Monday, October 20, 2014

Warm Up With Tazo Chai Tea + $2 off Coupon!

As a member of Smiley360 I received a Tazo Chai Tea Smiley Kit to review! 

I absolutely love tea, especially Chai, as it is my favorite.
Chai is a blend of black tea with herbs and spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, making a delicious aromatic tea you can enjoy. I love that TAZO came out with new flavors for this Fall season: Vanilla Caramel, Pumpkin Spice, and Chocolate, as well as their Classic and Organic. Each blend is gently flavored with natural flavoring and spices, making a delicious drink you can sip on, hot or cold. These teas are available in latte concentrates, which are cartons of premade tea that you add to milk or milk substitute, or the typical filter bags that you brew on your own, and can add milk too as well.

I was lucky to try the TAZO Vanilla Caramel, Chocolate, and Classic Chai's, but have yet to find the Pumpkin Spice. The Vanilla Caramel Chai is delicious! I brewed the filterbag, and added in milk and honey, it tastes like a warm Cinnamon Roll!! So delicious. The Chocolate Chai was an interesting flavor. I wouldn't say this one was very good, in my opinion, because I prefer chocolate to eat, then drink...unless it's chocolate milk of course ;) And the Classic Chai was as good as Chai Tea should be! I'm really hoping I can find the TAZO Pumpkin Spice Chai in stores nearby soon, as I would love to try this. But every time I've gone to the store, they're already sold out so it must be good!

 You can find more information and other TAZO tea products by visiting as well as finding them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
 You can also get a $2.00 off coupon for any TAZO Chai tea product by visiting TAZO and entering in your email. Check it out here.

 This post is made possible by Smiley360, in providing me the products to review. All opinions my own.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Jiva Organics Whole Cloves + A Tea Recipe!

"Jiva means Life" and with Jiva Organics, you get quality products from a small family business that is driven
by the care and respect for life, people and the environment.
Their products are completely natural, certified organic,
and 'grown with an underlying philosophy that promotes sustainability of mother Earth for the present and future generations.' Their products are all free from artificial flavors
and preservatives, and grown on organic toxic-free farms.

I was recently sent the Jiva Organics Whole Cloves 
to review and have been very pleased with them.

Cloves are flower buds that come from the evergreen Clove Tree, native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. They are commonly used as a spice in gingerbread and pumpkin pie, but can also
be found in soups, chili's, marinades curries, and many other dishes, as well as used for room fragrance, bug repellents,
and for medicinal purposes. There are many uses for cloves,
whether it be in oil, powder, or whole form.
                                   Here are a few of my favorite:

Using cloves as an aromatic air freshener, by either making your own potpourri mix, or your own Clove Pomander. To make this, you take an orange and insert several cloves into it, then attach a ribbon or string to the orange and hang it from the ceiling. This not only works as an air freshener, but as a fly deterrent, and respiratory aid too! It lasts for about 6 months (or when the orange begins rotting lol), and once it looses its scent, you can remove the cloves and slightly crush them, bringing the scents vibrancy back. You can then make a potpourri from this, using the crushed cloves and dried orange peels.

You can also use cloves for toothaches. You can either chew on a whole clove, or put a few in a cheesecloth, wrap it up and crush the cloves in it. Then place it in your mouth where the toothache is, letting your saliva moisten it, and it will numb the area, helping ease the tooth pain. I have done this before with clove oil on a cotton ball, and it worked really well for a few days! Just beware that the Eugenal in clove oil can be toxic so don't swallow it.

I also like to have whole cloves in tea. Here is the recipe I use, found from Be Spoke Spices:

2 Cups of Water
1 Teaspoon Whole Cloves
1/2 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
A Few Drops of Lemon Juice (optional)
                                                                       Honey or Agave Nectar (optional) 

 To make this tea, you slightly crush the cloves and add them to a saucepan with the nutmeg
and cinnamon. Add the water and heat to boiling. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down
and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow it to steep for 5 minutes,
then pour through a tea strainer, into your cup, and add the optional lemon and honey.
Enjoy your delicious clove tea and its wonderful benefits

What are your favorite uses for Cloves?

Jiva Organic Whole Cloves are available in a 3.5oz. resealable bag, for purchase on Amazon 
for under $15. You can also find more information, as well as other Jiva products at as well as on their Facebook page.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Personalized Children's Book Review

I recently got to review a personalized children's book from KD  Novelties, and chose the book  Dinosaur Land for my son. In this book, the main character, your child's personalized name, magically travels back to the time of dinosaurs and ends up in a tropical forest to save the giant creatures from an erupting volcano. Your child saves the day and becomes the hero in magical dinosaur land!

I loved receiving Dinosaur Land for my son. He is at that age where he has learned how to read, and is getting better by the day, 
but just doesn't have a huge interest in it just yet. Reading a story where he is the main character, definitely holds in his interest. 
I think it helps him visualize the story better, keeping him interested in it longer, because he wants to hear more about this adventure he is on. This is a great book for my son, and getting to read a book with his own name in it, makes it so much more fun!

Personalized children's books help build self esteem
in children, and give them a want to read, 
because they get to read about themselves
 in a new adventure. This also brings imagination 
and magic into their lives, giving them a new love for reading. This is a great gift idea for all the children in your life. The pictures on each page are colorful and vibrant, with a story of adventure, where the child
 is the star! A gift every child would love.

Dinosaur Land is available at KD Novelties, for personalization, in a 6 x 9 hard cover book with 24 pages full of colorful illustrations. You can also find several different books, DVD's, and music to choose from; Anywhere from Sesame Street to Super Heroes and Princesses to Mother Goose, there is something for every child. They also have personalized book baskets made for every occasion! 

You can find more information and amazing personalized gift ideas at 
as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Momma Bear Baby Gender Reveal Kit + GIVEAWAY!

When you're pregnant, you become curious from day one, what your growing baby will be. With the Momma Bear Baby Gender Reveal test kit, you can find out as early as 6 weeks into your pregnancy!

*Inside this kit there are: 
2 test tubes, 2 no needle syringes, a small cup, and a 1pink and 1blue balloon.
It contains two tests so you can use them different days, or share with a friend! 
The kit is simple to use, quite similar to some pregnancy tests. In the morning after waking up,
take the small cup, and catch a sample from your urine flow. Before opening the cap of the test tube, carefully tap the tube to settle the powder on the bottom of the tube, then you take the syringe to collect the urine, and squeeze it into one test tube, to the fill line. Securely replace the cap back on the tube and shake for ten seconds or until the powder is dissolved. If the liquid turns the color green,
it's a boy, if it turns the color purple, it's a girl! Easy as that. The results are 100% accurate half of the time...meaning just 50% accurate, although the back of the box in the photo on Amazon claims that their results have been highly accurate, I don't suggest you start purchasing gender specific items
until you get the Dr.'s confirmation on what the gender is.

To be honest, I was slightly dissapointed in this test. On Amazon, the photo's show the Momma Bear Baby Gender test box (photo to the left), so of course you assume it will come in the adorable little bear box. But it came in a cardboard package. (photo to the right) Nothing cute about it. Then I realized on Amazon, under the Legal Disclaimer it says "Actual product packaging and materials may contain more and different information than what is shown on our website."  This seems dishonest and they shouldn't be advertizing the box if they don't even use it.. At $19.99 on sale, (when it is normally $39.99+) I feel this test should come a bit more professional. Especially if you want to get it as a gift to give someone, the packaging isn't very appropriate. It seems like the price should more realistically be five dollars or less. Aside from the packaging, the test is a fun experiment, even if it is only 50% accurate. However, I do wonder if the results will ever turn purple for the testee who is pregnant with a girl, because the powder inside is blue, with only a tiny amount of pink. If you mix your yellow urine with the blue powder, it makes you think it will automatically turn green right? So it would be cool to get the results from a woman who already knows she is having a girl. That way you can see if this test would be legit,
and turn purple at some point. Though I'm not pregnant right now, this test will be so much fun
to experience. I'm just hoping that time will come soon! ;-)

Momma Bear Baby Gender Kit is used for entertainment purposes only, and can be a fun addition to a baby shower, or given as a gift to an expecting mom. You can purchase it on Amazon on sale right now for $19.99 with a guarantee for accurate results or you get your money back!

Now for the Giveaway!

One Reader will win a Momma Bear Baby Gender Kit! 
Enter through Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Karmick Hot/Cold Eye Mask + GIVEAWAY!

Relieve daily stress and sleep better with the Karmick Hot/Cold Eye Mask!
The mask can be used hot or cold, and daily, for reducing pain and stress, as well as dark circles
 and puffy eyes. It contains high quality Flax Seeds and French Lavender to add comfort and calmness to your relaxation and sleep. The mask is made to conform to your face, blocking out light completely, making it great in alleviating stress, tension, anxieties, and especially migraines. It's also good for muscles or aches, and sinus pain or pressure. It can be used for men, women, and children, 
easing your mind, and bringing you comfort and relaxation.

You can use this mask in two ways.  For Hot Therapy: You begin by misting the mask with water and microwave it on high for 30 seconds. Be sure not to overheat. The heat will last approximately 10 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time, as you don't want to leave it on for too long.
For Cold Therapy: Place the mask in a Ziploc bag and leave it in the freezer for 1 to 2 hours. You can also try leaving it in the freezer overnight to really experience how refreshing it is for the eyes.

I love the strong, yet not overpowering scent of the lavender in this eye mask. Its smell is soothing and relaxing, and wonderful when cool. The first day I received it, I used it at night as I was falling asleep. I loved the cool sensation mixed with the smell, calming me into a relaxing sleep.The silky pouch is soft on your skin, with no irritations. The only downside I found, was the mask only stays put if you're lying flat on your back. I'm a side sleeper so trying to keep the mask on my face without it sliding off the sides was difficult. I think this problem would be fixed if the pouch was just a tad longer or if they added straps to the sides, that could be held together by Velcro, to hold the mask in place. Other then that, I really enjoy using this mask. It soothed my headache, and the aroma is one of my favorites.

The Karmick Hot/Cold Eye Mask is U.S. made, and available for purchase on Amazon 
for just under $40, and it comes with a Lifetime Guarantee. For more information as well as other reviews on the Karmick Eye Mask, visit

Now for the Giveaway! One reader will win a Karmick Hot/Cold Eye Mask. Enter through Rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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 or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dr Song Organic Virgin Rosehip Oil

Dr Song Organic Virgin Rosehip Oil is an oil extracted directly from rose bush seeds, where the company "Dr Song Medical" uses a special process to preserve natural cosmetic qualities, which include a high amount of essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic and linolenic. This product is 100% pure, made in the USA, is FDA compliant and is USDA Certified Organic.

Rosehip Oil is a natural luxurious moisturizer that absorbs
quickly into your skin, where it begins to nourish, hydrate and
heal your skin. It works as an anti-inflammatory, making it great
for use on wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, rashes, burns, acne scars, dry skin, dermatitis, age spots, brittle nails, psoriasis, eczema, hyper-pigmentation, radiation/sun damage, and dry, damaged hair. There are so many uses for Rosehip Oil,
and its such a great product for your skin. 

When I received the bottle of Dr Song Rosehip Oil, my first reaction was, that it is a way bigger bottle then I expected! So it's great for the price. I like that it has a dropper inside, so you can control the amount needed per use, although the oil tends to drip out of the dropper on its own, even if you're not squeezing it. The smell is nothing what I thought it would be though, because when I think of Rosehip, taken from rose bush seeds, I was thinking it would smell like roses lol. But it smells more like the leaves of a Rose, or similar to Fish Oil. Though I was expecting the oil to be clear, it is actual yellow, much like the color of Olive Oil. The oil  is soft and rubs into my skin well. I can see it rejuvenating my skin, making it healthier and adding a soft glow. I have also started using it in my sons hair and it has been defining his curls more, giving his hair a softer texture, and an overall healthier look. I really like this oil, despite its scent, and I will continue to use it in all kinds of ways!

A 4oz bottle of Dr Song Rosehip Oil is available for purchase on Amazon right now, for $19.99 plus $4.99 s&h. It is Coldpressed, and comes in a glass bottle, with a no hassle, 365 day money back guarantee.

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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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