Monday, July 6, 2015

Sprout Pencil - A Pencil You Can Plant!

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

What an amazing invention! It's the first pencil that grows!
A company named Sprout wanted to face the "throw-away culture" and focused in on one of our everyday utensils...a pencil! They came up with the idea, that what if instead of throwing away your pencil stubs, you could reuse it to grow something else. They put their thoughts to action and came up with the new Sprout Pencil that you can grow a delicious herbal plant from! These pencils are handmade in Minnesota, made from high quality, sustainably harvested cedar wood and contain zero lead. They writing point is made with graphite and clay, making these pencils natural and non toxic.
Every Sprout Pencil is a real working pencil, and once it's lost the writing/drawing life, you can plant the end of the pencil into soil, and it will grow a herb plant that you can use for cooking. There are several different Sprout Pencils even available in color, with each one being a different plant to grow. Herbs like Basil, Coriander, Dill, Rosemary, Sage, Green Pepper, Sunflower, and more!!

I received a Sprout Pencil with a Calendula plant to grow from it. I sharpened the end of the pencil and have been using it as I would a normal pencil, until it is too small to use. Once ready to plant your pencil, first you must soak the Sprout paper tip in water for and hour before planting in soil. Then plant the top pencil tip (where an eraser would be) into soil and water it daily, making sure it has enough sunlight to grow. Continue keeping soil moist until germination and you can grow the plant indoors or out!

I love the idea of a Sprout Pencil. What a great way to recycle and live better for our environment. This is such a good gift to give, to those who both, love to draw and grow a garden. My son is an avid drawer, he's really a mini artist and I knew this pencil would be a hit with him. As soon as we got it, he sharpened the tip and began drawing with it. He is excited to plant it, and see the pretty
Calendula flowers that will grow in! Such a fun experience!

You can find more information on Sprout Pencils by visiting 
as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram.

 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.

Friday, July 3, 2015

BioFinest Premium Raw Unrefined Organic Shea Butter

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

Manufactured from BioFinest, the African Organic Shea Butter, is a natural paste extracted from the fruit nut of the African Shea tree found in Western Africa Ghana This creamy butter contains rich fatty acids that is beneficial to rejuvenating and moisturizing the skin. It provides essential vitamins and has therapeutic properties to protect the skin from the wind, cold, and sun while healing the skin as it is absorbed. Shea Butter is great for those who suffer from skin conditions like acne, eczema, hives, and psoriasis, and helps heal dry skin, wrinkles, stretch marks, cracked heels, sun damage, rashes, and so much more! The butter stimulates cellular activity in the skin, increasing the effects in fighting aging and repairing damaged skin. It is a wonderful ingredient to have and use daily!

BioFinest's Shea Butter is high quality, Grade A, unrefined, and 100% organic, safe for all ages and skin types. It is also Paraben Free, Hypo-Allergenic, contains no preservatives or added fragrance and color, and is non-comedogenic. The butter has a slight nutty scent, as all Shea butters do, with a rich and creamy consistency ready to moisturize your skin. You can use Shea butter as is, or use to mix with other natural products like Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, or essential oils to make personalized lotions and creams. I love using Shea butter to make lotion for my husband and son's African curly hair type, as well as using it for a daily moisturizer on my face. I melt and mix the Shea butter with Coconut oil and sometimes other oils such as such as Argan or Lavender essential oils. Once all of the ingredients have melted and been mixed together, I pour it into a container and wait for it to solidify. You can use it as a liquid, but the cooler temperature the butter gets, it will become hard again. So if you order this product on a hot day, don't be surprised if it arrives melted! Mine did, but after sitting in a cooler area for a little bit, it hardened back to normal. The pouch that the Shea butter comes in is secure, as none of the product melted out, thankfully.
All around, this is a wonderful product and it makes a fantastic moisturizer!

Shea Butter is a great product to have for skin beauty treatments. 
You can find BioFinest Premium Raw Unrefined Shea Butter 1lb bag available for purchase 
on Amazon for $14.99 and free shipping with Prime or on orders over $35. It also comes with 
a complimentary Shea Butter E-book of recipes to help you get started.

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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tools4Wisdom Planner - 2015-2016 Edition

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

As a homeschooling mom, It's easy to get overwhelmed by the many things we need to get done on a daily basis. But having somewhere to organize down your schedule, thoughts, and ideas makes it 10 times easier to handle. With the Tools4Wisdom Planner I can plan an entire year of homeschool, or take it month by month or even week by week. This planner journal makes it easier to plan each day and set goals we may want to achieve, make lists to check off, jot down any notes I need to remember, and so much more!
The Tools4Wisdom Planner begins with encouraging pages filled with motivational sayings and images to inspire you. It has a fancy little square that you can write who the Planner belongs to as well. Shortly after that, it holds the Areas of Focus and the Questions Roadmap pages that ask you questions to answer,
to help clear your mind and get what you motivated to get what you need to get done.

Each month is separated by tabs on the side,
so you can easily flip to the month needed. You can set monthly goals while listing reasons for these goals, taking note of accomplishments and listing ways to achieve them.

This Planner is great for those who
own their own business, or have busy schedules
that need organized. I love using it to plan homeschool with my son, as it can help me remember what areas I need to work on more with him, or goals I hope to see him accomplish academically. I can also write his achievements down and see how much he's grown over the year!

There are many uses filled in this little planner and the design makes it exciting to open.
If you're looking to get your life organized, check out the Tools4Wisdom Planner where you will 
find it available for purchase on Amazon for just under $30 with free shipping on orders of $35, 
and it comes with a 30 day guarantee and Free access to 77+ Printable Planners.

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.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book {Book Review}

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own. 

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book by Lisa Barrangou is chocked full of recipes and tips on how to make your own baby food. The author teaches you how to prepare 3 months of baby food in just 3 one hour blocks from the comfort of your home! These plans include instructions on preparing, freezing, and combining different foods to puree and build the tastiest baby food options for your little one. From combinations like Peachy strawberry Salad, Coconutty Mango Lassi, Plum-Gingered Brocco-Quinoa, and Purple Papaya Flax Yogurt, you can see there are a variety of delicious meals to make for your baby. Some even you may want to try!!!

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book is filled with amazing recipes and beautiful photos. There are several foods in the book that I would eat myself! I also thought what a good idea, to puree some of these recipes, and use them for smoothies for the whole family! I like how easy the author puts the instructions on making some of these foods, with a description on how to look for the best fruits and vegetables,
and combinations that are just exquisite. You will heighten your babies palate for flavor,
as well as providing a rainbow of nutrients and a love for all kinds of foods.
This is an amazing book every mother (or father) should own!

You can find The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book available for purchase 
on Amazon where you can take a peek inside the book, 
or through Waterbrook Multnomah for under $25.

 This review is made possible by the Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group via Blogging for Books,  
by providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Wiskin' Wafflez #39

Here's a list of goodies I've whisked up in the past month:

$5 gift card won from Crowdtap, $5 Walmart gift card won from Crowdtap, NutriBullet for House Party, Silk kit for House Party,  Goldfish Grahams from Crowdtap to review, V'daria's Lavender Essential Oil to review, Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book to review, Princess Joy sticker and Activity book to review, Papaya Melamine Dinner Plates to review, InStyle magazine, Rachael Ray Nutrish cat food sample + coupon, First Response Reproductive Health vitamins to review, Forbes magazine, Flor + Restaurant mags, Feed a Bee Wildflower Mix seeds, Glass Dharma straw sample, Paper Pumpkin kits won, K9King Dog Treat Silicone Bone Mold pan to review, Car-Go Toy Car Placemat and Storage Bag to review, Hope To Go Kit, Jackpot Candle won+ extra ring for wrong size, PinchMe Kit with Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Nut Exactly Snack Bites, & Gold Bond Healing Lotion. Lucky Charms Cereal sample, MySonder Tape Dispenser to review, MIRA snack containers to review, First Response Early Response pregnancy test to review, Curad Bandaid sample, NestFresh eggs to review from Social Nature, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, U Kotex pad samples, InTouch magazine, Iron Man bobble head from Kelloggs Rewards, Nexcare bandaid sample, SKOY towel sample, PillowEase coccyx cushion to review, Princess Charity Sticker and Activity book to review, House Party kit and NutriBullet Pro 900 to review and hold party, Bonafide Chevron Baby Car seat Cover to review, Amazing 4 Baby Banana Toothbrush to review, Joyce Meyer magazine, Planner notebook to review, Beech Nut coupons, Forbes magazines, Red Plum coupons, Sprout Pencil to review, Dark and Lovely Hair care samples, BioFinest Shea Butter to review, Organic Valley Balance milk coupons + free milk, Pup-Peroni Flag bandana + coupons, L'OREAL hair car samples, Tools4Wisdom Planner to review.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tortillas in the Toaster

Living in an apartment that has no air conditioner, on a hot Summer day, can be very arduous. 
So I've been trying to find different ways to make our dinner, without needing to heat up the oven! I usually take a day to make the meat, enough for the week or at least a few days, then each day I try to make anything else I need for our dinner that day, in the morning. For tonight's dinner, I made tacos, but this time I wanted my tortillas crispy. But I didn't want to turn on the stove top, just to fry up some burritos, so I put my mind to work... 
'If we can toast bread in a toaster....why not toast tortillas too?!'

The kind of toaster I have is a 4 slice toaster so it could fit medium size tortillas in. All you do is fold tortilla in half, and place it on one side of the toaster, and another tortilla on the other and toast as you would bread! I wasn't sure how long to toast them for, so I watched the first two toast on a 2, and they needed a bit more toasting so I popped them down again. Watching until I see the edges bubbling and browning and I popped them up. The second two I toasted, I thought I had this down so I started fixing the meats for the tortillas. Remembering I was toasting tortillas...I shot around to the toaster just in time to pop the tortillas up and found they were slightly burnt and next thing I know, the smoke detector is going off! {oops} So make sure you keep watch at the tortillas toasting so you don't risk burning them ;) You can toast your tortillas to your preference, then place the meat fixings into them and your dinner is ready! So simple and it barely even heats the kitchen up.
Not to mention they taste amazing too!

The Amazing 4 Banana Toothbrush for Baby

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

Perfect for babies beginning to grow teeth,
The Amazing 4 Banana Toothbrush is not only adorable, but is also great for training little ones
to keep their teeth clean.

The brush's soft rubber material is made of food grade silicone that is hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria, making it safe for use. It will not scratch or hurt their gums, as the brush is soft and pliable, great for massaging teething pain away.

 I love the squishyness of this banana tooth brush. Although it is smaller than I expected, it is gentle on your little ones gums, with a big enough brush to give those little teeth and gums a cleaning massage.

This toothbrush is perfect for little ones learning to brush their own teeth. They will have fun using it, and may even pretend it has a fun banana flavor!

Though it has no taste or smell, it is still a fun toothbrush to use. Whether using it on your baby's gums, in training to brush, or on your pet, this adorable toothbrush gets the job done.

You can find the Banana Toothbrush available for purchase on Amazon 
for just $6.49 and free shipping with Prime or on orders over $35.

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.