Category Archives: For the Dad

Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin Review!

Being a mom of four doesn’t leave much time for me.  I’m lucky if I can get a shower in most days.  My time is precious so I need a product that is worth my time and energy.  Between everyday stress and a not-so-great diet, my skin really suffers.  I’ve tried a lot of different skin care products in the past but they didn’t work.  The Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin is different.  It’s made my skin look and feel completely different!

So get this, I’m 28 and still suffer from breakouts.  I thought this stuff ended after the teen years; I guess not!  Along with my breakouts is this overall redness.  I also have combination skin so it seems even more difficult to find that perfect balance.  Most skin care products have such harsh ingredients that it causes my face to dry out and become even more red and irritated.

The ingredients found in the Ultimate Clarifying System are natural but strong enough to tackle even the worst acne.  Not only does the system tackle acne breakouts but it also helps to reduce irritation and redness.  One of the ingredients, Resveratrol, is a world-renowned antioxidant that provides anti-aging benefits.  Those are all things I need and want in a skin care system.
The Detoxifying Cleanser with Resvertrol is so gentle.  It’s engineered to deeply cleanse and calm the skin all while removing dirt and oil.  All it takes is a small amount to create a rich lather.  It leaves my face feeling clean, hydrated, and healthy.
While I have active breakouts, I use the Clarifying Cream with Resveratrol.  It’s a powerful, lightweight cream that soothes any irritation I have and clears up the acne.  It leaves my skin feeling silky and a little goes a long way!  I love that it’s a creamy texture that is easy to apply.
When I’m not experiencing active breakouts, I use the Acne Scar Fading Creamwith Acai Berry Extract.  I had and still have a bad habit of picking.  I have some pretty bad scarring in a few areas so I cannot wait to continue using this cream and watch it work.  It also offers great coverage and also leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth.
After just a few days of using the Ultimate Clarifying System, I could begin to see a difference.  The redness was fading and my acne was drying up in record time.  My sister even made a comment on how great my skin was looking and asked what I was using.
I can confidentially say that after spending money on several well-known products for acne, I have never received results like I have with the Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin.  It’s amazing!  Stop missing out on life and begin enjoying it with a face free of acne, redness, and irritation thanks to Dermagist’s Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin!

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Clarifying System for
Acne Prone Skin from Dermagist (RV $95.99).

Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 5/18/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Picture Collage Maker Review

Take your digital photos and create beautiful photo collages and more with Picture Collage Maker!

I usually struggle to find a collage maker that’s easy to use – not anymore!  Picture Collage Maker is extremely easy to use and allows me to create tons of projects without spending all day on the computer.  With a few clicks, I can create a beautiful photo collage using one of the thousands of professionally-drawn templates found in the library.  If there is something I want to change, I can customize it any way that I want.

Collage Wizard makes it even easier to use Picture Collage Maker.  All you have to do is upload however many photos you want to use, select a template, and let the wizard work its magic!  Don’t like the pictures it chose?  Click shuffle to be surprised with a new selection of photos in new positions.

You can use Picture Collage Maker to create custom calenders for your family, office, club or church group.  They can include everything from pictures to logos to text.  You can then decide to print and share or keep it for yourself as your desktop wallpaper.  Aren’t they amazing?!  These would make great gifts for Grandma & Grandpa!

Picture Collage Maker even has a greeting card maker.  Think of all the money you will save by creating beautiful, personalized keepsakes that will be treasured by friends and family.  No more boring store bought cards that lack meaning.  You can then decide to email it, save it as an image on your computer, set it as your desktop wallpaper or print directly.

If you want to give Picture Collage Maker a try before you buy, download a 15 day free trial before making a commitment!  At $29.90 for a single-user personal license, it’s extremely affordable.  Picture Collage Maker is available for Mac, iOS, and Windows.

 

Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner Review!

Household Traditions offers a safe and non-toxic solution for all of your household needs!  Get rid of those harmful chemicals and make the switch to Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!

What if I told you there was a cleaner out there that was safe to use on almost everything in your house?  What if I told you it was also environmentally safe, non-toxic, dye free, and powerful enough to cut through the toughest grease and dirt?  Look no further because Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner is an enzyme-based botanical formula that you can use for all of your household or commercial needs!

Kitchen – Use on counter tops, stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, and sinks!  You can even it as a dishwasher liquid either in the sink or dishwasher.  Try it in a soap dispenser and use as hand soap.
Bathrooms – Use to clean the bathtub, sink, and toilet.  Cuts through soap scum in minutes!
Automobiles – Use when washing your car, spray directly on tires, and even as an engine cleaner!
Fruits/Vegetables – Use to clean your produce!
Laundry – Use as a pre-spray on stains and spots or add to your wash cycle.

You can even use Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner on carpets, walls, and floors!

Ingredients:  A botanical solution comprised of: purified water, amino acids, minerals and other ingredients derived from leafy green, edible and seed-bearing plants.

I’ve been extremely pleased with Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner.  It does not have an overbearing chemical smell like most products out there.  I feel much safer using it around my house, especially on my counter tops.  I feel safer knowing it’s non-toxic and safe to use, especially since I’ve got a house full of kids!  Since we started juicing, I’m using it to clean our fresh produce.  I’m using it to pre-treat stains in our laundry.  Heck, I’m using it all over the house to clean anything and everything!  It’s my #1 household cleaner!

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.  Please check out my review all about Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil.

One lucky reader will win their own Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US and Canada.
Giveaway ends 6/11/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Ultimate Flora Probiotic Review!

Are you looking for a dietary supplement made with naturally-occurring probiotic cultures to help with your digestive issues?  Look no further because Ultimate Flora Probiotics can help provide you with many health benefits for your digestive system and your whole body!

You might be thinking to yourself, what the heck are probiotics and why would I need them?  Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to keep you healthy by balancing your intestinal flora.  They help enhance digestion, prevent digestive upset, and even help your body absorb valuable nutrients from food during the digestive process.  Did you know that up to 80% of the body’s immune system is associated with the intestinal tract?  Probiotics help to stimulate the immune system by promoting a healthy gut.

Ultimate Flora is different from other probiotics out there.  Ultmiate Flora offers high-potency probiotics that ensure at least 10 billion active cultures per capsule serving.  Plus they offer a unique delayed release system which helps probiotics resist stomach acid. Just one capsule taken on a daily basis should help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Since my toddler and husband both seem to be the ones that experience digestive issues, I thought it best to have them both give Ultimate Flora Probiotics a try.  A lot of my friends around me have been talking about probiotics so this was perfect timing!  My 3 year old frequently experiences gas and tummy pains and my husband, oh man…he is just a big ball of gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea.  He is also a diabetic so he needs all the help he can get with his immune system too.

My daughter has been taking the Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic 3 Billion.  It has a great tasting berry-licious flavor, which she loves, and does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.   Another feature is that it is dairy, soy, and gluten free!  We refer to it as Amaya’s “chewy” when it comes time to taking her probiotic.  We always take it between breakfast and dinner.  She actually looks forward to taking it and if I forget, she’s right there reminding me she needs her chewy!

My husband has been taking the Ultimate Flora Daily Care Probiotic 15 Billion.  It contains 15 Billion cultures and 10 strains of health-promoting Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.  It contains no wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, or artificial ingredients.  It’s an easy to swallow vegetable capsule too!

Since both have begun taking Ultimate Flora Probiotics, I’ve seen a significant change in both.  My daughter is less gassy and does not complain about an upset stomach on a daily basis anymore.  She also no longer experiences loose stools.  Come to think of it, my husband is the same too.  He usually comes home from work complaining of an upset stomach but he hasn’t complained in quite some time.  In fact, he also doesn’t clear a room anymore with his gas!  (Sorry honey!)

Overall, when anyone asks me to recommend a probiotic, I always suggest

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Flora Probiotic of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to residents of US only.
Giveaway ends 6/7/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Verefina First Aid Ointment Review!

Verefina helps people live happier and healthier lives by creating pure and natural products.  Verefina’s First Aid Ointment is perfect for our start in a more natural direction with our health and beauty products!  Since I’ve begun the switch to more natural and homemade products, I was thrilled when Michelle Tilley, Verefina Independant Consultant, contacted me!

Michelle has battled for a long time with health issues that have plagued her 11 year old daughter’s life.  After 6 years of not knowing what was going on with her daughter’s health and seeing countless specialists, it was discovered that she has pesticides trapped in her cells and requires a complete cell detox.  And do you know how those pesticides got trapped in her cells?  You guessed it, artificially fragranced products that we use in our homes.  These chemicals have reeked havoc on Michelle’s daughter.  She was experiencing daily nausea, migraines, hives, shaking, low body temperature, and heart palpitations – just to name a few.   After eliminating all unnatural products, her daughter’s health greatly improved thanks to the help of Verefina’s natural products.

Do you or someone you know experience something similar to this?  Could it be that they have a similar undiagnosed condition caused by toxins in their cells?  By making small steps in the right direction, we can start cutting back or even eliminating the amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day!

So let me tell you about our small step in that direction with Verefina’s First Aid Ointment.  It’s made with 100% natural ingredients so I don’t feel guilty slathering my children’s boo-boos in this stuff!  With it being nicer outside and sports starting, the more and more boo-boos seem to appear!
Ingredients in Verefina’s First Aid Ointment: beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, tamanu oil, calendula oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, loving baby essential oil proprietary blend, tea tree oil, rosemary extract, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, benzoin essential oil
I have used this stuff on just about everything!  Cuts, scrapes, burns, road rash, diaper rash, dry lips, eczema, stretch marks, bug bites, cracked nipples, and just about any and every skin irritation!  This is my new favorite item in my medicine cabinet.  I love the scent and the texture.  Did I mention that the ingredients are unfriendly to bacteria too?!  Exactly what every parent needs in their house!

Contact Michelle Tilley today to learn more about Verefina and their wonderful line of natural products!

Zaycon Foods is America’s Drive Thru Meat Market – Fresher, Faster and Cheaper

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not our numbers, yours!

Zaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because our unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on our amazing meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of our refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of our other fine products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with our special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for our friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on our website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase.

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of our fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, we are committed to getting you your fresh, natural food!

HotBuckles.com The Starry Night Kindle Case Review!

Hot Buckles is an online treasure trove of the hottest fashion accessories for women, trendy college crowd apparel and custom items from tablet cases to flip flops and of course, hot buckles & belts too.

If you are looking for a stylish and durable Kindle Fire case, look no further.  The quality and design of HotBuckles.com’s The Starry Night Kindle Case has exceeded my expectations.  Not only is it an extremely thick hard plastic case, it offers grippy sides to help keep your Kindle in your hands.  The case easily snaps into place and fits the Kindle Fire like a glove.  I love how the corners round the Kindle Fire perfectly to offer a really nice fitted look.

At only 1.7 ounces, this made in USA Kindle case easily snapped on to my step-daughter’s Kindle Fire.  She was so tired of her boring black case that she couldn’t wait to spice up her Kindle with this great conversation starting case.  ”The Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh is such a great idea for a Kindle case design.  You can even choose white or black plastic for the case.

HotBuckles.com‘s Kindle Fire case would make the perfect gift for someone you know that loves their Kindle Fire just as much as my child does!

Don’t forget to check out their belts for men, women, and kids!  You’ll be sure to find the coolest buckle styles and fashions!

Dermagist Eye Precision System Review!

Having four kids can really take its toll on a person, especially when one out of the two parents has a job that requires long hours.  Both my husband and I have realized we aren’t getting any younger and it especially starts to show in our eye area.  The Dermagist Eye Precision System is helping us fight wrinkles and look refreshed!

I initially thought of my husband when I read that the Dermagist Eye Precision System aims to reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and puffy bags.  Then I got to thinking, I’m not getting any younger over here!  Plus getting up several times a night isn’t helping my cause either. My husband and I have both been using theDermagist Eye Precision System and have been starting to see some great results!

I’m already using the Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System and seeing great results.  I know Dermagist products work so when I began using the Instant Effect Lifting Serum, the results were amazing!  It instantly tightens my eye area without any uncomfortable film or residue.  After applying, my eyes are wider and I look more alert and awake.  I love knowing that it contains powerful peptides, like Matrixyl, that target my wrinkles long term too!  The Instant Effect Lifting Serum uses natural ingredients which provide nourishing moisture.  My skin is looking better and better each day.

My husband loves the Dermagist Eye Revolution Gel.  He’s honestly tried so many different products to try and tackle the dark, puffy circles under his eyes.  Do you know how frustrating it is to spend so much money on products that produce no results?  We’ve finally found something that works!  Eddie works long hours and gets less than 6 hours of sleep a night.  I love that he works so hard to provide for his family and to help keep me home but I hate the way he looks after some of those long days.

The Eye Revolution Gel targets dark circles under and around the eyes by dissipating the blood particles that accumulate.  The specialized ingredients give the eye area a light, fresh complexion.  Another targeted problem is the puffy under eye bags and overall puffiness of the eye area.  The precision engineered ingredients help the look of puffiness and bags.  Not only does this amazing formula tackle those two items, it even tackles wrinkles above, below, and next to the eye.  These ingredients moisturize the skin area and help maintain elasticity.  My husband can attest that this product has truly assisted in helping him look his best!  The results are amazing!

One lucky reader will win an Eye Precision System from Dermagist.  (RV $95.99)
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 7/6/13 at 11:59pm CST.
*If you have previously won a Dermagist Giveaway, you are ineligible to enter**

Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery Tea Party!

I was delighted with a good excuse to throw a tea party/play date for my friends and their children with a little help from Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery!

Davidson’s Organics is a one stop online store that sells teas, herbs, cocoa, and spices.  I was excited when they sent some amazing smelling caffeine-free Rooibos Spiced Chai Tea for my party.  For those of you, like myself, who have no clue about tea, I’ll share with you a little more about the tea from Davidson’s website:

  • Rooibos (“red tea”) is harvested from shrubs grown in the high elevations of the cape regions of South Africa. Rooibos has a full-bodied, rounded character, a slight sweetness, and blends well with green tea, black tea, other herbs and spices. Enjoy this red tea based chai with just the right hint of sweetness and spices. Delicious with milk and sweetener. High in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Rooibos is well-known for its numerous health benefits and calming effects. And it’s completely caffeine-free!

I must admit, I’m not a huge tea drinker but as I get older, I’m being introduced to it more and more and becoming more curious.  I think the intimidation of not knowing if I’m suppose to drink it plain, with milk, with sugar, with honey, or with lemon, is what gets me.  I let my curiosity get the best of me and brewed a cup for myself and a fellow mommy.  The hearty fragrance filled the whole room!  Yum!

The smell was enough to draw you in.  She drank hers with a little milk and I enjoyed mine plain.  Spicy but yet sweet, I enjoyed my cup of tea.  Even my friend’s children enjoyed a few sips too!  Since it’s caffeine free, none of us had to worry about it affecting our sleep or our milk supplies (we are breastfeeding moms!).  The added bonus of the health benefits was appealing as well!  Plus,Davidson’s Organics entire product line is USDA Certified Organic and KSA Certified Kosher!

Now I cannot forget to tell you all about Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars!  They are A-MAZ-ING!  They were such a huge hit with the little kids to the point that I had to shoo them away so others could enjoy them.  If they sent me a case of  these fig bars, they’d probably be gone within a week.  My kids LOVED them and so did the other children and mommies in attendance.  I love that they are an all natural and healthy snack – perfect for play dates and after school snacks!

One of the biggest attractions of the fig bars was that they are cholesterol-free, dairy free, kosher, and all natural.  Another thing – we could pronounce every ingredient on the label!  There are so many flavors to choose from and they are all delicious, no joke!

Nature’s Bakery 100% Natural Fig Bar Flavors Include:

  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Blueberry
  • Whole Wheat Fig
  • Peach Apricot
  • Raspberry
  • Vanilla Fig
  • Vanilla Raspberry

The tea party/play date was a huge success thanks to Davidson’s Organics and Nature’s Bakery.  We were so busy enjoying everything that I forgot to take pictures of us all actually enjoying it!  It was great to get my friends and their children together at my house and enjoy some great tea and bars!

Vision Bedding Custom Comforter Review!

Vision Bedding specializes in products and designs found no where else!  Choose between millions of designs that Vision Bedding has to offer or upload your own photo for a personalized item!

Vision Bedding literally has millions of designs to choose from to fit your unique style.  If you are looking for a personalized item, feel free to upload your own images and design your own product!  There are so many creative possibilities including free text, multiple collage options, and unlimited border colors, just to name a few.  Within 24-48 hours of placing your order, one of Vision Bedding’s professional graphic designers will have your preview available for your approval.  If there is something you want to change, they’ll work with you until it’s just right!  Plus they are so willing to help in any way possible, you’ll be sure to receive exactly what you want!

At Vision Bedding, you’ll find bath decor, flags, wall murals, baby/kids/teen/adult bedding, pillows, window curtains, backdrops, blankets, rugs, banners, fabric, and wall art.  You can even purchase gift certificates!  After going through all the amazing possibilities, I made the decision to give my 9 year old son the opportunity to create a custom collage comforter.  He’s almost 10 and in that in-between phase where he just can’t seem to find a comforter that he likes.  Some are just too kiddie for him and some are just too adult.  Plus he’s got such a quirky personality, it seemed only fitting to allow him the chance to let his creative juices flow!

Julien loves many different things but the 3 things that stick out the most are: anything army, penguins, and video games.  We were able to browse through the library of items and pick out 6 really awesome pictures for his comforter.  He has 2 army themed pictures, 2 video game controllers (Xbox & Playstation), and 2 penguins.  We were even given the option to add his name which was an added bonus.  We also chose the black 320 count sateen cotton for the bottom of the comforter.

It was like Christmas when Julien’s Vision Bedding custom collage twin comforter came.
He could hardly wait to open the box!

Once opened, we couldn’t believe our eyes.  Our masterpiece had come to life!  The comforter is approximately 2″ thick and is extremely plush.  The sateen cotton bottom is so soft and silky too.  I can tell you, this comforter is made to last and is of extremely high quality.  Julien says it is extremely comfortable to sleep with and loves everything about it.  It’s just perfect and exactly what we wanted.  Plus it’s machine washable!

Vision Bedding has been a dream to work with.  Their customer service is amazing!  They took my son’s ideas and brought them to life.  He’s so excited to have exactly what he’s always wanted in a comforter.  I love that it shows his fun, creative, and quirky side.  It brightens up his room and is such a beautiful piece of artwork!

The comforter just screams Julien , literally!  It’s so amazing what this company will do to make sure their customers are satisfied.  I know we are and you will be too!  A huge thank you to Vision Bedding!

Whitening Lightning Dial A Smile Zero White Teeth Whitening System Review!

Stop wasting money on strips and trays that are messy and ineffective.  Make the switch to Whitening Lightning Dial A Smile Zero White Teeth Whitening System!  This innovative and highly effective professional home teeth whitening system will produce amazing results!

I love a bright white smile but I don’t love the expense that comes with trying to achieve it.  Between the different toothpastes, strips, and trays out there, I never see the results that they promise to give.  Talk about frustrating and time consuming!  Whitening Lightning’s Dial A Smile Zero White Teeth Whitening System does everything it says its going to do and more!

Whitening Lightning is the maker of the BEST professional home whitening system on the market today and their newest eco/natural version of Dial A Smile is great.  Instead of using peroxide, this system uses baking soda as the active whitening ingredient.  The LED light recreates the professional office experience.  This system is so easy to use and totally safe for crowns, veneers, and caps.  I will NEVER waste my money on those awful tasting strips and trays again!

I used to be a smoker and I do drink coffee from time to time so I feel like my teeth aren’t as white as they could be.  By following the directions carefully, I was able to see a huge change in the shade of my teeth after just one treatment.  I love that the system is specially formulated from all natural ingredients making it safe to use.  One treatment is only 20 minutes; I can handle that!

I don’t have time to sit at a dentist’s office for a professional teeth whitening treatment or spend the money on one either.  The results I achieved with the Dial A Smile Zero White Teething Whitening System is beyond words.  My mom saw me the next day and immediately noticed how white my teeth were and said they were as white as my white shirt!  Plus, NO sensitivity and NO pain!!!

JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn Review!

It’s time to snack happy with JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn!  This is a tasty and timeless treat you won’t feel guilty snacking on!  If you are health-conscious but love flavorful foods, you’ll be in for a real treat!

Instead of reaching for something unhealthy for you and your kids to munch on, try JOLLY TIME Butter and Butter Light Microwave Pop Corn made with the Smart Balance unique blend of oils.  Independent, online research found that consumers trust the Smart balance name.  I know I’m one of them!

Not only is this popcorn mouth-watering and buttery, it also naturally has ZERO grams of trans fat and absolutely NO hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.  JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is even gluten-free and is an excellent way to add whole grains into your diet!  Imagine my surprise when my whole family couldn’t get enough of JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn.  It’s delicious!

The Smart Balance blend is licensed exclusively for use in JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and contains a unique blend of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats.  The Smart Balance brand provides superior tasting, heart healthier alternatives in many product categories by avoiding trans fats naturally, balancing fats and/or reducing saturated fats, and adding beneficial ingredients that people may be missing in their diets.  You can find JOLLY TIME Pop Corn made with the Smart Balance unique blend at select U.S. retailers in 3 pack boxes and individual trial bags.

Each week until July 15, fans of JOLLY TIME on Facebook, can enter to win a thematic prize or one of 75 free JOLLY TIME Popcorn made with Smart Balance product coupons.  Find JOLLY TIME on Twitter too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Epica Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Review!

Do you remember my post awhile back about straws?  Little did I know that I could cut down waste by introducing my children to reusable stainless steel drinking straws!

Epica Stainless Steel Drinking Straws have helped us cut down on waste but have also kept dangerous chemicals out of my children’s mouths.  Plastic straws contain toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates.  Epica’s food-safe stainless steel is completely safe and won’t damage your health.  Made from 18/10 stainless steel, these straws won’t rust, scratch, chip, or break.  You can expect to see these straws look just as good as new for years to come.

These straws are dishwasher safe or can be hand washed with the included cleaning brush.  The included cleaning brush can even be used to clean out other reusable straws you may have around your house, such as sippy cup straws.

Think about how many straws end up in a landfill each year.  You and your family can cut down on waste and sip in style.  Epica’s Stainless Steel Drinking Straws are bent just like plastic straws and feature an angled top for easy drinking.  I think they are so stylish and my kids have ditched plastic straws and will only use these!  They work perfectly in the cups with lids we commonly use too!

Make the switch to Epica Stainless Steel Drinking Straws – they are healthier, kinder to the environment, and just plain cool!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Soothing Company Brazilian Style Hammock Review!

Soothing Company is a website that offers hundreds of soothing products for your home or garden.  They even have a website, Soothing Walls, that offers a large selection of water fountains.  A Brazilian Style Hammock is just one of the products they offer to help you soothe away your worries!

When thinking about ways to unwind, what are some things that come to mind?  Reading a book?  Taking a bath?  How about relaxing out in nature in a strong, comfortable, breathable fabric hammock?  Soothing Company has just what you need!
This Brazilian Style Hammock comes with everything you need to start relaxing and unwinding.  Contained inside the drawstring carry bag are metal eye screws and hooks.
These thick rope loops reinforced with metal on the inside assure me that this hammock is built to last!
At 3’4″ wide and 6’5″ long, you’ll be able to stretch out and enjoy this hammock.  The overall total length of the hammock is 9’3″ long and will hold up to 220 pounds!
Look at these colors!  I love the Guacamole fabric choice I selected!  There are so many other color selections to choose from too!

While I have not had the chance to get my hammock set up from Soothing Company (my trees are a little farther apart than I thought), I am rather excited to try it out in the near future.  You may even consider purchasing a hammock stand which can also be found on Soothing Company’s website!  I see relaxing in my hammock in my near future and maybe you will too!

Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan Review!

The Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan with adapter is perfect for camping, power outages, or anywhere you may not have an outlet readily available!

If you are an avid camper, have children that attend summer camp, or are in need of a portable fan, the Epica Portable Fan is truly an asset.  When we received the Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan, it was perfect timing because my step-daughter was heading off to summer camp.  She was able to easily use it near her bunk without any problems!

The Epica Fan requires 8 “D” batteries (not included) to run or, if you are near an outlet, you can use the included AC adapter.  Unlike some battery operated fans, the Epica Fan is extremely powerful and will last up to 40 hours on batteries alone.  It’s perfect to take with to outdoor sporting events that offer little to no shade or even while sitting outside sunbathing.  It’s the perfect portable fan for my daughter’s bedroom where I don’t want to run an extension cord.  Plus it’s a great size – not too big and not too small.  And don’t let the 10″ size fool you, it’s packed with power!

There are two fan speeds, low and high, for you to choose from.  I love the built in handle too.  It makes for easy carrying.  The ability to tilt the fan in whatever direction you need is another great feature.  It is actually possible to position this fan and direct the airflow in the exact direction that you need and want it!  The unique U-shaped, anti-tip base, makes this fan extremely stable.  When loaded up with all 8 “D” batteries, it provides extra weight and stability.

All in all, this is the perfect fan for many different situations.  I feel extremely comfortable using this around my 10 month old (with supervision) who gets super fussy in hot, humid weather.  It’s truly proven to be a valuable accessory for our family!

Whether you camp, travel, attend sporting events, enjoy the white noise of a fan to fall asleep to, need a fan for the office, or do not have an outlet close by, Epica’s Portable Fan is the best fan for the job to keep you cool and comfortable!