Monday, September 30, 2013

Magformers Review and Giveaway


I received complimentary Magformers for the purpose of this review.  Magformers are magnet construction sets that are wonderful for brain development and creative play.  Magformers use rare earth magnets called neodymium, which are the strongest magnets in the world.  This is why these sets cost more money.  The Magformers never reject and always connect, which is great for children so they won't get easily frustrated.  I know my son can get frustrated quickly if something he is building doesn't work out right.  Magformers are fun and educational.  There are 14 shapes and 9 different colors.  On the back of the boxes you can find some cool pull up tricks.  This is where they show you what shapes to put together on a flat surface, then as you pull them up, they connect to make a really cool larger design.  

My Daughter Loves Magformers 

Magformers construction sets are for older kids but my 15 month old loved them.  It's a fun way for the little one's to learn colors and shape names.  My son who will be 5 in October received OT therapy at his school.  He has some delays with his fine motor skills.  I find any kind of building with blocks and magnets are great for him.  He really enjoyed making his own designs as well as following the directions to make fun shapes.  

Noah's Design with Magformers

You can lay them flat and just play with the shapes, making all sorts of designs.  Let the children's imagination run free.  It is always fun to see what they come up with.

Triangle Fun

The more sets you own, gives you more choices and shapes to choose from.  We received the Rainbow Set62 Piece SetWow Set, and the Light Show Set.  The Rainbow Set is a great starter set.  It will leave you wanting more.  Which is where the 62 Piece set is wonderful.  It comes with nice size octagons.  I personally liked this set the best.  It would be a great holiday or birthday gift for any child.  The Wow Set is cool too.  It comes with two sets of wheels and one square with a little man attached.  Inside the box there are large photo cards showing you all the different vehicles you can make.  The Light Show Set is amazing.  It comes with rechargeable lighted cubes.  If the light runs out, you can use the USB cable that comes with the set to recharge it.  Shut off the lights after making a design to see how the pretty colors look with the lights shining through.  

Overall, my son loves the Magformers and was just telling me we need to get more sets.  I think he wants the Carnival Set next.  Even when my children aren't playing with them, I find myself making things.  You can like Magformers on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  

Now for the exciting part!  Magformers are offering a giveaway to win one of their awesome construction sets.  Giveaway is open to ages 18+ and US Residents.  Like Magformers on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for chances to win.  Prize will be shipped from Magformers to the winner.

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*Disclosure-I received complimentary Magformers for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Monday, September 16, 2013

GingerChi All Purpose Healing Oil Review

GingerChi All Purpose Healing Oil

I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review.  I was lucky to try out GingerChi's All Purpose Healing Massage Oil.  GingerChi is a brand that I can understand.  Through the power of ginger and it's natural healing properties we can have beautiful and healthy skin.  You may have heard of ginger before and you may have tasted ginger in your food.  Have you ever heard of Chi?  Chi or Qi, according to Chinese culture, is the life force present in all living things.  When Chi flows freely through our bodies,  we can obtain optimal health.  

GingerChi states the Skincare Benefits of Ginger:

-Can slow the aging process.  Ginger is rich in antioxidants and can repair damage caused by free radicals.

-Enhances skin tone

-Fortifies the body

Uses for All Purpose Healing Oil:

-alleviate indigestion
-respiratory congestion
-muscle aches, joint pain
-soothe irritation

A while back before I had kids, I had gone to school for an Acupuncture program.  I never finished the program but will always have great respect for those who practice Traditional Chinese Medicine.  I believe in the healing power of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.  Alternative medicine and natural healing is something I would always try first.  

My husband used the GingerChi All Purpose Healing Oil on his back.  He has frequent back aches and has used Tiger Balm in the past.  He really liked this massage oil and wants me to put it on his back from now on.  I like the smell of this oil much better than the Tiger Balm smell.  I used it on my calves and lower back.  For some reason my calves have been sore.  Maybe from carrying my kids up our apartment stairs.  The All Purpose Healing Oil soothed my sore muscles.  I would use their products again.  Their value sets would make a great gift for a friend or family member.

You can follow GingerChi on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news on their products.  You can purchase their products here on the GingerChi website.

Do you use any natural beauty products?  What is your favorite natural remedy?  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Helpful Websites

Here are some of my favorite websites:

Crowdtap is a fun website to join.  Possible freebies from well known brands.

Money Saving Mom is one of my favorite blogs to read every day.  Helpful tips & ways to save.

BzzAgent is a great word of mouth marketing company.  Possible product samples.

The Etsy Blog is very inspiring.  DIY, Fresh Shops, and a whole lot more.

Steamy Kitchen has some great recipes.  Blog, Shop, and giveaways.

Time to Play is a fun website with Toy Reviews.  They also have daily toy giveaways.

"Grab My Button" Code Generator  is an awesome and helpful resource.

A Typical English Home is an amazing blog that offers free social media icons and tutorials.

Your Golden Ticket Blog links to a lot of great giveaways.

Consignd is a fun way to sell items and gain commission.

Kitsy Lane is a commission based jewelry boutique online.  You can open your own online store.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Upcycle Project

Leather Pants

I had a pair of teal leather pants in the closet.  Why would I have teal leather pants?  I can blame it on my odd teenage years.  I only wore these pants one time.  Instead of trashing them, I decided to have fun.  What could I make with leather?  Upcycle time!  I love upcycle craft projects.  

Simple Rectangle Bookmark 

My first and super quick item that I made was a bookmark.  I don't have any bookmarks around.  Usually I just grab a piece of paper to mark my spot.  Cut out a rectangle shape and fringe the end.  It only takes a minute to do this and I think it looks nicer than scrap paper.  

Trace Envelope onto Material

Next I made a simple pouch.  I took an old envelope and opened it up to use for my pattern.  Traced it onto the back of the leather.  

Then I cut out the pattern.  Folded it and used a no sew tape to hold it in place.  Not sure how durable the no sew tapes are but so far, so good.  I still need a snap or screw back for the closure.  Overall, it is simple to do and you can use different patterns to change the look of the pouch.  

Simple Leather Pouch

I still have a leg left of the leather pants.  I might make some fringe key chains and even some leather bracelets.  It might have been a poor color choice when I was a teen but it looks better for accessories.  

Did you ever find a piece of clothing in your closet and wonder "what was I thinking?"
What else do you think I should make?