Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Life & Food Omega 3 giveaway!

I already have raved about how much I love their garcinia and I've been raving about Omega 3's for years, so here's some Omegas from a brand I love!

no burps and tons of extra omegas! Whoo hoo!

180 Softgels.

Life & Food Omega-3 Supreme Advantage 

○ Highly concentrated and pure, pharmaceutical grade (above 75% Omega-3) 
○ 644/336 EPA/DHA levels (Meeting GOED standards). 
○ Fish Oil concentrate made from IFOS 5-star certified fish oils (raw material). 
○ Contains the minimum recommended 1,000 mg (1g) of Omega-3s per serving. 
○ Sourced from wild Alaskan caught Pollock. Sustainable and certified operation by MSC. 
○ USA Manufactured and laboratory tested in FDA, GMP, NSF certified facilities. 
○ Molecularly distilled, clean refined and tested. ○ Easy to swallow soft gelatin capsules. 
○ Enteric coated for max absorption and no fish burps. 

Guaranteed to be pharmaceutical grade 75% Omega-3s (with 644 mg of EPA and 336 mg of DHA) meeting GOED Standard levels. GOED, The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s, was developed to help ensure that omega-3 oils reaching consumers were both safe and of high quality. 

The Life & Food Omega 3 Supreme Benefit
Enteric coated with no fish burps, or after taste, our Supreme grade Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement promotes cardiovascular health, joint support, cognitive support, circulation and helps in maintaining cholesterol levels†.
Studies have shown that diets high in Omega-3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA -- may lower a person's health risks. By eating a diet rich in fatty acid containing fish - cold-water swimmers such as pollock, sardines and salmon, can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Some studies show there is a proven link that EPA and DHA reduces inflammation from arthritis conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Non-meat sources of Omega-3 include olive oil, walnuts and flaxseed.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Vetro iPhone Tempered Glass Screen Protector

This thing is incredibly well made. I'm pretty sure you could hit it with a hammer and it would survive! It gives full screen visibility, unlike the one previously on my mister's phone. I found this incredibly helpful when posting to photo pages and trying to do photo editing, I could actually access the full screen with no missed edged. It's super thin, you can't even tell you have a screen protector on, which also makes your screen still incredibly touch sensitive. Random bonus here? It's actually packaged well and looks professional, not just thrown in a plastic bag like some of these I've gotten before. This is buy in store quality presentation, not I ordered this from a shady online dealer or got at a generic dollar store from behind the counter :-)

Thinnest available! Incredibly slim 0.2mm design lets you feel your phone as it was intended! No added bulk.

Extremely easy installation - Guaranteed no bubbles, everything needed for a smooth installation is included.

Stunningly clear pure glass. Crystal clear glass has much better visibility than plastic. You'll forget it's there! Zero hinderance to your phone's beautiful display.

Our design covers the full size of the LCD screen. No more exposed edges of the LCD due to the curved screen edges.

Protect your phone from scratches and damage, without ruining the feel! Experience your phone as it was designed.

*I did receive this item to review, per FTC guidelines
#vetroglassscreenprotector #review

Garcinia Cambogia WITH Green Coffee Extract

I've taken garcinia cambogia before and was really pleased with the results. This one has the added benefit of green coffee bean extract which doesn't give jitters, but does amp up the weight loss and appetite suppressant benefits. I noticed a change in my appetite right away; I was less hungry and started eating smaller meals. Since my scale needs a new battery and I've been too lazy to get one, I can't tell you if I've actually lost weight, but yeah, the appetite has definitely gone down and I'm satisfied much faster. Unlike most weight loss supplements, since this one doesn't work based on a thermogenic method you don't have those godawful jitters and lack of mental focus. Instead it's a very subtle but effective product. For me though, the best part has been the serotonin boost. I'm sleeping better, I'm feeling more refreshed during the day, I'm not dragging so hard when the alarm goes off in the morning, no tossing and turning (despite crippling bursitis pain at the moment) And I've just been all around freakin' cheerful!    

The Party Line

GLORYFEEL - GARCINIA CAMBOGIA EXTRACT plus GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT plus POTASSIUM plus BLACK PEPPER; 120 Capsules ; 40 Days Supply; combines 2 of natures most POWERFUL FATBURNERS combined with POTASSIUM and BLACK PEPPER for optimal absorption; Premium APPETITE SUPPRESSANT - 65% HCA and 50% CGA.

  • 120 CAPSULES FOR A REAL 40 DAYS SUPPLY. Our bottle contains 120 caps. Based on a suggested use of 3 caps per day, out bottle last for real 40 days. Each capsule contains 500mg Garcinia Cambogia Extract, 300mg Green Coffee Bean Extract, 75mg Potassium and 5mg Black Pepper.
    TRIPLE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS. This product combines the most efficient Garcinia Cambogia Extracts (65% HCA) and Green Coffee Bean Extracts (50% CGA). The unique combination with Potassium and Black Pepper leads to an optimal absorption. 2 efficient ingredients coupled with optium absorption help to triple your weight loss.
    ZERO FILLERS, ZERO BINDERS, ZERO GMO'S - just powerful and pure. Gloryfeel - Garcinia Cambogia and Green Coffee is free of cholesterol, fat, lactose, sugar, gluten, soy, wheat, peanuts, shellfish, egg or milk.
    HIGHEST QUALITY STANDARDS: Our product is made in the USA, manufactured in an FDA-inspected and FDA registered facility dedicated to highest GMP standards.
    EFFECTIVE CLINICALLY PROVEN: Burns Fat Fast, Blocks Fat Absorption, Increases Metabolism, Suppresses Appetite, Increases Energy Levers.

TRIPLE YOUR WEIGHT LOSS WITH GLORYFEEL'S UNIQUE WEIGHT LOSS FORMULA.1) Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract high concentrated with 65% HGA is the crucial primary ingredient for maximum weight loss.
- Blocks Fat, Burns Fat 
- Suppresses Appetite and emotional eating effectively 
- 1500 mg daily 
- Standardized to 65% of Hydroxycitric Acid - most others: only 50-60%
2) Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract, concentrated with 50% CGA works efficiently together with Garcinia Cambogia to even
- Burn Fat Faster 
- without jittering effects 
- No jittering effect! 
- 900 mg daily 
- Standardized to 50% of Chlorogenic Acid - way more than the minimum 45% that experts recommend
3) Potassium and Black Pepper
- to optimize absorption 
- delivering faster results. 
#review #gloryfeel

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ahhhhhhh blisssssss...... Keomi Handmade Organic Soaps aka: yoga in a bar

When I was sent these, I thought I wouldn't be able to keep from inhaling the scent with my face in the bag, breathing in, breathing in. Um, still kinda doin' it. Wow. These smell absolutely amazing, and there's no artificial fragrances; this is the real deal. Pure oils, pure ingredients, pure everything.

 *  Organic & Vegan 
*  No Animal Testing 
 No Colorants 
*  No Preservatives 
*  Sulphate Free
*  No Petroleum Byproducts

*  Nut Free
*  No GMO

*  Made in USA   

Everything comes from nature! All of the natural oils infused in each bar leave your skin so soft, I honestly don't even need lotion afterwards. I have very sensitive skin and this is so soothing and calming. Where were these when i was covered in mosquito bites all summer? 

I love handmade stuff, but I also love how professionally these are packaged. I would expect to find these in Whole Foods or Central Market, quite honestly. I've got Sea Breeze, which is scented with lavender, oak moss and fir. Golden Crown infused with calendula flowers and oils of orange, fir and frankincense. Green Tea Goddess with organic green tea, nettle, shavegrass, comfrey root and oils of clary sage, orange and clove. And the oh so Luscious Lavender with a blend of three lavenders. 

The scent clings oh so subtly to your skin, allowing you to reap the aromatherapy benefits but it doesn't hit you over the head. The abundance of oils, the obvious care, the natural healing properties..... I can't recommend these enough. 

I think the sampler is a great place to start so you can try a number of blends to find your favorite (or in my case, that would be all of them). The sampler makes a great gift too, all pretty in it's lil bag! 

Grill Master BBQ Grilling and plain old cooking gloves Giveaway! $35 VALUE

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#giveaway #review
First of all, watch the short video and you'll see for yourself how awesome these are!
That was a 400 degree piece of cast iron, and I swear I could not feel a thing (though as you can also see, it was apparently quite hot!)
I had some big giant silicone gloves that came with my rotisserie that I used for everything until they just fell apart and I was relegated to the not so wonderful world of plain old oven gloves. I realized that you can only hold something hot with those things for approximately 10 seconds before the heat comes through and you drop a roast on the floor to the delight of the dogs. These withstand amazing heat and even FLAME!
Unlike regular silicone gloves, these are flexible so you can actually bend your fingers and hold onto stuff. Grilling, cooking, campfires.....  These are my new best friends and now you can have some too!
Oven Hot Mitts Best Grilling Glove Better Than Oven Mitts - Heat Protection to 932°F -Includes Free Recipe EBook - Ideal For Weber BBQ Mitt or Smoking Gloves or Baking Grilling Microwave Campsite Fireplace Gloves - EN407 Certified - Top Quality Pair by Grill Master Gloves - Light Weight Flexible - Silicone Striped for Top Grip - Satisfaction Guaranteed - Commercial Grade for Home or Gift

★ The outer layer of the glove does not catch on fire, it also does not melt when exposed to an open flame, no need for any other gadgets to keep your hands protected 
★They are perfect For Cooking / Baking / Barbecue / Grilling / Oven / Microwave / Fireplace / Camping and More 
★Silicone strips on the palm & back of glove are anti slip allowing safer use 
★ Ambidextrous right handed & left handed 
★The outer layer of glove does not catch fire & does not melt when exposed to an open flame 
★ Lightweight design allows your hands & fingers to move naturally while cooking or grilling, so you can use the glove safely and comfortably

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Earth Well Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements Giving Me Arthritis Relief

I have been taking fish oil (almost) daily for as long as I can remember because I love how it makes me feel. When I incorporated it into my regimen, my arthritis became so much less aggressive. I went from taking daily arthritis prescription meds to only needing them only every now and then. Anyone with arthritis can tell you that it often comes and goes based on whim or weather, but I went from 2 pills a day, every day, to only needing them maybe a few times a month. Nothing is a miracle worker, but Omega 3's are pretty close for me. There are tons of other benefits, but for me that's the main one though the benefits to my skin are pretty rad too.

A fantastic study published  by the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Harvard Medical School, Boston stated that "In a healthy immune system, the normal inflammatory process repairs damage and protects the body from infections. But in arthritis and inflammatory diseases, an overactive immune response leads to tissue degradation. Serhan’s research showed that the same pathway that signals the start of inflammation also includes an off switch. Omega-3s convert into these more powerful compounds, putting the brakes on this active process and causing it to screech to a halt."

The normal downside to fish oil? Sweet LORD, that smell. There is possibly nothing more horrifyingly embarrassing than fish burps. It doesn't matter how good you are at hiding a burp; those things leave a visible stink trail. It's like something out of a Pepe Le Pew cartoon. Not with these. These smell so much like a pure lemon scent that I actually like to stick my nose in the bottle to smell them. I am not joking! Not only are there no fish burps, but there's no burps in general. Why does fish oil usually make me burp, anyway? Nevertheless, this hasn't been an issue, I'm happy to report! I took what remained of my previous bottle and have been mixing them into my dog's food, I'm sticking with these. Don't accuse me of animal cruelty, she loves stuff that stinks; to her she's getting an awesome treat. Her farts are so gross that no one notices a difference anyway :-) 

So another bonus is that they use rosemary as a natural preservative, avoiding chemicals found in a lot of supplements. 

So yeah, I'm recommending it after all that rambling!

#review #earthwell 
I received these to review but nevertheless, these are my own opinions. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fraser Digital Kitchen Scale

Product Description

With touch sensitive buttons and a tempered glass surface this FraserTM FS11 digital kitchen scale is one of the most advanced scales. The FraserTM FS11 scale is ideal for the home chef who desires accuracy and an elegant design. This scale also features an automatic Tare button that will quickly subtract the container weight, allowing you to weigh only the contents of your container.
The FraserTM FS11 scale has a capacity ranging from 0 ounces to 11 lbs (0 to 5,000 grams), and provides measurements in graduations of 1 g or 0.1 oz on its bright LCD screen. The scale also displays results in both the US and international metric systems (grams | ounces | pounds | kilograms). The large screen features a bright LCD with an improved viewing angle for the on-the-move chef, and provides Low Battery and Overload indicators. The FraserTM digital kitchen scale comes equipped with 1 lithium CR2032 removable battery for long life, and features a 1 minute automatic turn-off that preserves battery life.
#review #newtoy #FraserScale

So this digital kitchen scale has worked it's way into my heart because I LOVE TO BUY IN BULK!  I learned the hard way that putting stuff in the freezer without separating it first is a BAD IDEA. Now we can weigh stuff first before splitting it up or before using it. Especially helpful when your recipe calls for a pound of potatoes, etc. It's easy to guesstimate, but I know for a fact dinner came out better actually knowing.  Especially when splitting up meat, it's awesome!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Feeling the Adeline Love!

First I raved about their hyaluronic acid serum with retinol

and then I gave mad love to their organic eye serum

but when used in conjunction with their anti aging moisturizer with matrixyl they make a knockout combination!

  • 5 POWERFUL ANTI AGING INGREDIENTS IN ONE BOTTLE: Adeline's Anti-Aging Face Cream is formulated with 5 powerful ingredients that fight wrinkles and rejuvenate your skin: Matrixyl, Witch Hazel, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C & Vitamin E. The results on your skin are fantastic! You would normally have to purchase multiple creams to attain the benefits that we pack into one of our bottles. Our customers discover they don't want or need to use any other creams on their face after using our skin cream.
  • SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to double the amount of collagen needed to give the skin its elasticity. This means your wrinkles are going to fade and you will no longer be looking at celebrities and other women wondering how they look so young because you now know the secret. Start feeling more confident. Your search for the perfect anti-aging skin cream is over!
  • GET YOUR TIME BACK: After washing in the morning and evening, it takes just 30 seconds to gently apply the cream to your face, neck and decollete. Skin appears radiant and more plump after use. Over time our customers experience visible improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, laugh lines, dry skin and uneven skin.
  • UNBEATABLE PREMIUM QUALITY: Our face creams are handmade in our FDA-Inspected facility according to strict manufactures guidelines outlined by the GMP right here in the USA. All our products are free from parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) & petrochemical derivatives. With no added fragrances and no additives or fillers we are positive you are going to love our anti-aging moisturizer from Adeline.
  • ADELINE'S RISK FREE PROMISE TO AMAZON CUSTOMERS: "Give this skin cream a try. Feel its effects on your skin immediately. Use it in your daily beauty regimen. You will consider it one of the best skin creams you've ever used OR ELSE we insist on providing you with a 100% money back refund - no questions asked and you can even keep the unused bottle on us." - Adeline Beauty

Here's my review using all three and actually showing the results firsthand!

Do your skin a favor and check them out! You can't beat the price and the results are fantastic. You get double the amount of a normal bottle of skincare for half the price. Two thumbs SUPER way up!

#review #adeline

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Eye Pillow Vacation - ahhhhhh

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#review Even though I did get this at a discount, I would totally pay full price for it- I'm in love! It's so soothing and relaxing! I got it in black satin and the satin feels especially marvelous when it's cool. Headaches are banished and the way the flax filling hugs every contour of your face feels especially fantastic on achy tired eyes. My allergies have been awful lately and this soothes puffy allergy eyes. You can heat it in the microwave, but I've been keeping it in the freezer because I love the way it feels when cold. It really blocks out all light too, which will be a real boon when my next migraine hits. Added bonus, it feels equally wonderful on a sore neck, I was using it for that just a while earlier this evening. This one is unscented so it's great for people sensitive to scent or with allergies, though I wouldn't mind having the lavender one as well. Keep one in the freezer and one out to heat up depending on my mood and current need. It provides just enough weight and pressure to provide something like an accupressure effect without feeling uncomfortably constricting. Sigh, where has this been all of my life? A totally worthwhile addition to my stress reduction arsenal.

Real Men Wear Camo!!!!

I'm going to be pulling out my inner Frank (from 30 Rock) and customize this bad boy! It's really well made and sturdy. It's lined to wick away sweat and moisture from the head which makes it perfect for what I've been using it for- holding back all my hair when I wash my face! Maybe I've just been watching too many Jersey Shore reruns lately, but I actually think it's pretty cute on my lil chick head :-)
I do think it's cool that they offer a lifetime replacement, in their own words:

Seller Warranty Description
LIFETIME WARRANTY - What Does This Mean? Well, In A Nut Shell, When Your Worn Out Camo Trucker Hat Has Had It's Last Day & Becomes Road Kill, Simply Send It Back and Well Send You A New One Absolutely FREE.

They really need a copy editor for their products though, cause the typos are glaring albeit unintentionally hysterical. Here's the actual title as it appears on Amazon

Camo Hunters Hat, #1 Hunting Gifts For Men! Best For Duck & Deer Hunting, Trout & Salmon Fishing, Camping or Simply Becasue You're A Real Man!

Hee hee! So of course I had to use the manliest man I could find to model it for me. 

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#LegendCamoHats #review
 I received this product in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for my review and all my opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. #legendtruckerhats
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Samsung Galaxy Sports Armband by i2 Gear SAVE THE PHONES!

Seriously, where has this thing been all my life? Oddly, I had one exactly like it that I got from a Jennifer Love Hewitt curated Fancy box that I proceeded to lose before I even took it out of the package. I gaze at it longingly and picture a time when my phone wasn't smashed worse than a beer can at a frat party. It's amazing how something so simple can make such a difference. It's light as air but sturdy and stays on. You can easily still use your keys through the clear frontpiece. The majority of my clothing doesn't have pockets, and this lets me carry my phone around work without having to shove it in my bra or just carry it (and usually) and drop it. Amazing how something so simple can be such a game changer.

 Samsung Galaxy S5 Sports Armband by i2 Gear
If you've ever been out running and tried to listen to music or send a quick text while taking a breather you know its almost impossible to use your phone without covering it with sweat or worse dropping it along the way! Now with this armband you can safely interact with your touch screen and listen to your favorite music :)

 Compatibility and Use
Use your armband with the new Galaxy SII, SIII, S4 and S5 from all carriers. You can wear it over your biceps or on your forearm. The night reflector provides additional visibility for outdoor early morning and evening runs. There is even a slot for your house key which we all know can be a lifesaver. This armband is also great for high intensity workouts, spin class, yoga or even casual walking or outdoor activities. Precision and Protection The touchscreen is fully accessible through the plastic cover. The armband pouch and cover keeps your phone safe from impact and moisture while working out.

This armband is lightweight and accommodates arm sizes from approx. 9 to 17 inches. Also we recommend that you use this armband without a case.

 Material and Care
Made of nylon, velcro and neoprene materials. This armband can be safely hand washed and air dried after use. We do NOT recommend machine washing your armband as this could cause damage. 

#samsungarmband #review

Foxbrim 100% Pure Organic Rosehip Seed oil

I have been using this the last few weeks as a go to dry oil, it's good for everything from your face to your body to your hair to scars. 
It's in a very easy to use pump bottle ( yay! Especially helpful when using it as a body oil) so you don't have to worry about spilling it or getting too much. the bottle is also dark so it maintains it's efficacy; however to keep it at it's most effective, I recommend storing either in the refrigerator or a cool dark place- i:e- not your bathroom. 
I am a huge fan, as I've stated multiple times, of natural and organic products as well as multitasking products. Putting this on my legs after shaving made them feel INSANELY soft and smooth, and using this at night under my moisturizer left my skin glowing. 
I applied a few drops of this to the ends of my hair and it tamed my split ends. I'm looking at my hair right now, and I honestly can't even see them. (Wow, do I need a haircut!) 
My fave use so far has got to be how it's making the scars on my foot feel. I had some really major surgery on my foot a few months ago that left positively enormous scars that hurt like heck as the skin fights to stretch and heal. The itching gets so intense that it wakes me up sometimes, but i can put this oil on it and it absorbs immediately and brings up to 12 hours of relief. Ahhhhhhhhh.......And the price? You have to be kidding. This is ridonk cheap! 

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil from Foxbrim. 100% Pure, Cold Pressed and Unrefined. Sourced directly from Chile.

With Foxbrim's Organic Rosehip Seed Oil you can:
- Slow and reduce visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines
- Fade age spots, skin discoloration and hyper-pigmentation
- Reduce appearance of burns and blemishes
- Heal scarring and diminish photo-aging
- Create even and beautiful skin tone

Foxbrim's Organic Rosehip Seed Oil includes:
+ Vitamin A+ Vitamin C+ Linoleic Acid (Omega-6)
+ Linolenic Acid (Omega-3)
+ Lycopene (antioxidant)
+ Beta-carotene (antioxidant)

Treat your skin to the best nature has to offer.

#rosehip #review 

I'll be reviewing their rad moisturizer soon!

I received this to review, but this is absolutely 100% my opinion!