Friday, September 30, 2016

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum fights wrinkles and provides hydration for visibly smoother, rejuvenated skin. Benefits of using this serum: diminishes wrinkles, stimulates collagen, improves skin tone, manages breakouts, and conditions skin.

A few of the main ingredients that work together to get these results include: Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Squalane.

Directions for using this serum are pretty basic. You do want to shake the bottle lightly before each use then apply to cleansed face. You can apply moisturizer afterwards. I found that it hydrates my skin enough so I don't need to apply anything else.

I found this to be very light on my skin. It has a milky white texture. It made my skin instantly soft and hydrated. I have only used it a couple times since receiving it so I've not noticed any other changes. I do think it takes consistent use for best results. This did not irritate my skin at all. The scent is also very light.

You can find Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum on Amazon. They offer several other skin care items also.

For more info about their products you can visit the Valentia website. They can also be found on their social media sites listed below.



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Friday, September 23, 2016

Shoplet for Schools Giveaway

Shoplet wants to give back in a big way. They are hosting a giveaway where one school will win a massive bundle of school supplies worth an estimated $5,000! The winner gets to pick the school of their choice to donate the supplies.

You can enter by visiting the Shoplet Blog. Be sure to scroll down and comment on their blog post and enter via the Rafflecopter. It ends Oct. 3rd so be sure to enter right away!

Some of the products included are pens, pencils, folders, maps, cleaning supplies, teacher's planners, and more. The wonderful companies donating products include Avery, Lysol, 3M, Pilot, Schneider, Georgia Pacific, Ticonderoga, Neenah, C-Line, Lion, Roaring Springs, House of Doolittle, and Iceberg.

Get your friends, teachers, other parents and have them all enter so your school can be the lucky one to win this amazing giveaway.

Shoplet has also been kind enough to offer my readers a 20% discount when using code: SHOPLETFORSCHOOLS20

Here's the press release about the giveaway if you'd like to read more about it also.

Shoplet is the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. They also carry cleaning suppliesmedical supplies, and office furniture.

You can find Shoplet by visiting them on their social media sites I've listed below. Be sure to check them out!


Twitter @Shoplet





Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Broken Leaves of Autumn - Book Review

Broken Leaves of Autumn tells a story about a young Christian man named Jeff who leaves his abusive home in Arizona and arrives in New York looking for a better life for himself. He becomes friends with Aaron who is an ultra orthodox Jew and helps him find a job and a place to live. He then meets Eva, a successful business woman who works at the World Trade Center, and then Aaron's sister falls in love with Jeff. Lots of things going on!

I really wanted to like Broken Leaves of Autumn but I couldn't get caught up in the story. It didn't flow smoothly for me. I felt like it jumped around a bit and the characters were just not believable to me. At the beginning there was one small bit about the businesswoman Jeff meets and it seemed like she was kind of just thrown in there and you don't go back to finding out about her for awhile. I think the book needed to lose some parts of the story. It felt too wordy. This book was just not for me.

You can find Broken Leaves of Autumn on Amazon.

* I received an ebook version for free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mango Green Tea Loose Leaf Tea Blend

This Mango Green Tea Loose Leaf Tea Blend from Coastal Tea Company comes in a 3.5 oz resealable bag.

Ingredients include: Premium blend of sencha green tea, dried mango pieces, peach flavoring oils, and a hint of mint. It's naturally flavored with no artificial ingredients or flavors.

I do have to say this isn't my favorite blend. While I can smell the mango and peach when opening the bag of leaves and also just slightly once it's brewed it's very light. The mint is much stronger in this one. It's more than just a hint of mint. I would have liked more of the mango and peach flavor.

You can find Mango Green Tea Loose Leaf Tea Blend on Amazon.

* I received this product for free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ginger Mint Loose Leaf Tea Blend

The Ginger Mint Loose Leaf Tea Blend from Coastal Tea Company is another great tasting tea. I love the combination of this one. So many great health benefits from this blend. It's a very soothing cup of tea. The ginger is what I notice at first. The lovely scent of lemon and ginger is wonderful. The mint was light and not overpowering.

Ingredients in this blend include: Premium blend of sencha green tea, dried ginger, lemongrass, lemon peel, and dried spearmint leaves. It is naturally flavored with no artificial flavors or ingredients.

Soothing cup of tea.

It still smelled wonderful after steeping my tea.

This is a 3.5 oz bag of loose leaf tea. Instructions are 1-2 tsp of leaves per 8 oz cup and to steep for 2-3 minutes. 

You can find this Ginger Mint Loose Leaf Tea Blend from Coastal Tea Company on Amazon.

* I received this product free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The DRIVE Bin XL - Large Capacity Car Trash Can

We accumulate so much trash in our suburban. Normally we just have a plastic bag that floats around and tends to end up with everything falling out since it doesn't stay in place. The Drive Bin XL has changed that. It keeps all our trash in one spot and doesn't tip over.

10 bags included.

Net pockets on both sides. I store napkins in one.
It also has side clasps to keep plastic bags in place.

It does come with 10 custom sized bags but once they run out you can just use any regular grocery bags. I also like that the bin can be easily wiped clean if something leaks. So far it's keeping all our trash in one spot and the suburban is clean. :)

The DRIVE Bin XL can be found on Amazon.

* I received this product at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own. 

XL Round Rope Tree Swing by Trailblaze

We finally had a day without rain yesterday! The boys had been waiting for a nice day to try out this awesome XL Round Rope Tree Swing from Trailblaze. It was so much bigger than we expected and it's so much fun! I tried it out too and I didn't want to get off. :)

It comes in a big box and includes everything you need to hang it up. It has a 36" hanging strap and a carabiner. The swing seat part has a round steel pole that folds into four pieces so you can take it anywhere with you. My 13 and 16 year old put the swing together themselves. They only needed help at the very end putting the last pole in place. My husband helped with that and then he hung it from the tree for them.

It's a fun swing for kids and adults! It is well made and very sturdy. We hung it from our favorite tree spot in our backyard and also tried it on our swing set. The swing set worked fine but it's way more fun under a tree! You do want to make sure it's not too close to the ground so you may need to adjust the height once you find the perfect tree.

If you want to add a little swinging fun in your life you can find this XL Round Rope Tree Swing on Amazon.

* I received this item at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Loose Leaf Lemon Mint Tea

This Loose Leaf Lemon Mint Tea is quite the pick me up! The lemon is what I first taste when sipping it then the mint follows and leaves a lovely aftertaste. It's really quite nice. 

Refreshing scent as soon as you open the bag.

Ingredients in this blend include: Premium blend of high grade sencha green tea, mint leaf, lemon verbena, lemongrass, and all natural citrus oils. 

I've only drank this tea hot so far. The instructions say 2 tsp of leaves per 8 oz. cup and to steep for 2-3 minutes. This makes the perfect cup for me. 

You can find Loose Leaf Lemon Mint Tea on Amazon. 

* I received this tea for free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Glass Pitcher with Infusion Core

I love to infuse my water. I get so tired of drinking just plain water sometimes. It's fun to try different combinations to liven up my water. This Glass Pitcher with Infusion Core holds 1 liter of liquid and up to 1 cup of fruit.

Makes for a refreshing beverage while enjoying the weather outside.

The filter helps keep floaties out of the water.

This pitcher is very lightweight. I almost forget that it's made of glass. The handle is comfortable to hold. Because it does only hold 1 liter, I'd say it's more for a single person. The small size does make it fit easily into a small spot in the fridge so that is nice. The pitcher itself is very clear and overall stylish. The only thing I'm not quite sure about is that it says the lid is airtight and no need to worry about spills. While the lid is very airtight there is always an opening so you can still spill if you tip it. Not a big deal for me but not sure why it's described this way.

Lid and spout opening. 

You can find this Glass Pitcher with Infusion Core on Amazon.

* I received this product at a discount for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

A Modern Way to Cook - Book Review

A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones contains 150+  weeknight vegetarian recipes. The book is separated in chapters by preparation times, 15, 20, 30, and 40 minutes. It is a huge book and has an excellent variety of recipes. I was a bit disappointed by the photos though. They are a bit dull but I think because it's the type of paper used for the book. I like clear colorful pictures and I feel like this cookbook is lacking that. I also felt like the print for the ingredients was too tiny. I would have much preferred the larger & darker print that is used for the rest of the book.

While I am not a vegetarian, I do enjoy discovering new recipes of any kind. This book might be a little bit of a stretch for me at the moment. I just don't see my family being too excited about most of the recipes. Many recipes do sound delightful and maybe in the future I'll make some on a days I'm just cooking for me and everyone else is busy.

I think if you are used to a vegetarian lifestyle this would be an excellent book.

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

Friday, September 2, 2016

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer

I have been able to review several products from Valentia in the past and was excited to be able to try out another one of their skincare items, the Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer.

This brightening moisturizer: lightens dark spots, restores radiance, evens skin tone, diminishes fine lines, and provides all day hydration.

Some of the ingredients included to help this moisturizer work include: Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Kojic Acid, Ginseng, Safflower Oil, and Shea Butter.

Valentia Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer can be applied morning and evening. It is very lightweight. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy. It has a lovely citrus scent but it's not overwhelming. I've only been using this for a few days so I haven't noticed anything drastic but my skin is very hydrated, soft, and a bit brighter.

Valentia makes many wonderful products besides this one so be sure to check them out and see which products might be right for you. You can find out more about them by visiting their social media pages also. Their products are made in the USA and are animal cruelty free. 

* I received this product free for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

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