Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Evian Facial Spray GIVEAWAY

I wanted to take a moment and share with you another GIVEAWAY!  This one is being hosted by The Wilkes Group. 
  evian® Facial Spray is a wonderful product that you use to mist your face when your skin is feeling dry and in need of a bit of moisture.  A little spritz and you will feel refreshed and renewed.  This was a spa treatment for many years and is now available in fine stores such as Nordstrom and Sephora and also on Amazon.  This giveaway is for two 5 oz. Facial Sprays.  Winners are chosen at random.  Please enter below! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Beard Oil, Balm & Conditioner Reviews

I asked my hubby if he'd be willing to try out these products, since I obviously can't.  He was more than willing to give it a go.  He doesn't have a super thick beard, but what he has is very wiry and coarse.  He tried the Beard Conditioner first and noticed softened whiskers right away!!!  He did admit that it smelled odd to him (but everything does, he doesn't wear cologne or anything).  I smelled it and it smelled like a man's soap to me.  Nothing offensive at all.  He was willing to keep trying, so that says something. 

He tried the Beard Oil next and noticed how neat his beard looked and there weren't any of those "dry skin flakes" that he sometimes gets.  You know, the beard dandruff.  It's gone.  Yes, gone. 

He finally tried balm and it is a leave in conditioner to help things grow a bit better, keep things a bit smoother, so I don't know yet what the verdict is on this product. 

All in all, all three are a hit in my house.  Why don't you give them a try? They are all 100% natural and all come with a 100% guarantee.   You can find them all on Amazon

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Why I Gave My 8 Year Old an Ipod for Christmas

It's been a debate for years, do you or do you not give your young child electronic gadgets?  Since she was 2, my daughter has had some form of an electronic device.  She had an iPod, a Nintendo DS, a Kindle Fire, some sort of Samsung tablet....she handles them all fairly well, for her age and ability.  I monitor her usage, I don't let her get on to the internet.  I don't put apps on the devices that allow her to chat with strangers.  It's all very safe.

I bought her a newer (used) iPod for Christmas and I feel it was one of the best investments yet.  Here are my reasons why and you can give me your opinions, good or bad. 

My daughter has downloaded books slightly above her reading level.  She's on a 2nd grade reading level and asked me to download some books that are on a 3rd and 4th grade level.  I did, she read and understood them.  When she was tested in school, her level has gone up greatly.

She has some math games on her iPod and plays them frequently.  Her math scores have increased in school.

She loves playing card games like solitaire.  Again, her math grades are improving.

She plays Trivia Crack with me.  She knows some of the answers! 

She learned how to text me via imessage.  She is quiet and shy and often won't talk to even me, when things are really bothering her.  She will text me every night to tell me she loves me and what happened that day.  Her spelling in school has improved.

When I'm out of town on business and she misses me...when the house is quiet and she can't sleep, we facetime.  shhhh, don't tell dad.  She calls me and tells me she loves me and misses me then she goes to sleep.  Before the purchase of the iPod, sometimes Dad or big brother would forget to facetime me before she fell asleep and by the time I'd call, she'd miss being able to talk to me.  Now, it's on her terms.  Her phone skills have improved.  Oh, and she now has memorized my cell phone number, the one we use as our home phone number. 

In the mornings, on those days I'm out of town, I get a facetime of her showing me her outfit and hair...just to make me feel better.  I didn't get that reassurance before. 

I'm not promoting a phone at this age, unless your child is home alone for great lengths of time and like us, you don't have a land line.

I do think that technology is great and we shouldn't be afraid to let our children use it.  I mean really use it, get into it, not just own it. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Peppermint, Lavender & Lemon Essential Oil Reviews

Essential oils can be used for so many things.  I was able to try a few essential oils to review for you.  Instanatural offers three essential oil scents, peppermint, lavender and lemon.  They all have various healing properties, from headaches to astringent.  They also smell delightful in a diffuser.  I love peppermint for its uses of keeping rodents and spiders away!  That's a wonderful thing of such a wonderful product. Lavender is calming, so some lavender in a diffuser after a long day, is so relaxing!  I did read somewhere that peppermint is harmful to cats, so please do read up on what products you can use around your pets and children, before using this type if you have kids or pets who may get into it. 
If you want your own essential oils from Instanatural, you can find them on Amazon


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Dress up that Mobility Device!

If you have as many issues with your feet and legs as I have, you have as many mobility aids as I do.  I have 4 canes, two sets of crutches and two walkers, thus far.  My canes are metallic pink, basic black, silver, and leopard print.  Crutches are just your average silver and walkers are silver, of course.  I was thrilled and jumped at the chance to review a cane cover!  I had no idea this product existed!  Cane Expressions is the company that sent me a beautiful zebra print cover for my cane.  I couldn't wait to try it out!  I'll be using it on our upcoming trip to Bethesda and I'll be sure to update my facebook with fun photos!  You can purchase at Amazon, QVC, Walmart.com, Walgreens.com, and additional stores online.  What a wonderful company and a great accessory for a necessary one!

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