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C-Slide Review

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

Over the years since webcams became standard on laptops, I have been hearing a lot of about computers being hacked and webcams being activated, or webcam spying.  One report was even that a school was remotely activating the webcams of their students to check up on them.  In my mind, that is no way ok.

I’ve wondered in the past what I could do to protect myself and my family from this kind of attack.  In theory a good firewall “should” protect exploiting through your capture devices (such as your webcam, your microphone, and keyboard), but what happens if that fails?  What was recommended to me by a network security professional, is to use defense in depth. Instead of relying solely on a firewall or turning off the firewall you should implement multiple practices to prevent your webcam from being exploited.

For webcams, the best defense is to cover your webcam. I’ve known people in the past who just put a piece of tape over the webcam on their laptop.  But I think that could be rather annoying and looks kind of tacky. And it makes it difficult to use the webcam on your computer, since you have to reapply the tape every time, and it leaves a sticky residue behind. Recently, I was made aware that some companies are making covers for webcams that can easily slide or lift open.  C-Slide is one such company.

I really like to C-Slide because you only have to apply it once.  On the back of the C-Slide, there is two very thin strips of double stick tape.  So if you decide to take it off for some reason, there won’t be a HUGE sticky mess.

Another thing that I like about the C-Slide is that is made out of thin, yet durable, plastic. At 1.5mm thick, you know that it won’t get in the way of your computer closing and latching closed.

Opening and closing the C-slide is easy too.  Since it is so thin, it doesn’t take much just to move the little piece of plastic over.

Over all, I really like to C-slide, and I believe that it would be a great addition to your digital security practices.

If you would like to purchase a C-Slide for your computer, just click this link http://www.c-slide.com/product-page/, scroll down a bit, and shop away.
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Nutra-Lift Simply Superb Goat Milk Shampoo Review

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

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using the Nutra-Lift shampoo, and I’ve really seen a difference in how my hair looks.

The first time that I used the Nutra-Lift shampoo, I could tell my hair felt lighter after my shower.

The ingredients in Nutra-Lift shampoo offer some really big surprises. For one, goat’s milk.  Yes goat’s milk.  Believe it or not, goat’s milk has been used for a very long time in personal car products.  It’s great for people who have eczema and other skin conditions. If you are wondering what other ingredients are in Nutra-Lift, here is the whole list:

Deionized Water (agua), certified organic Non-Pastuerized Goat Milk, Lauramide MIPA, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis gel, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silk Amino Acids, a natiural and organic blend of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Extract, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Cone extract, Hops (Humulus lupulus) Extract, Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxy-Propyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-15, Chamomile extract, Green Tea, Pomegranate.

The only product that might give people a little pause is Quaternium-15.  Has been known to cause allergic reactions in some people (AKA contact dermatitis).

There is also a very rosy smell to the shampoo that some people might not like.

Overall, I really like this shampoo, and plan on continuing to use it.  If you are interested in purchasing Nutra-Lift products, you can do so on their website: http://www.nutra-lift.com/catalog.asp

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Precious Gem Candles Review and Giveaway

Recently I have become absolutely addicted to prize candles.  I have tried several different brands, and I LOVE them all.  One of the most unique prize candles I’ve seen is Precious Gem Candles.  These prize candles do not contain rings, earrings, or necklaces; they contain loose gem stones.

I recently got the orange creme and a tropical papaya Precious Gem Candles.  I love these highly fragrant candles because they made from an all-natural and clean burning soy wax blend.  What that means is that is safe to have in your home and there will be no black stuff every where.

Why is soy wax better than paraffin wax you may ask?  Well I asked the same question when I started reviewing Precious Gem Candles and the Jewelry In Candles tarts I reviewed before.  Here is what I found in my research.  Candles that are made from paraffin wax contain petroleum, and when burned the petroleum smoke/exhaust can contaminate the air we (and our children) breath with toxic carcinogens.  If you ask me, that is kind of scary.

Not only are Precious Gem Candles safe to have around your home, but they smell AWESOME too.  I have to say that the Orange Creme, with it’s blend of orange sorbet and vanilla ice cream scents, it really does smell like a creamsicle.  The Tropical Papaya, reminds me of Tropical Twist gum from Trident.  Both of the candles smell AWESOME!!

When getting to your prize, you will need to have some patience. For me, the orange creme candle took about 6 hours of burn time to get to the gem, and the tropical papaya took about 4 hours.  The burn time may be different for you, it just depends on where they have placed your gem.

Here is a video of my Precious Gem Candles gem reveal.

The best way that I found to get them out is to use a spoon, and kind of dig around the container.  Make sure you have paper towels handy (if you see me run away in the video, that’s what I am running to get because I forgot that part)!  Once you pull out your gem from the container, there will be a code and a link on the paper that in the baggy with your gem.

This the the gem I got from the orange creme Precious Gem Candle.  If you go to http://preciousgemcandles.com/your-gemstone/rg/, you will see that I got a Rhodolite Garnet (Goose’s birthstone!!) The page tells me a little about the gem, and where they are found naturally.  If you then go over to https://www.facebook.com/PreciousGemCandles, you can give them your code (on this one it was P-7x5mm-AAA), and they will give you the market value of your gem!  
Within 24 hours of me posting on their wall, I had the market value of my gems!  Both of them are worth $20-$25, and I couldn’t be happier.  
If you are wondering what you can do with the gems once you uncover them?

I put mine in my locket (I already had get it from Origami Owl), they are available on Precious Gem Candles website.  You can also set the gems in earrings, rings, pendants and more!
If you are thinking you might just have to have a Precious Gem Candle they run about $44.95 (plus shipping and tax), and you can purchase them on their website http://preciousgemcandles.com.
You can also connect with Precious Gem Candles on the following social networks:
If you would like to try and win your very own Precious Gem Candle, you can enter anytime between now and April 22, 2014 at 11:59pm. 

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Lotas Bumz Cloth Diaper and Leg Warmers Review & Giveaway

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

One thing I found I actually really loved about trying to be crunchy, is cloth diapering.  I mean cleaning wasn’t fun, but it was easy, I only had to buy them once, they seemed to leak less than disposables, and they were super cute!

Lotus Bumz was started by Lorain Danus-Herder after her son was born, and she saw the need to have affordable/high quality cloth diapers on the market.  Thus Lotus Bumz was born.

Lotus Bumz cloth diapers come with a complete out layer of PUL.  There is also three rolls of snaps, so that the diaper can be used in small, medium, large.  
 Two rolls of snaps keep the diaper extra secure, and the waist closure snaps over lap for babies who have extra small waists. 
 The inside of the Lotus Bumz diapers are lined with super soft fleece, and has a wide pocket in the back that makes it easier to stuff and pull apart when washing.  
Each of the Lotus Bumz diapers come with a three layer microfiber insert that is very absorbent.  My only problem with the insert is that it is really really long.  I think that if you were using it on a baby who may be using the small size of the diaper, it would either be really bulky or sticking out of the diaper.  Please keep this in mind, and consider looking into smaller cloth diaper inserts. 
PLEASE NOTE: When I test out a product such as this one, I try and push it to it’s limits.  In the photo below, I am testing absorbency, so there will be water around the diaper.
Goose is no longer in diapers, so when I test cloth diapers now I pour two cups of water on the diaper and see how much it would hold.  When I did this with the Lotus Bumz diapers, at one cup, the diaper would have probably still been ok with no compression leaks.  At a cup and a half, the diaper was still holding the water, but if the baby would have sit on that diaper, then it probably would have leaked out the sides.  By two cups of water, the diaper was over flowing, and that is the water you see on the ground above.  I think only about 1/4 cup of water actually leaked out with no compression. 
I have another Momma testing it out right now on a 3month old.  
Over all I think that the Lotus Bumz diapers are really cute, and very well made.  
Not only do Lotus Bumz make really adorable and affordable diapers, but they also make MATCHING leg warmers!
At $14.99, the leg warmers are really affordable since they will last so long.  
If you would like to check out the cloth diapers or leg warmers from Lotus Bumz, you could check out their website: http://www.lotusbumz.com/.  
You can also enter to win a elephant print or go fish set (depending on what is in stock) any time between now and 4/6/14 at 11:59pm.  

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Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap Review

I recently got to try Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap, and let me tell you, it exceeded my expectations.  When I think of Dial hand soap, I think of dry (but clean) hands. That is not how Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap is.

All three of the soaps contain tiny micro scrubbers, that are good for deep down cleaning.  Moisturizers in the soap help soothe hands, and keep them feeling great after washing.

Dial currently has three scents of the Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap, and I have tried two so far.

The yellow one is yellow raspberry and black sugar, and the smell of it reminds me of kool-aid fruit punch.

The blue is water blossoms, and the smell of it is just like water lilies.

I have not tried the green (coconut lime), but I hear it’s wonderful as well.

The ingredients might give some of you some concern though.  Dial™ Deep Cleansing Hand Soap does contain Tetrasodium Edta and Dmdm Hydantoin.  I would assume not much since it’s near the bottom of the list, but if you have any concerns, you might want to contact Dial directly.

If you would like to learn more about Dail™you can visit them on their Facebook page or visit their website.

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Rogers Family Company Coffee Review and Giveaway

I LOVE coffee, I mean really love coffee.  I am not like a lot of people who just like coffee for the caffeine fix, I love to the taste of a good cup of coffee.  Since I love coffee so much, I’m always trying new brands of coffees that I find.

I recently saw the Rogers Family Company, and fell in love with their company and their story.  Their company was started in 1979, and is “one of the few remaining family owned gourmet coffee roasters”.

I was sent four different blends of the Roger’s Family Company coffee.  When I first opened up the box, I had a cold, but through the cold, I could smell the coffee.  
Each bag has a one way valve that let’s gases and air out, but does not let air in, keeping the coffee fresher for longer.  

These Kenya coffee beans look like they were freshly roasted.  You can still see the oil on them, the color is great, and they have a wonderful smell!  
Once ground, the coffee kept that nice rich brown color.  I did a medium/fine grind on my coffee grinder.  For brewing, I used two tablespoons per 8oz of water.  
When brewing the coffee, I would give the flavor an A++!  This coffee has the most flavor out of any other coffee I’ve ever had.  The Kenya coffee (the first one I tried) is a full body coffee, and has cocoa hints to it.  The Rogers Family uses the AA grade of Kenya coffee.  That is the highest quality of Kenya that you can get. 
My husband and I also tried the Sumatra blend, and found that it was also delicious! I am trying to use all that I have ground before I try any of the other blends, but when I try them I will update. 
If you are interested in trying any of the Rogers Family coffees, you can visit their website and blog at rogersfamilyco.com or you can go to http://www.gourmet-coffee.com/ to shop their brands.  
If you would like to connect with Rogers Family Company, they are on the following social networks:
If you would like to sign up for their newsletter you may do so by clicking here.

Also, between now and April 9th my US readers may enter for a chance to win the four 12 oz bags of whole bean coffee pictured above (ARV $40).

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Perfect Bib Review and Giveaway

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

When Goose was just learning how to eat solids, we had a LARGE assortment of bibs, but I always found that she and the high chair were still covered in food after we got done eating.  T.J. Kendale, father of two, noticed the same thing.  He then set out on the journey to make bibs better, and thus the perfect bib was born.

Don’t worry, the bib doesn’t hurt, Goose was just mad that I was taking her photo. 

The perfect bib is a multi-purpose toddler accessory.  They are made from water proof PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric, so that nothing leaks through. Each bib comes with a placemat that is attached with Velcro so that it can be removed.  Snaps on the bib it’s self can create something like a kangaroo pouch, that way crumbs and dribbles can be caught.

You can use the two pieces of the Perfect bib together or apart. 

There are so many uses for the Perfect bib and lots of times it can be used.  Here is the list I’ve come up with.

  1. Bib
  2. The attachment can become a changing pad
  3. Placemat for high chair or table (or for pets after your little one outgrows the bib)
  4. “Cooking” apron 
  5. Craft time smock
  6. Clothes protecter when brushing teeth
  7. Super hero cape
  8. I can use it when cutting Goose’s hair to keep hair off her clothes and the floor
  9. If you little one is potty training, the attachment can be put in the car seat or bed to help keep any potty accidents from soaking in. 
  10. Craft/play dough time placemat
  11. Burp cloth
  12. Drying dishes
  13. and what ever you can imagine
If you would like to check out the Perfect Bib, you can visit their website at http://perfectbib.com/.  The Perfect Bib on their website costs $11.99, and they use PayPal for checkout.  I’ve also seen the Perfect Bib on Amazon, but the price is more.  
If you would like to get social with Toppy Toddler and Perfect bib, you can visit them on Facebook and Pinterest
Toppy Toddler is also letting me giveaway a Perfect Bib if I get 100 people to enter the giveaway.  So be sure to share, share, share!!!  
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Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Capsules Review

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

Are you tried on filling your body with chemical pain relievers?  Well, Noxicare now offers you an all natural solution to acute and chronic inflammation, muscle aches, and nerve pain.  How you may ask.  Well, it’s all thanks to to Noxicare’s patent-pending formula of all natural pain relievers.   If you would like to see the list of ingredients in Noxicare, please go here:  http://www.noxicare.com/about/ingredients.php

My personal experience with Noxicare, has been a positive one.  I’ve not taken it very much, but I can tell you the few times that I have taken it, Noxicare has made my minor pains bearable.  I didn’t care too much for the smell, but once you swallow them, you can’t smell the pills any more.

Each capsule is about the same length of a quarter.  I didn’t find them hard to swallow, but if you have trouble taking pills to begin with, you might have a little trouble.

A lot of people have taken Noxicare  daily with no trouble, but if you are not into taking pills everyday, I’ve read that some people have had very good results with Noxicare when it’s just taken as needed.

Of corse, you should always talk to your doctor before starting a new medication wheather it be chemical or herbal.  Noxicare has not been evaluated, nor is it required to be evaluated, by the US Food and Drug Administration. Noxicare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

If you would like to learn more about Noxicare and find out how to purchase some, you can visit them on their website: http://www.noxicare.com/.  You can always connect with Noxicare on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Bebe Bella Designs Crinkle Toy Review

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

Bebe Bella Designs, is a company that was started in 2006 by Melissa Odegard.   She started the company after she had repeated requests from family and friends to make more products.  Ms. Odegard prides herself in providing high quality products that are easy to care for and PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA!

I was recently sent on of Bebe Bella Designs crinkle toys.  One thing that I didn’t like with the crinkle toys that Goose had when she was an infant/baby, was they were not soft.  They were scratchy, and uncomfortable.  The Bebe Bella Designs’ crinkle toy is not like that at all.  They use the same chenille fabric that is used in their wonderful blankets to make the toys.

Each toy measures 5″X5″, and makes a crinkle sound when moved.  That crinkle sound will keep babies entertained a stimulated while they play.

Another great thing about these crinkle toys is that they are machine washable!  Just throw the crinkle toy in the washer on cold, and then tumble dry on low.  

Not only does Bebe Bella Designs make crinkle toys, they also make to following:
Blankets
Pillow Cases
Hats
Scarves
Booties
Mittens
Robes
and more!

The crinkle toys are $12 each, but well worth the price. The blankets start at $24 and go up from there.  If you would like to check out Bebe Bella Designs’ website just go to: http://bebebelladesigns.com/.  You can also connect with them on Facebook and Pinterest.

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Maple Hill Naturals 100% Wool Dryer Balls

A few months ago, I did a review on Woolzies Dryer Balls, and at that time, I did not know that dryer balls could be scented.

After I wrote the review, I had some people tell me that they wouldn’t use them because they like to have the scent make their clothes smell nice and fresh.  So I kind of went on another mission to find something that was eco-friendly, scented, and wouldn’t mess your dryer up.

That’s when I found the Maple Hill Naturals 100% Wool Dryer Balls. They let me review the Lemon Fresh dryer balls.  Let me tell you, if you like the smell of fruit loops, then you will love the smell of the Lemon Fresh. I honestly wish I could put a scratch and sniff on the post so that you could smell this.

Each dryer ball is about the size of a baseball or tennis ball (I didn’t have either, so it was hard to say which).

Like the other brand I recently reviewed, these dryer balls are also hypo-allergenic.  They also reduce static and drying time by up to 25%.  The wool also helps to naturally soften your clothes.

One of the MAJOR reasons I found that I like the Maple Hill Naturals Dryer Balls is because of the story behind them.  Maple Hill Naturals is made in the USA with wool from the sheep on the family farm in Indiana.  The owner is a stay at home mom who believes in home-birthing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, and home schooling.  I love supporting moms like her.

Along with dryer balls, Maple Hill Naturals also makes the following products:
Natural Soap
Shampoo & Conditioning Bars
Natural Lip Balm
and Skin Care Products

If you are interested in purchasing any of Maple Hill Naturals’ products, you can find them on their website: http://maplehillnaturals.com/.  You can also connect with Maple Hill Naturals on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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