BY Sparkling Mousse by Framesi {Product Review}

* Disclaimer: I received free BY Sparkling Mousse by Framesi in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

I have super, super thick, heavy hair, so it’s tough for me to find hair products that don’t weigh down my hair or make it look greasy or sticky.  So I was excited to give BY Sparkling Mousse by Framesi a try.

One of the first thing that I look for in a hair care product (any beauty product for that matter), is a light, pleasant scent.  I don’t need to have something be odor free, but I hate chemically-smelling product.  BY Sparkling Mousse has a nice, pleasant smell that stayed in my hair throughout the day – this is a huge plus in this mousse’s favor.

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Obviously the second thing that I look for is performance – I don’t want anything that weights my hair down or makes it sticky – I’m constantly playing with my hair, so anything sticky is OUT.  BY Sparkling Mousse is alcohol free and foamed up right away – it was super light.  It worked well into my hair and didn’t leave any stickiness or goopiness like gel does.  I blew my hair dry as normal and I noticed that it was shinier and had more body than normal.   It helped hold the slight curl that I put into my hair with my round brush as well – so this product is definitely a winner for me!  Give it a try if your beauty routine has been lacking!
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Simple Thai Food Brings New Flavor to Your Kitchen {Book Review}

*Disclaimer:  I received Simple Thai Food from Blogging for Books for this review.  All opinions are my own.

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About Simple Thai Food

Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics–from the rising star behind the blog She Simmers.

Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.

The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.

All of Leela’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With chapters on key ingredients and tools, base recipes, one-plate meals, classic rice accompaniments, and even Thai sweets, Simple Thai Food is a complete primer for anyone who wants to give Thai cooking a try. By the end of the book, you’ll be whipping up tom yam soup and duck red curry that will put your local takeout joint to shame. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover an exciting new world of Thai flavors and dishes—including Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites, and Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce—that will open your eyes to all the wonderful possibilities that real Thai cooking has to offer.

My Review

I love Thai food – especially pad thai and curries with coconut and citrus flavors intertwined.  So I was super excited to review Simple Thai Food, because I don’t have a lot of experience cooking Thai Food.

The thing to know about this cookbook is that “Simple” is not in reference to the cooking techniques or ingredient procurement.  This is not going to be a cookbook where you can grab the book, flip to a page, and pull the ingredients out of your pantry.  For me, living in a rural area, this is going to be a cookbook where I would have to seriously PLAN to meal and would require traveling in to a specialty grocery store.

That being said, the recipes are authentic, the instructions are clear and easy to understand, and the photography is really gorgeous.  There is also a great introduction to most recipes that gives you some history, culture, and background for the recipe.  All in all, I would recommend this for the serious home chef who is interested in learning Thai cuisine!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

 

 

Groovy Lab in a Box Bring Science Home! {Product Review}

* Disclaimer:  I received a free Groovy Lab in a Box in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

I am always searching for fun ways to keep my girls engaged in learning activities over the summer to avoid that dreaded summer relapse.  In addition to trying to read every day, I also think it’s important to keep my girls involved in other academic areas, including social studies and science.  I recently had the opportunity to try out Groovy Lab in a Box, a great way to keep your kids engaged in science over the summer!

Each month through the Groovy Lab in a Box subscription service, young STEMists (your children!) will receive fun, hands-on projects and an engineering design challenge – all focused on that month’s STEM topic. STEM stands for “SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY & ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS.”  All STEMists will receive a Lab Notebook, where they can read about that month’s topic, perform investigation activities and document their findings. They will investigate, brainstorm, plan, build, test and redesign their own creations.  The Groovy Lab in a Box absolutely contains everything that you need to engage in many different activities with your kids!

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We received the “Here Comes the Sun” box.  I was thrilled to see how many different activities there were included in the Groovy in a Lab box!  There was absolutely NO WAY that we could have accomplished all of these activities in one day – these are absolutely activities that we were able to stretch out over the month.  The first activity we tried was a simple experiment with photo paper – it was a great little starter activity!

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The next activity that we tried definitely needed some adult assistance and supervision – we built a solar balloon – which we were able to do inside because it was raining the day our box came.

 

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My daughter LOVED Groovy Lab in a Box!  In addition to the MULTIPLE science activities in each kit, STEMists also receive access to “Beyond…in a Box” online learning portal. This is a unique feature of Groovy Lab in a Box because it gives STEMists a deeper understanding of that month’s topic. “Beyond…in a Box” has videos and more interactive activities to supplement what they are learning from the box projects, which also helps the STEMist even more when completing the design challenge. Additionally, the monthly box contains bonus supplies exclusively for the activities available through “Beyond…in a Box.”  The Engineering Design Challenge is the culmination of your STEMist’s learning experience – the ultimate project where he/she must apply the knowledge gained from that month’s activities.

There are tons of different subscription offers, but a single month is well worth the price at $26.95!  I highly recommend that you try it out for your little scientist!  Groovy Lab in a Box is great for kids ages 8 and up!

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Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener {Product Review}


* Disclaimer:  I reviewed a free sample of Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not getting any younger, and neither is my skin!  So I’m always thrilled to try out new skin products, and I was SUPER excited to try out Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightner!  Formulated with scientifically proven ingredients and developed by a team of researchers, physicians, scientists, and estheticians sharing over 30 years experience, Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener offers natural, safe ingredients with clinically proven results.

Combining six powerful ingredients producing dynamic results, Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Intensive Skin Brightener will lighten and even out your skin tone within weeks, leaving you with a healthy, youthful look.

Ageless Derma has a very unique delivery method – you just push on the white disk and the perfect amount of Ageless Derma is dispensed.  I have been using it at night – it is smooth and creamy (almost mousse-like), and it doesn’t leave any kind of greasy residue.  I also didn’t notice any increase in acne from using this product, which sometimes happens.  It absorbs really quickly and leaves my skin feeling super soft.  I also have super sensitive skin and this hasn’t irritated my skin at all.  After using this for a couple of weeks, I feel like my skin is definitely smoother and glowing!  I highly recommend Ageless Derma for those looking to even out their skin tone.

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Canvas HQ Artwork {Product Review}

* Disclaimer:  I received free product from Canvas HQ in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

I have been a professional photographer for some time, although I am definitely phasing out of the business.  But it is safe to say that I am well aware of MANY different photo product companies, but I was super excited to try out a new one, Canvas HQ, which unlike other photo product providers, specializes in turning your photos into gorgeous canvas artwork.

 

Canvas HQ is super easy to use.  You just start by uploading the picture you want to create art with – you can even upload from Facebook with the click of the button.  Then, you begin the fun process of customizing your art.  There are SO many options that Canvas HQ gives you to choose from. You can choose your finish: glossy, semi-gloss, or matte finish.  The other unique feature I love about Canvas HQ is that you can chose from a variety of frame depths from  .75″ to 2.5″.  The thinner canvas prints can even be framed!

I wanted to try uploading a picture from Facebook, since I knew those would be the lowest quality of pictures I had, in order to try our Canvas HQ’s chops.  I uploaded a pretty picture of a sea turtle that I captured in Hawaii.  Ordering was an absolute breeze – I customized my print, and I received a proof to check before approving the order.

 

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I was SO impressed with Canvas HQ.  The canvas is thick and durable, and the colors and bright and vibrant, even though I uploaded my picture from Facebook! Canvas HQ also uses lifelong UV- and water-resistant inks so I know that my family will be enjoying this canvas for years to come.  If you are looking to decorate your home with some more artwork, I highly recommend Canvas HQ!

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My Food Storage Emergency Food Storage {Product Review}


* Disclaimer:  I received a free pouch of My Food Storage in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Do you ever worry about what would happen if disaster struck?  I know I do – in addition to a whole host of natural disasters, sometimes (usually after I watch a zombie movie), I wonder what my family would do in case of a situation where we needed to fend for ourselves for sometime without access to food.  At the same time, we don’t have an endless space to store canned food, which really isn’t that good for very long.  That’s where My Food Storage comes in!

My Food Storage is dedicated to preparing people for when disaster strikes.  Whether it be earthquake, hurricane, flood or tornado, depending on severity, it can be days or even weeks before outside relief is provided.  My Food Storage provides a piece of mind to it’s customers.  They provide dehydrated meals that are easy to make, just add water and you have a meal that provides the most calories per serving in the industry, so you can be focused on saving yourself and your family.  The meals are individually packaged, with a 25 year shelf life and stored in easy to transport and stackable buckets, so they have a minimal footprint in your home and can be easily transported when you need to move fast.

I received a package of Chicken Ala King to try out.  First of all, it is super easy to cook – all you need is boiling water.  It also makes quite a large number of portions for such a small, easy to store pouch.  The taste is pretty good for survival food – a bit chewy but pretty tasty.  My primary criticism of these meals is that they have little to no choices for people with a dairy allergy – almost every meal has milk, butter, or cheese in it.  This just wouldn’t work for my family – or else my youngest would be stuck eating oatmeal three times a day.

I would definitely recommend this for families looking to prepare for emergencies, although I will definitely seek out dairy free alternatives!

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UNi 100% Organic Pure Moroccan Argan Oil {Product Review}

* Disclaimer: I received a free sample of Uni Argan Oil in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

Have you tried Argan oil yet?  If you haven’t you definitely need to try adding it to your beauty regimen, and I highly recommend trying UNi 100%  Organic Moroccan Argan Oil.

Argan oil is a light scented oil that is AMAZINGLY good for your hair and skin. It helps protect, hydrate, and restore luster and elasticity to your hair.  It is also amazing for your skin – this is great for dry winter skin, but it’s non-greasy if you use the correct amount, so it’s great any time of the year.

UNi Argan Oil s 100% pure organic made from Moroccan Argan Trees. This naturally light scented oil helps protect, hydrate, and restore elasticity to all hair types. Large concentration of fatty acids and antioxidants help restore the appearance of dull skin, hair, body, scalp and hands. It also reduces frizz in your hair and is good for your cuticles and nails.  

I used UNi Argan Oil on both my skin and hair.  It makes your skin so, so soft, and it doesn’t bother my sensitive skin at all.  For my hair, I use it after my shower before I dry my hair.  I put three or four drops into my hand and rub them together.  Starting at the ends, I work the oil into my hair, and comb through and then dry.  Not only did it help my hair look awesome, it cut down drying time as well!

You can by UNi Argan Oil on Amazon!

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

Grazia Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan {Product Review}


*Disclaimer:  I received a free Grazia Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

While I love to cook, I’m not the greatest baker, but I’m learning!  So I was super excited to try out the Grazia Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan!   I have never baked with silicone before, so I was surprised to find that the entire muffin pan was sort of floppy!  Grazia Silicone 24 Cup MINI Muffin Pan is a non-stick food grade silicone muffin cupcake baking pan that is extremely easy to clean, safe to use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, or freezer. It is heat resistant for up to 450°F.

I was being super lazy the day I reviewed the Mini Muffin Pan, so I just whipped up a quick boxed cupcake mix to make little mini cupcakes. Per the instructions, I put the Mini Muffin Pan inside a harder baking tray to give it some stability.  It would have been too hard to get in the oven otherwise, but there was no problem picking it up gingerly and setting it into the tray.

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I popped the cupcakes into the oven and baked for the recommended time on the box.  So far, the experience had been pretty much like using a regular muffin tin.  But once the cupcakes baked, the difference really sunk in!  The cupcakes cooled SUPER fast.  They were out of the oven maybe 5 minutes and I was able to remove them from the muffin tin and put them on a cooling rack.  This allowed the cupcakes to cool within minutes, so I was able to frost them quickly!  Clean up was also a breeze – I just rinsed it off and threw it in the top rack of the dishwasher and it came out crystal clean!

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I’m a huge fan of the Grazia Silicone 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan!  You can pick it up on Amazon for only $13.89!
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Bo-Po Brush On Peel Off Nail Polish Review {Product Review}


* Disclaimer:  I received a free sample of Bo-Po Nail Polish in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

 

My girls LOVE painting their nails, and I love letting them…however, there is a lot about painting their nails that I DON’T like.  First of all, they are extremely hard on their nails after they are polished.  After about a day, they are usually chipped, cracked, peeling, etc, because they are kids, and like all kids, they love to play outside and get grubby!  Once that happens, I hate to have them running around with chipped polish- gross!  And I also hate using toxic chemicals to remove this polish.

Works Toys has created a great solution to this problem!

 

Bo-Po (Brush On Peel Off) nail polish is exactly what it says – you brush it on, and peel it off – NO messy smelly nail polish remover to get this polish off.  I tried this out with my youngest daughter.  I loved that it only took one coat of polish to look cute, because she isn’t super patient!  Also good for the younger set is that this polish dries fairly quickly, so there is no boredom waiting for it to dry or the chances of getting not-quite-dry polish all over the place.  And even if you do, it just peels right off of the surface!

The other thing I love is that the nail polish itself isn’t super smelly, and the colors are bright and vibrant, and with 10 colors, there is sure to be one that appeals to your kiddos.

Bo-Po Peel Off Nail Polish is sold on Amazon, Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory, Bed Bath & Beyond, Learnign Express Toy Store, Bealls Florida Department Stores and The Johnson Smith Company!

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InstaNatural Argan Oil for Hair Treatment & Elixer Serum {Product Review}


* Disclaimer:  I received a free sample of InstaNatural Argan Oil for Hair Treatment & Elixir Serum in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Do you have dry or damaged hair?  My hair is usually in pretty good condition, but it does tend to get dried and frizzy in the winter, or because of heat styling like drying and flat ironing.  I recently had the opportunity to review Instanatural Argan Oil for Hair Treatment.

This is not pure Argan oil, so if you have tried that and found it too greasy, this may be an option for you.  This Organic oil treatment contains a rich blend of Argan Oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, & Grapeseed Oil.  It can help to reduce damage and dryness on hair and scalp, removes frizz, and adds instant shine and softness.

You can use this as a leave in conditioner, overnight hair treatment, or heat protectant.  I love to use this product after I shower – I put about a dime size dollop into the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and work throughout my hair before I blow dry.  I found a couple of things – first of all, it shortens the time my hair takes to dry by about half.  It also seriously reduces the frizz my hair tends to get when i blow dry it.  It does all this without leaving your hair greasy or heavy.  It makes my hair super shiny and soft, and I can barely help running my fingers through it.  Try it, you won’t be disappointed.

Instanatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment is available on Amazon!

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