Saturday, February 28, 2015

Keomi Skincare Organic Handmade Soap Review

This sample set from Keomi Skincare came with 4 different scents of organic handmade soaps. Included were Green Tea Goddess, Golden Crown, Luscious Lavender, and Sea Breeze. They all smell amazing.

Each soap is handmade using the highest quality ingredients. They are made in small batches using the cold-press method to retain the benefits of the living oils. The base used for making the soaps is a blend of over 10 USDA certified organic vegetable, fruit, and seed oils, along with shea and cocoa butters.

This sample set is a good way to try a few different scents. The bars are a decent size so that you can use them a few times at least.

These Keomi Skincare Handmade Soaps are:

No Animal Testing
No Colorants
No Preservatives
Sulphate Free
Nut Free
Made in the USA

Sea Breeze

It was hard to decide which one to use first since they all smell so good but I decided to use the Sea Breeze first. I was hoping it'd transport me to a warmer place in my mind for a bit! This soap made my skin feel clean, it washed off easy, and left a nice scent on my skin after showering. 

You can find these beautiful handmade organic soaps on Amazon and also on the Keomi Skincare website. 

* I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review. Opinions are my own.

12-in-1 Headband Review

This 12 in 1 headband from Tough Brands is an excellent accessory to have for your workouts, outdoor activities, or just to look stylish! They have over 50 styles to choose from but being in a house full of males that are hunters I thought this camo print would be a hit for sure. I had originally planned to be the main user but after my youngest boy tried it out he has claimed it. I did get a chance to use it for a workout and an afternoon house cleaning before I had to hand it over.

House cleaning in style.

One of my boys using as a neck gator.

He says this will be his summer style.

There are 12 ways ways to wear this headband. It is stretchy and fit both of us really well. I ran it through the wash and it came out just fine. It's made from 100% microfiber which is a breathable material so it helps wick away moisture faster than other alternatives. 

I'm sure with all the many patterns available you will find one you'll love. You might find a few! You can find these 12-in-1 headbands on Amazon. 

* I received this product in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

100% Pure Argan Oil Review

This Argan Oil from Foxbrim is made from 100% Pure ECOCERT & USDA Certified Organic Argan Oil. There are no additives, fillers, or fragrances and it is directly sourced from Morocco.

My hands have been so dry from the very cold weather we are having this winter so I have been putting a few drops once a day on. It soaks in rapidly and does not leave my hands feeling greasy. It has greatly helped to make my skin feel more moisturized.

There are many other uses for this Argan Oil including in your hair for softer & silkier hair, on your face for a more radiant glow, and also on your nails to make them stronger. This does have a very natural earthy scent. It's very light to me and I like that is smells very natural.

You can find Foxbrim Argan Oil on Amazon.

* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lemon & Peppermint Essential Oils Review

I recently received a bottle of lemon essential oil and a bottle of peppermint essential oil from InstaNatural to review. Both of these oils smell really good. The lemon is just like smelling fresh squeezed lemons. It's very energizing. The peppermint is a burst of cool mint.

Essential oils have many uses. You can use them in an Essential Oil Diffuser to bring a nice aroma to any room in your house. Peppermint is known to help reduce stress. I have used it to help relieve my headaches at times. The lemon one is great to use for a cleaning aid. The citrus scent just makes me think clean and fresh.  You can use either to make your own bath salts or scrubs. The bottles include a dropper so you can add whatever amount you desire. A little goes a long way. These bottles are a very generous 4 oz. so they will last awhile.


These essential oils from InstaNatural are 100% natural and pure and do not include any added ingredients or fillers. They are made in the USA and are cruelty free.  

The Peppermint Essential Oil and the Lemon Essential Oil can both be found on Amazon. 

* I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Silicone Heat Resistant Cooking Glove Review

These SafeTGloves are made of premium food grade silicone and heat resistant to 425 degrees. They are BPA free and FDA approved. These gloves come in a 2 pack so you can keep both hands safe while cooking, baking, or grilling. They are also waterproof.

The gloves have nice little grips on them so it makes it easier to handle pans and dishes and know they won't slip out of your hands. They cover up my wrists so it helps keep them safe too. They are a one size fits most. A couple of my boys used them too and they felt confident using them as they feel like they can grip things easier with the 5 finger gloves as opposed to the regular oven mitts we have. I really like the bright orange color. I know I will be able to find them easily.

You can find these gloves on Amazon. They would be a great addition to your kitchen.

* I received this product in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

iPhone 5 Armband Review

I recently received this iPhone 5 Armband to review. I didn't have one and knew this would be helpful to have for my walks and workouts. I did my first 5K last fall and had to carry my phone with me the whole race because I didn't want to leave it in the bag check. This would have solved that problem. I know I will be using this for my upcoming races this year!

This armband fits just right on my arm. It's comfortable and doesn't feel rough. The strap and velcro seem very sturdy. It didn't slip when I used it on the treadmill or elliptical.

This armband is compatible with Apple iPhone 5/5S/5C and iPod Touch 5 and also fits iPhone 4/4S.

It keeps your phone safe from moisture while working out. It has a night reflector if you are a night or early morning runner/walker. It also has a small spot for a key. It was easy to use the touchscreen while my phone was in it.

I did have to take my phone out of it's case in order for it to fit. I'm not sure how I feel about that since sometimes it's a pain to put in on and off. However if I'm using during a 5K or long walk outside it wouldn't be too big of a deal.

Overall I am very happy with this armband and will for sure be using it in my upcoming races this summer and fall.

You can find this iPhone Armband over on Amazon.

* I received this product in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Soup Club Cookbook - Review

I absolutely love the cover of this book. It just makes me think Yum! This book arrived at my house on a super cold day and I was so anxious to look through it to find some warm comforting soups to make. I found lots that sound delicious. I just wish the book had arrived with samples!  Even though it is called the Soup Club it has lots of other great recipes that go along with all the soups in the book. What a wonderful added bonus!

There are lots of varieties of soups including chilled, fish, meat, hearty, and pureed. I am really wanting to try the Senegalese Peanut Soup. It just looks amazingly good. There is a section for salads and dressing, toppings for soup, breads, and snacks. The melted cheese crackers towards the back of the book are something I know my kids will love and so easy to make along with soup. The recipes do make large batches because it is intended to share but with a good sized family I think it's still a nice amount and I like to have a bit of leftovers to warm up or of course share!

This cookbook is laid out very well, It's easy to read and instructions are very clear. There are beautiful pictures and fun little illustrations. Even if you don't want to start your own soup club this book is excellent to have for your own family. I know I will be trying out lots of the recipes.

You can find out more about this book by visiting here.

* I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. Opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Danish Dough Whisk Review

I love spending time in the kitchen baking and cooking. It's one of my favorite things to do. The cleanup up not so much but it's always worth it in the end. I have many gadgets in my kitchen that help me create delicious eats and so I was excited to get to review this Danish Dough Whisk.

I was pleasantly surprised how sturdy this tool is. The wooden handle is thick and easy to hold on to. The metal whisk part is very strong and made with food grade stainless steel construction and attached well. I don't have any worries of it coming apart.

Large 13.5" Danish Whisk

So far I have used this while making muffins, cinnamon rolls, and mixing up meatloaf. I love that it is strong enough to mix all the ingredients up well. I especially like that I can use it while making meatloaf so I don't have to get my hands in that mess. It definitely helps keep my hands cleaner. This whisk also is easy to clean. I think this is a great tool to have in your kitchen. We all need gadgets to make things easier for us. Plus it makes things more fun. You can find this Danish Dough Whisk over on Amazon. 

Mixing up cinnamon roll dough.

* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Speed Jump Rope Review

Jumping rope is such a great way to get some cardio in. It's a fun and easy exercise that can be done almost anywhere. I remember spending the whole time at recess when I was little jumping rope with the other girls. I still enjoy to this this day. I just don't remember all the fun little songs we used to sing as we jumped! This was a fun review to do since I got a bit of sweat time in too!

This jump rope is light weight and of good quality. I really like that it is adjustable. It comes standard at 10 ft but with a quick snip using my husband's wire cutters I had them adjusted to the length I needed. Scissors will not work because it is a pretty strong wire under there. It has little caps on the end that keep it from fraying if you do need to clip it like I did. It also has little screws that keep the rope in place in case you need to adjust for another user. It was easy enough for my younger boys to adjust themselves since they needed it a bit shorter. Just be sure the screws are tight.

What I really like about it is how nicely it fits in my hands. It's very comfortable to hold onto. I also like that you can really go fast with it. I can't last too long at super fast speed but it's nice knowing I can do quick bursts to ramp up my heart rate even for a bit.  It has 4 high-grade metal ball bearings which help it to turn faster.

This is a really nice jump rope for anyone wanting to get in a great workout. It is easy to take anywhere because it comes with a nice nylon bag to carry it in. Just by using it to do 50-100 jumps a few times a day will help blast the fat away! You can find this jump rope on Amazon.

* I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MizzFit #MIZ06 Quarterly Box Review


I am always so excited when my Quarterly box from Bianca Jade (MizzFit) comes. She usually posts a few sneak peeks for us on her facebook page which gets me even more anxious for it to arrive. I have LOVED all of my boxes from her.

Each box has a theme and this one was Clean Slate. Every time I get a box it's a great motivator to keep on track and be my best healthy me. It's such a great way to find out about all kinds of fitness fun! As always so many great products included to keep me from getting in a rut.

Mizzfit & Pointe Studio Barre Socks

These socks were designed by Mizzfit and they are so cute and comfy!


This is a 12 week journal to keep track of your fitness & nutrition. Love this! I do better when I write things down. Helps keep me accountable. 

Strawberry Crush Facial Scrub

This scrub smells amazing! It makes my skin feel pretty awesome too!

Also included in this box:

Snap Super Candy - they were pretty tasty little caramel bits. I didn't want the bag to end!

1-month membership to Booya Fitness - access to all their workouts. 

Eyeko Sport Mascara - I don't wear makeup so I'll pass this on to a friend who will be very happy!

15% discount to Lucy Activewear - I have a few of their pieces and they are pretty awesome.

I just love getting this box. It is the only subscription box that I subscribe to anymore after trying lots of them. This one just reminds me to keep on my healthy journey and I love the mix of products she includes! 

You can find MizzFit on twitter and facebook. She is always posting great stuff. Love that she interacts with her followers too! 

* I pay for my own subscription to this Quarterly box by MizzFit. Opinions are my own. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sugar Free Children's Advil - Review

This winter has been a rough one at our house for all kinds of sickness. It has been almost nonstop since October with someone having something. I think I almost need a designated parking spot at our doctor's office.

Thankfully most of the time when my youngest has had a fever, headache, and/or sore throat I've been able to just give him a dose of Children's Sugar Free Advil to make him more comfortable. He really likes the berry flavor and also likes that it doesn't taste sugary like some of the other brands we've used. I like that it's also free of dyes and lasts up to 8 hours.

This can be easily found at most stores in the children's medicine section. I recently bought another bottle since this one is almost out. I always like to be sure I have some on hand because you just never know when sickness will hit.

* I received a free sample for this review as a member of Smiley360. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Good Food Day- Book Review

At first glance through this book I was a little bit intimidated and not sure I would like it. The photos of the dishes are just beautiful and looked a bit complicated. When I sat down to really read through this cookbook I was pleasantly surprised. Even though the dishes look complicated and expensive most are really not. The majority of ingredients are just fresh everyday items.

There are many recipes I'd like to try including the Pecan Power Balls, Curry and Lime Cashews, and Olive Oil Cake. One of the recipes that really caught my eye and I can't wait to try is the Liver and Onions! We love liver and onions and I can't wait to try the version in this book.

Besides the recipes in the book there is also a nice amount of info on eating healthy in general. Getting rid of processed foods and just using whole foods can make such a difference. I've been trying to do this in our house. I feel better even when I serve desserts to my family and they are homemade. Just knowing what is in your food makes you feel better.

Overall a great cookbook. Beautiful photos, nice variety of recipes, and informative little intros for each of the dishes. Definitely recommend if you are wanting to switch over to more "real" food.

If you'd like to find out more about this book you can visit here.

*I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. Opinions are my own.