Sunday, October 27, 2013

Thera*Pearl Review and Giveaway!


I get a lot of lower back pains and I'm not sure why. It started a few months back, and I tried everything (except going to a chiropractor) from asprin, to thermcare, even icy hot. Nothing would work. I even tried talking to my cousin who is in physical therapy school and she gave me some exercises to do, but nothing really helped. I took it easy and finally it went away. About three weeks ago, I was at the gym and I believe I used one of the machines wrong and I hurt my back again. I was reading some reviews online and came across Thera*Pearl, and asked if I could review one of their products. Luckily, I was able to try the back wrap. I could have let it be a cold pack, but I like heat, so I heated it up in the microwave, attached it to my back, and just let the wrap work it's magic. It definitely helped! Instead of being out of the gym for a week, I was only away for a few days!




Products

Knee Wrap

Shin Wrap

Neck Wrap

Face Mask

And Lots more! You can find more that they have to offer by clicking here.


Description of Thera*Pearl taken from the website: "THERA°PEARL is the doctor-designed, drug-free way to relieve pain and inflammation. THERA°PEARL packs use innovative Pearl Technology™ that absorbs and delivers heat & cold for the doctor recommended 20 minutes of highly effective therapy. Their dual action provides twice the therapeutic benefit in a single pack: start with ice to reduce swelling and bruising, then switch to heat for penetrating pain relief."


When should you use the wrap for cold therapy?

Sprains, bruising, or swelling

Migraine Headaches

Minor Burns and more


When should you use the wrap for hot therapy?

Continuous Aches

Muscle Pains/Spasms

Menstrual Cramps and more


Thera*Pearl has been featured in: InStyle, INC. 500, Cosmopolitan, and others, check out here


I'm a huge fan of Thera*Pearl. I like the fact that the back wrap didn't stick to my back. It's like a belt that wraps around. I hate the feeling when you have a sticky back and then when you're finished you have to rip it off your back and it hurts! I also like the fact that I got relief from the back wrap. I am very impressed!


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Enter below to win a hot/cold pack of your choice. Good Luck!





Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement and Testimonials in Advertising

Tane Pure Review

Tane Pure's Mission statement *taken from their website* "Provide the best products offered by Mother Nature with the highest levels of purity and freshness in a sustainable, organic and eco-friendly manner. Employ fair trade practices by providing the local population, where the raw product is harvested and produced, a fair wage and a sustainable life. Support the disadvantaged and those in need by providing a portion of revenue to charitable efforts worldwide."



Tane Pure is 100% organic.



I love the body butter. This is 80% pure argan oil and 10% beeswax. The beeswax was made in Germany and is 100% natural. The oil, well made in Morocco. There are three scents you can choose from: Jasmine Lavender, Lemon Eucalyptus and Rose. I received Lavender. It goes on so smooth and smells so good. I usually put it on my legs and arms after I get out of the shower




The Lemon Lip Balm is a moroccan argan oil lip balm. 80% argan oil, 20% beeswax. If you order any of the other products, one of these lip balms ships free. The other scents are: Mint, and Cinnamon.



You can use the Oil on your face, body, nails, and also your hair! I've used this on my nails so far and my cuticles look at a lot better. If you do use the Oil on your nails, you need to do a 50/50 mix of the oil and lemon juice! All you have to do is soak for 15 minutes and you should see a healthy shine to your nails! If you go here, you can see how to use the oil.


What are some of the benefits of Argan Oil?

Soften Skin

Shines and Smooths Hair also controls frizz

Soothes Sunburns

Soften Cuticles

for more benefits please go here



These products are great for the holidays! You can find Tane Pure on: youtube, twitter, and on facebook.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mrs. Wages Review

Don't worry, I know what you're thinking... was there really a Mrs. Wages? The answer is yes! She loved to grow food in her garden and her and her husband owned an old fashioned store in the 50's that carried almost everything! One day a man was looking for a pickling lime recipe and everyone recommended Mrs. Wages. He tried out the recipe, bought it on the spot and even though Mrs. Wages may not be around anymore, her canning products are.


Not only are there canned products you can buy, but there are also a variety of other products. I was sent three instant mixes to try. See below.






I actually made the Garlic and Chipotle salsa the other day. It's the right amount of garlic and the right amount of spice for me. I've been snacking on it for the last few days. It was really easy to make. You can either use petite diced tomatoes (I used actual diced tomatoes) or you can chop up whole tomatoes, add the mix, cool for about 10 minutes, and then enjoy! Perfect for house guests!



I'll be making the guacamole recipe sooner than later, and the Fruit and Cilantro mix will be made next year in the spring. To see the other instant mixes that are offered, click here. If you're interested in the other products that Mrs. Wages offers, click here. They are very inexpensive and very easy to make.


You can find more about Mrs. Wages on the website

Facebook

A store near you

What are you waiting for? Go check out Mrs. Wages today!


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fave Juice Review

Fave Facts:

100% Fruit/Vegetable Juice, All Natural

60 calories

3 servings of vegetables

No preservatives, artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup


Fave Juice has three delicious flavors




Strawberry-Banana-Kiwi, Pomegranate-Blueberry-Goji, and Orange-Tangerine-Pineapple

Look at the nutrition facts for the Strawberry-Banana-Kiwi




Let's Compare to the other fruit juices out there:

Low Sodium V8 and Regular V8 only have 2 servings of vegetables. V-Fusion has 1 serving of vegetables and V-Fusion Light only have .5.. The sodium content in all 4 of these is MUCh more than in 1 serving of Fave.



My Opinion:

I'm really disappointed that there isn't a Meijer near me right now, because these drinks are absolutely DELICIOUS. I've only tried the Pomegranate-Blueberry-Goji and the Orange-Tangerine-Pineapple, but seriously in heaven. We have a house guest at the moment and he's finished the Orange-Tangerine-Pineapple. Literally.. he took one sip yesterday and had a few glasses. His comment? "V8 Splash/Fusion has a bad after-taste, this drink tastes very smooth and leaves no aftertaste. I agree!! It's a good thing he doesn't like banana. I can have the last one all to myself. One of the reasons why this drink is great for me is because of the low sodium content. I'm on a low GI diet right now and this drink is perfect. Along with the low sodium, there are 3 servings of vegetables, and I'm supposed to have 6-8 servings each day. Fave doesn't taste sugary like the other drinks out there and is definitely something I would like to keep on hand at all times. 5 stars for me!



Find Fave on:

Youtube

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Twitter

https://www.facebook.com/FaVeJuice

Fave's website

What are you waiting for? Check out Fave today. Buy the juice. You will not be disappointed!



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par

Ginger Chi Review

Explanation about GingerChi (taken from their website) "GingerChi products are made with fresh ginger oil to harness ginger’s revitalizing effect on Chi and the body systems that directly influence the appearance of skin. Pure plant oils and essential oils are selected for their direct benefit to the skin and for their ability to support the internal function of ginger. It’s this mindful balance of yin and yang between the selected ingredients, working in harmony with each other, that creates a unique beauty regimen. With regular use, you’ll reap results on more levels than one. -- "Our products are preserved naturally without the use of synthetic chemicals or toxic additives. GingerChi brings you the healing power of ginger in its most natural form to support beauty from the inside out. You will experience greater vitality inside the body and healthy, glowing skin outside."

What is Chi: "(or Qi, pronounced CHEE) Chinese Culture considers Chi the life force present in all living things". (taken from the gingerchi website) to learn more about Chi, click here Chi is considered "yin" and Ginger is considered "yang".


Skin Benefits of Ginger:
Slows the Aging Process

Enhances Skin Tone

Fortifies the Body



I've been having a lot of back pain lately, and next time I will be using this healing oil on the muscle aches. You can use this for headaches as well. If this will take away all my pain, then I won't have to take medicine anymore.


Apply before moisturizing. This gives you a boost of hydration!


Spray on your hair to give it some more shine! I like this because the frizz has gone away a bit!


I felt so relaxed after putting this on my body before going into the shower


Depending on how much holiday money I get this year, or even if not, there's one product I really want to try. The oral detox. Description: ""Use Oral Detox daily before brushing. Swish the oil blend in the mouth for approximately 20 minutes or at minimum until you feel the oil turn into a watery texture. In addition to helping maintain good oral health, the Oral Detox has helped customers with sinus congestion, weak gums, and sensitive teeth." If this can help me out, then I'll be one happy girl. There are so many products for you to check out on their website. They make great gifts too! You can find Gingerchi on facebook or you can follow them on twitter.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Blueberry Store Review

The Blueberry Store is located in South Haven, MI. South Haven is a place you should definitely check out. Absolutely Beautiful. The store specializes in all things Blueberry. They carry fresh and frozen blueberries,and have a wide variety of products to choose from. I love blueberries, and I'm originally from Michigan, so I was excited that they were gracious enough to send me a product to review!




I tried some of this Blueberry Syrup on my waffles yesterday and was in heaven. It's starting to get cold down in the south, but when you taste the sweetness and the blueberries, the thought of the cold goes away. I was quite impressed. I won't be using regular syrup for awhile!


You can find them on

Youtube

facebook

Twitter

Pinterest


Check out their site today! You can buy online, and you can even get gift certificates! They have recipes for you to try, and they not only have blueberry food, but also clothing,and bath and body products! Check out the Blueberry Store today, or even better, go take a vacation to South Haven and stop on by!.


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Par

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kernel Seasons Review

Every Friday night after a long work week, my boyfriend and I cuddle up and always watch a movie.... and always have a bowl of popcorn. He's a HUGE popcorn lover. When I stumbled across Kernel Seasons, I had to see if we could review some of their flavors. I was sent a huge popcorn box with 8 different flavors and 2 bags of popcorn. Seriously, it was amazing.




Ready for some flavors?


Bacon Cheddar, and Butter Flavoring


Garlic Parmesan, and Kettle Corn


Ranch and Nacho Cheddar


White Cheddar and Caramel


So many choices, so many flavors, and WAY more flavors to choose from here.

So the founder of these seasonings, he went to the University of Michigan. Kudos to him. *side note, everyone in my family went there except for me, but I root for Amaize n Blue all the time :)* In 1999 he wanted some popcorn flavor, and that's when the original flavor came about. He soon teamed up with others who came up with the seasoning line. in 2005 the flavors ended up over seas, in grocery stores, movie theatres, and in many people's homes.


What I like best about the seasonings... you don't just have to use it on popcorn. You can use it on basically everything you eat to add more flavor. My favorite so far has been the Caramel. I just can't get enouhg! Go here and you can see some recipes you can make using the flavors. shop now!


You can find Kernel Seasons on:

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Any night can be movie/popcorn night. Which Seasoning will you choose?


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Monday, October 14, 2013

Minute Rice Review

All the Minute Rice instant rices' are grown in the USA. Minute Rice has been around for 60 years! The rice came about the same time as the first color television set and the hula hoop! Quite interesting, seriously! In the 1950's they came out with a product that their rice would be ready in 5 minutes. In the 1960's they came out with: Brown, Spanish, Cheddar-Romano, Seashore and Southern rice products! More flavors came out in the 1970's including my favorite Garden Medley. In the 1980's they let marketers test out 7oz and 14oz products. Brown Rice came out in the 1990's. In the 2000's the Ready to Serve rice came about, and in 2009 they celebrated their 60th anniversary!


I was sent the newest flavor in the Minute Instant Rice Product line: Multi-Grain Medley. This rice is a blend of 4 gluten free 100% whole grains. This is ready in only 10 minutes! The four grains that this includes are:
Brown Rice

Thai Red Rice

Wild Rice

and Quinoa





It's really easy to cook. Instructions: 1. COMBINE water and contents of one bag in a 2-quart microwave-safe dish and stir. Add oil if desired. Cover. MICROWAVE on HIGH for 10 minutes or until water is absorbed. If you are preparing 1 bag (about 2 servings), microwave for 10 minutes. For two bags (about 4 servings), microwave for 12 minutes. REMOVE from microwave. Fluff with fork.(taken from the website of minute rice).


Take a look at the nutrition facts. 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and 15 mg of sodium. On a low GI diet, this makes for a perfect side to a meal.


Check out the Minute Rice website. There are so many useful links. You can find recipes, Information on how to live better, take a look at all their products, or find out about special offers.


Above is a meal I cooked for my boyfriend. Beef with veggies and rice. We'll be cooking some more of the rice tomorrow night!



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Manna Organics Review & Giveaway

Manna Organics sent me four of their sprouted breads. What are sprouted breads you may ask? Here's the description taken from their website: "Sprouted grain breads incorporate ingredients in an unrefined stage. They do not contain highly processed flours. Sprouted breads are made with live grains. These grains contain vital nutrients and maximize the nutrition and flavor of the bread. Sprouted breads are loaded with enzymes that are activated during the sprouting process. This means each serving of sprouted bread contains multiple important vitamins, minerals and natural fats, as well as protein – nutrients we don’t typically find in ordinary, processed breads.".

The best part about these sprouted breads that made me want to try them was that they are very low GI. I'm on a low GI diet right now and these breads are a perfect match. They are also very healthy, which is a bigger plus. I received: Carrot Raisin, Cinnamon Date, Fig-Fennel-Flex, and Millet Rice. So far I've tried the Cinnamon Date, and it tastes just like a cinnamon raisin bagel. I'm sold! Check out the other sprouted breads they have here.








Manna Organics also sells/makes Gluten Free breads. Some of their products include: Cinnamon Raisin, Open Sesame, Ciao Chia, and a few more. You can find out their other types here.

Do you like Kale? If you do Manna also sells what they call 'Manna Munchies'. These are Kale chips and they have many different varieties. You can find out what they have here.


Manna Organics is a family own operated business. They are located in Illinois. They started in 2007. Besides everything else I mentioned above, they also make nut butters, trail mix, and sourdough breads. You can find more information about them on their website, facebook, twitter, and you can read about them on their blog. If you really want to try them out, you can enter the giveaway below, and you yourself can win 4 sprouted breads of your own to try. Good Luck!




Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Booda Organics Review

Booda Organics is a family run operation. They produce body products that are out of this world. The products are hand crafted and every batch made comes from love. Booda's Mission Statement:
" Here at Booda Organics, the integrity of our products is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, we promise to always use pure, organic, vegan ingredients for your greatest health. We promise to never use toxic chemicals and preservatives. We promise to never compromise quality for convenience. We promise to always do our best for our planet. And we promise you will fall in love! Thanks for helping us Spread the Love, -Booda Organics"



Okay so I just put this on after my shower and my legs feel absolutely better than they did before hand... 100% pure daily moisturizer. Easier to put on than lotion and doesn't leave the oily feeling that lotion does.

The ingredients:NGREDIENTS: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Olive Oil • NO Soy, Bee, Dairy or Gluten Ingredients! • Cruelty-Free. No Animal Testing. • Certified Vegan

It smells like chocolate and the chocolate smell is just so soothing. You don't just have to put it on your legs, you can also put it on: hands, nails, cuticles, face, ect. That's good news about the cuticles though, because mine are always red (since I pick). 'Try using BOODA BUTTER after bathing as it more easily penetrates warm open pores and seals in moisture". Definitely what I did. Click here to see 50 more ways you can use the body butter.



Booda Butter Lip Balm. The best item to have during the winter months. You can also use it on your body, not just for your lips!
INGREDIENTS: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax NATURALLY NAKED (unscented) • NO Soy, Bee, Dairy or Gluten Ingredients! • Cruelty-Free. No Animal Testing. • Certified Vegan


Check out the products for more information here! Like them on facebook, be friends! Follow them on Twitter, share the love! You can also see if the products are sold anywhere near you. Booda Organics -- their products make you feel good, and when you're using the body butter, you're doing the earth some good too! I will have some of my booda butter lipbalm in my pocket until it runs out! Thank you Booda Organics for making amazing products! I'm seriously in Love! Check out Booda Organics today, and remember:



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Nature's Gate Review

Nature's Gate was founded 40 years ago by Leo and Vladimir using nature... using water... Actually Rainwater to be exact. The rainwater was blended with natural herbs from their herb shop and a shampoo was born. They had their friends and customers try this and soon after it became very popular. Taken from the website " We continue to be inspired by our surroundings and create formulas that combine proven botanical, herbal and floral treatments with modern ingredients and techniques. Nature's Gate offers a wide range of products that address personal care needs from the inside out. Using all-natural herbs and pH-balanced formulas, each product is carefully formulated to deliver the many benefits of each unique botanical blend. All of our products reflect ongoing efforts to preserve the earth's natural resources and develop sustainable sources of clean water".


Also taken from their website, the Mission: "To combine the power of natural ingredients with innovation and science to create affordable, safe, sustainable, performance and value driven products. We are committed to using pure, sustainably harvested herbs, fruits and essential oils, without animal-derived ingredients, to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of our customers and our planet. "

The material they use to package their items are all recyclable. While they have used recyclable bottles, and paper they have saved over 782 trees, and 776,502 gallons of water.


Below are the items I received from Nature's Gate












The Hand Creams are great. They have tons of moisture and will be put into good use over the next few months. The weather is absolutely crazy right now and my hands are quite dry!. One thing I need to start doing is using the moisturizer for my face. I don't use it enough, and it's something that should be used on a daily basis. There is oat kernel extract that helps get rid of wrinkles. I haven't tried the other products yet, but they will definitely be put to good use. All of Nature-Gates products are paraben-free.


Check out Nature-Gate's shop right now. They offer so many different products that are worth a try! Right now you can get 30% off of all Oral Care, just for October.

Like them on Facebook. Or shoot them an email.



Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Brownie Brittle/Swaggable Review

My boyfriend loves brownies, so he was very excited to see two bags of Chocolate Brownie Brittle. He immediately opened one of the bags andtook a big bite! He had a huge smile on his face and told me he was a fan. Only 120 calories per serving, low sodium, peanut free, certified kosher, made with natural ingredients, this is a perfect snack for anyone! It was also named as a great WeightWatchers snack.
Brownie Brittle comes in 4 different flavors. I was sent Chocolate Chip, but there is also: MInt Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, and Toffee Crunch. I have a feeling I'll be on the lookout for Toffee Crunch on my next trip to the Grocery Store. - See more at: http://swaggable.com/my-swaggable#sthash.ZjfaVcxl.dpuf
Update: So I just got back from the Store... I bought myself a bag of Toffee Brittle! I love Toffee, and it's even better when it's a snack that's good for you!






all photos taken from brownie brittle's website



So what's swaggable? It's a place where you can browse through products and choose things you want. Every so often you'll get an invitation to try out a product. All you have to do is try out the product and write a review.I definitely recommend it! I've been able to try a few food items, and sun screen. Check it out today!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

BIGS Sunflower Seed Review






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Sunflower seeds are a great snack. They aren't messy, and they are quite filling. Bigs sent me three different flavors to try and it was awesome because I didn't know there were different flavors of Sunflower Seeds. I was sent Bacon, Hot Wings, and Dill Pickle. Three of my favorite foods! Other flavors include: salt & vinegar, old bay -- catch of the day, original, sea salt black pepper, and hidden valley ranch.


Want some sunflower facts:

High in Antioxidants

They help in brain function

7 grams of protein per serving

They help in brain function


You can find BIGS on facebook.

Follow Bigs on twitter.

Bigs is on instagram.

Or you can just go to the website and buy some yourself!


ENJOY!!


Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kashi Hummus Crisps

Thank you to bzzagent, I was able to join a campaign and try Kashi Hummus Crisps. I was sent a bag of Sea Salt & Olive Oil Hummus Crisps. They were delightful. I even went back a few weeks later and bought a bag of Caramelized Onion Hummus Crisps. I must admit, the onion flavor was way more tasting then the bag I was sent, but that's okay, Kashi made a fan of me.




I'm a huge fan of Kashi. Their foods are healthy and low in sodium. I eat Kashi cereal every weekend for breakfast. The foods are a bit on the expensive side, but totally worth it for a healthier lifestyle. They were established in 1984 and since then grew. Not only do they have cereal and crisps, but they have breakfast bars, crackers, granola bars, and even frozen foods!


Back to the Crisps. They are good to eat alone, or they are good as a side. They are not expensive and they are healthy for you. I'm so thankful to #Kashi and #Bzzagent for having the change to try out a great snack!
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