Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm Review

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm

Crazy Rumors sells natural and vegan lip products. Their lip balms are wonderful and they smell great. They use organic shea butter and jojoba oil. On application, the lip balm goes on smooth. I don't like lip balms that feel hard and sticky.

My favorite lip balm I got to try was the French Vanilla. Yum! I didn't try to lick it but I do like when my lips smell like baked goods. The Amaretto is a great smell too. I like that Crazy Rumors is using natural ingredients. Nobody needs toxic chemicals on their lips or anywhere on their body.

HibisKiss comes in 6 shades. This is their signature lip balm but with an added natural mineral color.
I tried the Pearl shade and liked how it showed a light shimmer of pink on my lips. HibisKiss also has a sweet smell to it. These are $4.99 each.

I also like Crazy Rumors because they are Leaping Bunny approved. This means their products are cruelty free. I am a lip balm addict and can say from experience that I am happy with these.

The lips balms come in a variety of wonderful flavors. They are priced at $3.49 each. They make wonderful stocking stuffers for any lip balm or beauty product lover.

Crazy Rumors on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.

What flavor would you try?



*Disclosure-I received a complimentary product for the review. All thoughts are my own.*




Friday, November 28, 2014

Brick Loot Subscription Box Review

Brick Loot Subscription Box

Brick Loot is a subscription box that offers Lego and Brick fans a great surprise every month. The box is filled with unique brick products that are compatible with Lego and offer custom builds. Each box will come with 4-8 items.

My son Noah is 6 yrs old now and is very much a Lego fanatic. He enjoys building sets but also making his own creations, which are called moc. 



Brick Loot

Inside this box was a lot of great items. JK Brickworks designs and builds custom models using Lego bricks. Each box will come with one custom build. Brick Forge comes out with some really cool weapons and accessories for mini figures. One can never have too many mini figures.
Nano Block is pretty neat but not quite for my son yet. My husband and I thought they were pretty cool. OYO creates buildable mini-figures that are sports related. This was cute even for those are not sports fans.


JK Brickworks Custom Build

My personal favorite was the Brick Popper. This comes in handy when my son can't take something apart, and neither can I. I have used tweezers in the past to get things apart.



Brick Popper

Liteup Blocks are pretty neat too. You can mix the bricks in to add some light up fun to your designs.

Overall I think this is one of the best subscription boxes out there. Our family loves it. We have used one other subscription box that was geared towards boys and this blows it out of the water.


Cost: 

1 month subscription costs $27+ shipping

The price is good when thinking of how much Lego and brick items cost these days. 

Brick Loot on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter


Coupon Code:

Use "barefoot" for 10% off any subscription. This code expires 12/31/14.


Do you love Lego and brick toys? What would you create?



*Disclosure-I received a complimentary product for the review. All opinions are my own.*






Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Crispery Crispycakes Review

The Crispery Crispycakes


The Crispery makes Crispycakes that are handmade crisp rice marshmallow treats. Theses treats are seriously delicious. I remember when I was a young kid, crispy treats were a favorite for classroom birthday celebrations. Kids love crispy treats.


Inside The Crispery box

My daughter was home when the box arrived. She was super excited to see what was inside. I guess you can tell which one was her favorite. Although, she first picked all the candies off first. Who am I kidding? We loved them all. My son's favorite was the white chocolate drizzle. 

They also now have gluten free flavors. All Crispycakes are very large. I think I could eat half in one sitting. They really put a lot of marshmallow goodness inside every bite. 

I think these would be great dessert treats for the holidays. Santa might want one alongside his cookies. 

The Crispery on Social Media:

Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for more information.


Do you enjoy crisp treats and marshmallows? Then this is the perfect treat for you.

Coupon Code:

Use "Barefoot15" for 15% off your order.


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







Monday, November 17, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with Bouqs

Bouqs Bouquet

The Bouqs flowers are grown on an active volcano in South America. They also have farms in California. I like brands that are sustainable and eco-friendly. These flowers are seriously gorgeous.



Out of the box
They come in a box and wrapped up so the flowers do not get damaged. 



Bouqs

There are so many different Bouqs bouquets to choose from. They have many roses but also offer Lillies and Orchids. I am a huge fan of Orchids and think I will have to get some soon. The holidays are coming up and what a great gift these would be for a loved one. You can even buy them for the centerpiece for your table.

The basic arrangement cost $40. They also have bigger sizes at $50. Shipping handling is included with the price. I think this is great because in the past I have ordered my mother flowers through other companies and the price with shipping was crazy. 

They also have a great referral program where you refer 2 friends and get a free bouquet. They also get $10. 

Connect with Bouqs on Social Media:

Follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for more information.


What is your favorite flower? 



*Disclosure-I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.*



Sunday, November 2, 2014

At-A-Glance and Shoplet Review

At-A-Glance 2015 Weekly Planner


*I received complimentary products for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.*



Shoplet offers many great office supplies at discounted prices. Everything from furniture to paper, all the items you would need to run a business. I did another review for Shoplet and was happy with those products as well.

The At-A-Glance Weekly Planner for the 2015 year is really helpful for unorganized people such as myself. Of course it is wonderful for those who love keeping track of everything. During the school year things get hectic and I don't always remember everything I am supposed to. I will be using this handy planner every day. Maybe it will help me change my ways.



At-A-Glance Planner (inside)

They give plenty of room for each day of the week. With the new year approaching I know I want to write my blogging goals down as well.



At-a-Glance Collections Wall Calendar

The At-a-Glance Collections Wall Calendar is great too. I like the fact that all the days have a few lines to write things down. I put this one in the bedroom. So hopefully when I wake up in the morning, I will see what needs to be done for the day.

At-a-Glance has many other products that are sold at Shoplet. I think since the holidays are approaching these items would be good gifts. Somebody could use this in their office at work or home office. 

I would definitely recommend these two products. They will be helpful to me in the new year.

Find Shoplet on Social Media:

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Follow them on Twitter.

Do you need help staying organized or are you Miss Organization? 





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Combi Cosmo E Stroller on Dropprice

Combi Cosmo E Stroller

The lightweight Cosmo stroller folds easily and compactly and is self-standing. A reclinable seat with breathable air-mesh fabric, footrest and 5-point harness make for a safe and comfortable environment for your child. The adjustable canopy includes a storage pocket and viewing window. The carrying strap, storage basket, removable padded guardrail and washable seat cushion add convenience.

Combi partnered with a company called Dropprice to offer a discount on the stroller. Moms can visit this link and click to "drop the price" of the stroller. The price starts at $119.99 and for every certain amount of moms that click the price will drop down a bit. I love the idea of this site and deal. The more friends you get to click the less money this stroller will be. You can share it through social media to get the price lowered more or you can click "buy now" to buy the stroller at the price stated.

There is only a limited quantity on the site left. Head on over and check it out.





Dream Team Pets Discount

Dream Team Pets

Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it's an innovative kid's sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed. Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night's sleep. If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet. What makes this unique is that the kids think they are training their Pet, but really they are sleep training themselves! 



My Readers receive 30% Off Dream Team Pets with Promo Code: USFGUIDE

You can check them out here. What a great toy and sleep buddy. 



Dream Team Pets Cat


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Minted Hundred Dollar Giveaway

Minted has so many beautiful Holiday cards available. I also love how they have a market place for Independent artists. You can even buy fabric by the yard from Minted as well. I have never gotten holiday cards printed before but was thinking about trying it out this season.


Golden State Mom, Forever Ashley and Typically Simple

have teamed up with Minted to give you $100 to spend on products from Minted.com!
Perfect timing for holiday cards, address labels or what ever your little heart desires!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri Review

Green Earth Pan by Ozeri

The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of the world's first frying pans with non-stick coating that is absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals.

What is PTFE? 
It is called PolyTetraFluoroEthylene which is known to release toxic chemicals at high temperatures. 

What is PFOA?

This is PerFluoroOctanoic Acid which is know as a pollutant to the environment.

What I really like about this pan is that even at high temperatures there are no harmful toxic fumes.

When taking care of your pan, you should wash by hand. 

This pan was great for cooking fish. The fish did not stick to the pan and it turned out delicious.



Green Earth Frying Pan Textured Series

We got the 10" inch Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri with textured ceramic non stick coating.
I like the texture to the pan. It has been working well with meats, pasta, and veggies that we have made.


Almond crusted Flounder

My hubby lightly coated the pan with some oil. Put the fish in the pan. It was simple. No mess.



Close up of Texture

You actually don't even need that much oil, we just like olive oil and butter way too much. This is my new favorite pan in our home now. 

Check out The Green Earth Pan and other wonderful products by Ozeri here

Like them on Facebook for news about their products.


Do you ever worry about chemicals in the home products you own? 



*Disclosure-I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*






Sunday, September 21, 2014

Schmidt's Natural Deodorant Review

Scmidt's Natural Deodorant


Schmidt's Natural Deodorant is an all natural, vegan, and cruelty free alternative to deodorant. They come in some lovely scents and also have a fragrance-free jar. In my search for new beauty product alternatives, I am very glad to have found this brand of deodorant. Using beauty products and personal hygiene products that are chemical free is a step in the right direction. I like to look for the cruelty free bunny symbol knowing that these products were not tested on any animals.



Schmidt's Bergamot and Lime Deodorant

Each jar of deodorant is free of aluminum, parabens and phthalates. A triple win! Okay, so besides it being safe for your body, it smells great. My favorite scent is Lavender & Sage. The Bergamot & Lime smells nice too and reminds me of a margarita. I gave my husband the Cedarwood & Juniper because it smelled "manly" to me. He really liked it. I'm glad he liked it because I want him to jump on the "all natural" band wagon along with me. 

I think we both are pleased with this deodorant but wish it was in a traditional applicator. To apply Schmidt's deodorant just put a pea-size amount in your fingertips to warm it up, then put on underarm. Does it work? For my husband and I it did work. In the past, I'd go without using deodorant. Yes, I know, pretty gross of me. Now that I have natural options I promise to smell good.

Check out their online store here. Large jars go for $9.00 each. 

Follow Schmidt's on Twitter and Like them on Facebook


How do you feel about natural deodorant? What brand do you usually use?



*Disclosure-I received complimentary products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own.*



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School with Kidecals

Kidecals

Kidecals are name labels for kids and adults. They are "delightfully versatile" and "crazy durable". It's back to school time for my son Noah. While he may not be that excited to go back, he can at least have some fun labels to put on his things. I let Noah pick his favorite design out. He went with Ninja theme.

Kidecals Ninja Labels

These are adorable. I like that they are water proof as well. They are made of a nice thick material so you know they won't get destroyed.

Kidecals on the lunchbox

You can place them on everything, even clothing. We put them on the lunchbox, backpack, and folders. My daughter even wanted them on her hands.

Kidecals on Backpack

I let Noah put the labels on his backpack. As you can see, he put them all over. I like these labels a lot. We might need some keyboard labels since my daughter has destroyed our laptop keyboard.

Kidecals has brand new date labels. These would be great to put on your leftovers in the fridge. I'm the type of person who needs labels. Getting more organized is a big goal of mine. 

Kidecals Mega Sets cost (72 labels) = $28.00

You can Like Kidecals on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter for more information. 

Did you have any kids going back to school? 






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pork Belly, Lettuce, and Tomato Bites

Pork Belly, Lettuce, and Tomato Bites

I had it in my head to try pork belly for a while now. As I was checking out the new Fairway Market near my home, I spotted a package of pork belly ribs. Score! One day during lunch time my hubby decided to fry up a batch, after he cut it in small bite sized pieces. 


Fried Pork Belly

He seasoned it with salt and pepper. Pretty simple and tasted great. We then added some tomatoes and lettuce to make little bite sized appetizers. I'm a huge fan of classic BLT's so this made sense to me.


Snack Time

Ingredients:

-Pork Belly
-Lettuce
-Grape Tomatoes
-salt & pepper


Quick & Easy Directions:

1. Season and Fry your pork belly.
2. Let them sit on a paper towel.
3. Put the pork belly, tomato, and lettuce on a toothpick.
4. Pop it in your mouth and enjoy!

This could be used as a snack or appetizer. I will definitely be buying pork belly again. These could also be good with thick cut bacon or prosciutto. 







Sunday, August 24, 2014

Double Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches With Immaculate Baking

Immaculate Double Chocolate Cookie Mix

Immaculate Baking has launched a new line of dry baking mixes. They use only wholesome ingredients and offer baking options ranging from natural, organic and gluten free. Their 8 new dry baking mixes do not contain artificial preservatives or high fructose corn syrup. Which is a good thing. You can find these delicious dry baking mixes at Target.

I received 4 boxes to try out. The Immaculate Baking All Natural Brownie Scratch Baking Mix, all natural yellow cake scratch baking mix, all natural chocolate cake scratch baking mix, and the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix. 

We wanted to make ice cream sandwiches with the Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookie Mix. These mixes are very easy to use. Basic instructions and delicious results. 


Fresh out of the oven

These cookies are awesome. After they cooled, I tried one. They have a nice crunch to them and I love the chocolate chips. There is a whole lot of chocolate chips inside this mix. These would go great just with a nice tall glass of milk.

Ice Cream Sandwiches with Vanilla 

We added some vanilla ice cream in the middle of our cookies to make ice cream sandwiches. The crunchiness of the cookie was a good mix with the ice cream. It is so easy to make your own ice cream sandwiches that I think I will continue to do so.


Ice Cream Sandwich using Immaculate Baking Mix

I was so glad these tasted awesome because I've tried gluten free snacks in the past and didn't like the texture. These Double Chocolate Cookies were quick to make and quick to be eaten.

I can't wait to try the rest of the Immaculate Baking line of dry mixes. Another added bonus of the Immaculate Baking company is that they support Folk Art. You can see some of the art work on the boxes.
If you are curious to see what products are Non-GMO Verified check this list out.

You can Like Immaculate Baking on Facebook to get the latest news on their products.

Do you like to bake at home? What is your favorite thing to bake?


*Disclosure-The information and prize pack have been provided by Immaculate Baking through Platefull Co-Op. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our First Summer in SwimZip Swimwear


*Disclosure- I received a complimentary product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.*


SwimZip is the UPF 50+ clothing brand people trust to keep themselves and their children sun safe. They offer swimsuits for children and adults. My daughter, Nia, got to try out the Ruffle Me Pretty swimsuit. I loved this because it is cute and sun safe.

At the beginning of the summer we went to the beach and I put my daughter in a bikini my mom had sent. I thought I lathered her up with sunscreen but that night I realized I missed a spot. I felt horrible. Her top shoulders were red. If she was wearing her SwimZip swimsuit she probably would have been fine.


SwimZip Swimsuit in action

Ruffle Me Pretty is super cute. I love the ruffles. The bottom fit perfectly. The top was a little large but still looked great. A friend of mine gave us a water table for the kids to use on the patio. I took the legs off of it because Nia kept climbing into it.


SwimZip Swimsuit 

She does try to unzip her SwimZip top once it gets wet. It's pretty funny to see me chasing her and telling her to keep the top on. Oh the things kids will do.

Ruffled Bottom

This photo is just to show you the cute ruffled bottom of the SwimZip Swimsuit. I was very happy with the SwimZip and will buy a swimsuit for my son next year. You can outfit the whole family in SwimZip because they have sizes for men and women too. Have you ever seen Shark Tank on TV? SwimZip was featured on the show. I love success stories like this.

Follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook for sales and contests.

What is your favorite thing to do during the summer? I hope you all check them out.







Saturday, August 16, 2014

Kids Love Baking HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars

HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bar Mix

Betty Crocker and Hershey teamed up to bring you three new delicious dessert bar mixes. Featuring classic Hershey varieties such as REESE'S Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Heath Toffee, and many people's favorite HERSHEY'S S'mores. We were able to try out HERSHEY'S S'mores and REESE'S Peanut Butter & Chocolate dessert bar mixes. 


Noah ready to help

My son will be 6 years old in October. He loves his sweets and enjoys baking. I asked him which mix he'd like to try first and he was quick to pick HERSHEY'S S'mores. These mixes are great to do with the kids because they are fairly easy. It also helps with getting the kids to follow step by step instructions. Noah is my personal reminder to check on the goodies. I sometimes forget to time my cooking. (Yes, I know he shouldn't be sitting on the table. I pick and choose my battles. This was a time for fun.)


The crust layer

It was a quick prep for the crust and bar mix. We didn't need to use a mixer for this mix. I let Noah mix them up. They turned out great. Sometimes it's nice to use mixes because it cuts down on the prep time.


Baked and Ready to Eat

The only thing I would do different next time around is use an 8x8 pan instead of the 9x9 that I had already. 

REECE'S Dessert Bar Mix

We tried the REESE'S also but everyone seemed to agree that our favorites were the HERSHEY'S S'mores bars. 

Are you a REESE'S or HERSHEY'S person? I like them both at different times. You can't go wrong with chocolate. You can find these delicious dessert bars at Target. Which is one of my favorite places to shop. 


*Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op. All opinions are my own.*








Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Schwan's Home Service and Deals


Schwan's Home Delivery




For over 60 years, Schwan's Home Service has provided superior frozen foods with convenient home delivery. Their foods are flash frozen at the peak of freshness and flavor. Choose from USDA Choice meats, wild-caught seafood, flavorful skillet meals, Grade A fruits and vegetables, plus our heritage ice cream, distinctive desserts and much more.

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- No gluten ingredients
- Vegetarian
- No sugar added
- Heart healthy
- Low calorie
- Low sodium choices





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