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Little Cosmetics Review and Giveaway

I honestly think that it’s adorable that Goose likes to play with make-up.  She looks so cute trying to put it on, and I love to see what she comes up with.  But, it worries me too.  I know I know, you may say that I am over thinking things, and I should just let her play with it, but have you ever really looked at the ingredients of make-up?  Well, if you get a chance you should, then you should look and see what those chemicals can do to you body.

I also worry about her getting the make-up in her eyes or mouth.  Now, that is/should be a real worry for every parent.

I was so happy when I saw the Little Cosmetics set on Amazon. These sets look and feel like real make-up, but there is no mess and nothing comes off on your skin.

Here is a video I took of Goose playing with the Little Cosmetics Essentials Set.

So here is my honest opinion of Little Cosmetics, I LOVE IT.  It’s safe for Goose to play with, it’s cute, and she has a blast!!

If you think your little Princess needs a Little Cosmetics set, here is the link to their website. http://www.littlecosmetics.com  The set that I recived was $19.99, but there is another set that looks really fun that is $28.99.
Below you can enter win a set from Little Cosmetics for your little Princess. You can enter until 10/16/14 at 11:59pm EST. If you are a winner, you will need to respond within 48 of winning.

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Navigating Emotions for Parents Ebook Review

Parenting can be really tough.  You have a child you are helping learn the ways of the world, and it’s hard to know what the appropriate emotion should be in some situations.  I know there are times when Goose isn’t listening or doing the exact thing that I told her not to do, that I have trouble breathing through the anger, and staying clam with her.

The eBook “Navigating Emotions for Parents”, was written by Amy Phoenix, a mom of five and certified certified parent educator. Amy wrote this book to help parents learn ways to properly use their emotions around their children, helping the children feel safe and parents feel more confident in the way they are raising their children.

Through out this book, you will be able to look at 20 different situations.  Each situation, will give the normal reaction and then explain how you can replace that action with a more useful and loving emotion that children may respond to a little better.  Here is a list of the scenarios that the eBook will walk you through: (More info about each can be found here).

The Sit Down
The Sensation Balloon
The Simple Inquiry
The Satisfying Shout
The Special Notebook
The Silent Treatment
The Sensation Wave
The Secret Camera
The Safe Friend
The Soft Whisper
The Smooth Exit
The Silly Signal
The Serenade
The Speaking Notebook
The Speaking Walls
The Solution Rehearsal
The Struggle Surrender
The Smooth Pivot
The Stay and Listen
The Sixty Second Shift

Overall, I am really finding this eBook very helpful in going through my frustration and sometimes anger with Goose.  It has helped me remember to breath, and also to remember that she is only 3 years old.

If you find yourself, at times, loosing your cool with your kids, you should really check out this book.  Right now, it is available for $2.99 here: http://presenceparenting.com/navigating-emotions-ebook/

You can also connect with Amy on the following social networks:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/presenceparenting
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PresenceParents
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/amycphoenix

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TheraVita Paradise Coconut Oil Review

Over the past two or so years, I have fallen in love with coconut oil  I’ve used it for pretty much everything from diaper rash to cooking.

Recently, I got to try the TheraVita Paradise Pure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil that’s found on Amazon.  It has a really great texture, smell, and taste.

It arrived on one of the hottest days of the year, and was completely melted.  I was really kind of worried that it has ruined it, but after a few hours in the fridge, everything was back to a solid once again.

TheraVita only uses Organic extra virgin coconut oil that is non GMO certified.  They also make sure that their product is free of any flavoring or artificial preservatives.

If you would like to check out TheraVita’s Organic Coconut Oil, you can check it out on Amazon at the link below.
http://www.amazon.com/Smoothies-Unrefined-Straight-Thera-Vita/dp/B00GDFU5CY/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A1MCUNCCRJQJ4L

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FunKins Cloth Napkins Review

When I was in school and would take my lunch to school, I would just stuff all my trash back in my bag and bring it home when I was done with lunch.  So, if your kid is the same way, why not give them something that will make them very popular that the lunch table; reusable cloth napkin designed for kids by Funkins!!!

Funkins are cloth napkins that are made to fit in lunch bags or to be used at home for snack or meal time.  They measure 13″x15″ and are made of 100% cotton and low impact dyes.

Seriously, these prints could not get any more cute!  For my review Funkins sent me a pack of the girl prints for Goose, and I think I loved them more than Goose did.  There are tons of fun prints, and they are double sided.  It’s almost too much cuteness for one lunch bag.  You can check out the full line of prints here.

Over all, I LOVE these napkins, and they are so easy to clean.  Once the cloth napkins get dirty, just throw them in the wash with all of your other cold water laundry (no you do not have to wash them like cloth diapers), dry, and reuse.  So simple!!!

If you are ready to check out Funkins for yourself, head on over to http://www.myfunkins.com/, and have a look around.  Each napkin is $10 (Canadian Dollar), but will last you for a LONG time and reduces the amount of waste in the landfills.

You may also connect with Funkins on the following social media sites:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyFunkins
Twitter: https://twitter.com/myfunkins
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/myfunkins/

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Review and Giveaway on Raw Organic Shea Unfiltered Shea Butter and a on Review 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil


Recently, I got two really awesome products to review.  I have racked my brain on how to review these products separately, but cannot find a good way.  So, I decided to combined them and share a recipe that everyone could use.

First though, let me tell you a little about the products.

Tea Tree oil comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia or the melaleuca tree or tea tree.  These are bushy trees that grow in Australia.  The oil has many uses, I know I’ve used it a lot for cloth diapers and for my dog’s skin condition.  You have to be very careful because tea tree oil can be toxic if taken orally.

Apothecary Extracts has gone above and beyond to make sure you are getting 100% pure tea tree oil at pharmaceutical grade.  They have had the oil tested by an independent lab so they know you are only getting the best.

Shea butter comes from a nut that grows on the Karite tree in Africa.  There are many benefits to your skin and hair since it contains so many vitamins.

The raw organic ivory shea butter that is sold by Beauty By Shea on Amazon, is a fair trade product that comes from Ghana.  It is doubled filtered, once in Ghana and once here in the US so they can make sure you get the finest product available.

Beauty By Shea is also letting me giveaway one pound of raw organic ivory shea butter.  You can find the giveaway widget below the recipe.

Acne Cream Recipe

What you will need:
2oz jar or larger
4oz of Raw Organic Shea Butter
10-15 drops of Tea Tree Oil
and 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil (not pictured)
1. Get your kitchen scale out and measure out 2oz of shea butter.
2. Put in a mixing bowl and add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil.  
3. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil

4. Using an electric mixer, mix for 2-3 minutes or until well blended.

5. Spoon into a jar and you are done!  Just remember when using this, that a little goes a LONG way, so, don’t put a huge glob on your face.
Overall, I have really enjoyed both products from Beauty by Shea and Apothecary extracts.  You can find them both on Amazon at the links listed below.  
Beauty By Shea: http://goo.gl/QgyCMQ
Apothecary Extracts: http://goo.gl/FjVLkG
Now for an awesome giveaway…
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2-in-1 Coloring Book – Meet Lulu : Activity Book & Quality Kids Stylus Crayon Review

Meet Lulu and Painting with Lulu is a brand new concept where an app goes along with a physical coloring book.  I love this because Goose can play with the same coloring book both at home and while we are on the road and crayons would be too hard to keep up with.

The coloring book comes with your child’s very own crayon shaped stylus. It works great with the app, and is very easy for the child to hold.

The app is very easy to use it.  You can search for a page you want by clicking on the Meet Lulu icon, or you can scan a QR code that is found on each page and the app will take you to that page.

The app is also able to connect to your Facebook account, so images your child creates, can be shared with your family and friends.

Here is a little video on the app…

Over all I love this app, and I can’t wait to see some more from Lulu and her friends.

Painting with Lulu is available in the AppStore/Google Play/Amazon Appstore.  It’s free (as of 8/15/14) so go check it out.  The coloring book “Meet Lulu” can be found on Amazon for $9.99 + shipping and handling if you are not a Prime member (as of 8/15/14), the coloring book features 32 coloring pages and the stylus.  Over all a pretty good deal.

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Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Liquid Review

One thing I absolutely hate is all the chemicals hidden in every day products that we use in our home.  I was reading a post from a mom last week of a baby who got into the Tide pods, he stopped breathing, and had to be rushed to the hospital and put on a ventilator (https://www.facebook.com/KellyBear17/posts/10203196465884796)!  This is not the only report of this either.  When googling “Tide Pods child” the first thing that popped up was “tide pods child DEATH”.  Scary right?

I’ve even reviewed a product from Purex like the Tide Pods, and I had no clue what all the dangers where associated with them were.  I always make sure products are put out of reach of Goose, but there is always that “what if”.  Like what if she got into them while we were shopping or while I was putting groceries away.  Then there is also the effect on the environment that I worry about as well.  That is why I’ve started switching more of our house hold products over to all natural non-toxic options.

I’ve had a hard time finding a laundry detergent that I really like and got the clothes clean.   I personally had not tried soap nuts before for a few of reasons.  1) The regular soap nuts, have to be placed in a bag in the wash. I tend to forget to put things like that back into the washer when the load is done.  2) You have to count how many washes you do with regular soap nuts.  And 3) I had no clue what soap nuts where.

Doing some research on Google (and on the back of the bottle once I received my soap nuts) , I was able to eliminate one of my concerns.  I found that soap nuts come from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree.  The berries that grow on this tree contain a natural chemical called saponin, which is a natural soap.

Green Virgin Products has come up with a solution that eliminated the other two reasons why I had not tried them.  They have a liquid version of soap nuts, so, there is no bag or counting required! Awesome right!?

I, personally, loved was how little of the soap nuts liquid you have to use.  If you have an HE front loading washing machine, all you need of the soap nuts is two pumps.  If you have a top loading machine, you will need a little more.  I used 3-5 pumps, and it worked great.  The price of Green Virgin Products Soap Nuts Liquid is $18.95 for an 8oz bottle.  Now, that might sound like a lot but each bottle does 120 HE loads! So that works out to about $0.16 per load. Not bad if you ask me.

Another thing I loved was that I didn’t have to use any fabric softener.  Not really sure why it caused the clothes to be super soft.  I think it would still be ok to use the wool dryer balls, but I would stay away from liquid fabric softener and/or dryer sheets.  They are definitely not needed here.

There were a few things, however, that I found either a little annoying, or just didn’t like.  First, when you are putting the pump on the bottle, it will take a little time and quite a bit of pressure on the top of it.  I was really afraid I was going to spill it everywhere, and yes I tried to screw it on, but it seemed like the pump was just a tad smaller than the opening of the bottle; not sure if that is normal or not for this product.  Next, if you drip any, it becomes super sticky on the bottle and what ever it gets on, so make a habit of whipping the pump after each use. Lastly, I wish it smelled a little better.  Not really much I can change there, just a wish.

Over all I really liked the soap nuts liquid from Green Virgin Products. The product cleaned my family’s clothes just like any other toxic brand detergent would.

If you are thinking about trying soap nuts, I would recommend you check out Green Virgin Products and pick up a sample size (only does six loads) or an 8oz bottle to try out.  While you are there, check out their other awesome non-toxic products they have available.

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Rainbow Bandz Review

Yes, I know I will be 30 in a little more than a month, but I’ve joined the pre-teen/teen craze of rubber band bracelets!!

I’ve personally tried several different loom kits from pretty expensive ones to really really cheep looms. My favorite thus far is the Rainbow Bandz Loom kit.

The Rainbow Bandz Loom kit comes with pretty much the standard equipment; 1 adjustable loom, a hook, a mini loom, and a starter pack of rubber bands.  I love the adjustable loom, it makes it so much easier to make bracelets like the hexafish, flexafish, the totem pole bracelet, and more.

The bands are awesome too.  They are very consistent in size, shape, and thickness.  They take a little longer to stretch out, but I rarely have one break.  I also love they are latex free and made from organic silicone. since I am allergic to latex.

Here is a little video I made of the French Braid Bracelet.

The only problem I found with the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit was the hook.  I’ve had two of them and broke them both.  I was doing really advanced designs with it, and I probably put too much stress on it. If you plan on making anything where the bands are going to be really tight, I would suggest getting a metal hook.

Over all, I really like the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit and Bands.  I’ve even got the refill pack of the bands for my loom.  I am really looking forward to more rubber band loom products from Rainbow Bandz.

If you are interested in purchasing a Rainbow Bandz Loom kit and/or bands, you can purchase them on Amazon.  The loom kit is (as of 7/15/14) currently $9.99 (prime), and the refill pack of 5400 bands is only (as of 7/15/14) $19.98 (prime).

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WooBamboo Kid’s Eco-Toothbrush Review

Over the years, I have really started be coming aware of all the things we throw in the trash.  Though a lot of things like plastic bottles and printer paper are petty straight forward about how to recycle, other things -toothbrushes- are a little trickier.

When you really think about it, what is in a regular tooth brush?  You have the nylon bristles, the staple that holds the bristles in, and the plastic handle. How in the world would you separate all of that for recycling.  From my research (http://www.earth911.com/living/health/recycling-toothbrushes-and-toothpaste-tubes/), I found out that to recycle toothbrushes, all of those components must be separated before processing.  Seems like a lot of work to me.

WooBamboo has really come up with a wonderful solution to this; create a toothbrush that is both earth friendly and dentist approved.

The handles are what make these toothbrushes so special.  They created these beautiful handles from moso bamboo, a naturally occurring bamboo that pandas do not eat.  The handles are also naturally antimicrobial, so you don’t have to worry about yucky germs growing in your or you little one’s toothbrush.  Best of all though is, when it’s time to replace your toothbrush, you can compost the handle or throw it in the trash knowing it will decompose.

What abut the bristles.  No, they are not bio-degradable, they are actually made from Dupont Tynex nylon.  That can be recycled, so if you want to take apart your toothbrush, you can recycle the bristles.

Now you may ask yourself why WooBamboo did not use biodegradable bristles.  It states on their website that they tried out the biodegradable in their lab, and they found that the ones currently on the market started decomposing after only a week of using them or didn’t decompose at all. So the only other option from there was boar hair, and honestly, who wants to put that in their mouth.

Overall, I really like these toothbrushes.  They work really well, and are great for the environment too.

If you would like to purchase a kids or adult toothbrush from WooBamboo, you can check out their website for a list of retailers (http://www.woobamboo.com/getwoo/).  I have also seen them on Amazon, if you feel more comfortable buying them that way.

As you can see Goose really enjoys her WooBamboo toothbrush.

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ArmourBite® Mouthpiece Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Even non-contact sports can be hard on your teeth.  The stress of these sports can cause you to tighten your jaw and clinch and grind your teeth.  ArmourBite® has come up with a solution that is really easy to use and mold at home.

What is non-contact sports you may ask yourself.  A non-contact sport has been defined as any sport where you have little to no contact with the other players.  So sports like tennis, track, golf, and many others will fit into this category.  I personally find myself grinding my teeth and clinch my jaw when I am doing things like mowing the yard; I guess it’s because I hate to mow so much, but I’ve found that the ArmourBite® mouthpiece has really helped.

To mold the ArmourBite® mouthpiece was really simple too.  I just put the mouthpiece in boiling water, took it out, let it cool for a few seconds, and then popped it into my mouth.  After letting it set for a little while in my mouth, I took it out and let it set and cool for about an hour.  Then it was ready to use.

ArmourBite® also makes these mouthpieces in two sizes. Youth for people with small mouths or 11 and younger.  The adult size is for people 12 and up.

If you would like to purchase your very own ArmourBite® mouthpiece, here is a link http://store.bitetech.com/armourbite-mouthpiece-p3.aspx.  I also saw them on Amazon.

You can try and win one, by entering on the form below anytime between now and June 28th, 2014.

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