits of having a P-200 with the added visibility.

Common applications: the P-200 and P-12 are great general work gloves and have been used in construction, manufacturing, electrical, HVAc, plumbing, automotive, engineering and even quilting. Use them for anything, as long as it is not a high-heat situation."



You can find these gloves at:

NiTex P-200 Review: http://www.nitexgloves.com/shop-2/nitexp-200bk

NiTex P-12 Review: http://www.nitexgloves.com/shop-2/the-nitex-p-12


**I received this in exchange for my review.**



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Vitamin C Serum by Naturalico

I like using this Vitamin C Serum by Naturalico.  




It is very easy to put on my face. Just a lite shake and then put a few drops on my face and neck. I just put on my moisturizer after it's dried, otherwise my skin feels dry. I like that it's great for my skin, and am happy to do what I can to ale care of myself now, before too many wrinkles begin.

From Naturalico:
"Experience The Anti Aging Power Of Vitamin C + E + Hyaluronic Acid & Instantly Gain Brighter More Radiant Beautiful Skin Upon Application. 

You Won't Find A Better Higher Quality, More Potent Effective Vitamin C Serum On The Market - with Pure 98% Natural 72% Organic ingredients

Truly the Best Vitamin C Serum on the Market Today
Nowadays, you can find a multitude of anti aging serum options, but none of these products can truly compare to our Vitamin C Serum. Only the finest of natural ingredients like pure sea buckthorn oil, organic hyaluronic acid and organic rosehip oil are included in our revolutionary formula.

A Multitude of Benefits From One Face Serum
Our combination vitamin C and hyaluronic acid serum simultaneously addresses existing damage while providing potent antioxidant protection from oxidative damage. While vitamin C brightens the skin and stimulates the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid binds moisture to the skin, keeping it
 properly hydrated and making fine lines and wrinkles less deep. You can even tackle those unsightly age spots with the brightening power of our anti aging serum. Rigorously tested, our face serum truly lives up to its promise and can make a difference in the firmness, radiance and youthfulness of your skin.

The Natural Anti Wrinkle Serum for All Skin Types
Our formula is ideal for all skin types and can be used at any age to fight wrinkles and promote a gorgeous complexion.

It's time to fight back against environmental damage and the natural aging process. Turn back the clock and restore youthfulness to your complexion."


You can find them on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00mukt43m



I received this in exchange for my review.

Vitamin C Moisturizer by InstaNaturals

I received the Vitamin C Cream Moisturizer by InstaNaturals a few weeks ago.



I've been using the moisturizer after my showers. I really like the way it feels. My forehead, nose and eyes are the main areas I need this. The bottle is easy to use. Just press gently and the cream comes out. Just a little bit will go a long way. I have sensitive skin, so I only use it once a day. It does have a slight firming and tiny but of burning feeling for a couple minutes. Then it's back to normal.   

It's a nice moisturizer with Vit C, Niacinamide, Plant Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid.  They all work together to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and dryness. 

I like this cream and am happy I was able to test it in exchange for my review.



An Organic Morning Wakeup - Crazy Cups

 I have found one of the best K-Cup options for a strong coffee.  If you have ever used a Keurig, you will know that the coffee tends to run a little on the weak side at times.  What I've found is that many coffee pods are only 1/2-3/4 full of coffee grounds.  I was excited when I was able to try Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger coffee for my Keurig. 



If you haven't heard of Crazy Cups Sumatran Tiger, it's organic, Fair Trade certified, and single origin.  It's great to know that the coffee you are drinking is not full of pesticides.  It's one of the things that I think about when I'm trying new coffee brands.  It also has the easy "Cool, Peel, Recycle" pod.  Basically, there is a little tab on the foil top that allows you to very easily peel off the foil so you can easily recycle each pod!  This is the only pod I've used that had that.  I was amazed that something so easy isn't done on other pods.



So, I was reading about Crazy Cups, and they said that they have 30% more coffee in each pod that any other single serve cup on the market.  Each cup contains 13g of premium Arabica coffee.  Okay.  So, I peeled the foil off to check it out.  It was filled to the very top of the pod with coffee!  They were telling the truth.  There was a lot more than the other brands.



I made my first cup.  I made a 12 oz cup with my Keurig.  What I found is at 12 oz, it made a very strong coffee.  I do like my coffee strong.  I got my big cup out and made a 14 oz coffee with it.  It wasn't as strong, but very good.  Either one was a great way to drink it, and both were a strong brew.  The Sumatran Tiger has subtle notes of dark chocolate and pepper, and a smooth rum-raisin finish.  It is, by far, the best and strongest single serve coffee I've yet to try. 

They don't just have the one flavor either.  You can get many other delicious flavors!



You can find Crazy Cups online and in stores.  To help you out, you can buy their great single serve coffee packs at:



**I received this in exchange for my review.**


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Baby Wearing Is So Easy

I didn't know the joys of baby wearing until very recently.  I had my MIL sew a ring sling for me for baby 4.  I've used it for 6 babies.  Most of them didn't like it.  With baby 8, I got a Boba wrap.  It was super long, and after a little while it would stretch and she would sag.  With baby Z, I got a Baby K'tan from a PIF win.  I was so excited, but it was also stretchy material and would sag quickly.  Z looks like he melted when in it.

I was able to test out Baby More Eco Baby Wrap recently.  It came on a cute roll inside it's own cover with strings. 



The first thing I did was unroll it and see how increfibally long and tedious it was going to be.  I was THRILLED when I saw it was more my size!  It doesn't wrap around me 3 times like my other.  It's also not a stretchy material.  I put baby Z in it, and he stays!  No drooping and sagging baby.  

(Not the best picture.  Sorry!)


Another little item I LOVED was they they included a slip that showed the proper way to use the wrap. 




I am just so impressed with this wrap from Baby More!  It's a great wrap for a great price!  Check them out on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/b00pj23igc. They are great for gifts as well.  


**I received this in exchange for my review.**