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Bum Boosa Review and Giveaway

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

If you are looking for a good eco friendly disposable baby wipe, you might want to look into Bum Boosa.  Bum Boosa are baby wipes made from bamboo fibers, they are super soft, and super strong.  These wet wipes are also a pH balanced, alcohol-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, chlorine-free, non-synthetic, tree-free product.

The solution used on the wipes comes from plant basted products, essential oils, and a few other things. Here is a list:

Purified water
Vegetable glycerin
Organic Aloe Vera
Vitamin E
Potassium Sorbate
Sodium Benzoate
Citric Acid
Calendula extract
Polysorbate 20
Chamomile Flower Extract
Lavender oil
Sweet Orange Oil

Here is a photo of what Huggies has in their wet wipes.

(Thank you Mary Taylor and Jenny Colvin for taking photos for me)
Here is a photo of what Pampers Sensitive has in their wet wipes:
(Thank you Rachael Willard for taking this photo for me)
I personally know what more ingredients of the Bum Boosa whips are compared to Huggies and Pampers.  Which makes me feel better about what I am putting on my daughter’s bottom, hands, and face.  

If you are wondering how these wonderful wipes are made, they would better at telling you than I am.  Here is what their website says:

Our baby wipes and diaper liners are manufactured using the rayon or viscose method for turning cellulose from bamboo into a usable fiber. The main chemical used during the process to break down the bamboo is sodium hydroxide (lye), most commonly known as caustic soda or CS2. Caustic soda is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is used in food production, soap making, manufacturing of bio-diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics, including organic cotton (during the wet processing). Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). One of the most important parts of the process is all recyclable. In modern viscose manufacturing for bamboo, the fiber is processed in a hermetic container where 100% of the chemicals that are used are trapped and contained – not released into the factory, environment or atmosphere. 73 percent of CS2s are recycled, 26 percent are recycled into H2SO4. The chemicals do not pollute any part of the environment.
The steps are as follows:
  • Bamboo leaves and the soft, inner pith from the hard bamboo trunk are extracted and crushed;
  • The crushed bamboo cellulose is soaked in a aqueous solution of 15% to 20% sodium hydroxide at a temperature between 20 degrees C to 25 degrees C for one to three hours to form bamboo alkali cellulose;
  • The bamboo alkali cellulose is then pressed to remove any excess sodium hydroxide solution. The alkali cellulose is left to dry for 24 hours;
  • Roughly a third as much carbon disulfide is added to the bamboo alkali cellulose to sulfurize the compound causing it to jell;
  • Any remaining carbon disulfide is removed due to decompression and cellulose sodium xanthogenate is the result;
  • A diluted solution of sodium hydroxide is added to the cellulose sodium xanthogenate dissolving it to create a viscose solution consisting of about 5% sodium hydroxide and 7% to 15% bamboo fiber cellulose.
  • The viscose bamboo cellulose is forced through spinneret nozzles into a large container of a highly diluted sulfuric acid solution which hardens the viscose bamboo cellulose sodium xanthogenate and reconverts it to cellulose bamboo.
  • The finished fiber is sent to a wet wipes manufacturing facility where the spun lace process is used (without chemicals) to turn the fiber into thin, disposable sheets using high pressure water jets.

– See more at: http://bumboosa.com/bum-boosa-on-sale-now/how-bamboo-is-processed-into-a-fiber/#sthash.8npMxrBD.dpuf

 If you are worried about the strength of the wipes, don’t.  I’ve not been able to push my finger through one yet.

Bum Boosa wipes are so soft, that I use them to wipe Goose’s face and nose with them all the time.  The Calendula extract in the wipes has even helped sooth her chapped nose from her cold. 
If you are wondering about price, Bam Boosa wet wipes are a little more expensive compaired to the big brands.  You can buy the wipes on their web site for $5.99 (+shipping) for a pack of 80 wipes. You can also purchase them on Amazon for $7.26 (as an add on item) again for a pack of 80 wipes.  You can also check out their store finder to see if there is a store near you that sells Bum Boosa wet wipes. 
If you would like to follow Bam Boosa, they are on the following social networks:
Google+
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube
The wonderful people over at Bam Boosa are also letting me giveaway a pack of Bam Boosa wipes.  You can enter any time between now and 2/3/14.  Enjoy and Good Luck!
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Almondina Review and Giveaway

When Yuval Zaliouk was growing up, his grandma Dina would make a wonderful dry cookie she called “Petit Gateau Sec”.  This little addictive cookie was full of almond and raisin flavor and everyone loved them.

Long after his grandma’s death, Yuval Zaliouk decided to make and sell the cookies for those who were searching for something that was healthy and taste good too.  Thus Almondina was born, and it carried grandma Dina’s name too.

The original Almondina has to be my favorite.  It has very simple ingredients: Almonds, flour, pure cane sugar, egg whites, natural flavors, and Kosher Pareve.

The ingredients are so simple, and they are AMAZING!!

Almondia’s mission is “To put a healthful cookie on every table”.  Goose loves to eat these as a snack and with lunch, and I don’t feel bad about giving them to her.  Just take a look at the Nutrition Facts, not bad.

This is a photo of the Gingerspice Almondia cookie.  Instead of having raisins, it has diced ginger.  So the cookies are full of the all natural flavors of almond and ginger.

I personally like to eat these with coffee or tea, but this is the type of cookie that does not require that.  The Almondia cookies are thin and crunchy, but not like other unmentionable “cookies” where you think you are going to break your teeth eating them.

Another thing I like about the Almondia cookies is, there are no hidden perseveres or junk.  Almondia uses all natural ingredients in their cookies.

Almondina has come up with some great flavors of these awesome little cookies too.

THE ORIGINAL
CHOCONUT
CINNAROMA®
GINGERSPICE
ALMONDUO®
ANNIVERSARY™
BRANTREATS®
SESAME
PUMPKIN SPICE
CHOCOLATE CHERRY
CHOCOLATE DIPPED
YOGURT DIPPED ALMONDINA® BRANTREATS®
MILK CHOCOLATE ALMONDINA® DELIGHTS

I have personally only seen Almondina cookies on Amazon, but you can use the store finder on their website to find a store near you that carries them. The store finder can be found here: http://www.almondina.com/?page_id=30

You can connect with Almondia on these social networks:

Facebook
Twitter

Almondina is letting me give away a sampler pack of these wonderful cookies to one of my awesome followers.  Enjoy!

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Voilà! Hallah Egg Bread Mixes Review and Giveaway

Challah bread is a traditional Jewish braided bread that is severed on the Sabbath and special holidays.  I, personally, am not Jewish, but I love the way this bread looks and tastes.

I had never tried to make it until Tribes-A-Dozen contacted me about doing a review.  My first thought was, there is no way this is going to turn out, and so I went into this very skeptical.

I opened up the box, and found that each kit comes with a flour mixture and a packet of yeast.  After I opened the box, I decided to read the directions, and I found that a bread maker can be used with these bread kits!!!  Yay, not so hard to make now.

I found that using my bread machine, I didn’t need to follow the directions on the back.  I just oiled the whole pan and the paddles on the bottom, then poured the warm water, oil, flour mix, and yeast in.  I then proceed to beat the egg and extra yoke a little before pouring it in.  Then I turned on the bread machine to a quick light crust loaf, and let it do it’s thing.

When I made this bread, we were on our way to a Christmas party, I grabbed the loaf out of the machine, and left.  I forgot to take a photo of it.  It was beautiful though.  I didn’t do the braided look, but it was perfect still.  I was so pleased.

If you are Jewish, you will happy to know that all three kits are kosher, so you can use them for religious purposes.

Tribes-A-Dozen Hallah Egg Bread mixes can be found in some stores and online.  I looked at my local grocery store, but did not see them.  I did use their store locator, and found that Wal-Mart sells them, but I don’t go Wal-Mart, so I cannot personally say that I’ve seen them there. I have seen them on Amazon though.

Tribes-A-Dozen is also letting me give one person all three mixes.  To enter the giveaway use the form below.

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Bummas Cloth Wipes Review and Giveaway

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

When Goose was still in diapers, I felt that every time I didn’t let her bottom air out when changing her diaper, she got diaper rash.  I tried all sorts of things, but there are two things I found that helped the most.  One, switching to cloth diapers, and two, using a dry cloth to dry her off after the wet wipe.  I used several different brands when she was in diapers, but now that she is out, I have found the best ones yet (all ways happens to me, I find the greatest ones after I need them).  


The Bummas cloth wipes can be use for many different things.  They can be used to dry baby’s bottom, as a wet wipe, a wash cloth, and so much more. (I’ve even used them to clean my glasses and computer screen.) They are small rectangles that measure 5″x7″, and are 100% cotton woven velour terry cloth.  The best part is, you just use, wash, and reuse.  No more throwing money down the drain with disposable wipes.  Bummas cloth wipes are really durable and won’t fade, pill, or shrink.  
MADE IN THE USA!!!
Bummas cloth wipes can be purchased online on Bummas’ website (http://www.bummas.com/).  They cost $15.00 (+shipping), and come in a bunch of fun colors.  I’ve seen them on Amazon too, but Bummas has a better price on their website. 
The wonderful people over at Bummas are also letting me giveaway a pack of Bummas wipes to one of my awesome readers.  Please use the form below to enter.  
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Glimmer Body Art Review and Giveaway

A few months ago we took Goose to the zoo, and they had a booth set up where you could get your face painted, have temporary tattoos applied, and get this really pretty glitter body art done.  I really liked the glitter body art, and allowed Goose to get one done.  It was cute and lasted almost a week.  She went around telling everyone she had a “cutie mark” (Please see “My Little Pony” for definition).

The body art was cute, but it also costs $10 for a small little butterfly.  So, I, being the type of person I am, got home, I looked up companies who make glitter body art.  Turns out Glimmer Body Art was one of the best rated companies I could find, and they make kits for home use.  It is the exact same stuff you would get with the professional kit, but in a little more manageable size.

The personal sized kits are called Party in a Box.  
There are five different themed boxes in the line of these kits.  
Pop Classic
Princess + Hearts 
Blossom
Tickled Pink 
Harmony
Each kit contains:
4 Body Glitter (2.8 g/0.10 oz) 
1 Body Glue (3 ml / 0.10 fl oz) 
12 3″x2″ Self Adhesive Stencils 
2 pc. brush set 
Instruction/Care Card
The way Glimmer Body Art is applied, is super simple.  
First, you want to make sure you skin is nice and dry.  (It doesn’t hurt to use a little alcohol and clean the area.)
Then you will want to pull off the backing on the stencil you have chosen and apply to the area of the skin you have selected.  (Goose choose her arm) 
Pull off the clear plastic that covers the top of the stencil. 
Apply the Glimmer Body art Glue
Pull off the stencil
Wait for glue to turn clear
Apply glitter
Brush any extra glitter to the center, and then brush off.  
Then you are DONE!
I would personally wait a few minutes for the body art to dry, but it should be completely water proof after that.  Each tattoo lasts for about 7 days, depending on how you car for it (for example; pat dry don’t rub).  If you need/want to remove it before it comes off on its on, just just some alcohol and rub rub rub.  

(this is my first video, please excuse my rambling and stuff) 
All in all, I love these!  Glimmer Body Art really hooked me up and gave me a few sets of these, and I used them over Christmas with my sister’s kids.  They had a blast, and wanted to put them all on.  I limited them to four each which gave me plenty of practice.  We had so much fun, I plan on having Glimmer Body Art at Goose’s birthday party in a few weeks!
If you are interested in getting some of these kits for your self, you can purchase them online here: http://glittertattoosshop.com/collections/glitter-tattoo-kits  If you want to purchase the kits individually, they are $20, but if you want to buy all five kits together that is $100 (prices do not include shipping or tax (if applicable)) 
Glimmer Body Art is also letting me giveaway six prizes.  Five winners will receive a single kit, and one lucky person will receive the grand prize of ALL FIVE KITS!! 

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Elite Gold’s Ultimate MCT Oil and Coconut Oil Pills Review

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

OK, if you are anything like me, you probably know what MCT oil is even though you don’t know it.  MCT oil is basically coconut oil or palm kernel oil.  I use coconut oil at least once a day, and I had never heard of MCT oil before I started working on this post.

Here is the technical stuff about MCT oil:

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are medium-chain (8 to 12 carbons) fatty acid esters of glycerol.
MCTs passively diffuse from the GI tract to the portal system (longer fatty acids are absorbed into the lymphatic system) without requirement for modification like long-chain fatty acids or very-long-chain fatty acids. In addition, MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. Patients that have malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes are treated with MCTs because they do not require energy for absorption, utilization, or storage.
Rich sources of MCTs include palm kernel oilcoconut oil and camphor tree drupes.
The fatty acids found in MCTs are called medium-chain fatty acids. The names of the medium-chain fatty acids (and the corresponding number of carbons) found in MCTs are caprylic acid (C8),capric acid (C10) and lauric acid (C12). Like all triglycerides (fats and oils), MCTs are composed of a glycerol backbone and three fatty acids, hence the name triglyceride; in the case of MCTs, 2 or 3 of the fatty acid chains attached to glycerol are medium chain in length.

Basically, MCT oil is very easy for the body to break down, and is not stored as fat like other oils.  Other studies have shown that MCT oil will boost brain function and may even help reverse the effects of Alzeimer’s or dementia. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2258665/Alzeimers-Can-coconut-oil-ease-Families-whove-given-loved-ones-swear-it.html)

I’ve started replacing some oils in my diet with Elite Gold’s MCT oil.  I’ve made homemade pop corn with it and eggs.  It has no coconut taste, well, really it has no taste.  I’ve noticed that when I use it, I have more energy.  Maybe one day I’ll get to the point where it will help me loose weight too.

If you would like to pick up some of Elite Gold’s Ulitmate MCT oil, you can purchase it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pharmaceutical-Thermogenic-Maintain-Cholesterol-Performance/dp/B00DJDYGO6

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

One problem I’ve had with just taking the MCT oil straight as like a supplement, is the oily texture gets to me.  So, recently I learned that Elite Gold sells Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Capsules, too!  They are so much easier to take, and I don’t have to worry about the oil gagging me.

Like I said, they are super simple to take.  I just take 3 softgels, 2 or 3 times a day.  I’ve only taken it a few times, so I’ve not noticed a difference yet, but I am really optomisic that the Coconut Oil softgels will give me more energy to play with Goose.  Each softgel is about 3/4″ long, but easy to swallow for me.

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ZEEPO Sleep Mask and Sleep Serum Review and Giveaway

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

A few months ago I started looking for a way to help block sunlight from the bedroom while my husband slept since he works nights.  We got some really fancy black out curtains, but the still let light in on the sides, and really bad on the top.  So the search continued.

Then I had the opportunity to review the Zeepo strapless mask and the Dream Essence Sleep Serum.  I was really excited for hubby to try this out to see if he was able to sleep better.

First, you stick four of the adhesive strips to the mask and place them as pictured above.  Then pull off the clear portion of the strips so that they are sticky.

Then you stick the whole thing to your face making sure it fits well over the bridge of your noes.

The mask blocks out the light really well, and you don’t have to worry about it falling down while you are asleep since it’s stuck to your face.

The sleep serum also smells great!  You just dab a little on your wrist and temples, and the aromatherapy scents will help you relax and soon fall asleep.

If you would like to get a strapless sleep mask or sleep serum of your own, you can purchase them on Dream Essentials website links below:
http://www.dreamessentials.com/product-145/zeepo-strapless-sleep-masks
http://www.dreamessentials.com/product-127/dream-essence-sleep-serum-sampler

Also, the wonderful people over at Dream Essentials is letting me giveaway one Strapless Sleep Mask and a trail size of the sleep serum.

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Online Piano Lessons by Hoffman Academy Review and Giveaway

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

If you are looking to take some piano lessons, or have a homeschooler who would needs some music lessons, you might want to look into the Hoffman Academy.  Hoffman Academy offers online classes that are accessible at any time during they day, so if you have a crazy schedule this might be the perfect program for you.

I recently got to try the first unit, and was really impressed.  The lessons start out really simple, and cover everything that you would need to know from which direction you go on the keys to make high and low notes, up to some basic chords.  

Each lesson in the unit come with an instructional video, that can be viewed at anytime on their website for free.

If you would like to try view the lessons for yourself, you should check them out of Hoffman Academy’s website: https://www.hoffmanacademy.com/ Or their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PianoLessonsForKids

The wonderful folks over at Hoffman Academy are also letting me giveaway unit 1 of their lessons to one lucky reader.  You may enter any time between now and 1/1/14.


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Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil Review

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I have been taking fish oil for a few years now.  I love how it makes my nails and hair grow faster, and I believe it has helped some with keeping my blood presser down.  How ever one thing I don’t like about the fish oil that I have been taking is the taste.  Yes it come in pills, but several hours after I take it, I start tasting and burping fish.  YUCK!!

Recently, I decided to try a different brand, and Wiley’s Finest was looking for a review.  So I thought I would give it a try.

Wiley’s Finest has purified and concentrated to provide a Peak dose of EPA in each softgel.  That means you get 4x more than you would get in a regular 1000mg fish oil.  Peak EPA is clinically proven to increase Omega-3 levels in human muscle tissue and red blood cells.  You get all of this without the fishy taste.

I take one softgel at night with my regular medications.  With my old fish oil, I had to take two.

Each bottle of 30 sofgels will cost you about $21.99 + shipping.  These can purchased on their website here: http://www.wileysfinest.com/peak-epa-1000mg-epa-dha-per-softgel-30-softgels/

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How to Raise a Happy Child (and Be Happy Too): Book Review

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Every parent wants the best for their child(ren); I know for Goose, I want her to grow up knowing that she is and will be forever loved.  Not every parent knows how to reach that goal for their child(ren).  With “How to Raisy a Happy Child (and Be Happy Too), the authors Heather Criswell and Taryn Voget really offer some great suggestions on how to really make your relationship with your child(ren) great.  
Each chapter of “How to Raise a Happy Child (and be happy too)” starts off with Heather sharing her experiences as a mother, a foster mother, and a child care center teacher and owner. Then at the end of the chapter/section Tayrn follows up and kind of sums everything up so it’s easy to understand.  All of the chapters end with a QR code that you can scan with your smart phone.  These codes will take you to how-to parenting videos.  
At the end of the book, Heather offers some scenarios of how to talk to children in a way that they can understand.  She even talks about how to deal with a child finding out about Santa Claus.  
Goose can be a very strong willed child, and to some she may appear to be bratty or spoiled.  With this book I am learning to do away with those labels, and learning how to listen to her better (even when she is definitely not listening to me).  
I think this book is a really great resource, and I plan on keeping it around for a reference guide for a long time.  

If you would like a copy of “How to Raise a Happy Child (and be happy too)”, you can purchased the paperback version on Amazon for $19.76.

You can also try and win a copy until 12/30/13 below.

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