I used to do a separate blog. I’m always too busy, but I thought the message was important. So, I am starting a series of videos that I will do either during or shortly after one of my many reactions. Reality isn’t pretty…
I was so excited to be sent this month’s Influenster Voxbox. This month’s box was titled their Finesse Voxbox. Inside the box were 5 wonderful products:
1. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Blue Sea Kale & Pure Coconut Water Weightless Mouse – MSRP $9. It is stated to be found at Ulta Beauty.
2. Minute Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa & Brown Rice with Garlic. MSRP $2.49 (2Cups) Real Organic ingredients. Simple and quick to make; 60 seconds. No preservatives!
3. Olly Super Foods Smoothie – MSRP $29.99 (20.4oz Jar, 15 servings) Use Code: INFLUENSTER to get 20% off all Olly Products until 3/29/18. Only valid on Olly.com. You can mix a serving with a beverage of your choice. It offers 15 grams of Protein and 5 grams of Fiber per serving. Each serving also offers 2 servings of fruits and veggies worth of phytonutrients. This is a plant based Protein drink, Non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan, and has Natural Flavors and Sweeteners.
4. Essie Gel Couture – MSRP $11.50 each. They sent me their 164 Closing Night Gel Coat and 00 Top Coat Platinum Grade Top Coat. This is their 2-step system. They have a patent pending curved brush for application. This system does not require a UV Light, and can actually be removed with regular nail polish remover. They state they have over 100 color choices as well!
Overall this has been a great experience. I discovered some really great, healthy, new products that I did not even know existed. I am so happy to be able to share this experience.
I am the main cook in the home, and I cook almost everything from scratch. Cast iron cookware has been a part of our kitchens since childhood. If you haven’t experienced cast iron cooking, you are missing out. Not only is cast iron a highly durable material, that can last a lifetime, but it adds something to your food. Meats are great cooked on cast iron, and all foods get the added benefit of iron to them, from being cooked on it. Cast iron has great heat conduction. Once it heats up, boy is it heated up. You can greatly turn down the heat, while still maintaining great, even cooking. Don’t forget to use a pot holder though, with this pan. This cast iron pan by Eweis Homewares, measures out at 10.5″ (cooking surface), by 1.96″ deep, by 16.5″ to the end of the handle. This is an easy pan to start off with as well. It has already been pre-seasoned. They only used vegetable oil to preseason it. So, it’s ready to go right out of the box.
Care of a cast iron pan is pretty easy. People tend to over think it, really. The key is to wash and dry it after cooking on it. If I let it soak, I only do for a few minutes, and then it cleans easily. Then I try to dry it as much as possible. If you don’t want it out while it’s thoroughly drying, just place it in your oven to dry. While the pan is still a little warm, you can even wipe it down slightly with vegetable oil also. This will keep the pan from rusting. If you let your pan get damp, and surface rust appears, it does clean easily, and doesn’t affect your cooking. There are a lot of hints and tips online, as well.
Cast iron pans can be used stovetop, in the oven, and over a campfire. They are obviously very versatile to own and use. This pan is well made, and great to cook with. With its ridged cooking surface, it’s great to cook different meats on it. This pan even offers the spout, to make draining easier. Overall, it’s a great addition to our home and kitchen. I am really happy with it, personally.
I received this for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. – Ewei’s Homeware 10.5 inch Pre Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet Pan, Square Grill Pan.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found her eon Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LZNF0MK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Bathroom accessories are not always glamorous. More than not, I am sure you never talk about them with people, and forget to think about them when you are out and about shopping. Nonetheless, they are necessary items in our homes. I came across one company that offers some pretty nice quality items, so I decided to share them on my blog. I had the privilege to test out these products:
1. Premium Bath Tub Mat – Non-Slip & Anti-Bacterial with suction cups – 29 x 16 in. long, White.
2. Sammy Tub Side Bath Kneeler & Garden Kneeling Pad with Hook: Orange.
3. Clean Healthy Living 70×71-Inch PEVA Shower Curtain Liner, White.
4. Clean Healthy Living Roller Shower Curtain Rings – Polished Stainless Steel.
What I noticed about each product, was the quality. Everything was well made. Everything was practical in use, and not a frivolous expenditure. Quality materials were used in production. Nothing was unhealthy to breathe in. The shower curtain liner is mildew-resistant non-toxic PEVA. I love that. No horrible, unhealthy smells, like the normal PVC shower curtain liners give out. It has 12 rustproof metal grommets, so it’s easy to hang and use. To top it off this liner even has three magnets and 4 suction cups to help keep it in place. The shower curtain liner measures out at 70” x 71” in size.
The Shower curtain rings are made out o stainless steel. So, you will not have any rust worries with these. We love this style of curtain ring, and have been using them for years. Each ring has 5 stainless balls on them, and they really let you roll the curtain across the pole. They do not catch, or get stuck, they just keep on rolling. They watch have a full closure on them as well, and you never have to worry about your curtain falling off the hook. That is a pet peeve of mine. These are so durable and well made, they should last for years.
The other two items I received are a shower mat, and a kneeling pad. They are both made with great quality. Mine arrived in perfect condition. One of my children’s friends past away by falling in the shower. It really never occurred to me, until that happened, about what a possibility it could be. This one is a neural color, thick, and covered with tiny suction cups. It holds very well, and did not have any odor upon arrival. It measures 29” long x 16” wide, so it’s a pretty good size. Just remember to pull it up and let it dry after each use, to prolong its lifespan. It does have antibacterial properties to it, as well. This bath mat is actually eco-friendly to. “It’s made of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE). This microban material is organic, BPA free, and therefore healthier for your family.” I love that! The kneeling pad, I feel can also be used for bleacher seating. It will not just keep your knees from hurting, but your tushy too, lol. I love the large goldfish design. Mine arrived in perfect condition. Kneeling by the tub can be very, very uncomfortable. I love the size, color, and shape of this pad. It’s fun, and endearing. It can be used for so many applications: bathing a little one, gardening, tiling, and home improvement application where you are kneeling, and scooching around, stadium seating, picnic benches, or any other hard seating surface. It’s covered in a neoprene fabric, which is durable, water resistant, and easy to clean. The underside is done on a thick, vinyl like material. It stays put when you press weight onto it. I thought it would be slippery, but I tried it on smooth flooring, in different tests, and it stays put with weight pressing down on it, even just one foot. It has a nylon webbing carry handle. It has a Velcro closure on it, so you could strap it to your towel rack, or stroller, if needed. This mat measures out at 13 ½” long and 12 ½” wide. It’s really cute!
Overall, I am really happy with this company’s products. They are made to be healthier for you, and to last. They are also competitively priced.
I received these items at a discount. I was under no obligation to leave my unbiased and honest review.
This products can be found here on Amazon: Rhino Goods Inc. Storefront:
#GotADiscount #RhinoGoodsInc. #CleanHealthyLiving
I did a lot of research on Emu oil a couple of years ago. I have insane allergies with anaphylactic reactions, and get reactive breakouts because of it. They turn into skin infections fast, if I don’t knock it down fast. I went the whole doctor route, and dermatologist, and allergist route. Medicine really doesn’t help at all. Steroids would knock it down, but then it would flare back up even worse. At one point, the skin off my nose was nonexistent to just raw infection. I had many other spots as well. After a long time of unbelievable pain, I went the al natural, organic route.
I do have a history of being a nurse, so after a lot of research, I chose a few products. Emu oil was one of them. Wow, it is really healing to the skin. This product is wonderful. It is all 100% pure and organic. Since I have started using Emu oil, as well as a couple others (I rotate), I have not had anything close to the horror I was enduring before them. Emu oil is full of Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids, and linoleic acid and oleic acid, that do nothing but heal the skin. It is an anti-inflammatory agent as well. It is perfect on your lips and skin. It has a creamy, and oily texture to it. Even though its’ an oil product, it does not leave an oily residue on your skin. Your skin absorbs it so fast. It has a very faint natural scent to it, but it’s so faint, you do not even notice it on your face and lips. It has a wonderful soft feeling to it. It will not make you break out. In the contrary to a lot of peoples’ beliefs, all oils are not acne causing, lol. They actually do the opposite. They increase the health of your skin. It will not clog your pores either. You can use this on all skin, and skin conditions. I just used this on my sons’ leg. He reacts horribly o common bug bites. Something attacked his leg, and he had huge, hard welts all over it.
They had a lot of heat in them, and I was afraid they were going to go into a skin infection. It has happened to him before. The emu oil helped him tremendously. It took the heat away, and the bites started to soften up, and heal. They were no longer a glowing red color on his fair skin. Since it is a soft creamy oil, it did not sting his bites at all. I am a true Emu Oil believer and user, and I really like this organic Emu Oil from Leven Rose.
I received this at a discount. I was under no obligation to leave my unbiased and honest review. – Organic Pure Emu Oil by Leven Rose – 4 Ounce (4 oz) 100% Natural
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JHTUE3I/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have used dehumidifiers on and off, but rarely do a use a plain humidifier. They are good to have though when the air gets too dry. Though, when I thought about it, I actually use a humidifier all of the time, lol. I use essential oil diffusers, and they place humidity (water) into the air along with essential oils. This humidifier from Ivation is an electronic humidifier, and you can actually choose between heated and non-heated. I used essential oils in this unit when on the non-heated setting. I really enjoy using my essential oil diffusers too. I think it’s so funny that I never tied the two things together. This one unit is working flawlessly. It is so quiet on; you may forget that it is even on. If it wasn’t for the viewable mist and digital screen that is. The screen is very clear, and easy to spot and read. If not using this tabletop, you do have to either lift it up to set it up, or get down on the floor with the it. The screen is on the bottom of the unit. A remote would have been the perfect touch for people who are physically challenged. If you cycle through the settings, you can choose sleep, turbo, Auto, and the Normal. It automatically turns on the heat in each mode, so wait a sec and then hit the heat symbol, and that will turn off the heat. It’s so easy to fill. The top lifts right off, nothing to undo. Then yhe water tank has a large handle. Just lift it up and bring it over to the sink. The cap is large, and easy to grasp, to open it. The sleep mode sets for 8 hours, then shuts off. This unit has auto shut off too, when the water runs out. Turbo and Auto Modes have no timer built into them. Normal does not either, but you can set your own humidity level and timer. I prefer to and pretty much only use the normal mode. The instruction booklet is really clear to read and understand. I wish the ink had been printed darker though. It was done in a really light ink color. You can set the timer from anywhere from 1 – 8 hours. Press the settings button twice, and then use the +/- signs to set your time. On the bottom back of the unit is an aroma compartment. It’s a teeny tray that pulls out and has a thick felt pad in it. You can place essential oils on this pad as you wish. I didn’t get that much from that compartment, and snuck my oils into the water, lol, on the cool mist only. You need to remember to dump out all of the water daily, so no mold or mildew builds. If you aren’t refilling it, dump it out, and let the container air dry before closing it up. The booklet tells you how to clean It thoroughly too. It’s a very stable unit and don’t have to worry about it being easily tipped over. Overall, I am very happy with how it functions. I like the large tank, for all day use. You can direct the stream of humidity since the nozzle can easily be positioned. I am really happy with this unit.
I received this for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – DBroth’s Ivation Digital Humidifier w/LCD Control Panel.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HQAX148/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I have insane allergies, to the point that they are life threatening. I have always wondered about how I could detect formaldehyde and other chemicals. I have asthma attacks and anaphylactic reactions to chemicals put in materials, and clothing, etc.. This machine can only detect formaldehyde, but nonetheless, I was very excited to be able to test one out. We, as a family, went out on the town and tested this at mattress stores, furniture stores, and our local Lowes home improvement store. I also tested air outside by busy streets. Before testing out this machine, I did a lot of research, and studied many a government page. There is a lot of information, and not surprising, some contradictory information on these sites. One thing that is known, is that it is a carcinogenic chemical. It’s important to test your air, and know what your body is breathing in, and absorbing. This machine is pretty easy to read. You can choose between mg, and ppm, as your reading. I did parts per million. That’s what the charts on the OSHA and other government sites used. You can find formaldehyde everywhere which is scary. Exhaust from cars will put out formaldehyde. They use it in a lot of building materials, and furniture, especially foam. RVs and mobile homes can also be hotbeds for formaldehyde. FEMA recently was sued for the high formaldehyde counts in their trailers. You can never get rid of the formaldehyde in your home, it’s everywhere, but if you know the count, you can lower it with proper ventilation, and changing items out. Higher counts can cause asthma, sinus infections, eye and ear irritation, cancer, allergic reactions, and more. If you are pregnant, and or, have little ones in the home, they are even more susceptible. This reader is very simple to operate. The instruction pamphlet is just that, a pamphlet. It is pretty easy to follow. I tuned the audible alarm off, and left the vibration on. I didn’t want to freak people out. You can set the high and low alarm parameters as well. They come preset as 0.1 as the low, and 0.3 as the high, and I left them there. I sis read in my research that OSHA will only allow workers to work in an environment with a reading of 0.75, for only 8 hours at a time. One of the furniture stores I went into had very high readings, of up to around 0.936ppm. That is very high. We had been talking to a salesman for a while, when I finally brought it to his attention. He said they recently had construction work done on the building, and one coworker became ill. He was very concerned. I actually emailed him the photo of the reading, and he said he was going to contact OSHA. Only you can protect yourself, so it’s important to know what the environment you are in is really like. Believe it or not, they even “size” material in formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals. If your clothing, or leather item, you just bought has an odor to it, more than likely it’s the chemicals your clothing was processed with. Some clothing shuts my throat just by being too close it, and especially by touching it.
There are only 5 buttons on the machine, and they are clearly labeled. The main button is the power button, which is the center button. When you press it , hold it for a second, and you wil hear a beep. The screen will pop on, and count down from 10. Then you will notice the reading pop up. At the bottom right, of the reading, you will notice the air temperature reading. It comes on in Celsius, but you can switch it to Fahrenheit by pressing the right arrow button once. You will also see the battery reading. This requires 3 AA batteries to operate. They are not included, and no tool is needed to access the battery compartment, which is located on the back of the unit. If you do quick press of the power button, it will bring you to a menu screen, where you can choose to change the settings for the high and low, or alarm on or off, as well as an auto off. Mine powers off at 30 minutes. You press the up and down arrows to scroll through the list. The first list is only two items. Bring it down to alarm, and then press the right arrow button. That will take you to the list to choose alarm options. To get back to the main screen, just press the button on the left once. The “autooff” section is where you would go to choose your preferred time for the auto off. If you had a small tripod, you could attach it to the back of the unit, to have it freestanding in an area. This is good if you want to walk around the room, and hit items, to create more airflow, and still being able to read the unit. For example, when we hit the mattresses, the formaldehyde reading would go up. You need to create a flow of the item in the air. You will also notice that when the air system comes on in the room, your reading just may go up as well. I find this machine very easy to operate, fascinating, and highly helpful.
Some of the sites I researched are as follows:
I received this in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – TONOR’s Portable Formaldehyde Detector with Sound-light Alarm.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01HDA6TKE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I am a fan of salt rock lamps. My mom has had one for years. It’s something that is not only beautiful to have in home, but is also beneficial for you. The ways that it can be beneficial to you are also personal. Or example, I find the light very soothing and relaxing, where others may not even care about it. Sometimes things that are very beneficial to your wellbeing are more of a personal choice. I received this salt lamp from Skullis in their smaller size. This lamp can range anywhere from 3 – 4.5lbs in size. They do also offer it in a larger size, 6-11lbs. What I really appreciate, is that when my light arrived, they had also included 3 bulbs with it. It only uses 1 bulb, but now I have two for back up. The bulbs are 15 watt bulbs. I want to see if I can find a LED alternative. Since they packed it so well, all three bulbs worked upon arrival as well. In matter of fact, the entire lamp was wrapped really well. I had to use scissors to cut off the saran wrap type wrapping protecting the salt lamp itself. This unit uses a traditional house plug. It is American 2 prong plug as well. The salt lamp is a natural Himalayan salt lamp. The color when the lamp isn’t on is a darker orange/pink. Salmon may be the more correct way to call the color. Since it is a natural product, the color may vary. When the lamp is on, the entire salt lamp glows a brighter hue. It is so gorgeous on. You can determine the brightness level too. There is a dimmer on the cord approx.. ¼ of the way down the cord. Now, the salt rock is separate from the lamp base. Screw on the light bulb, and plug in the base. Then, carefully rest the salt rock on top of the light bulb. There is obviously a hole cut out of the center, bottom of the salt rock to accommodate the bulb. For all of you thinking, what the heck does this lamp do, this is from the ad page directly: “Natural Himalayan salt lamp will absorb moisture from the air, and then evaporated to release negative ions. It can play a role in purifying the air, called natural ionic air purifiers”. I obviously can’t measure what’s going on in the air when I use it, but Even my mom enjoys having one in her home, and she hates using electricity if she doesn’t have to, lol. They make a great accent light/night light as well. They are truly relaxing to have on in the evening. The warm glow is gorgeous, and knowing it helps your air makes it extra soothing, mentally. It does help the ambiance for the room for a romantic evening as well. After being on for hours, the light does not get hot to the touch. You can gran it with your palm fully embracing it, and it is only slightly warm to the touch. That is a great thing when you have pets and children in the home. You can feel safe with this on. Now, from past experience, my mom states that if you open your windows a lot, the humidity can eat at the salt block of the light. So, you might want to place it in a more non humid environment. We normally have the air conditioner on, but her air went out a few years ago, and experienced this with her Rock Salt Lamp, then. I absolutely love my Himalayan Salt Lamp. It’s a great addition to our home.
I received this product at a discount, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – Skullis’ YYout Himalayan Rock Crystal Salt Lamp with Dimmable Switch, Electric Wire and Three 15W Bulbs, 3 – 5 lbs.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DP47SDY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Exercise is a challenge for me lately. I suffer from very frequent anaphylactic reactions, and it really takes a toll on me. Especially, since on top of that, I have asthma. I also always have my now 9 year old with me, since I home school. This band from Ovinm, is actually pretty handy. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was offered to review it, but I really like this particular one. I have received some in the past, and they ended up not being very useful to me. I really like the resistance on this one. It’s one that I can feel but still do, and my 9 year old can use it as well. So, I am a happy camper. Quality wise, it’s top notch. It’s thick and highly durable. They sell these resistant bands in different strengths: “ Red – 10 to 35 lbs; Black – 20 to 60 lbs; Purple – 35 to 85 lbs; Green – 50 to 125 lbs.” I received the purple one to test. It is thick, and very durable. It’s pretty long too. I can put my feet on it, and pull up on it, bringing the band up to my chest. You can really feel it across your chest and upper arms this way. There are many other exercises to do as well. Fin what suits you best. These are great to be used in resistance training, crossfit, and even Physical and Occupational Therapy. I also like how easy it is to store. It comes with a couple bands to keep it tightly rolled up, making it easy to shove it in a drawer or gym bag. If you get is dirty and or sweaty, it washes off really easily too. It is made out of a natural latex material. Mine arrived with no odor to it at all. To increase the resistance factor, just double it up. The difference is pretty large, lol. It measures approx.. 40 1/2” in length. Granted that’s folded in half, and it kept wiggling on me, lol. So, if you cut it open, it would be over 81” long. I hope that gives you a good feeling for the size of this band. Width wise is 0.9” and it is 4.5m thick. This is not cracking or snapping on you, unless you do it on purpose, lol. The tensile strength on this purple band is 20-60lbs. It actually really allows you to get some good exercise in to your daily routine. It’s pretty comfortable to use, and no skill level is required. I also like that I can take it on the road with me when I travel. Surprisingly to me, I really like this resistance band from Ovinm.
I received this for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. – Ovinm’s Y-SportLive Pull-up Band, Purple.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GFSU4SS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Turmeric is one of my staples. I take it twice a day, and I never plan on stopping. I am not new to Turmeric from Schwartz Bioresearch. I have taken it in the past, and I am glad to be taking it again. I am very, very picky about the supplements I take. I have a Nursing background and numerous life threatening allergies. I literally depend on a handful of quality supplements to keep me healthy. Turmeric is one of them. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, Turmeric is a great long term anti-inflammatory supplement. Inflammation is a major portion of most diseases too. It is also full of antioxidants, and can only be beneficial to you.
The reason why I am so picky about what I take, is that most companies really do put out very unhealthy supplements. It’s unreal how so many are processed. I’ve even read an ingredient list of a children’s vitamin that included Arsenic in it. This Turmeric is a Non-GMO product!!!!!!!!!!! That is just so important, and something I look for. It is made in the USA, and has no binders or fillers. It has no chemicals. Preservatives, or colorants in it as well. It is also free of wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, peanuts, shellfish, and sugar. The only ingredients in this product are: Turmeric, Turmeric Extract, Black Pepper, Vegetable Capsules. That’s it. Why black pepper you ask. That is needed to really help your body process the Turmeric. This has enhanced bioavailability. There is 95% Curcuminoids in each serving, which is really necessary to have the benefits of Turmeric. You only need to take 2 capsules a day, for a total of 1300mg. They are on the thinner side, and easy to get down. They do not upset my stomach or intestines, at all. Since I have added Turmeric to my daily regimen, I have been able to get off ibuprofen, completely. You don’t know how major that is. I was taking 800mg of ibuprofen at a time, and at least twice a day. I have very frequent anaphylactic reactions. My throat is always sore and swollen, as well as my body. Turmeric really gave me my life back. It is worth every penny. I really love this product. The quality is something I can whole heartedly get behind.
I was afforded the opportunity to review Schwartz Bioresearches’ Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine 1300mg, for free, in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
If you would like to purchase this product, it can be found here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Turmeric-Bioperine-Supplement-Standardized-Curcuminoids/dp/B01DSWCNL0?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage