Monday, May 25, 2015

Yoga Sweat DVD Review

I love trying new workouts to keep my body from getting used to the same routine. Plus it always helps when I seem to get stuck in a plateau.

This Yoga Sweat DVD is an 80 minute workout for ultimate weight loss. It includes two 30 minute workouts and also a 10 minute warm up and 10 minute cool down.

I actually skim watched it before I did the workout the first time so I would have an idea what was going on. I think it especially helped because a lot of positions your head is down. It is like any new workout- it just takes a few rounds of getting it down. I am able to do all of the poses. Some I do have to modify since I'm not super flexible but I make it work to what my body is comfortable with and I know I will just improve over time. I don't do the whole entire DVD all at once though. It is a fast paced workout so you do need to pay attention.

The narrative is very good and clear. It helped me a lot. She also reminds you to breathe which is helpful. Her voice is pleasant also. It is a really good workout and definitely made me work up a sweat. I do like to keep my routines mixed up so this DVD is in my rotation. I do have to say though I have been using the warm up and cool down parts quite a bit. I actually have been starting my day with the warm up and ending my day with the cool down. They are really good just for stretching in general.

You can find this Yoga Sweat DVD on Amazon.

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

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Live Infinitely Forever Cool Cooling Towel Review

This Cooling Towel instantly cools your body down and wicks away sweat. I have been using it after my workouts or while I am still on the treadmill or elliptical and feeling a bit too hot. This towel is great for any type sports or workouts. It's even good for taking along for outside events just to keep cool.

The towel is easy to use. You just run it under water, wring out any excess water and it will keep you cool for a long time. It is machine washable and can be stored in the anti-bacterial case that comes with it.

My towel did have a strong smell when I opened the package but I washed it twice and now it's fine. It really is a refreshing towel to use. One of my boys has also used it while he was mowing the lawn. It definitely kept him cooler while he mowed.

You can find this Cooling Towel on Amazon. It will be great to keep you cool during and after your workouts or any yard work this summer.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Organic Rosehip Oil Review

This Rosehip Oil from Leven Rose is 100% pure all natural and organic. It is Non-GMO, no parabens, no fillers or additives. Rosehips are cultivated in the mountains of Chile. After harvesting the seeds are removed and cold pressed. It is packaged in a dark amber glass bottle which helps extend shelf life. It's packaged in the USA.

Rosehip Oil has many uses. It can be used to help treat Rosacea, on scars, stretch marks, lips, cuticles, wrinkles, hair, and dry skin. A little bit goes a long way so you don't need much. It also does not leave a greasy feeling.

I have been using it on my heels because they have been so dry. I've also used on my hands a few times and a small spot of eczema on one elbow. It does have a slight natural earthy scent. It's not the same as a rose flower so it doesn't have that type of scent.

You can find this Rosehip Oil on Amazon.

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

Coconut Pecan Protein & Energy Bar Review

These Protein & Energy Bars from fe fit fe fuel are a good snack to have for a little kick of energy. They are made especially for women. They come in 3 flavors: Coconut Pecan, Apricot Cashew, and Cacao Nib Almond. I received a pack of the Coconut Pecan. They are delicious!

12 pack

At first I was surprised how small the bars were when I received my box. It looked like I could eat the thing in one bite. However, after eating one I realized that small bar was plenty! It is dense and chewy and has to be bitten off in small bites. 

Coconut Pecan Bar

These bars are 10g of clean protein. They are Gluten Free, Paleo, and Whole Natural Food. I have been having one before or after a workout. I also keep one in my purse just in case I need a quick snack while I'm running errands. 

You can find these protein and energy bars on Amazon. They come in boxes of 12 - an individual flavor or a variety pack. 

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

Lavender Eye Pillow Review

This Lavender Eye Pillow has been one of my most favorite things that I've gotten to review. It's such a luxurious little item to have. It is so silky soft and I absolutely love the purple color that I got. They do offer other colors to choose from.

These pillows are made in the USA. They are made with super soft natural fabrics in either ultra silky satin or organic cotton. They are filled with organic flax seed and pure and natural aromatherapy herbs to relieve tension and stress. It smells absolutely amazing!

You can use this pillow to help relieve stress, migraines, and a few other things. You can also use it hot or cold. So far I've used it hot just to help me relax. It feels so good. It's also not super heavy but enough weight to feel good. Thankfully I haven't had a migraine since I've received this but I know eventually I'll be using it for this reason.

 So relaxing!

You can find this Lavender Eye Pillow on Amazon. It would be a wonderful gift for yourself or a friend. 

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

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Salsas and Moles Book Review

I love salsa but I usually just make a basic version of it at home. I was so excited to go through this book and discover so many new recipes I can't wait to try. I'm so happy to have this book as it's soon coming up on farmer's market time so I'll have access to so many fresh ingredients to use with this book.

This book also includes moles. I have yet to make one but am looking forward to trying them. I'm also looking forward to making the Creamy Lime Mayonesa the next time we have fish tacos.

I love all the pictures included in the book. Also the beginning of the book includes a guide to working with chiles and other info about the ingredients used in the salsas and moles.

Salsas and Moles would be a great addition to have in your kitchen if you're like me and would like to try some new salsa recipes. Deborah Schneider is also the author of a few other books so be sure to check them out.

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

KUKPO All-In-One Pizza Cutter Review

This All-In-One Pizza Cutter from KUKPO is made from Food Grade Stainless Steel. It has a 4" wheel and a nice long handle that makes it easy to grip. 

My old cutter is really dull compared to this one. This KUKPO cutter slices easily through any type of pizza. It leaves a nice clean cut. I've found I only have to cut through it once instead of back and forth a few times like my old one. 

I've also used this cutter for quesadillas and cutting out scones. You can use it for so many things for a quick clean cut. It is dishwasher safe but I just wash it quick with soap & water and then wipe it dry. 

You can find this All-In-One Pizza Cutter on Amazon. It's a great tool for anyone to have in their kitchen. 

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

Ice Ball Maker & Sphere Ice Mold by Bar Brat Review

This Ice Ball Maker from Bar Brat has gotten so much use at our house since it arrived. It is easy to fill up and then after a few hours pop out the ice. The ice balls come out really easy because you can twist and bend the mold. It doesn't take up a lot of space in the freezer either.

It is made from black food grade silicone. Each mold makes 4 spherical 4.5 cm ice balls. It is 100% BPA free and FDA approved. The mold is also dishwasher safe.

My husband has been using these for his iced tea. It keeps it really cold and doesn't melt as fast as regular ice cubes. We've also used them for pop, lemonade, and Kool-aid. I'm looking forward to using them a lot this summer when we are sitting out at our pool or on the deck. I'm also thinking I might add some pieces of strawberries or blueberries when I freeze them and add that to our lemonade just for fun.

Keeping iced tea cold.

You can find this Ice Ball Maker on Amazon. It will definitely help keep your beverages cold. It also adds a little fun to your drinks!

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

Saturday, May 9, 2015

MAIVITA Premium Organic Coconut Flour Review

I love experimenting in the kitchen with new products so I was excited to try using coconut flour for the first time. I have heard a bit about coconut flour and knew enough that it can't just be swapped out for the same amount as regular flour. I did a little searching on the internet for some recipes so I wouldn't end up with a flopped mess. I hate wasting good ingredients.

I found a recipe for coconut flour bread and I had all the ingredients. I was not in the mood for running into the store on a Saturday. I also found a chocolate chip cookie recipe but I didn't have all the ingredients needed so I put them on my shopping list for next time.

The smell of coconut when I opened the bag was heavenly!
Also love that this bag is resealable.

Coconut flour really soaks up the liquids.

The finished product.

This coconut flour from MAIVITA comes only from the best coconut crops in the Philippines. The manufacturing and production process follows strict guidelines under a Fair Trade supply chain.

Coconut flour is an excellent source of fiber. It's naturally Gluten-Free. It has no fillers, preservatives, or sweeteners. It's low carb and vegan.

When using coconut flour as a partial substitute they recommend replacing 20% of the flour with coconut flour. You must then also increase the liquid ingredients amount by 20%. Coconut flour really soaks up wet ingredients so you may think a recipe looks off because of so many eggs required or whatever other liquid it may call for but you need it!

You can find this Premium Organic Coconut Flour from MAIVITA on Amazon.

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

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Gorton's Smart & Crunchy Review & Giveaway

I know I'm not the only parent who has days when you need something quick to make for lunch or dinner. Whether it's a long day of errands or busy days at work and school it's nice to have a quick go to option. Since I homeschool our boys I am usually making 3 meals a day for the 5 of us and then my husband is home for dinner.

These new Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks are great to have on hand for those days when you need quick and easy. I made them for lunch for my boys and I along with green beans and mac & cheese. They were a hit and I've since bought more. They are not greasy and get crispy just like the boys like them. Next round I'm going to use them for fish tacos.

A few facts about the Smart & Crunchy Fish Sticks:

*They have 50% less fat than Gorton's regular fish sticks and are 180 calories per serving.
*Made with 100% wild-caught Alaska Pollock.
*Breaded in a tasty panko breadcrumb that gives a great crunch.
*Gorton's entire line has no artificial flavors and no MSG.

Visit to download a coupon so you can try them for yourself. You can also find out about the tour and sign up for their newsletter.

You can also find Gorton's on facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. #smartandcrunchy

Enter to win a Gorton's Prize Pack including 2 free product coupons, an adult apron, a child's apron, and a Smarty Crunchman plush toy courtesy of Gorton's. Fulfillment by Gorton's.

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*I did receive the same prize pack as pictured along with free coupons to try the product for this review. Opinions are my own.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fusion Belts Review

This Jungle Camo version from Fusion Belts is one of the many patterns offered in this handy wrap. I have been using it on my walks to hold my phone, keys, or ipod.  It has a pocket in the front and back and zips up on the side. The Fusion Belts are made of the highest quality stretch fabric that is micropoly and spandex. They are moisture wicking, antimicrobial, and also made in the USA.

I'm looking forward to using mine this summer on my walks and also on the 5K I'm signed up for. It will be so much easier than having to hang onto my keys and phone.

You can check out all the other fun patterns on the Fusion Belts website. They offer sizes XS to 3X/4X.

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

URBNFit Long Exercise Bands Review

This 3 pack of 5 Ft Long Exercise Bands from URBNFit will help you strengthen and tone all over. I love that they are marked so it's very easy to tell which band is which. I've used others that it's really hard to tell the difference. The bands are sturdy and at 5 feet long they can be used a variety of ways. A door anchor (black little strip) is also included.

I have been using these along with some of my exercise DVDs and also just on their own for stretching. These would also be great to toss in your bag when you travel so you can still get in a good workout.

They are made of professional grade high quality latex rubber. Mine did have quite a strong smell when I first opened them but after letting them air out a bit it has helped some.

You can find these Long Exercise Bands on Amazon.

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

Sunday, May 3, 2015

MizzFit #MIZ07 Quarterly Box Review

#MIZ07 Box

Another awesome Quarterly box from MizzFit Bianca Jade just arrived. I absolutely love her boxes. They come every 3 months and are always packed full of things to keep me inspired and motivated to be healthy. The theme for this box was 90/10. A reminder to be healthy and disciplined 90% of the time and the other 10% is to reward yourself and take it easy.

 Ankle weights to make workouts a bit harder.

Looking forward to trying this in my shakes!

A tasty reward after a hard workout!

Love this bright blue clutch.

Lumene Bright Now day cream with SPF.
Clean Energy Patches for a burst of energy & alertness.

Healthy Hoo Hoo Wipes & a Gym Selfie button from Butt'n Booty.

Also included in this box was an issue of New Beauty Magazine, Tribe Tats, and a 45 day voucher for CrunchLive. I'm looking forward to trying out some new workouts! I love to mix it up or I get bored.

Another great box that will get put to good use. Be sure to check out her MizzFit Facebook page and her MizzFit Twitter page.

* I pay for my own subscription to Bianca Jade's MizzFit Quarterly Box. Opinions are my own.